Thursday, August 4

GOALS FOR RAMADHAN 2011/1432


1. Eat, drink and be moderate
Almost all of us do it – once Iftar time hits, we just keep plowing food and drink into our mouths till it’s hard to move afterwards. And those of us who do it know this is totally contrary to the spirit of Ramadan, through which we’re supposed to learn self-control not self-indulgence. Let’s try to stick to the Prophetic rule on eating: fill our stomachs with one-third food, one-third water and one-third breathing space, even in Ramadan. Remember, Ramadhan is amonth of fasting, not feasting!

2. Give a dollar a day in charity…or five or ten
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, was always generous but even more so in Ramadan. Let’s open our hearts and dig a little deeper in our wallets this year. Even less than a dollar a day adds up. Whatever you can give, it’s the intention that counts.

3. Memorize 4 new Surahs
Memorizing the Quran often seems like a daunting task. But the key is doing it in small bites. Since there are four weeks in Ramadan, try to memorize one new Surah a week. Start off with a short, easy one. Once you’ve started, you’ll build momentum and may even want to memorize a longer one the following week.

4. Go to Tarawih prayers
Post-Iftar, the first urge is to sleep after an exhausting day. But try your best to head out to the mosque for Tarawih prayers. Praying alone is wonderful, but doing it in congregation is fantastic. The community spirit is part of Ramadan’s blessings. Don’t miss it this year. 

5. Stop swearing and/or backbiting – with a special box
It’s hard not to shoot our mouths off when someone’s upset us. Whether we utter those four-letter words or backbite about someone to our family and friends, we know this isn’t the God-approved way of letting off steam. In Ramadan, when we want to build our spirituality, we’ve got to wage Jihad against our bad habits.
Try this: get a box and every time you catch yourself swearing or backbiting put some money in it. It could be a buck or less. The point is to choose an amount that makes it feel like punishment. At the end of the month send the money to a charity or buy a gift for the person whom you’ve backbitten the most against.

6. Call/email your relatives
You’d think that given the easy access to email, competitive long-distance calling rates, phone cards, etc. these days, we’d keep in touch with family and friends more often. But the opposite seems to be the case, as we get caught up in life’s “busyness.”
Strengthening ties with family members and keeping in touch with friends is part of our way of life and an act Allah is very pleased with. This Ramadan, call family and friends or at least email them a Ramadan card and ask them how their fasting is going.

7. Go on a technology diet
Even if you work in the IT industry, you can do this. Avoid checking personal email and surfing the web during your fast. After Iftar, instead of plopping yourself in front of the screen, go to Tarawih. The same goes for the television. The point is to try to give our full attention to spiritual elevation this month.

8. Read 5 minutes of Quran a day… not less, the more the better
Even if you feel you’ve got absolutely no time, set a timer or the alarm on your cell phone and find a relatively quiet place. You can read the first page of the Quran you open or follow a sequence. The choice is yours. The point is simply to connect with God through His revelation in the month of the Quran.

9. Forgive everyone who has hurt you
Still got a festering wound from the fight with your friend last year? Still upset about something your spouse said during a heated argument? Or are you still bitter about the way your parents sometimes treated you as a kid? Let go of the anger and pain this Ramadan and forgive those who have hurt you. Forgiving someone is not only good for the body, but it’s also great for the soul. And in Ramadan, ten days of which are devoted to Allah’s forgiveness, shouldn’t we lesser beings forgive too?
 
Exactly How To Set & Achieve Your Quran Goals This Ramadan!
Get your notebook out and brainstorm answers to each of these questions..
1. What can you learn from previous Ramadans’ mistakes that will help you succeed inshaAllah in future Ramadans? Your past is not your future. Brainstorm 3-5 ways you can improve on your past efforts.

2. Ideally, what would you like to achieve with the Quran during a Ramadan?
Recognise that you may not be ready to achieve this ideal target this Ramadan, and commit to taking steps and improving yourself over the next year, so that if you can’t do it this Ramadan, inshaAllah you can do it the next one (if you’re still alive).

3. Set up ideal & minimum time targets for each day of Ramadan.
I like to think of Ramadan as having 2 types of productive Quran time: passive audio listening time versus sitting & studying the Quran time.
Take a look at your calendar right now & mark off the dates of Ramadan. Now ask yourself:
a. When during the day is the best time for me to recite?
b. Which healthy weekly/daily commitments am I willing to cut out during Ramadan? Cutting TV time, friend time, etc could free up your time.
c. How much time will you ideally, comfortably have each day for the Quran? (eg. 1 – 2 hours)
d. And if you don’t make that ideal target, what will be the bear minimum you think you can comfortably do each day? (eg. 15-30 mins)

5. Of all the ares of Quran study, which is the most important for you to focus this Ramadhan? For some people, it may be improving tajweed and fluency of recitation, others might want to focus on understanding the Quran in Arabic so they can connect and reflect more deeply with it. Or it might be simply memorizing many Surah.
Use these practical strategies with a timeframe which suits your ability, free time and goals. Do it with a friend or family,company keeps us in ,ine with our goals. If you ever need help, the internet has numerous helpful Islamic websites with reliable sources, or better yet, ask any Islamic organization, or ustaz/ustazah nearby. Insyaallah they will be willing to help us out!

Adapted by Auni Najwa Azman, Timbalan Pengerusi LPM PMIUSM

from source http://islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/goals-for-ramadan-2011/

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