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10 things a Women on Menses can do in Ramadan





Almighty Allah has made it easy for a women in Ramadan during her menses for she is still able to get the same rewards as men.


The good deed accounts don't stop when a women is menstruating for the angels are continuing writing down good deeds as long as a women is doing good actions in order to please Allah.



The following are 10 good deeds a women can do whilst on her menses during Ramadan and throughout the whole year:



1. Listen to Qur'an recitation:




Listening to recitation is the perfume of the souls, the calmer of hearts, and the food of the spirit. Is is one of the most important psychological medicines. It is a source of pleasure, even to some animals – and pleasure in moderation purifies inner energy, enhances the functioning of the faculties, slows down senile decay by driving out its diseases, improves the complexion, and refreshes the entire body. Pleasure in excess, on the other hand, makes the illnesses of the body grow worse.


Abu Nu’aim states, in his Tib an-Nabbi, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said that the benefits of listening to recitation are increased when it is understood – that is, when its meaning is understood.


Allah Himself says:…so give good news to My slaves, those who listen to the word and then follow the best of it…(Qur’an: 39.17-18)


Source: As-Suyuti’s Medicine of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam)



2. Read the tafseer and meanings of the Qur'an




To reflect upon the verses of Allaah is a form of worship; it is something that will draw one close to Allah, Most High.


Allaah, Most High, Says in the Quran (what means): "Then do they not reflect upon the Quran? If it had been from [any] other than Allaah, they would have found within it much contradiction." [Quran: 4:82]


We should try to understand the Qur'an:


Ibn Kathir says regarding tafsir of [soorah al-A'raf (7): 179]:The similitude of the one, who memorizes the Qur'an but does not act in accordance to it, is like a donkey, which carries a load of books, but does not understand!


We should read and study the deeper meanings of the Qur'an and act upon everything we read as this is what the Sahaaba did. Some of the Sahaaba took a very long time finishing the Qur'an because they wanted to implement everything they read before moving on to the rest of the Qur'an.



3. Dhikr of Allah:



A women on her menses can do excessive dhikr night and day. We will all have utter regret for each second wasted without remembering Allah:


Mu`adh Ibn Jabal (RA) said that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The People of Paradise will not regret anything except one thing alone: the hour that passed them by in which they made no remembrance of Allah." Narrated Bayhaqi in Shu`ab al-iman (1:392 #512-513)


The highest rank in Jannah are for those who remembered Allah the most:


Abu Sa`id (RA) narrates the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) was asked, "Which of the servants of Allah is best in rank before Allah on the Day of resurrection?" He said: "The ones who remember him much."I said: "O Messenger of Allah, what about the fighter in the way of Allah?" He answered: "Even if he strikes the unbelievers and mushrikin with his sword until it broke, and becomes red with their blood, truly those who do Dhikr are better than him in rank." (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, & Bayhaqi)


Therefore we should remember Allah as much as we can & glorify him night & day, not just in Ramadan but until our very last breath. What better time to start remembering Allah more than in this most blessed month.


So we should set ourselves daily targets of doing as much Dhikr as we can. We can remember & glorify Allah whatever we are doing throughout the day. At work, whilst cooking, shopping & even whilst relaxing. We should remember Allah in our heart's & not just by our tongues. We should also contemplate over his magnificence & his creations & imagine him in front of us as we glorify & remember him.



The following are 10 Dhikr, supported by Hadith that we can recite throughout the day & night in Ramadan until our last breath:



Note: We should try & aim to recite each of these 10 Dhikr a 100 times each which makes a total of 1000 a day minimum.


1. Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee - Recite this abundantly during the last ten nights of Ramadan.


2. Subhaanallah


3. Alhamdulillah


4. Allahu Akbar


5. Laa ilaaha illallah




7. Asthaghfirullah-halladhee Laa ilaaha illa-huwal Hayyul Qayyuumu Wa athoobu Ilay


Or short version: Asthaghfirullah






9. Subhāna-llāhi, wa-l-hamdu li-llāhi, wa lā ilāha illā-llāhu, wa-llāhu akbar. Wa lā hawla wa lā quwwata illā bi-llāhi-l-aliyyi-l-azīm


10. Lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu lahu-l-mulku wa lahu-l-ḥamdu yuhyi wa yumītu wa huwa ḥayyu-llā yamūtu abadan abada, ḏū-l-jalāli wa-l-ikrām, biyadihi-l-khayr, wa huwa alā kulli Shay-in qadīr


Or the shortened version:


Laa ilaaha illal-laahu wahdahu laa shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer


We should also recite much of durood e Ibrahim which is the durood that is recited towards the end of Salaah.


