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A Working Father: How to Manage My Time in Ramadan?

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May 19, 2018

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Salam Aleikom. I am a working father living in Europe where magrib is really late and fajr is very early. Do you have any recommendation how I could manage my time in Ramadan?

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A Working Father: How to Manage My Time in Ramadan?

In this counseling answer:

• Make a daily time chart for these activities.

• Ensure you are getting good rest as well as lots of good, energy-sustaining foods for iftar and suhoor.


As-Salamu ‘Alaykum brother,

Indeed, it is a very long time between magrib and fajr where you are. I would suggest that you use this time to read Qur’an, do dzhkir, spend time with family, possibly helping your wife with the chores and children as that would be a great relief for her, in sha’ Allah.

Also, help others through charity events; get involved in your mosque’s activities as well as spending quiet time for drawing closer to Allah through the Islamic prescribed methods.

While you may feel this time is very long, you may actually see it go by rather quickly in sha’ Allah if you make a daily time chart for these activities. Structuring our time on paper or a calendar filled with times for reading Qur’an, chores, spending quality time with family, doing charity work, and helping others often fill up a whole day!

In regards to the longtime of fasting, in sha’ Allah ensure you are getting good rest as well as lots of good, energy-sustaining foods for iftar and suhoor.

Also, be sure to keep your body properly hydrated with water and other healthy drinks after magrib.

We wish you a most blessed Ramadan!

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About Aisha Mohammad-Swan

Aisha Mohammad-Swan received her PhD in psychology in 2000. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York with a focus on PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, and Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach. She is currently studying for her certification in Islamic Chaplaincy, and takes Islamic courses at SHC. Aisha works at a Women's Daytime Drop in Center, and has her own part-time practice in which she integrates counseling and holistic health. Aisha also received an MA in Public Health/Community Development in 2009 and plans to open a community counseling/resource center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah.

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