Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim
Chosen Opportunities from Allah
It is reported from Ka’b Al-Ahbâr – Allâh have mercy on him – that he said:Allâh chose from the months the month of Ramadân, from all the lands He chose Makkah, from the nights He chose Laylatu Al-Qadr (The Night of Decree), and chose the times for prayers; so a believer is always between two good deeds: one he has done and the other he is waiting to do.Abû Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyâ` Vol.2 p458.
Ramadan is here again, this year it is longer days again. subhan Allah. Allah make it easy on us all and accept are fasting. My children love this special month it’s such a nice time which the whole family feels. I’m focusing this year on behaviour and how to react better when they are upset with each other. Sobr is going to be needed, for us all to truly get the blessing from Allah. So I’m telling them to think hard before speaking and try to do more for each other, the aim is that this makes them more aware of being kind and the reward is with Allah. It’s something I will hope can continue after this month.
We have put up are display wall of posters that go up yearly, as well as new work. They have done posters on Ramadan and the the moon phases. They have all wrote a poem Alhamdulillah. We have been listening to lectures reading more quran as well as reading books on Ramadan. I have not got any timetable, as will not no what each day brings with three children all fasting Subhan Allah.They are all aware that there are things that have to be done throughout the day that are ibadah that we always do. We can all try to add something small, that will be easy to do and have the intention to keep doing it after Ramadan in shaa Allah.
My boy’s poem
My oldest poster
They also did a peice of art work based on Ramadan. Which they all enjoyed maa shaa Allah. Kids love to be creative.
My youngest is based on a view of a windows looking out seeing the masjid, with the hanging letters inside a house that spell out Ramadan, within each letter a word that relates to Ramadan.(mums help)
Healthy eating is very important part of my families life, daily we have smoothies and eat a lot of fruit. When Ramadan comes I stress the importance to eat health is even more so. The fact is everyone things about food when they are fasting and tend to thing about all the bad food they would love to eat. Your body has rights that we should all aim to give. Are body has a well needed rest when we are fasting Alhamdulillah. We should break are fast with healthy food which will give are bodies the fuel it needs to be at its best. You have a car that you love and treat well, you put the best fuel in so it runs at its best, because anything other than that fuel will break the car. Thats just what we should be like, put the best in are bodies to get the best out. Which will only but help us in are ibaadah Subhan Allah.
Suhoor fresh fruits
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen said, discussing the blessings of Sahoor:“One of its blessings is that it supplies nourishment to the body throughout the day and helps one to be patient in refraining from food and drink, even during the long, hot days of summer, whereas when a person is not fasting you will find him drinking five or six times a day, and eating twice. But Allah has instilled blessing in sahoor, so it makes the body able to cope with fasting.”[Liqa’ al-Baab al-Maftooh no. 223]
“When one of you breaks his fast, let him break the fast with dates. If he does not find (any dates) then let him break the fast with water; for indeed it is pure.” Al-Bukhaaree, Muslim, Aboo Daawud, At-Tirmidhee, and Ibn Maa
It is related that Maalik bin Deenaar (rahimahullaah) said:
Eating to the fill hardens the heart and weakens the body. [And he also said]: Whoever gains mastery over his stomach, will gain mastery over all the righteous actions.
Mawsoo’ah Ibn Abi al-Dunyaa (4/96) through Hayat al-Salaf of Ahmad al-Tayyar.
Note:. Eating to the fill is harmful to both health (sihhah) and faith (eemaan) and discipline in controlling one’s appetite leads to discipline over all the righteous actions. If you can control the desires of the belly, then that training provides the patience required to master the (performance of) righteous deeds.
Translated by Abu Iyaad
Some links with reminders for us all to benefit from in shaa Allah