Your schedule in Ramadan?

In the name of ALLAH, the merciful and most compassionate

Praises be to ALLAH, the most compassionate and merciful, Who sent down the Quran in Ramadan, and prayers and peace be upon prophet Muhammad - the best of creatures & the light of darkness – and his family and pious, noble companion.

ALLAH almighty and most majesty says “يٰأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ ٱلصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى ٱلَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ [O you who believe, prescribed for you; obligatory for you, is the Fast, just as it was prescribed for those, that were before you so that you might guard yourselves, against acts of disobedience, for, it the fast curbs the desires that prompt these acts].

Oh ALLAH bless what’s left for us in Sha’ban, and let us live until Ramadan, and sustain us to do the best of fasting, praying, sincerity, and commitment. And make us in it the way You love, and with whom You love.

My Brothers and sisters, I put for myself and you this suggested schedule, which perhaps – if ALLAH wills – be helpful for everyone in managing their time in Ramadan, or some of their times in Ramadan, May ALLAH allow us to benefit with it. And everyone according to his free time and job, so I say relying on ALLAH:

Know that Ramadan is a great opportunity, and a great gift, and a great blessing, it’s priceless! And that the greatest blessing in Ramadan is that it enters on you and you’re in good health and life; you weren’t vanished by death, and you weren’t disabled by a disease. You have an eye to see with, an ear to hear with, a tongue to talk, a foot to walk, a hand to do your things.. And you have a brain to think with, so think O’ believer in ALLAH’s blessing on you.

Contemplation is a wide entrance to sharpen determination and willpower for the servant in Ramadan. With no longer delay, I’ll start with the suggested schedule – If ALLAH wills -.

First: The fasting employee, male or female

If you were at work:

· You can keep your tongue remembering ALLAH, glorifying Him, asking for His forgiveness, praying upon Prophet Mohammed and his family and companion.. Note that you’re performing your work completely. As for reading Quran from the holy book itself or from the computer, you shouldn’t do that because you’re supposed to perform the work your manager asked you to do.. but while you’re not doing your work you can recall what you memorize from the Quran, even if you repeat surat Al-Ikhlas.You can read hundreds, and thousands from surat Al-Ikhlas while you’re on your desk or while you’re driving your car, and how many great rewards you’re going to take especially that merits are doubled in Ramadan, but only under one condition, that this shouldn’t have a negative impact on the progress of work, and the way it’s done, or concentrating or losing the right of the job, manager, and rest of the employees.

· Lower your gaze, and hold back you tongue during and after work. And every time you lower your gaze you’ll get great rewards, especially for those who had to work with women who do not dress well.

· You can enjoin decency and forbid indecency with wisdom, moral, manner, and respect. You can give advices, or give books, booklets, brochures or lectures to your colleagues at work, and you can name it “Gift of Ramadan” so you leave a great impact in guiding people to ALLAH most majesty.

· Or you can make a basket which consists of those brochures, books, and tapes and put them on your office door, or on your desk and give them to Muslims.

If you were out of work:

· Define your sleeping hours, and organize them day and night, but beware to sleep and miss a prayer.

· If you used to sleep 8 hours on other months for example, in Ramadan make them 7 or less, even if you started gradually, and start from now before Ramadan so you’ll get used to this. Because Ramadan deserves all sacrifices even if it was 1 hour from your sleeping hours, and make this hour for ALLAH!

· Determine for yourself how many times you can read the Quran completely, and I suggest that you finish reading it twice, How?

v One part during the day, after Suhur(meal before fajr), and continue after fajr prayer, if you couldn’t read the part after Al-Asr prayer.

v The second part you read it after Taraweeh Prayer, and if you notice the two parts are distributed in day and night, so neither your day nor your night is empty from reading Quran

· Attend lectures in Ramadan in the masjid next to you for instance, and listen to the benefits of Ramadan.

· Spend amount of money you determine: for example 500 or 1000 or less or more, whereas you split them into 5 dirhams or less, and you donate throughout Ramadan completely, so that you donate every day and this is in general, but as for the alms they’re defined and obliged.

· Contribute in giving food to people who are fasting, and it’s better to set for yourself a table even if once a month; you set it by yourself, and if your house was big enough invite whoever you want to your house, so that they eat what you eat. Especially family, relatives, neighbours, poor people and those who are in need and others. And if you didn’t have a big house, you can limit the number, or contribute with some money for feeding those who are fasting in the masjid, even if it’s a bite you feed that person with your hand, or a drench of water.

· Have some other very important voluntary almsgivings, like visiting relatives and obeying parents, or paying the debt for someone who needs, or solve someone’s problem.

· Maintain praying in the masjid, or at least with a group if you missed the prayer in the masjid.

· Maintain praying Al-Taraweeh completely with Al-Witr, and if you missed them one day because you’re busy, pray them again in another time even if it was the following day, even if you were alone.

· Maintain Al-Rawatib which are before and after prayers.

· Maintain staying up after fajr until sunrise, when the sun is above the ground the altitude of a spear; 18 minutes after sunrise. And beware to sleep in this time because it’s a precious and great time, and if you were too sleepy move from your place and don’t surrender to sleep.

· Maintain Al-Duha (forenoon) prayer, and ablution’s sunna prayer.

