Ramadhan 1444: Time Management

To plan for Ramadan, we need to be clear regarding the goals (Maqasid) of Ramadan.

“Ramadan is a month whose beginning is mercy, whose middle is forgiveness and whose end is freedom from fire” Rasulullah ﷺ

First you need to Clean-up your Time

Telephone/Mobile
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 them the importance of this month and tell them that you want to devote yourself for Ibadah in order to get the maximum reward in this month.

Computer & Internet
This is a personal experience and request. Spending a lot of time on the internet takes hours without notice. Try to minimize your internet timings by just checking emails/stuffs once a week.

Cooking
Try to cook something simple during Ramadan as this is a month of Ibadah and Qur’an, not the month of food.

You can prepare some items to freeze before Ramadan commences, it will save your time in Ramadan.

If you have to spend your time in the kitchen, keep a tape of Qur’an in the kitchen and listen to it while you are buzy in kitchen, or keep your tongue moist with Dhikr.

Shopping
Get all your shopping done before Ramadan. Make a list of the things/grocery/items, that is enough for one month and buy it all together.

Important: Try to do the Eid purchases NOW. The last ten days of Ramadaan when we have to be doing more Ibaadah and spend our time in doing good deeds, most of the muslims are busy in doing shopping for Eid.

Iftar “Parties”
Iftaar parties during Ramadan are getting very common now. Such “parties” are involve intermixing and other haraam factors. Indeed it’s a great reward to break someone’s fast but it should not be done in a haraam manner. One should give food to people who are needy and poor.

The Prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam) 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]

Sleeping
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 ramadan. Reduce your sleeping hours. Its only one month and then you can get back to your normal routine.

THE IBADAH SCHEDULE

Fardh
Pray the Obligatory salaah (prayer) on time with Khushoo (great devotion). 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 (evil thoughts) that comes in the mind.

Sunnah & Nawafil
If you are already praying the 12 sunnah, continue them & add 4 sunnah before asar as The prophet (Sallalahu Alayhi wasallam) said: “May Allah have mercy on him who prays 4 rakaah before Asr”. [Tirmidhi]

Taraweeh
Try to pray the taraweeh in the masjid where the Imaam does long Qiyaam.

Tahajjud
Try to get up a little earlier to pray 2 rakaah before suhoor and make duaa. Its the best time for making duaa and a time of acceptance of duaa.

“And from (part of) the night, pray in it as additional (worship) for you: It is expected that your Lord will resurrect you to a Praised Station.” [Qur’an 17:79]

Qur’an
Ramadaan is the month of Qur’aan.Try to schedule it all the moments you have. If you are a student or working, keep a pocket size Qur’aan (only if you can carry it with adab) with you and read it whenever you get the time.

Read with reflection. Read slowly in a beautiful voice and reflect on its meanings (tadabbur).

Dua
Write down all the dua you want to make for yourself, your 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 and at times when the duaa is accepted.

Make dua to Allaah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make dua that you catch laylat-ul-Qadr, make dua for the whole Ummah.

Also learn masnoon duas.

Dhikr
Select one Dhikr for a day and focus on it daily, reflecting on its meaning and thinking about its reward, while repeating it through out the day. Keep your tongue moist with dhikr.

Charity
Give as much charity as you can, as the reward gets more during the month of ramadan. Give food to the poor and needy people and help those in need.

Last 10 Days
Double and  triple the amount of Ibadah you are already doing (reading Qur’aan, nawafil, Dhikr, dua, tahajjud) in the last ten days of Ramadaan.

Sleep less and worship more.. pray as much as you can and make a lot of dua.

Article Extracted from jaalahaque.com

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