Wow, subhaanAllah how time flies. We’re about to enter the second week of the blessed month of Ramadan already! I just feel like it started yesterday. Anyway, hopefully everyone’s momentum is still as high as it was on the first day and may Allah make it easy for us to perform our best in our ‘ibaadah and encourage our children to do the same, ameen!
The month of Ramadan is almost synonymous to the Quran. It’s the time of the year where you can see Quran reading/study circles and halaqahs everywhere, mashaAllah. As parents, we shouldn’t lose the advantage of this month to get our children to build a closer, stronger relationship with the Quran.
But why is this extra important, especially in Ramadan?
Well, let’s look at our next Quranic gem, taken from Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 185.
“The month of Ramadan [is that] in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion…” (Al-Baqarah:185)
It’s definitely important to teach our kids that the Quran is a very, very special book, but it’s also important to give them a background about the revelation of the Quran. This would help them see why the Quran is really special, that it is the Word of Allah, and unlike a normal book, the Quran is not written by a human being. Since Ramadan IS the month in which the Quran was first revealed, it’s the perfect time to teach our children about its revelation.
Let’s begin with some basic information that we can explain to our children:
When was the Quran revealed?
The Quran was revealed on the 17th of Ramadan, 13 years before Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam migrated to Madinah. So besides the fact that Muslims fast during this month, this is another reason why the month of Ramadan is very special to us.
Where was the Quran first revealed?
The first verses of the Quran was revealed when Rasululullah SAW was inside the Cave of Hira’.
How was the Quran revealed?
Allah revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad SAW through his angel, Jibreel ‘alayhissalaam. The Quran was not sent to the Prophet all at once, instead it was sent in parts over a period of 23 years.
What were the first verses revealed to the Prophet?
The first verses are from Surah Al-‘Alaq (the 96th chapter of the Quran), verses 1 to 5 (read these verses and their translation with your children). The entire Quran consists of 114 chapters/surahs.
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Okay, now how about going over a few facts about how AWESOME the Quran is? Let’s amaze our kids. 😉
- The Quran contains so many amazing facts and information that humans only discovered much, much later. Check out some of these facts in our previous gems!
- Allah ‘azza wa jall says that the Quran will be protected until the Day of Judgment. This means that the message in the Quran can never be corrupted or altered.
- The Quran will intercede for people who recite it on the Day of Judgment. (Another reason why we should read Quran more!)
- The Quran contains many stories of the prophets as well as people who lived in the earlier times. These stories have many great lessons for us to learn from.
- Reading each letter of the Quran rewards us with 10 hasanaat. Imagine how much hasanaat we can gain if we read Quran every single day!
- It’s the only book/scripture that has been memorized by millions of people. There are millions of huffaadh (people who have memorized the Quran) all over the world!
Isn’t that just amazing? Now, let me share a few Quran-themed activities that you can engage your kids in.
- Set an “Iqra’ Time” where your children can read a few verses from the Quran with you every day. Ramadan is a great time to start (if you haven’t already), but this should also be a continuous activity outside Ramadan as well.
- Quranic Gems Jar – Write a lesson/gem from selected Quranic verses on different slips of paper and place them in a jar. Ask your children to pick out a slip each day and discuss about it together. Talk about how they can implement that particular lesson in their lives.
- Choose a story from the Quran and make an art/craft piece based on it. For instance, if you choose the story of Prophet Nuh ‘alayhissalaam, you can ask your kids to build an ark from manila paper, kraft paper or popsicle sticks. If you choose the story of the people of the cave (Surah Al-Kahf), you can ask them to build a cave using clay or Play-Doh. As usual, be creative! 🙂
- As part of their Ramadan goal, encourage your children to aim to memorize at least one or two surahs this Ramadan.
Hopefully our children will develop a strong bond with the Quran starting this Ramadan and may it continue in the future, inshaAllah. Stay tuned for the next Ramadan Special Quranic Gem!