I’ve been waiting for a few days before I posted this post, although my plans were ready since Thursday. The main reason I waited for was to make sure whether the 1st of August would also be the 1st of Ramadan or not. Yesterday, Saudi Arabia officially announced that tomorrow the 1st of August would be the 1st of Ramadan.
For those who haven’t heard of Ramadan before (or have heard about it but don’t know what it is), I will be writing a detailed post on Ramadan in a few days, but here is a short summary. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic (lunar) calendar. It is obligatory for Muslims to fast the entire month of Ramadan (with a few exceptions, which will be discussed in the detailed post later on). This year, Ramadan corresponds with August, as I said above.
Usually, I have a plan for Ramadan, but mostly, it used to only focus on my reciting of the Holy Quran (more on this in the Ramadan post). However, this year, I decided to make a more general plan, focusing on other aspects of life also.
So here’s my plan:
Religious: as I said earlier, before this Ramadan plans used to only focus on a certain aspect of religion (reciting the Holy Quran). This year however, I included a number of different goals (related to reciting the Holy Quran, but in a more focused way). This year I will be reciting the Holy Quran three times (as usual, thanks be to Allah), but in three different ways. I will be reciting it
once while reading the English translation along with it, once while reading Tafseer (interpretation) along with it, and lastly once while focusing on the areas where the story of Prophet Adam (May Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) was mentioned. I also will be revising the parts of the Quran I have memorised, which I evenly distributed to the amount of 1.5 parts per week.
Update 02/08/2011 @ 02:12 am: As I started reciting today from the Tafseer, I found it takes longer time than usual to finish one part, so instead of 30 mins/part I was taking at least 30 mins/3 pages! I decided that I would drop the other 2 recitations, and focus on reciting from the Tafseer this Ramadan. I hope after I finish I will have a better understanding of the Holy Quran.
Health/Fitness: As I said earlier, this year I’ve made a general plan to follow (I will be making such plans every month). I recently got intoduced to stair-climbing virtual mountains/buildings as a form of exercise, which I really need to start doing. I will be stair-climbing the Slieve Donard mountain, which translates to around 5,390 steps, this month. You can read more about this type of exercise here. I also took up a lunge challenge in which I challenged myself to do 1,000 lunges during the month of August. I’m currently doing a low-carb diet, based on some facts I read while learning Biology, and I have forbidden my self to eat carbs except on Wednesdays and Sundays. I’m looking forward to applying this diet in Ramadan, as most Ramadan traditional foods are full of carbs (samosas, porridges, fried items, etc). Another challenge I’ve taken up is to drink 1.5 liters of water daily. I’m also looking forward to how I will be managing this, along with fasting all day (from dawn till sunset).
Studies: As I mentioned in the 101 Random Things About Me page, I’m currently studying for my IGCSEs and SATs. I have 3 IGCSEs in the October/November session of this year, and I haven’t yet registered for my SATs, but I will be doing them this year also, most probably. I have 10 more chapters of Biology to finish before the end of August and 24 more Maths lessons to finish before 31/08/2011. I also have to practice my English, so I will be writing 10 essays, doing some critical reading on 10 articles, and learning 500 new words.
Personal Development: I’ll be doing a challenge called Be a Better Me in 30 Days, on The Personal Excellence Blog, by Celestine Chua. I hope I become a better person by the end of this challenge, and I recommend you all to join the challenge. I also took up a personal challenge, which helps me on one of the things I want to work on to become a better me, stopping my nonsense-talk. The challenge doesn’t force me to stop talking nonsense completely, but it allows me to talk nonsense for 3 hours/week. I believe that by eliminating it gradually from my life I can guarantee to myself (to about an extent of 95%), that I won’t come back to it.
Other goals: Blogging thrice a week. Now that I’ve started this blog, I want to really focus on it, and at least post something thrice a week. I don’t to neglect this blog like my earlier ones, which I deleted because I wanted to start over again. Stay tuned for my posts on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Until next time, best wishes to all of you out there, and Ramadan Mubarak to all the Muslims,