Ramadhan Planner May 24, 2015/1436H {3½ Weeks To Go}

RAMADHAN REMINDERS

calendar-icon-mdCount Down There are approximately 3 ½ weeks remaining until the start of Ramadhan 1436 insha’Allah!

Make Up Fasts Keep making up those missed fasts! Remind your family members and friends too.

Hydrate Your Body
Practice your hydration skills. Drink plenty of water. Read {Signs of Dehydration}

FAMILY RAMADHAN

puzzle family 2 Religious Poetry for Kids Here is a poem on fasting called {Fasting Tummy}! and another encouraging children to read the best book ever {Come and Read Qur’aan}!

Recyled Crafts for Ramadhan
We kinda think your children will like these crafts to keep them busy preparing for Ramadhan:

  • Egg Carton Mancala — Make a game with an egg carton and dry beans {HERE}
  • Recycled Calendar — Turn an old calendar into a new one! {HERE}
  • Wall Decals Ramadhan Calendar — Use wall decals to make a calendar {HERE}

Fire Safety Planning and Activities for Kids
Smoke detectors go a long way towards fire prevention. However, we still need to know what to do in case of a fire. Here are some really great resources for teaching children about the fire safety:

  • Create a home-fire escape plan  including how to teach children what to do {HERE}.
  • Lessons, printables, and activities for grades Pre-K-5 that teach and reinforce crucial fire-safety skills with students {HERE}.
  • Activities, lesson plans, fact sheets, and more to help teach children about fire and other types of safety {HERE}.
  • Coloring pages, activity sheets and more {HERE}.

smoke-detector-mdORGANIZED RAMADHAN
Change Batteries in Smoke/Fire Detectors 
Smoke detectors in the home help prevent serious fires. And the batteries in the smoke alarms should be changed each year (or per manufacturer’s instructions).

We like to use the approach of Ramadhan as the yearly reminder for fire alarm maintenance. Here are some recommendations:

  • Change the batteries in your fire alarm/smoke detector this week
  • Test all smoke alarms by pressing the test button to be sure the alarm is working
  • Replace all smoke alarms once they reach 10 years old

Source: National Fire Protection Association {HERE}

Schedule Vacation Time for Ramadhan and/or ‘Eid
Let your employer know of your need to use vacation time for Ramadhan or ‘Eid. Make it more possible to receive the time off you want by getting your request as early as possible.

Master To Do List
Looking for a nifty place to write down all those things that you ought to do for Ramadhan? Print this {Master To-Do List} . We like it for its simplicity. It’s a straightforward “jot ’em down” sort of form.

Week 3 ½ Print Outs
Print these items for your Ramadhan notebook/binder:

DOMESTIC RAMADHAN
hand broomRamadhan Prep Declutter & FlyLady Week 3½
These weekly and daily tasks help you get organized and get the house cleaned before Ramadhan.

Follow the Declutter and FlyLady printouts in the section above. Or read them online {Declutter Hall and Bath and Laundry} and {FlyLady Week 3½}.

FlyLady This Week:
{Mon: Warm/Fling} {Tue: Menus} {Wed:  Ordering} {Thu: Errand Day} {Fri: Budget Review}

Women Keep Your Homes Clean and Organized — Sh. Fawzan
Advice from Shaykh Salih Fawzan: Keep your homes clean and organized

Shaykh Fawzan: Be diligent (O sisters) in managing your time, such that your work can be enjoyable. And make you homes always like a clean organized garden; for the home is indicative of the lady of the house.

And with cleanliness and organization, the home will have the most beautiful representation, even if the furniture is modest and humble; and the opposite is also true.

When the husband and the children return from their jobs and studies tired, and they find a home organized and clean, it will lessen their stress and their load; and the opposite is true.

Therefore, a clean organized house is from the most important means for the home to be serene and comfortable.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes ibn Estes Barbee {HERE}.

