Pledge #1: Solat tarawih every night
Today is the fifth day of fasting, which means as of last night, there have been five nights of solat tarawih. Did all five. Happy.
Pledge #2: Read 50 pages of Quran a day
I’m lagging on this one. Easier said than done. I did say that I wanted to read 10 pages after each solat fardu. Not that easy. Why?
- After Subuh: Catching up with sleep. Getting ready for work.
- After Zuhur: Lunch break during Ramadan is only 15 minutes. Not much time left after solat.
- After Asar: Rushing to go home to avoid getting stuck in traffic
- After Maghrib: Enjoying iftar. Getting ready for solat tarawih
- After Isha: Or more accurately after solat tarawih, that’s about the only suitable time.
See? Not that easy. Therefore I’ve decided to revise the action plan for this pledge. Instead of reading 10 pages after each solat fardu, I shall do it the following way:
- 10 pages before Subuh: Wake up early, sahur and read Quran while waiting for azan.
- 20 pages before Maghrib: A better way to fill in the time rather than staring at the food.
- 20 pages before I go to bed: Nicely wraps up my day.
This way, I can still finish 50 pages in one day, thus finish the entire Quran by the end of Ramadan. As of now, I’ve only finished 140 pages in 4 days (yet to read any today). By right I should have finished 200 pages, plus another 50 by the end of today. Need to catch up over the weekend.
Pledge #3: Spend only RM 10 a day at Pasar Ramadan
So far so good! I did overspend on Day 1, but I covered it back by not going Pasar Ramadan on Day 2, just reheating the leftovers from the previous day. So on average, RM 10 a day is still on.
But next week will be a challenge. I have several buka puasa plans outside. There’s no way I can stick to RM 10. Do you have any idea how much Ramadan buffet costs? A bomb. Anyway, I did say the RM 10 pledge only applies to Pasar Ramadan, didn’t I? Ramadan buffet ≠ Pasar Ramadan. So my pledge is still valid. And it’s not every day we get to enjoy Ramadan buffet, right? ;-)
Pledge #4: Listen to Islamic audios in the car
Okay, let me be honest about this one. I’ve listened to the Quran CD repeatedly, which I enjoy. I’ve listened to IKIM FM, which I don’t enjoy that much. Why? Too much talking. Too many adverts. Super long adverts. I really can’t stand them, especially the “Qurratu Aini” advert that seems to go on forever. And it repeats the words “Qurratu Aini” so many times my ears nearly bleed. And I still have no idea what they are actually selling.
Another thing, the nasyids that the station plays are mostly depressing i.e. about taubat, death, judgment day. Yes, I know, Ramadan is a good month to repent. But please, don’t make our religion sounds so miserable. A little mix with cheerful nasyids would be nice.
But the good thing about IKIM FM is the talk by guest speakers. I particularly enjoy the one I listened to yesterday, which discussed about reversion and the challenges of being a muallaf in Malaysia. Also the previous day’s talk about zakat. Very informative. Perhaps I’ll just tune in during the guest speakers slots and stick to my Quran CD in between.
Oh yeah, I’ve decided not to get Maher Zain’s CD, because his songs are too mellow for my liking. I’m thinking of buying one of Raihan’s old albums, or Rabbani, or maybe Wali Band. Upbeat nasyids, anyone?
P.S.: Kind of miss listening to my rock kapak CDs already. It’s not easy to stick to doing good things, even a small one!