#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.

#6 Ramadhan Reflection: safe

'' Fabiaiyi a'la i'rabbikuma tukazziba'' - one of my favorite ayah Quran.

” Fabiaiyi a’la i’rabbikuma tukazziba” – one of my favorite ayah Quran.

Today, I had the worse day so far.

Today, I almost tripped the saline solution which will cause catastrophe to my work progress.
Today, I almost slipped a clamp which will end up broken if it happens.
Today, I almost forget  my way back home and keeps driving in wrong turns.
Today, I almost caught in car accidents during rush hour.
Today, I almost fall in the slippery bathroom.
Today, I almost ruined a seater.
Today, I almost lost myself.

Today, I had the worse day, almost.
But, been saved.
By Allah.

I went through severe bad occurrences today. One after another, onto of each others, continual. But at the end of the day, sitting here in front of my laptop, I realized…
I’m still one piece, Alhamdulillah.
I’m still breathing properly, Alhamdulillah.
I’m still mentally sane, Alhamdulillah.

They asked, When is a servant of God contented? She said, ‘When he is as thankful for tribulation as he is for bliss.’
Rabia al-Adawiyyah.

*photo courtesy of IslamicArtDB.com

#5 Ramadhan Reflection: leaving memory.

There’s hikmah (goodness) in every simple things. There’s reason in every little things. And last night I was told by a dear friend, ‘do you know Su, being forgotten is a blessed too?’. Taken by surprise of her saying, she explain in an easy sentence:

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Forget and you can forgive pasts
Forget and you can move on future
Forget and you can build new life
Forget and live.
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Indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and the alternation of the night and the day are signs for those of understanding. Who remember Allah while standing or sitting or [lying] on their sides and give thought to the creation of the heavens and the earth, [saying], “Our Lord, You did not create this aimlessly; exalted are You [above such a thing]; then protect us from the punishment of the Fire. [Ali-Imran: 190-191].

…And yes, we still agree that being forgetful person all the time is wrong. It’s wrong to keeps forgetting how many rakaah of solah you have perform. It’s wrong to forget the promises you’ve made. It’s wrong to forget  ayah Quran.

Hard to admit but there’s blessed in forgetting something too right? A person with crimes suddenly been given hidayah by Allah, if he still hold on to his pasts, he wouldn’t probably be able to move a step further and repent. A person at fault, if he keeps remembering his mistakes and couldn’t make amend, will lose hope and faith. A person of losses, if he keeps thinking about those being at fought to him, will he be able to forgive them?

Nothing happen at chance unless Allah desire them 🙂