When you’re physically unable to fast for long hours due to illness or feminine issues, not being able to fast for some or all of Ramadan can really take a toll on your iman. Here are 3 ways to benefit from Ramadan when you’re unable to fast:
1. Remember that Allah introduced Ramadan as the month of the Qur’an, not the month of fasting.
2. Don’t stop fasting from sins.
3. Make du’a during salah times.
If you can’t pray your daily prayers (or even if you can) don’t make du’a less than five times a day. “Du’a is the essence of worship” [Tirmidhi]. Write out a list of things to ask, if you find that you’re getting lazy or forgetting to ask for certain things. Make du’a for other people. Beg for forgiveness. Express your gratitude. Share your deepest desires with Allah. Don’t be afraid to be vulnerable before your Creator. Seize every opportunity to connect with Him.
There are other ways to maintain your iman and enthusiasm during Ramadan as well, but these three may be a good place to start. If you experience a dip, don’t give up. You’ll get from Ramadan what you put into it, so put in all you’ve got and reap the priceless benefits inshaAllah.