Ramadhan Countdown: 12 Weeks insha’Allah

DiaryAs salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi,

There are approximately 12 weeks left until Ramadhan 1435! Continue to make up any outstanding fasts.

Also, starting about 2 weeks from now, this site will begin posting Ramadhan-prep tasks and reminders Insha’Allah for the upcoming month of fasting. We hope you will join us for another year of being organized and ready for Ramadhan!

And since you’re here, we are more than eager to hear from you. Leave us your comments, suggestions, and personal successes or even what didn’t work for you — those too can be learning experiences.

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Take Advantage of Winter to Make Up Fasts

We will begin to experience longer and later daylight hours insha’Allah as spring eventually approaches. Take advantage of what’s left of the winter — the shorter days makes it easier to make up missed fasts.

And on Sunday, March 9, 2014 — approximately 3.5 months before Ramadhan — clocks in the US are moved forward one hour as part of Daylight Saving Time insha’Allah creating aimage from WP Clipartn even longer day.

Get out a calendar today. Set your intention to fast, then make a plan. Try your best to stick to it. You’ll be finished before you know it insha’allah!

P.S. Ramadhan 1435 is estimated to be approximately June 28-ish, 2014 insha’allah.

Ramadhan Planner’s ‘Eid Selections 1434 H. {2013}

This update includes … understanding ‘Eid.

RAMADHAN
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Count Down -—  There are two-ish few days remaining in Ramadhan (counting today) insh’Allah.

Thank You -—   Thank you for following along as we have planned our way through Ramadhan. It went by quickly (for some). Keep all the things you printed and jotted down this year. It will help you when we do it all again next year insha’Allah.

‘EID
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What to do when `Eed coincides with Friday
Read about it {HERE}

Wording of ‘Eid Takbir and Tahmeed
Printable wording of ‘Eid Takbir and Tahmeed {HERE}

Bathing Before the ‘Eid Prayer
Read about it {HERE}

What to do on Eid (eating, grooming, prayer, etc)
Read about it {HERE}

The Etiquettes of ‘Eid 
Read about it {HERE}

When to eat during the ‘Eid 
Read about it {HERE}

Adornment / Beautification for ‘Eid
Read about it {HERE}

[Video] How to do the ‘Eid Prayer
Watch it {HERE}

What is The Description of The Eid prayer, Number of Rakats and The Eid Takbirs 
Source: Calgary Islam: Eid Prayer

Here is a basic outline of the prayer on ‘Eid. Read more details at the link above.

There is no adthaan for the ‘Eid prayer. And as in other congregations prayers, the people repeat after the Imaam except in situations when they do not (e.g. Qur’an recitations).

Rak’ah #1

Takes position of Salaat including facing direction of prayer
Imaam says Takbeerat al-ihraam to begin the prayer {Allaahu Akbar}
Imaam says 7 Takbeer in a row: {Allaahu Akbar}
Imaam Recites al-Faatihah, then recites Soorat Qaf {or Soorat al-A’la}
Complete remainder of the rak’ah (bowing, prostrations, and returning from them)

Rak’ah #2

Imaam says Takbeer while standing from sitting position
Imaam stands up completely
Says 5 Takbeer: {Allaahu Akbar}
Imaam Recites al-Faatihah, then recites Soorat al-Qamr {or Soorat al-Ghaashiyah}
Complete remainder of the rak’ah (bowing, prostrations, and returning from them)
Gives salaams to the right and left

After the prayer, the imam should address the people. Part of the khutbah should be addressed specifically to the women, telling them of the things that they should do and warning them against the things that they should avoid.

‘EID
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Learning/Reviewing lessons on the ‘Eid follwoing Ramadhan is helpful especially for those new to ‘Eid.  Audio by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {BioData}, rahima-hullaah, unless otherwise stated.

Plan a listening schedule for yourself. It really helps.
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‘Eid Audio Special

The Eid – Rulings and Sunan {info about ‘Eidul-Fitr and ‘Eidul Adha}


Hilal of Ramadan – Hilal of Shawwal {Umdatul Ahkaam}


No Fasting on Days of ‘Eid – Reward of Fasting {Umdatul Ahkaam}


Ramadan is Over – What is Next


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Question No. 1:
Do We Pray Before ‘Eid?
Read the answer {HERE}

Question No. 2:
Are there any legislated sunnah prayers before the Eid prayer?
Read the answer {HERE}

Question No 3.:
What do we do
When `Eed Falls on a Friday
Read the answer {HERE}

Question No 4.:
Is it better for a women to stay home or attend Eid prayer? 
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen was asked: what is better for a woman, to come out to the Eid prayer or to stay at home?

He replied:

It is better for them to go out to Eid prayer, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) enjoined that the women go out to the Eid prayer, even the adolescent girls and virgins – i.e., women who do not ordinarily go out.

