Ramadan for sisters can be tumultuous, whether you are a mother, sister, wife or daughter.
We often experience the ups and downs of Ramadan as it is usually the women who take care of the family and the children and maintain order in the house.
Nonetheless, Ramadan is not a wasted effort for sisters. It is time where day to day actions are still considered acts of Ibadah.
Menstruating in Ramadan
Many women dread their menstruation during Ramadan, as they feel they are missing out on attaining Allah’s reward and mercy. However, there are many things that they can still do to benefit from this Blessed month.
First and foremost, it is important to remember that when we are busy taking care of our children and families, or tending to the daily chores, we are in fact fulfilling the responsibilities given to us by Allah (swt).
RENEW YOUR INTENTION
Renew your intention and carry out these tasks and chores with the purpose of pleasing your Creator. They are all acts of worship and you will be rewarded for them just as you would be with other forms of Ibadah Insha’Allah.
This is one of the simplest forms of Ibadah but reaps large amounts of reward. Dhikr can be done throughout the day, whether you’re busy with your children, or sitting down to rest. It allows us to keep the remembrance of Allah fresh on our tongues and in our hearts.
Probably one of the simplest and easiest ways to gain reward. With so many opportunities that are available we are able to automate donations through Ramadan without having to give it a second thought.
There are also opportunities to provide Iftar for the poor and needy within the communities and reward is gained by feeding others.
INCREASE IN ISLAMIC KNOWLEDGE
Whilst being busy at home or driving around, it is a good chance to listen to talks and increase your knowledge in Islam. It is a way to increase knowledge while still being able to perform other roles and duties. There are also other opportunities online, as many organisations and educational hubs now provide classes that meet your time requirements and allow women to join at their own convenience.
LISTEN TO QURAN
Yet, another easy activity to do. Playing Quran throughout the day, listening to Allah’s words, taking in words of Tafseer would increase the Barakah in your time. Listening to the Quran, respectfully, can make the time in your day more beneficial and rewarding.
Ramadan is an excellent time to increase our repentance to Allah. We can use moments in our day to really focus on asking for forgiveness and repenting to Allah. The best thing about Istighfar is that it can be done at any time of the day.
Mothers in Ramadan
Many mothers find themselves getting anxious and upset, as they spend most of their day busy with their children, so have little time for acts of worship.
But do not despair…
Taking care of your children and family, as well as carrying out the household chores, are all responsibilities given to you by your Lord and Creator and something you are surely rewarded for.
Renew your intention at the start of Ramadan. Tend to your children and carry out your chores with the purpose of pleasing Allah.
These are all acts of worship and you will be rewarded for them just as you would for any other acts of Ibadah.
Allah is the most Merciful, the most Kind, He sees all that you do and all that is in your heart. May He accept it from us, Ameen.