Undoubtedly the best way to get the most out of your Ramadan is to make a plan of worship.
If you’ve never made a Ramadan plan before it may be a little daunting, so below I have shared a sample plan that I made for a brother who had requested it from me. Hopefully this can help you if you’ve been meaning to make a plan but not quite got round to making one.
Feel free to increase or decrease to the following template according to your own circumstances. Remember the clock is ticking, this month will pass by and the doors of paradise* will close so make sure you make the most of it.
The best way to implement this is to have some prayer beads (tasbih) or an electronic digital tasbih counter with you at all times. I have several: one in my car, one in the house and one in my jacket. Every spare moment you have you do some of the above whether that’s in the car, or during lunch break at work, shopping for groceries, waiting at the bus stop, those few minutes before taraweeh prayers start or even when you are watching your children play. Once you start you’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
A common mistake committed by many is to push themselves hard in the first half of Ramadan at the expense of the second half. We need to PACE ourselves properly so that we’re not exhausted when the last 10 days of Ramadan arrive. The most prestigious part of Ramadan is the last 10 days, a part in which the Prophet ﷺ pushed himself and his family. Therefore, we need to ensure we are ready to step up a gear when the final 10 days arrive InshAllah.
I have also been sharing daily reminders throughout Ramadan on my Instagram page. Be sure to follow me (@shaykh_amer_jamil) and receive your daily dose to keep you going in high spirits. Look out for some Ramadan Q&A sessions which I plan to conduct throughout the month.
* “When the month of Ramadan begins, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hellfire are closed and the devils are chained.” Narrated by Al Bukhari
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