He commanded them to go out, and he told the menstruating women to go out but to keep away from the prayer-place. So menstruating women should go out with other women for Eid, but they should not enter the place where the Eid prayer is offered, because the Eid prayer-place is a mosque and it is not permissible for a menstruating woman to stay there, but it is permissible for her to pass through or to take something she needs from it, without staying there. Based on this we say: women are commanded to go out to the Eid prayer and join the men in this prayer, because of the goodness, dhikr and du’aa’ they may experience there.

{Majmoo’ Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 16/210}

He also said:

But they must go out looking decent, not wearing adornment, makeup or perfume, so that they may combine following the Sunnah with avoiding fitnah.

What some women do of wearing adornment, makeup and perfume is because of their ignorance and negligence on the part of their guardians. This does not cancel out the general shar’i ruling, which is that women are commanded to go out to the Eid prayer.

Source:
Salaf-us-Saalih.com : Woman and Eid Prayer

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Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Selections 1434 H {26 Ramadhan Aug 4 – 7, 2013}

This week’s updates include … This week’s updates include … Getting organized for ‘Eid, Unclutter & Cleaning ‘Eid Prep, Understanding Zakaatul Fitr better, Audio files on Zakat + Q/A on Laylatul Qadr and on Zakaat.

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Count Down -—  There are about a few days left in Ramadhan insh’Allah. ‘Eid 1434 H. (8/9 Aug, 2013) will be here soon insha’Allah.

Rehydrate -—  Be sure to drink plenty of water between Maghrib and Fajr.  Read Signs of Dehydration

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Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts . . .
This year’s theme is recycled/upcycled crafts. Plus, browse the archives for other activities and crafts. Ramadhan Planner Family Weekly Picks.

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Beetle_(car) oclAutomotive Care: Get Your Car Ready for ‘Eid
You have been driving back and forth to the Masjid all Ramadhan. And your car has paid the price for it.

Get an oil change if your car needs it. And take care of anything else so that you can arrive at ‘Eid salaat without any added stress or hardship.

Printable Ramadhan Forms
More than 8 types of planners & calendars, and 5 different menu planning forms.

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Print Your Weekly Ramadhan Check List
Need a place to keep it all together? Use this form to write down to do, print, read, listen to plus notes and needed purchases — End of Ramadhan Check List (pdf).

Flylady Ramadhan Missions for the Week of July 21

  • {Mon} Clean & Fling
  • {Tue} Plan Eid Menu
  • {Wed} 15 Minutes in the Kitchen
  • {Thu} Possibly ‘Eid!

Tackle Clutter and Touch Up/Clean
“Clutter and Clean” is a Fly Lady alternative. We did major cleaning before starting to fast so as not to get distracted with cleaning during Ramadhan. If you missed out on that part, just focus on the touch-ups assignments.

For the final week of fasting:
—touch-up and clean Kitchen/Dining (detailed assignment)
—15-minute daily de-clutter

De-Clutter Tips:

  • Spend 15 minutes a day de-cluttering
  • Do the easy stuff first (e.g. trash, broken items, etc)
  • Remove clutter before cleaning a room
  • Toss things you no longer use/need

Pick an area each day this week to de-clutter. It can be a drawer, closet, room, etc. Choose a day and time. Make your intentions to please Allah. Then set a timer for 15 minutes and get to work!

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Replenishing Electrolytes
We loose valuable nutrients through sweating, urination and poor nutrition.

Electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium) are minerals that carry electric charges. They maintain fluid balance, promote muscle and nerve function, cell health, and more.

Low electrolytes can cause health problems such as muscle cramps and weakness, fatigue, headaches, and even depression. Severely low electrolyte levels are a serious problem that requires immediate medical attention.

Getting enough of these minerals is as simple as making a few additions to the diet. Here are some foods to include at the iftaar table.

Nutrient          Foods
Potassium     | nectarines, apricots, melons, raisins, avocado, sardines, baked cod, beans
Magnesium    | pumpkin and sesame seeds, cashews, almonds, black beans, halibut
Calcium         | dairy, sesame seeds, sardines, greens, spinach, scallops
Sodium          | cheese, olives, sardines, salt, cornbread

This is not intended as medical advice but a reminder to eat healthy during Ramadhan. Follow the instructions of your health care provider.

Source:
World’s Healthiest Foods (www.WHFoods.com)
Live Strong (LiveStrong.com)

Ramadhan Menu Planning
Plan the last of the Ramadhan iftaar meals in advance; it helps you focus on other aspects of Ramadhan. Set aside 20 – 30 minutes to decide what will be served. Use the Weekly Menu Planning Form (pdf).

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Ramadhan & Duaa Goals
Did you achieve the Ramadhan goals you set for yourself? Did you set any at all?

