Community Voice June 2017
Our intentions in Ramadan and 5 ways to keep them going throughout the month.
As we reach the half-way point in Ramadan,
going back and reflecting on our intentions we made on the first day is
important. Due to the nature of Ramadan, we end up having a swift change in our
routine and for some, it can be hard to keep up with the goals we had made
initially through the 30 days. Although this swift change can be difficult, we
can use it to our advantage when looking to achieve our goals. Here are five
ways to stay on track in Ramadan. The first one was mentioned earlier and that
is to reflect – it is important to look back on your progress and also, to look
back on the initial goal you have made and see how you are doing. If you have
not started or have had no success, it is never too late to start or try again
– making an effort is what matters. The second one is to not be hard on
yourself. Know that beating yourself up about not achieving your goal yet will
do no benefit – it might even end up discouraging you; it is important to get
back up and try again. The third one is
to keep yourself accountable; know that you achieving that goal is up to your
efforts and you not trying will only effect you solely. Having personal
accountability also means removing barriers that stop you from making the
effort; if you have invalid excuses or you’re mindset is not right – it is time
to remove those excuses and have a positive mindset towards what you want to
achieve. The fourth way is to write things down and also to write out how you
are going the achieve that goal. For example, if you plan on reading quran
everyday, you can include how many pages you plan to read and set a time aside
to dedicate only to the quran. The fifth and final way is to be optimistic –
being positive may sound cheesy for some but it works. You believing in
yourself and your ability to achieve that goal can take you there. You make the
effort and leave the rest up to Allah:
“Anas (radi Allahu anhu) reported that a person asked Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), “Should I tie my camel and have Tawakkul (trust in Allah for her protection) or should I leave her untied and have Tawakkul.” Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied, “Tie her and have Tawakkul.” (Hasan) [Tirmidhi, 2007].
Ramadan is a blessed month; it is not only to physically and mentally abstain yourself but it is also an opportunity to improve and be the best version of you. Take advantage of the month to grow closer to Allah (swt); anything you do in the cause of Allah (swt) – whether it is for yourself or others can be nothing short of a blessing. “O you who have attained to faith! Fasting is ordained for you as it was ordained for those before you, so that you might remain conscious of God” (2:183) [Asad, 2004].
- Asad, M. (2004). The message of the Qura?n: the full account of the revealed Arabic text accompanied by parallel transliteration. Bitton: Book Foundation.
- Tirmidhi?, M. I., Khali?l, A., & Za?i?,
A. T. (2007). English translation of Ja?mi? at-Tirmidhi? = Ja?mi? al-Tirmidhi?.
By: Sana Syed