Preparing your home for Ramadan

Amany Abdel-Moneim , Tuesday 5 Mar 2024

Beyond fasting and prayer, preparing one's home plays a pivotal role in fostering a warm and inviting atmosphere conducive to reflection, worship, and connecting with loved ones.

Corner for Ramadan
Corner for Ramadan


As the holy month of Ramadan approaches, families around the world are eagerly anticipating the spiritual journey and communal gatherings that accompany this sacred time.

Beyond fasting and prayer, preparing one’s home plays a pivotal role in fostering a warm and inviting atmosphere conducive to reflection, worship, and connecting with loved ones. 

Here are some essential tips to help you get your home ready for Ramadan:


Before diving into the spiritual journey of Ramadan, begin by decluttering and deep cleaning your home to create a fresh and inviting environment. Clear out unnecessary items, organise living spaces, and tackle any lingering chores to cultivate a sense of order and serenity. A clean and tidy home sets the stage for a peaceful and focused Ramadan experience.


Enhance lighting:

Illuminate your home with soft, warm lighting to create a cosy and welcoming atmosphere, particularly during Sohour and Iftar gatherings. Consider incorporating decorative lanterns, string lights, or candles to add a touch of ambience and tranquility to your living spaces.



Infuse your home with the spirit of Ramadan by decorating with festive accents and traditional decor. Hang decorative banners or garlands with Ramadan greetings, display elegant crescent moon and star motifs, and adorn tabletops with ornate lanterns and candle holders to evoke a sense of celebration and spirituality.


Consider children:

It is essential to make your children feel that Ramadan is a special month from their early childhood onwards. A Ramadan theme, a visual reminder, will not just help them understand the importance of this month but also raise their anticipation level too. You can make a customised banner for your children or a Ramadan calendar or a model of a mosque made out of cardboard.


Create prayer space:

Designate a dedicated prayer area within your home where family members can comfortably engage in spiritual practices throughout Ramadan. Set up a prayer rug, place a Quran stand or shelf for religious texts, and adorn the space with soft lighting and soothing decor to encourage contemplation and devotion.

Stock up on essentials:

Ensure your home is well-stocked with essential supplies to facilitate a smooth and seamless Ramadan experience. Stock up on dates, fruit, and nutritious ingredients for Sohour and Iftar meals, as well as pantry staples and cooking essentials to minimise last-minute trips to the store during fasting hours.


Organise the kitchen:

Make sure your kitchen is organised and all dishes and utensils are within easy reach. You may also want to invest in some new cookware or kitchen appliances to make cooking more of a pleasure.


Prepare for guests:

Ramadan is a time for socialising and spending time with loved ones. Encourage a spirit of generosity and community within your home by inviting friends, family, and neighbours for Iftar or Sohour gatherings to share in the blessings of Ramadan. 


Practise gratitude and reflection:

Create moments of reflection and gratitude within your home by incorporating daily rituals and traditions that promote mindfulness and spiritual growth. Set aside time for family Quran readings and encourage open dialogue and discussion about the significance of Ramadan and its teachings.


Plan for charity activities:

Engage in acts of charity and kindness and consider setting up a donation box in your home or participating in a community Iftar. You can also plan some family activities such as visiting a famous mosque or volunteering at a local charity organisation.


Embrace simplicity and serenity:

Embrace the essence of Ramadan by cultivating an atmosphere of simplicity, serenity, and sincerity within your home. Disconnect from distractions, prioritise quality time with family and loved ones, and focus on deepening your spiritual connection with Allah through prayer, contemplation, and acts of worship.

* A version of this article appears in print in the 7 March, 2024 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly

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