It’s time for Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Update! This week’s updates include …
- Family/Crafty Ramadhan links
- Flylady Ramadhan Week 4 . . . We’re Flying!
- Uncluttering and cleaning bedrooms
- Menu Planning, Spice Packs + recipes and health tips
- A Ramadhan Newsletter from 2007; The Objectives of Fasting #2
- Audio files and Fatawa . . . the month of Sha’baan
[♦] Count Down -— There is about 19-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (Jul 2012) insha’Allah.
[♦] Make Up Fasts -— Keep making up those missed fasts! Remind your family members and friends too.
[♦] Current Ramadhan Classes— See the list of them below.
[♦] Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts – This week focuses on Ramadhan banners, Planning 30-Days of Ramadhan Activities (part 3), and more . . . Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks (updated on Mondays).
ORGANIZED RAMADHAN ___________________________________________
[♦] Flylady Ramadhan Missions for the Week of July 1
July 2 Mission #16 Clean & Fling (Monday)
July 3 Mission #17 Plan Meal Accessories (Tuesday)
July 4 Mission #18 Learning Du’aa (Wednesday)
July 5 Mission #19 Ramadhan Shopping List (Thursday)
July 6 Mission #20 Review Invitations (Friday)
And if you did not print the blank calendar from last week, here’s the link: Jun-Aug 2012 Calendar (pdf). It’s great for planning purposes.
[♦]Tackle Clutter and Clean the Bedrooms
Hopefully, you’ve gotten a handle on your home’s kitchen, dining room, and entrance. This week’s focus will be on two things: uncluttering and cleaning the bedrooms! Continue Reading Tackle Clutter and Clean the Bedrooms.
[♦] How to Menu Plan — Planning for one week at a time is the easiest. Get out pencil and paper. You can also use a menu planning form HERE.
- Decide meats and the days for dinner meals. For example, Monday=chicken; Tuesday=lamb, etc. Write them on the menu planning form.
- Find recipes for the meats. So, baked whole lemon pepper chicken (Mon); Lamb stew (Tue); etc. Write the dish on the menu planning form.
- Choose the veggies/sides, any fruit/desserts, breads etc. for each day. You’re done!
- Repeat the process for any other meals such as suhuur (breakfast), and/or lunch for non-fasters. Try your best not to be too repetitive during the week.
- The last step includes making a shopping list based on what you will be cooking for the week.
Here are a few advanced menu planning tips:
- Choose the same day each week to do your menu planning (e.g. Sunday)
- Create a permanent month-long meat schedule. For example:
Week 1: M=fish; T=beef liver; W=chicken; Th=beans; F=fish; S=lentils; Su=chicken*
Week 2: M=fish; T=turkey; W=lamb; Th=beans; F=fish; S=lentils**; Su=chicken* Week 3: M=fish; T=beef liver; W=chicken; Th=beans; F=fish; S=lentils; Su=chicken*
Week 4: M=fish; T=turkey; W=lamb; Th=beans; F=fish; S=lentils**; Su=chicken*
*whole baked chicken, **or vegetarian.
- Try to maximize economy. One way to do this is to have a sales flyer on hand while menu planning. Another way is to stock up when meat is on sale, or when veggies that can be frozen is on sale.Then menu plan based on what is in the freezer/pantry.
- Save completed weekly menu plans so that you can re-use them in the future.
- Post the menu on a wall or refrigerator for the family to see.
- Incorporate left-overs into breakfast or lunches.
- Develop a recipe binder of the recipes your family loves.
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[♦] Spice Packs — Spend time now blending, packaging, and storing spice mixtures for your favorite recipes. Here are a few choices: Poultry Seasoning, Spiced Roast Chicken Breast, Roast Chicken with Cumin, Paprika and Allspice.
[♦] Natural Cure for Fever Blisters — It is common to get fever blisters on the lips during Ramadhan. Stay hydrated and put a protective coating on the lips. There are two simple solutions for this little problem … Continue reading →
And here are some really great articles from LiveStrong: Foods That Cause Fever Blisters, Foods That Cause Fever Blisters, The Best Foods to Eat When You Have a Fever Blister, What to Avoid Eating if You Have Fever Blisters, Supplements for Fever Blisters.
