There have been a lot of posts on Facebook floating around with Ramadan routines, mashaAllah! It’s wonderful to see so many people getting ready for Ramadan with sincere intention, but am I the only one that’s afflicted with a huge feeling of inadequacy?
When I first became Muslim, every moment of Ramadan was worship, and it was invigorating, mashaAllah! Kira was 7 when I came to Islam, so it wasn’t hard to have time to read, listen to lectures, and work on personal development in general. Maghrib was around 6:30pm at the time, so she didn’t have to stay up very late to take part, and she even came with me to taraweeh a few times. Alhamdulilah, I have such pleasant memories of those first years!
For the last four years, I have not been able to take part in fasting, and now Maghrib is about 9pm – two hours after Amatullah’s bedtime, and just slightly after Aamina’s. Taraweeh is out of the question for the little ones (and therefore for me) since it runs past midnight. Ramadan is very different, and rather than let myself sulk in what I wish Ramadan could be, I’m using some wise advice from a good friend and my job will be to make Ramadan as fruitful and easy for my family.
My main focus will in sha Allah be to make it a special and exciting time for Aamina and Kira, facilitate opportunities for ibadah for Hubby, and a quiet house for him to sleep. The fasting isn’t what wears on him as much as the lack of sleep. It’s hard to ramp up for the last 10 days of Ramadan when he’s been getting 4-5 hours of sleep for nearly three weeks!
My aim is to share what Ramadan looks like in our home via the blog and Instagram, in sha Allah. It may look a lot more scaled down than other bloggers, but please be forgiving as we are working with littles. 🙂
So, after all that explanation about why my Ramadan routine looks so minimal, here’s our super simple, easy to follow routine. Click on the image to get access to the PDF you can print for yourself.