Ramadan Reflections: YOU without a Blurr

YOU without a blurr
YOU without a blurr

It’s said that airplanes are off their course most of the time, yet they start and reach their intended destinations. It’s a matter of knowing where to go and making adjustments on the way.

Ramadan. This is the ‘realest’ you can get. Shaytan is tied up, the avenues to do good is so common, atmosphere of Muslims is  o-so-good.

It’s all on YOU…

Instead of waiting until after Ramadan to do some self-analysis, take account now and adjust course.

Let’s cover 3 areas for now:

  1. Ibadah Threshold
  2. The Replacement for Time
  3. Watching the Energy Dial

Ibadah Threshold

Considering that the shayateen are tied up and we’re left to ourselves, our quality and quantity ibadah (worship of Allah) reflects our Ibadah Threshold.

It’s like the cap on how much good deeds our mind & body can handle and how far our Iman drive us.

It’s the same month of Ramadan for everyone. Yet we see some Muslims who are fully ON and continue improving, while others are making FaceBook updates about how hungry they are (and then discussing it with others who are complaining about hunger!)

The purpose of fasting in Ramadan is taqwa, so let’s check how much we are doing and how much we are improving.

Where do you place in this race?

The Replacement for Time

I do this thing called “Time Tracker” once in a while to get an overview of the trends in my daily life and measure productivity.

So I was just noting down few days ago how much time opened up from the not eating and cutting out distractions etc. and what will replace that free time.

Here’s an example:

  • Save 1 hr from not eating during the day
  • Save 1 hr from cutting distractions
  • Add 2 hrs to my day by waking up at Suhoor (Sehri)
  • Minus 1 hr for Taraweeh (or as Bengali’s call it “Tarabi Namaj” 😛

WoW, there’s an extra 3 hrs!


Here’s the key point of this activity, where is it all going?

Is it here:

  • 1 hr for Quran reading
  • 20 mins extra adhkar
  • 40 mins Iftar (prep included)
  • 1 hr of some more good stuff

Or here:

  • Sleep after suhoor until regular days wake up time (eliminates the 2 hrs extra)
  • Pray 8 out of 20 Taraweeh prayers and chill outside until everybody’s done
  • Explore new ways to waste the extra time; extra long iftar, more YouTube, ‘relaxing’


So do it up — see how much time freed up for you and how it’s being replaced.


Watching the Energy Dial

We know our energy level fluctuates throughout the day, Ramadan and non-Ramadan days.

Watch how those fluctuations happen during Ramadan; when do you feel most energetic as well as when do you feel wiped out.


We can’t get into it too deeply now, but just work according to your energy schedule.

  • If you’re too sleepy in the morning and fresh in the afternoon, do the task that needs focus/attention at that time.
  • Do the more serious Quran reading when you’re energetic, then maybe relax and do your adhkar when you’re tired & awaiting iftar.


Moving forward

You can’t direct the wind, but you can adjust the sail.

So wherever you are in life/Ramadan now is because of the things you did before you got here (ie. Ramadan).

It’s not necessarily a good thing, it’s not a bad thing…it just is

We’ve still got a part of Ramadan to get through, let’s make the best of it. InshaAllah.

Summary

Here are the 3 areas we covered:

  1. Ibadah Threshold – a cap to our ability/interest in good deeds
  2. The Replacement for Time – investigate the free time and what’s replacing it
  3. Watching the Energy Dial – work according to your energy cycle

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Share what you benefited from this; after reading and after testing them out.

If you don’t want to share but do want the next piece of the series, just say More and I’ll get that your way, InshaAllah.

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I’m looking forward to all your successes,

Nahyan


15 thoughts on “Ramadan Reflections: YOU without a Blurr

  1. Asaslam alaikum. JazakAllahu Khaira, however I would like to see some time in your equation for taking a nap. For most of us, staying up from suhoor time (say 4:30am), and sleeping after taraweeh time (say 11:30pm) day in and day out will just drain you by the end of the week. So some time needs to be factored in there to keep this plan sustainable.

    Or were you able to suck those 2 extra hours out of your body and also keep up with the taraweeh?

