Ramadan Habits – Bad, Good, And Healthy Habits During And After Ramadan

Have you ever been stuck with a bad habit that kept you chained to it as if you

Have you ever been stuck with a bad habit that kept you chained to it as if you were in prison?

A cup of coffee to start the day that you get a terrible headache without.
A huge amount of sugar intake throughout the day that you simply cannot stop or even control.
Anger, temper, intolerance, or ego.

These are just examples of many bad habits that we all dream of getting rid of, but unfortunately, they control us instead of us controlling them.

This is where fasting beauty shines.

30 days of beating down your desires.
30 days of clarifying your body and soul from all that ties it down .. starting from the cup of coffee to sexual relations and ending with long prayers at night…
All of this teaches you patience, self-discipline, and asceticism.

How to survive fasting in Ramadan?

Surviving fasting in Ramadan is always way easier than it looks. You always hear, (Easier said than done), Ramadan is easier done than said! 

Ask any Muslim how he/she feels during the month of Ramadan.
They will tell you there is some suffering from headaches and lower concentration levels in the first few days. A few days later, something changes. There is light and peace. There is a huge transformation.

Here are the words of a Muslim lady, by the 6th day of fasting:
“And after a few days of fasting, you will start feeling like a type of uprising going on inside you.” It’s freedom!

For more about Ramadan, read these articles:

Ramadan for non-Muslim

Hadiths and Quran verses about Ramadan

What is Ramadan in Islam

Breaking fast in Ramadan

Rules of Ramadan for non-Muslims

Avoid Bad Habits During Ramadan:

Ramadan gives freedom from bad habits. Muslims fast from Dawn to Sunset, in some countries–that’s 16 hours of fasting!

Imagine having the patience to challenge your thirst, hunger, anger, pride, ego, sex, smoking, and almost every bad habit you used to for 16 hours?!

In Islam, we believe that success begins with breaking your own bad habits—things that actually keep controlling your behavior and directing you where you hate to go. Indeed, breaking free of those is the first step in any positive change in life. For more about some social-related aspects of Ramadan, read these articles:

Ramadan Greetings

Ramadan activities for kids

Controlling bad habits in Ramadan:

Controlling bad habits in Ramadan has a major emphasis in scripture.

The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said, “Whoever does not give up forged speech and evil actions, Allah is not in need of his leaving his food and drink (i.e. Allah will not accept his fasting.)” Narrated Abu Huraira

This is the type of discipline that Sawm teaches you. 

1. Understand the nature of fasting:

Fasting is not only abstaining from materialistic things. It’s also abstaining the evil spiritual things; otherwise, you are just thirsty and hungry with no benefit!

Al Khoudri said: “Prophet Muhammad said: “Allah frees some people from hellfire every day and night – meaning of Ramadan – , and every Muslim has an answered supplication every day and night [of Ramadan].” For more about the meaning of fasting read these:

Fasting in Islam

Benefits of Ramadan Fasting

2. Be liberated from your cuff from bad manners

To fast in the right manner is true freedom! You are actually liberated from your cuff from bad habits and bad manners that keep you tied to hellfire. Read also about Ramadan-related events and worships helping to keep away bad habits:

Itikaf rules

Ramadan Duas

Qiyam prayer

Laylatul Qadr

The Last Ten Days of Ramadan

Tahajjud Prayer

 3. Train yourself with Sawm

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:

“Whoever fasts during Ramadan with faith and seeking his reward from Allah will have his past sins forgiven.” [Reference: Bukhari & Muslim]

This hadith (i.e., prophetic quote) points out the new beginning you will experience after training yourself with Sawm. 

It’s as if you are born again. The peace you will have inside .. The patience you will experience to hold on against your desires—the bridle you will put on yourself to prevent it from doing what you have been controlling for so long.

4. Open up a new horizon for you

All this will open up a new horizon for you; making you feel of how powerful and capable you are of leaving every bad habit and sin in your life .. thus deserving forgiveness!

It’s a complete submission to the orders of God!
It’s complete freedom from lust and desires!

What are some customs and traditions of Ramadan?

Some of the customs and traditions of Ramadan are:

  1. Waking up early, to eat and pray
  2. To visit relatives
  3. Have shared breakfast with friends, neighbors, and family
  4. Night prayer in congregation
  5. Reading Quran 
  6. Spending time reflecting on the word of God
  7. Good manners and self-control

These are examples of good Ramadan habits to have.

These customs and traditions highlight the role of breaking bad habits in Ramadan and replacing them with good ones. 

When you break your bad habits, you really see how much potential you have and how much you can do. 

Utilizing that to build good habits will not only facilitate your freedom from bad habits, but also pave the way for you to be the best version of yourself. 

For more about the effect of Ramadan on habits, refer to these articles:

How to change in Ramadan

Eating During Ramadan

How to lose weight during Ramadan

After Ramadan Habits:

The habits Muslims build during Ramadan are supposed to last after Ramadan. Ramadan is a great booster for the rest of the year.

The Islamic calendar doesn’t start with Ramadan, but Ramadan, in essence, is the best beginning of the year.

Also, the month right before Ramadan is called “Sha’ban,” and that month has a special event, where all the deeds of the previous year (starting from the previous Ramadan) get raised up to Allah. 

Our yearly account gets finalized in that special month, and what is right after it? It’s Ramadan! 

Ramadan is the beginning of a new account of deeds for a new year. 

Ramadan is the beginning–A great beginning to encourage us to do more and achieve more in that New Year! 

Read these articles for more information about Ramadan and what is after it:

History of Ramadan

What is zakat al fitr

What after Ramadan

Finally, feel free to ask any question about Ramadan or fasting in Islam. Our team are available 24/7!

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