Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Selections: {Jul 8-14, 2012}

It’s time for Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Update! This week’s updates include …

  • Family/Crafty Ramadhan links
  • Flylady Ramadhan Week 5 . . . We’re almost done!
  • Uncluttering and cleaning the hall, bath and car
  • Guest Post: Ramadhan Prep from India
  • Guest post: Sugar and salts connection to dehydration + recipes
  • Reading up on Sha’baan; Al-Baseerah 2008 Ramadhan Newsletter; The Objectives of Fasting #3
  • Audio files and Fatawa . . . suhuur and iftaar (lots)



[♦] Count Down -—  There is about 12-ish days until Ramadhan 1433 A.H. (20 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.

FAMILY RAMADHAN_______________________________________________

[♦] Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts – This week focuses on quick journaling booklet, reading & responding journaling booklet and activities, Ramadhan banners, and more . . .  Crafty Ramadhan’s Weekly Picks (updated on Mondays insha’Allah).

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN   ___________________________________________

[♦] Flylady Ramadhan Missions for the Week of July 8
July 9  Mission #21 Cling & Fling (Monday)
July 10  Mission #22 Plan & Play (Tuesday)
July 11  Mission #23 Anti-Procrastination Day (Wednesday)
July 12  Mission #24 Errand Day (Thursday)
July 13  Mission #25 Ramadhan Budget Review (Friday)

[♦] Printable Flylady Mission Control Journal
The Ramadhan Control Journal (link to pdf) is your own personal manual for listing and keeping track of your routines to help you prepare for Ramadhan!

[♦] Printable Flylady Mission Calendar
Print the 2012 Mission Calendar which lists each mission by date. Open as a PDF, OpenOffice, WebPage, or GoogleDoc.

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.

[♦] Ramadhan Forms for Printing
To help you get more organized, there are more than 8 types of planners & calendars, and five different menu planning forms.

DOMESTIC RAMADHAN____________________________________________

[♦]Tackle Clutter and Clean the Bathroom & Hallway
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 hallway and the bathroom! Continue Reading Tackle Clutter and Clean the Hall/Bath

[♦]   Automotive Care for Ramadhan
Over the past month or so, we have be busy cleaning and uncluttering our living spaces. But what about our trusty friend the automobile? Continue Reading Tackle Clutter & Clean the Car (Next week, insha’Allah it’s oil change time!).

[♦] Preparation of Ramadaan in India

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

You may wonder how Muslims in India —the largest minority population of Muslims in any country— prepare for Ramadaan. I would love to share my experience and our way of celebrating Ramadaan InshaAllah.

All year round we always wait for the month of Ramadaan to worship our Lord and ask for forgiveness.

On the 29th of Sha’baan we would run on top of our terrace (roof) and sight the moon. As soon as we saw the moon, my mom would call every one of our relatives to wish them blessed Ramadaan MashaAllah. And that night before Ramadaan we used to start our Taraweeh.

Muslims are always prepared before Ramadaan however, when it comes to filling up their pantries with groceries mashaAllah. Nobody wants to go out and shop for the groceries in the burning heat of India during the month of Ramadaan.

As for the preparation of food –if you are familiar with Indian food– you probably
know of the many different kinds of spices —such as garam masala, whole spices, ginger and garlic paste, turmeric, chili powder, and coriander and cumin powder— we need to prepare our dishes.

For example, when I was a kid, my mother always made a huge container full of ginger garlic paste and kept half of it in the freezer just so we wouldn’t run out.

I do not remember making a menu for Iftaar (breaking of the fast). We always decided during the day what we are making for our iftaar.

How else can we prepare for the Blessed month of Ramadaan? Teach our kids the importance of Ramadaan. Families can get together to talk about Allah and his messenger, and read more Quran. Whenever we get together we can talk about Allah and his messengers.

MashaAllah we love our Ramadaan so much. We make up our missed fast during the month of Sha’baan. It was narrated that Abu Salamah said: I heard ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) say: I would owe fasts from the previous Ramadaan and I would not be able to make them up except in Sha’baan.  Narrated by al-Bukhaari (1849) and Muslim (1146).

Nothing is better than fasting during the month of Ramadaan. No matter who you are, no matter where you live, no matter what climate you are fasting in, The Lord above the throne always gives us patience with our fasting.

Who knows how long our lives will be. Who knows if we would be a part of the next Ramadaan to repent from our sins.

This blessed month is a great opportunity brought to us by Allah Ta’ala for goodness, barakah (blessing), worship and obedience towards Allaah. He traps the devil behind the bars and gives us the whole blessed month to worship him and ask for His forgiveness.

“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)”  — al-Baqarah 2:185

JazakumAllah khair for reading.

Umm Zubayr
Home Executive Design Specialist

RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH_____________________________________________________________ 
[] Naturally Sweet Treats — Try these yummy yet healthy recipes:

[♦]  The Role of Sugar and Salt in Dehydration —  Munching on that bag of crispy chips or savoring your favorite chocolate bar after iftar seems like a tasty treat. However, think again.

Too much sodium causes the body’s water levels to decrease leading to dehydration.

