Ramadhan Planner 2014/1435H {May 9-16 Selections & Countdown: Week 7}

Print this week’s issue {May 9-16/Countdown Week 7}


checklist Count Down There are about 7 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
Search Pinterest.com for craft and educational activities for your children during Ramadhan.

And remember to wander through the archives on our Family site as well: ramadhanplanfamily.wordpress.com


bulletin board Schedule Vacation Time Now for Ramadhan, Itikaaf, or Eid
Put in your request to your employer for vacation time during Ramadhan, or ‘Eid. Doing so far in advance will make it more possible to receive the time off you want.

ᴥ Ramadhan Planning Notebook: Section Dividers ᴥ
This week, create the notebook dividers you need for your 3-ring Ramadhan Planner notebook.

Some suggested sections are: cleaning, calendars, budget, food/menus, master to do, ‘eid, zakat, itikaf, décor, budget, craft projects.

We’ll add more insha’Allah as the need arises.

 Workspace Storage Options
What type of storage will you be using for your planning work area?

We keep our supplies in a plain cardboard box that’s been covered with contact paper. It sits underneath a desk. It looks more like a shelf than a box. A decorated photo box is stacked on top of the box. That’s where we keep the cutesy supplies like sticky notes, craft supplies.

There are many other options. Baskets work well also. And so do tote bags especially if little ones are about. The bag can put placed out of reach when not being used. And totes have pockets for ink pens and other supplies.

No matter what your choice is, make sure it is a good fit for you.


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

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

Focus Unclutter Assignment:
Pay special attention to the cabinet you have in your dining room. They are wonderful at collecting things. Sort through the drawers. Toss and/or organize papers and other types of clutter.

U-Choose Unclutter Assignment:
Pick an area each day this week to declutter. It can be a drawer, a closet, or a room. 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

China/Storage Cabinet
–dust and straighten the dishes
–clean the doors
–clean out a drawer/space

–clean and polish the dining table (including the legs)
–clean chairs (including seats and legs)
–spot clean fabric furniture
–decorate the tabletop
–fluff pillows

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

–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
Starting this week, implement the Crisis Cleaning Routines. This means to make this concept of restoring order to a messy house a part of caring for you home.

The foundation of Crisis Cleaning is to use a timer to help you set cleaning boundaries by working in 15 minute intervals. Your reward is a nice long 15 minute break afterward and a little less cluttered home.

You will find the complete instructions for {Crisis Cleaning} pdf.

There are about 2 more weeks left before we start the Flylady Ramadhan assignments. This gives you plenty of time to put in some Crisis Cleaning time and to get used to the concept.

Natural Home Made Cleaning Supplies Recipes – Air, Walls, Floors
Here are some cleaning hints and more natural ways to keep the home clean while avoiding harmful chemicals. Print recipes {HERE}

Air Fresheners
Put a cotton ball in a glass container. Scent the cotton ball with a few drops of peppermint oil or some vanilla extract. Keep this away from pets and children.

Or, simmer cloves or cinnamon in a small saucepan of water — keep an eye on it!

Carpet Brightener
Sprinkle cornstarch generously on the carpet. Let sit for an hour. Then vacuum as usual.

Removing Smudges from Walls
Gently erase pencil marks, finger print, dirt etc., with art gum eraser.


Stay Hydrated   When Ramadhan hits, you want to be well-watered! Drink plenty of water now to avoid dehydration. Please read: Signs of Dehydration

 What’s in Your Pantry and Freezer? An Inventory Update
HSpend time this week taking an inventory of your pantry. Use these forms {Pantry Inventory} and {Freezer Inventory} or a blank sheet of paper to list what you currently have on hand.

Next, develop a plan for re-stocking your pantry keeping in mind that you family will continue to be eating from it. Buying a little bit extra at a time is easier on the budget.
Some useful items to keep in store are dry good such as dried lentils, beans, sugar, flour, rice, tea, etc.

ᴥ Guide to Buying in Bulk (free eBook) ᴥ
A couple of years ago, we came across a wonderful free eBook—“Buying in Bulk.” It’s a basic guide to help people buy food in bulk to save money, time, the environment, etc.

Download {Buying-In-Bulk} pdf.

The original author has published the eBook under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States License. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/.


Book Recommendation: Obstacles That Prevent one from making repentance By Shaikh al-Islam ibn Taymiyyah; English trans. $6.

With Ramadhan quickly approaching, any many want their sins forgiven. However, there is more we can learn on the subject of repentance.

