Khutbah excerpt: (MP3): Make That REAL Connection with the Poor and Don’t Be Arrogant!

{Listen HERE} From the khutbah entitled, “Shunning Riyaa’ and Arrogance as Ramadhaan Ends,”

In this brief excerpt from a Ramadhaan khutbah, Moosaa Richardson stresses the importance of taking the theoretical sympathy for the poor that builds up within from the hunger and thirst of our days of fasting into something real, a real connection to the poor and needy. Perhaps you may never return to giving your zakaat through charity organizations again after practicing this advice!

 

 

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Ramadhan 2015 Announcements

From Bakkah.net  —   Saudi Government Announces {HERE}: No Moon Sighting, so Thursday (June 18) is the First Day of Ramadhaan 1.

From Arabnews.com —  Tomorrow, June 18, is the start of holy month of Ramadan, the Supreme Court said on Tuesday.

Other countries and Muslim populations that will begin the fast on Thursday: UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Palestine, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan, USA, etc.

Ramadhan Planner June 15, 2015/1436H {Days To Go}

RAMADHAN REMINDERS
calendar-icon-mdCount Down We have a day before the start of Ramadhan 1436 insha’Allah!  

FAMILY RAMADHAN
Religious Poems & Activities for Kids  These make excellent lessons during Ramadhan. Some lesson ideas are to set them as goals for Ramadhan, use them for copy work, make posters, listen and repeat as a group, flash cards, etc.

  • Are You a Good Neighbor {HERE}
  • Keep Allah’s Earth Tidy {HERE}

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN
Weekly Print Outs
Print these items for your Ramadhan notebook/binder:

◄ DOMESTIC RAMADHAN
Ramadhan Prep Declutter & FlyLady
These weekly and daily tasks help you get organized and get the house cleaned before Ramadhan. Follow the Declutter and FlyLady weekly printouts in the section above.

Declutter/Clean Week: Clean and clear the Entrance/Yard and Automobile this week; get the printable in the Print Outs section above.

FlyLady Week: {Mon: Warming Your Home} {Tue: Review Menu Supplies} {Wed: 15 Minute Kitchen} {Thu: Wrapping} {Fri: Budget Review}

Read the assignments online here FlyLady {Missions 26-30} and {Entrance} and {Car}; get the printable in the Print Outs section above.

Menu Plan Reminder
Double check that your Ramadhan dinner menu is planned for this week thru Sunday (or the entire month).

Use these helpful {Meal Planners}.

Plan based on what is in your freezer/refrigerator and pantry/cupboards. And if you planned your menu last Ramadhan, hopefully you saved it. If you did, pull it out this year and use it again!

◄ RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH
Avacado Salad Dressing (Dairy-Free)
Serving: 1 cup dressing

1 medium ripe avocado
1/2 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut avocado in half and remove the pit. Peel away the skin. Press avocado through a sieve, and other ingredients and beat with a rotary egg beater (or whisk) until smooth. Serve over fruit or lettuce salad.

An Alternative to Non-Stick Skillets
Skillets and other cookware coated with non-stick Teflon can leach toxins when damaged or overheated. Cast iron skillets are naturally non-stick when properly seasoned.

Hydrate Your Body
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water.  Read {Signs of Dehydration}.

◄ RAMADHAN READING LIST
Reading is a good way in increase your knowledge about Ramadhan. We hope you gain some benefit from the articles below. Print and store them in a 3-ring binder.

Articles on Ramadhan:

  • Spreading the Good News of Ramadhan Sh. Fawzan Read {HERE}
  • A Simple Chart on What Breaks and Doesn’t the Fast {HERE}

 Book Recommendation:

  • Tawheed Comes First — Shaykh Rabee ibn Haadee al-Madkhali; English trans. $5.

 ◄ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT RAMADHAN
Intention to Fast Ramadhan
Question: Should the intention to fast Ramadan be formed at night or during the day? If someone is informed at forenoon that today is Ramadan, should one make up for it or not?
Answer: Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta {HERE}.

◄ RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST
Pre-Ramadhan Here are several lectures that are very motivating:

Previously Recorded Classes For this year’s Ramadhan audios we chose the Introduction to Fasting and a few others. This should help prepare you for Ramadhan.