Or the shortest durood is: Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim



4. Dua & Repentance



A women in her menses can make excessive Dua to Allah night and day.


Almighty Allah says in the Qur'an: "When my servants ask you concerning me, (tell them) I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186]


The place of Dua is so high in front of Allah, that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallim) has said: "Nothing is more honourable to Allah the Most High than Dua." [sahih al-Jami` no.5268].


Allah loves repentance & loves those who turn to him in sincere repentance:


Truly Allah loves those who turn [to Him] in repentance... (Qur'an 2:222)


Many of us rush our Dua’s & quite often our hearts are not present whilst we are making dua to Allah. That is why we lose out on much of the benefits & blessings of Dua. Therefore we should not let our minds wonder whilst in Dua & we should concentrate more, making sure our hearts are present whilst asking of Allah. Whilst we are in dua we should imagine Almighty Allah in front of us & so we should humble ourselves in front of him in a state of meekness & humility.


It may also help if we made a list of what we want to ask Allah during our dua’s. We can then refer to this list as a reminder so that we can cover everything we need to ask him, which may help in making our Dua’s longer & more sincere. This is because we will not always remember everything we want to ask Allah unless we note it down & refer back to it when we need to.


The times when Dua's are most accepted during Ramadan are:


1. The third portion of the night shortly before sehri ends. 2. Whilst fasting. 3. Between Asr & Maghrib. 4. Just before fast opens. 5. On Jumma before & after khutba. 6. Between Adhan & Iqamah. 7. Whilst raining. 8. After Qur'an recitation. 9. The Night of Qadr


Let us not be of those who pass by Ramadan without gaining any forgiveness:


Rasullullah (sallahu alaihi wasallam) said: ...the angel Jibraâ'il appeared before me and said: Destruction to him who found the blessed month of Ramadan and let it pass by without gaining forgiveness...' Upon that I said: 'Amin.' (Al-Bukhari, Al-Tabrani)


We should ask of Allah to accept all of our good deeds & efforts throughout Ramadan & be hopeful that Allah will accept it from us. We should also have FULL hope that Allah will accept our Dua’s if not in this world then in the hereafter. We should accept his decree for he knows best in all matters.


Narrated (Ra)˜Ubaadah that the Messenger of Allah said, 'Whoever seeks forgiveness for the believing men and believing women, Allah will write for him a good deed for EACH believing man and believing woman.' (Tabarrani)


Subhanallah this deed can be done in EVERY dua and can you imagine how many rewards can be gained for each and every Muslim you make dua for from Adam alayhis 'salam until now and the last Muslim on earth. This is the easiest way to earn rewards that go into the billions and the more you make these dua's then the more your good deed account wil get filled!


Every night in the last ten nights the following dua should be recited abundantly:


Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, said: I asked the Messenger of Allah (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallim):: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said: 'Say:


"Allahumma innaka 'afuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'annee"


O Allah, You are pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.' " (Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi).



5. Learning Islamic knowledge:



A women in her menses can learn Islamic knowledge as much as she can through books, online, teachers etc



"Allah will exalt those who believe among you, and those who have been granted knowledge to high ranks."



"Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim (male and female)." (Hadith)




Allah (Most Exalted is He), Who created us and gave us sustenance, has also given us guidance. He said:



"Verily We have created man into toil and struggle… Have We not made for him a pair of eyes; and a tongue, and a pair of lips; and shown him the two ways (obedience and disobedience)?"

(Qur'an, Al-Balad 90:4-10)


After providing us with the capability to contemplate, think and differentiate between things, He instructed us to know Him, to know his Prophets and to know His Deen, Islam. He said:



"So know that there is no god save Allah, ask forgiveness for your sins and for the believing men and the believing women. Allah knows well your moving and your place of rest."

(Qur'an, Muhammad 47:19)


This verse shows the importance of knowledge and the virtues that Allah has given to it. It also shows that knowledge comes before deeds, since Allah instructed His Prophet to know that He is One and the only One worthy of worship. After that, He commanded him to ask forgiveness for himself, his family and for his Ummah.


