Ramadan Mubarak everyone!
Alhamdulillah, the month that we’ve all been waiting for is here. Subhaanallah, isn’t it amazing how the entire atmosphere feels so beautiful and different when it’s Ramadan?
My son and I had been doing a Ramadan count down since a week before Ramadan. I could see that it really helped to build the anticipation and excitement in him, Alhamdulillah.
So, for our first Ramadan Special Quranic Gem, we’ll start with the ayah in Surah Al-Baqarah that I think sums up the act of fasting:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may become righteous.” (Al-Baqarah: 183).
This is a very well-known verse among the Muslims whenever we talk about Ramadan and fasting. For children, this verse contains a very significant point: the reason why Muslims have to fast in the first place.
If you haven’t explored the 5 Pillars of Islam with your children, this is a great time to start. It’s definitely easier when they begin to understand that fasting is one of these five pillars. Just like how a pillar is very important to support a building, fasting is also very important in Islam.
In the above verse, Allah tells us that we are asked to fast so that we can attain righteousness.
Now righteousness, or “taqwa” in Arabic, isn’t the easiest concept to explain to children. But one easy way to explain this is to tell our children that taqwa is about being aware of what Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala asks us to do, as well as forbids us to do.
One of the ways I try to teach my son about this concept is by emphasizing the fact that Allah knows and sees everything that we do all the time, no matter where we are, and even if no one else sees us. That is why as a Muslim, we should always think about doing things that please Allah, and fasting is one of them.
For the beginning of Ramadan, let’s look at a few activities that we can do to familiarize our children with this blessed month.
- Pillars of Islam Art. I found this wonderful idea to teach my son about the 5 Pillars of Islam a few years back. You can work on this together with your kids!
- Learn more about moon sighting from this very interesting video. I think it’s a great, entertaining way to introduce our children to moon sighting. (My kids love Zaky videos, by the way!)
- “My Ramadan Vocabulary List”. There are terms that we often associate with Ramadan that might be new to our children, such as Iftar, Suhoor, Taraweeh, Laylatul Qadr, Qiyaam and Zakaat for instance. Ask your children to make a special vocab list this Ramadan and write down the meaning of each of these terms.
- Ramadan Mind Map. Mind mapping is a great learning tool for all ages. Build a mind map with your children. Include things such as the time of fasting, benefits of fasting, good deeds during Ramadan, etc. Encourage them to use their creativity. Let them include pictures, stickers, or anything else to make their mind map more attractive.
Enjoy these activities, have a blessed Ramadan and don’t forget to stay tuned for our next Ramadan Special Quranic Gem!