How to Maximise Productivity from Ramadhān?
The Noble Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) has said:
It (Ramadhan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire(of hell) — Bihar al-Anwar, Vol.: 93, Pg.: 342
- The First 10 days of Ramadan are” Rahamat”.When we are not used to getting up early, we may miss our Suhur. When we haven’t eaten our suhur we feel washed out, tired and are unable to concentrate on seeking the mercy of Allah SWT in the way he has described us in the Quran
- The next 10 days is that of “Maghfirat”: These are the Days when We should seek forgiveness from Allah Almighty and repent from our Sins. For most of us, this goes away shopping and in lavish Iftar Parties.
- Then Comes the last 10 days which are the Days of “Nijaat” for seeking Salvation. It is about running to the finish line .And During these days we realize that since we haven’t done enough in the early 20 Days we cannot run and cross the finish line in time.
And thus goes our Ramadan.
Can we just delay all our nonessential work till after Eid? Can we come to Ramadan mode and make ibadah our first priority?
In spiritual terms, fasting is not just abstaining from foods and drinks, it also entails safeguarding one’s mind, heart and bodily limbs from all kinds
of sins and lust.
Spirit of fasting can be broadly categorised into 3 stage-
- Umoom (general) – safeguarding one’s stomach and genitals from haram.
- Khusoos (Specific) – safeguarding the limbs from sins e.g. eyes, tongue and other bodily limbs.
- Khusoos al-Khusoos (specifics of specifics)– restraining the heart from contamination of all worldly concerns and matters whilst dedicating it for Allāh’s remembrance only
Here are 10 ways to maximize Productivity from Ramadhān and attain eternal bliss.
- Join ties with your relatives
- Engage in constant Dhikr and other Ibadāts
- Recitation of the Qur’ān.
- Safeguard the bodily limbs, especially the tongue from sins.
- Give in charity.
- Sit in the company of scholars to learn the commentary of the Qur’ān.
- Develop new habits. Ramadan is a very good exercise in will power, so it is a good time to get rid of bad habits and acquire good ones. Experts say that you need 21 days to form a habit, so Ramadan can be a very good start as you will have a 30-day chance.
- A person’s sustenance is increased during this month so make abundant dua.
- The reward of a single deed is multiplied so hasten to perform every good deed you can.
- Try to emulate the life of prophet by following as much sunnah we can.
There is a hadeeth that “How unfortunate is a person who after the end of Ramadan does not gain any forgiveness of his sins from Allah but ends up piling more sins onto his account.”
The righteous predecessors were very attentive to the worship to Almighty Allah, including paying great attention to the holy month of Ramadan.Let us also strive for it.
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May Allah make our day and night Productive and accept our Ibadah this Ramadan.Ameen.