During Ramadan, we make a pact with Allah to fast 30 days, sunrise to sunset each day, give food and money to the poor as well as read Qur’an (some even vow to finish reading the entire Qur’an by the end of Ramadan and NO, reading Surah Ikhlaas three times does not count). Here are five other Ramadan goals you could consider adding to your Ramadan checklist of spiritual cleansing:
1.Resist temptation from not only food, drink and love-making, but also from other habits. Some might choose to listen to Qur’an recitation more often as opposed to listening to music. Others might choose to watch more Islamic documentaries and lectures instead of binge-watching movies.
2.Wake up! Being without food especially Quarantine-time can be draining and we find ourselves lacking energy and sleeping more. Sometimes, we feel like we can just sleep during the day, only waking up to pray, until it is time to eat iftar. It may be hard, but set an alarm and wake up! Keeping up with routine will also help you prioritize more spiritual time as well as family time. If you have children, remember that your kids are awake and may be too young to fast. Perhaps even the wife and mother in the family is not fasting due to pregnancy or breast-feeding. Spending time with them will also help pass the time well:
“And among His signs is this, That He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them and He has put love and mercy between your hearts”-Qur’an 30:21
3.Keep a Journal and pen handy. This can also be a blog or vlog. It will keep you energized and help you reflect on your days.
4.Exercise. Although Islamic prayer or “salah” is, in itself, an exercise for the body. Do a 10-15-minutes workout each morning to keep you energized for the rest of the day’s priorities.
5.Read Islamic literature or even fiction, written by published Muslim authors. This way, you stay inspired and are still keeping up your spirituality while enjoying a good story.
6.Keep up with your hobby. If baking and cooking are your hobbies, then they are already an imminent part of Ramadan goals. However, if you love to do puzzles, paint or sketch, arts and crafts, even photography…keep them up! They are fun and help stimulate your body activity as well as your brain activity.