Treat Ramadan like a dignitary visiting you…
Ramadan is only 3 months and 20 or so days away! Can you believe it?
If you are ready to up the ante on your Ramadan productivity this year, you need to know what the buzz is about with Halalify‘s Ramadan Battle Plan.
What is it, you ask?
Created by Sr. Maria Islam, Ramadan Battle Plan is a daily planner designed to help you take full advantage of Ramadan.
Measuring 8.25″ by 5.25″ it has plenty of space to jot notes down while remaining compact enough to be carried in handbag.
1) Daily view includes:
- Plan your prayers
- Record water intake
- As Ramadan progresses your Sunnah Size it! section increases as each day’s Battle Plan is added to the list. Allowing you a chance to build small sustainable habits. Insha’Allah
2) Monthly View:
- 3 Months: Sha’ban, Ramadan and Shawwal
- Reminders for the White days of each month as well as Laylatul Qadr (based on the USA days so it may differ for you)
3) Qu’ran Reading Roadmap:
- Pace yourself to complete your goals
- Track your progress
- Each Juz’ is provided with the name of the Surah and the verse
Quran Reading Roadmap
You can grab this awesome planner by supporting the Kickstarter campaign and chipping in: http://kck.st/1fEedg7
Now that you are in the scoop regarding what this planner is and how to get it… aren’t you curious to know who the personality is behind this productivity hack? I am!
Introducing… Sr. Maria Islam from Halalify planners.
Ok, Bismillah… here we go!
Alhamdullilah, so glad to have you here Sr. Maria! For the benefit of the new comers here, I would love if you can tell us a little about yourself!
I’m Maria Islam, founder of Halalify and designer of Ramadan Battle Plan. I’ve been Muslim since April 2006 Alhamdulillah and I’m stay at home mother to 3 little Muslims, Alhamdulillah.
MashaaAllah, awesome. So, as we are talking planners here… I’m curious- and also sure most of us would love to know- what was it that inspired you come out with Islamic themed planners?
When I first became Muslim I wanted to do everything and know everything at once. I didn’t know many Muslims and I have a hard time visualizing plans. I need to write things down and they become more achievable to me. So knowing that I work better with physical reminders I created a custom planner to help me pray 5 times a day and keep track of stuff related to learning Islam.
Once I was accustom to praying 5 times a day I didn’t need the planner as much but I continued using it.
In 2011, I miscarried twins and it was a really difficult time for me. Ramadan has always been special to me and the last 10 nights really sought after because I find comfort in Allah’s promise. Alhamdulillah. So to keep myself motivated I made a planner to prepare for Ramadan. It was really busy, it had a daily view, weekly and monthly. I showed it to a friend and she suggested I release it. I did and the response was overwhelming.
Every year since I survey the users on my mailing list and based on their responses craft the next year’s battle plan. Alhamdulillah its very fulfilling.
MashaaAllah! So, it was in benefiting from a planner that you made for yourself that started this journey for you?
Yes! I’m also always thinking of ways to maximize my hasanat and there are only so many hours in the day and motivation to go around. I’m hoping, insha’Allah that I garner some residual hasanat, barakat and sadaqah jariya by helping others make the best of their Ramadan. Which is why I always offer a complimentary download to anyone who wants it.
That’s beautiful. From using the planner myself, I can attest to the difference it makes when I don’t use it. It truly is a game changer as it helps one really scrutinize and improve upon the things that may otherwise go unnoticed. JazakAllah khair for putting in all this hard work for the Muslim Ummah’s benefit!
Wa iyakum! and JazakAllah khairan for using it!
So, this is the third year for Ramadan Battle Plan I believe? Can you tell us how the present edition came to be the way it is? (i.e, new features, better durability, etc.)
4th, Each year’s planner is an improvement on the previous ones. I take the feedback I received print it out and go one by one seeing which one makes sense to add and which ones don’t or aren’t in tune with the direction I want it to take.
This year’s planner is HUGE, one of the many requests was more room to plan both day and night worship as well as hours that accommodate people who work at night. In order to do that I added 2 pages per day and both a 12 hour and its corresponding hour in the 24 hr cycle. This added more room for note taking as well as planning prayers etc.
Sorry, my bad! 4th year mashaaAllah! The new features sound fantastic.
This year, you are using Kickstarter to fund your campaign. How would you describe your experience so far? I take it that Kickstarter is not easy on approving projects?
I knew it was going to be difficult but it was worse than I expected. Primarily because its overwhelming in general and this is a one woman operation so its a lot to do at once. It took a while to get approved but I think it coincided with them reaching a $1billion milestone so there were some hiccups.
Wow, mashaaAllah. I think most of us would agree on one thing though- the fact being that your project got approved after undergoing such a difficult process is no small feat and speaks volumes about the credibility of it. Congratulations for making it!
Halalify Living Sunnah Daily Planner
As a design enthusiast, here is something I am personally itching to know- how do you go about your creative process? Your planners are so detailed and I am always in awe admiring your design mashaaAllah!
I have an idea of what I want it to look like and I sketch it. I keep sketching until I’m satisfied with the look. I then recreate it in InDesign and keep tweaking until I feel I can’t improve on it any more. It nags at me until I’m satisfied with it. That lets me know I’ve reached a stage where its the best I can possibly do at that moment. This could take months. It actually took me months just to be satisfied with the daily portion of Ramadan Battle Plan. I have a few dozen variations on my hard drive by the time I’m finished.
I zoom in so that all I see is that small portion I’m working on. If it’s the Dhuhr box in the prayer section or the Sunnah Size It! section. I’ve definitely spent hundreds of hours on it if not a thousand or more. I enjoy what I do and it’s of service to the ummah so it works out. Alhamdulillah.
MashaaAllah! The hard work definitely shows.
The Limited Edition
Coming back to the campaign- this year you are also offering a Limited Edition version of the planner. Can you tell us more about it and why you decided to have an LE version up for grabs?
Yes, every year I get requests for hot pink or purple planners. Except that is not feasible because I have to place a large enough order to make it affordable. Because Kickstarter is a crowdfunding campaign by the end of I’ll know exactly how many to order and hence its only available during this campaign as an incentive to get it fully funded.
Sounds fantastic. Sr. Maria, thank you so much for taking out the time to do this interview. A special note to all who are reading this– please support Sr. Maria and the amazing work she has continually done for our advantage. Go over to the Kickstarter page here and chip in! We have only until March 18 to make this a success!
Before we conclude, I’d love for you share with us anything that helps us know more about you, get in touch, and the different ways we can help spread the word?
JazakAllah khairan for your time! Yes, this is an all or nothing campaign, if it doesn’t get funded I don’t receive any of the funds which means there won’t be any physical planners for this year. Alhamdulillah we are at 19%.
You can help by sharing on Facebook and Twitter: ramadanbattleplan.com/share
Alhamdullilah, it is an honour to be Sr. Maria’s friend and getting to conduct an interview with her.
Be a part of the movement: grab a badge, chip in, spread the word. InshaaAllah, no effort will go unnoticed near Allah Most Loving <3
Let’s strive to make this Ramadan an incredibly transforming experience for all of us this year!
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