Assalamu Alaykum, Sisters in Islam!
I know it has been a while since we have had an active thread. I am hoping it means you all have been in a good place, insha-Allah, and busy with the commitments of life, faith and family. I miss the chat, though, and hope we can get the ball rolling and help each other out.
Me? I am looking at my calendar, and while I have been anticipating it so I don't have the I have had in years past when suddenly it was time to fast, I am also realizing MAN, these are going to be long fasting days. I live in the north, and we'll be observing fajr at 3-something and maghreb at 8:30something when it kicks off. Hard to anticipate what a day will look like in that, plus heat and humidity of summer. I spent last summer in UAE where the custom is apparently to simply reverse from diurnal to nocturnal and sleep from fajr to asr. Alhamdulillah, this won't fly in USA.
So, I have two kids, one is a solid faster and the other young, but fasted all but maybe 2 days last year. But I am looking now at how to really build them up spiritually over a special month. I bought Ramadan Rhapsody, which is a day-by-day reflection book. It seems appropriate for discussions with my two. Also intend to take the time (since we will be mostly home during the day) to focus on Arabic language and reading and memorizing more surahs. Not adding into an already packed schedule, as we have (tried and failed with) in years past, but replacing such items as cartoons, superfluous play dates and iPad games.
Daily Tarawih is not a goal for me this year. I will go when it makes sense, but have too much on my plate, with two kids and dh still overseas, to make that an expectation. I hope to make it to the mosque and join in when I can.
Where are my sisters on the path? How are you preparing, and what are your ideas for:
- An even earlier Suhoor
- Kid activities
- Bringing traditions home
- Easy recipes
- Charity and service opportunities in the name of Islam?