If Muslims truly realise the importance Islam places on knowledge and its virtues, they will definitely be keen to learn and teach others. They would start with themselves and their families; then their neighbours and the community at large.



6. Serving your parents:




A man once asked the Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallim):


"'Should I join the jihad?' He asked, 'Do you have parents?' The man said, 'Yes!' The Prophet (Salallahu Alayhi Wasallim) said, 'Then strive by serving them!'" (Sahih Al-Bukhari, No. 5972)


Therefore serving one's parents is even better than jihad so serve your parents as much as you can and gain rewards you can NEVER imagine!


Treating your parents the best:


To be obedient and to show kindness to parents has been enjoined in the Holy Quran in such a manner as to say that among the noble deeds, to obey parents, treat them respectfully and to show kindness to them is next to worshipping Almighty Allah.


The Quran says, "Your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him, and that you be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour." - Surah Al Isra (17:23).


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said:“What a loss is for him! What a loss is for him! What a loss is for him!” Someone asked: “Who, O Allah's Messenger?” He replied: “He whose parents reach old age, either one or both of them, and he does not use their presence (by being good to them, etc.) to cause him to enter Paradise.” (Muslim)



Abdullah bin Mas'ood (RA), observed: "I asked Allah's Messenger (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) which deed was the best." He replied: 'The Prayer at its appointed hour.' I (again) asked: "Then what?" He replied: 'Kindness to the parents.'... (Sahih Muslim: 120)


So a women in her menses should do what she can to serve her parents in anyway that she can like for eg clean the house so that her parents do less, attend to their every need etc. Surely she will be pleasing Allah so much and gaining unimaginable rewards!



7. Giving dawah:



"And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allah and does righteous deeds, and says: 'I am one of the Muslims.'" [al-Qur'aan, Fussilat(41):33]


A women on her menses can give dawah to other sisters and non Muslims. We should spend our lives inviting others towards Allah whether they are Muslim or non Muslim.


"Let there arise out of you a band of people inviting to all that is good, enjoining what is right and forbidding what is wrong. They are prosperous ones." (3.104)


We should not argue with them or use a harsh manner but use wisdom, tact and the best approach possible:


Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful preaching and argue with them in ways that are best and most gracious. (16:125)


We should enjoin good and forbid evil for it is a duty upon us:


The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: ‘Indeed, by Allah, you either enjoin good and forbid evil and catch hold of the oppressor and persuade him to act justly and stick to the truth, or, Allah will involve the hearts of some of you with the hearts of others and will curse you as he had cursed them’ (At-Tirmidhi)


Whatever beneficial knowledge we have we should convey it unto others so that they may also benefit from it:


Zaid b. Thabit (RA) narrated the Prophet(Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: "May Allah cause to have freshness and brilliance the man who hears what I say and keeps it in mind, then convey it to others. (Ahmad, 5-183)


We should know that any good action another does because of some beneficial knowledge we have shared then we will also have a share of it:


"Whoever guides [another] to a good deed will get a reward similar to the one who performs it." (Sahih Muslim)


So she can give dawah by text, e mail, direct or indirect



8. Best Manners, Character & Conduct



A women on her menses should show the best manners, character and conduct in this blessed month and throughout her life. She should strive to be of those with the best of characters and manners as that is what will elevate us in the hereafter:


Rasulallah (Sallallahu Alahi wasallam) used to say: The best amongst you are those who have the best manners and character. (Related by al-Bukhari)


Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: There is none heavier in the scales of the Hereafter than good character, (Hadith narrated by al-Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud).


Subhanallah so if we show good character outside of Ramadan then it is of the heaviest on the scales but can you imagine the rewards of good character in Ramadan?


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said: "The best loved by me and the nearest to me on the seats on the Day of Resurrection are those who have the best manners and conduct amongst you, who are intimate, are on good terms with others and are humble, and the most hated by me and who will be on the furthest seats from me are those who are talkative and arrogant." (Tirmidhi)


So let us strive to perfect our manners, character and conduct and know that these good deeds will be of the heaviest on the scales and will enable us to reach the highest ranks of Jannah



9. Charity:



A women in her menses should spend in the way of Allah as much as she can for charity extinguishes sins save one from the fire:


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “Charity wipes out sins as water extinguishes fire.” (Tirmidhi)


Charity should be paid secretly:


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: “Righteous deeds protect a person from an evil end; a charity spent in secret extinguishes Allah’s wrath; and maintaining good ties of kinship increases ones lifespan.” (Tabaraani)


Removing harmful objects from people’s way is also a charity:


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said:“I saw a man enjoying himself in Paradise (simply) because he removed from a road a tree that used to harm people.”(Muslim)


Providing for ones family is a charity:


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said:“If a man provides for his family hoping for the reward, it will be counted as charity for him.”(Bukhari & Muslim)


She can involve herself in charity work in her local community or for a charity organisation. She can do various projects to raise money and awareness for good cauises.


