Ramadan 2018 is right at the corner. This will be my first Ramadan as a mother and to be honest I am little worried that how I am going to manage Sehri, iftari and especially my most concern is about Ibadah with a one-year-old toddler. After much thinking and planning, I have some tips on how I will manage my Ramadan and I thought to share with you guys:
1. Being content:
First of all, I already know this Ramadan will not be the same as last year and I will not be able to do much and it makes me sad but at the same time, I have realized that I should be grateful for reaching another Ramadan in good health and especially the blessing of motherhood.
Ibadah is not only limited to praying Salah, reading Quran. In fact, it encompasses everything including feeding your baby, taking care of kids, preparing foods for the family, the household chores and everything. As long as we do every act with right intentions, we will be rewarded.
2. Time management:
It’s all about timings. So I have allocated a specific time for reading Quran that in the night when everyone goes to sleep, I know I won’t be able to read more than few pages at least something is better than nothing! And I also know this it means less sleep but it is just for a month only. In the same way, I have thought to do household during my daughter’s nap and same goes for iftari preparations. This Ramadan I have decided to keep iftari simple and the late night dinner will be our Sehri. In this way, I don’t have to spend much time in cooking and utilize that time in doing Ibadah. Planning everything beforehand reduces stress and increase our productivity.
3. Increase in giving Sadaqah (Charity):
So this Ramadan I will focus on basics – fasting, Quran, and Taraweeh. I know Ibadah while being a mom is unlike the typical Ramadan picture we have had in mind.
Sadaqah will help to remove my shortcomings in Ibadah and to make up for my reduced participation in other areas of Ibadah. And it also acts as a compensation for our sins.
4. Creating Ramadan memories in children:
It is very necessary to teach our kids about Ramadan and the best way is by our actions because children learn from their parents. Involve them in religious activities: offer Salah in front of them or take them to the masjid with you, recite Quran in loud voice, make them sit with you in Iftari in this way gradually they will understand it.
Although my daughter is just one-year-old she doesn’t understand much but I will definitely make her sit with us at Iftari, play different Surahs and Duas in loud voice. Hopefully, she will try to understand it.
May we reach Ramadan in good health and provision. Ameen.