Ramadan Deeds While in Haidh/Nifaas
**A FEW PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS OF GOOD DEEDS A MUSLIMAH CAN DO WHILST MENSTRUATING/POSTNATAL BLEEDING**
There is reward in helping and being in the service of other people. This too is a type of worship and means of drawing closer to Allah Most High. If everyone is busy in personalized worship – superogatory prayers and recitation of Qur’an, then who will have time to assist their brother or sister in their needs, help the poor or hungry, and take care of other problems and issues of the community and society?
The Prophet SAW said, “Allah is in the service/assistance of [His] servant, as long as the servant aids his brother.”
He also said, “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward.”
A deeper lesson we can discern from the time of ritual impurity and the prohibition of salah and fasting can be in changing our perception of dhikr.
“Such is the way to teach us, perhaps, that dhikr of Allah is not just praying or fasting, but must be manifested in everything, [in] all parts of our lives. Perhaps we make fasting and prayer a crutch, and expect that it is enough, that that in itself is our dhikr. But it is when it is taken away from us that we have to think about how we are actually remembering Allah along with our everyday actions.”
Here are a few additional suggestions as to what a non-praying/fasting person can do during Ramadan:
*If there are iftars being hosted at the masjid, volunteer to serve and help clean up afterwards.
*Buy a jug of Zamzam water and pour it into little bottles and distribute them to everyone at the masjid with dates.
*Babysit during Taraweeh so that the mothers (and everyone else!) can pray with khushu’ and concentration.
*Cook iftar for sisters who are expecting, elderly, students away from home, etc. in your community and deliver it to their homes.
*Do any deep cleaning, laundry, Eid shopping etc. that needs to be done now, so that you can fully focus on Qur’an/salah/etc when you are fasting. You can also prepare and freeze some food now so that you don’t have to cook iftar on other days when you are fasting.
*Spend a lot of time in du`a’, and memorize the du`a’s for different actions (entering the masjid, leaving the home, etc).
*Spend time in salah `ala an-Nabiy, an often overlooked and neglected type of dhikr.
*Memorize Allah’s names and their meanings.
*Make a CD of beautiful Qur’an recitation and du`a’s in mp3 and distribute it to people at the masjid.
*Make Eid/Ramadan goodie bags for the kids so that they love and feel attached to Ramadan.
*Do the adhkar (remembrance of Allah) for morning and evening narrated from the Prophet ﷺ.
*Remember to seek out Laylat ul-Qadr throughout the month and do not let even one night go by without making du`a’. Laylat ul-Qadr could possibly be on any of the last 10 nights in Ramadan, not just on the 27th.
*Find out who is sick in your area or in the hospital and go visit them.
*Look for new converts, those who are newly practicing or people who have lost touch with the community and invite them over for iftar.
May Allah help us make the best of Ramadan and use every moment of its blessed days and nights to be in dhikr and worship to Him. May He make it a means of uplifting us spiritually, enlivening our hearts and awakening our hope and desire to draw ever nearer to Him. May He accept our deeds and grant us sincerity and devotion. Ameen.
Source: Muslimah’s Trying to Conceive