Ramadan is a time of spiritual retreat – we are able to invest in the extra good deeds and gain more reward than at any time of the year. It is meant to be the most productive time of the year for us on a spiritual, social and physical level but this isn’t always the case. Sisters face a different productivity challenge during the days they are unable to fast due to menstruating or post-natal bleeding, so often I hear sisters complain about how unproductive they are during the days where they can’t fast. It’s like they feel a spiritual loss and miss out on the blessings of Ramadan. Here’s the good news sisters, you can still be productive during these days when you are unable to fast!
This article was written by a British revert, living and working as an academic and freelance journalist in Bogota, Colombia. He first wrote for Productive Muslim in August 2013, following his first and second Ramadan, spent on his own, in Spain and Poland in 2013, and in Spain and China in 2012. Now in 2014, and perhaps in the strangest of places, he has found a community of Muslims at Bogota’s Mequita Estambul. They instruct and care for him in the gentle manner of the Prophet Muhammad . Those at the mosque are, however, not without their daily struggle (and blessings), as they too, try to be productive Muslims, very much on their own. This is their story, told through the words of their Egyptian sheikh Abu Hasan, as well as the mosque director, Carlos Sánchez, his wife Nur, and their son Jamid Said, who having learnt Arabic at an Islamic school in Trinidad and Tobago, translates Friday prayers into Spanish.
It is a well known fact that mothers hold a very high place in Islam as numerous ahadith narrate the rewards attached to motherhood. The Prophet Muhammad said: ‘Paradise lies at the feet of your mother’. [Sunan An-Nasa'i]. However, sometimes mothers lose the confidence to be more productive or lose a focus on themselves in the midst of looking after their families. Productivity can become a challenge.
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In the name of Allah , the Beneficent, the Merciful
Indeed, mankind is in loss,
Except for those who have believed, and done righteous deeds, and advised each other to truth, and advised each other to patience. [Qur’an: Chapter 103, Verses 1-3]