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Towards an Outstanding Ramadan 

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Tips For Planning Towards An Outstanding Ramadan 

1. Repent to Allah; Start preparing for Ramadan by repenting to Allah subhanahu wata’la. Our hearts are rusty from the sins that we have accumulated since the last Ramadan. We cannot start the marathon of Ramadan in fifth gear without removing this rust from our hearts. And there is no other way of removing this rust except by repenting to Allah. Repent to Allah and abundantly ask for His forgiveness. Make abundant istighfar; sit in Qiyam, reflect on the year, cry out to Allah & sincerely repent

Also reconsile with your fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. The worst thing that could happen to anyone of us is to go through Ramadan and not have out fasts forgiven because of a grudge we are holding. Whatever has happened has happened. If you have a person you’ve boycotted, call up that person and end it now.

2. Set realistic Goals and be confident about them;  I can’t over emphasize the importance of goal setting and planning in Ramadan. If you want to succeed in anything , you have to do serious planning.

It is a very gloomy reality that Muslims youths today do not have lofty goals when it comes to his or her religion. We spend time planning and having goals about life (school, marriage)or school(graduate, postgraduate ) but with Deen it’s just the barest minimum and just whatever comes our way. 

Tips on Goal Setting 

Goals should be S.M.A.R.T

S-Specific. Whatever your goal is, make sure it’s as specific as possible. That means having all the details about how you’re going to reach your goal specified. 

M-Measurable. This is very important as you’ll only you’ve succeeded at something when you’ve completed your task. So what you can do is to be charting your progress so you can physically see it on paper so 

If you’re lacking it’ll motivate you. The heart wheel journal is a good chart for that.

A- Attainable – Proper goal setting means that you choose goals that are within your reach. Goals should be tailored to what you as an individual can achieve. 

Realistic – While you do not want to limit yourself. You should keep in mind that your goal must be in line with what can physically and logically be arranged at the time.  

T- Time Bound – Each goal you set for yourself should be locked in time. This means that there should be a deadline in which your task or goal should be completed. 

*Do what you love, There are so many good deeds that you can do.  Some people love to feed the poor and cook food and give to others.  Others invite a lot of people to their house or take food to the masjid.  Other people love to read the Qur’an a lot and dedicate more time. Other people love to do salah and qiyam’l-layl. Some people love spending more time in the masjid and others love to spend more time in seclusion.  Some people push themselves so hard in what is not what they enjoy in acts of ibaadat and may force themselves to read the Qur’an more and are too exhausted to doadkhaar or tarawih, and this is not a smart plan.  Do what you really love to do.  Choose and select the good deeds you enjoy doing and increase them more and more.  Make your plan around these deeds that you love and enjoy doing.

●Be prepared & adaptable; you may fall sick, or have to travel, or an important test comes up; don’t change it but make changes to your schedule.

If you start reading five juz every single night and then realize that they are too much and then decrease to threejuz and then you are short two juz.  As you try to make up and do seven, you start to lose hope.  Expect yourself to adapt and change.  Do something reasonable every single night like reading three juz and move on with your schedule.  Don’t simply cancel the good deeds you have started just because you think you are falling behind.

3. Dua list 

Ramadan is a great time to make dua. A dua list will ensure that you will not miss out any important dua that you want to make to Allah subhanahu wata’la during this blessed month. The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “The dua of the fasting person will not be refused.” [Reported by al-Bayhaqi, 3/345; al-Silsilat al-Saheeh, 1797]  Ask your family members for their specific Duas and write them down; this’ll take care of the time consumed to be remembering the various Duas.

4. Tie loose ends; if there is a project report that is due in the middle of Ramadan, finish it before Ramadan. Buy all your groceries and stock them in your house before Ramadan. Whatever you want to buy for Eid, buy it before Ramadan. I will not be exaggerating if I say that it is a calamity to go out for shopping during this blessed month. Because going out for shopping will deviate you from your daily routine, distract your focus, destroy your inner peace, cost your precious Ramadan time, and put you in trial, as markets are places where Allah is scarcely remembered. Majority of the stores give Eid promotions during the month of Ramadan and unfortunately people fall for it. You will find that shops are packed when qiyamul layl is going on in the mosques. Isn’t it a calamity that people choose some miserable promotions of duniya over the promotion of Allah subhanahu wata’la?

