Hajj is a journey of a lifetime for any Muslim and completes the fifth pillar of Islam. There are an increasing number of parents who are performing Hajj with their families or whilst expecting a child; however, to make Hajj a truly positive and spiritual experience when going with the kids, it is important to take note of a few things.
We are often put in situations that test our patience, leading to anger and irritability, which makes resort to bad language, complaint, lying, or backbiting. Sometimes even a pleasant situation with friends can open the door to gossip and, eventually, slander. Here are some tips on how we can control our tongues and increase in patience both in our communication with others and within ourselves:
The manager of Productive Muslim – who also happens to be in my Habits for Allah GoogleGroup – asked me recently to write an article regarding changing habits in Ramadan. Since Ramadan is an excellent time to form habits, I agreed to share some key principles.I shall discuss the key ahadith about habit forming, the method I adopt in my GoogleGroup and then look at how we can apply all this to Ramadan.
The Key Sunnah in Habit Forming
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said:
“…Allah does not get tired (of giving rewards) but (surely) you will get tired and the best deed (act of Worship) in the sight of Allah is that which is done regularly.” [Sahih Bukhari]
“…the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little.” [Sahih Bukhari]
These ahadith are a strong proof of the importance of doing good deeds via daily habits as something done daily is done continuously. If you think about it, Allah has taught us this through much of our Deen. We must pray five times a day, at set times, every single day; we have recommended du’as to make at set times (for example before eating or sleeping) every day. Continue reading
By now you’ve seen the Productive Ramadan Taskinator and, hopefully, jotted down your schedule for the month. Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty view of each day.
This is where the Productive Ramadan Daily Planner comes in. Using this worksheet, your salah gets top priority on your schedule. In keeping with the aim of a Productive Muslim, we try to earn barakah in our activities by praying at the allotted times and not being engaged in anything else when it’s time for salah. Alongside the schedule, this worksheet also contains brief and useful reminders to help you while planning.
We recommend working on the daily planner during the previous night, so that you wake up with your schedule in place. All you have to do is follow the list in sequence and feel an empowering sense of accomplishment as you tick items off!
Download the Productive Ramadan Daily Planner now, use it, and let us know how it benefits you this Ramadan, insha’Allah.
The Time Management Imperative
Before we begin, it’s worth reminding ourselves why Ramadan has a time management imperative. David Allen, creator of the world famous GTD system, has explained that when we want to do anything at any given moment, there are four criteria which should determine our choices: context, time available, energy and priority. If you think carefully, all four are quite dramatically altered in Ramadan.
Since it is the holiest of all months with many required rituals (the least of which is rising earlier for Suhur, fasting and the Tarawih prayers) the context is unique. What can be achieved in Ramadan is necessarily different to other months (notice I didn’t say less than other months). Continue reading