Worship Plan to Maximise the Blessings of Ramadan

Subhanallah! Such immense rewards are to be gained during Ramadan. We must do our best to use the time effectively.

The following is a possible worship plan for Ramadan. It should be adjusted according to our own circumstances and schedule.

Suhoor

  • Wake up and eat Suhoor

Tahajjud

  • Perform Wudhu and Pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyat-ul-Wudhu
  • Pray Tahajjud

“The best of prayers after the prescribed prayers is prayer in the depths of the night, and the best of fasting after the month of Ramadan is fasting the month of Allah, Muharram.” [Muslim]

  • Make Dhikr and Istighfaar (seek Allah’s (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) pleasure and forgiveness)
  • Make Dua

Fajr

  • Pray Fajr
  • Make Dhikr and Istighfaar (seek Allah’s (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) pleasure and forgiveness)
  • Make Dua
  • Recite Morning Adhkar – Supplications/invocations for remembrance said in the morning

“Oh believers, remember Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) often, and give Him glory at the dawn and in the evening.” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:41)

  • Recite the Qur’an, contemplating and pondering over the words of Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He))

Between Fajr and Dhuhr

  • Pray Salaat al-Ishraq – This is a Nafl two-rak‘ah prayer that is offered after the sun has risen and become high.

The Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said: “Whoever prays Fajr in congregation, then sits remembering Allah until the sun rises, then prays two rak‘ahs, will have a reward like that of Hajj and Umrah” [Tirmidhi]

  • Pray Salaat al-Duha – This is a Sunnah prayer, a minimum two-rak‘ah prayer that is also offered after the sun has risen and become high.

The Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said: “Whoever offers two rak‘ahs of Salaat al-Duha, all his sins will be forgiven even though they are as much as the foam of the sea.” [Ibid]

  • Work or complete daily tasks or spiritually beneficial tasks
  • Rest

Dhuhr

  • Perform Wudhu and Pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyat-ul-Wudhu
  • Pray Dhuhr
  • Make Dhikr and Istighfaar (seek Allah’s (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) pleasure and forgiveness)
  • Make Dua
  • Recite the Qur’an, contemplating and pondering over the words of Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He))

Between Dhuhr and Asr

  • Continue with work or complete daily tasks or spiritually beneficial tasks
  • Rest

Asr

  • Perform Wudhu and Pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyat-ul-Wudhu
  • Pray Asr
  • Make Dhikr and Istighfaar (seek Allah’s (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) pleasure and forgiveness)
  • Make Dua
  • Recite Evening Adhkar – Supplications/invocations for remembrance said in the evening

“Oh believers, remember Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) often, and give Him glory at the dawn and in the evening.” (Surah Al-Ahzab 33:41)

  • Recite the Qur’an, contemplating and pondering over the words of Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He))

Iftar

  • Make Dua
  • Eat Iftar

Maghrib

  • Perform Wudhu and Pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyat-ul-Wudhu
  • Pray Maghrib
  • Make Dhikr and Istighfaar (seek Allah’s (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) pleasure and forgiveness)
  • Make Dua
  • Recite the Qur’an, contemplating and pondering over the words of Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He))
  • Pray Salaat al-Awaabeen – This is a Nafl 6-rak‘ah prayer that is offered after Maghrib.

The Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said: “Whoever prays six rak’ahs after Maghrib and does not say anything bad in between them, will have a reward equal to the worship of twelve years” [Tirmidhi]

Isha and Tarawih

  • Perform Wudhu and Pray 2 Rakah Tahiyyat-ul-Wudhu
  • Pray Isha and Tarawih
  • Make Dhikr and Istighfaar (seek Allah’s (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) pleasure and forgiveness)
  • Make Dua
  • Recite the Qur’an, contemplating and pondering over the words of Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He))
  • Rest

List of Spiritual Things to Do

Try and incorporate some of the activities below into your daily routine:

  • Make Dhikr and Istighfaar (seek Allah’s (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He)) pleasure and forgiveness)
  • Make Dua
  • Recite the Qur’an, contemplating and pondering over the words of Allah (subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He))
  • Memorise verses of the Quran
  • Read at least one page of Tafseer of the Qur’an
  • Read a book or listen to lecture regarding Islamic knowledge
  • Pray Salaat Al-Tawbah – The Prayer of Repentance.

The Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said: “There is no one who commits a sin then purifies himself well and stands and prays two rak’ahs, then asks Allaah for forgiveness, but Allaah will forgive him.” [Abu Dawood]

  • Pray Salaat Al-Tasbih – The Prayer of Forgiveness.

The Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) said: “O my uncle! Shall I not give you a gift? Shall I not show you something by means of which Allah will forgive your sins, the first and the last of them, the past and recent, the unintentional and the intentional, the small and huge, the secret and open? The Prophet Muhammad (ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him)) then taught him the Salaat Al-Tasbih. Furthermore he advised him that it be offered daily, if possible. If not, then every Friday or once a month or once a year or at least once in one’s life time. [Abu Dawood]

Ramadan Mubarak! May Allah shower his blessings and grant you forgiveness in this holy month. May he accept all our fasts and ibadah. Ameen.

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