Religion & Spirituality

Periods During Ramadan? A Blessing

Fasting is obligatory on Muslim man and woman who are of good health and mental state. But it is prohibited for a Menstruating female as ALLAH does not want to burden them during that time.

Getting your Periods during Ramadan may be a depressing thought for a lot of Muslim females. But, there is nothing to be sad about. It is a blessing in disguise if you know how to make the most of your menstruation period. Confused? Read on.

  • First of all – be grateful to ALLAH instead of cursing your period. You are being rewarded for following ALLAH’s command by not fasting during your period.
  • You may feel upset because you cannot read the Quran. But do you know that reading Surah Ikhlas is  equivalent to reading one-third of the Quran. If you read Surah Ikhlas 3 times, you will be rewarded for reading the whole Quran. And each blessing in Ramadan is multiplied by 70.
  • One misconception many Muslim sisters have is that they cannot do Dhikr during menstruation. That is not correct. During menstruation, you can do lots of Dhikr. You can do lots of Istighfar. You can even memorize the 99 names of ALLAH as each name is known to have different blessings. You can read a lot of small Dua’s and since it is Ramadan, you can recite the Dua for Ashra’s.
Dua’s For All The Ashra’s of Ramadan
  • You can listen to the Tafseer of the Quran and brush up on your skills of Arabic Grammar. Yes, it is one of the most difficult grammar to skill up on but you can give it a try and find an easy teacher. You can even look at lectures from people like Yasmin Mogahed and Dr. Farhat Hashmi. If you follow any other scholar, then you can always look/listen to their lectures.
  • Read about the Islamic History and how the Khilafat movement started and how Islam spread out during the early centuries. You can even read up the Biography of Prophet Muhammad P.B.U.H. You can also see the stories of Sahaba’s and other Prophet’s. There is a YouTube Channel which contains some really well depicted stories of Prophets.
  • Refrain from doing bad deeds and things that could take away your blessings. One such deed, which is unfortunately common in our time, is Gheebat (backbiting). Refrain from such deeds and engage yourself in learning the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH) and revive it as much as you can.
  • If you have younger siblings at home, then teach them how to perform basic Islamic rituals like Wudhu, performing Salah, Reading Dua’s, or covering their modesty in a proper manner.
  • If you are married and have kids who are old enough to fast, then encourage them to keep fast. Teach, Preach and Encourage them to do good deeds to others, teach them good manners & politeness.
  • Cook Iftar for those who are fasting. When you cook iftar and feed someone else when they are fasting, you get the reward of his/her fasting. The Messenger of Allāh ‎ﷺ said: “Whoever gives Iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the fasting person’s reward in the slightest.” [Al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746]
  • Give a lot of charity. Remember sisters, even a smile (to a Mehram) is charity. Share your wealth with those in need and ALLAH will open closed doors of wealth for you.
  • Do more good deeds like feeding the birds, clearing obstacles from the path, washing the dishes, keeping yourself clean, helping around the house, giving rest to those who are fasting, and being good to your parents, younger siblings, etc.⠀

These are just some of the ways you can make your menstruation during Ramadan (or any other time) more productive. I hope this helps all my muslim sisters. These are just a few ways and if you have anymore please feel free to add them below!

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