Important Note for Sisters

// September 1st, 2008 // Blog

Anonymouse An anonymous commentator (how embarrassing a mistake?) left a handy tip on my last entry about how we can easily complete the Qur'an during Ramadan by reading four pages after every fardh prayer:

600 pages in the mushaf…
600/30 = 20 pages a day
20/5 = 4 pages after each salat

BUT as women, this is not going to work because (depending on your own biology) many of us will not be able to recite the Quran for an average of 7 days during the coming month.

So what I plan to do is aim to complete the Quran in 20 days instead, inshā’Allāh. It works out at 6 pages after every salat – only 2 more than originally suggested. Alhamdulillah!

While we're on the subject of the monthly visitor… What advice do my female readers have to offer about how to effectively keep your emaan going during that dreaded week of isolation, when we're not fasting & praying with everyone else?

11 Responses to “Important Note for Sisters”

  1. srtuba says:

    Oooh, thanks for the tip! And err, yeah, I have no advice…sorry.

  2. ammena says:

    Thanks for this.. I too never look forward to the monthly visitor, I have panic attacks that Im going to forget all the words for salah :( From this month Im going to try to make some use of it insha’allah, maybe sit down to read that book Ive been meaning to since forever. Or finish that piece of stitching for a friend :)

  3. Specs says:

    Okay, this is the only part of Ramadan i actually plan on:

    1) Read a book that i’ve been dying to go through (but something of Islamic nature, of course).
    Suggestions: ‘Struggling to Surrender’, ‘The Sealed Nectar’ (I’ve read them lots of times but i find something new to absorb every time!)
    For people like me who get sleepy and stop absorbing if the book is too full of fat words and hard language, i recommend trying something written by a convert to Islam. It not only freshens the eman, InshaAllah, but also provides you with all the more reason to be thankful and count your blessings. Plus, its great for a person who’s not into very heavy stuff most of the time.

    2) Sometimes, i go to taraweeh and just sit and listen to the Quran because the Qari has an awesome qira’at (Masha’Allah)… and goes slow enough for me to translate as he is reciting. I just try to recall all i had read about that surah as the verses flash by; it keeps your mind occupied and frankly, at the end of the taraweeh, i am more exhausted then when actually praying… but i find this very enjoyable because this exercise helps alert me to gaps appearing in my knowledge of tafseer. I go home and look up the verse i couldn’t recall the interpretation to.

    2(b) If you go to the mosque for taraweeh (i don’t… we go to someone’s house, so i have the option to sit at the back/ outside the door and listen… but you cannot do that in the mosque when you’re having your days), try doing this using a CD of the Surah they will complete in the taraweeh that day.

    3) Alternatively, i listen to an Islamic Lecture… but you need to be prepared for this before hand to make sure you’re not spending precious time surfing around looking for something worthwhile to listen to.

    Here’s a suggestion: How about making a list of lectures we can all benefit from? Someone start one!

  4. organica says:

    you can read the Quran, you aren’t allowed to touch it. So read it off the computer or any electronic device ( iPhone). If you can’t then you may wear gloves while holding moshaf.

    While you have your period wake up the same time you usually wake to make dhikr and duaa. Recite Quran from memory or read using methods mentioned above.

  5. iMuslim says:

    JazakumAllah khair girls! Some very, very good suggestions, masha’Allah.

    @specs: About the list… good idea. I will ask the guys at MM if they would allow this Sunday’s open thread to be dedicated for this purpose, insha’Allah!

    @organica: I respect the opinion you follow sis, but I was personally taught that reciting with the intention of worship (which also includes memorising new verses) is prohibited during haid and nifaas. However, it is allowed if one has the intention of practising tajweed, as long as one does not touch the mushaf directly, as you already mentioned.

    I have heard differing opinions on the matter, so anyone else reading should simply follow the opinion of a knowledgeable person whom they trust, insha’Allah. Allah knows best!

  6. Yusuf Smith says:

    As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

    Organica’s position is valid in the Maliki school, but not in the Shafi’i (not sure about the Hanafi). It applies to reciting without touching the mushaf.

  7. Leila says:

    Thanks for the post… I am making my mind busy with this for quite long time…Just when I get my self to certain level of eman (or better say ibada), it comes and pull me (too many) steps back…
    I’ve read in one book how some scholars recommend for a women in those days to clean themselves, sit in a place they usually pray and recite some dhikr and do3as five times a day, in regular prayer times…I still didn’t try, but it doesn’t seem as a bad idea?

    Ramadan mubarak sis, all the best inshaallah!

  8. dwayne Parker says:

    Can men learn from this as well?

  9. Jana says:

    Personally, if I’m unabel to read, then I like to listen to Quran on my mp3 player, particularly before sleeping. The Islamway website has lots of files from many different reciters.

  10. iMuslim says:

    Yusuf: Wa ‘alaykum salam wa rahmatullah. Jazakallah khair for the info.

    Leila: I’ve heard that recommendation too, yet have never put it into practice, astagfirullah. Let’s see if we can do it this time round, insha’Allah. Ramadan Mubarak to you too! x

    Dwayne: Yes, of course! I originally targeted the post at my fellow Muslim women, cos the problem of not being allowed to pray and fast for a certain part of the month is unique to us. But the advice about how to boost one faith is applicable to all.

    Jana: Thanks for the tip!

  11. um3eesa says:

    Salam Alykm

    Another tip, Inshalla it won’t be too hard to follow ^_^

    You can finish the Qur’aan in 3 days *brothers & sisters*:

    5 Ajzaa’ after Fajr, and 5 before you sleep, everyday for 3 days. You really don’t notice once you sit down and start reading; it takes about, say…half an hour or a little more to finish a juz’…and I promise you, you’ll notice this ‘freshness’, and a lot of barakah in your time.

    Lovely blog, sis! (Y)

    Wes Salam Alykm w Rahmatullahi T’ala w Barakateh

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