بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Wait! Can you believe Ramadhan is here already?
May Allah make us witnesses. Amin.
I first came across the monthly one word goal from Layinka Sanni’s Instagram last year. Its when you find a word that encompasses your goals and you take the word and make it your focus. You put it into the goals of your areas of life – career, business, family, spirituality, financial and social. I find that some people actually have a one word goal for a whole year and I thought it was going to be tiring to just focus on one thing all year round.
So this year I decided that I was going to have a one word goal for every month in 2018. I chose the word intentional for January 2018. And I have not changed it since then. It’s only April but I am a little over 50% of my goals for the year. Alhamdulillah! So yes! My one word goal for this coming Ramadhan inshaAllah is intentional.
The first thing you have to do is to decide to do things differently. If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always got. So last year Ramadhan, I did something different. I journaled about everything. I wrote about lessons I learnt, difficulties had, courses I took, Instagram posts I followed, goals I achieved, goals I was unable to achieve, hindrances to those goals and goals I wanted to achieve this Ramadhan. And SubhanAllah! I found that somewhere in my subconscious my mind was already working towards achieving those goals. I would open the journal regularly and see what I was doing and what I needed to do some more of whether it was with my intentions and/or actions and do just that.
Qur’an Halaqah offered a course recently and I was unable to attend live. As I listened to the replay, I decided that I was not going to just start reading the Qur’an in Ramadhan this year. I needed to till the land before planting my seeds. And so I started to increase my daily Qur’an recitation plan. And SubhanAllah it became easier. When I am unable to finish my wird, I find that i wake up earlier than I usually do and I can achieve that before the portion of the next day. Its not a perfect plan but I am doing better than I did last year. So what could you do differently from last year?
Reading more Qur’an not only prepares you for finishing the Qur’an in Ramadhan but it is a source of great reward.
Regarding Ramadhan goals – There is neither an ideal goal list nor a one-size-fits-all goal list. It should be like the goals of every area of your life. It should depend on where you are at and what you need. It might not be to recite the Qur’an cover-to-cover but to reflect more on its ayahs because you want an emotional connection with the Qur’an. Or maybe it is to study tafseer of a Surah because you are in need of an academic connection with the Qur’an. Or maybe you need to focus more on du’a and connecting with the names of Allah. Maybe it’s to start wearing Hijab and imbibing modesty in your character or maybe it’s to give more sadaqah and learn selflessness. You alone can decide what exactly you need.
Intentions – Intentions go further than actions. So make the right intentions. Intend for you to put in the required effort this Ramadhan. Like with everything good, Allah promises ease. You just need to put in a little effort with great sincerity.
شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَىٰ وَالْفُرْقَانِ ۚ فَمَنْ شَهِدَ مِنْكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ ۖ وَمَنْ كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَىٰ سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ ۗ يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلَا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُوا الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُوا اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ
It was in the month of Ramadan that the Quran was revealed as guidance for mankind, clear messages giving guidance and distinguishing between right and wrong. So any one of you who is present that month should fast, and anyone who is ill or on a journey should make up for the lost days by fasting on other days later. God wants ease for you, not hardship. He wants you to complete the prescribed period and to glorify Him for having guided you, so that you may be thankful.
-Surah Al-Baqarah, Ayah 185
Prepare your body – Make the efforts to fast on sunnah days, reduce your meals and cut down on snacks. Also cut of caffeine and incase you addicted already, allow your body go through withdrawal. Do not forget your disease states and medicines. Take note of how drugs and diagnosed diseases affect your fast. Check with your pharmacist about dose rescheduling.
Charity – Muslim communities in the past record the most waste in the month of Ramadhan. Be careful with this. And know that charity purified wealth. So give even more in charity. If you cannot find local charities to support, launchgood has a great Ramadhan programme with awesome causes to support. Give of what you can and be consistent. Remember a smile works fine with the right intention. Don’t go flirting and say it’s charity.
Character over everything – Our character plays a role too. What do we have without good character?
Whether it’s cutting off certain t.v shows and movies, reducing time spent on Instagram, avoiding friends that gossip, backbite or slander, helping out more, reducing arguments, forgiving others, making an effort to improve your hijab, being more polite or just avoiding anything, person or situation that provokes you.
Abu Hurayrah said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “It may be that the fasting person gets nothing from his fast apart from hunger, and it may be that the one who prays qiyaam at night may get nothing from his qiyaam but a sleepless night.”
Allahumma baligna Ramadhan. Amin.