Assalamu aleikum beautiful souls!
So ramadan is upon us and in this holy month it's important to manage your time so you can get the most outof it. I have personally experienced that it's easy to waste time on ramadan. Since your body is deprived from food and drink, your energy level is low and you feel tired most of the time. Therefore, it's easy to sleep the day away without getting much out of it. SO this ramadan i have decided to be productive and set up a fast routine and manage my time so i have a really productive and useful month. I have decided to share my plan with you so you can benefit from it too! Let's hope we stick to this plan! In shaa Allah
➡ Offer fajr and tahajjud: Set your alarm clock 30 minutes or an hour before fajr to pray night prayer. Night prayer also known as tahajjud is the third part of the night and to stand up and pray to your lord and make dua while everyone is sleeping is reaaaally special.
🌸Narrated Abu Huraira radhiallahu ta’ala anha, the Prophet sallalahu aalyhi wa sallam said, “Our Lord, the Blessed, the Superior, comes every night down on the nearest Heaven to us When the last third of the night remains, saying: “Is there anyone to invoke Me, so that I may respond to invocation? Is there anyone to ask Me, so that I may grant him his request? Is there anyone seeking My forgiveness, so that I may forgive him?” (Saheeh Bukhari, Book # 21, Hadith # 246)🌸
➡Pray on time: Do not wait for adhan to finish, rather stop with whatever you are doing and prepare for salah! This will help you focus more on your salah. TIP: if you have problems with staying focused while you're praying and your thoughts s wander, imagine that prophet Muhammed PBUH is praying beside you. Would you be reckless with your salah if the messenger of Allah was praying beside you? I know i wouldn't! This helped me a lot, and In shaa Allah it will help you too.
➡ Reciting Quran and Dhikr: Our days tend to get hectic, specially around Duhr and Asr time, therefore we tend to rush the salah and run from the prayer mat as soon as we are finished. This ramadan, try to sit on the prayer mat for another 5 minutes and do dhikr. Dhikr is the easiest and lightest form of Ibadaah yet has a lot of weightage in front of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala for it enables us to come closer to our lord. If you are in no rush, then recite Quran, even if it's half page. By doing this, your busy day will become blessed and less stressful.
🌸Abu Umamah radhiAllahu anhu reported that the Prophet sallAllahu aalyhi wa sallam said: “Recite the Qur’an for indeed it will come on the Day of Judgment as an intercessor for its Ashaab (those who read, memorize and implement it).” (Saheeh Muslim).🌸
➡Power nap: Take a 30 minute power nap between duhr and asr as it will help you restore your energi and keep you energized throughout the day.
➡Attend Quran study circle or lecture: If you find yourself doing nothing throughout the day, don't sit in front of the TV or PC and waste your time. Instead go to your local masjid and attend a quran study circle or lecture (if there's one). If not, try to gather your friends and talk about Islam with them. If this is not possible either, then use your TV or PC (mobile, etc) smartly. Listen to a lecture or Quran, or read stories about the Sahaba etc.
➡Around Maghreb: When the day is staring to come to an end, sit down and make a dua list. Then make dua to Allah sincerily. Then reflect over your day and think about the good you've done and things to improve. Secondly, don't forget to help your family with the iftaar or you can take the responsibilty and make it yourself.
Most importantly, dont forget to be positive and show kindenss to everyone around you!