Salaam and Hello Everyone,
I wanted to share some of my Ramadan preparation, and tips I use to get the most out of my days. As we know Ramadan seems to always fly by way to fast, and I’m sure you don’t want to waste a minute of it. so, let’s jump right in!
Setting Goals- We know Ramadan is the best time to change our life around for the better, and getting back on track with our deen. So, start off by making your intentions clear, and asking Allah (swt) for guidance and mercy.
Now be realistic, and honest with yourself, and ask what you want to get out of this month? It could be something small, or something big. Just set some goals, and try your best. Because Ramadan is the best time to do so.
Here are some ideas of goals a lot of people have; Breaking a bad habit, or Starting a good habit, waking up for Fajr on time, learning more Qur’an, reading more Qur’an, going to the Masjid more, or making a habit of eating better.
Schedule- Try making a tentative schedule/plan/layout of how you want your day/month to go, this helps me with keeping track of my goals, and staying focus and helps me get things done in a timely manner. For the last few years, I’ve made a planner insert, it's a daily checklist to help me along the way, I’ll be putting a Free download link, for anyone who may want it. my gift to you! Ramadan Goal Checklist and Ramadan Salah Tracker, All you have to do is; download, print, cut in half, and hole punch (if you want, to put in your planner) and it's ready to go!
Food Planning- In my family we always make a food menu, and buy everything we need at the start of the month, so we never have to think about what we’re making for Suhoor or Iftar, and it helps us to save time to do more important things, rather than waste time on food shopping and things like that.
Suhoor- there’re blessings in eating the suhoor, so try hard not to miss it, also try eating better food not more! it’s not about how much you eat, it’s about what you eat, getting a meal that has more protein, and that’s going to burn thought out the day, is better in the long run, then if you’re eating a bigger meal with tons of sugar, with little to no protein, that’s not going to help.
Iftar- I find with us Muslim our eyes are always bigger than our stomach. So, keep in mind after a few days of fasting your stomach is going to shrink, and you won’t be able to eat as much, remember it’s Sunnah to break your fast with dates, and water.
Water- Yup! Water is awesome, and it’s going to be your best friend, you’re going to want to drink lots of it, during the morning before starting your fast, and during the nights, to help keep your body hydrated.
Sleep- I know a lot of us are going to be up late, and up early praying, but remember your body has rights over you, so try to get sleep when/wherever you can, and if you can… try sleeping between Dhuhr and Asr as it’s Sunnah.
Exercise- try moving your workout session, an hour or two before Iftar (or however long you take, to workout) leaving yourself time to shower, this way by the time you’re done, it’s time to break the fast, and you can drink water (my brothers has been doing this for years, and it works out a lot better than working out after Taraweeh)
Keeping Busy- by keeping yourself busy with little lightweight tasks during the day, it helps to keep your mind off the time.
Good Deeds- most of all Read Qur’an, and Pray more, give Zakat, Smile, help others when you can, and increase in doing good deeds, as we all know Ramadan is full of blessing, and as I like to call it “a month full of double Jeopardy”.
My Ramadan Routine
- Read Qur’an until Fajr, and some after if I’m up to it
- Wake up at my normal time
- Work (Depends on the day)
- More Qur’an/Worship (reading 4pages x5prayers = one Juz)
- Exercise, & shower an hour and a half before Iftar