Advice to Sisters: Sustaining The Ramadan Spirit During Non-fasting Days

In the month of Ramadan, we all prepare ourselves in anticipation for all the extra rewards and closeness to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla). Ramadan is the most productive time of the year personally, socially and spiritually.

Sisters in Islam however face a different productivity challenge in the month of Ramadan due to post-natal bleeding or menstruation. This makes them unable to fast, pray, or read the Noble Qur’an. These non-praying and non-fasting periods can lead to a feeling of distance and spiritual loss from the benefits of the blessed Ramadan. For instance, you have started the Ramadan in full swing, with good Ibadat, and good habits, and enjoying the fasting and the spirit that comes with it, and all of a sudden, you can’t fast nor pray anymore for close to a week.

Here are ways for you to continue to feel the spiritual high and make the most out of the short invaluable time that you have, instead of becoming lazy and slacking:

#1.Realizing the blessings of the Ramadan

Sisters should realize the value of the month of Ramadan. When you realize this, you see that not a single second can go to waste, as every second in this blessed month can be spent in gaining reward, by physical action and intention. It is difficult for sisters to maintain excellence and productivity in non-praying periods of the Ramadan. Therefore, this is an ideal time to constantly remind yourself of the virtues of the blessed month of Ramadan.

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “When the month of Ramadan begins, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

Sisters should remember that reading the Qur’an, praying Salah, and fasting are not the only ways to worship Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla).

#2.Sisters should find alternative ways to worship Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla)

There are numerous ways you can worship Allah, aside from Salah, reading the Qur’an and fasting. You should remember that all roles we play, whether you are a wife, mother, professional, or student, to fulfill these roles with excellence and with the intention to please Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla) makes it a form of worship. It should be noted that whatever you do out of longing to please Allah is a form of worship.

#3.Constantly engage in Zikr

Fill your free time with precious Istighfar. Zikr is a beautiful way to remain connected to Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla).

#4.Stay connected to the Qur’an

You can listen to the recitations of the holy Qur’an in your non-fasting and praying days.

#5.Earn the reward of fasting

You should remember that there is a huge reward in giving Iftar to the ones who are fasting. Therefore, make the most out of your extra time and energy during your non-fasting days and give Iftar to the poor and needy.

Our beloved Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever gives food for a fasting person to break his fast, he will have a reward like theirs, without that detracting from their reward in the slightest.”

You have to organize how to make up the fasts you missed, once Ramadan is over. It is recommended that you start making your days up immediately after Ramadan, rather than postponing it to a later time.

There you have it sisters! Do the things mentioned above to invest in having a spiritually uplifting Ramadan, even in your non-fasting and praying days.

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