Likewise with sugar. When too much sugar is consumed, blood sugar levels rise. The kidneys respond by getting rid of the extra sugar via urination. This results in a loss of fluid and thus causes dehydration.

Learn more about sugar’s influence on dehydration, including which types of sweets are not harmful to the body from, Should You Have Sugar If You Are Dehydrated?

And read more about sodium and the body with, Signs & Symptoms of Too Much Salt in the Diet and Relationship Between Salt & Dehydration in the Human Body.

Umm Talal
B.S. L.A./Health & Wellness

[♦] Water, Water, Water —  Ramadhaan is just weeks away inshaAllah. Healthy Habits for Sha’baan (July) is fasting and drinking water!Continue reading →

RAMADHAN READER_______________________________________________

[♦] Reading up on Sha’baan

Fasting during the month of Sha`baan
Fast the white days of sha`ban

[♦] The ARK Ramadhan 2008 Newsletter —
What to look forward to reading: Excellence of the Night of Qadr, Wisdom & Benefits of Fasting, Authentic Supplication for breaking the fast, Q/A. Download a copy of The Ark: Ramadhan Issue 2008 (pdf).

[♦]The Objectives of Fasting #3 — Shaykh al-‘Izz ibn ‘Abdis-Salâm
What should be avoided while fasting . . . Download Objectives of Fasting Part 3 (pdf) or read entire article online at this link.

AUDIO RAMADHAN________________________________________________

This week’s topic is mainly about eating during Ramadhan. It includes discussions on how to properly observe the morning and evening meals.

Plan a listening schedule for yourself. It really helps.

Audio by Dr. Saleh as Saleh, rahima-hullaah.  BioData

——- Suhuur and Iftaar ——-

[♦]  Fasting Ramadhan: Two Dawns, Pre-Dawn Meal – Suhuur  [23 Minutes]
Fasting Ramadhan: Ending the Fast – Iftaar & Its Etiquettes [14 Minutes]

[♦]  Umdatul Ahkaam: Blessing in Sahuur [18 Minutes]

[♦]  Umdatul Ahkaam: Delay Sahuur — Fasting and State of Janaba  [25 Minutes]

[♦] Umdatul Ahkaam: Delay Suhuur, Hasten Iftaar, also Wisal [33 Minutes]

[♦] Bulugh al-Maraam: Hastening to Break the Fast [21 Minutes]

[♦]  Bulugh al-Maraam: Blessings of Suhuur & Breaking the Fast  [1 Hour 33 Minutes]

——- Ramadhan Audio FAQ ——-

[] FAQ Fasting Brushing with Toothpaste; Gargling; Rinsing Mouth [1 Minute]

[] FAQ Fasting Medication Diet Pills [1 Minute]

[] FAQ Fasting Kohl – Applying While Fasting [2 Minutes]


[] Question about Shaban: Stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier than the time of Fajr ??

The practice of some people is to stop eating Suhoor 10-15 minutes earlier than the time of Fajr to observe Imsaak. This is not correct because Allaah has permitted the fasting person to eat and drink until dawn comes.

[] Answer:  Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (raheemullah) was asked about some timetables which give the time of imsaak as being approximately o­ne-quarter of an hour before Fajr. He said:

“This is a kind of bid’aah (innovation) which has no basis in the Sunnah. Rather the Sunnah is to do the opposite, because Allaah says in His Holy Book (interpretation of the meaning)”:

…and eat and drink until the white thread (light) of dawn appears to you distinct from the black thread (darkness of night) [al-Baqarah 2:187]

And the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: “Bilaal gives the adhaan at night, so eat and drink until you hear the adhaan of Ibn Umm Maktoom, for he does not give the adhaan until dawn comes.” This imsaak which some of the people do is an addition to that which Allaah has enjoined, so it is false. It is a kind of extremism in religion, and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed, those who go to extremes are doomed.” Narrated by Muslim, 2670

Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy o­n him) said: “This shows that it is permissible to eat, drink, have intercourse etc until dawn comes.”

Al-Haafiz ibn Hajar said in Fath al-Baari (4/199): “One of the reprehensible innovations that have appeared in our times is giving the second adhaan approximately twenty minutes before Fajr in Ramadaan, and extinguishing the lamps which indicate that it is haraam to eat and drink for those who want to fast. Those who introduced this innovation claim that they are erring o­n the side of caution with regard to an act of worship.”

What is obligatory o­n all Muslims is that they hold o­n firmly to the Qur’an and Sunnah and follow it as closely as o­ne can. This is a safeguard for us, so that we don’t fall right or left but stay o­n the middle course. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) described the religion of Islaam that is a middle course between extreme and lenient. Remember these words of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

I leave behind me two things. You will never go astray if you hold fast to them: The Qur’an and my Sunnah.

O Allah! Render the thoughts and inclinations within my heart, to be Your fear and remembrance, and let my endeavour and desire be devoted to what You love and appreciate. Keep my feet firm o­n Thy Right Path so that I should not stagger, and guide me to the true Faith so that I should not go astray. Ameen!!!

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