Tips for Ramadan | 2019

Before I begin talking, I just want to let you guys know that I’m so happy to be able to post on my blog again! A month ago, I attempted something, but it backfired, and my poor blog had to bear the consequences. However, with the help of WordPress support team, I was able to get my blog back and finally post again! I can’t thank them enough. They really helped me so much. I wish I could treat them to a cake or something haha. You guys missed me, didn’t you? I missed you guys too!

Anyway, now that I’m back in business, I’m gonna rock this platform again just like I used to! I kind of lack monetizing my blog… (just waiting for the money…) but once I have the cash in hand, I will kickstart my blog and I promise you that I will write even more interesting and amazing content. I want to share as much of my thoughts, knowledge and emotions with you as much as I can. I hope you guys will stay with me till the end and give me all your love and support because I need it badly.

Okay, so Ramadan has started and just like last year and the year before that, I posted ‘Ramadan Tips’. This year too, I decided to give you all a few beneficial tips that will help you make your Ramadan better and more rewarding and in control. Though this year might be tough for some people since the days are long and the nights are short. There’s a lot of time for Iftaar but only a couple of hours for Sehri. For those newbies who have just promised to fast this Ramadan, I hope the tips I give you will benefit you and I hope I get my reward from my Lord for helping you. Even if one of you read this, I’ll get my reward. So thank you for reading this and if you share this post, then you’ll certainly get your reward too! Isn’t that amazing? Why don’t you start your Ramadan by sharing this post with your friends and family? I know it’s not much, but it’s a start, isn’t it?

The first and foremost thing you must do is thank Allah, the Most High for giving you this month to repent and to change yourselves for the better. He kept you alive, He provided you but most of all, He gave you deen. He guided you to the right path and He promised you a place that will never perish (Paradise). Secondly, make your intention crystal clear and don’t go back on your word. Don’t let your inner desires stray you away from the right path or from the remembrance of Allah (Subhana-wa-Ta’ala). Once you’ve decided to change yourself, then you can’t and mustn’t turn back. Fight with yourself, know that you’re completely control of your decisions and put your trust in the Most Merciful. Make du’a to Allah to keep you, your family and the believers guided aright and make du’a to Allah to keep you firm in your faith.

Now that you’ve done those two things, it’s time to implement acts that will please our Lord, The Most Loving. Do you know what types of worship Allah loves? Not sure? Let me tell you:

  • Allah loves those who repent.
  • Allah loves those who read Quran, understand it and teach it.
  • Allah loves those who give in Charity.
  • Allah loves those who fast for his sake only.
  • Allah loves those who ask Him for help (even if it’s a pair of new jeans)
  • Allah loves those with good manners and behaviors.

Did you see? Allah loves the little things which we so deliberately forget. But, this Ramadan, let’s carry out these things and please our Lord. Let’s earn those rewards so that we won’t have any regrets on the Day of Resurrection when we see the scale of our deeds. Don’t we all want our good deeds to be heavy and our bad deeds to be as light as a feather?

For some of you who are well used to fasting, I’m pretty sure you will not read this post but for those who are looking for some tips that will ease their mind and shun the negative thoughts, then you’re in the right place! Here are a few tips that will help you, your family and your friends this Ramadan.

  • Have a Healthy Sehri
    Sehri will be your breakfast, which means you must start your fast by eating a full and nutritious meal. Don’t forget to have your glass of milk, coffee or protein shake and eat a lot of eggs as they tend to keep you full and feeling energetic for a longer period.
  • Get Enough Sleep –
    Ramadan is a time where we put out beloved technologies aside and turn to our Lord. We pray and read Quran all night and that kind of change will take some time for our body to adjust. Also, the best part about this Ramadan is that it’s vacation time! This is also the best time to teach your kids about Islam and gradually get them to start fasting as well. Be sure to get your 6-7 hours of sleep after Fajr and wake up feeling refreshed and ever ready to prepare for your Iftaar.
  • Make Lots of Du’a –
    Ramadan isn’t just about fasting. It’s about hoping and trusting in Allah’s plan, it’s about praying for the right things, rewriting your destiny because Allah never ignores the prayers of a fasting person. This is your chance to ask for anything and everything (but it should be Halal, okay?) This is your time to pray and pray and pray for things you never knew you needed. You can also make a list of du’as so that you can pray smoothly without having to overthink or forget what you wanted to pray for.
  • Read Quran –Quran was revealed to our Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings of Allah be upon him) on this month which is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. That’s why we are obliged to read the Quran as much as possible during this month. Quran is the Speech of Allah and it brings us closer to Him and makes us more beloved to Him so what more could you ask for? If you wish to complete the Quran this month, I suggest that you read 4 pages after every Salat.
    • Fajr – 4
    • Zuhur – 4
    • Asr – 4
    • Maghrib – 4
    • Isha – 4
    • And if you’re awake in the night, then you can read 2 or 4 extra pages. (Though it really depends on the type of Quran you’re reading. If it’s a Quran with a big font, you might have to read a few extra pages to reach your goal).
      This way, you can complete reading the entire Quran within 30 days.
  • But, do not force yourself and do not stress your mind because no matter if you complete reading the Quran or couldn’t before Ramadan ends, either way, Allah Azzawajal will reward you and will be pleased with you. It’s not obligatory to finish the Quran but to read it continually, to understand it, to act upon it and to preach it to others.
  •  Watch Islamic Videos and Listen to Lectures –
    This is a great way and time to attain more beneficial knowledge. There are so many amazing scholars out there that will help you understand the Quran and deen easily. Youtube is filled with such respectful             scholars so instead of talking or playing games, watching such impactful videos will revive your soul and mind.
  • Iftaar isn’t a party –
    Many of us start cooking feasts as the time for Iftaar draws near. However, that is not right. Sure, you can look forward to Iftaar but gobbling up dozens of cutlets in one go isn’t healthy. Try to eat healthy food in small portions and limit the intake of sweets and juices directly. Eat slowly and mindfully and eat only until you feel that you’re full. Do not eat just because there’s a lot of food on the table and you gotta finish it before the prayer starts. Make sure to eat 2-3 dates as it’s a Sunnah to break the fast with dates. I love the feeling of eating dates after a long and peaceful day.It makes me really happy and It’s a feeling only the true believers will experience.


