Ramadhan Planner 2014/1435H {May 2-9 Selections & Countdown: Week 8}

Print this week’s issue {May 2-9/Week 8}


checklist Count Down There are about 8 weeks left until Ramadhan 1435 insha’Allah!

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


puzzle family 2 Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts
Let’s chat a bit more about planning and organizing Ramadhan activities for your children.

What lessons do you want to teach your children before Ramadhan even starts? How can you help them get prepared?

Use the Activity Planner to make a general outline of that week. If you did not print the planner last week, you can do so with this link {Activity Planner}.

And in case you want to sit down and have a good brainstorm session first, a blank piece of paper is a good place to start. After that, use this next form to organize what you came up with from your brainstorming efforts: {Study Planner form}.


bulletin board Stock Your Planning Workspace
Last week, we selected a place to do our Ramadhan Planning work. This week, you will need to consider the supplies you need.

So far our planning supplies include a 3-ring binder. Be we also need ink pens or pencils, erasers, tape, sticky notes, and spiral notebooks. A box of a special blend of tea just for this occasion can make the job more pleasant. Be nice and give yourself the tools you need to get the job done!

ᴥ 1435/2014 Ramadhan Calendar for May {Printable} ᴥ
This month’s calendar is ready for printing. It contains the Declutter assignments and weekly count down dates: Get Calendar {May Unclutter & Countdown Calendar}.

 Purchases Wish List
Update and regularly check your purchase wish list. Separate what you really need from what you want. Decide if items need to be purchased now or later. Don’t go out of your way to go to the store. Save time, money, and transportation costs by making a stop while on your way to or from someplace else.


hand broom Tackle Clutter & Clean – Assignment #2: Clean the Living Room
We give out the weekly cleaning assignment while you identify the areas you want to declutter.

Print the {Unclutter/Clean Worksheet: Living Room}.

Focus Unclutter Assignment:
Focus on uncluttering magazines! Here’s a new rule: Once you are finished with a magazine, remove the pages you like and store them in a binder, file folder, or electronically. Put the rest of the magazine in the recycle bin.

U-Choose Unclutter Assignment:
Pick an area each day this week to declutter. It can be a drawer, a closet, or a room–e.g. the dining room. Choose a day and time. Make your intentions to please Allah. Then set a timer for 15 minutes and get to work.

You will focus your cleaning efforts on the living room this week. Start at the top and work your way down to the floor. Here’s the cleaning assignment:

Windows & Walls
–dust/clean the windows including miniblinds and windowsills
–clean light switches
–clean the baseboards

Storage Cabinet
–dust and straighten contents
–clean the doors
–clean out a drawer/space that is not heavy to move

–spot clean carpet/rugs
–vacuum around and under furniture that is not heavy to move

–clean and polish tables (including the legs)
–clean chairs (including seats and legs) and lamps
–spot clean fabric furniture
–decorate tabletops
–fluff pillows

–purge magazines, newspapers, junk mail
–water plants

— DeCluttering & Cleaning Tips

  • make your intentions to please Allah
  • schedule time to clean; put it in your planner, calendar, or mobile device
  • spend 15 minutes at a time then take a break
  • use this Online-Stopwatch (click on Count Down) if you don’t have a kitchen timer
  • toss trash items into a plastic grocery store bag or trash bag

As you unclutter, sort items into: trash and “give away”. Toss trash into a plastic store bag or trash bag. Put “give away” items in a box or plastic bin. Label and find a handy place to keep it for now.

Flylady Ramadhan
Last week we printed and read 3 items for the FlyLady Ramadhan binder. This week, give some thought to last week’s reading. What do they mean to you?

Starting this week, implement the Day-to-Day Routines.

Natural Home Made Cleaning Supplies Recipes – Living Room
More chemical-free ways to keep the home clean naturally. Print recipes {HERE}.

Cleaner for Wood
¼ cup White Vinegar
¼ cup Water
½ teaspoon liquid vegetable oil based soap (such as Dr. Bronner’s)
several drops of olive oil

Mix ingredients together in a container. Dip some of the towel into mixture squeezing out excess. Test before using. To use, clean an area then clean the towel with warm water before continuing on.

Furniture Polish
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 pint mineral or vegetable oil

Mix lemon juice into the oil. Then rub furniture with the mixture.

Cleaner for Walls and Wallpaper
1 teaspoon vegetable oil-based liquid soap
1 quart warm water

Add soap to water. Blot wall with soapy water. Then blot with plain warm water. Test a small area of wall first.

Cleaner for Painted Walls
2 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons laundry powder
1 gallon warm water
another gallon warm water

Mix baking soda and laundry powder into water.
Either dust or vacuum walls first.
Put on gloves and working your way up from the bottom, dip a sponge into the cleaning solution and gently rub wall.
Then rinse the area with water from the separate container.
Blot up extra dampness with an absorbent towel.


