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Utilise Your Ramadan (Week 4 Countdown)

Utilise Your Ramadan (Week 4 Countdown)

Hands down!

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.

Agree?

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.

TASKS

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.

Comments

  1. Great post. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. As Ramadan approaches, we all feel anxious and plan lots of things. This is a great heads-up to get prepared for the holy month. Jazakallah.

  3. Ayesha says:

    Great article to get ready for Ramadan.

  4. I’ve got exams throughout Ramadan. Any tips on how to balance revision and spiritual activities?
    Thank you

  5. Wonderful post….thank you for the pointers to make best use of Ramadan….

  6. I love the idea of reflection and choosing 3 things you want to work during Ramadan as opposed to trying to do everything. I think my 3 areas would be quran, taraweeh and using my time during the day as effectively as possible. Great informative article as always 🙂

    • Amina Edota says:

      I really love taraweeh… Alhamdulillah. It adds sooo much spiritual energy and sense of connection to my Lord during Ramadan. BaarakAllahu feek.

  7. I think my main focus this Ramadan will be actually fulfilling my fasts…also praying and reading the Qur’an. So I hope I do well!!! Pray for me in sha Allah 🙂

  8. Reflecting will be a lot for me this year because I literally can’t fast yet due to my delivery. But this is what is often missed out because most will be more busy planning to get into the festive season as well as trying to some Ramadhan resolutions. The activities can take up your time if you don’t plan well… and often, reflection as to why you even do the activities are simply left out.

    • Amina Edota says:

      Wishing you a very safe delivery my dear. Resolutions never work for me… rather taking simple consistent steps help me ease into bigger tasks and situations. You are so SPOT ON. Asking yourself ‘Why’ is the first right step always.

  9. Jazakillah i have been anxious for so long about ramadan approaching fast :/ and i didnt knw where to begin. Jazakillah for showing me light

    • Amina Edota says:

      BaaraAllah feeki Asbah. It gets that way sometimes, especially when there is so much attention on something – we begin to get anxious and feel overwhelmed. In Shaa Allah, these simple steps will lead you to great results in Ramadan and beyond. Let me know how the countdown and Ramadan itself goes.

  10. Love the suggestions you made to prep for Ramadan especially picking out a book to read. We often read so many other books that those focused around Islam are pushed to the side. Thanks for this post!

    • Amina Edota says:

      Jazaakillah khayr for reading and commenting. I need this ‘book reminder’ myself, as I have a couple of books I’m reading + re-reading right now but need one to attune me to greater Ramadan vibes.

  11. This is so great thanks for sharing, I am going to bookmark this to use during Ramadan

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