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Ramadan Reflection Day 1: Off-Duty Problems.

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.


8 thoughts on “Ramadan Reflection Day 1: Off-Duty Problems.

  1. Best line: “Just because you can’t do A or B doesn’t mean the rest of the alphabet is also off-limits.”

    I’ve always liked the letter Z πŸ™‚

  2. Jazaki Allahu khairan for this reminder. The best part about having your period at the beginning of the month is that you won’t have to worry about it coming during the last 10 days. Unless you have an irregular cycle. But alhamdulillah! πŸ™‚ Ramadan Mubarak, Sarah!

    • Wa iyyakki! Alhamdulillah for real. I think a lot of girls are banking on being period-free for the last 10 days inshaAllah. But even if you do happen to get it then, it still doesn’t stop you from a lot of ‘ibaadah!

      Ramadan Mubarak to you too! πŸ™‚ Give Salma and Hala a Ramadan Mubarak kiss from me inshaAllah ❀

      • For me, I’m hoping to be kid-free during the last 10 days. If not, I can at least switch off days with my mom and sister to help take care of the kids. Alhamdulillah. Like you said, there’s always du’a and dhikr, sometimes they act like a period. LoL

        And I will be happy to shower them with your kisses! Send my salams to the Windsor girls. πŸ™‚

  3. Jazakallahu khayran! I needed this today.

    Umm Salma, I have a short cycle, if mine begin with Ramadan, then on Eid or a day before I’m definitely out again 😦

    • Wa iyyakki! I’m glad it came in handy, Alhamdulillah πŸ™‚

      The reason I wanted to post this on the 1st of Ramadan was to catch all the different cycles. So keep in mind that even if you are off-duty in the last few days, you can do du’aa and dhikr and so many other things, inshaAllah!

      As for Eid, there are hadiths that say the menstruating women should still come to the Eid prayer – even though they can’t pray – to partake in the communal celebration. Alhamdulillah, you can still listen to the khutbah and see your family and friends at Eid salah πŸ™‚

    • I know what you mean. Mine has been like that lately too. But Alhamdulillah like Sarah says, there’s always du’a and dhikr and at least we can still go to Eid prayer. Ramadan Mubarak!

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