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Ramadan Action Plan For Pregnant & Breastfeeding Mothers

Bismillah

The much awaited month of Ramadan is a blessing for muslims all over the world. Be it young, old, male or female. We all wait to earn its high rewards and try to make the most of it. But each year is different, we have exams, sicknesses, diseases, travelling, pregnancy, nursing etc which can create a hurdle for us. Each situation is from Allah subhanahu wata’aala to test us and we should act in the most productive way. It’s like making the most of a difficult situation.

So the people who are sick or recently had surgery or pregnant sisters need not worry. There’s plenty to do. There’s a logic behind why people shouldn’t fast in the holy month if they aren’t healthy or are pregnant. Allah subhanahu wata’aala has only enjoined fasting upon those who are able to do it, and He has excused those who are unable to fast for a legitimate shar’i reason. People relieved from fasting are the sick, travelers, menstruating women, pregnant and breast feeding woman.

The fuqaha’ are agreed that pregnant and breastfeeding women may break their fast in Ramadan, on the condition that they think there is a risk that they or their children may become ill or more ill, or be harmed or may die. The evidence for this concession in their case is the aayah.

“And whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Sawm (fasts) must be made up] from other days” 
{Surah Al Baqarah 2: Verse 185}

This does not refer to merely being sick, for the sick person who will not be harmed by fasting is not allowed to break the fast; here sickness is mentioned as a metaphor for any situation where fasting when sick may cause harm. This is what is meant by sickness here. That may be the case in pregnancy and when breastfeeding, so these two cases are included in the concession of breaking the fast.

The evidence that women in these cases are allowed not to fast is the hadeeth of :

Anas ibn Maalik al-Ka’bi  (radiAllahu anha), who said that the Messenger of Allah (salallahu aleyhi wasallam ) said: “Allah has relieved the traveler of fasting and half of prayer, and He has relieved the pregnant and breastfeeding woman of fasting.” 

Pregnant and breast feeding women can still make the most of  Ramadan by following these action items :

Taraweeh Prayers
Ramadan is the only month we get to observe these special prayers so keep your motivation up to attend taraweeh and create a spiritual bond by going with the family or simply pray at home right next to your child.

Reading, learning and listening to the Qur’an
There are many benefits for pregnant mothers who read, listen or learn Qur’an during pregnancy, especially during Ramadan where we can reap more blessings and reward.

Reciting tasbeehat and duas
These include Istigfar, Durood Ibrahimi, Asma ul husna and other dhikr that are found in many ahadith. For duas one can invest in Fortress of the Muslim or make their own personal duas.

Enhancing your spiritual and religious knowledge
It’s good to do some research on your own. With the help of internet there are so many non authentic religious literature everywhere. So don’t rely on uncertified online sources and stock up on Hadith books, Tafheem-ul Quran, qasas-ul-Anbiya. It is the perfect time to seek knowledge, learn examples from ahadith or stories from the wives of the Prophets .

Religious TV time
You can also spend some time Watching islamic YouTube videos, Stories of the Prophets and their journeys.

Giving and attending Iftars
If you have the means to do so, it is a blessing to give iftar to those fasting. You can also attend iftars as this strengthens family ties and kinship. Its even better to send iftar to your local mosque, your watchmen, cleaners, handymen and others. Your focus should be on the less fortunate.

Taking care of the family
This is considered a mother’s job and alhumdulillah it’s a very fulfilling job. Your family needs nurturing. Your husband and children and the elders deserve your love, affection, understanding and time. We should follow the examples of Aisha (radiAllahu anha) and Fatima (radiAllahu anha). Their lives should be a comfort to all the ladies who are fulfilling the duties of being a mother and a wife.

Doing dawah work.
Sincere Dawah work is great in two ways, its earning you rewards plus you are increasing your own religious expertise while enlightening others in the process.
 
Doing charity work
This doesn’t  necessarily mean spending long hours with an NGO. A lot can be done from your home like pledging or raising money online for a charitable fund, gathering up unwanted items from your house and your neighborhood for a homeless shelter or needy children.

Teaching a child or an illiterate person to read and write. 
We just have to look for a candidate and encourage them to learn. Education and learning has no age limits or boundaries. And when you do find a prospective candidate be calm and patient with him/her. And devote your time and energy generously.
 
Pray Qada’ Salaah
We all know that in Ramadan all rewards are multiplied so it’s the best time for making up for Qada’ Salaah and Salatul duha.

When you start something meaningful and productive be persistent and don’t stop even after Ramadan. Good deeds and acts shouldn’t be just restricted to Ramadan. They should be carried out all year through.

In conclusion, all breast feeding sisters should remember that breast feeding is prescribed by Islam for 2 years.

Mothers may breastfeed their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing [period]. 
{Surat Al Baqarah 2 : Ayaah 233}

Also there’s no alternate for breast milk as its custom made, it’s safe, it keeps allergies on hold, keeps nappy rashes away, it’s a brain booster, it builds stronger mouths and is low cost. And pregnancy is a blessing from Allah subhanahu wata’aala which leads to the miracle of birth. Pregnancy, transitions a woman to a mother and her life changes for the better. The holy month of Ramadan comes only once a year so make the most of it despite your restrictions. Pregnancy and nursing should not be treated as a burden. It’s one of the most beautiful blessings of Allah.  So be thankful for your blessings.

Authored by Humaira Adnan Agha
Edited by Shamsiya Noorul Quloob

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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