Assalamu Alaykum everyone! I pray you’re all doing well.

With Ramadan fast approaching us I have decided to post some of my tips for Ramadan Preparations. It’s never to early to prepare for the holy month of Ramadan.

When I first reverted to Islam I didn’t know what to expect during Ramadan. I didn’t know about taraweeh, I didn’t know what time I was allowed to break my fast. I literally knew absolutely nothing. Alhamdulillah this will be my 3rd Ramadan.

My first 2 Ramadans were very lonely. I didn’t know anyone in the community except for one family and they were always so busy with their own lives and family that I didn’t feel like reaching out. I didn’t want to be a burden anyone. I broke Iftars by myself with my 2 daughters. Having no community or friends during Ramadan is super hard for us reverts. I don’t think people really understand just how lonely it is. Eid was even worse. Everyone was off celebrating with their friends and family they forget about us reverts in the community. Alhamdulillah for my sister who came out to an Eid carnival with me and my daughters.

I never want any reverts to feel like this. I know first hand. With all of this being said, if you know of any converts / reverts in your community, make sure you reach out to them this Ramadan and Eid. You don’t know how much of a blessing it is and how much it means to reach out and to help someone out when they need it. So please do remember the reverts this Ramadan. Most of us don’t have family to practise or celebrate with. All of this is a reminder to myself first.

Ive realized the key to having a successful Ramadan is to have everything planned out ahead of time.

Here are some tips to help you have a successful Ramadan.

Tip #1- Eid Shopping! Figure out your Eid outfit as well as your Eid gifts before Ramadan. The Last thing you want to be worrying about during this blessed month is what you’re going to wear on Eid. I know how important this is to the sisters. So lets get this out of the way! Make a list of everyone who you are getting Eidy for and buy their Eid gifts ahead of time. You really don’t want to be stressing over whether to get A’isha the bangles or that cute abaya she was eyeing in the store the other week. 

Tip #2- Meal Planning.  I think one of the most time consuming things we do during Ramadan is preparing Suhoor and Iftaar. Let’s prioritize Ibadaah not cooking. To make it a little bit easier plan your Ramadan menu now. Go grocery shopping for all of the spices and dry foods.  Prepare and freeze your rolls and baked goods at least 15 days before Ramadan. As for meat and curries you can prepare and freeze those the first few days before Ramadan to make it cooking a lot easier. Don’t forget to read tons of Dhikr while cooking so that blessings go into the food. 

Tip #3- Analyze Yourself. You know yourself best. You know your high energy peak times and your low energy times. If you don’t, now is a great time to start figuring it out. It is best to run your errands and tend to the children during your high energy times. Focus on Qur’an and Dhikr during your low energy times when you can sit down and relax. Make time for just you and Allah. 

Tip # 4- Du’a List. Create a Du’a list for all of the Du’as that you want to make this Ramadan. You can get a book specifically for this. (Salaam Shop has really cute ones! Check them out here: http://bit.ly/1UfoWBZ) If not write up a word document and print it out. Keep your du’a list beside your prayer mat so when it’s time for du’a you can keep track of which du’as you will be making. Here is a great resource for tips on creating a great Du’a list. http://bit.ly/1pFj9ZC 

Tip #5- Start Fasting. If you have any fasts to make up for from last Ramadan get them done now. If you don’t, fast anyways, its sunnah. It will also give you practise to prepare yourself for Ramadan. Start training yourself to be without food for the whole day. 

Tip #6- Create a Goal List. Write down realistic goals for yourself that you want to accomplish this Ramadan; Reading Qur’an, Dhikr, Applying as many Sunnah’s as possible etc. Someone once told me “If it’s not written down, it won’t get done.” I have a huge white board at home. I call it my ‘Dream Beam’ It’s huge and in a common area in my home so I always have a  chance to glance at it. I write down my daily and weekly goals and it serves as a reminder because it’s always there. Once the goal or ‘to do’ is finished I simply wipe it off. I highly recommend this approach! Here is a cute printable Ramadan goal planner if you don’t have a white / chalk board in the home. http://bit.ly/1o1KYcN 

Tip #7- Deep Clean the House. Now that spring has sprung, why not do a nice spring cleaning and get rid of all of that clutter. Have you ever heard of the ‘Konmari’ approach to cleaning and organizing? I’m completely obsessed. If you haven’t heard of it, Martha Stewart gives us a good break down: http://bit.ly/1NeWxJ8 Now is the perfect time to start that! My motto is if you haven’t used it in a year, get rid of it! Im very much a minimalist we only need the basics. Nothing more. Let’s also keep in mind that a cleaner and more organized environment adds to the peace and calm. Let’s get all the heavy cleaning out of the way that way, during ramadan, you only need to do small tidy ups around the home during your high energy peak hours. 

What do you do to prepare for Ramadan?!  I would love to hear from you! You can comment or write me an email Salam@ummjohar.com. You can also reach me on twitter https://twitter.com/UmmJohar

I pray these tips are beneficial and I pray that we all have a very successful Ramadan and that no time is wasted. Allahumma Ameen.

Until my next post.

