Utilise Your Ramadan (Week 2 Countdown)
Ready to utilise your Ramadan?
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You have your Ramadan goals – visualised, verbalised or written out.
And you have also committed yourself to making it happen – against all odds.
Your intention is pure and sincere and you believe 100% that you can do it.
But, all of a sudden life happens and it all starts feeling unreal or somewhat daunting.
Just like in your dunya matters, the akhirah matters get affected too. Those meal plans are no longer important, emergencies take over, family and work commitments pull you in different directions. The Qur’an completion becomes a far off reality.
That’s time to wake up to the real deal!
When reality strikes
Those perfect plans and goals become…
Laziness. Procrastination. Distractions.
Broken targets. Incomplete projects/ books.
The *WHAT IFS* start storming your mind. The *FAILURE MINDSET* overcomes you.
Can you relate?
Well, that’s the right time to fight your nafs and overcome its desires. Desire for ease and perfect flow of your affairs.
After-all, this life is a test after test after test.
And with Ramadan is the pledge to overcome your desires and normal routines for higher gains, sacrifice and rewards.
Time to prioritise on the weighty matters in your life; salah, dua, charity, Qur’an, connecting with Allah, unity and togetherness. The essence of which is to develop your personality and true consciousness of Allah (swt).
Ramadan is the time to carry on striving for Allah (SWT)’s pleasure with all that you have – your time, wealth, health, knowledge skills, studies, actions, character and interaction with others – in His service.
Ramadan is the time to…
Carry on hustling, studying and giving charity;
It is also the time to carry on making supplications, connecting with Allah (SWT), and serving your parents, spouse, children;
You must also strive to carry on reconnecting with His Words through the Qur’an;
Carry on carrying on… with no FULL STOPS, only breaks to re-boost energy levels.
Move on and ahead in simple, intentional and consistent measures. Carry on doing what you always do with excellence and greater attention.
Keep on aligning your life to fulfill your true purpose: that of worshiping your Creator (SWT) and investing for the akhirah – your everlasting home.
Week 2 Tasks
1. List out the daily tasks that constitute your daily life; think of rewarding ways you can carry on with them in Ramadan.
– Listening to the Qur’an while preparing Iftaar;
– Praying 2 units of night prayers before suhoor;
– Learning important surahs/ supplications along with your children/ family to and fro school runs, tarawih prayers, family visits, lectures.
2. Think of the unnecessary distractions and start cutting them out or reducing your invested in them.
– Mindless browsing and checking of social media updates;
– Daily socialising with friends and colleagues, and bragging about your deeds.
– Cut down digital time from hourly to meaningful interactions for an hour or so per day.
3. Check in with your squad.
Now is the time to harness the power of the right company who will help you carry on against all odds – agree to cheer each other on with positive vibes and reminders of the rewards involved in striving during Ramadan.
Week 2 Tips
Remember, Allah (swt) loves the simple but consistent deeds.
- Plan out time to worship more in the last ten days;
- Start maintaining a regular sleep schedule with a short nap in the day time;
- Brainstorm on daily charity ideas so you can give as much charity as you can to those in need;
- For the students and hustlers; keep a pocket size with you or an app like Quran Majeed on your phone/tablet, for regular recitation and reflection throughout the day. Carry on with the Qur’an close to you.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” Sunan Ibn Mājah: Sahih
Last word – Carry on with your small deeds
Your deeds may seem small and worthless to you but, remember that “Verily actions are but by intention…”
So renew your intention and keep it sincere in both dunya and akhirah affairs. Begin and end the month of Ramadan with the best of intentions – focus on your relationship with Allah; its not about the quantity of deeds but the quality.
If your are a student, Carry on studying;
Are you a worker, Carry on…;
If you are a parent/ home-schooler, Carry on…;
What about a free lancer? Carry on…;
Carry on in your personal affairs and in togetherness, in community affairs.
Keep carrying on with faith and sincerity.
“Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
Its FUN feeling the excitement, fever, planning vibes and counting down to Ramadan but this can easily cool away
in the first few days of Ramadan.
Even if its cools away, carry on day by day; step by step… Get started on a faith filled starting line and work towards a faith filled profitable month ahead.
Utilise your Ramadan, starting now by:
1. Staying consistent and
2. Maintaining minimum momentum.
What will you be *carrying on* with during Ramadan? Please share below