Mohammed Faris, founder of ProductiveMuslim.com (aka Abu Productive), shares with you daily tips to help you become productive during Ramadan. In this episode you’ll learn about:
Sustaining energy throughout Ramadan with the power of “Intentionality”. This is not about simply stating intentions but being “Intentional” about how you’ll spend your Energy, Focus, and Time to maximize your Ramadan potential.
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By: Amina Edota
Ramadan with all of its numerous blessings presents the youth with some productivity challenges. One such challenge is trying to maximise time while engaging in productive activities that will bring the best rewards from this special month. With these Ramadan activities, you will find simple ways of leveraging fulfilling activities to help you grow spiritually, mentally, socially and physically as a productive youth and leader in the Ummah.
”Then did you think that We created you uselessly and that to Us you would not be returned?” [Qur’an: Chapter 23, Verse 115]
Are you a young Muslim looking to optimise your days and nights in Ramadan? Would you like to invest in young Muslims to help them attain success in this life and the next through beneficial Ramadan activities? If your answer is yes, read on.
The following activities are meant to help the youth bust the myth of free time often experienced in Ramadan. In such times, they typically engage in idle play, for example, playing games, browsing TV channels, reading novels, chatting mindlessly, surfing the Internet, sleeping for long hours or eating from iftar time for hours on end.
These Ramadan activities will help you get through the month productively, utilising your time well and multiplying your rewards continuously, In sha Allah. You will engage your mind, body and soul. Begin with yourself, but also do not forget to contribute to the well-being of the Ummah. Make every second count because you never know if it could be your last Ramadan.
- Assess your spiritual mindset and connection with Allah from day to day. Commit to those acts that make you feel closer to Him from Day 1 and drop those that make you feel disconnected or distant from Him.
How:7 Spiritual Productivity Habits to Develop this Ramadan
- Begin the month of Ramadan with the correct intention of increasing your consciousness of Allah through your fasting.
How: Renew this intention each day as you wake up to a new Ramadan morning. “O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” [Qur’an: Chapter 2, Verse 183]
- Eat suhoor (the morning meal) before sunrise. Eat healthy meals in moderation for energy and strength. The Messenger said: ”Eat suhoor (predawn meal). Surely, there is a blessing in suhoor.” [Bukhari]
How: The Ultimate 10 Step Suhoor Guide
- Engage in i’tikaaf (private devotion) in the last 10 days of Ramadan. Aisha related that the Prophet used to practice I’tikaf in the last ten days of Ramadan until he died and then his wives used to practise I’tikaf after him. [Bukhari].
How: I’tikaaf: A Spiritual Retreat
- Engage in earnest and constant remembrance of Allah with your heart, lips, tongue and words. Learn some adhkaar (words of remembrance), especially the ones you should use regularly such as morning and evening remembrances. Memorise them in Arabic and also learn the meanings.
How: Dhikr for Extensive Reward
- Make a lot of dua (supplications) in Ramadan. Implore Allah in the early hours of the morning and at all other times when prayers are accepted such as the last third of the night, while prostrating, last hour of Friday and the final hour before breaking your fast. The Prophet said: “Du’a is worship.” [Abu Dawud]
How: Ramadan Early Bird Series – Part 3
- Perform your five daily prayers on time and in congregation. Enter into your prayers in a state of submission and humility. “… Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times.” [Qur’an: Chapter 4, Verse 103]
How: Khushu in Salah – Part 2
- Recite and memorise portions of the Qur’an daily with passion and reflection. Immerse your heart into the recitation and connect with the meanings. Harmonise the flow of your memorisation with good recitation and reflect over the meanings. The companions were known to devote their time to reading the Qur’an during this blessed month. The Prophet used to revise with Jibril and completed a cycle of recitation in Ramadan. It is reported that he did it twice in the last Ramadan before his death.
How: 8 Easy Steps to Recite the Entire Qur’an This Ramadan
- Repeat the words of this special supplication ”Allahumma innaka ‘affuwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘annee”. Aisha asked the Prophet : “O Messenger of Allah, what is your view if I know when the Night of Al-Qadr is, then what should I say in it?” to which he replied “Say: ‘O Allah, indeed You are Pardoning [Generous]. You love pardon, so pardon me’” [Tirmidhi].
- Seek Laylatul Qadr (Night of Power) in the last ten nights of Ramadan.
How: Laylatul Qadr Worship Plan to Maximise the Last 10 Nights of Ramadan
- Travel for Umrah. ”Perform Umrah when Ramadan comes, for Umrah in Ramadan is equal to Hajj (in reward).” [Bukhari]
How: Hajj Tips Series – Part 1: Pre-Departure and Madinah
- Perform voluntary prayers. “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Nasa’i]
How: What’s Your Morning Routine?
- Give the gift of Qur’an.
How: Distribute copies of the Qur’an to colleagues, schools and da’wah groups. You can also donate to Qur’an publishing and educational projects.
- Get some fresh air and daily dose of exercise. You should take frequent walks to and fro the masjid, corner shops and use the stairs where available so to stay physically and mentally alert.
How: How You Can Incorporate Exercise Into Your Ramadan Routine
- Prioritise with your personal care and hygiene. Take of your body during the days and nights of fasting. Use miswak, take a bath, change your clothes and keep your living environment clean and tidy. Remember that cleanliness is part of faith.
How: 5 Steps to Develop the Habit of Miswak