بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
“Ahaa, finally my perfect Ramadan planner!”
Read the whole post before jumping to any conclusions…
So, let me start with my story.
I had been in search of the “perfect” planner, not for Ramadan but for the whole year. I had found many nice ones but they didn’t have everything that I wanted.
Each time I came across a nice time management program or an excellent paper planner, there was always the inevitable story of how the creator of the planner had been in search of the perfect planner and had then ended up designing their own planner – which of course was “perfect”, because it was designed to his/her own specifications.
Of course, these individuals then attempted to sell or share (for free) their “perfect” planners to others.
I guess I’m not the smartest person in the world because it took me years to finally put 2 and 2 together: If I wanted the “perfect” planner, I would have to design my own.
And that’s what I did, alhamdulillah.
Now, you might be saying “Oh so you’re going to share your perfect planner with us??”
Of course not. It’s my planner therefore it’s suited to MY specifications.
If you want a perfect planner, you need to make your own. It’s simple. Just open up an excel sheet and start working.
That’s what I did and now I have a nice, beautiful daily planner and a nice, beautiful monthly planner, both of them designed according to my tastes.
[What about my Ramadan planner, you ask? Well, I’m just going to take my daily planner and adjust it for Ramadan, insha-Allah.]
So, don’t sit and search for the perfect planner because you’re probably not going to find it.
Just design it yourself.
I was searching for one thing and then I came across something totally different but equally wonderful.
Website # 1
A sister had asked how children can be kept occupied during Ramadan rather than waiting for iftar. Well, I have a long reply in mind but for now I’d suggest that all those who have the same problem, first read this post and then visit the following site: http://1000gooddeeds.com/
It’s absolutely fantastic. They have mentioned so many good deeds, along with the evidence.
Website # 2
It’s from the same person who wrote the post that I linked to above.
[Note: The main blog which I linked to also has many Ramadan goodies for kiddies. Be sure to check that out as well.]
Here’s the sister’s Ramadan site and its blog:
Website # 3
Another Ramadan blog…..
Great minds do indeed think alike.
It’s got some great stuff (including fatwas, planners, etc)
It also has a sister site (Ramadan crafts): http://rplanfamily.wordpress.com/
Very nice indeed.
May Allah reward all the people behind all three websites. They’ve obviously put in lot of effort.
PS. I think all three of them deserved their own posts but I thought I could save more time this way….
Remember the Productive Ramadan Website? Well, it’s online! And it’s quite nice indeed. May Allah reward those behind this project.
And they sent out three goodies before their launch.
1) A lecture entitled “Secrets to a Productive Ramadan” – It was simple and short but you know what? I liked it a lot especially the ayah (verse) he kept quoting. It was like listening to the ayah for the first time…
Here’s the audio: Secrets to a Productive Ramadan by Brother Mohammad (Download).
You can listen to it online here. [Sorry, the wordpress audio thingy isn’t working.]
2) A planner called the Ramadan Taskinator. Very nice. (I’m using it).
3) A planner called the Habitator. Also, very nice. (I’m using this too).
I should point out one thing: if you want to be productive, you HAVE to work hard. There are no shortcuts.
I had previously shared some Ramadan planners.
Here’s an article that outlines exactly what we should be doing during this month:
[Note: It’s a “suggested” program. It doesn’t mean that if you have to follow it 100%.]
Suggested program for the Muslim during Ramadaan
Firstly, let me congratulate you on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadaan; I hope that Allaah will accept fasting and prayers from us and from you.
I hope that I can make the most of this opportunity to do as much worship and earn as much reward as possible. I hope that you could give me a program that is suitable for me and my family so that we can make the most of this month in goodness and obedience.
Praise be to Allaah.
May Allaah accept all our righteous words and deeds, and help us to be sincere in secret and in public.
There follows a suggested program for the Muslim during this blessed month:
The Muslim’s day in Ramadaan:
The Muslim starts his day with suhoor before Fajr prayer. It is better to delay suhoor until the latest possible time of the night.
Then after that the Muslim gets ready for Fajr prayer before the adhaan. So he does wudoo’ at home and goes out to the mosque before the adhaan.
When he enters the mosque, he prays two rak’ahs (tahiyyat al-masjid – greeting the mosque). Then he sits and keeps busy making du’aa’, or reading Qur’aan, or reciting dhikr, until the muezzin gives the call to prayer. He repeats what the muezzin says, and says the du’aa’ narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) to be said after the adhaan ends. Then after that he prays two rak’ahs (the regular Sunnah of Fajr), then he occupies himself with du’aa’ and reading Qur’aan until the iqaamah for prayer is given. He is in a state of prayer so long as he is waiting for the prayer.
After offering the prayer in congregation, he recites the dhikrs that are prescribed following the salaam at the end of the prayer. After that if he wants to sit in the mosque until the sun has risen, reciting dhikr and reading Qur’aan, that is preferable, and that is what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do after Fajr prayer. Read more
I’ve already talked about The Heartwheel Journal.
Was that too complicated for you? Well, here are some more planners:
Ramadan Planner 5 (This is an adaptation of the Heartwheel Journal.)
I think most of you have may come across these before. A small suggestion: Look at all of them and then prepare your own.
Also, please understand a very important fact: these activities are not confined to Ramadan. This month is just the starting point so that we can train ourselves to keep doing these good deeds on a regular basis.
Got any more planners? If so, please do share them.
The Heartwheel Journal was all the craze last year. Why? Well, it’s nice but I think it caught on because it was the “in” thing at that time.
I tried it for a few days but it didn’t work for me, to be honest with you. However, it did teach me a few lessons (i.e. the importance of planning and documenting).
So, check it out and try it out. Use it if it benefits you but don’t use it just because you think you have to or because it’s “cool”.
Here’s the Heartwheel Journal. Want to know how to use it?
Okay, here’s an audio by the person who invented it:
How to use the Heartwheel Journal By Muhammad Alshareef (Download):
Prefer a video? Here’s Brother Nahyan giving you a walkthrough: