The holy month of Ramadan this year is going to start at the end of May. That’s almost three and a half months from now. This is the first time in my life that I have seriously started planning and writing down my plans for Ramadan ahead of time. I got a lot of help to structure my planning from Amirah Mauthoor‘s “Recharge your Faith: How to make your Ramadan Oustanding”, an ebook which you can find for free here.
This ebook leads the reader through a series of written exercises which are designed to build your planning muscles so that you can carry out those plans with dedication when the time to bring them to life arrives. First, there is the challenge to write what a good Ramadan would be like, but it doesn’t stop there. We are further challenged to come up with what a great Ramadan would be like, ending with thinking up what an outstanding Ramadan would be like.
The most useful part of the ebook, in my opinion, is the “heartwheel”, where core aspects of religion are arranged on the wheel and we are made to score ourselves on how well we are doing in each one. The heartwheel comprises of “Salah”, “Dhikr chunks”, “Chastity”, “Avoiding distractions”, “Daily Sadaqah”, “Upright character”, “Fasting” and “Night prayer”. After scoring ourselves truthfully, we are supposed to write down how we can improve in each sector. If you really commit yourself to honestly racking your brains and coming up with practical ways to improve each point, you will be surprised at how much you can think up regarding this. I didn’t expect much from myself when I began the exercise, but I ended up writing half a page of a close-lined notebook for most of the items.
The other exercises in the ebook are setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound) and assigning a purpose and action plan for each goal. We end up with a checklist of things to do before Ramadan begins, and then “my ultimate dua list”.
I had a nice, thoughtful time filling out my answers to each section and now I’m just left with making my ultimate dua list. Then I will be all set for this Ramadan, with the grace of Allah. What are you waiting for? Grab the ebook for free from here and let’s get this planning party started. See you at fast-breaking time!