The true Muslim woman fasts in the month of Ramadan, and her soul is filled with firm belief knowing that whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and hope of all rewards, all his previous sins will be forgiven. (Bukhari) She has the attitude of one who truly fasts, whose faculties keep away from all kinds of sins that may invalidate the fast or diminish its rewards.

If she finds herself exposed to the trials of hostility or argument, she follows the Prophets (peace be upon him) advice to men and women who fast: When any of you is fasting, he should not utter foul words or raise his voice in anger.

If then anyone provokes or fights him, he should say, lam observing a fast. "(ibn Khuzaimah) - The wise Muslim woman must strike a balance, during this all-too-short blessed month, between her domestic duties and the opportunity this month brings to draw closer to Allah through worship and good deeds. She should not let her household chores distract her from performing the obligatory prayers at the appointed times, or from reading the Quran or praying nawaafil prayers. Nor should she let family gatherings keep her from praying tahajjud, and making dua.

She knows the great reward and abundant forgiveness that Allah has prepared for those who stay up to pray during the night in Ramadan. As the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "Whoever spends the night in prayer during Ramadan out of faith and hope of reward, all his previous sins will be forgiven." (Bukhari)

This blessed month is mostly for worship. The serious-minded woman has no time to spend on chatting and idle pursuits throughout the night until dawn approaches, whereupon she offers d her family something to eat and then falls Into a deep sleep, and may even miss the fajr prayer! Allah forbid.

The true Muslim woman and her family should live an Islamic life during Ramadan, she should strive to organize them in such a way that when they a come back from taraweeh prayers, they do not stay up for too long, because in a few short hours time, they will get up to pray and then eat sahur, for the Prophet (peace be upon him) commanded us to eat sahur saying: "Eat sahur, for in sahur there is blessing." (Bukhari) .

There is no doubt that Allah will increase the reward of the Muslim woman who is the means of bringing blessings to her family during Ramadan: "As to those who believe and work righteousness, verily We shall not suffer to perish the reward of any who do a (single] righteous deed. (Q18:30)

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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