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10 Things To Avoid Wasting Time In During Last 10 Days Of Ramadan

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

30 days – Maximum. 28 days -Minimum.  That’s all the time you have to make use of in the most blessed month of the year, Ramadan.

11 months we’ve been swinging in the ups and downs of productivity, in seeking mercy and forgiveness of Allah, and above all His closeness. A lot of days we have wasted doing things that don’t benefit our dunya or akhira. But just for this one month, for these 28-30 days, let’s take up the challenge of avoiding all those things that will be of no benefit and make best use of this month.

Following is a list of 10 things that you must avoid wasting time in:

#1 Kitchen-Kitchen:
Women spend most amount of time in kitchen during Ramadan. Ironically, in the month of fasting most of our day is spent in making meal upon meal for iftar than in doing deeds that would benefit us. That isn’t to say you don’t cook meals for the family; but make sure you don’t spend your entire day doing just that or even so many hours that you are drained out once you finally step out of the kitchen and have no more energy to spend time in worshipping Allah.

#2 Iftar Parties:
Helping another person break his fast definitely does have a reward, but hosting iftar parties which are extravagant and turn to be a gathering where people miss their Salah and taraweeh, is definitely something you need to avoid.

#3 Stop Watching TV:
Give yourself a break from the soaps/ shows you watch on television. There is always the internet to catch up on what you have lost after Ramadan *if* need be. Please sacrifice the time you spend on TV at least this one month. You don’t want to be regretting it later once the month has passed.

#4 Spending Time on Social Networking Sites:
Deactivate your social networking accounts if necessary. If that is too much to take, at least cut down the maximum amount of time that is spent on it. What’s trending on the news feed is not as important as what you are losing in those minutes and hours you spend aimlessly reading every post. Stop. Close Facebook/Twitter etc., and lift the Quran Instead!

#5 Don’t Get involved in unimportant debates:
8 Rakats or 20 Rakats of Taraweeh? Give those debates a break. Tell yourself Allah knows best or just make dua for the other person and include yourself in it and ask Allah to guide you to choose that which is beneficial to you.  Don’t waste time getting involved in debates especially on those social networking sites by commenting endlessly on what *you think* is right or wrong. Remember you don’t know what intentions are hidden in the other person’s heart and you don’t want to be hurting anyone unknowingly by crossing the line.

“Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

#6 Say “NO” to Gossip:
Ramadan is a time to break bad habits and build new ones. Make use of this time to break the habit of gossiping with your friends or family. Stay away when you can. Remember the negative effects of gossip. Allah subhanahu wa taala says in the Quran:

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, in deeds some suspicions are sins. And spy not neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear God, verily, God is the one who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.
{Surah Al-Hujraat 49: Ayaah 12}

Don’t accumulate sins during this blessed month of Ramadan. Don’t waste your time in these unnecessary stories about what sister X or brother Y is upto! Instead seek Allah’s forgiveness for all your sins especially for the times you have backbitten about someone.

Remember – “Speak Good or Stay Silent!”

#7 Don’t Sleep All Day and Miss Salah:
I understand it can be tiring while fasting but that is absolutely no excuse to sleep all day and waste your time plus earn the sin of missing Salah. Go to bed early after taraweeh prayers and you’ll stay fresh at least for most of the day.

#8 Not Organizing or Pre-planning your day:
Not pre-planning your activities for the day can also lead to wastage of time during this month.  Without a plan a lot of time is spent on deciding what to cook for the day and what task to do next. Planning at least a day in advance about your meals starting from suhur to iftar and dinner will save a lot of time. Additionally, also decide what activities you are going to do during the day and when.

#9 Walking into Ramadan unprepared and without any goal:
A lot of us make this mistake of not making any goals before Ramadan begins. This results in no proper vision for the month and hence leads to wastage of time. Pull out your diary or keep a small planner and define your goals for the blessed month before it begins. Make long term goals for the entire month like being spiritually closer to Allah by the time Ramadan ends. Also make short term goals that will help you reach the former like daily goals – how much Quran to read every day, how many extra rakat to pray; weekly goals like how much charity to give etc.  Make sure your goals are realistic and precise so it’s easier to fit in your daily schedule of office/school and house responsibilities.

#10 Eid Preparation and Shopping:

Narrated Aisha radiAllah anhu – The Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam used to strive hard (in worship) during the last ten days of Ramadan in a way that he did not strive at any other times.”

I understand it’s exciting to look forward for Eid but prepare for it before Ramadan starts. Don’t waste time in shopping especially during the last 10 days of Ramadan. Spending the day shopping will make you tired or if you go shopping at night you won’t be able to seek the blessed night hidden in these 10 days. Remember this is a really special night and you don’t want to miss the opportunity!

Ramadan is here and will be gone in the blink of an eye. So, make sure you utilize your time well such that by the end of it you feel much closer to Allah subhanahu wa taala; and avoid doing anything that will send you on a guilt trip once it’s over.

Authored by Aasiya Maryam
Edited by Shamsiya Noorul Quloob

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

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