Sample Ramadan in quarantine schedule for a Muslim parent working from home

Note: Parents, as much as possible, should enlist children in the work of running the household smoothly during Ramadan in quarantine. If there are two parents in the house, each must ensure one parent is not burdened with dealing with all of the children’s needs. 

If you are a single parent, every child should be involved in helping out around the house, in preparing meals, etc. if they already don’t. 

  1. One hour before Fajr: Wake up any children who will be fasting with you. Eat Suhoor together, and if there is any time left. spend at least five minutes making Dua, one extra prayer, and/or Sujood (prostrations). Make sure everyone brushes their teeth after eating. 

  2. Pray Fajr. Read the morning Adhkaar and have the kids go back to bed. 

  3. Read some Quran with the meaning of the verses, even if it is only five minutes

  4. Sleep.

  5. Get ready for work as if you are going to your office. 

  6. Work.

  7. Wake up kids if they are required to continue school online by a certain time.
    -Help them eat breakfast (if they aren’t fasting) get beds made, change clothes, brush, etc.
    -If they do not have school, wake them up anyway and after they have eaten breakfast, changed their clothes, and made their beds
    -After this, the kids should clean up anything in the kitchen that needs to be cleaned up from Suhoor time and breakfast. They can wash the dishes or load a dishwasher; wipe counters and tables; sweep the floor, etc.
    -After a short break, they can work on their own Quran and Islamic studies goals for Ramadan, as well as whatever workbooks, online programs or other things you’ve set up for them academically while in quarantine
    -Younger children can watch an episode of Adam’s World, complete worksheets or pages from workbooks 

  8. Take a mid-morning break (about 15 minutes) to:
    -check in on the kids to see that their work is getting done
    -text a family member or friend who lives alone and offer to be their “Iftar buddy” for that day. In other words, a few minutes before Iftar, Facetime them so you can break your fast together virtually.
    -listen to Quranic recitation and try to memorize the verses. You can also listen to talks about building closeness to and love for Allah, or any topic you feel you need to work on to build Taqwa. If you have teenagers, listen with them. Have them choose the talk 

  9. Have kids who are not fasting eat lunch. If there are older siblings in the house, delegate the task of preparing and feeding lunch to them.

  10. Pray Dhuhr prayer at what would normally be lunchtime at work with the family. 

  11. Get younger kids to take a nap with you. While they might sleep an hour or more, make sure you take not more than a 15- to 20-minute nap. Set an alarm on our phone or ask a spouse or child to wake you up.
    -Designate naptime for older kids who are fasting too for at least 20 minutes

  12. Work.

  13. Check in on the kids that they are done with school. If they are and the weather is nice, let them spend some time outside if you or another adult can supervise them as you work.

  14. Make dinner with the help of older kids. 

  15. Wrap up whatever calls you need to make or emails you need to send for the day.

  16. Pray Asr together as a family.

  17. Feed younger kids who are not fasting dinner. 

  18. One hour before Iftar:
    -have older kids prepare Iftar, whether it’s making the snacks and preparing the fruits, or setting the table
    -rest 

  19. 10 minutes before Maghrib:
    -sit at the dinner table with everyone and make Dua
    -If you have an Iftar buddy that day, prepare to break your fast together

  20. Break your fast with a date(s) and water.

  21. Pray Maghrib. Say the nightly Duas to be made at this time for ending the day. 

  22. Eat dinner.

  23. Clean up. During clean up, as you put food away, prepare a plate for Suhoor for each person so that you can just microwave it quickly in the morning. Also, get whatever caffeine you need in the morning ready so you only have to warm it. If you have older kids, they should make their own plate. 

  24. Prepare for Isha and for going to bed. Make Wudu, brush your teeth, etc. Have all kids do the same.

  25. Pray Isha.

  26. Offer a few Rakat of Taraweeh. 

  27. Plug in your phone and any other devices that need to be charged. Preferably not in your bedroom, unless it’s for an alarm you need to get up. 

  28. Read younger kids a short Islamic bedtime story. Also read the nightly Adhkar and Duas with them. 

  29. Make sure older kids are not staying up late unnecessarily. Give them a specific time to finish any work they may have, after which they must go to sleep. Recite the nightly Adhkaar and Duas with them. 

  30. Read at least six minutes of Quran or an Islamic book in bed to make it easier to fall asleep. A 2009 study conducted by the University of Exeter found that reading was more effective and quicker at reducing stress than other common stress-busters like taking a walk, drinking a cup of tea and listening to music. In fact, the researchers found that just six minutes of reading could be enough to reduce stress levels by up to two-thirds. Many of us find it hard to fall asleep because of stress. 

  31. Read your nightly Adhkar and Duas and go to sleep.

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