How to Menu Plan
We have created a guide on how to menu plan. This will be helpful for those who have never planned their meals before. We believe that planning meals before Ramadhan arrives, saves so much headache once the month of fasting is here.

How to Menu Plan {HERE}.

RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH
Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons (Gluten-Free)
Macaroons are an easy to make cookies. And this recipe skips the sugar but uses Stevia instead. You will find the recipe here {Delicious Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons}.

Prophetic Medicine — Eat Seasonally
″. . . the Prophet used to eat from the fruits that were in season in his land, as this also is one of the best methods of preserving health.Allah’s wisdom decided that every land has its own fruits that are suitable and beneficial to that land when in season. When the people consume these fruits they will help preserve their health and well being and it serves as several medicines.

On the other hand, those who refrain from eating the fruits of their area will be among the most ailing persons and the farthest from good health and well being.

The wetness that the various fruits contain represents the favorable heat of the season and the land. The stomach would then be able to bring the fruits to maturity and would fend off their harm, if one does not eat them excessively causing his nature to bear what it cannot bear.″

Source:— Medicine of the Prophet

Chemicals in Food Plastics Affect Children
Scientists have proven that chemicals used in making plastics—many of which is used in making baby bottles, water bottles, —act like hormones in the human body.

Here is an article with specific ideas on how you can protect your family from potential harm: {How to Limit Efffects of Bisphenol-A Upon Children}.

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Reading is a good way in increase your knowledge about Ramadhan. We hope you gain some benefit from the articles below. Print and store them in a 3-ring binder.

Articles on Ramadhan:

  • A Word for the Host — from ad-Dawal ila-Allah. “. . . how many times do we spare a thought for our host, the one who goes to the effort of preparing and providing food for his fellow Muslim? Continue reading {HERE}.
  • Inner Secrets of Fasting – Imam Ibn Qudamaah Al-Maqdisee. “Know, that in the fast (Sawm) is a special quality that is not found in anything else. Continue reading {HERE}

 Book Recommendations:

  • What Shaytaan Does to Some Muslims During Ramadhan — Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaam; English trans. $6 Shaytaan, sitting upon every Path of obedience . . . may make you forget the obedience of Allah in order that you shall not embark upon it and not even think about performing it and that you should not desire it nor should you love it to be from its people.

 QUESTIONS ABOUT RAMADHAN
Woman Praying in Niqaab
Question: Noble Shaykh, may Allah preserve you, what is the ruling for the woman wearing gloves and niqab while she establishes the prayer?
Answer: Sh. ‘Uthaymeen. Translated by Rasheed Barbee, Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah {HERE}

Women Showing their Feet in Prayer
Question: “Should a woman cover her feet when she prays?”
Answer: Shaikh al-Albaani {HERE}

Does Anger Invalidate the Fast
Question: During Ramadan, if something angers a person thus while he is angry he begins to insult and curse, does this invalidate his fast or not?
Answer: The Permanent Committee of Scholars {HERE}

RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST
For this year’s Ramadhan audios we chose the Introduction to Fasting and/or the Fiqh Course–Ramadhan. We have divided the lessons into a weekly schedule covering the next 6 weeks. This should help prepare you ahead of time for Ramadhan.

Introduction to Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh A useful series on Ramadhan. Great for beginners. This week’s lessons are:

{#7} Rulings on Who Must Fast

{#8} Rulings Related to Travel

{#9} Rulings Related to Sickness

Fiqh Course: A Guide to Fasting – presented by Moose Richardson Sunan Abee Daawood’s Book of Fasting, and Imaam ibn Baz’s Rulings on Fasting. This week’s lessons are:

{#5} The Fasting Person having an Emission (wet-dream), Hijaamah (Cupping) whilst Fasting, Using Kuhl, Vomitting Intentionally, Eating/Drinking Forgetfully, Inhaling Water during Wudhoo

{#6} Woman Experiencing Wet-Dream, Kissing the Spouse, Janaabah, Intercourse, Masterbation, etc., in Ramadhan

Ramadhan Audio for Sisters
These classes address questions and situations sisters frequently have. This week’s lesson:

{#3} Menses – Inhibitor

Other Audio Files Here are other excellent recordings on Ramadhan.

