Introduction:

Ramadan is here! Ramadan we’ve been told is a time of the Quran and a time of reconnecting with Allah. The holy month of Ramadan is one of the months that we most eagerly await, and the holy month is the month of obedience and worship. Normally, all our days should be full of pious acts and good deeds.  Ramadan’s Allah is the lord of the rest of the months. As Muslims, we shouldn’t limit our acts of worship and good deeds in Ramadan only. It should be the motive for the rest of the months. The commitment must be throughout the year, and the holy month is the month in which acts of worship abound, so we must seize the opportunity of this holy month. Ramadan is a powerful time to nourish our souls, body, and mainly our purpose.

Allah Almighty said in the Holy Qur’an:

O, believers! Fasting is prescribed for you—as it was for those before you1—so perhaps you will become mindful ˹of Allah˺.

The Holy Month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, is a period where all Muslims around the world can unite to display tolerance, empathy, and respect. Muslims test and measure their faith by fasting from dawn (Fajr) to dusk (Maghreb). It gives us as Muslims a chance to experience self-discipline within ourselves as well as compassion for the less fortunate.

Five Pillars of Islam

The superstructure of al-Islam is raised on five pillars, i. e. the oneness of Allah, the establishment of prayer, payment of Zakat, the fast of Ramadan, and Pilgrimage (to Mecca). A person said (to ‘Abdullah b. Umar the narrator): Which of the two precedes the other Pilgrimage or the fasts of Ramadan? Upon this, he (the narrator) replied: No (it is not the Pilgrimage first) but the fasts of Ramadan precede the Pilgrimage.

Fasting is the 4th pillar of Islam

Organizing Ramadan’s day

I wonder, should I organize my time in Ramadan!

Every year when Ramadan comes,we come to think of the glory and blessings of this month filled with thousands of plans and ambitions. Sometimes when it is the end of the month, we look back and feel dissatisfied with what we have done. We need to know why! maybe because we are not prepared well, we are not sticking to the plans we have created before. Especially we cannot blame demons for wasting our Ramadan; because they are already locked up.

I think the problem is with our bad planning and our will to give up on our bad habits. We should make those plans written and be determined to come into force, to maximize our benefit and minimize our slips in this blessed and rewarding month. The thing is, we don’t need only written plans, but also mindful training. Anything we come to do in our life needs you to be trained and prepared well, for important meetings and even exams. So, what about this holy month, which presents a huge opportunity to reserve your place in Jannah and erase your mistakes and sins.   

Here are some guidelines to help you make the best out of Ramadan:

  1. Set your goals

To maximize your productivity in Ramadan, you need to set realistic achievable goals. Create a detailed plan for every week or every ten days. Write them down with clear steps and how you could fulfill them. If you read this now, nothing is better than the present moment, bring a piece of paper or even your phone note and start now.

2.Time management

Calculate how much time you will have daily to perform acts of worship. For example, if you work for 8 hours, sleep for six hours, and help your family prepare Iftar or children for 5 hours. You will be having 5 hours for Ibadah. This means if you just schedule an hour of Qur’an reciting, an hour of studying Islam, and an hour for dua’ and dhikr, you can get a lot done if you stick with that for the entire month.

3.Taraweeh prayer

Taraweeh prayers are performed after Isha (night prayer) during the month of Ramadan. These prayers are also known as Qiyam-Ul Layl (night prayers) as they can be performed till midnight. You have to stick to praying those to multiply your rewards in Ramadan, try not to miss any.

4. Fast from all your sins, mistakes, and bad habits.

Try to avoid everything that brings you closer to your bad habits. Keep yourself away from social media and unnecessary gatherings with people. This is the month to dedicate more time for yourself to perform acts of worship.  

Daily Planning

Divide your day into at least 6 parts:

  • The morning: suhoor, fajr, reciting Quran after fajr, istighfar, and dhikr
    • Work: while you are at work, it is gonna be hard to do a lot of Ibadah. Concentrate on dhikr, the east way to Jannah especially while waiting in traffic, while driving to and from work, etc.
    • From Asr to Maghrib: divide the time between having a nap, family time, reciting Qur’an, preparing Iftar,
    • Eating food: suhoor and iftar. Make sure to eat healthy as much as possible, to be able to complete our tasks.
    • Isha/ Taraweeh:  if you are a man, make sure to pray them in the mosque. For women, we can pray at home.
    • Night:  it is for you to finish all your planned tasks and night’s prayers by reciting Quran and dua’.

Conclusion

Finally, the month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims are expected to undergo a lot of changes in their lifestyle – physical, financial, and spiritual. Therefore, there is a need to prepare ahead. Try to do better this year. Make this Ramadan is the best one. Act like it is your last. Always remember that in Ramadan rewards are multiplied, the gates of heaven are opened, the gates of hell are shut, and sins are forgiven. Be sure of Allah’s mercy on Muslims who observe fasting faithfully and avoid committing sins completely.

Abu Hurayra said, “When Ramadan comes the gates of the Garden are opened and the gates of the Fire are locked, and the shaytan is chained.”

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