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

05 April, 2021
Q 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?


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.

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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
Aisha received her PhD in psychology in 2000 and an MS in public health in 2009. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York. Aisha specializes in trauma, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach. Aisha works at a Family Resource Center, and has a part-time practice in which she integrates healing and spirituality using a holistic approach. Aisha plans to open a holistic care counseling center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah. Aisha is also a part of several organizations that advocate for social & food justice. In her spare time she enjoys her family, martial arts classes, Islamic studies as well as working on her book and spoken word projects.