It’s the typical Moslem-Girl-Problem-in-Ramadan. You can’t fast. Or pray. So you’re all bummed out. Because you won’t be eating suhoor or iftar with your family or praying taraweeh with the community.
But here’s the deal. We always look at the things we can’t have or can’t do and forget about what we CAN do or CAN have. Out of all the things you can do in Ramadan, for the few days you are on your period, you can’t fast, pray, or read Qur’an while directly touching the mus’haf. That’s a grand total of *drum roll* 3 things.
Guess what? Everything else is still available to you. Shocking, isn’t it? Do your dhikr, read Qur’an in another manner, read tafsir, listen to lectures, give sadaqah, volunteer in the mosque, help make food for someone’s iftar or suhoor, getting up at qiyaam time for du’aa, du’aa in general, etc. There is no need to slow down in any way.
This is a reflection not just for Ramadan and your favourite little period, but for life. Just because you can’t do A or B doesn’t mean the rest of the alphabet is also off-limits. Even in Islam, for all the things that are forbidden, there are exponentially more things which are permissible. Don’t let shaytaan (or in this month – your nafs) get to you and have you miss out on all the other forms of khayr there is.