The month of fasting is approaching for all Muslims all over the world. The holy month of Ramadan is one of the pillars of Islam, and obligatory for those that aren’t excused such as old- and sick people, pregnant- and breastfeeding women.
As with everything, when we are prepared and have clear goals, we will in Shaa Allah succeed more successfully. Let’s get ready for Ramadan.
Set your intention
The month of Ramadan is the month of really working on getting closer to Allah SWT, and become more conscious about Him SWT.
When your intention is pure and in place, you’ll be at ease regardless of whatever happens to you along the way in Shaa Allah. And when your intention is in place, you’ll also more easily be able to set your realistic goals.
Set realistic goals
The things we want don’t just happen unless we work for it. In order to work for it, we need to have sunshine clear goals.
To achieve happiness and progress in life, we need to do what’s pleasing to Allah SWT and we need to fulfill our inner needs and desires. So ask yourself what you want to achieve and why it matters to you. If you don’t get any answer from yourself, continue to ask yourself and in Shaa Allah you’ll get the answer one day.
It’s also very important, speaking out of my own experience, to set realistic goals. It’s better to put less goals and achieve them, than putting to many and ending up just feeling overwhelmed.
To be a hard working woman, or a mother, or both, really know that Allah SWT knows. You are a super woman, but you are a human, and there are limits for how much you can manage. To be a mum for example is already more than a full time job, and it’s worship as well.
So take some deep breaths, reflect upon what’s realistic for you right now, and make your plan that will work for the entire month, bi’thnillah.
Make your schedule
Are you living a life chasing your dreams, or are you allowing life to just happen to you?
When we have a clear intention and clear goals, we are more likely to make it happen and become satisfied because we did our best. In order to follow through on your intention and goals, you need to have a plan to actually execute.
Make your schedule already now. Put the timings for suhoor and iftar. Calculate how long time it will take you to cook and prepare food. What are the five daily prayer times? Are you going for any night prayers?
Make your schedule as of your duties and include the other important goals that you have for the month, such as perhaps reading more Qur’aan or working out before iftar. You can read more about exercise during Ramadan here.
Do your meal planning
Are you eating the way you want yourself, or are you following cultural norms or the society and family you live in?
If you normally eat balanced, please continue. If you know you can improve, please start now. Whatever situation you’re in, set your intention and make a clear plan. Talk to your family, and be clear upon what they like to eat and make a meal plan.
If you know you’ll eat out or in other people’s house, get an idea already now of what food you like to eat and what not.
Why is this important? Because when you eat well, your digestive system and gut will be happy, and when the system is calm, you’ll be calm and energized and you’ll be able to focus more on your prayers, bi’thnillah.
But you also want to feel good during your fasting, and hopefully be productive during the days as well! Maybe you’re a working woman, and business should ideally be performed with excellence during Ramadan as well. Or if you’re a stay-at-home mum, you still need to educate your kids, clean, cook and all other things. So, energy is needed!
And you also want to earn rewards! We like to increase in consciousness of Allah SWT. In order to do so, we need to stay awake and read the Qur’aan in Arabic or the translation of it. And all other things we can do. So again, eating healthy is indeed crucial. During Ramadan and any other day!
It’s very easy to start with full enthusiasm, but then get tired and not manage to follow through as of your goals. In order to stay strong and balanced throughout this holy month, decide already now how you’ll stay focused and accountable for your goals.
Can you for example print out a sheet and put on your closet door, and tick of your tasks every day? Can you ask a sister or your husband to be your accountability partner? Ask yourself, what makes you most likely to stay accountable to yourself? Brainstorm and find a method that will work for you, bi’thnillah.
And remember, sometimes unpredictable things happens in life. Just because something doesn’t turn out the way we planned one day, it doesn’t mean we failed and everything is “destroyed anyways”. No, not at all. It’s normal and natural. Get up, show up and get back on track. Keep going, never give up.
Go shopping now
Towards the end of Ramadan, you maybe start to think about Eid and what you’ll wear and what you’ll cook. Alhamdullilah, Eid is the time for celebration! But the last ten nights of Ramadan are extremely important and the days when our beloved Prophet SAW increased in worship and focused even more. One of the nights is also extra important, and we really want to catch this night praying and asking for forgiveness from Allah SWT.
So. Go shopping your Eid clothes already now. Then you’re free to really embrace Ramadan, and the last ten days especially, without headache and disturbance of going out shopping.
What really matters
My life in Qatar was a little bit like a life in a bubble. Similarly, I personally prefer and can see the best benefits from living my life during Ramadan a little bit like in a bubble too. Meaning to focus on what really matters in this life, which is to worship Allah SWT, and allow the things that don’t really matters and the things that can be put on hold, to actually be put on hold.
Ramadan is the beautiful month where you really have the opportunity to focus on your religion and increase in your belief. A time to focus on getting closer to Allah SWT, and to be successful in this world and the next, bi’thnillah.
Take a moment to reflect upon your priorities and what really matters to you. Keep your intention and your goals clear.
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