#8 Ramadhan Reflection: a cycle

I’m a girl and thus I think its wise for me to share on menstruation, the monthly women cycle. During Ramadhan, we are advised to multiply our Solah and Quran recitations but for ladies who is on off-day, these are two things that is strictly prohibited. If a woman menstruates during the day time, and she is sure of her menses, then that allows her to break her fast. However, it is an obligation for her to make up [the days she missed from fasting due to her menses]. But, Alhamdulillah, Most Merciful Allah does not ask us to replace solah that we have missed. Imagine 5 times solah multiply by 7 days in normal cycle = 35 solah which means number of rakaah are (2×7) + ((4×7) x 3) + (3×7) . . . Ah! You do the math 😉

“He [Allah] did not place upon you, in the religion [Islam], any hardship.” [Al-Hajj: 78]

As Ramadhan passes weeks by days, hour by minutes, it wouldn’t be fair if women who is on her menses is unable to make deeds. Some of these are great suggestions to work on:

1) Sadaqah (charity) is a way of giving to get more. And every goodness is a sadaqah, so it doesn’t have to be financially 😀

As narrated by Abu Hurairah r.a, the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) who said, “Allah (s.w.t) said : Spend (on charity) O son of Adam and I (Allah) shall spend on you.”

2) Zikr (zikir) are recitations which compliments Allah by His names.

Salman r.a. narrated that, the Phophet s.a.w said, “And in this month (Ramadhan) four things you should continue to perform in great number, two of which shall be to please your Lord, while the other two shall be those without which you cannot do. Those which shall be to please your Lord, are that you should in great quantity bear witness that there is no deity to worship except Allah i.e. recite the Kalimah Tayyibah Laa llaaha illallaah (there’s no deity worthy of worship except Allah) and make much Istighfaar (beg Allah’s forgiveness with Astagirfirul-laah). And as for those without which you cannot do, you should beg of Allah, entrance into paradise and ask refuge in Him from Jahannam (hellfire).”

3) Reading Tafseer (Quran translation). One night, as I was performing my Tarawikh in Jamaah (group), the Imam suddenly sobs over some ayah in surah Ali- Imran. If I’m not mistaken these ayah were about the Reckoning days. I get caught up in the moment too, that I feel the Imam’s worries, sadness, deep emotions and suddenly my solah feels different. I couldn’t find a better word to describe the feeling but it was a beautiful solah. Because during the whole night, my solah end with tears after each salaam. May Allah forgive me and all of us. Thus, what I’m saying is, if only we understand the words said in Quran like the Imam did, then reciting it wouldn’t be dull. Our solah wouldn’t be plain, wouldn’t be just a matter of certain movements. Our solah would be meaningful, insyaAllah. Thus, what better time to read Tafseer if not during this ‘holiday’ 😀

Wallahualam.

f/n: had to skip reflection 7.

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