“Ramadhan has arrived to you, a month of barakah (blessings), Allaah envelops you (with His mercy & blessings), so He descends His mercy, erases the sins, answers your du3aas, and He watches your competition in virtuous deeds and He boasts in front of the angels about you. So let Allaah see the best from you, for truly, the miserable one is he who is deprived from the mercy of Allaah (in this month).” [Tabaraanee, Saheeh]
TIME MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR RAMADAN
Some practical tips to maximize the time during Ramadaan & to prepare ourselves for Ibaadah & worship during this blessed month of Ramadaan.
CLEAN UP TIPS:
Minimize your chat on the telephone. If you are used to chat with your friends on a regular basis, try to make it short. Share with her the importance of this month & tell her that you want to devote yourself for Ibaadah in order to get the maximum reward in this month.
Share with her these tips.
Try to cook something simple during Ramadaan as this is a month of Ibaadah & Qur’aan, not the month of food. There are some husbands who push their wives to cook different varieties of food & sisters have to spend their time in the kitchen. If it’s very necessary, keep a tape of Qur’aan in the kitchen & listen to it while you are busy in kitchen, or keep your tongue moist with the Dhikr. [find out some short cut & tips to prepare the food quickly]
Get all your shopping done before Ramadaan. Make a list of the things/grocery/ items, that is enough for one month & buy it all together.
Important: Try to do the Eed shopping NOW. The last ten days of Ramadaan when we have to be doing more Ibaadah & spend our time in doing good deeds, most of the muslims are busy in doing shopping for Eid & their kids.
Sisters! These ten days, we have to exaggerate ourselves in doing more Ibaadah & to catch Laylat-ul-Qadr. Make this Ramadaan a very different from all the previous ramadhans.
D) Dinner Parties/Iftaar:
Iftaar parties during ramadaan are getting very common now. This is the month for you sisters. We have the rest of the full year to do parties & to socialize. Indeed it’s a great reward to break someone’s fast but give food to people who are needy & poor.
The prophet Sallalahu Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast, will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi Saheeh al-Targheeb).
Cut less the time of sleep during this month. It’s a month of Ibaadah, doing good deeds. Who knows, this could be our last ramadaan. Reduce your sleeping hours. Its only one month & then you can get back to your normal routine.
(*) Computer & Internet: (1)
This is a personnel experience & request. Spending a lot of time on the internet, even if visiting Islaamic sites really takes hours without notice. Try to minimize your internet timings by just checking emails/stuff once a week.
Now we have cleaned up a big amount of time, let’s schedule it for Ibaadah.
Pray the Obligatory salaah (prayer) on time with Khushoo. Get yourself ready as soon as the time of salaah comes in. Make duaa to Allaah to give you khushoo & try to get rid of all the thoughts & waswaas that comes in the mind. Think as you are standing in front of your LORD, the Almighty.
2) Sunnah & Nawafil:
If you are already praying the 12 sunnah, continue them & add the 2 rakaah of sunnah after Dhuhr. [making them 14 altogether].
The prophet Sallalahu Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever maintains 4 rakaah before Dhuhr & 4 rakaah after Dhuhr, Allaah will make the fire haraam on that person” [Ibn-Maajah, Tirmidhee]
Increase the number of Rakaah if you are already in a habit of praying salaah al-Duha.
Ramadaan is the month of Qur’aan. Try to schedule it all the moments you have. If you are working, keep a pocket size Qur’aan with you & read it whenever you get the time, like coffee break, lunch break, etc.
Read with reflection. Read slowly in a beautiful voice & reflect on its meanings. Try to read this time, with translation & tafseer.
4) Taraweeh & Qiyaam-ul-layl:
Pray the taraweeh in the masjid where the imaam does a long Qiyaam
Try to get up a little earlier to pray 2 rakaah before suhoor & make duaa. Its the best time for making duaa & a time of acceptance of duaa.
Write down all the duaa you want to make for yourself, your children, family or any duaa that you want to make for your deen or dunyah. Each day, focus on one duaa & keep on repeating it throughout the day & at times when the duaa is accepted (between aadhan & Iqaamah, iftaar time, in sujood, last 3rd of night)
Make duaa to Allaah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make duaa that you catch laylat-ul-Qadr. make duaa for the whole Ummah.
[repeat the duaa that are very important to you, during the last ten days of Ramadhaan]
Select one Dhikr for a day & focus on it daily, reflecting on its meaning & thinking about its reward, while repeating it through out the day. Keep your tongue moist with dhikr.
8 ) Charity:
Give as much charity as you can, as the reward gets more during the month of ramadhaan. Give food to the poor & needy people & help those in need.
Last 10 days:
Double & triple the amount of Ibaadah you are already doing (reading Qur’aan, nawafil, Dhikr, duaa, qiyaam) in the last ten days of Ramadaan.
Sleep less & worship more.. pray as much as you can & make a lot of duaa.