5. Eating habit; Ramadan is the month of fasting not feasting. We all grew up knowing Ramadan to be when we’ll be eating special kinds of cuisine and I’d be lying if i said i too don’t look forward to Ramadan because of that. 

I’m not going to tell you to stop preparing different all the dishes but I just want to advice us to mind our eating habits. Overeating is a bad habit especially in Ramadan, it makes us weak and we won’t have energy to do things. Sh. Kamal El- mekki in his lecture, eating habits in Ramadan, made a very noteworthy analogy, he said ‘Food is supposed to give you strength, so if you eat food and it makes you weak then you must be doing something wrong’. 

When we overeat during iftar, we get sluggish in taraweeh and at sahoor, when we overeat we just go to the toilet in the morning and go back to being hungry for the rest of the day.

So let’s be cautious not to overeat in Ramadan. 

6. Cyber itikaf; I can’t tell you to eliminate the internet completely in Ramadan as there are alot of beneficial resources in Ramadan, alot of lectures, articles, series, etc . But i’m going to tell you to reduce the amount of social medias you engage in in Ramadan. Do you really need Facebook,whatsapp, Bbm, Twitter, snapchat, and instagram all in Ramadan? ! If you genuinely want reminders then 1 or two will be enough. Social medias really take up our time, you’ll understand when you do it. E.g when you log onto instagram, you keep going from one page to another- and can use up to 10 minutes, do you know how much you could’ve done with those ten minutes? !

Umm Saabir

References: Planning For an Outstanding Ramadan by Amirah Mauthoor, 10 points for excelling in Ramadan by Yaser Birjas

Nassarawa Hospital Visit 

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Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Raheem. 
Alhamdulillah, we had a very successful Hospital Visit. With the donations we received and dues from our members, we were able to raise N150,000 for the hospital visit. We budgeted N1500 for every patient. Initially, we wanted to buy items worth the N1500, but a sister suggested that we should buy items worth N1000 and give them the remaining N500 as they might have other needs best known to them. 

Each pack contained;

A box of Tea, (N140)

500g golden penny sugar (N250)

4 satchets of peak milk (N180)

4 satchets of ovaltine (N180)

4 satchets of klin (N100) 

250g Omo (N150) &

N500 cash. 

We made 100 of such packs Alhamdulillah. The packs went round and we were able to add more wards and give more patients. We were able to go to female medical, female surgical, Gynae , paediatric, male surgical and male observation wards Masha Allah; and We even had some left to give some nurses, cleaners and security! 

While we were going round, some of our members were also giving the patients reminders simultaneously. They spoke to them on being patient as they just were being tested by Allah, on the importance of salah even while sick and the various ways it can be performed while sick and also on the importance of Dua. 

The patients were really pleased Alhamdulillah, they thanked us abundantly and made Dua for us. I was by the window of one ward that were given the items and i overheard their happy exclamations as they opened the packs; when one of them say the N500 she said ‘Laa, har da dukiya a ciki😅’ (There’s even fortune inside). 

We’re very happy with the outcome of the hospital visit. We’d like to use this medium to thank all the people who made the hospital visit a success; those that donated, those that broadcasted our message and those that attended –  this wouldn’t have been a success without all of you, Jazakumullahu Khairan Kathiran !

May it be reflected on your scales of Good deeds on the day of judgement. May Allah increase you all in goodness and grant you success in all your endeavours, Ameen ya rabbi. We look forward to working with you again on our upcoming projects insha Allah. 

Deensisters. . .together for the pleasure of Allah. 