[♦] Water, Water, Water — Ramadhaan is just weeks away inshaAllah. Healthy Habits for Sha’baan (July) is fasting and drinking water! … Continue reading →
[♦] The ARK Ramadhan 2007 Newsletter —
What to look forward to reading: least form of fasting is leaving off Food and Drink, Authentic Supplication for breaking the fast. Download a copy of The Ark: Issue 2007 (pdf).
[♦] The Objectives of Fasting #2 — Shaykh al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abdis-Salâm
“The mannerisms of fasting are six . . . Continue Reading: Objectives of Fasting #2 (pdf) or read entire article online at this link.
Audio by Dr. Saleh as Saleh, rahima-hullaah. BioData
[♦] Fasting for Beginners #6: Manners of the Prophet [20 Minutes]
Fasting Ramadhan: Invalidators [60 Minutes]
[♦] Making Up Missed Days [15 Minutes]
[♦] FAQ Fasting Sha’baan [3 Minutes]
[♦] FAQ Fasting Mental Illness [1 Minutes]
[♦] FAQ Incense, Candle, Air Freshener, Perfume, Deodorant, Insecticide [6 Minutes]
[♦] Question about Shaban: When my father was alive, he entrusted me to give sadaqah (charity) according to my means on the 15th of Sha’baan every year, and likewise I have been doing this ever since. However, some people have admonished me for doing so saying it is not permissible. So is giving sadaqah on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan permissible according to the willment of my father or not? Kindly advise us and may Allaah reward you with good.
[♦] Answer: To specify the giving of sadaqah on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan every year is an innovation, and despite your father having entrusted you with that, it is not permissible. It is befitting you give this sadaqah without specifying the night of the 15th of Sha’baan, rather do so every year and in whichever month, but without particularising any one month (on a consistent basis). However, it is permissible to do so in the month of Ramadhaan (for the evidence which indicates so).
And with Allaah lies all success and may Allaah send prayers and salutations upon our Prophet Muhammad (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) and his family and his companions.
[♦] Question Specifying the day of the 15th of Sha’baan: We see some people specifying the 15th of Sha’baan with particular supplications and reciting the Qur.aan and performing naafilah prayers. So what is the correct position concerning this, and may Allaah reward you with good?
[♦] Answer: That which is correct is that fasting the 15th of Sha’baan or specifying it with reciting (the Qur.aan) or making (particular) supplications has no basis. So the day of the 15th of Sha’baan is like any other 15th day of other months. So from that which is known is that it has been legislated for a person to fast the 13th, 14th and 15th of every month, however, Sha’baan is characterised unlike the other months in that (except for Ramadhaan) the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to fast more in Sha’baan than any other month . So he used to either fast all of Sha’baan or just a little. Therefore, as long as it does not cause difficulty for a person, it is befitting to increase in fasting during Sha’baan in adherence to the example of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam).
[♦] Question Standing the night of the 15th of Sha’baan: Is standing the night of the 15th of Sha’baan in prayer and fasting during it’s day legislated?
[♦] Answer: Nothing firm and reliable has been established on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) that he stood in prayer in the night and fasted during the day of the 15th of Sha’baan. So the night of the 15th of Sha’baan is like any other night, and if someone is a regular worshipper during other nights, then he may stand the night in prayer on this night without assuming anything special (because of it being the night of the 15th of Sha’baan). This is because specifying a time for any act of worship requires a authentic proof, so if there is no authentic proof then the act is regarded as an innovation and all innovations are misguidance. Likewsie, regarding specifically fasting during the 15th day of Sha’baan, then no (authentic) proof has been established on the authority of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) to indicate the legislation of fasting on that particular day.
As for that which is mentioned from the ahaadeeth regarding this subject, then all of it is weak as the people of knowledge have indicated. However, whoever has the habit of fasting the 13th, 14th and 15th (of every month), then he can continue and fast during Sha’baan as he fasts during the other months, without assuming anything special about the 15th of Sha’baan. Also, the Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam) used to increase in fasting during this month (Sha’baan), however, he did not particularise the 15th day, rather proceeded as per norm.