She can also feed other fasting people to gain the reward of their fasts. That includes family, relatives, friends, neighbours and the poor.





10. Serve and obey her Husband



It is obligatory on all Muslim woman to obey their husbands in all matters of good. She is promised Paradise for fulfilling her obligations unto her husband.


Abu Hurairah reported that Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said:


“If a woman prays her five (daily) prayers and keeps her private parts chaste and obeys her husband, she will enter Paradise from any of the doors of Paradise she wishes.” [ibn Hibbaan]


So whether a women is on her menses or not she should do her utmost to serve and obey her husband in the best manner possible for the pleasure of Allaha and in doing so she will not only be pleasing Allah but she will gain immense and unimaginable rewards. Conclusion







Therefore a women on her menses must never feel that she is not able to gain the blessings and reward of the month of Ramadan. There is NOTHING stopping her from gaining IMMENSE rewards equal to that of a man. All that is required from her is effort, the right good intentions and sincerety in her actions.


May Allah enable us to gain he best of this month. Ameen

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I'tikaf for women:


Women can also do I'tikaf in the Masjid if the facilities are available to them as long as they have been given permission by their husbands.


There is a difference of opinion whether or not a women can do I'tikaf at home. The Hanbalis, some Shafi's & some Malikis say that a woman can only sit I'tikaf at the Masjid, whereas the Hanafi's, some Shafi's & some Malikis say it is permissable for a women to do I'tikaf at a designated place in her home because if her prayer is prefferred at home then surely her I'tikaf should also be preferred at home.


They state that a woman sitting I'tikaf at home can perform her domestic duties in her designated room for I'tikaf for eg. cooking, ironing etc. But it is best if she takes care of all her responsiblities si that she can devote as much time as possible to worship. She may not leave her desginated room unless it is necessery. The same rules apply to women sitting I'tikaf as they do for men. Even a women on her menses is permitted to sit I'tikaf at her designated place at home. She can do dhikr, dua, listening to Qur'an recitation & read, learn & ponder over the words & meanings of the Qur'an.

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I’tikaf for women on menses:


Scholars state that women on her menses can do I’tikaf at a designated place in her home. That way she can also perform her domestic duties at her designated room for I’tikaf for e.g. cooking, ironing etc. But it is best if she takes care of all her responsibilities so that she can devote as much time as possible to worship. She may not leave her designated room unless it is necessary. The same rules apply to women sitting I’tikaf as they do for men.


She can do dhikr, Dua, listening to Qur’an recitation & read, learn & ponder over the words & meanings of the Qur’an.

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Those in menses should seek knowledge:






Seeking Islamic knowledge is one of the best forms of
worship and a great source of blessings and rewards. It is the way that leads
to Jannah. The Prophet (sal Allaahu Alayhi wa sallam) said:




"He who embarks on the path
of seeking knowledge, Allah will ease for him the way to
paradise." (Muslim)




And he said:




Allaah, His angels and all those
in the heavens and in the earth, even the ants in their holes and the fish in
the water, pray for those who instruct people in beneficent
knowledge." (Tirmidhi)




You don't have to be clean (tahaarah) to seek knowledge so
pick up some good books of authentic Islamic information or go on the Internet
(Only if you are certain that the information you are listening to and reading
is authentic). There are wonderful, lectures and reminders by great shuyookh as
well as Imaan-boosting articles and other audio/video material where a lot can
be learned.




So read, listen and learn and earn abundant rewards at the
same time whether on menses or not.


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Worship from Fajr until 20 Minutes after Sunrise:
Annas (Ra) narrated that the Prophet (Sallallaahu `alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever prays the Fajr prayer in congregation and then he remains sitting mentioning Allah until the sun rises, and then he prays two Rak’ahs, will receive the reward of one Hajj and one ‘Umrah, complete, complete, complete.” [At-Tirmithi with a good chain of narrators]
So a woman on her menses can still remain seated after the Fajr prayer and engage in Dua, contemplation, recitation of Tafseer (Meanings) of the Qur'an and in the glorification and remembrance of Allah until 20 minutes after sunrise and there is no reason why she cannot receive the same reward!

