Ramadhan Gem – Day 14

Feeling that mid-Ramadhan slump?

We see it every year around this time. Fasting and waking up for tahajjud becomes harder. The rows in tarawih have decreased. Our motivation for ibadah has gone down a notch. How do we get out of it? Here are some tips from Sheikh Navaid Aziz:

1) Actually recognize that this is happening – you’re not alone. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Instead, be motivated to do better from this point onward. Don’t fall into despair if we mess up one day. Be adamant to pick ourselves up and continue. It’s not too late!

2) Figure out what the minimum voluntary ibadah we want to do every day (eg. at least 5 pages of Qur’an with contemplation, 4-raka’ats of tahajjud prayers, etc) and make a checklist for each day. Having visual goals and checking them off is positive psychological affirmation. This works super well for me, and if I missed any of my checklist due to other obligations, I will make up the voluntary ibadah that I have missed on the next day, insya Allah.

3) Make a pact with your spouse / family / friend that you will help each other achieve your goals.

4) Pray to Allah s.w.t. that He helps us in this effort.
Allahumma a’inni ala dhikrika, wa shukrika, wa husni ‘ibadatika.
Allahumma, help me remember You, be grateful to You, and worship You in an excellent manner. [1]
[1] Abu Daud