It’s about time that we look at our calendars and realize that Ramadan is going to arrive in June. This informs us that Ramadan is going to be pretty hot. And do you know what this hot weather makes us lose? Yes, you are right it makes us lose a lot of sweat. But it also makes us lose our productivity.
Ramadan is that time of the year when we start making excuses as to why we can’t be most productive during fasting. Of course, in the upcoming month, we are still going to be students who have summer courses at college or employees who work full or part time at offices. But does fasting means that we are going to have a slow performance at whatever we do? Absolutely no! On the contrary our work becomes more result orientated than normal. This is because Allah has instilled in this month Baraqah, which makes our work more successful than we expect it to be.
So for a start let’s understand that fasting in Ramadan is made easy and not difficult. Actually fasting in this month is easier than fasting in any other month; so no matter what the temperature might be outside, remember that Allah has made Ramadan easy for all of us. We can go through it, with productivity level at its peak, without saying we are having a hard time. But some of us do acknowledge that they feel extremely tired and a lack of energy while fasting. There are others who say that their level of productivity goes down in Ramadan. After knowing that this month can actually make us more productive, you might question why certain people feel drained out? Well the answer is very simple.
- Messed up sleep schedules:
Is it just me who notices people turning into creatures of night during Ramadan or is it really the norm? I’m guessing it’s the latter. Some people stay awake the entire night and then after Fajr they knock out till noon which is kind of silly. In normal days sleeping till noon or after makes us grumpy and the entire day feels like as if it got wasted. How can we, in Ramadan, expect not to feel the same with such a wrong sleep schedule?
- The wrong kind of Suhoor:
I pretty much have an idea that Ramadan season is rich in business for Halal fried food stalls. And we Muslims love going to these types of places for traditional spicy plus oily cuisines. This is very unhealthy and not the kind we should eat at Suhoor. Just to build our pre-Ramadan knowledge, fried food causes destruction in our digestive system. So if we feel bad in our stomach while fasting, it’s definitely that deep fried chicken leg we might have eaten at Suhoor. Secondly when we eat four times the breakfast we normally have then no wonder we will feel tipped over for half of the day.
- Overeating at Iftar:
I understand that our mothers prepare the best Iftar in the entire neighborhood but this doesn’t mean we totally lose ourselves at the Iftar table. In many households Iftar is of significant value. And that’s why it’s full of samosas and other deep fried foods, which indeed makes it very hard to resist eating a large amount of them. Anyhow we end up eating and drinking too much, which hinders our performance at not only Maghrib but during Taraweeh too. This is because overeating makes us as lazy as a snail.
The above mentioned three are major problems which deprive us of the productivity we should be able to obtain in Ramadan. However problems come with solutions.
- The first thing that needs to be fixed from today is our sleep schedules. Pray Isha and have dinner or vice versa then go to sleep straight. During Ramadan if you are unable to attend Taraweeh then pray Isha, a few rakahs after it, and make sure you wake up well before Suhoor to pray Tahajud. Plus praying Fajr, after Suhoor, with a fresh mind is more beneficial than feeling like dozing off during it because of staying up all night. At the end don’t forget to start your day with the recitation of the Qur’an as this definitely instills Baraqah in everything you do after it.
- Having a meal, at Suhoor, which releases calories at a slow rate, is perfect to keep us energized during fasting. A good example is of oatmeal which can also be easily prepared. If you are someone who suffers through constipation during fasting then a must is raw fruit salad which can be topped with honey. For me, yogurt is a personal favourite, as it makes one less thirsty if they had it at Suhoor. The last tip is to drink lots of water and avoid tea or coffee.
- The solution to the last problem is: don’t eat much in one shot. Eat a little and then pray Maghrib. Come back later and then eat more if you’re still hungry.
Remember Ramadan isn’t a vacation. This month is a celebration of the revelation itself. And if we aren’t able to practice productivity during it then we are losing an amazing opportunity to get closer to Deen.
by Safia Fatima