It’s Ramadan and Aunt Flo has arrived, and she plans on staying for a few days. You end up bummed out, knowing you’ll have to make all those days up and you can’t really touch the Qur’an to read those juz’s you planned. You think that there’s not much you can do, considering these realities, but the fact is that there’s a lot you can do during that time.
Here are some tips I like to remember in Ramadan during that time of month.
1) Everything you do, if it is righteous and done with a good intention is considered a good deed.
Umar ibn Al-Khattab was on the pulpit and he said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, saying, “Verily, deeds are only with intentions. Verily, every person will get rewarded only for what they intended. Therefore, whoever emigrated for worldly reasons or for a woman, then his emigration is for that to which he has emigrated.” [Sahih Bukhari]
عُمَرَ بْنَ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ عَلَى الْمِنْبَرِ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ إِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى دُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا أَوْ إِلَى امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ
Last year, I moved from one country to another during Ramadan, and I didn’t really have the time to do any extra good deeds. When I remembered that whatever you do can be considered a good, I felt very much at ease that my Ramadan was just as good, or even better than the rest of the Ramadans I have experienced before. I approached every little good deed (and chore) with a new attitude.
2) Dhikr is still available for you to do.
Dhikr is a great way to rack in the deeds without doing much. When it comes time for Salah, you can set a time aside to do Dhikr. You can also do Dhikr at any time of the day, and that’s the great thing about Dhikr.
Duaa is such an amazing thing in the sense that it can be done by anyone at any time. Set a time to do extra duaa on these days. Specifically the prayer times and the late hours of the night. (If you stay up that late).
4) Listen to Islamic lectures.
YouTube is full of lectures, and there are so many websites out there that offer valuable information. Some are downloadable and can go right on your iPod, iPhone or any other electric device. Use this opportunity to gain some knowledge on Islam. Lectures are always a great Imaan booster for me, and they are so plentiful.
5) Be creative!
There are so many other things you can do in Ramadan! You can give charity, help feed someone in need, and babysit the kids in the masjid at Taraweeh time.
Lastly, I’d like to end with a little bonus tip. Since you aren’t fasting, make sure to take the time to hydrate yourself and eat something nutritious. Don’t just fast all day because everyone else is; find a place where not many people go, and eat something healthy!
I hope you all have a great Ramadan InshaAllah, and I hope you find these tips helpful.