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10 Easy Ibadaat for Women in Ramadan on their Menses / Periods



What is Ibadah?!


The term “Ibadah” (worship) in Islam is not only confined to the pillars of Islam as it comprises many other goodly aspects. Allah [Exalted be His mention] says [what means]:

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” {Surat Adh-Dhariyat 51: Verse: 56}


Many people mistakenly understand the term “worship” to mean living an ascetic way of life. This is not true at all. In Islam, worship is not [only] restricted to prayer, going to the masjid, giving in charity, or going for Hajj, as one can even turn permissible acts such as sleeping, eating, drinking, going to work, etc. into an act of worship. How is that?! By having a good intention! So, if one sleeps with the intention to rest his body so he can have more energy to worship Allah then this is a good intention. If one goes to work so he can provide for his family and those under his care, then this is a good intention which he will be rewarded for.


Mu’aadh (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I sleep and I get up (to pray at night), and I seek reward for my sleep as I seek reward for my getting up.

[Narrated by al-Bukhari]


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You will never spend anything that you spend for the sake of Allah, but you will be rewarded for it, even the morsel of food that you put in your wife’s mouth.”

[Narrated by Al-Bukhari]


Sheikh ul-Islam Ibn Tayimah (May Allah have Mercy on him) gave a very comprehensive definition of the word “Ibaadah” as he said: “Al-Ibadah is a collective term for all of the deeds and words which Allah loves and is pleased with [whether] inward or outward.”




Many sisters feel that they cannot do much of Ibaadaat while on their monthly period, this is not true. Allah (Exalted be His mention) gave us the blessing of time, we should take advantage of it in doing things that are pleasing to Him. So, here is a list of ten easy Ibaadaat that can be done during the period:


1. Make lots of du’a (supplication) to Allah


Being in that state of ritual impurity should not prevent you from making du’a.


It is reported from An-Nu’man bin Bashir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported the prophet (Peace & blessing of Allah be upon him) said: “Du’a is worship.” [Abu Dawud]


2. Visit a close family member


When you are visiting one of your close family members make sure to have the intention of keeping good ties of kinship between both of you.


The prophet (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “And he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should unite his ties of kinship.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari]


3. Make lots of Istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from Allah) and dhikr (remembrance of Allah)


This can be done when you are cooking, cleaning, going to work, going to the shop, etc. Allah [Exalted be His mention] says [what means]:

“O you who have believed, remember Allah with much remembrance.” [surat Al-Ahzab: 33: Verse: 41]


4. Give Da’wah to Muslims and non-Muslims


This can be by sharing an Islamic post on face book, sharing Islamic knowledge in general through media, and most importantly being a good example through your manners, speech and actions. Allah says what means: “And who is better in speech than one who invites to Allah and does righteousness and says, “Indeed, I am of the Muslims.” [surat Fussilat: 41: Verse: 33]


And the prophet (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Convey from me even if it is (only) one ayah (verse).” [Narrated by al-Bukhari]



5. Read beneficial books


Choose books that will help you understand more about Islam, purpose of this life and duties towards our creator. Anas ibn Malik said, the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” [sunan Ibn Majah]


6. Visit the sick


It is one of the rights upon another Muslim to visit them when they are sick, and not only that, there are great virtues for visiting the sick as mentioned by our beloved Prophet (Peace & blessings of Allah be upon him): “When the Muslim visits his (sick) Muslim brother, he is harvesting the fruit of paradise until he returns.” [Narrated by Muslim].This would also enable us to be more thankful to Allah for the good health that we have and content with the condition we are in.


7. Listen to the Qur’an frequently


Listening to the Qur’an would enable you to prefect your recitation of the Qur’an, help you revise what you memorized, and constantly remembering Allah in your heart and mind.


8. Help others


If you see your sister in Islam going through hard circumstances, do what you can to help her. One day if you are in that same position, Allah will bring to you someone who will help you too.


9. Smile in your sister’s face


By doing so, we are following the prophet’s sunnah and will be rewarded for it Insha’Allah.


10. Spread the greeting of “Salam”


This should be done with those [sisters] we know or never met before. The prophet (Peace be upon him) said: “You will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I tell you about something which, if you do it, will make you love one another? Greet each other with Salam.”



