Sample Ramadan in quarantine schedule for a Muslim teenager

  1. One hour before Fajr: Eat Suhoor and spend at least 10 minutes making Dua, offering extra prayers, and/or Sujood (prostrations). 

  2. Pray Fajr

  3. Read some Quran with the meaning of the verses, even if it is only five minutes. Also read your morning Adhkaar.

  4. Sleep.

  5. Wake up, get ready as if you would be going to school. It doesn’t have to be at the same time, but it shouldn’t be very late in the day. Change out of pajamas, brush your teeth, make your bed. 

  6. Start your elearning for the day. If you have younger siblings, help them start out their day as well if they are schooling online too.
    -If you are not elearning, develop and stick to a schedule of subjects you need to study for, whether it’s APs, the SAT, or the ACT. Also figure out how to make up any requirements you may need to finish for your grade by the end of the school year and work on them. 

  7.  Take a mid-morning break:
    -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
    -Text or message a family member or friend who lives alone to be your “Iftar buddy” for that day. In other words, a few minutes before Iftar, Facetime them so you can break your fast together virtually. If possible, have a schedule for this as well, breaking your fast with a different family member or friend daily, after checking with your parents. 

  8. Help prepare and feed lunch to younger siblings. 

  9. Pray Dhuhr together 

  10. Take a 15- to 20-minute nap. More than that can leave you groggy. If you have younger siblings, help put them to sleep too. 

  11. Finish any elearning or other work for the day. 

  12. Text your friends to see how they’re day is going. 

  13. If the weather is nice, check with your parents, and go outside. Play sports with siblings, bike ride, or go for a jog or walk.

  14. Pray Asr with anyone that’s home. 

  15. Help your parents feed younger siblings dinner and/or make dinner. 

  16. One hour before Iftar:
    -prepare or help prepare Iftar
    -10 minutes before Maghrib, sit at the dinner table and make Dua
    -Call your Iftar buddy and prepare to break your fast together if you are going to do that that day

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

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

  19. Eat dinner.

  20. Clean up. During clean up, as you put food away, prepare a plate for Suhoor so 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.

  21. Prepare for Isha and for going to bed. Make Wudu, brush your teeth, etc.

  22. Pray Isha

  23. Offer a few Rakat of Taraweeh. 

  24. 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. 

  25. 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. 

  26.  Read your own nightly Adhkar and Duas and go to sleep.

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