Updates From Halaqa

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Updates From Halaqa on 16th April 2017
(Friendly Islamic sisters circle)
Halaqa was opened as it is our custom, with a beautiful recitation from suratul Hashr by deensister hafsat.
Next speaker of the day; sister umm saalim took the stage and took us on the various checklists of forgiveness; Definition, levels, benefits, rewards.
~Forgiveness is not something for the selected few who has a good heart or as our people call it ‘farin zuciya’ but rather, something that Allah (swt) highly recommends and therefore ought to cultivate the habit of. 

~We should always remember our own sins that we are always hoping for Allah (swt) to forgive when we find it hard to forgives others as propounded by this marvelous verse  of the Qur’an” so forgive and pardon, don’t you want Allah to forgive you? Likewise,  Allah (swt) Has also stated the believers are but brothers so make reconciliation amongst yourself (Q). This makes it natural to fall out with one another atimes but as believer conscious efforts should be taken to reconcile ourselves. 

~A fascinating hadith of the prophet (saw) said: As believer it is evil enough to even hold your brother in contempt’. This closes doors to all dark thoughts towards one another ‘i just don’t like her’ i hate her because of so and so. 
Discussions began afterwards as refreshments were being shared. Another sister reminded us of Allah Himself asking us to forgive, not anybody but He Himself. And forgivessness is one attribute of Allah that we all depend on, almost on a daily basis, then how can we ourselves not forgive when offended. 
Sooner than later the discussion changed course to the favorite topic when sisters come together -hijaab! Sisters were asked to relate their hijab story. Sister halima told us of how series of events in her life increased her in eeman and taqwa and got her to embrace the hijab as a lifestyle immediately she came to know of it. Sister sadiya on the other hand was a muffler style non-hijabi but with the right type of friends in the university, she now not only wears the hijab but calls other sister to do the same. 
The most touching of all the stories was when a sister said she never gave any regard towards the hijab but after the last halaqa, she has made changes in her mode of dressing, alhamdulilah. 
May Allah (swt) continue to help us all wear the hijab in the right way.
We didn’t end until we touched on the issue of modesty as modesty is not only defined by our clothing but rather has many other aspects, most challenging of them being how we relate with our male counterparts.
At another sisters request, deensister hafsat gave us a closing recitation upon a before we finally closed as time was not on our side.
May Allah (swt) give us all the ability to  work with what we’ve learnt, and to hold many more friendly halaqas for the sake of the deen, ameen ya rabb.
“There are only a few things in life i love more than sisters halaqa” ~Umm muh’d

Sudan Hospital Visit (1)

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On the 18th of March 2017, Deensisters sisters visited al Ghanza health center which is located in darsalam, Omdurman.

Al Ghanza is a small health center providing mainly outpatient services and inpatient services if the need arises.


We prepared 20 packages targeting 20 patients.
The doctor working there was informed of our arrival prior to the date.

The health center is small with one doctor’s office, a lab, 2 rooms for admission, and a store room.

The doctor informed the patients of the area he knew to come. Most of them who are seriously ill and need admission never stay. They prefer staying at home. He informed them all to come on the visit day. The patients started to arrive at 9.am. We waited till they reached almost our target number before we addressed them. They included old women and men, and middle aged women and men.


We started by introducing ourselves and what we represent. The doctor translated as we spoke. We told them of the mercy that lies in sickness if one is patient. And advised them to be patient. We advised them to try and adhere to their medications and also seek medical help when the need arises. We told them of the importance of salat, of it been obligatory even if one is sick. We told them though, of the way Allah made it easier if you were sick. The different ways to offer salat according to the circumstance.
After the talk we shared the packages amongst them. 4 was remaining. We told the doctor to give them to any needy sick person that came while we left. 


We did not however find any critical case which needed support. But we left a member’s phone number with the doctor in case anything comes up.

Overall the visit was ok. It wasn’t how we  expected it to be. We found out it wasn’t a hospital but a health center when we arrived. But alhamdulilah the intention mattered I guess. And next time will do  better in sha Allah since this is our first time.

Thank you for all those who donated and contributed, May Allah accept from us all, ameen.

Deensisters…Together For The Pleasure Of Allah.