The strategic planning in Ramadan
Dr Ishaq Ibrahim
In Ramadhan as the month of Khair and Rahmah, due to the conditions of fasting and new schedules, we might skip some tasks, assignments, and obligations that ought to be done.
For those who find difficulties in adapting their life schedule in the month of Ramadhan, we may need to be reminded of our beloved prophet SAW.
Prophet Mohammed SAW is known as the most proper and scheduled human being. Of course, the prophet was fasting during Ramadhan, doubled his Ibadah, doing all of his duties that have been delivered by Allah SWT and fulfilling his obligations to his family and Ummah as well.
“وَكَذَٰلِكَ أَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْكَ رُوحًا مِّنْ أَمْرِنَا ۚ مَا كُنتَ تَدْرِي مَا الْكِتَابُ وَلَا الْإِيمَانُ وَلَٰكِن جَعَلْنَاهُ نُورًا نَّهْدِي بِهِ مَن نَّشَاءُ مِنْ عِبَادِنَا ۚ وَإِنَّكَ لَتَهْدِي إِلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ”
In a similar way, We have revealed to you a Spirit from Our command. You did not know earlier what was the Book or what was Īmān (true faith), but We have made it (the Qur’ān) a light with which We guide whomsoever We will from among Our servants. And indeed you are guiding (people) to a straight path
The verse above from Sura Al Shura:52 informing Muslims that following prophet Mohammed is the way to success and Jannah. There is no target and goals bigger or more important than Jannah and success, and Allah SWT guides us to the path by following our prophet.
This month, it is a chance for us to practice the prophet’s lifestyle. Besides Ibadah, during Ramadhan, Prophet Mohammed SAW was doing all of the things related to Muslim’s Affairs as his job as a leader of the Ummah.
Therefore, in the blessing and forgiveness month, let us not forget to reprioritize our life and put Ibadah on top of our plans. Besides our busy schedule working and meeting the deadlines, let us take the chance to put our focus on Ibadah.
Time management is one of the strategic planning that we have to practice in Ramadan by dividing our time into sections. These sections could be Solat, reciting Quran, classes, works, family, housework and others.
Following a fixed program could be monotonous. Therefore, we should be creative and maximize the excellent opportunity given by Allah SWT and not miss our tasks and obligations in the month of Ramadhan.
Time planning in this month is crucially recommended to avoid being empty-handed at the end of the month without any gain in the aspect of Ibadah or worldly affairs.
For example, we still need to work from 8 to 5 but let us replace the time we used to have our breakfast and lunch to read the Quran or performing Ibadah sunnah. Let us be winners in Dunya and Akhirah because it is the months of winners for everyone.
Happy Ramadan. May Allah accepts all of our good deeds and forgives our sins.
Dr Ishaq Ibrahim is a senior lecturer at the Da’wah and Management Program, Faculty of Leadership and Management, USIM