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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My Ramadan Goals and Advice

I thought I would share some of my goals for this coming Ramadan and some related sources. With Ramadan coming in about a week, now is a good time to plan what we would like to accomplish this Ramadan if we haven't done so already. By posting this, I think this is a good way to share ideas and motivate others via Internet to also make goals (doesn't have to be exactly the same) and stick to them!

So my two main goals for Ramadan 2012 involves Salah and the Quran. With regards to Salah, I want to:
1. understand what I am reciting (I'm not fluent in Arabic so I want to learn Arabic specifically used in the Quran)
2. concentrate and be humble in my prayers
3. make zikr after prayers
4. pray tahajjud daily *
5. pray 12 rak'ah of optional prayers daily *

My Quran goals are:
1. finish reading the Quran with English translation before Eid (I'm currently using Saheeh International)
2. read Quran daily with English translation *
3. memorize new surahs from Juz Amma (30th chapter)
4. use Touched by an Angel workbook by Muhammad Alshareef

Goals with an * after them I plan to keep track of using the ProductiveMuslim Habitator These specific goals I want to continue even after Ramadan so I want to make them into good habits. Of course more can be added to the list ex. stop listening to music and wasting time on YouTube :)

InshAllah this gave you an idea of what can be done during and after Ramadan. Please let me know what you think by sharing your thoughts and ideas in the comments!

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