Article: “The Rulings of Ramadhan” . . . This is a comprehensive lesson on Ramadhan by the Islamic Society of the University of Essex. Read or print the full article {HERE}.

ᴥ Article: “Striving Hard, Competing for Good Deeds in Ramadaan” ᴥ
by Shaykh ‘Abdul-’Azeez bin Baaz.

All Praise is due to Allaah, and may the peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad.

It is legislated for all the Muslims to strive hard in the various types of worship during this noble month.

  • They should strive to pray voluntary prayers and
  • recite the Qur`an with reflection and thinking.
  • They should increase the glorification of Allaah [saying “SubhanAllaah”], declaring Allaah’s right to be worshiped alone [saying “La illaaha il Allaah”], praising Him [saying “Al-Hamdulillaah”], declaring His greatness [saying “Allaahu Akbar”] and seeking His forgiveness.

They should

  • say legislated supplications,
  • command the good, forbid the evil,
  • invite to Allaah,
  • be generous to the poor and needy,
  • strive to be kind to parents,
  • keep good family ties,
  • honor the neighbor,
  • visit the sick, and
  • other types of good deeds.

This is due to the Prophet’s (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) statement:
“Allaah looks at your competing for good works during it and He proudly tells the angels about you all. Therefore, show Allaah goodness from yourselves. For verily, the wretched person is the one who is deprived of Allaah’s Mercy during it (Ramadaan).” – Majma ‘uz-Zawa’id 3:142; Kanzul-’Ummal no. 23692.

This is also due to what is reported from him (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) that he said:
“Whoever draws near to Allaah during it (Ramadaan) with a single characteristic from the characteristics of (voluntary) goodness, he is like whoever performs an obligatory act in other times. And whoever performs an obligatory act during it, he is like whoever performed seventy obligatory acts in other times.” – Sahih Ibn Khuzaymah, no. 1887.

This is also due to his (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) statement in the authentic hadith:
“An ‘Umrah performed during Ramadaan is equal to a performance of Hajj – or he said – a Hajj with me.” – Al-Bukhari (no. 1863) and Muslim (no. 1256).

The ahadith and narrations that prove the sanctioning of competing, and being aggressive in performing the various acts of goodness in this noble month are numerous.

Allaah is the one Who is asked to help us and the rest of the Muslims to do all that contains His Pleasure and to accept our fast and standing for night prayer. We ask Him to correct our situations and protect us all from the deviations of trials and temptations. Likewise, we ask Him to make the leaders of the Muslims righteous, and unite their word upon the truth. Verily, Allaah is the Guardian of that, and He is capable of doing it.

Source: http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2009/08/06/striving-hard-competing-for-good-deeds-in-ramadaan/

—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!
Fasting Ramadhan — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh:

♦ Rulings on Who Must Fast
♦ Rulings Related to Travel

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

♦ Day of Doubt – Exceptions
Hadith: Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, “None of you should fast a day or two before the (beginning of the) month of Ramadhan, unless it is a day on which one is in the habit of fasting (i.e. voluntary fasting that coincides with that day).”

Sunan Abee Daawood: The Book of Fasting – Moosaa Richardson:

♦ Backbiting whilst Fasting, Using the Miswaak, The Ruling on Toothpaste, Dental Work, Eye-Drops, Ear-Drops and Nose-Drops


Question: Daily Program for Muslim Women
What is the daily program for the Muslim woman in Ramadan so that she can worship her Lord and at the same time tend to the needs of her household?

Sheikh Sulaymaan ar-Ruhayli, may Allaah preserve him, answers:

“The daily program for the Muslim woman is that of the man’s except that the woman increases in an act of worship and that is that if the woman strives in tending to the needs of her husband and household and prepares enough food for them that will suffice them, then she is in the obedience of Allaah if she seeks the reward from Allaah while doing that.

In this is her reward and an increasement of her good deeds and it is befitting for the Muslim woman to busy her tongue with the rememberance of Allaah when she is preparing the food. So while she is cooking she is saying subhaanallaah, while she is cooking she is saying laa ilaaha illa Allaah, while she is cooking she is remembering Allaah and in that is a great reward for her. Like this, preparing dinner will never divert her from the worship of her Lord in the day of Ramadan.

So congratulations to the Muslim woman who serves her husband and the people of her household and all the while looking for the reward from Allaah and along with this she isn’t neglectful about the rememberance of Allaah and she carries out what she is able to from worship during the day of Ramadan. For indeed she has succeeded a great success.”

—–Source: http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2012/07/25/daily-program-for-the-muslim-woman-in-ramadan-sheikh-sulaymaan-ar-ruhayli/

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