Preparing Your Children for Ramadan: Tips and guidance

Muslim boy in a thobe smiling with Ramadan lanterns around him.

Ramadan trains us for the rest of the year. Instilling correct attitudes and behaviors in children and building strong spiritual foundations during Ramadan helps them exhibit good habits and deeds afterward. This fosters patience, resilience, and a mindful connection to Allah. In this article’s second part, we’ll offer practical tips on facilitating learning activities for children during Ramadan and connecting them with the Quran while fostering gratitude and empathy.

The core purpose of Ramadan is fasting to develop righteousness, making it essential to prepare children for this experience.

  1. Begin by explaining in an age-appropriate manner the concept of fasting. Place an emphasis, while explaining the significance of Ramadan, that fasting is a personal act of worship that devotes an individuals’ worship and directs it for the of pleasure of Allah (swt). Assure them that fasting is not about deprivation but rather a means to develop self-discipline and gratitude.
  2. Encourage younger children, not obliged to fast, to participate in a modified fast, such as half a day. They can abstain from foods for a short period of time to get a taste of the experience. It will help them build patience and understand the concept of self-control and empathy towards those who are fasting.

  3. Older children ready to fast can prepare physically and mentally. They can learn the importance of eating healthy nutritious meals before suhoor (before dawn) and opening their fast with dates and water at iftar (sunset) and eating other healthy food. Encourage children to avoid excessive physical exertion during fasting hours. Remind them not to endure hardship, but rather, the goal is to raise one’s emaan and adopt as much of the sunnah as possible.

Tips for Connecting Your Child with the Quran During Ramadan

Ramadan is an ideal opportunity to strengthen your child’s connection with the Book of Allah (swt). The following tips could help:

Reciting and memorising:

Encourage and support your child to recite the Quran each day. Schedule a specific time every day where family members have an opportunity to read and memorise the Quran together. Reciting together and listening to beautiful Quran recitations can make the activity enjoyable.

Reading with Understanding:

One of the most effective ways to engage your children with the Quran, especially as they develop their understanding and mature, is to help them understand the meaning of the verses they recite. Use age-appropriate translations and explanations to make the Quran more relatable, in particular the more common surahs (chapters) that are recited (e.g. Al-Fatihah, Al-Ikhlaas etc.) and stories from the Quran. Discuss the lessons and morals derived from these Quranic verses.

Reflecting and Practical Application:

Teach your children to contemplate and reflect on the Quranic teachings and apply its lessons to their daily lives. Through activities, encourage them to identify practical ways to implement Quranic values and principles.

Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to connect your child with the Quran and instil a love for the Book of Allah (swt) and to facilitate a noble character as well as spiritual growth. 

Nurturing Gratitude and Empathy in Ramadan 

As parents, we can play a vital role in nurturing virtuous qualities in our children. Certain methods can be used to cultivate gratitude of Allah (swt) and empathy towards others, by parents. Here are some strategies that are worth considering:

Acts of Kindness:

Performing acts of kindness is something that should be encouraged, in particular, towards family members, friends, the community and the needy. These could be simple acts of kindness and generosity, such as helping and contributing towards household chores, sharing toys with siblings and friends, visiting elderly neighbours and donating to charity on a regular basis, even if it is as little as a few pennies. Teach them the reward and joy of giving (sadqah) and the impact even small gestures of kindness can have on others, as well as preparing for the next life by accumulating good deeds with sincere intentions and actions. 

Gratitude Journal:

Produce a gratitude journal for Ramadan and encourage your children to maintain it. Ask them to journal three things they are grateful to Allah (swt) for, each day. This task will help develop a positive mindset within them as they will learn to be grateful and appreciate the blessings in their lives.

Storytelling and Reflection:

Share stories of the Prophets and Messengers of Allah (swt), including events in the life of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions that highlight acts of gratitude and empathy. Encourage discussions regarding the lessons learned from the stories and facilitate your children to reflect on how they can apply the teachings and lessons to their own lives.

By creating opportunities to connect them with the Quran and foster gratitude and empathy in your children, you will instil values that will help form a positive and righteous character which will eventually contribute to a more caring and compassionate society.

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