For example, if you know that you want to pray the Tahajjud prayer you will have to keep hydrated and not exert yourself too much during the day. If you plan your whole month this way you are sure to achieve all the goals, you have set insha’Allah.

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated will help you to fight off that lethargic feeling and also help you to stay more alert. It is encouraged to drink 8 glasses of water a day, but with fasting the long daylight hours this would be tricky to implement. Here is a rough guide on how to drink enough water after you break your fast. You can adjust these times as the month progresses.

  • 9:15 PM: Break your fast with 10 ounces of water before praying Maghrib
  • 9:40 PM: Drink 10 oz. of water after the prayer with your meal
  • 11:00 PM: Drink 10 oz. of water before praying Isha
  • 11:30 PM: Drink 10 oz. of water before praying Taraweeh
  • 11:50 PM: Drink 10 oz. during the Taraweeh Break
  • 12:30 PM: Drink 10 oz. After Taraweeh and Before Bed
  • 2:30 AM: Drink 10 oz. Right Before Fajr comes in

If this is difficult, try these hydrating food sources:

Squash - Most varieties of squash are water dense. Zucchini is 97%, butternut and summer squash are both 94% water.

Aubergine - Made up of 92% water, this dark purple veggie is also rich in B vitamins, potassium, copper, manganese, folic acid, tryptophan and phenolic antioxidant compounds.

Strawberries - Ninety-one percent water, strawberries are a good option for hydration. Red, sweet and juicy, this fruit is packed with vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and dietary fibre. Strawberries add a refreshing, sweet taste to any meal or dessert. Blend them with other fruits for a thirst-quenching fruit salad, smoothie or sorbet.

Keep Good Company/Motivation

Motivation starts with good company. If you’re experiencing difficulty in finding good friends, you can choose those places where you are likely to be amongst pious people of knowledge and those conscious of Allah. Join circles where you can befriend good companions.

If you haven’t managed to find good companions, you can work on your own friendships. Doing worship together can bring you closer to Allah and in turn bring blessing to your friendship. Here are a few things you can do together:

Fajr Train

This is something that some members of Muslim hands have tried to great success! This is aimed at those people that struggle to wake up for Fajr. It can also work for the Tahajjud prayers.

With a couple of your friends choose one member that has no difficulty in waking up for this early prayer. When that person wakes up they should call one friend to make sure that they make the prayer. This friend in turn calls the next friend, this keeps going until the last friend calls the first friend to confirm that everybody has woken up to pray. This particular exercise will ensure you don’t miss the Fajr prayer, while strengthening your bond and increasing your love for each other for the sake of Allah.

Qur’an Swap

With your group of friends, you can gift each other a small Qur’an to take everywhere you go. When each friend reads from this Qur’an, the reader gets the reward as well as the friend who gifted it. This will encourage the reading of this beautiful book, as you love for your brother what you love for yourself. The nagging from your friend to increase their reward does help too. If you don’t want to buy a new Qur’an how about just swapping ones you already own with the same intention.

Accountability Partner

Partnering up this Ramadan might provide that extra push that you need. Following up on the Qur’an swap, you can have that same partner make sure you’re doing the things you have to do like your obligatory prayers as well as encouraging you to go that extra mile. It might even lead to a little healthy competition to keep things interesting during this month. It will also ensure that nobody falls behind in their worship.

Skincare

Ramadan has a lot of benefits, but the sudden change in routine does take a toll on our bodies.

The timing of this Ramadan is going to hit us at the peak of the summer, and so we could be fasting during a heatwave. We usually get a lot of advice on how to take care of our bodies on the inside, but we fall short on taking care of our bodies on the outside. Below are a few tips on how to take care of you skin this Ramadan:

Hydration - Stay hydrated- how your body is feeling on the inside will reflect on how your body will look on the outside.

Stay away from sodas and caffeinated drinks - The trick to taking care of your skin in Ramadan, is to avoid certain foods and drinks. Caffeine and fizzy drinks are known to suck out the minerals in the body, which has a negative effect on your skin. Stick to water and healthier options like milk, natural fruit drinks/smoothies etc.

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