But I Can’t Pray

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A list of resources and alternatives for those who can’t pray or fast.

With the last ten days coming up, naturally, some of our sisters won’t be able to pray or fast. A lot of us face this realization with sadness and disappointment… but it’s important to remember that this is what Allah chose for us. It doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the spirituality of these days, and it doesn’t mean we have to miss out on Laylat al-Qadr. In fact, we should be motivated by the fact that we can’t pray or fast and put in an extra effort to worship Allah in other ways. With a sincere heart, we can, bi’ithnAllah, reach the ranks of those who are fasting and praying.

So read up, and don’t miss out on the rewards and blessings of this month:

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Du’aa in Ramadan

Engaging in heart-felt du’aa is one of the best ways to stay connected to Allah. If you haven’t already, check out this lecture series to learn about the best ways and times to make du’aa.  [Listen here]

Also, don’t forget that the best act of worship for these last ten days is du’aa! And that best of that du’aa is an easy and beautiful phrase taught to Aisha radiya Allahu anha by the Messenger salla Allahu alayhi wassalam. If nothing else, these two articles are must-reads:

The Best Worship To Do on the Best Night

Al-’Afuww: Who Forgives In the Last 10 Nights?

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Small Words, Big Reward

Keep your tongue moist with the remembrance of Allah! Refer to this list of simple words that come with a big reward, bi’ithnAllah. Some simple, easy phrases and words everyone can take advantage of.  Say them on the nights of Ramadan for multiplied reward, especially if it lands on the night that is greater than a thousand months.

With the last 10 days of Ramadan here, every passing moment grows more and more precious. Make every moment worth it. Here are some phrases to help you take advantage of your time, and to help you build your homes in Jannah,  insha’Allah… [Read more]

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Closed Doors and Opened Eyes

Ramadan is a blessed time of year often characterized by certain specific forms of worship. Fasting, reading Qur’an and performing salah (five times a day prayer) are the main focus of many people’s time and energy during this month. However, for most women a portion ofRamadan – or in some cases the month in its entirety – passes by without being able to engage in these acts due namely to menstruation or postnatal bleeding. Often this leads us to feeling disconnected from the sacredness and specialness of Ramadan and feeling deprived of that spiritual rejuvenation and increase iniman (faith) many believers experience in these days… [Read more]

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Last 10 Nights and the Big “M”

The last ten nights of Ramadan are upon us and I am sure all of us are aware of the virtues of these blessed nights. […] During this time, we are constantly reminded to engage in nafl salaat comprising of long standing at night and increase our recitation of the Quran. But for some of us, this might be a time when we are going through our menstrual cycle (or post-natal bleeding). Naturally, it is not easy to stay positive at times, especially when we see the world around us rushing to masajids for taraweeh prayers, indulging in ‘itikaaf and reciting the Quran. This might lead us to feeling deprived of the reward of these blessed nights and decrease our spirituality rather than increasing it… [Read more]

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And as a small after-note: please don’t forget this website and it’s staff in your du’aa during this month.