12 WAYS TO REMAIN PRODUCTIVE WHILE ON YOUR PERIOD
1. Read a translation of the Quran or tafsir book
2. Make dua and spend time engaging in dhikr
3. Listen to the Qur’an or recite from memory*
4. Read Islamic books
5. Attend religious classes*
6. Give charity and think of ways of encouraging others to give charity
7. Increase your da’wah activities
8. Help around at home with the intention of gaining rewards
9. Offer to help out in taking care of children at he mosque while their mothers pray
10. Offer to baby-sit for someone who wants to go for taraweeh
11. Find out about Islamic activities around your area and try to get involved
12. Feed as many fasting people as you can.
Adapted from ‘Ameena’s Ramadan diary’ by Sara Kabil& Abubakr El-banna
Some of these tips may not be practical for some. So as a general note, during your period, try to make everything you do fi sabilillah. Correct your intentions while making iftar for your husband and children. You can offer to make iftar for your family, neighbors or surprise them with a treat. Invite friends and family over for iftar, send food to your local masjid to be distributed or to a less privileged neighbor.
Do a lot of beneficial reading and keep connected to the Qur’an. Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an and alhamdulillah for technology, you can read the Quran off your phones, tabs or other gadgets.
Alhamdulillah, during Ramadan, most masajids offer tafsir of the Qur’an for women. Try to be consistent, more so when you are ‘off’. It helps to prepare a list of activities that you might want to do during this period pre-Ramadan.
Visit relatives, Send reminders, share useful information.
Periods can really take a toll on one’s iman with mood swings, pain and feelings of discomfort. Keep your tongue moist with dhikr so that your heart remains alive and the flame of your iman is kept burning.
The most important thing is to try to stay on top of your game by making loads of dua and bearing in mind that every minute is indispensable.