Ramadhan Challenge: Quality Over Quanitity

Assalaam Alaikum!

As Ramadhan hits us, we all power towards our own personal goals. Whether it be reading the Qur’an as many times as possible, praying 20 raka’ats for taraaweeh, or even just memorising du’as and supplications.

I wanted this Ramadhan to be different. You see, we often forget that speed isn’t the goal during Ramadhan – enrichment is. We want to end the month better than we started it, but we often end the month completely and utterly exhausted.

Not this year.

No, this year I was going to keep myself focused and sensible. My focus will always be the Qur’an (this is the month of revelation, after all), but I also wanted to highlight other goals in life that could be pursued during this blessed month.

We forget that it is not just the Qur’an and prayer that holds reward, but ANY GOOD DEED done with the right intention is an opportunity for multiple rewards. And so, I set about making my list:

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Ramadan Battle Plan

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As the time for Ramadan approaches, everyone prepares for the blessed month in their own way. Everyone develops new ways to take advantage of the rewards available, trying to improve on their efforts the previous year.

The beginning of Ramadan is full of promise, positivity and opportunity. But as the month progresses, the fasting becomes harder and the novelty of taraweeh prayers wear off, our goals for the month seem further and further away. The spark fizzles out and the month can often end in guilt and regret.

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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

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