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10 Items You Can Include in Your Ramadān Journal – Part 2

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Bismillah
Rabbi Zidnee Ilman
”My Lord! Increase me in knowledge.”

Part 1 

After going over all the benefits of keeping a Ramadān journal, you have now decided to start one yourself. OK, so what is next? What should be included in this Ramadān journal? This article should give you an idea on where to start. Following is a list of ten items you can include in your journal which will help to make your Ramadān experience more productive, inSha’Allah.

1. Goals
Let’s start by first setting goals and using our Ramadān journals  to track our progress. We first express our intention to do something pleasing to Allah, for instance, “This Ramadān I would like to memorize Surat Ar-Rahman to get closer to Allah and to recite it in my night prayers.” This can be your monthly goal which you can further break down into daily goals such as, memorizing two verses a day.

2. Goal Tracking
Journaling about our actions helps us see patterns, bad habits and so forth. Thus, at the end of the day, review your actions and check whether you achieved your goals or not. What is very important to note while goal tracking is why you did not accomplish your goal? Did you miss your goal out of laziness or were you distracted from it? Analyzing why a goal was not reached helps in coming up with strategies to achieve it in the future.

3. Repentance
Use this time of self-accountability to communicate with Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) and repent. Ask forgiveness for the wrong you are aware of and the wrong you did unintentionally. Supplicate and make du’a for Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’aala) to make it easier next time.

4. Du’a
In an authentic hadith, Prophet Muhammad (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Sallam) is reported to have said:

“There are three people whose supplications are not rejected: the fasting person when he breaks the fast, the just ruler and the supplication of the oppressed.”
[Tirmidhi]

As per the above hadith, every day that we fast in Ramadān is a great opportunity of having our du’as answered. Thus, use your journal to write a list of all the du’as you would like to make this month and take each day to focus on a part of the list. You can also use that same list and intensify your du’as in the last ten days. Having a list of du’as will help you prioritize them.

5. Gems from Your Reading of  the Qur’an
Ramadān is the month of  the Qur’an. Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) says:

“The month of Ramadān in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion….”
{Surah Al Baqarah 2: Verse 185}

Qur’an should be our closest companion in Ramadān. While we read through the passages, we are bound to be deeply touched by some verses. Write them down in your journal and go over why these verses mean so much to you. You never know, your reflections could help someone else to relate to the Qur’an better. InSha’Allah, it could be a source of guidance for others if you decide to share your reflections later on.

6. Family ties
There is a lot of blessing in maintaining family ties. Make a list of relatives you would like to reach out and give salaams to. Every day, you could choose one person from your list, contact them and wish them well. You should also seek their forgiveness for any hurt, harm or distress you may have caused them.

7. Sadaqah
Brainstorm ways in which you can make more sadaqah in Ramadān. For instance, you can decide to vacuum the masjid everyday or empty the trash of the bathroom. Write down what sadaqah you can do daily and put your plan into action. In other words, jot down the necessary steps to make it happen, inSha’Allah.

8. Something new
Utilize your journal to write down something new you learned that day, week or month.

9. Budget
Try to spend less on yourself and more on others. This could require some planning. Make use of your journal to budget your Ramadān expenses.

10. Implementation
The Sahabas used to strive to implement whatever they read from the Qur’an. In your journal, write down ways in which you can implement what you learned.

These are just some ideas to get you started. If you already keep a Ramadān journal, please share with us some of the items you journal about, so that we may all benefit inSha’Allah. The best part about keeping a journal is when you can go through it later and relive the spiritual journey you underwent during Ramadān. May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala bless our Ramadān and help us be more productive this year than ever before. Allahumma Aameen.

Authored By Sister Arty
Edited and Drafted By Sana Abdul Samad

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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