Do you know the du’a to after breaking the fast?

Dha’habaz-Zam-Ahu-Wa-batal-Lati-Ooruqu-Wa-Saa-Batal-Ajooru-In-Sha-Allah

  • Read Taraweeh/Tahajjud –
    You can either pray Taraweeh or pray Tahajjud if you want to stay up all night and Glorify the Praises of Your Lord and Talk to Him. But I suggest that you pray Taraweeh and then when the last ten days of Lailatul Qadr nights arrive, you can then pray Tahajjud. It’s up to you, whatever you find easy. Before you begin praying Taraweeh, eat a fruit or drink milk so that you won’t have to worry about your stomach growling in the middle of your prayer. You can also eat a dried fruits and nuts as they are high in protein and will keep your mind active.
  • Give Charity –The more charity you do, the more Allah will Bless you. It’s as simple as that. Allah is Ar-Razzaq, the Provider, so don’t worry about the money and just Zakat without thinking. Allah will give you more than you gave others. Don’t ever stop giving in charity. Even in Ramadan and after Ramadan. Even if you smile at your family members or your friends, your neighbor or to an old man, it’s a form of charity which Allah will take into account. 
  • Give Food to the Orphans, the Needy, and the Poor –There are so many people and children out there who are fasting, but they don’t have the means to break their fast. Help them and know that Allah is watching. Help them and earn greater rewards. Help them with a good intention and know that Allah will wipe your sins away. Trust me, you’ll feel much better and you’ll feel your soul cleansing and becoming pious each day.
  • Workout –Working out for just 10-15 minutes after your Taraweeh will keep you active throughout the night and will keep you feeling sound throughout the day. You can skip the workouts if you want and just eat healthily but even a 5-minute workout can and will do good to your body. Plus, you won’t feel guilty about eating an entire slice of pie.
  • Forget about your Phone –
    I think this point is very important for kids and adults of this generation as phones have become our constant companion. They act as though they literally can’t live without them. That all they need is phone instead of Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide. Nevertheless, take this month as an advantage, seize the phones and place them where no one can find or even guess. I’m just kidding though because we obviously need phone to communicate but avoid using your phone too much and concentrate more on Quran and Dikhr.
  • Drink Lots of Water –
    Lastly, after you break your fast, increase your water intake because although you will feel active, your body won’t be able to do function properly unless you give it the missing oxygen that it needs. Also drinking a lot of water will prevent dizziness, nauseous, headaches and cravings.

I really hope these tips will benefit you this Ramadan In Sha Allah, and May Allah forgive you your sins, your mistakes, your shortcomings. May He, the Most Merciful, admit you into Paradise and save you from the Hell-Fire and May Allah accept your prayers, du’as, fasting and answer your invocations. May Allah bless this Ramadan, and May He make us among the righteous.

Ameen.

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Letter Of Advice To My Last Year Self

Dear last year self…

I know that you have gone through a lot, but you held on. You were patient with whatever came your way and you stayed strong. Most of them can’t do what you did. You are such a brave and wise person and I’m so proud of you.

I just want to say that you keep doing what you’re best at and leave everything in God’s hands. God is the best of the planners and He won’t ever make you feel sad. He knows what’s good and bad for you. He knows everything.

Just be patient and keep hoping because that’s what you’re good at. I know it hurts and sometimes you just wish things went your way, but remember; good things comes to those who wait.

I love you for having a strong mind and heart and never forget your Creator. After all, you’re living for Him and only for Him. These worldly things are nothing but play and you must work hard to please your Loving Lord.

