The second Ramadan in the era of Covid-19 is approaching. For many, aside from Ramadan being in such a time it may be unique for other reasons. It may be your first Ramadan as a Muslim, a mother or the first Ramadan away from home. With Covid-19 impacting our day to day, the impact is very much felt through the month of Ramadan.
In 2020 we turned to you, the Amaliah community to find out what you will be missing and what you will be looking forward to. From being away from family, not going to the mosque for suhoor or having that post-Taraweeh dessert, there are small and big ways in which Ramadan will look and feel different. InshaAllah as with everything their will be khair.
We’ve come together with Islamic Relief UK to create the Amaliah guide to getting through a lockdown Ramadan. Filled with the duas you need, how-tos, some soulful inspiration and ideas for good deeds.
Home seems to be much more multifunctional these days. With many of our spaces being pop up home learning hubs to our workplace, recreation space, and now even a space that replaces trips to the mosque or community gatherings, it needs to be considered differently too.
Whether you have children or not, Ramadan decorations are always a good idea and no matter the size of our homes there is at least one wall, ceiling or window that could do with a little Ramadan banner or fairy lights! Or maybe you’re spending Ramdan alone away from your family, you deserve some decorations too!
Some of us may want to go all out and transform a space in our home into a prayer corner whilst for others a really great way is to create a corner which may be decorated with reminders from the Quran and hadith. If you have children then it’s the perfect time to get crafting!
As quick as Ramadan came around, 30 days will pass by in a flash. We’re big fans of goal setting and suggest creating a plan for your Ramadan to keep you on track. Ramadan is a journey to Allah through increasing our taqwa and thus renewing our relationship with Allah. The idea isn’t to get down if you don’t tick off all your goals, but to have a way to keep track of how to have an intentional Ramadan. For you excel lovers, perhaps even have a go at creating your own Ramadan timetable. There are also an amazing selection of Ramadan journals and Calendars to choose from designed by sisters in the community MashaAllah.
Your goals could be to do with how you will spend your time in Ramadan or habits you want to develop to carry on past Ramadan.
Start with renewing your intention on why you are setting these goals.
Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended. So, the one whose ‘hijrah’ (migration) was to Allah and His Messenger, then his ‘hijrah’ was to Allah and His Messenger. And the one whose ‘hijrah’ was for the world to gain from it, or a woman to marry her, then his ‘hijrah’ was for what he made ‘hijrah’ for.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
What do you hope to have achieved from Ramadan? Think of your overarching goals like:
First think about what times of the day you have free. This may be pockets of moments like journeys to and fro which are a good time to listen to the Quran and complete that goal or evenings may be when you have longer stretches of time to sit and study the tafseer.
Then break these goals down into steps to help make them more digestible and approachable. If your aim is to maintain a habit, start with something small e.g. at Amaliah we set a team goal in 2020 to read 5 mins of the Qur’an before we start our daily meetings.
Allah is always ready to hear our duas, a dua list can help you form a more personal relationship with Allah and develop your salah. A dua brainstorm often helps where you just free write for 5 minutes and write down everything that comes to mind or alternatively you may want to look at different areas of your life and write duas out in this way. If you are struggling over the course of Ramadan with any aspect then turn to Allah and, make dua asking for ease and guidance.
Additional reading: Writing a Dua List May Help Revive Your Salah
Best Times to make dua:
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On the topic of duas, here are some that may be helpful
When starting your fast:
O Allah! I shall fast for Your sake, so forgive my past and future sins
اللهُمَّ أصُومُ لَكَ فَاغْفِرْ لِيْ مَا قَدَّمْتُ وَمَا أَخَّرْتُ
Allahumma asumu laka fagh fir-li ma qad-damtu wa-ma akh-khartu
When breaking your fast:
O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You and I put my trust in You and I break my fast with Your sustenance
Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa alayka tawakkaltu wa ala rizq-ika-aftartu
اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ وَعَليْكَ تَوَكّلتُ وَ عَلى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ
Dua for Laylatul Qadr
Oh Allah! You are most forgiving, you love to forgive, so forgive me
Allahumma Innaka Aafuwon Tuhibu AlAaffwa FAafu Aanni
اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفْوٌ تٌحِبٌّ العَفْوَ فَأَعْفَوْ عَنِّي
Duas for those that have passed
You may also be experiencing loss this Ramadan, here are duas you can make for those that have passed.
You can see if you are eligible to pay zakat and calculate your zakat here.
You may want to choose a specific date to pay your zakat or perhaps you want to spread it out over the last 10 days in the hope that one of those days lands on the night of power.
You may be working from home this Ramadan but you still need to have boundaries. It may be worth talking to your employer, if you can, about your hours in Ramadan to help you have a more intentional month. Small changes like start and finish times or being able to be more flexible with deadlines can have a big effect on your energy!
Whilst in some cases tangible changes may not happen the fact that you have made your employers aware of this is important too.
By now you may have had more video calls than you ever have had in your life. Why not try a virtual iftar?
You could also make the gathering more specific, like a book club or Qur’an club where you go through a tafsir of a certain Surah over Ramadan or watch an online lecture and discuss it, Here’s how to start a book club.
8. Good Deeds
There are many ways in which you can carry out good deeds over the month and ways in which you can help to bring ease to those in the community.
While fasting is an important part of Ramadan, if you are exempt because of your period, pregnancy, sickness or other reasons, you can still benefit from Ramadan.
It can feel like you are “missing out” but here are 10 things you can still do if you aren’t fasting and/or praying:
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We pray you all benefit from the goodness of Ramadan in this month and beyond, InshaAllah
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