9 tips to help you embrace Ramadan for the non-fasting mama. Are you breast feeding, pregnant or unable to fast during Ramadan? These helpful tips will help you feel connected during this holy month.
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In the name of Allah, the most Gracious, the most Merciful
Ramadan is a gift that Allah invites us to partake in every year. Some people receive the gift of fasting, some people receive the gift of being relieved of fasting. In both cases, it is a mercy from Allah.
Nonetheless, when we find ourselves unable to fast, it can feel like we didn’t receive this beautiful gift. Sometimes we feel like we’re missing out. We feel like we’re not able to participate in the blessing of the month, it can be lonely and a very difficult challenge.
On one hand we’re grateful to have the reprieve but on the other hand, we want to partake in this blessed month. We want to feel the community, feel the iman boost, and feel the struggle of fasting…and the accomplishment of each passing day. There are two important things that we have to focus on…
We have to remember that Ramadan is not only about fasting. Ramadan is about diving a little more fully into our relationship with Allah. It is about spending our days and nights in worship. Ramadan is about being more mindful of our prayer times and prioritizing them, building our connection with the Qur’an and it is about raising our expectations for ourselves in how we’re showing up in obedience and connection with our Lord.
What is more, we have to remember that fasting is not just about refraining from food and drink. Fasting is about building our spiritual strength and refraining from that which is unlawful.
Without further ado, if you find yourself unable to fast this year, here are 9 ways that you can still participate in Ramadan, take charge of boosting your Iman and really dive into getting closer to Allah this month!
9 Tips to Help You Embrace Ramadan For The Non-Fasting Mama
1. Focus your intentions as a Muslim woman, a mom, and/or a wife.
If this Allah is so merciful that when we are not able to fast, if we make our intention for not fasting as an act of obedience to Him, we are getting rewarded! Just as we’d be getting reward for fasting with the intention of doing so in obedience to Him.
2. Make the effort to read Qur’an every single day!
Even if it’s only a few pages. Hopefully we are already making time to read Qur’an each day but really lean into it this month. Read in Arabic if you’re able but make sure to also read in the language you are most comfortable with so that you can understand, connect with and implement what you are reading.
3. Choose one bad habit and commit to quitting it this month.
Though you may be unable to fast from food and drink, choose a bad habit to fast from for this month.
4. Commit to praying Tarawih.
Even if only two raka’ah. Tarawih is a special sunnah prayer that is unique to Ramadan so be sure to partake in this month through this opportunity.
5. Choose one Sunnah to begin implementing daily.
Ramadan is a great time to add a new good habit. Choose one thing from the life of prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, that you can add to your life.
6. Build a du’a list and work on turning to Allah more often this month.
Really dive into your heart and decide what things you want to talk to Allah about and ask Him for it. Take time each day and prioritize talking to Allah more this Ramadan.
7. Take a class on something that will help you get closer to Allah.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be an Islamic class, although it certainly can be!
8. Take the time to prepare healthy, nutritious and nourishing foods for Suhoor and Iftaar for you and your family.
This really goes back to the first point, make the intention of your cooking, preparing, and even purchasing food for your family as an act of worship for Allah. And also as a way to help support your family in being able to have the strength and energy to do their acts of worship, you are earning a reward.
9. Prepare food for other families in your community who are fasting.
This can be an expiation for making up your fasts. It can be especially helpful if you’re not sure you’ll be able to make up your fasts in the foreseeable future.
These are nine of many, many small things we can do to still take part in the blessed month of Ramadan – even when we aren’t able to fast. You don’t have to do all of them at once! It would actually be better to choose a few that are realistic for you and check-in with yourself a few times throughout the month!
With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can definitely still come out of Ramadan feeling refreshed and refueled even though you aren’t able to fast.
Alexandria is a 20-something wife, mom and homemaker. She is the founder of Nourishing Our Home where she connects with fellow women-of-faith who want to live more intentionally and cultivate a beautiful sense of peace and purpose for yourself and your family! If you’d like to know more, stop by her website or connect on Facebook.