Let’s be real – knowing that your period is approaching during Ramadan can cause some sliiight worry/sadness (or at least it does for me). Not going to lie, it’s nice to be able to get a break from physically fasting, but I always get a bit down and feel disconnected even when I’m not able to fast. I tend to feel like the days that I’m on my period during Ramadan, are just passing me by and there’s nothing I can do about it, I inevitably feel left out.
However, there are still SO many ways for us to feel connected to this blessed month even on our periods, even during a time when our masjids are closed. Here’s a quick little list to help you keep that momentum going & remember that there is barakah in so many different acts we do, especially during this holy month.
1. Listen to Qur’an recitations
Here’s a link to one of my favorite reciters with many different Surahs included. I like to color or clean while listening to Qur’an too – it can be super cathartic.
2. Increase your dhikr (remembrance of Allah)
Use the time that you normally would to pray, for dhikr.
3. Help prepare iftar
This one’s a given, and I’m sure most of us already do help with iftar, but now’s a great time to use your energy & try out any cool new recipes that you can taste-test before hand too.
4. Listen to Islamic lectures/podcasts
We’re in such a blessed moment in time where so many Islamic figures are putting out amazing virtual seeds of knowledge. I personally have been following Yaqeen Institute’s daily Qur’an 30 for 30 livestreams/podcasts that highlight learnings through a Juz a day. Sh. Omar Suleiman also has these great short daily videos centered around the angels & they’re presence within our daily lives. Such beneficial information is so accessible to us & truly does help us remain connected like never before.
5. Keep making those duas!
One of the greatest things about Islam is the fact that we can talk to Allah (SWT) any time we want, however, and wherever we want! Take this time to remember that He is close & listening and keep your loved ones, those suffering, our ummah, and yourself in your duas.
6. Pick up some Islamic literature
My fave go-tos recently have been “Disturber of the Hearts” by Ibn al-Jawzi & the “Daily Wisdoms” series from Abdur Raheem Kidwai. These definitely help me keep my spirituality high & have great reminders.
7. Learn & reflect on Allah (SWT)’s 99 names
Learning His names truly is such a great & easy way to help get closer to Allah because we learn about who He is & all of his supreme attributes
8. Try practicing or memorizing a new Surah
Or even delve into some tafsir of any Surah you’d like. Either way, try to find ways to keep the Qur’an active in your daily schedule.
Remember that this is a time that Allah (SWT) has blessed us with. Take care of yourself during this time and don’t forget to eat & rest as you are supposed to. I know there’s still a level of “shame” of having your period during Ramadan, especially if you live with male family members. Remember that having your period does not impede on your worship or devotion. Allah (SWT) wants ease for you & this is your right from Him. We also wrote a post a few years ago on this very topic that you can visit here.
Let us know if you have any other tips on how you keep your spirituality high during your period!