  • Bulugh al-Maraam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} {HERE}
  • Umdatul Ahkaam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Illness and Medical Treatment, Oral Hygiene, Travel, Pregnancy, Nursing {HERE}

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Ramadhan Planner May 10, 2015/1436H {5 Weeks To Go}

RAMADHAN REMINDERS

calendar-icon-mdCount Down There are approximately 5 weeks left until Ramadhan 1436 insha’Allah!

Make Up Fasts Keep making up those missed fasts! Remind your family members and friends too.

FAMILY RAMADHAN

puzzle family 2Source for Ramadhaan-Related Activities & Crafts Search Pinterest for Ramadhan craft and educational activities. Use “Ramadhan Crafts” or “Ramadhan Activities” search tags.

Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts  Look through the Planner Family’s site for some Ramadhan activities for the kiddos.

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN
nota2Planning Workspace Storage
Hopefully you have picked out a cozy space in your home to do your Ramadhan planning. Now, what about storage for the supplies you’ll be using?

There are many choices such as cardboard boxes or photo boxes. Baskets work well also. And so do tote bags especially if little ones are about. The bag can put placed out of reach when not being used. And totes have pockets for ink pens and other supplies.

No matter what your choice is, make sure it is a good fit for you.

Meet Ups Help with Ramadhan Planning
Partner up with another sister to get prepared for Ramadhaan. The meet-up can be in person, by phone or online (thru emails, chat, etc.). The most important thing is to find a willing buddy — or two or three. It’s more motivating and helps with focus.

Here is what one sister did:

“. . . so last night I met up with a dear sister and we discussed our preparation for this coming Ramadan. We discussed preparation before Ramadan starts and our goals during Ramadan. I felt that it was extremely productive and I feel so ready for Ramadan now…alhamdulillah.”

So, plan that meet-up! And take your Ramadhan Planning binder along.

Schedule Medical/Dental Visits
If you know that you will need medical or dental care, try to get it done before Ramadhan. This will keep you from spending Ramadhan recovering from any treatment. Make a list before hand of what you want to discuss with your doctor.

If you have any special health conditions that may be affected by fasting, see your health care provider before Ramadhan. During the visit, ask for suggestions on working out a schedule for taking medications before or after the fasting day.

Week 5 Print Outs
Print these items for your Ramadhan notebook/binder:

DOMESTIC RAMADHAN
hand broomRamadhan Prep Declutter & FlyLady Week 5
These weekly and daily tasks help you get organized and get the house cleaned before Ramadhan. 

Read the assignments online here {Declutter Wk 5 | FlyLady Wk 5}; print them from the Print Outs section above.

  • Declutter/Clean Week 5: Clean and clear the Master Bedroom this week. If you have a master bath, you will find cleaning the bathroom {HERE}
  • FlyLady Week 5 Assignments: | MonPlan for Taraweeh  | Tue–Plan with Planner  | Wed–What Size are We  | Thu–Errand Day  | Fri–Budget Review  |

Buying in Bulk
A couple of years ago, we came across the wonderful free eBook called “Buying in Bulk.” It’s a basic guide to help people buy food in bulk to save money and shopping time. And since we start a little bit of pre-planning our Ramadhan menus this week, the timing is excelling for reading this book now.

Download and read/print {Buying-In-Bulk} pdf.

The author published the eBook under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/

RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH
Hot Weather Recipes
Once again, Ramadhan will be during the hottest part of the year. Plan ahead by collecting recipes and tips for summer-time eating.