Umm Johar 

 

    17 Comments

  1. Iman March 28, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

    I love your tips masha’Allah! Ramadan should not be about being tied to the stove all day long. I stopped doing that just before I had children and found that I enjoyed Ramadan SO much more Alhamdullilah. We also get all gifts out of the way ahead of time as well as Eid outfits so there is no shopping done in Ramadan apart from food and other necessities. JazakAllah Khairan for your reminder to be more aware of our revert community insha’Allah and to involve them in our preparations for Ramadan and Eid and in our celebrations – ameen to your lovely duaa! x

  2. Famidha March 28, 2016 at 2:18 pm Reply

    Assalamualikum Umm Johar! I think this is the first time I am here. The title itself got me here from MB group! A very well timed post and may be I have to put this post on my daily reminder here on! 🙂 I need a reminder for reminder! LOL! anyways like you said the cooking takes time and i am so into writing down what needs to be done.. and that really helps a lot. Eid is a family get together but past couple of years its just me and my hubby. This year, InshaAllah, hoping to travel back home and spend Eid with the big family. I have really never planned to this extent.. but your post is really helpful guide..jazaki Allahu khayran!

  3. Rabia S. March 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Precious post! I remember well my first Ramadan. Living in a Muslim country, I felt quite alone, even if the people came together outside in the parks for sharing Iftar. On the other hand, this isolation helps on focussing more on the spiritual goals.

  4. Fatima March 28, 2016 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Ramadan is just approaching in 2 months Insha Allah.
    You have shared some really helpful tips. I just prepare for the Holy month by freezing some food so it doesn’t get difficult to fast and do house chores.

  5. Lubna Karim March 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm Reply

    Since lat 10 years my Ramadan being very lonely…As we stay far away from my family….But Allhumdulliah last year…my friends though Non-Muslim….thinking about me…made and bought so many Iftar goodies apart from that learnt so many things about Ramadan, Muslim, Islam and Eid…I am happy for that….Yeah penning down and planning a menu always eases the work and it is more helpful during Ramadan…Thank you for sharing..

  6. Gemma Elizabeth March 29, 2016 at 3:47 pm Reply

    I love these tips for preparing for Ramadan! I never thought of meal planning though…genius! I’m going to share on FaceBook and Twitter insha’Allah. I think these tips could really be of benefit to other sisters 🙂 I guess its time to start getting ready for Ramadan! jzk.

  7. Kai | Lilpink March 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Ma sha Allah, Ramadhan is indeed approaching. <3
    Dua and goal list is in my itinerary for the whole month of fasting. In sha Allah.

  8. Hina Nafe March 31, 2016 at 1:02 am Reply

    I cant believe its been a year and Ramadan is approaching soon. I couldn’t fast last year since I was 8 months pregnant so I am really looking forward to it this year. Its going to be pretty challenging while breastfeeding my baby but may Allah give us all the strength and may we please Allah

    • Umm Johar March 31, 2016 at 2:05 am Reply

      Assalamu Alaykum sister,

      Jaza’killah for your comment. Congratulations on your baby!! Tabarak’Allah!!

      Sister, If you’re breast feeding you do not need to fast depending on your situation and fears.

      Please see this Fatwa and Daleel: https://islamqa.info/en/50005

      I hope this helps.

      Salaam!

  9. Maryam March 31, 2016 at 8:53 pm Reply

    I think it’s my first time stopping by your blog and I LOVE it. I’m so sorry that you had to spend your two first Ramadan alone 🙁 our masjid has a girl association where we invite a revert for iftar until the end of Ramadan and every Friday we break our fast at the masjid 🙂 and I think the most important thing is meal planning for sure. I’m the type of girl who knows what she’s gonna wear the year before lol.

  10. Myda Tahir April 2, 2016 at 11:25 pm Reply

    Asalamoalikum Sister,
    Congratulations on embracing Islam, Feel bad that sometimes we are so ignorant, well, let’s move on. MashaAllah you are now very much well versed now by the grace of Allah(SWT) if still you need still some support, you can always ask/poke me. Alhamdolillah, we here in Pakistan are blessed with parents, Grandparents to back us.
    JAzakAllah.

  11. Amina April 3, 2016 at 8:45 pm Reply

    Masha Allah, may Allah reward you for your patience as you grow in the deen.

    Goals and dua list work for me – in and out of Ramadan. And last year, I tried cleaning the kitchen thoroughly before ramadan and that was most helpful. May Allah (swt) preserve us in good health till Ramadan.

  12. Fozia S April 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Great tips masha’Allah! Eid shopping is one we definitely do before Ramadan..Dont want to be out shopping while fasting!

  13. Zainab Dokrat April 4, 2016 at 11:27 am Reply

    Your blog is so cute! Love this post, I think it’s best to prepare for Ramadan in advance, make a timetable with how much Quraan you would like to read each day, maybe one new sunnah you would like to start a day or week this Ramadan and one bad habit you would like to stop insha-Allah and I think major prep should be food, we spend so much time in the kitchen in Ramadan it blows my mind, and it’s okay to have the best food alhamdulillah, but I think if you can prep a lot before ramadan like we do for savories than you don’t waste time in the kitchen and you spend more time making ibadat. (www.spicyfusionkitchen.com and http://www.beautywithzainy.com)

  14. Waseema Abdool Khader April 4, 2016 at 11:53 am Reply

    As Salaamu Alaikum Umm Johar, I absolutely love this post…Jazak’Allah for sharing your experience and tips..You are right, reverts should never have to feel this way…May Allah make it easy on all who come into the fold of Islam.ameen…I especially love your tip on making a dua list and my very favourite tip has been for many years to plan Ramadaan menus in advance…it really does take away a lot of unnecessary stress…in a month where ibaadat is the main focus..looking forward to your next post…Insha’Allah!

  15. Melissa Zia April 8, 2016 at 9:57 pm Reply

    very helpful tips for a successful ramadan 🙂 I will defiantly be buying Eid gifts before Ramadan, it would be a lot easier.

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