We are already Halfway through the blessed month of Ramadan. Some of us have been able to maximize our time during these past 15days. While some of us are still struggling to find a balance. Some of us passed through it like every other normal day in our lives with nothing extra. It is different for everyone. Ramadan is a lifetime opportunity if we strive to make the most out of it. Because there is no guarantee we would see the end of Ramadan or we would be opportune to witness another month of Ramadan.
If you’ve been maximizing and using your time in Ramadan so well, I am very happy for you. If you are still struggling to find balance, or the high spirit you started with is slowly declining. Or maybe you are still not able to connect to the month. This article is for you. I hope it helps at least.
Iman Levels Dropping in Ramadan
Before the month of Ramadan, we were super excited full of energy and our Iman was at its peak. More and more days into the month of Ramadan you begin to feel the Iman levels dropping. We begin to feel lazy and out of place. But then the truth is we all need an Iman boost sometimes. With the blessed month of Ramadan, many of us have rekindled our Iman in order to reconnect the best way we can with Allah Azzawajal. but as days pass by the Iman level won’t be the same for some of us. We might even begin to see some things (at times less important ) always standing in our way.
We also learned that Iman goes up and down, and it wears out with time. That is why we need to renew our Iman constantly. Paying attention to its highs and lows. Iman comes up with Du’a, it grows with Ibadah ( worship) and increasing your knowledge. The more you know Allah the closer to him you become. Besides if we never surfer from low Iman how will we appreciate its value? Things are known better when you know their opponents. Plus there’s mercy knowing your Iman is moving. And it is vital to transition our Iman to a higher level.
Cut Down those Big Ramadan Goals
Another problem some of us are dealing with is the huge overwhelming goals we have set for Ramadan. We are now at a point where we are just looking at those goals and unable to any them. Which can be quite discouraging & frustrating and you end up doing nothing. It is time to cut down in order to get things done and feel less pressured. Be realistic. To cut down to a realistic goal you must check your current capabilities. You don’t just go and start following another person’s routine. You obviously don’t have the same time and capabilities.
For example, It is better you recite 1page of the Qur’an every day than recite 1juz of the Qur’an today and another 1juz in the next 7days. I also used to set unrealistic goals for Ramadan and get burnt out. But these days my goals are far more practical, simpler, and achievable. It is not how much you do it is how small and consistent you are with it.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” Sunan Ibn Mājah | 4240
Tips to Move on
Do not lose hope if you haven’t done anything in Ramadan yet. Strive to use and maximize the remaining time we have left. Some of us are so addicted to our phones. Although we are less busy during the day, we are constantly scrolling through our phones, watching movies, or playing games. This is not the time for that. Make an effort to do something even if it is small.
Du’a & Dhikr
Make a lot of Du’a even if it is silently in your heart. While you are doing other tasks. At times we say to ourselves, let me finish doing this or that than sit and make Dua which literally never happens. Any time the thought of making Du’a comes to your mind just make your Du’a. Some of us are so busy that once we are done praying we just stand up and leave without saying the Du’as after salam. Ask Allah to grant you the Taufeeq to make Du’a.
Dhikr is beautiful too, such that you can just be driving, cooking, walking or doing anything else. But keep your heart and tongue focused & moist in the remembrance of Allah. Something as simple as Subhanallah! Alhamdulillah! Astagfirullah! and so on.
Stay Away from What’s Distracting You
We have work, school, and other commitments that we will not be able to put on hold for a month. That’s understandable! But we have other habits and activities that we consider part of our daily lives that, if left completely, would add to the health of our Ramadan experience. Television, music, social media, and unchecked internet can easily be highlighted as main distractions during Ramadan. And they can drastically drain away our limited, blessed time. So check yourself and cut down the distraction.
Be Consistent with Small Deeds
I talked about cutting down on your goals. It is very important, because the power of small, consistent deeds has an accumulating power over time, improving the condition of our souls while keeping us motivated. Something as small as donating 1 bag of pure water to those in Need. Cooking one extra plate of iftar and giving it out to one who needs it. Whatever you do, Allah knows about it. And this is the most reassuring feeling.
Focus on What you can Do
It is important to build up confidence in doing acts of ibadah that comes naturally to us. Instead of feeling discouraged or disappointed in acts of worship we find difficult. For some of us giving charity is very easy, maybe because we live in an environment where there’s an opportunity to do charity. For some, it’s standing in Taraweeh, or reciting the Qur’an. So study and analyze what is best in your case, do it, and strive to move on to others slowly. Just make sure you make everyday count, do not let a day pass by with you just lying down playing game and doing nothing of productivity or reward in a day.
I have a lot of tips I want to share with you. But I also do not want to overwhelm you. The key is to find focus and do small but consistent deeds. It will not be easy but ask Allah SWT to make it easy for you. Constantly ask for his forgiveness because constant seeking of forgiveness of Allah helps keep us constantly mindful of Allah and our status as His slaves. Remember to cut down your overwhelming Ramadan goals and keep them realistic. To avoid burnout or overwhelm.
May Allah accept our deeds and our fasting during this month and make it our best Ramadan ever. Ameen.