Ramadan

Ramadan 2016 eBook and Course Sale

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Ramadan Mubarak to all our readers. We at Islamic Self Help wish you all a spiritually uplifting and productive Ramadan 2016.

In order to help you attain maximum productivity this Ramadan, we are offering our core products at discounted prices.

Getting The Barakah – PDFGetting The Barakah: An Islamic Guide

Check out our bestselling eBook, Getting The Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Time Management. It is available for $5 this Ramadan only!

Getting The Barakah focuses on merging leading time management techniques with core Islamic concepts. This gives the reader a well rounded understanding of Time Management in Islam. The eBook usually sells for $9, but this month only you can get it for just $5. Grab Your Copy Now!

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If you are an audio-visual learner, then you can check out our online Time Management course instead.

Focusing on the same core fundamentals as Getting The Barakah, 5 Steps of Time Management is a fun activity-filled online course that will boost your productivity. Usually selling for $44, you can grab the course at HALF PRICE this Ramadan for just $22 by clicking here. Take advantage and sign up for this deal today!

Best Of Creation – PDFCauses of Low Self Confidence

Best Of Creation: An Islamic Guide to Self-Confidence is our best reviewed eBook yet! At around 190 pages in length, this eBook is jam packed with tips on how to increase your confidence and pursue your goals the Islamic way!

The positive feedback we have received for this eBook is overwhelming, Alhamdulillah. Usually selling for $9, you can grab it for just $5 this Ramadan only. Get Your Copy Now!

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Public Speaking is a powerful skill that can revolutionize your life, boost your confidence, and make you more effective at Dawah.

Usually selling for $64, we are offering the course for just $44 this Ramadan. Join the course today and start building your Public Speaking skills with our well-researched tips.

 

Homeschooling 101 – PDFHomeschooling 101 ebook

Homeschooling is a choice that many Muslim parents are opting for, but many are not sure how to get started. Our guidebook focuses on what to expect in your first year of Homeschooling, how to prepare and why you should consider this option.

Usually selling for $7, you can grab the guidebook for just $5 this Ramadan. This eBook has received positive reviews and support from homeschooling leaders like Zohra Sarwari and Fitrah Journal. Get Your Copy Now!

Islamic Self Help strives to provide high quality and beneficial eBooks and courses. Each of our products will help you learn new skills and grow closer to accomplishing your life goals. Take advantage of our Ramadan 2016 offers and grab each of these life-changing products today!

Ramadan Mubarak from the entire Islamic Self Help Team!

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Ramadan Verse of the Day Series

Ramadan Verse of the Day Series

Ramadan Tafseer series:

This Ramadan I am writing a Ramadan Tafseer of one verse every day and posting it on my other website at this link. You can check that link daily for the latest Tafseer. The Tafseer will focus on spirituality and verses that discuss how we can get closer to Allah. Alternatively, you can subscribe to my mailing list and you will receive my Tafseer daily via email. Follow my Ramadan Tafseer series above to benefit this Ramadan.

I have also published an ebook containing my Ramadan Tafseer from 2014 which focused on the Themes of the Quran. This Tafseer can be purchased by clicking here.

Ramadan Mubarak to all my readers!

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10 Time Management Tips for Ramadan – Part 3

10 Time Management Tips for Ramadan – Part 3

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This is Part 3 of my series on Time Management for Ramadan, click the above link if you haven’t read Part 1 or 2 yet.

8. Avoid Multi-Tasking

This is a general time management tip that applies outside Ramadan as well. In my book “Getting the Barakah” I have the following to say about multi-tasking:

Recent studies have proven that multi-tasking actually slows down productivity and causes sloppy work. When we multi-task, our brains are unable to give any task full attention and as a result, we end up with not much to show for it.


Modern time management experts all agree that focusing on one task at a time gets the task done faster with better quality than multi-tasking. If you are talking to someone, stop everything else you are doing and give them your full attention. If you are writing a book, close everything else and focus on the book and nothing else. If you are preparing for a meeting, focus on that alone and nothing else.


Do this and you fill find yourself accomplishing the task in record time and producing really high quality work too. Then you will still have plenty of time for all the other things you were supposed to do while multi-tasking. (Getting The Barakah, p. 84)

The way this applies to Ramadan is that for each goal, take out time to focus on it and devote proper attention to it. Don’t try to recite Qur’an, while browsing through Facebook and taking care of a child all at the same time. You are unlikely to benefit from a Qur’anic recital unless you are giving it your full attention. The same applies to studying Tafsir or making dua. Choose a place, time and situation in which you will have the least distractions and give the act of worship your undivided focus. This is why I recommend doing the acts of worship during the early parts of the morning, as it is the time when life is least busy and the mind less cluttered.

9. Fast from excessive socializing

This includes both social media and physical socialization. Ramadan is the month of Itikaf, one of the goals of Itikaf is to take a break from our social lives so that we can focus on our relationship with Allah. Even if you are unable to make Itikaf, you can still get this benefit in Ramadan by cutting down on socializing and dedicating more time to Ibaadah. Attend a few less Iftaar parties, log into Facebook and Twitter for shorter durations and excuse yourself from unnecessary gatherings. Doing this will free up more time for worshipping Allah.

