It’s time for Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Update! This week’s updates include …
- Family/Crafty Ramadhan links
- Flylady Ramadhan Mission review!
- Uncluttering and cleaning — touching up the bath and hallway
- Menu planning & Green Goals for Your Household
- Tips on Taraweeh/Qiyaam al-Layl + Weeping to Allah
- Audio files and Fatawa . . .
Count Down -— There’s about 20-ish days until ‘Eid ul-Fitr 1433 A.H. (19-ish Aug 2012) insha’Allah.
Drink Water -— Making up for lost fluids. Drink plenty of water! Remind others. Read Getting Enough Water & Signs of Dehydration →
Weekly Picks (updated on Mondays insha’Allah).
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Flylady Ramadhan Missions for the Week of July 29
Once Ramadhan has started, missions center on maintenance of routines and schedules by reviewing some of the previous assignments.
July 29 Planning for Iftaar Meals (Monday)
July 30 Free Day for extra cleaning/preparing (Tuesday)
July 31 What size are we? (Wednesday)
Aug 1 Errand Day (Thursday)
Aug 2 Reviewing Your Ramadan Budget (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!
Blank 2012 Calendar
Print Jun-Aug 2012 Calendar (pdf). Great for planning purposes.
Ramadhan 2012 Calendar ->
Printable Graphic Calendars
Visit Ramadhan Planner Family page, Printable Graphic Calendars
In the month leading up to Ramadhan, we tackled major cleaning both inside and outside of the house. Now it’s simply maintenance time.
Here is the original declutter and clean list for the bathroom and hallway. Touch up any areas that need it. Continue reading →
Green Goals for Your Household
Did you know, that of the 100% of energy it takes to run a washing machine, only 10% of it actually involves running the machine?
The other 90%? Well, that goes to heat up the water. 
Washing in cold water is environmentally friendly. But most importantly, hot water does not make your clothes cleaner!
An electric company tested the effect of water temperature on the ability to get the wash clean. You can see the test and the results in THIS VIDEO. Basically, they discovered that:
“Cold water really does work when it comes to getting your laundry clean. As with all things, you’re going to find that there are exceptions to this rule.
The good news is that cold water doesn’t set stains (unlike hot water, which will permanently set protein stains, for example), so you can always try washing in cold first, and if that doesn’t work, wash the stained items in warmer temperatures.”
Green Goals for Your Household
Save for Sadaqa Laundry Tip
Which uses more energy? Leaving a 15-watt compact florescent bulb lit for a whole week, or running your dryer for 40 minutes?
The answer? They both use the same amount of energy!
Put your clothes outside on a clothes line to dry. Not using the dryer will free up about $100 a year in energy costs that you can spend on your family or donate to the needy.
And taking advantage of the sun’s rays eliminates the need to heat up water for the wash (see above). Sun light is a natural disinfectant. It kills bacteria, dust mites, and other creepy crawlies. 
Automotive Care for Ramadhan
Keep your car stocked with the following emergency road supplies:
Coolant . . Gallon or two of water
Oil. . Duct tape
Flashlight. . Fix-a-Flat
Screwdriver. . Pair of pliers
Flares (2). . Vice Grips
Wire coat hanger (2). . Real spare time (throw out that Mickey Mouse spare tire)
Source: Car Talk by Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers
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Menu Planning Basics
Planning meals a week in advance helps you focus on worship, stay organized, and frees up your time. Plan using this updated Weekly Menu Planning Form (pdf), and/or this Blank 30-Day Calendar (pdf).
Reducing Food Waste
After you’ve completed your weekly menu, make a shopping list based on the meals listed on the menu. Stick to your list while shopping.
Another tip is to buy only a few days’ worth of produce. This helps decrease the opportunity to be wasteful. And of course, avoid shopping when you are hungry.
7 Practical Tips for Praying Taraweeh/Qiyaam al-Layl
. .[#2] Knowing the virtues and rewards of performing worship produces willingness and . . . Continue reading →
. .[#3] Taking a nap before or after Dhur Salaat will dismiss the stress and . . . Continue reading →
Important Lessons to be Learnt from Ramadhan: Gaining Taqwa
From the many important lessons to be learnt from fasting are: GAINING TAQWA Fasting has been legislated in order that we may gain … Continue reading →
7 Tips on How To Weep For Fear of Allaah
. .[#1] — al-Qurtubi says in his commentary on the verse (interpretation of the meaning): “And they fall down on their faces weeping” [al-Isra’ 17:109]. This is … Continue reading →
. .[#2] — “Say (O Muhammad to them): Believe in it (the Qur’aan) or do not believe (in it). Verily, those who were given knowledge before it … Continue reading →
This week’s topic is on ahdith about fasting, the elderly, and a certain haram act during the day of Ramadhan. Audio by Dr. Saleh as Saleh, rahima-hullaah. BioData
Plan a listening schedule for yourself. It really helps.
Fasting Ramadhan – Various Hadith on Fasting
Ahaadeeth Related to Fasting [20 Minutes]
Umdatul Ahkaam : Book of Fasting
The “Reliance of Rulings” is a collection of authentic hadeeth of Fiqh relevance. A great work by al-Imaam Taqiyyud-Deen ‘Abdul Ghani bin ‘Abdul Waahis bin ‘Ali al-Maqdisee.
Expiation for Intercourse While Fasting Part 1 [66 Minutes]
Expiation for Intercourse While Fasting Part 2 [60 Minutes]
Bulugh al-Maraam: Book of Fasting
Bulugh Al-Maram – Collection of Narrations Related to Rulings. Compiled by Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani (Hijrah 777-853).
Applying Kohl While Fasting [16 Minutes]
Fasting During Travel; The Case of the Elderly [53 Minutes]
Ordered Expiation for Intercourse During the Day [65 Minutes]
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Question: I suffered from a serious disease in the last ten days of Ramadan, 1395 A.H. I broke the Sawm (Fast) for four days in this blessed month because of my sickness. I hoped that I could make up for these days when I restore my health, but I am still ill up to now and the coming Ramadan is about to start. I am unable to make up for these days and to fast the next Ramadan. Additionally, I am not sure that I will restore my health later. Would you please tell in writing what I should do and the cash value of feeding at present? If there are a few poor persons in our village, shall I repeat paying this value to these poor people?
Answer: If the case is as you have mentioned, you have to be patient until Allah cures you of your illness. You then can make up for the days you missed in the months of Ramadan. The basic rule in this respect is the Saying of Allah (Exalted be He): …and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Your uncertainty of recovery cannot be a basis for deciding that your healing is hopeless or set you free from liability for making up and permit you to the act of feeding the poor for the missed fasts. Rather, you should think good of Allah and hope for recovery while getting ready for the Hereafter. May Allah cure you of every disease and help you perform the obligations. When the doctors decide that your sickness which render you unable to fast is incurable, then you should feed one poor person for every day (past or coming) missed of Ramadan half a Sa‘ (1 Sa‘ = 2.172 kg) of the local staple food, dates or something else. If you give a poor person dinner or lunch for the number of days that you did not fast, that will be sufficient. As to paying in cash, it does not discharge the obligation.
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions! (Source: al Ifta.net)
,  Natural Awakenings magazine, 2012