Introduction to Fasting/Fasting Ramadhan — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh A useful series on Ramadhan. Great for beginners. This week’s lessons are:

Ramadhan Audio for Sisters

Other Audio Files Here are other excellent recordings on Ramadhan:

  • Bulugh al-Maraam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE}or {HERE}
  • Umdatul Ahkaam’s Book of Fasting  — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Illness and Medical Treatment, Oral Hygiene, Travel, Pregnancy, Nursing {HERE}

Ramadhan Planner June 7, 2015/1436H {1.5 Weeks To Go}

RAMADHAN REMINDERS
Count Down We have approximately 1 1/2 weeks (12 days) remaining before the start of Ramadhan 1436 insha’Allah!  

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

FAMILY RAMADHAN
Teaching Your Children: Supplication when being Insulted in Ramadhan  Here is the supplication to say when being insulted while fasting. Make the dua into lessons. Some lesson ideas are copywork, posters, listen and repeat as a group, flash cards, etc.

  • Click this -> arabic insulted when fasting print it

Religious Poetry for Kids  These make excellent lessons during Ramadhan. Some lesson ideas are copy work, posters, listen and repeat as a group, flash cards, etc. {Poems on Character & Manners}

Do You Have an Emergency Plan for Your Family
We seek refuge with Allah from natural disasters and emergencies. And does your family have an emergency plan? Do you know where the emergency exits are at your masjid? Are you prepared? Here are some resources:
 
  • Children and Disasters {HERE}
  • This page provides links to resources useful for the whole family, but children especially, in addressing ways to reduce vulnerability to certain disasters as well as disaster preparedness, creating a family plan, responding to and recovering from disasters.
  • Family Preparedness Course Page {HERE}
  • Intended for people interested in helping prepare their families to survive potential disaster. It will help you make a family disaster kit, develop a family disaster plan, and be informed about and prepared for typical disasters in your area.
  • Severe Weather: Heat Wave {HERE}
  • Hot weather preparedness and safety information and how individuals and communities can become  become StormReady.

Additional Resources:

  • Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) {HERE}
  • American Red Cross {HERE}
  • Extension Disaster Education Network {HERE}

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN
Vehicle Maintenance
 This week, get some basic vehicle service for Ramadhan. Make sure your tires are the right pressure and in good condition. Have your car’s battery, belts, hoses, radiator, and fluid levels checked. We will add more car-related chores next week insha’Allah.

Week 1.5 Print Outs
Print these items for your Ramadhan notebook/binder:

◄ DOMESTIC RAMADHAN
Ramadhan Prep Declutter & FlyLady Week of Jun 7
These weekly and daily tasks help you get organized and get the house cleaned before Ramadhan. Follow the Declutter and FlyLady weekly printouts in the section above.

Declutter/Clean This Week: Clean and clear the dining room and kitchen this week. Read the assignment online here {Dining Room and Kitchen}; get the printable in the Print Outs section above.

FlyLady This Week: {Mon: Clean & Fling} {Tue: Plan &Play} {Wed: No Procrastination} {Thu: Errand Day} {Fri: Budget Review}

Read the assignments online here {FlyLady Week 1.5 Weeks}; get the printable in the Print Outs section above.

Freezer and Pantry Inventory
Since we are in the kitchen this week, take stock of what is in your freezer/refrigerator and pantry/cupboards.

Use these helpful forms:

How to Remove Coffee or Tea Stains from Cups
Many people use bleach to remove stains left on coffee cups from tea or coffee. However, there is a non-chemical alternative.

Sprinkle salt on a sponge then scrub the stains well. If you need something stronger, mix equal parts of salt and white vinegar to scrub the stain with. Your cups and mugs should be looking like new again.

Homemade Cleaning Supplies
We have a whole list of recipes and instructions on how to make cleaning supplies for your home. You can read them {HERE}.

◄ RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH
Almond Cinnamon Frappe (Dairy-Free)
Serves 1

2 tablespoons Almond Butter
1 cup Amond Milk*
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
Ice

Put the almond butter, almond milk and honey in a blender. Blend til foamy.
Fill your glass with ice, pour over the blended mix. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

Recipe Source: MarthaStewart.com

* Almond Milk:  Make almond milk by blending 1 tablespoon almond butter in 1 cup water

How to use Soft/Wilted Vegetables
Chop wilted veggies such carrots, celery, tomatoes, or broccoli. Freeze for a later date, or use them immediately in vegetable stock or blend into soups, stews, juices.

