Are you making preparations for Ramadan?
Ramadan is an important time for Muslims to grow closer to Allah spiritually. Muslims practice this by fasting any food or drinks as well as any inappropriate activities such as gossiping and lying from dawn to sunset.
However, with Singapore and other countries that are enjoying the sunny weather and long hours of fasting, it may be a struggle to pass time. Instead of dreading the day, why not distract yourself with some fun activities to keep you going?
Here are some hobbies and skills to explore during the Ramadan season:
When was the last time you cleaned your fridge or reorganized your drawers? If you haven't found time to do it, now is the right season. Throw out that chili sauce you have been keeping for ages or discover new gems within your wardrobe that you can sell online! Maybe you have a vintage jacket that you no longer wear that deserves a new home.
You may end up falling in love with cleaning as a hobby! Also, a clean home makes a good space to focus on your Quran readings and prayers.
Feeling low in energy? While working out seems counter-intuitive, low-intensity workouts such as walking around your neighborhood or doing a relaxing yoga routine can boost your energy to get you through the day! You can thank me later for that extra energy.
If yoga is not your thing, find a workout routine that you can turn into a hobby. Even dancing around the house can make you feel better! Make sure to stay hydrated and eat balanced meals during Sahur and Iftar to keep your mind and body healthy.
If you enjoy watching social media videos of your favorite stars, why not use the time to learn something new such as video editing through an online course? There are many free and affordable courses to choose from whether it's learning how to start a business or code a program. You can even learn how to play the piano and develop it into a new hobby!
By the end of the course, not only will you be certified, but you can use your newfound knowledge to apply for some freelance jobs to earn some money during this season!
Can't hang out at a cafe? How about doing an interactive workshop together? Crafty workshops such as pottery, painting, tufting, and jewelry making are becoming popular as you can test your talents and bring home your masterpiece. It also doesn't require much energy as you will be sitting down most of the time in an air-conditioned space. And the best part? No experience is needed!
Journaling isn't limited to writing down your thoughts about your day-to-day life. Make Quran reading fun by journaling on a notebook to reflect on your Quran readings. Doing this will not only help you understand the Quran better but also remember the purpose of Ramadan during this season.
Ramadan is all about giving back to the community. Donate your time to help out someone in need such as volunteering for a soup kitchen or teaching at an orphanage. Even taking the time to help a family member to carry groceries is a way of contributing.
You can also offer your spare meeting room as a prayer space for your Muslim colleagues if there is not a Surau nearby. Sharing is caring and as 'Prophet Muhammad (saw) said, "Allah is kind, and he loves kindness in all matters" [Bukhari: 6528]
We hope this list will help you pass the time quicker during Ramadan. Share this article with your friends who want something fun to do during this sacred time and perhaps, develop it into a hobby together.
Are there hobbies of your own that you do during Ramadan? Let us know in the comments below!
Before you go, check out the habits to cultivate this coming season.