Ramadan is considered a time for intense prayer and religious devotion, with Muslims encouraged to observe five daily prayers throughout the day. Every year when Ramadan is around the corner, there is a flurry of activity in preparing for it. Whether it’s stocking up on food or spirituality, one of the most daunting feelings is how to make the most of it. How do we make every second count in this amazingly blessed month? One thing that all people want to know however is how they can actually manage their time to get all that they plan to do in Ramadan done. Here are some tips on how to manage your time for Ramadan and reap the most benefits of this month.
Have faith in Allah (SWT) and know that what He has planned is better, on the human effort side plan, then apply that is the golden rule people and learn to live life by it. Ramadan is no exception when it comes to planning and we advise that it is best that you plan in advance how to spend your time during the blessed month to make the most of it because if you don’t chances are that the month will just fly by and we will have to wait another year to get the opportunity and there is no guarantee that we will be around till that time. First of all we need to understand the goal of Ramadan, which is to increase in our consciousness of Allah (SWT) called Taqwah in Arabic. Allah (SWT) says in the Quran,
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous-” (Quran Surah Al Baqarah Ayah 2:183)
This is clear indication that the main goal of Ramadan for all of us needs to be increase in our guidance and taqwah.
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Calculate your daily time of Worship
There is no doubt that most people would like to spend their entire days in acts of worship in Ramadan but sadly this is not possible for we all have to go on and complete our other duties of life such as jobs and taking care of our families. There are people who do not spend enough time in worship simply due to the fact that they have to take care of life’s other obligations. Adjusting on the moment the time for worship during the days of Ramadan is not recommended nor does it work out accordingly most of the time. Rather it is advised to all Muslims to work out in advance how much time they can and will have for the worship of Allah (SWT). There are 24 hours in a day, calculate how much time your other responsibilities take.
Though we understand that every person has different lifestyles and work time, here is an example of an average person. 6 hours of sleep a day, an 8 hour job. That makes 14 hours of the day, include in them around 1 hour of helping children with their school work and add another 2 hours for other things such as traveling time to home from work, Suhoor and Iftar etc. 17 hours of the day and you get 4-6 hours of free time every day. With the basic necessities of life out of the way, the rest of that time can be spent in worship of Allah (SWT) and reap His blessings. Of course this was an example and your own life can vary greatly from this, but you get the idea on how to adjust your time for Ramadan.
Please keep the Ummah in your prayers this Ramadan, especially those Muslims that are in dire hardships across the world.