Freshen Cutting Boards
Salt is a low-cost and chemical-free way to remove odors from wood chopping boards. To deodorize your cutting board, sprinkle it generously with walt. Then rub lightly using a damp towel. Finally, wash the board in warm, sudsy water, rinse well and dry.

Restock Medications and Vitamins/Supplements
Start the month of Ramadhan with a full supply of medications and vitamins. Check your pill and vitamin bottles to see what needs to be reordered. Write a reminder on your personal calendar if your refill is due in Ramadhan. Also, check with your pharmacy about getting a 3-month supply of medications.

Hydrate Your Body
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water.  Read {Signs of Dehydration}

◄ RAMADHAN READING LIST
Reading is a good way to increase your knowledge about Ramadhan. We hope you gain some benefit from the articles below. Print and store them in a 3-ring binder.

Articles on Ramadhan:

    • Practical Way to Benefit from Ramadhan — Use the {myPlan} form with this 2-part series on preparing for Ramadhan
      • Part 1 – Set Goals:  Each person should make goals that she wants to achieve and some things she can do to earn some rewards in the month of Ramadhan. Includes examples. Read {HERE}.
      • Part 2 – Preparations/Daily Schedule:  Each person should make a dialy planner for Ramadhan. Includes examples. Read {HERE}.
    • The best Sadaqa is the Sadaqa of Ramadan —Explained by Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi. From the Lecture The Guidance of the Salaf during Ramadan. Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes Barbee.
      Read the entire article { HERE}.
  Book Recommendations:
  • Taqwa and its EffectsShaykh Rabee ibn Haadee al-Madkhali; English trans. $12. At-Taqwa is defined in comprehensive detail in this concise treatise. It contains a Question and Answer section of real life instances when Taqwa is necessary to discern the right behavior from wrong one.

 ◄ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT RAMADHAN
Fighting the Soul
Question: “How can I fight my [own] soul in [making myself] love acts of obedience, seeking knowledge, learning knowledge, and praying in congregation?”

Answer: Shaykh ʿAlī ibn Yaḥyá al-Ḥaddādī said:

How do you fight against your soul…. This means you compel it. Compel your soul. Your soul says, “No, don’t attend the lesson.” Tell it: “Rather, I will attend the lesson.” Start your car and head off to the lesson.

This is the solution.

You hear the call [to the prayer] while your soul is feeling sluggish, loving sleep. Tell it: “No, there’s no [more] sleep; there’s prayer.” Get up, perform ablution, and walk to the mosque.

Once, twice, three times, it’s over. [Your soul] will become compliant. Your soul will become compliant and give in to you.

But if you pamper it—every time it tells you, “Don’t do it,” you say, “Hearing and obeying”—it will overpower you. You will not be able to direct it.

So then the issue, after Allāh gives one true success and [one] puts [his] trust in Allāh, is one of your overpowering your soul and compelling it, and it will become compliant for you after one, two or three times, if Allāh wills.

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff (@MikailMahboob)
Source: http://www.miraathpublications.net/en/

◄ RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST
Ramadhan: Analyze Yourselves

click the orange play button

 

Previously Recorded Classes — For this year’s Ramadhan audios we chose the Introduction to Fasting and/or the Fiqh Course–Ramadhan. We have divided the lessons into a weekly schedule covering the next 6 weeks. This should help prepare you ahead of time for Ramadhan.

Introduction to Fasting/Fasting Ramadhan — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh A useful series on Ramadhan. Great for beginners. This week’s lessons are:

{#10} Repentance 

{#11} Sincerity

Fiqh Course: A Guide to Fasting – presented by Moose Richardson   
Sunan Abee Daawood’s Book of Fasting, and Imaam ibn Baz’s Rulings on Fasting. This week’s lessons are:

{#7} Menstruating/Post-Natal Bleeding Woman

Ramadhan Audio for Sisters

{#4} Menses Start at the Time of Adhan of Maghrib 

Other Audio Files Here are other excellent recordings on Ramadhan:

  • Bulugh al-Maraam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Umdatul Ahkaam’s Book of Fasting  — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Illness and Medical Treatment, Oral Hygiene, Travel, Pregnancy, Nursing {HERE}

Ramadhan Planner May 31, 2015/1436H {2½ Weeks To Go}

RAMADHAN REMINDERS
calendar-icon-mdCount Down We have approximately 2 1/2 weeks (17 days) remaining before the start of Ramadhan 1436 insha’Allah!  

