As Ramadan takes place, Muslims all over the world get busy with fasting, praying, reading the Quran and more. It is a time and opportunity for everyone to recenter themselves and strengthen their faith with various acts of worships.
However, most women will spend a portion of Ramadan missing out on major religious practices due to menses. When that time comes, some will be left wondering: Can I still partake in Ramadan while I'm menstruating? The answer is yes! While fasting and praying are out of the question, there are plenty of other things that can be done to boost your spirituality and we're here to share that with you ?
1. Recite more duas and words of remembrance
The beauty of dua is that you can make it in any place or time. Even in the state of menses, you're still able to recite them - so take the opportunity to make duas and practice words of remembrances throughout the day:
When you wake up:
الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ الَّذِيْ أَحْيَانَا بَعْدَ مَا أَمَاتَنَا، وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُوْرُ
Alhamdu lillaahil-lathee ‘ahyaanaa ba’da maa ‘amaatanaa wa’ilayhin-nushoor
"Praise is to Allah Who gives us life after He has caused us to die and to Him is the return." (Bukhari)
اَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ، لَهُ الْمُلْكُ وَلَهُ الْحَمْدُ، وَهُوَ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ
قَدِيرٌ، سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ، وَالْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ، وَلاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، وَاللَّهُ أَكْبَرُ، وَلاَ حَوْلَ وَلاَ قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِاللَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْعَظِيمِ، رَبِّ اغْفِرْ لِي
Laa ‘illaha ‘illallahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul-mulku wa lahul-hamdu, wa Huwa ‘alaa kulli shay’in qadeer Subhaanallahi, walhamdu lillaahi, wa laa ‘ilaha ‘illallahu, wallaahu ‘akbar, wa laa hawla wa laa Quwwata ‘illaa billaahil-‘Aliyyil-‘Adheem, Rabbighfir lee
"There is none worth of worship but Allah alone, Who has no partner, His is the dominion and to Him belongs all praise, and He is able to do all things. Glory is to Allah. Praise is to Allah. There is none worth of worship but Allah. Allah is the Most Great. There is no might and no power except by Allah’s leave, the Exalted, the Mighty. My Lord, forgive me." (Bukhari)
In the morning (after Fajr) / evening (before Maghrib):
عُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ "اللهُ لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْحَيُّ الْقَيُّومُ لَا تَأْخُذُهُ سِنَةٌ وَلَا نَوْمٌ لَهُ مَا فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَا فِي الْأَرْضِ مَنْ ذَا الَّذِي يَشْفَعُ عِنْدَهُ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِهِ يَعْلَمُ مَا بَيْنَ أَيْدِيهِمْ وَمَا خَلْفَهُمْ وَلَا يُحِيطُونَ بِشَيْءٍ مِنْ عِلْمِهِ إِلَّا بِمَا شَاءَ وَسِعَ كُرْسِيُّهُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضَ وَلَا يَئُودُهُ حِفْظُهُمَا وَهُوَ الْعَلِيُّ الْعَظِيمُ
A ‘oothu billaahi minash-Shaytaanir-rajeem. Allaahu laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa Huwal-Hayyul-Qayyoom, laa ta’khuthuhu sinatun wa laa nawm, lahu maa fis-samaawaati wa maa fil-‘ardh, man thai-lathee yashfa’u ‘indahu ‘illaa bi’ithnih, ya’lamu maa bayna ‘aydeehim wa maa khalfahum, wa laa yuheetoona bishay’im-min ‘ilmihi ‘illaa bimaa shaa’a, wasi’a kursiyyuhus samaawaati wal’ardh, wa laa ya’ooduhu hifdhuhumaa, wa Huwal- ‘Aliyyul- ‘Adheem
I seek refuge in Allah from Satan the outcast. - Allah! There is none worthy of worship but He, the Ever Living, the One Who sustains and protects all that exists. Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him. To Him belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth. Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His Permission? He knows what happens to them in this world, and what will happen to them in the Hereafter. And they will never encompass anything of His Knowledge except that which He wills. His Throne extends over the heavens and the earth, and He feels no fatigue in guarding and preserving them. And He is the Most High, the Most Great.
