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Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Some practical tips to maximize the time during Ramadaan & to prepare ourselves for 3Ibaadah & worship during this blessed month.

TIPS:

Clean up the time:

a) Telephone:

Minimize your chat on the telephone. If you are used to chat with your friends on a regular basis, try to make it short. Share with her the importance of this month & tell her that you want to devote yourself for 3Ibaadah in order to get the maximum reward during this month.

Share these tips with her.

b) Cooking:

Try to cook something simple during Ramadaan as this is a month of 3Ibaadah & Qur’aan, not the month of food. There are some husbands who push their wives to cook different varieties of food & sisters have to spend their time in the kitchen. If it’s very necessary, keep a tape of Qur’aan in the kitchen & listen to it while you are busy in kitchen, or keep your tongue moist with the Dhikr.

[find out some short cut & tips to prepare the food quickly].

C) Shopping:

Get all your shopping done before Ramadaan. Make a list of the things/grocery/ items, that is enough for one month & buy it all together.

Important: Try to do the 3Eed shopping NOW. The last ten days of Ramadaan when we have to be doing more 3Ibaadah & spend our time in doing good deeds, most of the Muslims are busy in doing shopping for 3Eed & their kids.

Sisters! These ten days, we have to exaggerate ourselves in doing more 3Ibaadah & to catch Laylat-ul-Qadr.

Make this Ramadaan a very different from all the previous ramadaan.

D) Dinner Parties/Iftaar:

Iftaar parties during ramadaan are getting very common now.

This is the Month for you sisters!! We have the rest of the full year to do parties & to socialize.

Indeed it’s a great reward to break someone’s fast but give food to people who are needy & poor. The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast, will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi,  Saheeh al-Targheeb).

E) Sleeping:

Cut less the time of sleep during this month. It’s a month of 3Ibaadah, doing good deeds. Who knows this could be our last Ramadaan.

Reduce your sleeping hours. Its only one month & then you can get back to your normal routine.

F) Computer & Internet: (*1)

This is a personal experience & request. Spending a lot of time on the internet, even if visiting Islaamic sites really takes hours without notice.

Try to minimize your internet timings by just checking emails/stuff once a week.

Now we have cleaned up a big amount of time, let’s schedule it for 3Ibaadah.

1) Fard:

Pray the Obligatory salaah (prayer) on time with Khushoo. Get yourself ready as soon as the time of salaah comes in. Make du3aa to Allaah to give you Khushoo & try to get rid of all the thoughts & waswaas that comes in the mind.

Think as you are standing in front of your LORD, the Almighty.

2) Sunnah & Nawaafil:

If you are already praying the 12 sunnah, continue them & add the 2 raka3ah of sunnah after Dhuhr. [making them 14 altogether]. (2)

The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever maintains 4 raka3ah before Dhuhr & 4 raka3ah after Dhuhr, Allaah will make the fire Haraam on that person” [Ibn-Maajah, Tirmidhee]

4 raka3ah before 3Asr:

The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “may Allah have mercy on him who prays 4 raka3ah before 3Asr”. [Tirmidhee]

Salaah Al-Duhaa: 

Increase the number of Rak3ah if you are already in a habit of praying salaah al-Duha. (3)

3) Qur’aan:

Ramadaan is the month of Qur’aan. Try to schedule it all the moments you have. If you are working, keep a pocket size Qur’aan with you & read it whenever you get the time, like coffee break, lunch break, when traffic signals are red etc.

Read with reflection. Read slowly in a beautiful voice & reflect on its meanings.

Try to read this time, with translation & tafseer.

4) Taraweeh/Qiyaam-ul-layl:

Pray the taraweeh in the masjid where the Imaam does long Qiyaam.

5) Tahajjud:

Try to get up a little earlier to pray 2 raka3ah before suhoor & make du3aa. Its the best time for making du3aa & a time of acceptance of du3aa.

6) Du3aa’:

Write down all the du3aa you want to make for yourself, your children, family or any du3aa that you want to make for your deen or dunya.

Each day, focus on one du3aa & keep on repeating it throughout the day & at times when the du3aa is accepted (between aadhan & Iqaamah, iftaar time, in sujood, last 3rd of night).

Make du3aa to Allaah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make du3aa that you catch laylat-ul-Qadr. make du3aa for the whole Ummah.

[Repeat the du3aa that are very important to you, during the last ten days of Ramadaan]

7) Dhikr:

Select one Dhikr for a day & focus on it daily, reflecting on its meaning & thinking about its reward, while repeating it through out the day. Keep your tongue moist with dhikr.

8) Charity:

Give as much charity as you can, as the reward gets more during the month of ramadaan. Give food to the poor & needy people & help those in need.

Last 10 days:

Double & triple the amount of 3Ibaadah that you are already doing (reading Qur’aan, nawafil, Dhikr, du3aa, qiyaam) in the last ten days of Ramadaan.