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

Innovation Alert: 15 of Sha’baan  The 15th of Sha’baan falls on Tuesday June 2, 2015 insha’Allah.

FAMILY RAMADHAN
Teaching Your Children Supplications for Ramadhan  Help your children learn some of the supplications connected to Ramadhan; two of them are listed below. Make the dua into lessons. Some lesson ideas are copywork, posters, listen and repeat as a group, flash cards, etc.

  • Supplication said when Breaking the Fast in Someone’s Home {HERE}
  • Supplication of the Guest for the Host {HERE}

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN
What’s in Your Pantry?  Spend some time this week taking stock of what is in your pantry. Use the forms provided in the Print Outs section below or a blank sheet of paper to list what you currently have on hand and what you need.

Next, make a plan for re-stocking your pantry keeping in mind that you will be using up the food stores. Some useful items to stock up on are dried beans, lentils, sugar flour, rice, tea, etc.

Guide to Buying in Bulk   This very handy bulk buying guide was posted here a couple of weeks ago. We are posting it again for anyone who missed it. Download Buying in Bulk {HERE pdf}.

Weekly Print Outs
We have 2 1/2 weeks until Ramadhan. Print these items for your Ramadhan notebook/binder:

◄ DOMESTIC RAMADHAN
Ramadhan Prep Declutter & FlyLady
These weekly and daily tasks help you get organized and get the house cleaned before Ramadhan. Follow the Declutter and FlyLady weekly printouts in the section above.

Declutter/Clean Week: Clean and clear the Living Room this week; get the printable in the Print Outs section above.

FlyLady Week: {Mon: Clean & Fling} {Tue: Plan Meal Accessories} {Wed: Learning Dua} {Thu: Shopping Lists} {Fri: Review Invites}

Read the assigments online here {FlyLady Missions 16-20} and {Living Room}; get the printable in the Print Outs section above.

How to Remove Rings on Furniture Left by Cups or Glasses
Do you have stains on your wooden tabletops left there by wet glasses? Use a pinch of table salt and a drop of water. Apply the mixture to the stain with a cloth or sponge. Scrub until the stain is gone. Than apply your usual furniture polish to make the wood shine.

◄ RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH
Make Ahead Baby Food
Puree cooked fresh veggies and fruits. Then spoon the puree into ice cube trays. Freeze for use at a later date. The frozen cubes can be removed from the ice cube trays and stored in a labeled plastic bag.

An Easy Way to Wash Spinach and Greens
There is an easy way to clean the sand off of fresh spinach and greens. Add a teaspoon or two of salt to a container of cold water. Wash the greens or spinach in the salted water several times until the sand is removed.

Eating Seasonally
Here is a short list of foods that grown this time of year; they are light and cooling for the summer season:

  • Fruits: strawberries, apple, pear, plum
  • Vegetables: broccoli, cauliflower, corn, summer squash (zucchini, crookneck, straightneck, scallop)
  • Spices/Seasonings: peppermint, cilantro

Source: http://www.whfoods.com

Hydrate Your Body
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water.  Read {Signs of Dehydration}

◄ RAMADHAN READING LIST
Reading is a good way in increase your knowledge about Ramadhan. We hope you gain some benefit from the articles below. Print and store them in a 3-ring binder.

Articles on Ramadhan:

  • Deeds are Presented to Allah during Sha’baan —  During Sha’ baan the deeds are lifted to the lord of all the worlds. Continue reading {HERE}
  • Ramadhan Dua — Supplication said when Breaking the Fast in Someone’s Home {HERE}
  • Ramadhan Dua — Supplication of the Guest for the Host {HERE}

 Book Recommendation:

  • Al-Mujadalah (The Struggle Against the Soul) Imaam an-Nawaawee with explanation of Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen; English trans. $9-11. “There is nothing more beloved to Allah that draws the believer close to him than the obligatory duties.”

 ◄ QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT RAMADHAN
Innovation Alert: The 15th of Sha’baan is on Tuesday June 2, 2015 insha’Allah.

Delay Making up for Fasts until Sha’ban
Question: Is it permissible for a Muslim woman to delay the Sawm (Fasting) of Ramadan to the following year because of her menses or being in the state of postpartum period during Ramadan? Does she have the right to delay it to the following year? If it is difficult for her to observe Sawm in the following year, does she have the right to fast it after two years for having excuses like sickness, inability to endure Sawm or make up for the missed days of Sawm?
Answer: alifta.com {HERE}

Specifying 15 Sha’baan for Fasting and Prayer
Question: What is the ruling on fasting the middle days of Sha‘ban, namely the 13th, 14th, and 15th days?

