Episode 48: How can you fulfill your spirituality during Ramadan when you can’t fast or pray? With Ustadha Aatifa Shareef

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Ramadan Mubarak everyone, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ustadha Aatifa Shareef  from Qalam Insitute, Ustadha Aatifa just finished her Masters in clinical psychology from the University of Dallas as well as an Alimiyah student at the Qalam Seminary. Born and raised in Columbus, OH, she graduated from Northwestern University with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. She is working to combine her two fields of study by understanding psychology in an Islamic context and providing counseling for the Muslim community in America.

She currently works as Director of Admissions and Student Affairs at the Qalam Seminary as well as an instructor and Executive Assistant for the Qalam Institute. You may reach her at aatifa@qalaminstitute.org.

Aatifa talks to us about succeeding in Ramadan and discusses important topics regarding facts and everyday life issues that women can face during Ramadan. She shares tips for Muslim women and explains to us when it is ok not to follow Ramadan but also how to make up for missed Ramadans in our lives. She also gives ideas and information for people who would like to study Islam further


In this episode

It was so great to speak with Ustadha Aatifa, she shared some great tips and advice for Muslims who can’t face during Ramadan or miss some fasts. The framework for this episode was based on  the hadith of Aisha Radi-Allahu anha  Narrated Al-Qasim`Aisha said, "We set out with the sole intention of performing Hajj and when we reached Sarif, (a place six miles from Mecca) I got my menses. Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) came to me while I was weeping. He said 'What is the matter with you? Have you got your menses?' I replied, 'Yes.' He said, 'This is a thing which Allah has ordained for the daughters of Adam. So do what all the pilgrims do with the exception of the Tawaf (Circumambulation) round the Ka`ba." `Aisha added, "Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) sacrificed cows on behalf of his wives."  Sahih al-Bukhari 294

  • Setting up yourself to succeed in Ramadan

  • Keeping energy and nutritions with Allah’s command on when not to fast

  • Why women shouldn’t fake Suhoor

  • Making up for skipping fasting

  • Getting rewarded for not fasting and not praying.

  • Fasting/Tiers

  • Good deeds during Ramadan

  • Quran study with English Books

  • Qalam Programs and opportunities

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Full transcription coming soon