Reflections

10 Things You Can Do In Ramadan If You Can’t Fast

Following on from my previous post about how I am no longer able to fast in Ramadan, I thought I would share some things that I can still do. Especially as I know there are many people who, like me, are unable to fast. Whether it’s because of health reasons or because many women will be on their period at some point and unable to fast then.

There are so many reasons as to why people can’t fast but here are things we can all do regardless of whether we are fasting or not, to be able to increase in our worship and gain that closeness to Allah.

1 Read the Quran – try reading on a daily basis, even if it just a few pages a day. For every letter you read you get rewarded. It is what will help you gain that connection to Allah because He is talking directly to you through the Quran.

2 Listen to the Quran recitation – you can play the Quran recitation during your commute to and from work or any other time during the day especially if you cannot physically pick up the Quran to read at the time.

3 Read the translation of the Quran – read it in a language you understand best. For me, that’s English. I read the Sahih International version as I find that easiest to understand. It will help you to understand the Quran so much better.

4 Read the tafsir of the Quran – the translation only gives us a superficial knowledge of what the Quran is teaching us but reading or watching a lecture on tafsir will give you a much deeper understanding. For reading I recommend Ibn Kathir and listening, I recommend Omar Suleiman or Nouman Ali Khans lectures which are available on YouTube

5 Dhikr – remembering Allah throughout the day and is probably the most easiest form of worship to do. You can recite Alhamdulillah, Subhanallah, Allah Hu Akbar while you are at work, driving, cooking basically doing almost anything.

6 Dua – there are so many duas we can learn and recite and I highly recommend picking a few and making it a goal to learn and implement these. It can be anything from the dua to enter your house or a dua for ease in your studies. Fortress of a Muslim is a great book to have and small enough to fit in your pocket. There are also special times when dua is most accepted so we can make the most of our worship by praying especially in these times. The last third of the night, laylatul qadr, at the time of breaking the fast are some of these times.

7 Increase in Islamic Knowledge – pick a topic you want to learn more about and focus on learning something new about it. It could be anything learning about the Prophet (saw) or the mothers of the believers or self improvement or anything else. Learning more will help us to gain that connection with Allah. It can be reading, audio, watching lectures, attending a course.

8 Making Istighfar – seeking forgiveness is something we are all taught we should do regularly. None of us are perfect so our worship won’t be perfect. We forget, we make mistakes, we commit sins. And so we should also seek forgiveness for those.

9 Feed a fasting person – if we can’t fast we can still help those who are fasting. Maybe make something and give it to a neighbour or send money through a charity so they can provide food for those who fast and can’t afford to buy food to open their fast. We gain the reward for feeding a fasting a fasting person.

10 Give in charity or volunteer for a charity – we are always more generous in Ramadan, and there are always charities that are doing great work across the world in need of funding. Even if you can’t afford to give money, maybe volunteering a few hours to help them is an act of charity too. Smiling is a charity, helping an elderly neighbour, babysitting or helping out a friend or family member, so many possibilities.

There is so many more things we can all do to try to benefit the most from this month but don’t compare yourself to what others are doing. Allah knows what you are doing and He will not compare you to anyone. Do your best to take advantage of this Ramadan as the rewards are innumerous.

PS. Even if you are fasting you can still do all of these too! 🙂

I hope you find this beneficial and I hope you all have a wonderful Ramadan.

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday – Back to School/Learning Freebie

Hey booknerds! I’m taking part in another week of Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. You can find more information here

This weeks topic is back to school/learning freebie

So I decided to share my favourite non-fiction books. I love reading a wide range of non-fiction books and I don’t share it as much so I thought this would be a great opportunity to do that.

So here is my list:

1 Wonder women by Sam Maggs – I love reading about all the amazing women throughout history!

2 We should all be feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – she is amazing and I love her books! Definitely worth reading.

3 It’s all in your head by Rae Earl – this book is about mental health and especially written for teens/young adults and I found it so helpful

4 I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – I haven’t had the chance to read this one yet but anyone who stands up for the right to be able to get an education is worth reading

5 When the moon split by Safiur Rahman Mubarakpuri – my absolute fave biography of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as it is easy to read and understand.

6 This book will help you change the world by Sue Turton – another book high up on my TBR but just by that title I have high hopes for it!

7 The self care project by Jayne Hardy – I’ve read parts of this book and I loved what I read! Self-care is so important but something we often neglect

8 Notes on a nervous planet by Matt Haig – I loved Matt Haig’s other book so I am really looking forward to reading this one

9 The productive Muslim by Muhammad Faris – this book is specially written for Muslims as it also covers an aspect that is not found in other books to help with productivity – spirituality

10 Reclaim your heart by Yasmin Mogahed – one of my all time favourite books which has gotten me through many difficult times and I highly recommend reading it

So these are my recommendations for non-fiction books!

Have you read any of these? What non-fiction books would you recommend?