Answer:  alifta.com {HERE}

Specifying 15 Sha’baan for Fasting and Prayer
Question: Is standing the night of the 15th of Sha’baan in prayer and fasting during it’s day legislated?

Answer:  Shaykh Ibn Fowzaan {HERE}

Specifying 15 Sha’baan for Sadaqah (Charity)
Question: When my father was alive, he entrusted me to give sadaqah (charity) according to my means on the 15th of Sha’baan every year, and likewise I have been doing this ever since. However, some people have admonished me for doing so saying it is not permissible. So is giving sadaqah on the night of the 15th of Sha’baan permissible according to the willment of my father or not? Kindly advise us and may Allaah reward you with good.
Answer: The Permanent Committee for Islaamic Research and Fataawa  {HERE}

More Questions and Answers on the month of Sha’ban:

◄ RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST
Live Audio Courses on Ramadhan
Seminar — Ramadhan: the Month of the Qur’an
Date: June 5 – 7, 2015
Speakers: Fareed Abdullah and Umar Quinn
Telelinks: with Sh. Muhammad Akoor and Sh. Yahyaa at-Taalibee
How to Listen: broadcast LIVE via MTWS Radio: http://www.mtws.org/#!mtws-radio/c1wrl

Previously Recorded Classes — For this year’s Ramadhan audios we chose the Introduction to Fasting and/or the Fiqh Course–Ramadhan. We have divided the lessons into a weekly schedule covering the next 6 weeks. This should help prepare you ahead of time for Ramadhan.

Introduction to Fasting/Fasting Ramadhan — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh A useful series on Ramadhan. Great for beginners. This week’s lessons are:

{#10} Rulings Related to Women

{#11} Invalidators

Fiqh Course: A Guide to Fasting – presented by Moose Richardson  
Sunan Abee Daawood’s Book of Fasting, and Imaam ibn Baz’s Rulings on Fasting. This week’s lessons are:

{#7} Making up a Fast, Food left in the Teeth, Exempt from Fasting, Pregnant/Breast-Feeding Woman, Brushing Teeth

{#8} Rulings Concerning Fasting Whilst Traveling, break our fasts due to an Exam?

Ramadhan Audio for Sisters
{#4} Irregular Menses – Questions 

Other Audio Files Here are other excellent recordings on Ramadhan:

  • Bulugh al-Maraam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE}or {HERE}
  • Umdatul Ahkaam’s Book of Fasting  — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Illness and Medical Treatment, Oral Hygiene, Travel, Pregnancy, Nursing {HERE}

Ramadhan Planner May 24, 2015/1436H {3½ Weeks To Go}

RAMADHAN REMINDERS

calendar-icon-mdCount Down There are approximately 3 ½ weeks remaining until the start of Ramadhan 1436 insha’Allah!

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

Hydrate Your Body
Practice your hydration skills. Drink plenty of water. Read {Signs of Dehydration}

FAMILY RAMADHAN

puzzle family 2 Religious Poetry for Kids Here is a poem on fasting called {Fasting Tummy}! and another encouraging children to read the best book ever {Come and Read Qur’aan}!

Recyled Crafts for Ramadhan
We kinda think your children will like these crafts to keep them busy preparing for Ramadhan:

  • Egg Carton Mancala — Make a game with an egg carton and dry beans {HERE}
  • Recycled Calendar — Turn an old calendar into a new one! {HERE}
  • Wall Decals Ramadhan Calendar — Use wall decals to make a calendar {HERE}

Fire Safety Planning and Activities for Kids
Smoke detectors go a long way towards fire prevention. However, we still need to know what to do in case of a fire. Here are some really great resources for teaching children about the fire safety:

  • Create a home-fire escape plan  including how to teach children what to do {HERE}.
  • Lessons, printables, and activities for grades Pre-K-5 that teach and reinforce crucial fire-safety skills with students {HERE}.
  • Activities, lesson plans, fact sheets, and more to help teach children about fire and other types of safety {HERE}.
  • Coloring pages, activity sheets and more {HERE}.

smoke-detector-mdORGANIZED RAMADHAN
Change Batteries in Smoke/Fire Detectors 
Smoke detectors in the home help prevent serious fires. And the batteries in the smoke alarms should be changed each year (or per manufacturer’s instructions).