Rehydrate   It’s May which means the temperatures outside are getting higher. Drink plenty of water. You don’t want to enter Ramadhan in a state of dehydration. Signs of Dehydration

 Vitamin/Supplement Planning
Hopefully, you have finished your list of the vitamins and supplements you regularly take. Now, its time to think about how you are going to get those vitamins in during Ramadhan.

Decide whether it is easier for you to take your vitamins/supplements during suhoor or with your evening meal. Then make a tentative schedule to be followed during Ramadhan. Be sure to write your plan down in your binder!

ᴥ Herb Tower Container Garden for Ramadhan ᴥ
We don’t know about you, but fresh herbs to give away and cook with during Ramadhan sound great!

We came across two impressive but easy herb garden that we are sure you can do. Remember that herbs can be grown indoors as long as the containers sit in a window to get sunlight. And if you are doing this for a window, use small sized containers than the ones listed in the tutorial.

{image marthastweart.com)

{image marthastweart.com)

Tower of Herbs by Martha Stewart →
This vertical container garden use 5 terra-cotta pots to create the “garden”. Very clever and extremely easy. See the tutorial {HERE}.

Image: HomeDepot.com

Image: HomeDepot.com

← Herb Tower by Home Depot
Another idea for creating a place to grow herbs.

These terra-cotta pots are also stacked on one another but held together with a wooden stake.

You will find the instructions on the Home Depot website {HERE}.


Book Recommendation: Sittings During the Blessed Month of Ramadhan By Riwaayah Publishing / Translator: Abul Uthaymin Nuh Al-Ghaani. $32. This book contains the “many rules and etiquettes” relating to Ramadhan and other suitable issues.

Article: A Word for the Host . . . many of us are unaware and unsure of how we, as guest, can ‘express’ our gratitude [to the host]. . . This article will teach us how insha’Allah.
Read or print the full article {HERE}.

ᴥ Article: What Should One Preoccupy His Time With During The Month Of Ramadaan? ᴥ
Ramadhan is a unique occasion for performing good deeds. Read or print the full article {HERE}.

—Quick Tip—
Print the articles and store them in a 3-ring binder labeled “Ramadhan Library”. Ramadhan related CDs or even USBs can also be kept in this binder.


Learn and review lessons about Ramadhan. It keeps everything fresh in the mind. We provide the audio, you supply the ears, time, and attention. Plan a schedule; it really helps. And take notes too!
Introduction to Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh

♦ Merits of Fasting {25 min}
♦ Manners of the Prophet {20 min}

Bulugh al-Maraam: Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh 

♦ Conditions for Establishing a Valid Fast
{18 min}

Sunan Abee Daawood: The Book of Fasting – Moosaa Richardson

♦ Woman Fasting without the Permission of Her Husband, Fasting Person Invited to a Waleema {38 min}


Question: Sunnah when Breaking the Fast
Is it from the sunnah when breaking the fast to eat some dates and drink water then pray maghrib and afterwards eat and drink whatever he wishes?

Sheikh ‘Abdul ‘Azeez bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, says:

“Yes (it is from the sunnah), because this is what empowers (one with) a type of advantage. He rushes to break the fast with what Allaah has made easy from dates and water then goes to pray maghrib along with the congregation so that he doesn’t miss it then returns and eats whatever he wishes to eat and like this.

If they are a group however on a journey for example, then they can eat and have dinner then pray. If they delay the maghrib prayer until ‘ishaa or pray after they have eaten then nothing is wrong with that.

As for being in the cities and towns, i.e. residents, then a person should eat what Allaah makes feasible then proceed to the prayer so that he doesn’t miss the congregation.

—–Source: Salaf-us-Saalih.com {HERE}

Question: Second-Hand Smoke and Fasting
We know that smoking is prohibited, however what is the evidence that it breaks your fast? What about second hand smoke, does it break ones fast?

Whatever enters your throat may Allaah bless you; is either in the form of food, drink or whatever takes their ruling. Smoke is in reality, something that was previously solid that turned into smoke [by burning in this case]. So if a person breathes in this smoke, [some of it] turns back into a liquid form, and any liquid that enters a person’s throat invalidates his fast.

Smoking is prohibited to begin with, because it is harmful. The scholars state that this smoke turns into a liquid after it is breathed in, and it is this liquid that brakes your fast.

Likewise even Bakhoor (incense), which is a fragrance in the form of smoke, the scholars say that it is not permissible for a fasting person to breathe it in because it turns into a liquid.

As far as second hand smoke, if a smoker is next to you, you must take the necessary precautions by closing your mouth and nostrils, or ask him/her to stop smoking, just as you would do if you came across a small sand storm [i.e you would cover your mouth and nostrils].

—–Source: Salaf-us-Saalih.com {HERE}

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