Ramadhan Planner 2014/1435H: Selections & Week 10 Countdown

RAMADHAN REMINDERS

checklist Count Down There are approximately 10 weeks left until Ramadhan 1435!

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

FAMILY RAMADHAN

puzzle family 2 Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts
This year’s theme is old and re-new! We have some crafts and activities from a previous century, plus more recycled/upcycled crafts.

We plan to add the new material a few weeks from now. Until then, browse the education and craft archives which are stored on a separate blog here: Ramadhan Planner Family Weekly Picks.

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN

bulletin board Schedule Medical/Dental Visits
Schedule your medical or dental appointments now so that you won’t be having or recovering from medical treatment during Ramadhan.

If you have special health conditions, make time before Ramadhan starts to check with your doctor about fasting. Also, talk with your health care provider about working out a plan/schedule for taking medications while fasting.

Remember to make a list of what you want to discuss with your doctor and to also take notes on what was said. Having a family member or friend to go to the doctor with you can be comforting.

Ramadhan Notebook/Binder
blue roze coverTake time this week to start setting up your Ramadhan binder. You don’t need anything fancy. A simple 3-ring binder (or spiral notebook) works well. And a clip board will come in handy too.

For now, print the binder cover page {HERE} and spine page {HERE}.

Planning Calendar {Printable}
We should come out with our Ramadhan calendars soon. In the meantime, print this 2014 overview calendar. There’s plenty of room to make notes. And, important dates are circled.

Master To-Do List {Printable}
If your brain is like ours, you have millions of ideas and plans swimming around in your head. How about a handy place to write down all those thoughts? Print this Master To-Do List and get it all down before it swims away.

Medication Lists
Let’s set a goal to get those medication times organized for Ramadhan. For now, write down all your meds, including vitamins and supplements on this Master Medication List. Then, store it in your binder.

DOMESTIC RAMADHAN

hand broom Get Your Supplies Together
Take time this week to make a list of any cleaning supplies that you need. A few items to have on hand are spray bottles, cleaning towels,  mop, bucket, broom, baking soda, soap, etc.

We will teach you how to make natural cleaning products for the home. Items to buy are washing soda, hydrogen peroxide, corn starch, a gallon of vinegar, vegetable oil based liquid soap. And pick up some boxes too.

Tackle Clutter & Clean
We will start the “DeClutter and Clean” assignments in a week or two insha’Allah where each week an assigned area of the home is to be cleared of clutter and cleaned. It’s a pretty simple and straight forward alternative to Fly Lady.

We also share some tips and offer encouragement. And because we are doing this many, many weeks ahead of Ramadhan, there is plenty of time to get it all done.

Flylady Ramadhan
FlyLady is a method of cleaning the home. We will start the assignments a few weeks from now insha’Allah.

Some people do not like this type of scheduling and prefer the DeClutter & Clean method. Do what is easiest but most effective for you and your situation.

RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH

Rehydrate   Practice your hydration skills. Drink plenty of water.  Read Signs of Dehydration

Ramadhan Menu Planning
Do you meal plan? We really encourage you to get in the habit of doing so. However, it’s a bit too early to plan Ramadhan’s meals, but you can print this Menu Planning Form (pdf) and put it in your binder.

RAMADHAN READING LIST

book front black bgrnd Book Recommendation: What Shaytaan Does to Some Muslims During Ramadhan
By Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaam; translated into English. The purchase price is a mere $6. We think you will find it useful. Here is the link insh’allah {Authentic Statements.com “What Shaytaan Does to Some Muslims”}.

Recommended Supplication Especially During Last 10 Nights
One of the ways to prepare for Ramadhan is to take time now to memorize supplications. We’ve made it easier for you insha’allah. There is a link below to listen to and even print the following:

Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee
“O Allah! Verily, you are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.”

During the month of Ramadan, especially in the last ten nights, and during the odd nights, it is recommended that one say the above supplication a lot.

This is due to what Imam Ahmad recorded from Aishah that she said, “O Messenger of Allah! If I find the Night of Al-Qadr what should I say?”

He (sallahu alayhe wa sallam) replied, Say : “O Allah! Verily You are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.” [Ahmad 6:182]

Listen to Laylatul Qadr Supplication
Print Laylatul Qadr supplication (pdf)

Source: AbdurRahman.org {HERE}

RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST

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!
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Introduction to Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh

 Fasting Summary {22 min}

Fasting – Quraan During Ramadhan {36 min}



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

How the Obligation of Fasting Came Into Effect {17 min}


Sunan Abee Daawood: The Book of Fasting – Moosaa Richardson

Introduction: How Fasting Became Obligatory {65 min}


 QUESTIONS ABOUT RAMADHAN

Question 
Is the fast invalidated by tasting food?

Answer    Tasting food does not invalidate the fast, if a person does not swallow it. But you should not do it unless there is a need for it; and in this situation, if any of it enters the stomach without your intending it, then your fast in not invalidated.

— Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen, Fatwa Islam

Question
If Ramadan comes and someone still has days of Sawm (Fasting) to make up for from the previous Ramadan, are they considered sinful for not having made up the days before the start of the next Ramadan? Do they have to make a Kaffarah (expiation) or not?

  Answer
Everyone who has days to make up from previous Ramadan has to make up for those days before the next Ramadan. They may delay making up for them until Sha‘ban, but if the next Ramadan comes and they still have not made up for those days, without an excuse, they are considered sinful for that. They should make up for these days later and also feed a needy person for each missed day. This was the Fatwa (legal opinion) given by a group of the Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet). The required amount of food is half a Sa‘ (1 Sa‘ = 2.172 kg) of the staple food of your country to be given to some or just one needy person for every day not fasted. If you are excused for the delay by reason of illness or travel, you just have to make up for the Sawm; you do not have to feed needy people. This is according to the general rule in the Saying of Allah (Glorified 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. Allah is the Grantor of success!

Source: Fatwas of Ibn Baz (http://salaf-us-saalih.com/2012/06/28/days-missed-from-previous-ramadan-must-be-made-up-for-before-the-next-ramadan)

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Ramadhan Countdown: 12 Weeks insha’Allah

DiaryAs salaamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi,

There are approximately 12 weeks left until Ramadhan 1435! Continue to make up any outstanding fasts.

Also, starting about 2 weeks from now, this site will begin posting Ramadhan-prep tasks and reminders Insha’Allah for the upcoming month of fasting. We hope you will join us for another year of being organized and ready for Ramadhan!

And since you’re here, we are more than eager to hear from you. Leave us your comments, suggestions, and personal successes or even what didn’t work for you — those too can be learning experiences.

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Take Advantage of Winter to Make Up Fasts

We will begin to experience longer and later daylight hours insha’Allah as spring eventually approaches. Take advantage of what’s left of the winter — the shorter days makes it easier to make up missed fasts.

And on Sunday, March 9, 2014 — approximately 3.5 months before Ramadhan — clocks in the US are moved forward one hour as part of Daylight Saving Time insha’Allah creating aimage from WP Clipartn even longer day.

Get out a calendar today. Set your intention to fast, then make a plan. Try your best to stick to it. You’ll be finished before you know it insha’allah!

P.S. Ramadhan 1435 is estimated to be approximately June 28-ish, 2014 insha’allah.