This Ramadan is like no other. We are normally used to communal iftaars, praying taraweeh in the mosques and generally feeling the Ramadan spirit all around us. But now, locked in our homes, we are forced to take a step back and do a bit of introspection. How can we make the most of our current situation?
Some of us may feel exhausted. Isolated. Overwhelmed. But as our Prophet ﷺ said, “Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affair is good and this is not for no one except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him.” [Muslim]
So with this in mind, and with Allah’s permission, we can still empower ourselves to turn things around. Let’s begin looking at things positively. Even if it is step by step. Day by day. Hour by hour.
And though over half the month has just gone by, there is yet another half to go, and indeed, our Prophet ﷺ said, “Indeed, (the results of) deeds depend upon their endings.” [Bukhari]
Words of Advice
Outlined on this webpage is everything you need – from books to read, words of remembrances to recite, classes to follow and productivity habits to implement.
However, we do emphasise that the goal in Ramadan – and indeed generally with our religion – is not necessarily the quantity of deeds or trying to do doing everything at once. Rather, we should choose a few things, focus on them and excel in quality and quantity. For indeed, Allah Himself states in the Qur’an that it is “[He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed.” Our beloved Prophet ﷺ also said, “The best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” [Ibn Majah]
So it could be that bring in one good habit during this Ramadan and beyond. Perhaps this is something to do with improving our character, such as rekindling the ties of kinship with our relatives, old friends or smiling at others more frequently. And it could also mean we could choose one bad habit to drop. This can be a sin with our tongue, such as stopping swearing, backbiting, or maybe a sin with our eyes, by reducing the time we spend on social media and electronic devices. We could also start new spiritual habits we start, such as reciting a bit more Qur’an or saying the morning and evening adkhaar. Whatever it is, we must also be realistic because if we try and do too many things at once, we may end up achieving nothing.
Basic Ramadan Routine
We don’t want you to be overwhelmed by this picture! But at the basic level, it should help form a skeleton of our day.
The most important thing highlighted is our obligatory prayers. What use is starving ourselves by fasting if we are missing the most important pillar after the shahaadah (declaration of faith) — the Salah.
You don’t necessarily have to recite a huge amount of Qur’an, or even stay awake until sunrise. But it is worth scheduling small habits after the prayers as they form rock solid pillars throughout your day. It can be a simple page of Qur’an or a short YouTube reminder. Whatever it is, try keep it short, consistent and realistic.
Another benefit is by doing these habits after prayer, you split up the task nicely which helps reduce the mental burden doing it all in one go.
- “Quran in 30 days” with Sh. Yasir Qadhi
- Short Daily Reminders by Ustadh Umar Suleiman
- Comfort in Times of Crisis by Mufti Menk
- Seerah of the Prophet with Sh. Yasir Qadhi
- Lives of the Sahaba with Sh. Yasir Qadhi
Google Drive With Beneficial Adkhaar, Books and More!
Financial Help During COVID
Does it Break my Fast?
Please note, there may be a slight difference of opinion from the different school of thoughts.
1. Don’t Compare Yourself To Others
One of the biggest mistakes we can do is put ourselves down by comparing our progress – whether that be spiritual, physical, mental or academic – to others. Everyone has unique challenges. Everyone is on their own journey. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. Focus on improving yourself, for that is your own barometer, not others.
2. Look After Your Health
Spiritual, mental or physical, the main thing is to have a short time dedicated to see reflect and evaluate how each segment is going. That way we can identify our weaknesses and put a plan in place. Because if we aren’t, then who is?
3. Separate Your Spaces
Allocate designated areas for any type of activity – whether prayer, work or exercise. That way, your mental and physical attitudes exist in harmony. Here is a good video on the subject.
Finally, as our beloved Prophet ﷺ said,
“Strive for that which will benefit you, seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless. If anything befalls you, do not say, “if only I had done such and such” rather say “Qaddara Allahu wa ma sha’a fa’ala (Allah has decreed and whatever he wills, He does).” For (saying) ‘If’ opens (the door) to the deeds of Satan.”