  2. Assalam Alykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Baraqathehu. Nice website, seems very easy to understand and use! Proof reading errors should be checked for. I agree with Abdullah Abu Adam, because sometimes we are too sleepy and some time should be left just for that; however, a possible solution is to make one or two days of the week where sleep is focused on. Keep up the good work and keep it coming.

  3. Abdullah Abu Adam :
    Asaslam alaikum…staying up from suhoor time (say 4:30am), and sleeping after taraweeh time (say 11:30pm) day in and day out will just drain you by the end of the week. So some time needs to be factored in there to keep this plan sustainable.

    Wa alaikum assalaam warahmatullah,

    Nap – definitely needs to be there.

    2 things can happen : your body will recover those hours of sleep during the “nap” (which sometimes ends up longer than planned) or take a short nap and body will adjust to sleeping bit less at night.

    Just my observations/assumptions.

  4. I’ve noticed that for me to take naps, it needs to be somewhat inconvenient (head on desk, sleep on the floor, no comfy comforter) to avoid oversleeping. As one of my goals was to cut sleep time overall.

    From a conversation with Sh.Waleed Abdulhakeem, he mentioned to take interval training approach.

    – Sleep less than body’s need for 5-6 days of the week
    – 1 day to let body recover; wake up naturally instead of alarm (of course taking salah into consideration)

  5. @S.A.K.

    Wa alaikum assalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Baraqatheh bro,

    Jazakallahukhair for the feedback and sleep suggestion.

    I’ve gotten the proof reading comment once before 😛
    So it’d be great if you can point out which area(s) I should check more closely. It’s sometimes hard to edit own work.

  6. Assalamu alaikum akhi. Jazakallahu khair for this article. Personally I think it is one of your bet articles yet. It has really given me a wake up call. Though I think I have fallen short this year, there are still a few days left to make up for my shortcomings. I wish you had put this up earlier but I will look at my day more carefully and insha’Allah continue to do so after Ramadan. Keep up the good work akhi

  7. excellent article, especially the “replacement for time”- very practical examples and very helpful. jazakAllah khair

  8. Walikum salaam, there are still a couple of days of Ramadan left, elHamdulillah, so let’s see what we can do in these last blessed days and blessed nights full of baraka.

    I consistently do get up with Fajr, go to work,and get to bed late because getting up early in the am is the only way I can add in the things that make a difference to me in my life.

    Ramadan gets challenging because I get more things to do in the same time period, but it does make you focus on how you are spending your time. Even with time crunch it lets you reflect — you can spend a couple of hours with iftar at your friend’s house or you can have a simple meal, dash to do something productive and get to Taraweeh on time. While I usually spend my mornings on Qur’aan with a review in the evening only as I drive. When I get home I devote time to more dunya goals and matters, and having Taraweeh brings it back into focus as to how we should begin and end our days with Allah. It makes me think that if I can add time in the morning, can’t I add some time in the evening during the year too? It’s not that I actually scrunched up my time or activities, but that I have been put in a position to make choices about which are my priorities and cut out or cut down on some of the other activities which may not be bad thing or time wasters, but may be less as important as ibadah.

  9. ASA,

    Excellent tips br Nahyan. Based on your advice, I tried the interval training approach for sleeping this Ramadan and I found it to be very beneficial in allowing me to sleep less and get more things done during the week. Now I am hoping to incorporate this habit during the rest of the year inshaAllah.

    Another thing that I found very beneficial was to set weekly and daily Ibadah goals this Ramadan and take a few minutes to evaluate yourself on a daily basis. When doing this, I would like to recommend that you set goals that will challenge you. You will be surprised how much you can accomplish when you have specific goals that you are working towards on a daily basis.

    Salams,

    Latif Ahmed
    DU Life Coach

  10. @Latif Ahmed

    wa alaikum assalaam Latif,

    InshaAllah you have great success in making the sleep schedule into a habit.

    I totally agree with setting goals that are challenging, I’ve gota do more of that myself.

    Jazakallahukhair
    Nahyan

  11. Subhanallah,

    We had’nt thought of it this way earlier.
    Definitely worth ponering and implementing.
    Wish I had seen it earlier.

    May Allah give you the best in both worlds.
    Fathima

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