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Ramadan Checklist

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

Ramadan is a major blessing in the life of a Muslim. Majority of us pray to reach it and anticipate the rain of mercy during that month and the extra reward we get for each and every deed we do. But how often do we have that feeling that we could’ve done more during Ramadan. Maybe made more dhikr or prayed a few more rakats or read a few more surahs or memorized a few  more ayaat?

If you go through such feelings then you’ve landed in the right place. Worry not, we as humans often aspire more than we work towards achieving something. This Ramadan let us be amongst those successful ones who not only aspire high, but also work towards achieving the goals. Want to read more Quran? Want to pray more nafl? Want to do more dhikr? Let’s plan for it!

Remember, Allah doesn’t change the condition of a person until they change what is in themselves
{Surah Ar-Rad 13: Ayaah 11}

Ramadan checklist is an amazing way to keep track of one’s deeds throughout the day. Checklist is a simple list of items and is used as a reminder. Ramadan checklist consists of a list of deeds to be performed throughout the day.

“A checklist will help keep track of deeds and also to be focussed throughout the month to utilise time effectively.”

Even though there are quite a few Ramadan checklists available online for a muslim’s benefit, I encourage you to make your own checklist. Why? Because you know yourself more than anybody out there. You know better how you want to spend Ramadan.

How will it help you? If you want to do something again & again, and want to do it right every time, use a checklist. If you’re still wondering about how a checklist can help you, a person who probably never made checklists, here’s how!

A Ramadan checklist can help

  • Keep track of progress
  • Keep track of deeds performed
  • Identify areas that need to be worked on
  • Ensure consistency in ibadah throughout the month
  • To not skip any deed
  • Identify deeds to be done throughout the month
  • Save time
  • One to not think which deeds to do next

A wise Muslim would never want to enter Ramadan without preparation lest s/he misses the barakah.

Different checklists you can make.

Choose your type 🙂
The basic types of checklists are:

1. Read-do: You read each step of the task, and then perform them off as you go, like following a recipe.

2. Do-confirm: You perform steps of the task and keep going through the checklist as and when required, and confirm (tick mark) that each step has been completed.

Once you’ve chosen your type of checklist, you can proceed towards making it. The different checklists that can be made are –

  • Daily Deeds Checklist
  • Ashrah wise list (First 10 days/ 10-20/ 20-30)
  • List specific to laylatul qadr (alternate nights)
  • Specific for morning/afternoon/evening
  • Weekly achievement list
  • Friday checklist
  • Dhikr list

Make one you’re comfortable with. Start well ahead of Ramadan so you don’t lose out on time in Ramadan. Even if you are making a list midway, be assured you will gain alot!

Words of warning! Try not to make too many checklists else you’ll spend more time making them than doing ibadah. And if you’re like me, you’ll want to constantly beautify the list and make it perfect. A better idea would be to prepare it much in advance and beautify it as much as you want before Ramadan.

May we learn to use our time better than we did last year, may that feeling of guilt be replaced with motivation to do more, to be better, to aspire higher. May Allah accept, reward and bless us for every good action. Ameen.

Authored by Farheen Naaz
Edited by Shamsiya Noorul Quloob

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

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