We all start Ramadan on that iman high – praying taraweeh nightly, eagerly fasting, and reading Qur’an. However, for us ladies, menstruation comes knocking at what always seems to be the most inconvenient time. For some, it feels like everything is ruined. Others take it as a time to be lazy in their ibadah. Many sisters complain of feeling disconnected not only from those who are fasting, but also from Allah and the Qur’an.
However, your period is neither a time to slack off in worship nor a time to brood over one’s lot in life as a woman. Your period is not a curse, it is simply what Allah SWT has decreed upon the daughters of Hawwa. There are still many things we can do during this blessed month during our menses, and you should take advantage of them!
Tips for the Menstruating Believer
1. Listen to Qur’an: Listening to the Qur’an is a blissful experience and keeps one’s mind focused on Allah. One of the things that I appreciate the most about it is that you can do this whenever. Play it while cleaning, driving, or cooking, and feel the barakah enter everything you do. If you tend to feel distant from Allah SWT during this time, listening to the Qur’an will help fortify your relationship with Him, insha’Allah.
2. Dhikr: Engage in extensive dhikr. Remember Allah SWT constantly. Similar to listening to the Qur’an, this can be done all the time. I often recite dhikr while I walk to my classes. It is the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW to seek istighfar a minimum of 100 times daily. Other simple phrases that one can repeat are SubhanAllah (glory be to Allah), Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest), Alhamdulillah (All praise is due to Allah), and la ilaha illAllah (There is no deity but Allah). Dhikr also helps reduce anxiety and brings about great rewards.
“Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:28
3. Da’wah: Giving da’wah is an obligation upon every believer but all too often, we forget this. Take some time to tell a non-Muslim about Islam, especially about the blessed month of Ramadan and the purpose of fasting. This has been made so much easier now than before. We can transmit knowledge of our deen through social media, where it can be seen by hundreds of people.
4. Gaining Knowledge: Listen to lectures and read Islamic books to keep your iman strong. Now is not the time to slack off on learning. No matter how knowledgeable you are, there is still something more to learn. Pick up a volume of tafsir and learn the deeper interpretations of the Glorious Qur’an.
“Allah will exalt in degree those of you who believe, and those who have been granted knowledge.” Surah Al-Mujadila 58:11
5. Serving One’s Parents: Now is the best time to fully engage in helping your parents. You can take the easy route by cleaning the house and saying “ta-da!” to your mom, or you can spend some quality time with them.
“And lower unto them the wing of submission and humility through mercy, and say: ‘My Lord! Bestow upon them Your Mercy as they did bring me up when I was small.'” Surah Al-Isra 17:24
Don’t underestimate this amazing way to please Allah SWT. If making another Muslim smile warrants a reward from Allah SWT, one can only imagine the rewards for making one’s parent’s smile!
6. Du’a: Go ham on du’a. The Prophet SAW said, “Du’a is worship” [Narrated by at-Tirmidhi, 3372; Abu Dawood, 1479; Ibn Maajah, 3828; classed as sahih by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Tirmidhi, 2590]. Supplication is a powerful form of worship. Even if you can’t perform your salah, Allah SWT is still listening to you. He is waiting to bestow His infinite mercy upon you. If your period falls on those last ten days of Ramadan, you still have the opportunity to seek out Laylatul Qadr by making extensive du’a. Don’t just sleep through that blessed night!
7. Sadaqah: Spend in the way of Allah as much as is within your capabilities. There are many Islamic organizations that help feed, clothe, and shelter Muslims around the globe. You can give charity by donating to these. However, every act of kindness is charity in Islam. Feeding animals or people, removing something harmful from a path, and smiling at your sister in Islam are just a few examples of this.
8. Feed Those who are Fasting: Feeding people receives its own blessings but is a particularly blessed act during Ramadan. You can literally gain the same reward as a fasting person! The Prophet SAW said, “Whoever gives iftar to one who is fasting will have a reward like his, without that detracting from the reward of the fasting person in the slightest” [Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 807; Ibn Maajah, 1746. Classed as saheeh by Ibn Hibaan, 8/216 and by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6415].
I hope these tips can be of some benefit to all you girls out there! Don’t let your period get you down. Ramadan Mubarak!