Sleep less & worship more…

pray as much as you can & make a lot of du3aa.

(notes taken by a student)

[Original source: Excerpts from a lecture “How to get the best out of Ramadaan”, held in 2004 in QCPI/Fanar]

Time Management Tips  (right-click & download as pdf)

==============================================================

Footnotes added by the student

(1) This tip is added by the student who scribed the notes.
 
(2) Prophet sallallaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said in a hadeeth:“Allaah will build a house in Jannah for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak’aat (as follows): 4 Rak’aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr (Midday) Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib (Sunset Prayer), 2 after the ‘Ishaa’ (Evening) Prayer and 2 before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer.” Hadeeth saheeh narrated by at-Tirmidhee No. 379 and by others. Hadeeth No. 6183 in Saheeh al-Jaami
 
(3) The time for Duhaa prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, which is fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise, until just before the sun passes its zenith (and the zenith is when the time for Dhuhr prayer begins). What is meant by just before the sun passes its zenith is ten to fifteen minutes before it reaches the zenith, i.e. before the time when it is forbidden to pray begins. End quote.
Majmoo3 Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), (14/306).
 
 
(Original post courtesy of Towards Huda [http://towardshuda.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/time-management-tips-for-ramadaan/])

HELPFUL RESOURCES

1. Ramadan Printable Charts

2. Ramadan Preparation Tips

3. Abandoning the Qur’aan

4. Hifz tips

5. We can all memorize the Qur’aan

VIDEOS

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PODCAST

(Intended for Female Audiences only)

Fasting-Ramadan-001

Posted: April 10, 2012 at 10:37 pm
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakaatuh

This is the first of the series on Fasting and preparing for the month of Ramadan.

Fasting-Ramadan-001

In this podcast, we will learn the meanings of the words Siyaam and Ramadan, the wisdom behind the obligation of the fast of the month of Ramadan.

Please feel free to leave comments and suggestions and we hope you will benefit from the podcast and share the knowledge with your family and friends.

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Fasting-Ramadan-002

Posted: April 12, 2012 at 9:54 am 
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

We hope you have listened to the first podcast and you benefitted from it.

In today’s podcast, we will cover the conditions for the Fasting of the month of Ramadan to become obligatory on a person. When does a child reach the age of puberty? What if a person is insane? The answers to these questions and more are a click away.

Fasting-Ramadan-002

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Fasting-Ramadan-003

Posted: April 15, 2012 at 1:38 pm 
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

So we now understand the basics of fasting, why don’t we learn the invalidators of fasting; the things that will nullify our fast and how to fix the situation.

Fasting-Ramadan-003

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum.

Fasting-Ramadan-004

Posted: April 15, 2012 at 11:47 pm
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

Alhamdulillah we have learnt a lot about fasting in Ramadan. Let us round-up with some basic facts and a quick recap of some points we previously mentioned. Do you know the types of voluntary fasting throughout the year?

Fasting-Ramadan-004

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Fasting-Ramadan-005

Posted: April 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm 
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

What do you do when you lose a pregnancy during Ramadan? What if your period starts during the day of Ramadan? How about taking a medication to prevent your period from starting during Ramadan.

Fasting-Ramadan-005

Listen to today’s podcast to hear the answers to these questions and more.

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Fasting-Ramadan-006

Posted: April 17, 2012 at 11:22 pm 
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

What if you are pregnant and bleeding? Do you sleep through the night of the last ten days of Ramadan because you are on your monthly cycle? Frequently asked questions on women issues continues in this episode. Don’t miss it.

Fasting-Ramadan-006

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Fasting-Ramadan-007

Posted: April 25, 2012 at 12:03 am 
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

Alhamdulillah we have covered all of the basics of Fasting in and outside of Ramadan. We will round-up with frequently asked general questions. We look forward to reading your comments and suggestions.

Fasting-Ramadan-007

In shaa ALLAH, we will begin talking about preparing our soul for the worship of ALLAH in Ramadan and beyond, so don’t miss the next series.

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum.

Preparation-for-Ramadan-Fasting-001

Posted: April 27, 2012 at 12:23 am 
Assalaam alaikum. We are doing some spring cleaning of our hearts and soul and refurnishing it with knowledge and the remembrance of ALLAH in preparation for Ramadan so join us.

Preparing our Soul and hearts (Repenting to ALLAH)

Preparation-for-Ramadan-Fasting-002

Posted: April 29, 2012 at 12:36 am
Assalam alaikum warahmatullah.

How do we make sure that we protect ourselves from evil and what should we do to clean out are hearts and protect it from filth? We need to train our senses.

