5 Languages of Love You Can Use This Ramadan

1. Words of Affirmation

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,

When a man loves his brother (for Allah’s sake) let him tell him that he loves him“. (At- Tirmidhi and Abu Dawud).

It’s not enough to assume that your best friend knows how much you love her. A simple “I appreciate you,” “I’m proud of you,” and “I love you” can go a very long way. Nowadays, there’s nothing sweeter than getting a text that reminds you that you’re loved. Occasionally, shoot a text to your mom or wife. It means the world and costs you nothing.

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During Ramadan, this looks like our constant salam and congratulating each other on another month! Let’s continue those salams and beautiful words beyond Ramadan.

2. Acts of Service

Narrated `Abdullah bin `Amr:

A man came to the Prophet (saw) asking his permission to take part in Jihad. The Prophet asked him, “Are your parents alive?” He replied in the affirmative. The Prophet said to him, “Then exert yourself in their service.” (Bukhari)

Have you ever heard the saying “actions speak louder than words”?

For someone whose main love language is “acts of service” (like me), that saying couldn’t be any truer. Someone who speaks this love language needs to see willful action from you.

That means you offering to help without being asked. Or going out of your way to take care of an errand.

It might mean offering to drive your siblings around, doing the dishes without being asked, or helping proofread a friend’s essay. But beware because laziness and complaining can take you backwards rather quickly.

During Ramadan, this looks like those helping to set up iftar whether at home or in public spaces. Continue that khidma (service) beyond Ramadan to gain Allah’s pleasure!

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About Hana Alasry
Hana Alasry is a Yemeni American Muslim community organizer and activist working most heavily with MAS Youth. Her work focuses heavily on Muslim youth development, Islamic tarbiya and the Yemen crisis. She is currently in PA school studying medicine at the University of Detroit Mercy.