10. Stay Healthy

You cannot accomplish your goals if you are feeling lazy, weak, agitated or sleep-deprived. Some of us do too much during the first few days of Ramadan and end up without any energy to push on for the remainder of Ramadan. Don’t let this happen to you this year. Pace yourself and take care of your body by getting enough sleep, eating healthy and staying hydrated.

The average person needs between 6-8 hours sleep a night, so make sure you are getting it, even if it means going to bed a bit earlier. Avoid sugary and oily foods and eat wholesome foods for both Suhoor and Iftaar. Research the types of food that give more energy and consume more of those. Drink a lot of water at night before bed as that will keep you hydrated during the day.

Staying healthy includes taking care of our emotional health, but I will tackle that topic in details in a separate article inshaa Allah. 

This concludes my list of time management tips for making Ramadan 2015 productive and beneficial. If you have any more tips on this topic, feel free to share them in the comments section.

Shaykh Ismail Kamdar is the author of Getting The Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Time Management, available exclusively via this link.

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10 Time Management Tips for Ramadan – Part 1

10 Time Management Tips for Ramadan – Part 1

Time Management Tips for Ramadan

PART 1 | PART 2 | PART 3

The countdown has begun and we have less than one and half months left until the greatest month of the year, Ramadan! I’m sure by now most of you are stock-piling the goodies for iftaar and downloading as many resources as possible for Ramadan preparation but the question remains “How can I manage my time well enough to get it all done?” That is what this series of articles is going to assist you with, inshaa Allah. Without any further intro, let’s jump right into our Time Management Tips for Ramadan:

1. Plan in Advance

Time Management is divided between planning and application. Without adequate planning, there isn’t anything much to apply and the result is another Ramadan that just flies by. Don’t allow this to be such a Ramadan. You have a few weeks to plan this properly, so let’s start working on our plans now.

To plan for Ramadan, we need to be clear regarding the goals (Maqasid) of Ramadan. As per the Qur’an, we know that fasting has been obligated on us to increase our Taqwa (God-consciousness) and that the Qur’an was revealed in Ramadan as a guidance for mankind. (See Surah Al-Baqarah, verses 183 and 185)

This means our overall objective of Ramadan should be an increase in Guidance and Taqwa. Every goal you formulate must work towards these two ends. With this end goal being clear, let’s move on to the next step.

2. Calculate how much Ibaadah time you will have daily

Ideally, we all want to spend Ramadan performing acts of worship 24/7, but this isn’t realistic and most of us have other obligations that we need to take care of as well. As the zeal dies down towards the middle of Ramadan, many people get caught up in their work, family responsibilities and rest, resulting in less Ibaadah (acts of worship) being done than initially desired.

This can be avoided by working out in advance how much time you will have daily for Ibaadah, then setting goals to get that much Ibaadah done minimum daily. The formula is simple: 24 Hours – (Sleep time, Work Time, Family Responsibility) = Ibaadah time.

For example, if you need six hours of sleep daily, work an eight-hour job every day and spent at least an hour helping the children with their homework, add in time for eating Suhoor and Iftaar, time spent in traffic and rest time after eating. The average person can free up between four to six hours a day for Ibaadah in Ramadan. (Makes me wonder why we can’t do the same outside Ramadan)

Let’s work with a smaller number though, as many people have other responsibilities like preparing meals and visiting relatives. Let’s bring it down to a minimum of three hours Ibaadah daily. If you work out that you just have three hours for extra Ibaadah every day in Ramadan, that is still enough time to accomplish some major goals. Multiply three by 29 and you get 87 hours of Ibaadah. 87 hours of optional Ibaadah in one month can transform your life and increase your Taqwa dramatically.

This means if you just schedule in an hour of Qur’an reciting, an hour of studying Islam and an hour for dua and Dhikr, you can really get a lot done if you stick with that for the entire month. This brings us to point number three.

3. Set Clear Goals

Now that you know the overall goals of Ramadan and how much time you have available daily to chase these goals, the next step is to set S.M.A.R.T goals to dedicate this time to. S.M.A.R.T means that the goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound. Let me give you an example.

If you make it a goal to study some Tafsir this Ramadan, the problem with this goal is that it is too vague (which Tafsir), not measurable (How many pages), and not attainable or realistic (does one page of Tafsir fulfill the goal or five books of Tafsir?)

A S.M.A.R.T goal would be: I want to complete studying this 800-page book of Tafsir this Ramadan. In order to complete 800 pages in 29 days, I need to read an average of 28 pages a day. This goal is:

Specific – It is a specific book of Tafsir you plan to read
Measurable – It is easy to measure and keep track of 28 pages daily
Attainable – It is possible to read 28 pages of Tafsir every day if you dedicate an hour to reading daily
Realistic – The book is at your level so it won’t be too difficult to read
Time-Bound – Ramadan takes care of this naturally as all Ramadan goals are time-bound to 29 days

Set a series of goals like this and you will have a clear concrete plan to follow for the entire month of Ramadan. As for which times of the day to dedicate to each goal, that will be discussed in Part 2 of our tips for Ramadan.

Shaykh Ismail Kamdar is the author of Getting The Barakah: An Islamic Guide to Time Management, available exclusively via Islamic Self Help.

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