Stocking Your Medications and Vitamins/Supplements
Last week we started writing the family’s medications and vitamins lists. As you continue to work on that, plan ahead for which medications and vitamins you will need to resotck for Ramadhan. Either make notes directly on the Medication/Vitamin form as you go, or make a separate shopping list. And most pharmacies will fill medications for three months at a time, allowing you to skip going to the pharmacy during Ramadhan. You will find the Medication/Vitamin form {HERE-pdf} or {HERE-spreadsheet}

Hydrate Your Body
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water. Do you know the {Signs of Dehydration}?

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Reading is a good way in increase your knowledge about Ramadhan. We hope you gain some benefit from the articles below. Print and store them in a 3-ring binder.

Articles on Ramadhan:

  • The Best Sadaqa is During Ramadan — Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi. Read {HERE}
  • Rulings for Fasting that are Specific for Women – Sh. Saalih al-Fawzan. Read it {HERE}

 Book Recommendations:

  • Sittings During the Blessed Month of Ramadhan (Shaykh Saalih al-’Uthaymeen); English trans. $32. This treatise is a discussion of various topics concerning Ramadhaan such as fasting, taraweeh prayer, zakaat ul fitr; broken down into eight short lessons.

 QUESTIONS ABOUT RAMADHAN

Important Means to Assist the Woman During Ramadhan
Question: What are the most important means that will assist the woman upon obedience during the month of Ramadan?
Answer: Saalih Al-Fawzan. Translated by Rasheed Barbee {HERE}

Daily Program for Women
Question: What is the daily program for the muslim woman in Ramadan so that she can worship her Lord and at the same time tend to the needs of her household?
Answer:  Sheikh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhayli, may Allaah preserve him, answers:

“The daily program for the Muslim woman is that of the man’s except that the woman increases in an act of worship and that is that if the woman strives in tending to the needs of her husband and household and prepares enough food for them that will suffice them, then she is in the obedience of Allaah if she seeks the reward from Allaah while doing that.

In this is her reward and an increasement of her good deeds and it is befitting for the Muslim woman to busy her tongue with the remembrance of Allaah when she is preparing the food. So while she is cooking she is saying subhaanallaah, while she is cooking she is saying laa ilaaha illa Allaah, while she is cooking she is remembering Allaah and in that is a great reward for her. Like this, preparing dinner will never divert her from the worship of her Lord in the day of Ramadan.

So congratulations to the Muslim woman who serves her husband and the people of her household and all the while looking for the reward from Allaah and along with this she isn’t neglectful about the remembrance of Allaah and she carries out what she is able to from worship during the day of Ramadan. For indeed she has succeeded a great success.”

Translated {http://www.sahab.net/forums} by Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester, PA

Source: Salaf-us-saalih.com

RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST
For this year’s Ramadhan audios we chose the Introduction to Fasting and/or the Fiqh Course–Ramadhan. We have divided the lessons into a weekly schedule covering the next 6 weeks. This should help prepare you ahead of time for Ramadhan.

Introduction to Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh A useful series on Ramadhan. Great for beginners. This week’s lessons are:

{#4} Goals and Virtues 

{#5} Ramadhan’s Merits 

{#6} Manners of the Prophet 

Fiqh Course: A Guide to Fasting – presented by Moose Richardson Sunan Abee Daawood’s Book of Fasting, and Imaam ibn Baz’s Rulings on Fasting. This week’s lessons are:

{#3} The Time of Breaking the Fast and its Various Issues

{#4} Backbiting whilst Fasting, Using the Miswaak; Rulings: Toothpaste, Dental Work, Eye and/or Drops

Ramadhan Audio for Sisters
These classes address questions and situations sisters frequently have. This week’s lesson:

{#2} Menses – Stopping at Fajr and During the day

Other Audio Files Here are other excellent recordings on Ramadhan.

  • Bulugh al-Maraam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} {HERE}
  • Umdatul Ahkaam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Illness and Medical Treatment, Oral Hygiene, Travel, Pregnancy, Nursing {HERE}

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