Sample Schedule for a Muslim working outside of the home in Ramadan |

Sample Schedule for a Muslim working outside of the home in Ramadan

  1. One hour before Fajr: Eat Suhoor and spend at least 10 minutes making Dua, offering an 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. Get ready for work. 

  6. Go to work. During your commute:
    -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 live alone, text or message a family member or friend 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

  7. While at work:
    -pray Dhuhr during lunch break
    -follow this up with a 15- to 20- minute nap in your car. If your boss is an understanding person, consider arranging a separate place you can nap at the office (e.g. empty room). Here is a sample letter you can send him/her about this.

  8. Pray Asr at work if you are still there and head home

  9. 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

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

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

  12. Eat dinner.

  13. 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.

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

  15. Pray Isha

  16. Offer a few Rakat of Taraweeh. 

  17. 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. 

  18. 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. 

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

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