In conclusion, let’s renew our intentions and make sure we are doing all these good deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake and following the footsteps of our beloved prophet Muhammad and his companions (May Allah be pleased with them all).



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5 Steps to Staying Positive During Menses in Ramadan

Feeling down during Menses or post-natal bleeding in Ramadan is a common struggle many Muslim women face. We are surrounded by people who are busy in their acts of worship; either rushing off to the Masjid for Taraweeh (extra prayers), waking up for suhoor before starting their fast, doing lots of Sunnah prayers, reading Quran, and so on.   In fact, most women will spend some time during Ramadan in a state of Menses or post-natal bleeding. The most important thing to remember is that our Menses and post-natal bleeding are part of Allah’s creation.

Allah said in the Quran: “We have certainly created man in the best of stature.” (Surah at-Teen, Verse 4)

Also, ‘Aisha said: We proceeded with the Messenger of Allah ﷺ with no other intention but that of performing the Hajj. As I was at Sarif or near it, I entered in the state of menses. The Apostle of Allah ﷺ came to me and I was weeping, whereupon he said, “Are you in a state of menses?” I said, “Yes.” Whereupon he said, “This is what Allah has ordained for all the daughters of Adam…” (Muslim)

So how do we keep our spirits high and positive during this time? Follow these 7 steps to make this Ramadan your best so far.

Step 1: Make Your Intention

For every single act, you do during the month of Ramadan (and after it) make the intention of doing it for the sake of Allah. In every way that you help your family: making Suhoor, preparing Iftar, cleaning their clothes, helping with homework – everything you do in your day, make the intention that it’s for the sake of Allah. Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying,
“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended…” (Bukhari)

Step 2: Make Constant Dhikr and Istighfar.

For example: *Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Allah’s Apostle (ﷺ) said, “Whoever says, ‘Glory is to Allah and all Praise is to Him,’ one hundred times a day, will be forgiven all his sins even if they were as much as the foam of the sea.” (Bukhari)
سُبْحَانَ اللهِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ

SubhaanAllaahi wa bihamdih “Glory is to Allah and all Praise is to Him”

*Abu Hurayrah said: “The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me: “Be frequent in saying: ‘There is no might nor power except by Allah’. For verily, it is a treasure from the treasures of Paradise.’” (Tirmidhi)
لا حَوْلَ وَ لا قُوَّةَ اِلَّا بِاللّهِ     

Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billaah “There is no might nor power except with Allah”

*Narrated Abu Hurayrah: Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said, ”Whoever says one hundred times in a day: ‘Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer’, he will get the same reward as given for freeing ten slaves, one hundred good deeds will be written in his account, one hundred sins will be deducted from his account, and it will be a shield for him from Shaytaan on that day till night; and nobody will be able to do a better deed except the one who does more than he.” (Bukhari)
لا اِلهَ اِلَّا اللّهُ وَحْدَهُ لا شَرِي كَ لَهُ ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَ لَهُ الْحَمْدُ وَ هُوَ عَلَى كُلِّشَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ     

Laa ilaaha illallaahu wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu wa huwa ‘alaa kulli shay-in qadeer “There is no god but Allah Alone, Who has no partner. His is the dominion and His is the praise, and He is able to do all things”

*Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) saying, “I swear by Allah that I seek Allah’s Pardon and turn to Him in repentance more than seventy times a day.” (Bukhari)
*The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The best supplication for seeking forgiveness is to say Syed-ul- Istighfar. Whoever says it during the day with firm faith in it, and dies on the same day before the evening, he will be from the people of Paradise; and if somebody recites it at night with firm fath in it, and dies before the morning, he will be from the people of Paradise.” (Bukhari)
اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ رَبِّى ، لاَ إِلهَ إِلاَ أَنْتَ ، خَلَقْتَنِى وَ أنَا عَبْدُكَ وَ أنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ ما اسْتَطَعْتُ ، أعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِ مَا صَنَعْت ، أَبُوءُ لَكَ بِنِعْمَتِكَ عَلَىَّ وَ أبُوءُ بِذَنْبى فَاغْفِرْ لِى فإِنَّهُ لاَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ

