How can I make the best of my Ramadan?
A question almost every Muslim asks themselves as Ramadan draws near. I know I do. A few weeks before Ramadan begins, I always think about my ‘Ramadan Goal’. What is it that I want to achieve by the end of the month and how can I maintain that throughout the rest of the year.
Ramadan is about to begin and some of us may feel overwhelmed as to where to begin in this ‘Ramadan Goal’ process. In this post I have complied some Ramadan Goal ideas and resources which I thought were helpful to me and hope they will be helpful to you as well Insha’Allah.
1) Complete and/or Read the Quran with Translation
Completing the Quran during Ramadan is a common goal in almost every muslim household. While there is great reward in reciting the Quran, it can be more beneficial to read it with translation and even better with Tafsir (exegesis/interpretation). This way we know and understand what we are actually reading and the context behind the revelation. Tafsir Ibn Kathir is good source for beginners which can be easily found in PDF format for free and also available as a phone App! How easy is that?
Tafsir ibn Kathir (Online):
Tafsir ibn Kathir (App- Android):
2) Work to Improve your Tajweed
As much as it is important to learn how to read Quran, it is also important to know how to read with correct pronunciation and the rules of tajweed. Mispronunciation and miss-lettering of words can completely change the meaning of a verse.
Growing up in Bangladesh, I knew that I did not learn the proper pronunciation of the Arabic letters and struggled to read the Quran fluently and confidently. Setting myself goals every Ramadan and going to classes to improve my tajweed and reading the Quran everyday either after every salah or even in the train to/from work helped me immensely to improve my knowledge, fluency and confidence with reading. It has helped me to enjoy reading the Quran on daily basis even after Ramadan Alhamdulillah.
3) Pick One or Two Surahs and Study it
Some of us have busy schedule. Hence a big goal may not always work. It is best to choose a simple goal and stick to it. Having a simple goal makes it easy for you fulfill the task and feel rewarded afterwards.
Choose either 1, 2 or 3 Surahs; it could be any surah or even the last 10 surahs (juzz) which we recite daily in our 5 daily prayers. Picking a small portion from the Quran to thoroughly memorise and study its meaning along with learning the historical background about its revelation, really changes our experience in prayer. Next time when you recite Surah Al-Fatiha, you will automatically know exactly what you are saying to Allah. How amazing is that?
(You can pair this with signing up for Free Live Tafsir Lesson this Ramadan- see point No.6)
4) Memorise New Surahs (free printable)
Many of us have memorised the basic 10 surah (juzz) to recite in our daily prayers. Why not expand our knowledge and memorise the next 10 surahs?
You can start off memorizing 3 lines at a time and aid it with listening to audios of reciters (Sheikh Mishary (medium pace) or Sheikh Husary (slow pace, good for tajweed improvement))
Listen to the audio during any free time you may find; in the car while driving, whilst doing laundry, walking, after each daily prayer, when exercising, gardening, or even before bed! As you listen and memorise, you are also picking up correct pronunciation as well. Once you have memorised it, practice it in your prayer.
The more we can memorise surahs and recite in our prayers, the more the reward along with the reward of our effort, multiplied by the reward during the month of Ramadan. This essentially is also improving our memory.
(no! ageing is not an excuse. We have the capability to memorise no matter the age. And if you are finding it challenging, know that your reward is far greater)
Below is a fun checklist/chart I had made to motivate myself to memorise new surahs. Color in the surahs as you memorized and hopefully one day Insha’Allah it will be fully colored who knows!
CLICK FOR FREE PRINTABLE: Quran Memorisation Chart
5) Memorise Duas/Adhkar in Arabic
Although it is okay to make dua in whatever language we speak, scholars have recommended that it is best to make dua in Arabic. So why not memorise a few short duas or a long one such a Dua Qunoot.
Daily Dua App (Android): Fortress of the Muslim
Fortress of the Muslim (PDF):
6) Podcast/ YouTube Series/ Short Course
The husband and I find Youtube series, Podcasts or Free Online courses quite helpful to listen to. If we can’t find time to sit down and make notes, it is still worth watching/listening to them whenever possible. If it’s a video, you could also get your family involved and watch the series together and perhaps even have some valuable discussions.
