I am getting mentally ready for a Ramadan that will take place during working days this year.
Most of the holy month will be during school time, right before the beginning of the big summer holidays.
It is a big challenge to balance fasting and working, especially during this hot and busy period of the year.
So it needs a good preparing, scheduling and focussing on what really matters.
I think it’s important to remind ourselves of what Abu Productive states:
Ramadan forces you to go beyond your daily “comfort” zone of worship and spirituality to achieve inner mastery. Instead of five fard daily prayers, we also have the sunnah prayers, taraweeh, witr & qiyam. Instead of reciting just a few pages if Qur’an a day, it’s at least 20 pages in order to finish the Qur’an during the month. Instead of just a few dollars of charity per week, you’re pushed to give the most you can give in time and money. Ramadan then transforms you to be the best you can be spiritually and test your potential. This “in-built spiritual transformation training ground” helps us gain inner mastery and increased taqwa (God-consciousness), In sha Allah. And this, is the ultimate goal we seek during Ramadan, for Allah SWT has said:
“O believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you become more conscious of God.” [Quran: Chapter 2, Verse 183]