It is recommended to fast some days in Rajab and Shabaan, as it is the time during which an individual’s acts or deeds are presented before the Holy Creator. Fasting will also get the body accustomed to the physical and mental strain of fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
Praying Nawafil and Tahajud
Praying Nawafil and Tahajood will get one used to standing for long periods of time as is the case with Taraweeh prayers. This extra worship draws a believer closer to Allah.
Reading Qur’an is a good practice as it helps the believer come closer to Allah, subhana wa talla, through understanding and implementing His commandments.
Giving sadaqah has a high reward and helps create positive feelings within the ummah as the poor feel that they are looked after.
Sleeping earlier will make it easier for the individual to get up before fajr prayer to have suhur, in preparation for the day long fast.
Refraining from Gossip, Slander, Backbiting
Controlling the tongue is important as backbiting is not encouraged in Ramadan or in any other month. (O ye who believe!…And do not speak ill of each other Behind their backs. Would any Of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay ye would abhor it..But fear God: For God is Oft-Returning Most Merciful). Surat Al-Hujurat: Verse 12
Calling and Visiting Relatives
It is important to create positive feelings within the extended family, so taking the time to make a phone call or visiting a relative will be much appreciated.
Fasting teaches one patience as anger must be controlled and tempers soothed because Ramadan is a month of mercy.