وَ كَانَ مِنْ دُعَائِهِ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ فِي الْمَعُونَةِ عَلٰى قَضَاءِ الدَّيْنِ
اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهٖ، وَ هَبْ لِيَ الْعَافِيَةَ مِنْ دَيْنٍ تُخْلِقُ بِهٖ وَجْهِي، وَ يَحَارُ فِيهِ ذِهْنِي، وَ يَتَشَعَّبُ لَهٗ فِكْرِيْ، وَ يَطُوْلُ بِمُمَارَسَتِهٖ شُغْلِيْ. وَ أَعُوْذُ بِكَ، يَا رَبِّ، مِنْ هَمِّ الدَّيْنِ وَ فِكْرِهٖ، وَ شُغْلِ الدَّيْنِ وَ سَهَرِهٖ، فَصَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهٖ، وَ أَعِذْنِيْ مِنْهُ، وَ أَسْتَجِيْرُ بِكَ، يَا رَبِّ، مِنْ ذِلَّتِهٖ فِي الْحَيَاةِ، وَ مِنْ تَبِعَتِهٖ بَعْدَ الْوَفَاةِ، فَصَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهٖ، وَ أَجِرْني مِنْهُ بِوُسْعٍ فَاضِلٍ أَوْ كَفَافٍ وَاصِلٍ. اَللّٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ آلِهٖ، وَ احْجُبْنِيْ عَنِ السَّرَفِ وَ الِازْدِيَادِ، وَ قَوِّمْنِيْ بِالْبَذْلِ وَ الِاقْتِصَادِ، وَ عَلِّمْنِيْ حُسْنَ التَّقْدِيْرِ، وَ اقْبِضْنِيْ بِلُطْفِكَ عَنِ التَّبْذِيْرِ، وَ أَجْرِ مِنْ أَسْبَابِ الْحَلَالِ أَرْزَاقِي، وَ وَجِّهْ فِي أَبْوَابِ الْبِرِّ إِنْفَاقِي، وَ ازْوِ عَنِّي مِنَ الْمَالِ مَا يُحْدِثُ لِي مَخِيْلَةً أَوْ تَأَدِّياً إِلٰى بَغْيٍ أَوْ مَا أَتَعَقَّبُ مِنْهُ طُغْيَاناً. اَللّٰهُمَّ حَبِّبْ إِلَيَّ صُحْبَةَ الْفُقَرَاءِ، وَ أَعِنِّيْ عَلٰى صُحْبَتِهِمْ بِحُسْنِ الصَّبْرِ. وَ مَا زَوَيْتَ عَنِّيْ مِنْ مَتَاعِ الدُّنْيَا الْفَانِيَةِ فَاذْخَرْهُ لِي فِي خَزَائِنِكَ الْبَاقِيَةِ. وَ اجْعَلْ مَا خَوَّلْتَنِيْ مِنْ حُطَامِهَا، وَ عَجَّلْتَ لِي مِنْ مَتَاعِهَا بُلْغَةً إِلٰى جِوَارِكَ وَ وُصْلَةً إِلٰى قُرْبِكَ وَ ذَرِيْعَةً إِلٰى جَنَّتِكَ، إِنَّكَ ذُوْ الْفَضْلِ الْعَظِيْمِ، وَ أَنْتَ الْجَوَادُ الْكَرِيْمُ.
English Transliteration and Translation below break
Ramadan is a month in which we increased our spirituality and strengthen our relationship with the Qur’an. Ramadan can be overwhelming for women, as we strive to balance family, siblings, extended family, work and social obligations. At the same time, we want to increase our ibaadah and spiritual development, and the balance can be very challenging.
Somehow, with lots of du’a, a Ramadan plan and less sleep, many sisters do manage their duties and become more productive in their ibaadah during this blessed month (alhamdulilah!). The important question is, how can we continue to balance our different duties and roles, and continue a high level of ibaadah after Ramadan too?
In this article, I will mention some practical solutions on how to continue our acts of worship after Ramadan, so we consistently feel the infamous Ramadan imaan-high!
Here are a few tips of continuing our Ramadan habits after Ramadan to ensure we remain on that spiritual high:
Our household, work and social obligations still remain after Ramadan. Here are tips to continue our Ramadan habits so we can make the most effective use of our time:
“Feeding fasting people can be fulfilled by a simple one or two course meal rather than a four course one that takes up so much time leading to me being very tired and unproductive”, claims a mum-to-be.
