Utilise Your Ramadan (Week 4 Countdown)
Ramadan is the most special month of the year.
It brings many opportunities for positive growth, renewal and purposeful change.
The fasting month is a new CHANCE, a fresh BEGINNING and a source of much needed PURIFICATION. What better opportunity for growth and empowerment!
This month of goodies is for the seeker and hustler of goodies in both worlds.
You gain in both worlds when you fast in this world
“Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and with the hope of (Allah’s) reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari)
Do you need a better reason to start preparing ahead to utilise your Ramadan?
Feel-good Ramadan vibes
As Ramadan gets closer, many positive emotions start to surface. In the same way, the powerful post-Ramadan memories usually come with a great emotional buzz and feel good vibes.
Can you relate to those vibes?
Alhamdulillah! Let’s begin on that note.
Those vibes can be from:
> Good feelings towards your brothers/ sisters in Islam worldwide;
> Spiritual hike from the various acts throughout the month from suhoor to iftaar, tarawih to Umrah;
> Spiritual attachment to your Creator and the fulfillment that comes from striving to do more so as to earn more rewards.
It is profound to learn how the Companions of the Messenger of Allah (SAW) would devote themselves to du’a (supplication), six months to Ramadan seeking Allah’s aid to witness the special month.
In the same way, they would engage in sincere prayers for the following six months post – Ramadan; seeking Allah’s acceptance of their hustle during the month.
Therefore, your aim should be to Hustle with purpose throughout the month, and seek quality times for reflecting and reconnecting with your Lord.
Tips and tasks for getting Ramadan ready
In the coming weeks, leading up to Ramadan you will receive actionable tips and tasks to gear you up for this special month. Because it is a month to be fully utilised.
No excuses whatsoever!
Each weekly post will have simple tasks that you can do daily to prepare you for the life changing growth experience ahead. You can utilise your Ramadan is so many ways, whatever your circumstance.
It’s a countdown, so it’s beginning with week 4, and moving down to week 1.
Week FOUR: REFLECT
Reflect on your past Ramadans and your post – Ramadan life; not as a cause of regret, paralysis or negative thoughts. Rather, make it a means of having correct understanding of what went right, then work on how to replicate and even enhance it.
Not every experience is positive but there are always lessons to learn in every situation. Nobody likes to fail or make mistakes. But it is one of the best ways to learn and become a better version of ourselves. It brings about first hand experience. So, what you can do is reflect and pick 3 things that worked and 3 that didn’t.
1. Take time out to reflect. Write it all out – what worked and what didn’t from past Ramadans.
2. Pick just 3 things from above that you would love to focus the most on this Ramadan. Then get ready to draft your Ramadan game plan.
3. Reflect on who is in your network and prepare to pick your Ramadan buddies (1- 3). Soon, you will reach out and check with them ways you can partner this Ramadan to increase your rewards and hold each other accountable starting from Sha’ban.
They will be part of your special ‘Utilise your Ramadan squad’. And you will speak to these buddies to discuss your plans and how you can benefit each other.
4. Ask yourself empowering questions. Do some soul searching. Journal your thoughts.
~ How can I better myself in Ramadan?
~ In what ways can I get gain consciousness of my Lord during this blessed month?
~ How can I maintain the vibes beyond Ramadan, and incorporate the changes/ habits into my daily life?
~ What does Ramadan really mean to me – beyond abstaining from food, drink and relations with spouse?
5. Research and decide on an easily accessible tool that can aid your Ramadan goals – and help capture your progress, emotions and knowledge through the special month. It could be an app on your smartphone like Evernote or a simple pen and notepad.
WEEK 4 TIP
Get inspired by the seerah and companions’ lives. Pick just one book title that you can read and reflect upon in Sha’ban.
Seek recommendations from buddies or network. You could also borrow or re-read something from your shelf or library.
This is your opportunity to note down inspirational lessons that can aid your Ramadan journey.
Utilise your Ramadan by preparing ahead. When you fail to PLAN, you plan to F.A.I.L. Welcome the special month by taking special steps. And you will be rewarded in special ways accordingly In sha Allah.
Remember, set aside time to tackle one or two tasks from above in one day. Sha’ban is the time for planning and preparations. And Ramadan is the time for work and action. The hustling then continues in Shawwal and beyond.
Ready for those feel-good Ramadan vibes? Share some of your best Ramadan memories.