We like to use the approach of Ramadhan as the yearly reminder for fire alarm maintenance. Here are some recommendations:

  • Change the batteries in your fire alarm/smoke detector this week
  • Test all smoke alarms by pressing the test button to be sure the alarm is working
  • Replace all smoke alarms once they reach 10 years old

Source: National Fire Protection Association {HERE}

Schedule Vacation Time for Ramadhan and/or ‘Eid
Let your employer know of your need to use vacation time for Ramadhan or ‘Eid. Make it more possible to receive the time off you want by getting your request as early as possible.

Master To Do List
Looking for a nifty place to write down all those things that you ought to do for Ramadhan? Print this {Master To-Do List} . We like it for its simplicity. It’s a straightforward “jot ’em down” sort of form.

Week 3 ½ Print Outs
Print these items for your Ramadhan notebook/binder:

DOMESTIC RAMADHAN
hand broomRamadhan Prep Declutter & FlyLady Week 3½
These weekly and daily tasks help you get organized and get the house cleaned before Ramadhan.

Follow the Declutter and FlyLady printouts in the section above. Or read them online {Declutter Hall and Bath and Laundry} and {FlyLady Week 3½}.

FlyLady This Week:
{Mon: Warm/Fling} {Tue: Menus} {Wed:  Ordering} {Thu: Errand Day} {Fri: Budget Review}

Women Keep Your Homes Clean and Organized — Sh. Fawzan
Advice from Shaykh Salih Fawzan: Keep your homes clean and organized

Shaykh Fawzan: Be diligent (O sisters) in managing your time, such that your work can be enjoyable. And make you homes always like a clean organized garden; for the home is indicative of the lady of the house.

And with cleanliness and organization, the home will have the most beautiful representation, even if the furniture is modest and humble; and the opposite is also true.

When the husband and the children return from their jobs and studies tired, and they find a home organized and clean, it will lessen their stress and their load; and the opposite is true.

Therefore, a clean organized house is from the most important means for the home to be serene and comfortable.

Translated by Rasheed ibn Estes ibn Estes Barbee {HERE}.

How to Menu Plan
We have created a guide on how to menu plan. This will be helpful for those who have never planned their meals before. We believe that planning meals before Ramadhan arrives, saves so much headache once the month of fasting is here.

How to Menu Plan {HERE}.

RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH
Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons (Gluten-Free)
Macaroons are an easy to make cookies. And this recipe skips the sugar but uses Stevia instead. You will find the recipe here {Delicious Sugar-Free Coconut Macaroons}.

Prophetic Medicine — Eat Seasonally
″. . . the Prophet used to eat from the fruits that were in season in his land, as this also is one of the best methods of preserving health.Allah’s wisdom decided that every land has its own fruits that are suitable and beneficial to that land when in season. When the people consume these fruits they will help preserve their health and well being and it serves as several medicines.

On the other hand, those who refrain from eating the fruits of their area will be among the most ailing persons and the farthest from good health and well being.

The wetness that the various fruits contain represents the favorable heat of the season and the land. The stomach would then be able to bring the fruits to maturity and would fend off their harm, if one does not eat them excessively causing his nature to bear what it cannot bear.″

Source:— Medicine of the Prophet

Chemicals in Food Plastics Affect Children
Scientists have proven that chemicals used in making plastics—many of which is used in making baby bottles, water bottles, —act like hormones in the human body.

Here is an article with specific ideas on how you can protect your family from potential harm: {How to Limit Efffects of Bisphenol-A Upon Children}.

RAMADHAN READING LIST open book.svg.med
Reading is a good way in increase your knowledge about Ramadhan. We hope you gain some benefit from the articles below. Print and store them in a 3-ring binder.

Articles on Ramadhan:

  • A Word for the Host — from ad-Dawal ila-Allah. “. . . how many times do we spare a thought for our host, the one who goes to the effort of preparing and providing food for his fellow Muslim? Continue reading {HERE}.
  • Inner Secrets of Fasting – Imam Ibn Qudamaah Al-Maqdisee. “Know, that in the fast (Sawm) is a special quality that is not found in anything else. Continue reading {HERE}

 Book Recommendations:

  • What Shaytaan Does to Some Muslims During Ramadhan — Shaykh Muhammad al-Imaam; English trans. $6 Shaytaan, sitting upon every Path of obedience . . . may make you forget the obedience of Allah in order that you shall not embark upon it and not even think about performing it and that you should not desire it nor should you love it to be from its people.

