Five small, achievable Ramadan goals
I am fasting this year (after about 4 years of not fasting) and put together a list of small, achievable Ramadan goals because I really want to make this Ramadan count inshaAllah. I know for those who aren’t fasting, you can often feel disconnected from everyone else and these are really easy ways to increase in worship and feel the beauty of Ramadan even though you’re not fasting. Busy mums can also find it really difficult to make the most of Ramadan whilst juggling the demands of young children. Here are a few things that can help:
1. Use the Productive Muslim Daily Planner, another planner or even just a notebook, to plan your ibadah. I took some time to write it all down and plan it around Salah times, and it has gotten really easy to complete those acts of worship whilst working on praying salah on time, every time, which I struggle with. I’m hoping that this will help me to build the habit of planning my day around Salah instead of the other way around.
2. Download and print the really handy to-do list by Gilded Dunya, that includes smaller things to add to your ibadah lists, like – Istighfaar 100 times, daily morning adhkaar, evening adhkaar, salawaat upon the Prophet, all of which can be read very easily even around a hectic schedule with kids.
3. Partake in a consistent good deed – This is a really easy one to check off your Ramadan goals list if you are able to make donations. This can be in the form of donating your time to helping family and friends or preparing food gifts for others, among other things. If you’d like to donate to charities, this is a really helpful website – you can set a monetary target of £2/ $2 a day or whatever amount you like, and it will auto-donate for you every day of Ramadan or you can log on and manually donate to charities (that you choose) every single day throughout Ramadan – it takes all the work out of it for you! Sign up to the LaunchGood 30 day Challenge! (you can also catch up on previous days :))
4. Dhikr in the car, and whilst cooking. You could even play this and repeat after the reciter if you find it easier to do this. Again, Productive Muslim have a great dhikr list that you could read from.
5. Listen to podcasts. I love podcasts – these are great for whilst you’re in the car, cleaning, cooking etc. The Productive Muslim podcast is really good this year. A few others you might enjoy are – Quran for Busy People and Muslim Central. Listening to them will make you feel like you are constantly learning even as you tackle a mountain of laundry or scrub dried cereal off chairs. ?
I also wrote a post last year for Muslimah Bloggers on ways busy mums can feel more centered during Ramadan – you may find some helpful tips in there too!