Pray for every small thing and never give up. Even if your Imaan gets low, don’t worry because the devil will sometimes whisper unimaginable things to you. You must fight back and repent to God. You musn’t let the devil play with your mind. I know you can do it. You’ve done it before.

Pray. Hope. Trust in God. Repeat.

From, Your 2019 Self.

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List Of Books I Want To Read This Year

We all love reading, don’t we all? We love escaping from our reality and just indulge in someone else’s life. It’s so strange how such something fictional can sometimes make us feel sane. Books are capable of playing with our emotions and thoughts and the more you read, I’ve realized the more focused you are in your life.

I didn’t read much last year, but this year I have decided to at least finish reading 10+ books! I know 10 is still a low number but for me, it’s a start. I’m just so busy that for me 10 is a still a great number.

Anyway, below is my list of the books I want to read this year!

  1. Outsider – Stephen King
  2. The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
  3. Elevation – Stephen King
  4. I’ll Be Gone In The Dark – Michelle Mcnamara
  5. The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One – Amanda Lovelace
  6. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  7. Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli
  8. Kingdom of Ash – Sarah J. Maas
  9. The Trials of Apollo – Rick Riordan
  10. Sadie – Courtney Summers
  11. What if it’s us – Adam Silvera
  12. All the Little Lights – Jamie McGuire
  13. Emergency Contact – Mary H.K. Choi
  14. Starry Eyes – Jenn Bennett
  15. The Cheerleaders – Kaza Thomas
  16. Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
  17. The Dark Between Stars – Atticus
  18. Take me With you – Andrea Gibson
  19. Helium – Rudy Francisco
  20. Dracul – Dacre Stoker
  21. Then she was gone – Lisa Jewell
  22. The Chalk Man – C.J. Tudor

Hopefully, this year I would be able to complete them all.

I would love to know which books you guys are looking forward to read this year! There are some interesting and under-rated ones out there that needs a reader like you and me, right?

Do let me know in the comments!

Until then,

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR!

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My Top 24 Goals For This Year

Having goals is a good thing because you have something to work on. Something to look forward to every day you wake up. Goals can be anything; from “Being in the Gym for 2 hours” or “Traveling to places”. You just have to be diligent and active in completing them because trust me, the feeling of striking the goal in your journal is a feeling you mustn’t miss.

So, here are my 10 goals that I wish to do this year.

  1. Publish a Poetry Book.
  2. Travel to different places (still have to decide which places to go)
  3. Become a successful vlogger.
  4. Meet Kim Jongin (Hopefully, this year)
  5. Lose weight.
  6. Write a novel and publish it.
  7. Read more books.
  8. Learn a new language.
  9. Learn cooking/baking.
  10. Collaborate with a Youtuber.
  11. Give more in Charity.
  12. Gain more Islamic Knowledge.
  13. Become more prayerful.
  14. Make a new Webtoon.
  15. Sky dive.
  16. Get my driving license.
  17. See the Northern Lights.
  18. Go on a cruise.
  19. Become famous (Lol)
  20. Learn ice skating.
  21. Pay off all the debts.
  22. Be more patient.
  23. Write more.
  24. Live with a smile on my face.

These are my current goals and I really hope I can achieve them all with the help of my Lord, the Almighty.

Anyway guys, what are your goals? I’m sure you have a list lying around somewhere! If you do then please comment down below to let me know what those are so that we can motivate and inspire each other to achieve them slowly, but surely.

Until then,

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

I’M THE WRITER NEXT DOOR!

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What I Am Most Looking Forward To This Year

So, 2019 is finally here. Time flies so fast doesn’t it? It’s like you never know when the world will end. I’m excited and also worried for this year because last year didn’t go pretty well (not complaining though because life has its ups and downs) but I only pray that this year would go smoothly and that there won’t be any problems whatsoever.

I want to escape from all the stresses, I want my dreams to come true, I want to be selfish and pray for my own happiness because I’m so tired…Of course, I won’t do that because I want my family, friends and those people who are suffering from different issues to be happy too.

I realize that I am asking for too much but you have no idea how strong prayers are. One prayer can change everything. I am a very religious person so all my optiscim comes from my Lord. I can’t thank Him enough for giving me such a good life.

This year, the thing I am looking forward to is my sister’s wedding! She will be getting married this march and I can’t wait for it because after 10/11 months, my family will get together again!! It would be so much fun but It’s also sad because then I won’t be sharing the room with my sister anymore. It will definitely be hard for me but she has to live her own life, right? She can’t always stay with her family.

I also am looking forward for miracles this year. I want to publish a book and I hope it happens this year. I want to do so many things but because of my financial disability, I’m unable to do the things I love the most. I just pray that everything settles itself and that it goes back to how it all used to be four years ago.

I want to travel to places, I want to experience new things and I want to meet my one and only…If God Wills.

So yeah, hopefully, 2019 will be less stressful and more merry for all of us!

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