Ramadan Battle Plan: Set Up and Sneak Peek!

Peace be upon you, my lovely readers!

So, apologies are in order. I initially promised a post per week; that was unrealistic optimism on my part. I am currently in the UK spending summer with my family, and I am living out of a suitcase! Add that to sharing a house with multiple family members and there is limited time for me to snuggle up and think, never mind throw out a blog post!

But, I am here now!

Today, I want to share my Ramadan Battle Plan (RBP) set up. Not how I originally set it up, but how I am actually using it now. If you see my previous post, you can see that I decided to use my large Kikki-K planner for my Ramadan Battle Plan. However, with my Erin Condren Life Planner already taking up most of the space in my bag, I decided to store my Ramadan Battle Plan in the Kikki-K, and carry the current day’s pages with me in my life planner. This system has been working really well because I use my life planner several times a day and each time I open it I am reminded of my Ramadan goals and keeping my RBP up to date. Changing the pages over each evening also gives me a chance to review and reflect my achievements that day. Continue reading

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Ramadan Battle Plan

Ramadan has crept upon us again and in just over 10 days we’ll be swept up in a whirlwind of dates, hunger, thirst, fried foods and long taraweeh prayers…. but that’s not what Ramadan is about. Ramadan is a chance for us to detox our souls, reconnect with Allah and come out of the month feeling energised for the year ahead.

But that is not how I usually end Ramadan. For me, Ramadan usually ends in a concoction of negative emotions: regret that I didn’t achieve more, guilt that I didn’t try as hard as I could have, relief that the hustle-and-bustle of a month has come to an end, and guilt again at feeling relief. Then, panic – will I make it to next Ramadan so I can make up for the mess of the one just gone?

Ramadan is often unorganised for me. The days speed by (ironically, because iftaar seems to drag its feet) and I spend more time trying to juggle my many, many, MANY daily demands in order to squeeze a pathetic attempt at half a juz of Qur’an reading. When I got married, this system was only intensified. Between work, taraaweeh and Qur’an study, I barely saw my husband. He was off working on his own personal goals, making the most of the blessed month. Surely, this was a golden opportunity? My husband was out most of the time, didn’t need a fancy-pancy iftaar with all the trimmings because he was always rushing off somewhere, so what was my excuse for not having the time to see to myself? Where was my spiritual focus?

Enter the Ramadan Battle Plan. An ingenious planner from Halalify Islamic Planners meant to guide, support and prompt you through your Ramadan, ensuring that you make the most of it and avoid those nagging feelings of regret we all know too well. Click here to find out more about this incredible planner and how SISTERS Magazine plan to get involved! Continue reading

Spirituality Through Reading

As a Muslim, I believe I am made up of two components – body and soul. Through these two components, I live my life’s purpose. However, whilst we are well aware of the basic needs of our bodies (fruit, water, food, exercise, etc,) we often neglect the basic needs of our souls. Spirituality is nourishment for our souls. It provides us with the motivation and energy to live a life of fulfilment, not just towards Allah (God), but towards ourselves.

Below are my top reads for adding that spiritual nourishment. Snuggling down with these books always fills me with confidence, happiness and a sense of understanding of my life and my purpose. Click on their titles to see how you can get hold of these amazing books for yourself! Note that I have limited my choices to Islamic reading. Hopefully, I will write another post in the future that lists books from a wider genre. Continue reading