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Ramadan Decor : Countdown board

Ramadan countdown has started and so has the excitement, Allhamdulillah 🙂 This excitement has its effect on children as well. To make their Ramadan special, i try to put my efforts to make sure that they look forward to this blessed month and enjoy it till the end.

Last year i made a Ramadan calendar for the very first time. It was a quick one but served the purpose very well. Allhamdulillah.

 
This year i have been inspired to add more to my Ramadan decor. Today i have made a Ramadan countdown board.

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After Ramadan starts, it will be turned into a ‘Days till Eid’ board. I pray to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala that may He accept our small efforts and may He make our children righteous. Ameen.

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I Am Getting Ready For Ramadan. Are You?

I remember Ramadan 2014 as it came yesterday but SubhanAllah now Ramadan 2015 is round the corner, after almost a year. Time flies!

Before every Ramadan, everyone makes resolutions to spend the blessed month in the best manner possible. But we often see the month coming to an end before our eyes without having achieved any of our goals.

Here the golden words are PRODUCTIVITY and WILLPOWER.

I always read all the ramadan-productivity articles on http://www.productivemuslim.com before and during Ramadan. I soon realized that mere reading cannot help you achieve your goals. It requires strong willpower, determination and effort.

This year i have decided to work towards my Ramadan goals well ahead of time i.e. in the month of Sha’aban. This is a good practice to know how effectively one can reach their goals in one month. Here are some of my goals and action plans for them.

DUA : weapon of the believer

Sinere dua (supplication) is the best of all action plans. Make sincere dua to Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala that may He increase your productivity, bless your time with barakah and help you accomplish your goals. Do it daily!

 

MyDuaa on Appstore- Excellent app!

 

BE IN THE STATE OF WUDU

I always found myself leaving voluntary acts of worship because i was lazy to make wudhu. It is one of the many tricks and traps of shaytan. After i realized how much ajr i missed out on just because of my laziness, i started renewing my wudu as soon as it was required. Allhamdulillah by doing so, i ended up reading the Qur’an whenever i had the chance to and offered voluntary prayers as soon as i remembered.

I hardly go out of the house without having wudu, as now i feel very uneasy and incomplete without it 🙂 This helps me use my time more productively by reading the Qur’an, especially when i am waiting for my kids in the car or when i am out with them at their football training sessions. Renew at once!

READ THE WHOLE QUR’AN

I always find it a challenge to complete the whole Qur’an in Ramadan, although it is easily achievable. This is only due to lack of practice and poor time management. That is why this year i started reading the Qur’an in February. In the beginning i read just 1-2 pages daily but as Ramadan is drawing closer, i have increased the number of pages.

Hopefully, this daily reading habit will help me in reading the complete Qur’an atleast once in Ramadan. Inshaa Allah! Develop a habit of reading at least 2 pages from the mushaf after each salah!

 

An alternative to mushaf , Quran applications.

 

SLEEP MANAGEMENT

This one requires a lot of effort and determination. After reading a few articles on sleep management, i went on to try the most emphasized tip, which also happens to be the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Allaihi Wassallam, Qailulah – the afternoon nap.

Prophet Muhammad Salallahu Allaihi Wasslam said:

“Take a nap, for the shayaateen do not take naps” (Tabaraani)

Although afternoon naps give me a headache, i tried it out a few times and i ended up loving this nap (headaches said good-bye, Allhamdulillah).

Don’t Miss! – I have enrolled myself in a productivemuslim.com webinar on sleep management, starting Friday 29th May and Saturday 30th May. It’s free!  Check out their website for more info.

MEMORISATION

Set a goal to memorise some portion of the Quran, be it a quarter of a juz or less. I aim at completing the 30th Juz til the end of Ramadan, inshaa Allah. This is not at all easy for an inconsistent person like me but i am trying hard to eliminate all the obstacles.

Firstly, i decided to surround myself with the recitation as much as i can. Bluetooth wireless headphone/earphones seemed to be a good helping aid. I wanted something discreet so that nobody knows what i am up to 😉 Keeping my hijab in mind, i bought a pair of  PowerBeats2 Wireless earphones, which hide under the hijab and stay put. Now i can easily do all the housework and listen to the recitation without having to carry the device around. It is extremely convenient when i am outside.

Read tips on how to memorise the Quran, by Shaykh Yasir Qadhi.

http://muslimmatters.org/2009/10/27/13-steps-to-memorize-the-quran-by-yasir-qadhi/

Make a sincere intention now!

LISTEN TO TAFSIR LESSONS

This is so important as it is a source of immense knowledge and above all spiritual growth. Allot 15 minutes to start with, for listening to tafsir lectures online, every day.

For English listeners tafsir sessions can be accessed on www.bayyinah.tv, www.alhudapk.com

For Urdu listeners, www.nurulquran.com , www.alhudapk.com

Start slow but be steady!