It’s not too late to work up a quick list, especially for du’aa.  Read this {Benefit from Ramadhaan}. Use this form {Dunya/Akhira Duaa list} to create a duaa list. The form is simple enough to hand-write on a sheet of paper.

Recommended Supplication Especially During Last 10 Nights
It is recommended to supplicate often during all times, especially during the month of Ramadan, in the last ten nights, and during the odd nights of it even more so. It is recommended that one say the following supplication a lot:

Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee
“O Allah! Verily, you are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.”

This is due to what Imam Ahmad recorded from Aishah that she said “O Messenger of Allah! If I find the Night of Al-Qadr what should I say?”

He (sallahu alayhe wa sallam) replied, Say : “O Allah! Verily You are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.” [Ahmad 6:182]

Listen to Laylatul Qadr Supplication
Print Laylatul Qadr supplication (pdf)

Source:
AbdurRahman.org {HERE}

15 Reasons to Give out Your Own Zakaat al-Fitr Yourself
This is a very well-written article with compelling reasons why each of us need to be actively involved in giving out our Zakaat al-Fitr as food directly to those who deserve it.

Follow the link to Read {15 Reasons}

Detailed Explanation of Zakaat al-Fitr Measurements
Topics include: What is a Prophetic Saa’ and Mudd, How to Calculate Your Zakat Al-Fitr
Is a Mudd Simply a “Double-Handful”.

Go here to Read {Zakaat al-Fitr Measurements}

Clarifying the Rulings of Sadaqat’ul Fitr
Topics include obligation, place and time of giving, who has the right to it, types of food and more. By the Noble Shaykh Saleh ibn Fawzan al-Fawzan

. . . Continue Reading

New Book: “What Shaytaan Does to Some Muslims During Ramadhan”
Authentic Statements published a new book by Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaam. The book’s been translated into English and costs $6. We think you will find it useful. Here is the link insh’allah.

Purchase here {Authentic Statements.com What Shaytaan Does to Some Muslims}.

RAMADHAN 
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Learning/Reviewing lessons on the Fast of Ramadhan is helpful especially for those new to Ramadhan.  Audio by Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {BioData}, rahima-hullaah, unless otherwise stated.

Plan a listening schedule for yourself. It really helps.
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Zakaat Audio Special

Zakaatul Fitr Part 1


Zakaatul Fitr Part 2


QUESTIONS 
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Question No. 1:
Distinguishing a Particular Night with Worship
Some people seek Laylatul-Qadar so they active by offering their prayers and other forms of worship whilst they do not do likewise on other nights in Ramadhaan, so is this in accordance with that which is correct?

Answer: {Shaykkh Ibn al-Uthaymeen}
No! It is not in accordance with that which is correct, for certainly Laylatul-Qadar changes. So it could be on the night of the twenty seventh, and it could be on any other night as has been indicated in many ahaadeeth.

It has been confirmed that the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) said: «In that particular year Laylatul-Qadar was revealed on the night of the twenty first».

Therefore, it is not befitting for a person to specify his stand (in prayer) on a particular night or distinguish a night which he yearns to be Laylatul-Qadar (likewise). (Rather) striving in all of the last ten nights is from the guidance of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), since when the last ten nights arrived he would tighten his waist belt and awaken his family and used to spend them all awake (in worship).

So that which is befitting for the prudent believer is to strive in all of the last ten nights such that the reward does not pass him by.

Shaykh Ibn al-Uthaymeen
Source:
AbdurRahman.org  — distinguishing particular.htm

Question No 2.:
Giving money to buy food for the poor as Zakat al-fitr
It’s known that disbursing Zaakat at-Fitr in form of money is impermissible and the fataawa of Ahlul Ilm in this case are many. But is it permissible if I give money to some person and that person buys food for the poor and gives it as Zakat al-fitr on my behalf?

Response:
It is important to note that these fatawaa are referring specifically to zakaah al-fitr being discharged in the form of money to the poor people.

It does not address the issue of someone paying another person to buy food for him and distribute it as food. In this case, a person has actually distributed his zakaah al-fitr in food; just through a representative (called wikaalah), which is permissible.

We must classify the organizations or masjids which offer a service for zakaah al-fitr into the following categories:

  • (1) Some of them are distributing it as money to the poor people.
  • (2) Others are distributing the zakaah as food to the poor people, but it is done AFTER the ‘Eed prayer (whether intentional or due to negligence).
  •  (3) And others are buying food for people and distributing it to the poor people before the ‘Eed prayer on their behalf.

#3 is the only service that properly distributes the zakaah Al-Fitr.

#1 and #2 could not be considered zakaah al-fitr; rather they would be counted as general charities.

And Allaah knows best.

Source:
Troid.ca — Paying money to a wikaalah for zakaatul-fitr

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