Allaahumma anta Rabbee, laa ilaha illaa ant, khalaqtanee wa anaa ‘abduka wa anaa ‘alaa ‘ahdika maas-ta-ta’at, a’oodhu bika min shari maa so-na’at, aboo-u laka bini’a-matika ‘alayya wa aboo-u bi-dhanbee fagh-fir-lee fa-innahu laa yagh-fir-udh-dhu-nooba illaa ant “O Allah! You are my Lord! None has the right to be worshipped but You. You created me and I am Your slave, and I am faithful to my covenant and my promise as much as I can. I seek refuge with You from all the evil I have done. I acknowledge before You all the blessings You have bestowed upon me, and I confess to You all my sins. So I entreat You to forgive my sins, for nobody can forgive sins except You.”
Step 3: Make Du’a at all the Special Times Throughout the Day

Following are just some examples, but you will find there are many more you can recite. *Immediately before sleeping or after waking make the prescribed Du’a: Hudhaifah and Abu Dharr reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) went to bed, he would supplicate:
“Bismika-Allahumma amutu wa ahya (With Your Name, O Allah, I die and return to life)”; and when he woke up, he would supplicate thus: “Al-hamdu lillahilladhi ahyana ba’da ma amatana, wa ilaihin-nushur (All praise belongs to Allah Who has restored us back to life after causing us to die; and to Him shall we return).” (Bukhari)
*After Fajr and before Maghrib: ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “He who recites three times every morning and evening: ‘Bismillahil-ladhi la yadurru ma’as-mihi shai’un fil-ardi wa la fis-sama’i, wa Huwas-Sami’ul-‘Alim (In the Name of Allah with Whose Name there is protection against every kind of harm in the earth or in the heaven, and He is the All-Hearing and All- Knowing),’ nothing will harm him.” (Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi)

*When you Hear a Rooster: Abu Hurairah narrated that: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “When you hear the crowing of the roosters, then ask Allah of His bounty, for verily they have seen an angel. When you hear the braying of a donkey, then seek refuge in Allah from Shaytan, [the rejected] for, verily, it has seen a shaytan.” (Tirmidhi)

*Recite the parts of Quran that are also classed as Du’a. ‘Abdullah bin Khubaib reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said to me, “Recite Surat Al-Ikhlas and Al- Mu’awwidhatain (Surat Al-Falaq and Surat An-Nas) three times at dawn and dusk. It will suffice you in all respects.” (Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi)

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “…When you go to your bed, recite Ayat-al-Kursi, (2.255) for then there will be a guard from Allah who will protect you all night long, and Satan will not be able to come near you till dawn.” (Bukhari)

Narrated Abu Mas’ud Al-Ansari: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever recites the last two Ayat of Surat Al-Baqarah during the night, they shall suffice him.” (Tirmidhi)

Step 4: Listen to Islamic Lectures or Read Islamic Books

There are so amazing lectures available online which motivate and increase your love of Allah. Listen to them while you’re cleaning, driving, or just about any time throughout the day.  Treat yourself to a special Islamic book and put aside time to read it. This is worship, too. Enjoy it and know that you’re being rewarded for it.

Step 5: Wake up for Qiyyam (Night Prayers)

Even if you are menstruating or have post-natal bleeding, it’s still a great opportunity to seek closeness to Allah. Wake up an hour before you need to make Suhoor. Do any of the above, or just spend time making specific du’a. Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) as saying:

“Our Lord who is blessed and exalted descends every night to the lowest heaven when the last one-third of the night remains, and says: Who supplicated Me so that I may answer him? Who asks of Me so that I may give to him? Who asks My forgiveness so that I may forgive him?” (Abu Dawud)

And don’t forget the most powerful du’a to make during the last 10 nights of Ramadan: ‘Aishah reported: I asked: “O Messenger of Allah! If I realize Lailat-ul-Qadr (Night of Decree), what should I supplicate in it?” He (ﷺ) replied, “You should supplicate: Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun, tuhibbul-‘afwa, fa’fu ‘anni (O Allah, You are Most Forgiving, and You love forgiveness; so forgive me).”   In sha Allah, if you implement all of these steps during Ramadan, not only when you have your Menses, but all the time,they will become a habit which you will continue into the future.  May Allah bless you during this Ramadan and make it your best one yet!

Source: https://onepathnetwork.com/menses-in-ramadan/

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Taking on your Period During Ramadan!

So, you have been fasting consistently. The headaches and dehydration have passed. You are really beginning to take advantage of the blessings that Ramadhan brings. And no clearer than the end of this sentence. There it is, right on time. Your period. The worst thing that can happen during Ramadhan.