Preparing our Soul and hearts (Training our senses)

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Preparation-for-Ramadan-Fasting-003

Posted: April 30, 2012 at 11:57 pm
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

What are the ways of motivating ourself to do righteous deeds and keep up with them? What are the many types of righteous deeds we can do? Listen to this episode to find out more in shaa ALLAH.

Preparing our Soul and hearts (Increasing our good deeds)

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Preparation-for-Ramadan-Fasting-004

Posted: May 5, 2012 at 7:43 am 

Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

Why do we need ALLAH? Have we thanked ALLAH for all the mercy that HE has upon us? Do we take benefit from the prayers of the prophets, the chosen people of ALLAH?

Preparing our Soul and hearts (Thanking ALLAH)

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum.

Preparation-for-Ramadan-Fasting-005

Posted: May 5, 2012 at 10:50 pm 

Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

When do we make the intention for Ramadan? What is Taqwa? Are you a Muhsin?

Preparing our Soul and hearts (Between Fear and Hope)

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Preparation-for-Ramadan-Fasting-006

Posted: May 12, 2012 at 10:42 pm
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

Have we asked ourselves why we are listening to these podcast series? Do we think about the essence of the acts of worship before we do them? Do we realise the importance of purifying our intentions?

Preparing our Soul and hearts (Purifying our Intentions)

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Preparation-for-Ramadan-Fasting-007

Posted: May 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

How do we keep our soul in check? What will make us reach the highest levels of Jannah? We answer these questions in this podcast and conclude the preparation for Ramadan series.

Preparing our Soul and hearts (Talking to our Nafs [our Soul])

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Time Management

 

Time-Management-Fasting-and-Beyond-001

Posted: May 20, 2012 at 10:35 pm
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

How valuable is time? How come some people are able to achieve a lot in 1 hour and some others will not get through one task in the same time?

Time Management 001

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Guiding Questions Worksheet | Time Management

Will be uploaded soon

Time Management | Guiding Questions Explanation 001

Posted: May 30, 2012 at 9:01 am 
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

This is the first of the two parts explaining the Guiding Questions worksheet we previously uploaded. We hope you will find benefit in it and share it with other women.

Guiding Questions Worksheet Explanation (Part 1)

As a reminder to us all, all podcast recordings are for female audience only.

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

Time Management | Guiding Questions Explanation 002

Posted: May 30, 2012 at 9:05 am
Assalaam alaikum warahmatullah wabarakaatuh

This is the second of the two parts explaining the Guiding Questions worksheet we previously uploaded. We hope you will find benefit in it and share it with other women.

Guiding Questions Worksheet Explanation (Part 2)

As a reminder to us all, all podcast recordings are for female audience only.

Baaraka ALLAH feena wa feekum

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“Ramadaan has arrived to you, a month of barakah (blessing), Allaah envelops you (with His mercy & blessings),  so He descends His mercy, erases the sins, answers your du3aas, and He watches your competition in virtuous deeds and He boasts in front of the angels about you. So let Allaah see the best from you, for truly, the miserable one is he who is deprived from the mercy of Allaah (in this month).”

[Tabaraanee, Saheeh]

Time Management Tips for Ramadaan

Some practical tips to maximize the time during Ramadaan & to prepare ourselves for 3Ibaadah & worship during this blessed month.

TIPS:

Clean up the time:

a) Telephone:

Minimize your chat on the telephone. If you are used to chat with your friends on a regular basis, try to make it short. Share with her the importance of this month & tell her that you want to devote yourself for 3Ibaadah in order to get the maximum reward during this month.

Share these tips with her.

b) Cooking:

Try to cook something simple during Ramadaan as this is a month of 3Ibaadah & Qur’aan, not the month of food. There are some husbands who push their wives to cook different varieties of food & sisters have to spend their time in the kitchen. If it’s very necessary, keep a tape of Qur’aan in the kitchen & listen to it while you are busy in kitchen, or keep your tongue moist with the Dhikr.

[find out some short cut & tips to prepare the food quickly].

C) Shopping:

Get all your shopping done before Ramadaan. Make a list of the things/grocery/ items, that is enough for one month & buy it all together.

Important: Try to do the 3Eed shopping NOW. The last ten days of Ramadaan when we have to be doing more 3Ibaadah & spend our time in doing good deeds, most of the Muslims are busy in doing shopping for 3Eed & their kids.

Sisters! These ten days, we have to exaggerate ourselves in doing more 3Ibaadah & to catch Laylat-ul-Qadr.

Make this Ramadaan a very different from all the previous ramadaan.

D) Dinner Parties/Iftaar:

Iftaar parties during ramadaan are getting very common now.

This is the Month for you sisters!! We have the rest of the full year to do parties & to socialize.

Indeed it’s a great reward to break someone’s fast but give food to people who are needy & poor. The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever gives food to a fasting person with which to break his fast, will have a reward equal to his, without it detracting in the slightest from the reward of the fasting person.” (Reported by al-Tirmidhi,  Saheeh al-Targheeb).

