Ramadhan Planner’s Weekly Selections {Jun 23-29, 2013}

This week, see more Flylady Ramadhan and Declutter/Cleaning; Ramadhan prep in India; Dehydration tip; recipes, Sha’baan; Ramadhan readings; Audio lessons and Fatawa.



[♦] Count Down -—  There are about 2 weeks until Ramadhan 1434 A.H. (Jul 2013) insha’Allah.

[♦]  Make Up Fasts -—  Keep making up those missed fasts! Remind your family members and friends too.

FAMILY RAMADHAN_______________________________________________

[♦] Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts making a journaling booklet, reading & responding journaling booklet and activities, Ramadhan banners, and more . . .  Crafty Ramadhan.

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN   ___________________________________________

[♦] Print Your Weekly Check List
See the weekly tasks, printables, readings, audio lessons, plus a place to write notes and needed purchases.  [Fly Lady Ramadhan Check List Week 5 pdf]

[♦] Other Planner/Control Journal Printables for the Week
Ramadhan Missions Week 5

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

See more planner forms and printables here (scroll down to the FlyLady section).

DOMESTIC RAMADHAN____________________________________________

[♦] Flylady Ramadhan Missions for the Week of Jun 24
Mission #21 {Mon} Cling & Fling
Mission #22 {Tue} Plan & Play
Mission #23 {Wed} Anti-Procrastination Day
Mission #24 {Thu} Errand Day
Mission #25 {Fri} Ramadhan Budget Review

[♦] Tackle Clutter and Clean the Entrance and the Car
We’ll focus most of our cleaning activities on the entrance to the home, and on the vehicle! Please read Tackle Clutter and Clean the Entrance and Tackle Clutter and Clean Your Car.

[♦] Preparation of Ramadaan in India Part 1
by Umm Zubayr — Mother and Wife

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Ever wonder how Muslims in India prepare for Ramadaan? Let me share my experience InshaAllah.

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

On the 29th of Sha’baan, we run on top of our terrace (roof) to look for the moon. As soon as we see it, my mom calls every relative to wish them blessed Ramadaan MashaAllah!

And on that night—the night preceding the first day of fasting— we start our Taraweeh.

Muslims are always prepared before Ramadaan gets here, when it comes to filling up the pantry with groceries mashaAllah. Nobody wants to go out shopping in the burning heat of India during the month of Ramadaan.

Anyone familiar with Indian food, know of the many different spices —garam masala, whole spices, ginger and garlic paste, turmeric, chili powder, coriander, cumin powder— used in our dishes.

My mother has always made a huge container of ginger garlic paste. She keeps half of it in the freezer just so we wouldn’t run out during Ramadhan. This is just one example of the many ways we prepared for Ramadhan.

I will share more in additional posts insha’Allah!

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

[♦]  The Role of Sugar and Salt in Dehydration —
by Umm Talal
Health & Wellness Advisor

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: Should You Have Sugar If You Are Dehydrated?

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

[♦] Water, Water, Water —  Ramadhaan is just weeks away inshaAllah. Healthy Habits for Sha’baan (Jun) 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 —
Enjoy this blast from the past: The Ark: Ramadhan Issue 2008 (pdf).

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

AUDIO RAMADHAN________________________________________________

The Fasting Ramadhan series is especially helpful for those new to Ramadhan.  Learn more about before Ramadhan gets here.

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

[♦]  Fasting Ramadhan #6: Repentence  [28 Minutes]
Fasting Ramadhan #7: Sincerity [36 Minutes]

[♦]  Fasting Ramadhan #8: Battle of Badr [44 Minutes]

——- Ramadhan Audio FAQ ——-

[] FAQ Fasting Medication Diet Pills [1 Minute]


[] 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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