Cultivating a Love of Ramadan in Your Child (Part 1)

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Love of Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month filled with countless blessings. Fostering a meaningful love for Ramadan within your child, is more than just teaching them the formalities; it includes nourishing and purifying their hearts and minds by guiding them towards a purposeful and deep connection with Allah (swt). If they can love Ramadan, they will embrace its teachings and continue them each Ramadan for the rest of their lives. 

Teaching children the significance of the blessed month is a fundamental aspect for instilling a love of Ramadan in them. To begin with, in order to help them understand the purpose behind fasting and the virtues of Ramadan, you can share the following verses of Surah Al-Baqarah:

“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those who were before you, in order that you may learn taqwa (piety)” (Al-Baqarah 2:182)

 

“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 2:183)

Sharing evidences from the Quran and Sunnah is a vital way to establish a stronger realisation of the importance of Ramadan and how it helps us, as individuals to gain rewards from Allah (swt).

How to engage your child with Ramadan preparations

  1. Before Ramadan arrives, assign your child with chores and tasks in preparation for the blessed month. For example, involve them with cleaning the house and making arrangements. Explain to them the significance of cleanliness in Islam and that Ramadan is like a guest so the house needs to be prepared for a special visitor. Another idea could be for your child to assist with producing a ‘healthy’ menu for the first two weeks of Ramadan.  Which food will be served on which day for iftar? What will be eaten for suhoor? What food needs to be purchased? 

Preparations for the month will create a joyful atmosphere in the house whilst giving your child a sense of responsibility.

2. Encouraging children to participate in acts of charity and deeds that are pleasing to Allah (swt) is another way of engaging children in preparation for Ramadan. Taking the opportunity to teach them the importance of giving and allow for them to acknowledge that Ramadan is a time of increased blessings, and the rewards for good deeds are multiplied. Share and discuss various hadith with your children regarding the virtues of giving Sadaqah (voluntary charity) and how it increases the wealth. Another charitable act to engage your child could be to donate clothes for those in need or to start a small fundraising project. Involving them in such activities, will lead them to not only developing a sense of empathy but also experiencing the joy of helping others and knowing that Allah is rewarding them for their good actions.

Activities for attaching your children to fasting

Children often impersonate their parents and elders who spend time with them. If they see adults engaging in prayers and fasting, they want to mimic them. As they grow older, their passion for carrying out good deeds often depends on the environment they are surrounded by. There are numerous fun and interactive activities that can help them grasp the concept fasting and appreciate the significance of this virtuous month. 

  1. One activity could be the “Fast-a-Thon,” where children can hold short fasts or strive to attempt longer or full fasts, with parental guidance. They can engage in various righteous actions to motivate them and keep them occupied through the day, for example, reading Quran, donating a small amount, helping to take care of elderly relatives or neigbours etc.
  2. A Ramadan calendar can also be crafted, which includes daily tasks related to Ramadan that not only records the amount of Quran read on a daily basis and performing acts of kindness, but also learning a new du’aa or short hadith each day and reading about the Seerah of the prophet (saw). 

These activities will not only develop a better understanding of the significance of fasting but also motivate children to perform noble actions to reap the rewards.

This is just an introduction of how you can engage your children with meaningful activities in Ramadan to instil a sense of appreciation for this blessed month. In part two, we will be exploring more around this topic, but particularly looking at how to involve children with acts of kindness and charity together with encouraging voluntary acts of Ibaadah (worship), such as salah, Quran reading and remembrance of Allah, including gratitude for his blessings.

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