 

bayyinah.tv

 

MAKE A LIST

Last but not the least, make a checklist for all your goals and put it up where it is easy to see. Alternatively you can set reminder alarms on your mobile. Without a list you will get lost and will not be able to see your progress.

  
I hope i have not overwhelmed the readers with a lot to do. Start with small but sincere intentions, inshaa Allah you will be blessed with success and progression towards greater achievements.

May Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala make us one of those who strive hard to become one of His pious and obedient servants and may He give us the strength to fight our nafs and shaytan, and remain steadfast. Ameen.

About the Author:

ZT is a mother of two and a student of NurulQuran Institute Oslo. She loves to learn and share the knowledge with others.

Fasting 50%

سلامُ علیکم و رحمۃ اللہ و برکاتہ

Fasting 50% 

by  Asma bint Shameem

What if you hire someone to do something for you, but they only do part of the job and leave the rest incomplete? Will you recompense them fully for a job completed?

And what do you think a teacher would say if a student turns in only some of his homework and fails to do the rest of it? Will he get full marks for it?

And what about a child who is supposed to clean his whole room, but he only cleans HALF of it? Do you think he did what was required of him? Would you reward him for a job well done?

The answer to all of the above is an obvious NO.

That’s because they did not complete what they were supposed to do and only did part of it. And thus they do not deserve to be fully rewarded.

Similarly, my dear sister, is the case when you fast but you don’t wear hijaab.

Yes, that’s right.

Do you realize, dear sister, that by not wearing hijaab, you are only doing part of the job and not doing whole of it?

You see, just as much as fasting is a fard (obligation) on you, in like manner, the hijab is also, just as equally, fard on you.

The One Who made the FAST an obligation on you and me is the same Lord Who also made the HIJAAB an obligation on you and me.

Allaah says: “And tell the believing women to lower their gaze (from looking at forbidden things), and protect their private parts and not to show off their adornment except only that which is apparent, and to draw their veils all over Juyoobihinna (i.e. over themselves) and not to reveal their adornment except to their husbands, or their fathers, or their husband’s fathers, or their sons, or their husband’s sons, or their brothers or their brother’s sons, or their sister’s sons, or their (Muslim) women, or the (female) slaves whom their right hands possess, or old male servants who lack vigor, or small children who have no sense of feminine sex. And let them not stamp their feet so as to reveal what they hide of their adornment. And all of you beg Allaah to forgive you all, O believers, that you may be successful” [al-Noor 24:31]

And there are so many other ayaat and ahaadeeth that clearly order believing women to cover themselves.

Do you not want to be one of them?

Don’t you want to obey the One who created you, gave you life, food, health, family, friends and everything that you know and don’t know of ??!!

Masha Allaah, you work so hard in Ramadhaan.

You wake up for suhoor, you fast all day, you take care of your family. You cook, you clean, you do all your chores. You are tired yet you stand at night for Taraaweeh. You’re exhausted, yet you take time out to read the Qur’aan. May Allaah accept all your good deeds and sincere effort.

But, my dear sister, do you realize that by not observing hijaab, you only get part of the reward of all your hard work and not 100 percent of it?

The scholars tell us: “If a woman does not wear hijaab, then she is disobeying her Lord thereby, but her fast is still valid, because sins, including not wearing hijaab, do not invalidate the fast, but they detract from its reward, and may cause it to be lost altogether.” (www.islam-qa.com)

Realize, dear sister, that not wearing hijaab is a sin and sins may take away some or all of the reward, and the fasting person may be left with nothing from his fast apart from hunger and thirst.

Rasul Allaah (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said:

“It may be that the fasting person gets nothing from his fast apart from hunger, and it may be that the one who prays qiyaam at night may get nothing from his qiyaam but a sleepless night.” (Ibn Majah-authentic)

And he (Sal Allaahu Alaiyhi wa Sallam) said: “Whoever does not give up false speech and acting upon it, Allaah has no need of his giving up his food and drink.” (Bukhaari)

Imagine! All that hard work…..all that effort you put into fasting, and some or even all of it may be lost!

What a terrible loss indeed!

And just because you didn’t cover yourself the way your Rabb, your Creator, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, orders you to.

Do remember, that the purpose of fasting is not just to give up food and drink, but to attain piety. The real aim is to stay away from sins and those deeds that displease Allaah. And to train oneself to obey Allaah and submit to Him.

“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain piety” [al-Baqarah 2:183]

So submit to Allaah fully. Obey Him in wearing hijaab, just like you obey Him in fasting and praying.

Don’t let the Shaytaan keep you away from getting full reward for all your hard work in Ramadhaan. Let your fasting motivate you to obey Allaah and keep away from that which He has forbidden.

Use this perfect chance for you to start wearing hijaab….

no, not from tomorrow…..but from today.

“And whosoever obeys Allaah and His Messenger, he has indeed achieved a great achievement (i.e. saved from Hell‑fire and admitted to Jannah)” (al-Ahzaab 33:71)