 QUESTIONS ABOUT RAMADHAN
Woman Praying in Niqaab
Question: Noble Shaykh, may Allah preserve you, what is the ruling for the woman wearing gloves and niqab while she establishes the prayer?
Answer: Sh. ‘Uthaymeen. Translated by Rasheed Barbee, Masjid Tawheed wa Sunnah {HERE}

Women Showing their Feet in Prayer
Question: “Should a woman cover her feet when she prays?”
Answer: Shaikh al-Albaani {HERE}

Does Anger Invalidate the Fast
Question: During Ramadan, if something angers a person thus while he is angry he begins to insult and curse, does this invalidate his fast or not?
Answer: The Permanent Committee of Scholars {HERE}

RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST
For this year’s Ramadhan audios we chose the Introduction to Fasting and/or the Fiqh Course–Ramadhan. We have divided the lessons into a weekly schedule covering the next 6 weeks. This should help prepare you ahead of time for Ramadhan.

Introduction to Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh A useful series on Ramadhan. Great for beginners. This week’s lessons are:

{#7} Rulings on Who Must Fast

{#8} Rulings Related to Travel

{#9} Rulings Related to Sickness

Fiqh Course: A Guide to Fasting – presented by Moose Richardson Sunan Abee Daawood’s Book of Fasting, and Imaam ibn Baz’s Rulings on Fasting. This week’s lessons are:

{#5} The Fasting Person having an Emission (wet-dream), Hijaamah (Cupping) whilst Fasting, Using Kuhl, Vomitting Intentionally, Eating/Drinking Forgetfully, Inhaling Water during Wudhoo

{#6} Woman Experiencing Wet-Dream, Kissing the Spouse, Janaabah, Intercourse, Masterbation, etc., in Ramadhan

Ramadhan Audio for Sisters
These classes address questions and situations sisters frequently have. This week’s lesson:

{#3} Menses – Inhibitor

Other Audio Files Here are other excellent recordings on Ramadhan.

  • Bulugh al-Maraam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} {HERE}
  • Umdatul Ahkaam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Illness and Medical Treatment, Oral Hygiene, Travel, Pregnancy, Nursing {HERE}

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Ramadhan Planner May 10, 2015/1436H {5 Weeks To Go}

RAMADHAN REMINDERS

calendar-icon-mdCount Down There are approximately 5 weeks left until Ramadhan 1436 insha’Allah!

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

FAMILY RAMADHAN

puzzle family 2Source for Ramadhaan-Related Activities & Crafts Search Pinterest for Ramadhan craft and educational activities. Use “Ramadhan Crafts” or “Ramadhan Activities” search tags.

Ramadhan Planner Family Education & Crafts  Look through the Planner Family’s site for some Ramadhan activities for the kiddos.

ORGANIZED RAMADHAN
nota2Planning Workspace Storage
Hopefully you have picked out a cozy space in your home to do your Ramadhan planning. Now, what about storage for the supplies you’ll be using?

There are many choices such as cardboard boxes or photo boxes. 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.

Meet Ups Help with Ramadhan Planning
Partner up with another sister to get prepared for Ramadhaan. The meet-up can be in person, by phone or online (thru emails, chat, etc.). The most important thing is to find a willing buddy — or two or three. It’s more motivating and helps with focus.

Here is what one sister did:

“. . . so last night I met up with a dear sister and we discussed our preparation for this coming Ramadan. We discussed preparation before Ramadan starts and our goals during Ramadan. I felt that it was extremely productive and I feel so ready for Ramadan now…alhamdulillah.”

So, plan that meet-up! And take your Ramadhan Planning binder along.

Schedule Medical/Dental Visits
If you know that you will need medical or dental care, try to get it done before Ramadhan. This will keep you from spending Ramadhan recovering from any treatment. Make a list before hand of what you want to discuss with your doctor.

If you have any special health conditions that may be affected by fasting, see your health care provider before Ramadhan. During the visit, ask for suggestions on working out a schedule for taking medications before or after the fasting day.