FREE ONLINE TAFSIR COURSE:
TAFSIR WITH SH. AKRAM NADWI (AL-SALAM INSTITUTE):
We have always found Sh. Akram’s Tafsir lessons mind blowing. His Tafsir lessons are some of the best we have attended Alhumdulillah. We highly recommend you to watch this. Simply just register and they will email you a access code/password to login when lessons are live. The lessons you will learn will be invaluable for sure!
JOURNEY THROUGH THE QURAN 2019 (ONSITE):
SERIES- SEERAH OF THE PROPHET (SAW) WITH SH. YASIR QADHI:
SERIES-ANALYSING THE LIVES OF THE PROPHETS WITH SH. HASAN ALI:
VIDEO- LESSONS FROM THE LIVES OF THE PROPHETS WITH SH. AKRAM NADWI:
VIDEO- KEY MESSAGE FROM SURAH YUSUF WITH SH. AKRAM NADWI:
SECURING YOUR FORGIVENESS THIS RAMADAN WITH IMAM ZAID SHAKIR:
ILMFEED PODCAST WITH UST. SHABBIR HASAN:
PURIFICATION OF THE HEART WITH SH. HAMZA YUSUF:
PURIFICATION OF THE HEART WITH IMAM MIKAEEL SMITH:
ENRICH YOUR RAMADAN WITH YAQEEN WITH IMAM OMAR SULEIMAN:
7) Quran Journal
I absolutely love the idea of Quran journaling. I feel its so beneficial in helping us to learn as well as reflect. Few years back I had come across MARIAMPOPPINS instagram page and ever since I found her directions so helpful. Every month she posts a Quran Journal plan for the month with Quran Ayah numbers that will be covered each day. Its SIMPLE. EASY & TO THE POINT. You can also make your journal as pretty & creative as you like!
I highly recommend everyone to follow her on instagram if you are into it.
8) Ramadan Planner/Dairy
Over the past couple of years Ramadan Planners have become quite popular. With different companies coming up with their own planner designs to enrich your Ramadan and help you to achieve your goal for the month. I think they are great if you are a planner kind of a person and know that you will consistently refer back to your planner. However, it may seem like a trend and you may fall into the ‘trend’ trap only to realise it didn’t work out for you.
I personally think it can work but keeping a few things in mind when purchasing one. Such us, knowing what system and layout of the planner works for you. Some are designed more like a journal, some are more like checklists and some like scrap book etc. Different planners have their own unique designs and you have to know what will work for you. And once you find the one, MAKE IT YOUR BEST BUDDY! Sleep with it, wake up with it, eat with it, walk with it, breath with it…you get the point!
I personally found layout of the planners by KECILMAMIL helpful and I used it religiously:
ETSY RAMADAN PLANNERS:
THE DUA JOURNAL:
THE PRODUCTIVE MUSLIM PRINTABLES:
CLICK FOR FREE PLANNER PRINTABLE
9) RAMADAN WITH CHILDREN
I love seeing Muslim momma’s come up with awesome ideas and free printables to do with children. I always thought its such a brilliant idea to get children involved, learn and be excited about Ramadan.
Below are some blogs, children books and activities with free printables to help you have a fruitful Ramadan with your children Insha’Allah
– MUSLIM MOMMY BLOG:
– EDUCATION ENRICHED:
RAMADAN AROUND THE WORLD:
– THE COZY HOME CHRONICLES
– TEACHING YOUNG MUSLIMS:
– MY EVERYDAY CLASSROOM:
10) Useful Phone Apps
Ramadan is one of the most important months for Muslims and we want to make the most it. Apart from the main events that took place in this months, other things that make this month special are that it’s the month of Mercy and Forgiveness, as the doors of Paradise are opened and Allah is ever so near to accept our dua and forgive us. It is the month where our rewards for our good deeds are greatly multiplied. It is also a month of self-discipline, where we work to improve ourselves mentally and spiritually. We train to nourish our soul with extra ‘Ibadah and educate ourselves in the hope to maintain the routine throughout the year (which is never easy but our effort is the key!). We pray Allah makes Ramadan easy for you, bring you and your family endless blessings, grant you forgiveness and accept your duas Insha’Allah.
We hope you find this post beneficial 🙂