All of the above mentioned are obvious signs that Ramadan is just around the corner, but we also need to keep in mind the true essence and importance of Ramadan. It is the month in which the Quran was revealed and it is the month that should ideally, recharge us as Muslims and strengthen our emaan. The gates of Jannah are wide open and shaitan is tied up. We need to remind ourselves that we are fortunate enough, inshAllah, to see yet another Ramadan.
Since Ramadan is approximately ten days away, we should start preparing ourselves for it right about now, if we have not already done so. Some useful tips are to set (realistic) goals for oneself. Realistic does not mean that it should not be challenging, realistic means that you should put on your plate only as much as you could achieve in a certain time period. Goals can range from things such as eating in moderation, finishing the Quran a certain number of times, going for tarawih each night or even starting to pray your five daily prayers on time.
Ramadan is also a month which conveniently brings the family together. Since we live in our own busy lives, many of us do not even get to eat a couple of meals a week with our families. Ramadan is such a time where during suhoor, everyone sits and eats together, and during iftaar, everyone joins the dinner table once again. This is amongst one of the many blessings that Ramadan brings, and I pray that inshAllah this Ramadan is beneficial for each and every one of us and that we achieve more in this month than we think we can, inshAllah.
Note: feel free to share Ramadan goals in the comments section of this article, inshAllah it will be beneficial for all of us if we can also take on those goals!