Week 5 Print Outs
Print these items for your Ramadhan notebook/binder:

DOMESTIC RAMADHAN
hand broomRamadhan Prep Declutter & FlyLady Week 5
These weekly and daily tasks help you get organized and get the house cleaned before Ramadhan. 

Read the assignments online here {Declutter Wk 5 | FlyLady Wk 5}; print them from the Print Outs section above.

  • Declutter/Clean Week 5: Clean and clear the Master Bedroom this week. If you have a master bath, you will find cleaning the bathroom {HERE}
  • FlyLady Week 5 Assignments: | MonPlan for Taraweeh  | Tue–Plan with Planner  | Wed–What Size are We  | Thu–Errand Day  | Fri–Budget Review  |

Buying in Bulk
A couple of years ago, we came across the wonderful free eBook called “Buying in Bulk.” It’s a basic guide to help people buy food in bulk to save money and shopping time. And since we start a little bit of pre-planning our Ramadhan menus this week, the timing is excelling for reading this book now.

Download and read/print {Buying-In-Bulk} pdf.

The author 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/

RAMADHAN FOOD & HEALTH
Hot Weather Recipes
Once again, Ramadhan will be during the hottest part of the year. Plan ahead by collecting recipes and tips for summer-time eating.

Stocking Your Medications and Vitamins/Supplements
Last week we started writing the family’s medications and vitamins lists. As you continue to work on that, plan ahead for which medications and vitamins you will need to resotck for Ramadhan. Either make notes directly on the Medication/Vitamin form as you go, or make a separate shopping list. And most pharmacies will fill medications for three months at a time, allowing you to skip going to the pharmacy during Ramadhan. You will find the Medication/Vitamin form {HERE-pdf} or {HERE-spreadsheet}

Hydrate Your Body
Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water. Do you know the {Signs of Dehydration}?

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Reading is a good way in increase your knowledge about Ramadhan. We hope you gain some benefit from the articles below. Print and store them in a 3-ring binder.

Articles on Ramadhan:

  • The Best Sadaqa is During Ramadan — Shaykh Muhammad bin Haadi. Read {HERE}
  • Rulings for Fasting that are Specific for Women – Sh. Saalih al-Fawzan. Read it {HERE}

 Book Recommendations:

  • Sittings During the Blessed Month of Ramadhan (Shaykh Saalih al-’Uthaymeen); English trans. $32. This treatise is a discussion of various topics concerning Ramadhaan such as fasting, taraweeh prayer, zakaat ul fitr; broken down into eight short lessons.

 QUESTIONS ABOUT RAMADHAN

Important Means to Assist the Woman During Ramadhan
Question: What are the most important means that will assist the woman upon obedience during the month of Ramadan?
Answer: Saalih Al-Fawzan. Translated by Rasheed Barbee {HERE}

Daily Program for Women
Question: 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?
Answer:  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 remembrance 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 remembrance 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.”

Translated {http://www.sahab.net/forums} by Abu Fouzaan Qaasim
American student studying in the Islaamic University of Medinah from Chester, PA

Source: Salaf-us-saalih.com

RAMADHAN LISTENING LIST
For this year’s Ramadhan audios we chose the Introduction to Fasting and/or the Fiqh Course–Ramadhan. We have divided the lessons into a weekly schedule covering the next 6 weeks. This should help prepare you ahead of time for Ramadhan.

Introduction to Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh A useful series on Ramadhan. Great for beginners. This week’s lessons are:

{#4} Goals and Virtues 

{#5} Ramadhan’s Merits 

{#6} Manners of the Prophet 

Fiqh Course: A Guide to Fasting – presented by Moose Richardson Sunan Abee Daawood’s Book of Fasting, and Imaam ibn Baz’s Rulings on Fasting. This week’s lessons are:

{#3} The Time of Breaking the Fast and its Various Issues

{#4} Backbiting whilst Fasting, Using the Miswaak; Rulings: Toothpaste, Dental Work, Eye and/or Drops

Ramadhan Audio for Sisters
These classes address questions and situations sisters frequently have. This week’s lesson:

{#2} Menses – Stopping at Fajr and During the day

Other Audio Files Here are other excellent recordings on Ramadhan.

  • Bulugh al-Maraam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} {HERE}
  • Umdatul Ahkaam’s Book of Fasting — Dr. Saleh as-Saleh {HERE} or {HERE}
  • Illness and Medical Treatment, Oral Hygiene, Travel, Pregnancy, Nursing {HERE}

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