I think it’s a good idea now that Ramadan is almost here to make some resolutions. Why now and not at the start of the year as is customary? Because the shayateen are chained, good deeds are multiplied and it becomes easier to perform them.
I don’t mean things specifically for Ramadan, like trying to complete the whole Qur’an during the month, but some small good action that you can do every day. Some people feel that you have to prepare for Ramadan, so that you can do lots of pious deeds during the month. I see it the other way round: Ramadan is like a training ground which prepares you for the rest of the year. You do lots of good, become more spiritual during this time but it shouldn’t end once Eid arrives. You should try and continue with the good you engaged in during the rest of the year as well. Unfortunately most people, after Eid, revert back to their normal way of living. It is unreasonable to think that people will be as pious and holy during the rest of the year as they are during Ramadan.
That’s why resolutions: choose some small good deed and get into the habit of doing it during Ramadan. Hopefully, after the month ends, you will have become so used to doing it that you will continue practicing on it. If we continue in this way after thirty, forty years we will have many good habits to our credit Insha Allah. And this is the way to piety: constancy in small good deeds.
The Prophet was asked, “What deeds are loved most by Allah?” He said, “The most regular constant deeds even though they may be few.” He added, ‘Don’t take upon yourselves, except the deeds which are within your ability.”