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Ana Huna advice for Ramadam

GPV is delighted to announce a new group for parents, Ana Huna which aims to make mosques a place of welcome and belonging for children with SEND and their families.

Now meeting every Wednesday between 10.30-12 from the 12 June at GIC Youth Centre, 131 Plumstead Rd, Plumstead, London SE18 7DW

Come along for coffee, friendship, support and advice. For more information call 07505555138 
Visit the new site at www.anahuna.org.uk

Reproduced with kind permission of Ana Huna advice for parents for Ramadan

Better Than A Thousand Months

Laylat al-Qadr is a great night, the greatness of which Allah referred to in His Book:

“Verily, We have sent it (this Qur’aan) down in the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree).
And what will make you know what the Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is?
The Night of Al-Qadr (Decree) is better than a thousand months (i.e. worshipping Allaah in that night is better than worshipping Him a thousand months, i.e. 83 years and 4 months).
Therein descend the angels and the Rooh [Jibreel (Gabriel)] by Allaah’s Permission with all Decrees, (All that night), there is peace (and goodness from Allaah to His believers) until the appearance of dawn”

[al Qadr 97:1-5].

It is a night which Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, has made superior to other nights, and He has told us that good deeds during this night are better than good deeds during one thousand months. This is a great virtue. He also singled it out by sending down the Qur’an during it, and describing it as a blessed night, on which is decreed what will happen during the coming year. This is an important distinction of this night.

The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) used to strive hard during the last ten days of Ramadhan in a manner in which he did not do during other times, seeking Laylat al-Qadr. It is the best of nights, because what has been reported concerning its virtues has not been reported concerning other nights. This is by the mercy of Allah, may He be exalted, and His kindness to this ummah, as He singled it out for this great night.

Unfortunately, this last third of Ramadhan always seems to catch us all by surprise. We start the blessed month on a high and somehow seem to get caught up in the flow of everyday routine with brief moments of worship squeezed in. For parents of children with special needs and disabilities, our Ramadhan is a juggling act between finding time to do Ibadah (worship), spending time with the family, and trying our best to not disrupt our child’s usual routine…especially with the late breaking of fast this year. It is difficult to raise a loved one with special needs; it is even more difficult to do so without food or drink, and most importantly, with very little sleep. May Allah reward us all for our patience and efforts.

As we approach the last ten days of the month, in which there will be a night that is greater than a thousand months, we have gathered some tips to help you and your family to afford the joys of this special part of Ramadhan:

  1. Prepare meals in advance : Do most of your cooking over the weekend to free up time from the kitchen.
  2. Don’t be afraid to decline an invitation : Figure out which invites are a must-do and let go of the rest.
  3. Try to get extra help : Make time for yourself and your Ibadah with the support of a relative, babysitter or carer.
  4. Don’t over-schedule : Schools can be requested to avoid holding parents’ meetings in the evenings or other events till after Ramadhan.
  5. Create a buzz in the house : Get your child(ren) involved in simple ways, like talking about the importance of this month, reading social stories about Ramadhan, and starting a countdown to Eid.

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