This is a principle we can continue after Ramadan:
Ramadan is a time where sisters make an extra effort to visit the masjid, especially for taraweeh prayers, which instilled the “Ramadan-feeling” into us. Greeting sisters every evening and standing together in prayer are things we may miss after Ramadan, and may make sisters feel lonely once the blessed month is over.
Here are a few things you can do in your community to continue the support network in the masjid after Ramadan:
So, there you have it sisters! Your comprehensive post-Ramadan action plan to ensure that you continue your Ramadan ibaadah, even when the blessed month is over. Comment below with your tips and advice on keeping the spiritual high after Ramadan!
About the Author:
Khafaya Abdulsalam is a mother of four, providing practical parenting workshops, seminars and professional coaching services to Muslim mothers across the globe and empowering Muslimahs to be the mothers they want their kids to see. She aims to take motherhood to the 3rd degree by equipping Muslim mothers with tools, practical tips and techniques on how to be masters of motherhood, raising happy, confident and productive Muslim kids!
Most importantly, Khafayah trains mothers on how to re-discover themselves in order to perform the most important role assigned to them by Allah SWT – Motherhood! Visit her website at http://www.ummuka.com
At ProductiveMuslimah, we believe the ultimate secret to a successful Muslimah is that she strives with sincere intentions and uses all the resources around her to achieve the highest stations in Paradise. We are always looking for the ‘secrets to productivity’ and wanted to explore how some of the Muslim women today manage time effectively and perform the best in all the roles they hold being a mother, wife, daughter, professional, activist and more! Ramadan is an especially important time for sisters to reflect and gain as much reward and forgiveness as possible from Allah . So we decided to get some of the ‘Productive Muslimahs’ of our time in the hot seat to find out their top tips and secrets to become a Productive Muslimah!
We are very excited to be joined in this special Ramadan edition by Sister Zohra Sarwari, an international author of ten groundbreaking books, coach to women and children, business coach, entrepreneur, public speaker, mother of 3, and founder of SuperCharge Homeschooling! She is in our ProductiveMuslimah hot seat today, so we asked her to tell us her secrets on how she manages to stay productive during Ramadan while juggling her family, her work and her writing!
1) We’re very excited to have you share your Secrets as a Productive Muslimah so thank you for joining us! First, tell us who inspires you to be a Productive Muslimah?
Bismillah, wal Hamdullilah. Jazak Allaah Khairan for having me here and for thinking of me as a Productive Muslimah. Alhamdullilah, my inspiration is my Lord. I love Him so much, and am thankful for guidance and everything else He has given me.
2) Masha Allah you currently home-school your children and have set up a fantastic website, full of resources to help parents with homeschooling (SuperCharge Homeschooling). What was the deciding factor that led you to homeschooling your children? What benefits have you seen that could not be achieved with regular schooling?
The deciding factor for me was when I learned what would benefit me after I die. Since my children would be one of those cases, I needed to invest in them so that they may benefit me when I need it most insha’Allaah. Benefits I have seen are alhamdullilah many. Better tarbiyah, praying 5 times a day, fasting the month of Ramadan and other days, learning the Qur’aan, and wanting to memorize it in sha Allah. Also graduating from secular studies early in sha Allah.
3) What advice would you give to mothers who find the idea of homeschooling daunting? Is it accessible to all?
Lol….homeschooling is TOUGH. I will not lie and say it is super easy. As with anything else you must put in the time and effort to achieve the results that you want. However, my secret ingredient is making du’aa to Allah and asking Him for help in whatever areas that I need. Alhamdullilah that is how I have made it this far, believing in my dream of raising righteous children for the sake of Allah, and asking Him help doing it. Without Allah, I could not have done it. Alhamdullilah. (All praise truly belongs to Him.)
4) Alhamdulilah, the blessed month of Ramadan is upon us. How do you manage teaching your children during this busy time?
During this beautiful month we cutback on the dunya studies, and focus more on fasting, reading the Qur’an with meaning (tafsir), and learning something new for our deen. In sha Allah this year’s goal is to memorize Allah’s names and attributes; while we have done some of them in the past, this year I really want us to know it inside out in sha Allah. Again, all with the help of Allah .
