As soon as the month of Rajab begins we should commence daily readings from the book "Virtues of Ramadhān" by Shaykh-ul-Hadīth, Hadhrat Mawlānā Muhammad Zakariyyā rahimahullāh. We should motivate ourselves, allocate time and sit daily with the family and read this book collectively throughout Rajab.

Shaykh-ul-Hadīth Mawlānā Muhammad Zakariyyā rahimahullāh was a saintly person and his words have an amazing effect on the heart which will help us spiritually prepare for the blessed month and also benefit from it.

We should free up ourselves before Ramadhān begins. When we go abroad, we endeavour to complete all tasks in hand prior to our departure. Similarly, we should fulfil all the tasks we are able to prior to Ramadhān, and become free in this month as much as possible to devote time to ‘ibādah. Anything that can wait until Ramadhān is over, let it wait.

When Rajab commences we should increase the time we spend in the masjid. We should start for example by sitting for an extra five minutes after salāh. We should increase this time after ten days, and continue increasing it until we enter the blessed month of Ramadhān, when we should increase it even further.

If work commitments do not allow this during weekdays, then it should be done on weekends. If we think about how much time we normally spend in the blessed environment of the masjid, we would have to admit that it is the bare minimum or just a little bit more.

Some people relax for a few days before Ramadhān, intending to busy themselves in 'ibādah once Ramadhān begins. Sometimes this relaxed attitude leads them to sin, with a reassuring feeling that they will make tawbah in Ramadhān.

Firstly, how do they know they will live to see Ramadhān? Secondly, the sin committed may have a negative spiritual impact which may last for the duration of Ramadhān, preventing the perpetrator from repenting and doing good deeds, even in the blessed month.

We should make a habit of talking about the virtues and blessedness of Ramadhān as soon as Sha'bān dawns upon us. Those of us who know the virtues of this month should explain to others. The more people become conscious of its virtues, the more likely they are to benefit from Ramadhān.