E) Sleeping:

Cut less the time of sleep during this month. It’s a month of 3Ibaadah, doing good deeds. Who knows this could be our last Ramadaan.

Reduce your sleeping hours. Its only one month & then you can get back to your normal routine.

F) Computer & Internet: (*1)

This is a personal experience & request. Spending a lot of time on the internet, even if visiting Islaamic sites really takes hours without notice.

Try to minimize your internet timings by just checking emails/stuff once a week.

Now we have cleaned up a big amount of time, let’s schedule it for 3Ibaadah.

1) Fard:

Pray the Obligatory salaah (prayer) on time with Khushoo. Get yourself ready as soon as the time of salaah comes in. Make du3aa to Allaah to give you Khushoo & try to get rid of all the thoughts & waswaas that comes in the mind.

Think as you are standing in front of your LORD, the Almighty.

2) Sunnah & Nawaafil:

If you are already praying the 12 sunnah, continue them & add the 2 raka3ah of sunnah after Dhuhr. [making them 14 altogether]. (2)

The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “Whoever maintains 4 raka3ah before Dhuhr & 4 raka3ah after Dhuhr, Allaah will make the fire Haraam on that person” [Ibn-Maajah, Tirmidhee]

4 raka3ah before 3Asr:

The prophet Sallalahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said: “may Allah have mercy on him who prays 4 raka3ah before 3Asr”. [Tirmidhee]

Salaah Al-Duhaa: 

Increase the number of Rak3ah if you are already in a habit of praying salaah al-Duha. (3)

3) Qur’aan:

Ramadaan is the month of Qur’aan. Try to schedule it all the moments you have. If you are working, keep a pocket size Qur’aan with you & read it whenever you get the time, like coffee break, lunch break, when traffic signals are red etc.

Read with reflection. Read slowly in a beautiful voice & reflect on its meanings.

Try to read this time, with translation & tafseer.

4) Taraweeh/Qiyaam-ul-layl:

Pray the taraweeh in the masjid where the Imaam does long Qiyaam.

5) Tahajjud:

Try to get up a little earlier to pray 2 raka3ah before suhoor & make du3aa. Its the best time for making du3aa & a time of acceptance of du3aa.

6) Du3aa’:

Write down all the du3aa you want to make for yourself, your children, family or any du3aa that you want to make for your deen or dunya.

Each day, focus on one du3aa & keep on repeating it throughout the day & at times when the du3aa is accepted (between aadhan & Iqaamah, iftaar time, in sujood, last 3rd of night).

Make du3aa to Allaah to give you Ikhlaas, khushoo, make du3aa that you catch laylat-ul-Qadr. make du3aa for the whole Ummah.

[Repeat the du3aa that are very important to you, during the last ten days of Ramadaan]

7) Dhikr:

Select one Dhikr for a day & focus on it daily, reflecting on its meaning & thinking about its reward, while repeating it through out the day. Keep your tongue moist with dhikr.

8) Charity:

Give as much charity as you can, as the reward gets more during the month of ramadaan. Give food to the poor & needy people & help those in need.

Last 10 days:

Double & triple the amount of 3Ibaadah that you are already doing (reading Qur’aan, nawafil, Dhikr, du3aa, qiyaam) in the last ten days of Ramadaan.

Sleep less & worship more…

pray as much as you can & make a lot of du3aa.

(notes taken by a student)

[Original source: Excerpts from a lecture “How to get the best out of Ramadaan”, held in 2004 in QCPI/Fanar]

Time Management Tips  (right-click & download as pdf)

==============================================================

Footnotes added by the student

(1) This tip is added by the student who scribed the notes.
 
(2) Prophet sallallaahu 3Alayhi wa sallam said in a hadeeth:“Allaah will build a house in Jannah for whoever is diligent in observing 12 Sunnah Rak’aat (as follows): 4 Rak’aat before and 2 after the Dhuhr (Midday) Prayer, 2 after the Maghrib (Sunset Prayer), 2 after the ‘Ishaa’ (Evening) Prayer and 2 before the Fajr (Dawn) Prayer.” Hadeeth saheeh narrated by at-Tirmidhee No. 379 and by others. Hadeeth No. 6183 in Saheeh al-Jaami
 
(3) The time for Duhaa prayer is from when the sun has risen to the height of a spear, which is fifteen or twenty minutes after sunrise, until just before the sun passes its zenith (and the zenith is when the time for Dhuhr prayer begins). What is meant by just before the sun passes its zenith is ten to fifteen minutes before it reaches the zenith, i.e. before the time when it is forbidden to pray begins. End quote.
Majmoo3 Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn 3Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him), (14/306).
 
 
(Original post courtesy of Towards Huda [http://towardshuda.wordpress.com/2012/07/12/time-management-tips-for-ramadaan/])

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