30 Days of Ramadan, Day 11: Back on track

16836054_s1/3 of Ramadan is over.  It’s time to stop and self-evaluate.

Have we achieved any of our goals? Have we started? Or started and left off?

The lull is understandable; as stated in a previous post, a busy Ramadan is not easy. We start the month with enthusiasm and then our body begins to tire out much sooner than expected. We think of ourselves as superheroes, attacking the tasks of our lives with KAPOW and CRACK slogans, but what really happens is that our bed becomes our best friend who is beginning to feel neglected.

How can we get back on track?

To start, a day out of the week has to be set to catch up on sleep. In the first post I wrote that one of the goals has got to be sleeping but I know how difficult that can get to squeeze in. Here’s the Plan B – take your Sunday to sleep for a few extra hours.

Now how to get back on track with those goals?

Let’s begin by revisiting our goal list and start again. Figure out how far we’ve gotten and pick it up. Taking out five minutes after Salah is the best time to achieve memorization goals; that’s when we’re in the zone and can spare a few moments before returning to the hustle and bustle. That gives us five times a day where we can set out a few minutes to achieve at least one or two of our goals.

How do we keep on now that we’re back on track?

This is the tricky one. It’s so easy to slip into one priority after another and forgetting to prioritize ourselves. But we’ve got to keep in mind that the next time we see the holy month will be next year Inshallah. So it’s important to take advantage of the days we have left. The best way to stay on track is to stay aware of the time we have left in Ramadan. Once these 30 days are over, our lives really will fall into a lull of priorities for the dunya. Let’s keep the akhira at the forefront, at least for the rest of Ramadan.

The 30 Days of Ramadan series is written by Sobia Siddiqui, CAIR-TX Communications Intern. Enjoy more of her writing on her personal blog, Religion in the Melting Pot.

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