No more fasting, no more praying, until it has ended. What are you to do?

Continue earning the blessings of Ramadan during your menses!

Now is not the time to fall back into bad habits, you can still participate and earn the blessings of this holy month. I’m sure you spend plenty of time online, and/or listening to your iPod. Yes, Apple has an app for that. You can listen to and read Qur’an from your iPhone, iPod, or favorite web browser.

You may actually find yourself reading more than you realize, too! If you read a minimum of five pages of Qur’an per day, insha’Allah you will be done by the end of Ramadhan.

Okay, you can’t pray, no big deal. But you can do dhikr. Prayer is a way or remembering Allah (SWT) . As you are waiting for your family and friends to pray, simply do dhikr during the time in which you would be praying instead. Dhikr is repeating ‘Allahu Akbar‘, ‘Alhamdulillah‘, and ‘Subhanallah‘ 33 times each. It’s a very meditating and calming activity.

In actuality you can still pray. Even without purification, at any time you may fall in Sujood, or prostration (face on the floor, palms down) and make supplication to Allah (SWT) for anything that concerns you. You can make supplication sitting down with hands raised to your Creator at anytime as well.

You don’t have to have any special supplications memorized, or even speak in Arabic. Talk to Allah (SWT) as though He (SWT) were your best friend, and you will find that He (SWT) is. You will begin going to Him (SWT) more and more, even after Ramadan is over. It’s not only by doing more good deeds that you improve your character, but also by drawing yourself closer to Allah (SWT) ; as you grow closer to Him (SWT) , He (SWT) changes your character and therefore your deeds change as a result of the change in your heart.

Allah (SWT) says in the Qur’an:

“… Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you.” 2:185

Feeding people has a blessing of its own. However, during the month of Ramadan, it’s like a multi-level marketing business! If you feed a person who has been fasting, your earn the blessings of their fast as if you had fasted the entire day yourself!

Volunteer at your local mosque, sponsor Iftar one night, or contribute to a potluck. Encourage your friends who are also not fasting to join you, and gain blessings from their good deeds as well. Before you know it, your menses will be over.

Purifying yourself after your menses

After your menses has ended, you must purify yourself through a process called ghusool before you can begin fasting and resume praying as normal. First, remove all your jewelry or anything that may get in the way of the water touching your skin, and un-braid any braids or pony tails that you may have in your hair. Bathe your private parts, and pour three cup fulls of water of your hair, making sure that water gets to your scalp.

Then continue your ghusool as you would when making Wudhu. But before you wash your feet, bathe and wash your entire body until you are fully clean. Then, wash your feet and end your ghusool by saying the shahada: Ashhadu inna la ilaha illa Allah, wa ashhadu inna Muhammadun rasool Allah. Remember, the water should touch every single part of your body – if even one hair remains dry, your ghusool is not valid!

If, for some reason, your menses has continued for more than 15 days, perform ghusool as stated above, and go back to your praying and fasting as you normally would. Scholars differ on the number of days, between 11-15 days. They all agree however that it is not considered to be your menses but rather a discharge. You simply purify yourself before each prayer, then pray and fast as normal.

Don’t let something as small as your menses get in between you and your blessings. Remember that Ramadan is not simply about giving up food, praying, and fasting, but it is truly about purifying your heart and your deeds — leaving things that Allah (SWT) dislikes and doing more of the things that He (SWT) loves with no intention other than to please Him (SWT) .

Source: http://muslimgirl.com/2509/taking-on-your-period-during-ramadan/

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Sisters recite the Dua of Laylatul Qadr abundantly during the last 10 nights:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي

Allahumma innaka ‘affuwwun tuhibbul ‘afwa fa’fu ‘anni’ ‘

O Allah You are The One Who forgives greatly, and loves to forgive, so forgive me. [at Tirmidhi]

This Dua is a true blessing to our Ummah which was given to us by Allah the majestic to the Prophet [Sallallahu laihi Wasallam] to the most beloved person to him: Aisha [RA]. So that makes the Dua extra special.

Normally when we ask for forgiveness then Allah may forgive us but may still mention the sin to us on the Day of Judgement. But in this Dua we are asking Allah to completely wipe away our sins so that they are totally erased. So recite this Dua frequently during this blessed night to get your sins totally wiped out and come out as sinless as a newborn baby. Subhanallah!

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