Ramadan is a time for Muslims to renew their faith and practice their religion. It is an annual month of fasting, prayer, and spiritual growth. Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam.
In this article we're going to talk about the things you can do during Ramadan when you're not fasting and how you can still get your spiritual fix during Ramadan if you’re unable to fast due to an illness, a pregnancy, or certain medications.
Fasting during Ramadan helps us realise how we need to be more patient, humble and grateful with what we have in life. It also teaches us discipline and self-control. Some people may not be able to fast during Ramadan because they are sick or on medications that makes it unsafe for them to fast.
Those who are traveling, pregnant or breastfeeding are also not required to fast, as long as they make up those days later in the year if they're able to do so, or feed a needy person for each day missed by them.
This is because they may need more energy and sustenance than usual to make their journey or sustain their children and fasting may endanger their health.
It’s not just the fasting that makes Ramadan special. It’s the spirit of the month that brings people closer together.
Ramadan is a time when Muslims spend more time with their family and friends, do good deeds like charity, and try to be more mindful. Ramadan is a time for reflection and self-improvement.
That’s what we need to focus on when we are unable to fast! Here is what you can do to make the most of ramadan without fasting.
Go to Taraweeh prayers in the evening with your family or friends
Taraweeh prayers are the special late-night prayers performed in Ramadan.
This is a time when Muslims come together to pray, learn and reflect on the teachings of Islam. It is also a time for families and friends to spend quality time together. If you have not been going to Taraweeh prayers before, this Ramadan is the perfect time to start. You will be able to gain a lot of blessings and spiritual rewards by doing so.
This way you will still be able to enjoy the spirit of Ramadan, spend more time in worship and connect with Allah (swt) without fasting.
Read Quran or listen to Quran recitations
Whether you’re fasting or not, Muslims are encouraged to read Quran or listen to Quran recitations during Ramadan. This will help them stay focused on their spiritual goals for this month and improve their Islamic knowledge.
Spend more time in worship and pray the sunnah prayers.
Praying the sunnah prayers in addition to your obligatory prayers during Ramadan is a great way to increase the reward of your obligatory prayers. The sunnah prayers are voluntary. They were established by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions as a means of drawing closer to Allah (SWT).
Read Islamic Books
Ramadan is a time for Muslims to learn more about their religion and improve themselves. Islam has a rich history!
One of the best ways to improve your Islamic knowledge during Ramadan is by reading Islamic books.
Make dua for others who are less fortunate
The month of Ramadan is a time for Muslims to reflect on their own spiritual and physical well-being as well as that of those around them. One way Muslims do this is by making dua for other people, which means asking Allah (swt) to guide them and provide them with sustenance.
Connect with your community this Ramadan - spend time with your family and friends, especially those who don’t get to see you often
Muslims are encouraged to spend more time with their families, friends, and neighbours. Ramadan is not just about abstaining from food and drink. It’s about maintaining family ties, strengthening friendships, and building bridges in your community.
If you’re a mum teach your kids about Islam and all the blessings of Ramadan.
In Islam, it is important that we teach our children about their faith so they are not ignorant to it and can grow up to be a good Muslim. Parents should teach their children about what Ramadan is, why Muslims fast during this time, and how to make the best of it.
We as muslim mothers are raising the next generation of Muslims so if we do our job of educating our children well about Islam then we will be greatly rewarded by Allah (swt). Inshallah.
If you’re are unable to fast this Ramadan for whatever reason! Be Kind to yourself and do the best that you can!
Ramadan is about spiritual growth, not perfection. Ramadan is a time to reflect on our shortcomings, and make amends for them. But it’s also a time to be grateful for all the blessings we have been given in life, and to ask forgiveness from those we may have wronged.
In Ramadan, we are called upon to be mindful of our actions and words. We are called upon to be forgiving of others sins and shortcomings. And most importantly, we are called upon to forgive ourselves for our own shortcomings during this blessed month.