· Sit with your family and children to study together the Quran, even if the short suras

· Get together with your family and children on breakfast and suhur(pre-dawn meal), and teach them the manners of breakfast, suhur, sunnas, and prayers together. For example you say prayers and they say Amen, and these are beautiful moments which do not repeat very often.

· Make yourself used to doing what you’ve missed in the schedule, in the same day or the following one, and beware to miss Ramadan without caring or gaining benefit from it.

· If you can pray Al-Tasabeeh even once a week in Ramadan, do it.

Second:Fasting Student at school or in university:

General notices:

· Maintaining praying in a group, especially al-fajr and al-ishaa, also Al-Taraweeh prayer completely with Al-Witr.

· Define your sleeping hours, the amount in which you can concentrate on your lessons and do your worships, do not over sleep, not more than 6 or 7 hours maximum.

· Sleep when you get back from school after praying Al-Thuhur in a group in the school’s masjid for example, and intend by that to be strong to worship ALLAH most majesty. And –if ALLAH wills- you’ll gain the reward for that. Try to wake up before Al-Asr prayer so you could pray in the masjid, and if there was a lesson given there listen to it, and try to write down what you’ve heard so you’d work by it, whereas the benefit of knowledge is work.

· Define yourself how many times you’ll read the Quran and let it be twice.

v Read a part after listening to the lesson in the masjid, or half a part, and complete the rest of the amount which you defined after Al-Taraweeh or after Al-Fajr.

v Set yourself two hours after you pray al-Taraweeh and read Quran, and revise your lessons. Intend to learn and spread this knowledge, and benefiting yourself and the nation, and making your parent’s heart happy.

· Make sure to have breakfast with your family, and don’t forget to say your prayers. Be content with the available food, and don’t ask for more, and don’t pshaw from what’s available. Maintain your tongue, and don’t yell in anger or else, be descent with a pure heart, lower your gaze, smile, devout, and be humble.

· Serve your family at home, and don’t hesitate in giving help.

At home or outside, even if with your mother in the kitchen, prepare food or buying things from the market.

· Make sure to eat Al-Suhur, and delaying it is better, do not leave it. Even if you weren’t hungry, even if one date you eat or one drench of yoghurt you drink, because Al-Suhur’s food has great blessing do not miss it!

· Beware watching TV or internet, and don’t lose your time especially with series and banal programs, which let you lose your time and miss opportunities and rewards in Ramadan. Beware, and it’s ok to watch some religious and beneficial programs but not a lot, whereas Ramadan is not the time of lectures, it’s time of Worshipping, reading Quran, Repentance, Crying of fear from ALLAH, praying at night, obeying parents, and communicating with relatives.

· Make advantage of having your parents with you, serve them, obey them, and open a new page with them.

· If you find some free time, fill it with Quran and contemplating, and add prayers at the middle of night.

· Do some of what we’ve mentioned earlier to the employee.

Third:Fasting woman and house wife.

Most women especially housewives, Ramadan passes on them and they didn’t make advantage from it. Whereas some spend a lot of time preparing Breakfast, Suhur, sweets, drinks, whether with their choice or their husbands’ orders. And I give an advice for husbands: don’t overwhelm your wives in preparing food, and accept the little. Because asking them to do more food than what they’re capable of, makes them miss the fasting month; whether praying or reading Quran. Also loads of food makes you miss, and become lazy in worshipping, so take care of your wives.

· I repeat the main notice, maintain the prayers on their time, and in a group if you could at home with your children or alone, and it’s ok to pray in the masjid.

· Set the time which you cook your family’s food, with recalling the intention of feeding those who are fasting, and you’ll have the reward, if ALLAH wills.

· Make advantage of the time you’re preparing food, by reciting Quran if you memorize it, or by reciting the small suras, or by glorifying ALLAH, testifying that there’s no God but ALLAH, and rest of remembrance.

· If you were bored or tired, you can listen to a lecture through the recorder.

· If your husband eats a lot and cares about his food, and loves to have varieties, don’t pshaw! but give him advice in a sophisticated, wise, love and tender way. Don’t insist on him, and if he didn’t respond do what he asks, and intend to obey your husband, and by that you obey ALLAH most majesty. Also intend to contribute in preparing food for those who are fasting, to gain the reward. Because reward is gained – if ALLAH wills – for those who contribute with their money, or prepare food to feed those who are fasting. And make a part from what you cook to feed those who are fasting in the masjid, or workers, or passersby, or poor people, or neighbors. And beware to pshaw or have bad thoughts about your husband, or talk bad things about him in your heart. Maintain your heart in Ramadan, whereas in both cases you’re a winner if ALLAH wills.

· Prepare the breakfast meal before al-Maghrib Prayer(sunset), so that when it’s the time of prayer’s call, you and your family are sitting at the table, praying to ALLAH, and asking Him His forgiveness.

· Beware of watching TV and series,..etc. Unless it’s a beneficial religious program, yet don’t watch a lot. Just one or two, and make use of your time by Quran, remembrance, and prayers.

· Make sure to pray Al-Isha and Al-Taraweeh, and it’s ok to pray in the masjid, yet praying at home is better, especially together with your family and daughters, so that the family is assembled in praying together.

· Read the Quran completely once or twice or three times in Ramadan, and distribute them by reading a part after Al-Taraweeh, or after or before Suhur(pre-dawn meal), or after Al-Fajr prayer, or between al-Thuhur and Al-Asr.<="" p="">

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