5) For mothers, Ramadan tends to be a month spent living in the kitchen, and when they’re not there then they’re engaged with some other household responsibilities. How can they make time for themselves to be spiritually productive and to feel that they have made the most of productivity during Ramadan?
First of all, the concept of us cooking all day must be deleted especially in this month. We need to make a schedule and write down what we are cooking which days, how long each meal should take, and if we are eating leftovers the next day. We should really try to make it where our meal or meals do not take more than 1 hour each day. I personally like cooking extra and eating leftovers. As much as I love my family and friends, I do not like to attend iftar parties, as it will take away from my ibadah time. This month we have no time to waste, and Allah knows best. Also while cooking they [sisters] could listen to the Qur’an or a lecture so that they may be rewarded that way as well in sha Allah.
6) It is important of course, to get the whole family involved in activities during Ramadan. How can mothers work with children to instill an understanding and spirit of Ramadan within them?
By making a schedule of exactly what they are doing each day, and what their goals for Ramadan are. Ramadan should be fun for kids, and they should get rewarded for even the small deeds that they do.
7) What is your role as a wife within your family during Ramadan, and how has this helped your family’s overall productivity?
My role is to make sure I wake up early and cook and get food ready for everyone, to inspire them through out the day, reward them here and there, and share our schedule daily so that we are all on the same page. This way they see the goals we have and they want to achieve it as well in sha Allah.
8) Jazakillah khayr for all of your advice Sister Zohra. Can you give us any last words of advice to mothers so they can enjoy a productive Ramadan? Any advice, tips, something that worked with you, anything behind the scenes, something you tried last Ramadan that worked wonders?
I would say make your intention to make each Ramadan as if it is your last one. Think of each day as one you may not be here for next year. Plan accordingly, be happy, and be SUPER patient as shaytaan is locked up! Make a schedule and stick with it. Ask your kids to share any knowledge that they obtain during dinner time. Make Ramadan about fasting, not about eating. How you behave and act is what your kids will learn in sha Allah! Jazak Allah Khairan!
Well thank you to Sister Zohra for the wonderful advice and practical tips – there you have it sisters! Let us know your thoughts and comment below, and don’t forget to look out for our next instalment of ‘Secrets of a Productive Muslimah’!
About the Author:
Zohra Sarwari is an author of 13 books, author of 3 homeschooling curriculums, international speaker, entrepreneur, publisher, and teacher to 3 kids. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, and she is currently taking classes for a Bachelors Degree in Islamic Studies. Her passion is teaching Muslims to become the best they can be, in sha Allah, while teaching non-Muslims about the true Islam. She spends her time teaching her kids, going on speaking tours, coaching Muslims, and working on her curriculums. She prays that within 2-3 years time, she is able to have a full online school for kids all over the world in sha Allah. She has been seen on CBS, FOX News, and many other TV channels. She has also been interviewed in many magazines, newspapers, and radio shows. She speaks at many of the best colleges and universities mashaAllah. Her 3 children have authored 11 books together, mashaAllah.
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In honor of Hajj being in this month, the Duaa of the Month will be one to day when you are beginning your Hajj. :)
Dua after taking Ghusl – Wearing Ehram
BISMILLAHI WABILLAHI ALLAHUMMAJALHU FII NURAN WATAHUZAN WAHUZAN WAAMNAN MIN KULLI KHWAFIN WASHIFAAN MIN KULLI DAAIN WASUQMIN. ALLAHUMMA TAHHIRNII WATAHII QALBII WASHRIHLII SADRII WAAJRI ALAA LISAANII MAHABBATAKA WAMIDHATAKA WASSANAAA ALAIKA FAINNAHU LAA QUWWATA LII ILLA BIKA WAQAD ALIMTU ANNAQIWAAMA DIINII ALTASLIIMU LAKA WALITTIBAAU LISUNNATI NABIYYIKA SALAWAATUKA ALAIHI WAALIHI.
I commence by the name of Allah and seek help from Him. O Allah render this ghusl an illumination for me and that it may purify me, protect me from all fears and be a cure for all ills. O Allah! Purify me and my heart, broaden my chest and that my tongue may utter words of love, adoration and praise for You as there is no strength for me but You and I know that my religion is submission to You and following the practices of Your prophet, may Your peace be on him.