Ramadan is a blessed time of year often characterized by certain specific forms of worship. Fasting, reading Qur’an and performing salah (five times a day prayer) are the main focus of many people’s time and energy during this month. However, for most women a portion of Ramadan – or in some cases the month in its entirety – passes by without being able to engage in these acts, due namely to menstruation or postnatal bleeding. Often this leads us to feeling disconnected from the sacredness and specialness of Ramadan, and feeling deprived of that spiritual rejuvenation and increase in faith many believers experience in these days.
In order for us to find a sense of spirituality during this time, we may need to amend our way of thinking about it, and perhaps even the paradigm we construct about worship and spirituality as a whole.
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Additional suggestions for those non-fasting:-
■If there are iftars being hosted at the masjid, volunteer to serve and help clean up afterwards.
■Buy a jug of Zamzam water and pour it into little bottles and distribute them to everyone at the masjid with dates.
■Babysit during Taraweeh so that the mothers (and everyone else!) can pray with khushu’ and concentration.
■Cook iftar for sisters who are expecting, elderly, students away from home, etc. in your community and deliver it to their homes.
■Do any deep cleaning, laundry, Eid shopping etc. that needs to be done now, so that you can fully focus on Qur’an/salah/etc when you are fasting. You can also prepare and freeze some food now so that you don’t have to cook iftar on other days when you are fasting.
■Spend a lot of time in du`a’, and memorize the du`a’s for different actions (entering the masjid, leaving the home, etc).
■Listen to this du`a’: http://jannah.org/jannahradio/ghamdi_dua.mp3 with the translation: http://jannah.org/jannahradio/dua_ghamdi_trans.txt
■Spend time in salah `ala an-Nabiy, an often overlooked and neglected type of dhikr.
■Memorize Allah’s names and their meanings.
■Make a CD of beautiful Qur’an recitation and du`a’s in mp3 and distribute it to people at the masjid.
■Make Eid/Ramadan goodie bags for the kids so that they love and feel attached to Ramadan.
■Do the adhkar (remembrance of Allah) for morning and evening narrated from the Prophet ﷺ.
■Remember to seek out Laylat ul-Qadr throughout the month and do not let even one night go by without making du`a’. Laylat ul-Qadr could possibly be on any night in Ramadan, not just on the 27th.
■Find out who is sick in your area or in the hospital and go visit them.
■Look for new converts, those who are newly practicing or people who have lost touch with the community and invite them over for iftar.