- Recite Surah al-Ikhlas, Surah al-Falaq and Surah An-Nas three times each morning and evening.
P.S. Wondering how to perform congregation prayer this Ramadan? Here's an easy guide to Terawih prayer at home.
2. Make plenty of dhikr
If you're not in the habit of making dhikr, this would be the best time to start! Maximize the downtime during your menses to recite some dhikr in the morning before work, during breaks and the evening. In the Hanafi school, it is generally recommended for menstruating women to make ablution (wudhu) for each prayer time and sit on their prayer mat while doing dhikr during the time they would normally be praying. That way. you'll be able to keep up the habit of praying even in the state of menses. To help you get started, download an app that has authentic supplications from the Quran and Sunnah like myDuaa (Android) and Hisnul Muslim (iPhone) ?
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3. Increase acts of charity
Everyone is encouraged to do acts of charity during Ramadan and while you're on your menses, spread as many blessings as you can towards others. Giving sadaqah (volunatry acts of charity) is not just limited to monetary donations, as Abu Dhar reported that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“Your smile to your brother is a sadaqah for you. Your commanding the right and forbidding the wrong is a sadaqah. Your guiding a man in the land of misguidance is a sadaqah for you. Your seeing (showing the way) for a man with bad eyesight is a sadaqah for you. Your removing a stone or thorn or bone from the road is a sadaqah for you. Your emptying your bucket of water into your brother’s (empty) bucket is a sadaqah for you.” [Tirmidhi]
You may be stuck at home due to movement restrictions orders, but there are still ways you can extend help. Share extra food with your neighbours, have Raya cookies delivered to your friends and donate basic need items to local shelters. No matter how big or small your help is, every bit help ?
4. Listen to quran recitations
You may not be able to touch or recite the Quran while experiencing menses, but you can still listen to the recitation of the Quran ? Skip your usual music playlist and start your day by listening to Quran recitations. You can even have play it in the background while you're cooking in the kitchen, cleaning the house or unwinding for the day.
5. Gain Islamic knowledge
With plenty of online Islamic resources available nowadays, take advantage of them to gain more knowledge during your menses. YouTube is a treasure trove of Islamic lecture series and with podcasts like Muslim Central, you get to dive into a various topics delivered by a host of speakers. Take some time to compile a 'playlist' of your favourite discussions and listen to them while doing house hold chores or during your downtime. If you've got any Islamic books laying around the house, this is also the time to pick them up and start reading. You'd be surprised with how much you can actually learn and with the knowledge that you gain, it can inspire you to expand your horizons and strive to become a better Muslim ?
P.S. Besides gaining knowledge of Islam, check out out list of 11 simple goals to achieve this Ramadan.
6. Help prepare sahur and iftar
Now that you've got more energy, make use of it by helping to prepare sahur and iftar. Whether it's a simple meal or a grand feast, filling the stomach of your loved ones and those around you is a great way to continue earning the blessings of Ramadan. While making the food, recite the salawat on the Prophet (PBUH) as it imbues the food with spiritual benefits. Take it a step further by sharing the extra food with neighbours and save them the time from cooking. They'll definitely appreciate the gesture and are likely to return the favour in the future.
P.S. For recipe ideas, check this full list of 30 yummy sahur recipes for every day of Ramadan.
7. Express more repentance and gratitude
Ramadan is an excellent time to increase repentance to Allah (s.w.t) and while on you're on your menses, use moments when others are praying or breaking their fast to ask Allah (s.w.t) to forgive you and your loved ones and keep you from returning to sin.
8. Spread love and positivity
Share the joys of the fasting month with non-Muslim friends, colleagues, neighbours and those in your household. Whether its sending a positive text, checking up on friends and relatives who live alone or guiding first-timers through their fast, these acts shared with the non-Muslim community can counter the negative stories about Islam in the media. Plus, you get to bond with them and create memories that make the fasting month more special than it already is.
P.S. When it comes to Ramadan, these are the 11 things non-Muslims always wondered about but never dared to ask.
And there you have it! Just because you're experiencing menstruation, it doesn't mean you have to sit out completely during Ramadan. Do whatever you can to boost your spirituality and continue earning the blessings of this special month ❤️