Ramadan is a time of spiritual awakening; a time where our primary focus is the worship of Allah.
In the intensity of this month, the spiritual needs of the children that we care for can sometimes get forgotten.
What we teach our children at Ramadan now will impact on them in their adult lives. Begin to train them in the spiritual and physical requirements of these Blessed days. Inculcate a love for Ramadan in their hearts in the hope that Allah will reward you for it.
Here are 5 tips to make your kid’s Ramadan extra special!
1) Involve them in the Experience
- This begins with the sighting of the new moon. Take your children out with you before Maghrib and look for the moon. Recite the Prophetic Dua’ for the sighting of the new moon together.
“O Allah, make this new moon rise on us with blessing, faith, safety, and in the belief of Islam. Grant us the ability to act on the actions that You love and please You. (O moon) My Lord and Your Lord is Allah”. (Hisnul Hasin from Ibn Habban)
- Allow your children to wake up with you for suhoor. If you can, prepare something delicious for them to eat to make the experience more special.
Intention for fasting:
وَبِصَوْمِ غَدٍ نَّوَيْتُ مِنْ شَهْرِ رَمَضَانَ
Wa bi-sawmi ghadin nawaytu min shahri Ramadan
I intend to keep the fast tomorrow in the month of Ramadan
- Give your children the opportunity to contribute at Iftar time, by letting them help to set the table and hand out the dates to everyone. Encourage them to memorise and recite the dua’ for breaking the fast:
Dua’ for opening the fast:
اللَّهُمَّ إنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ آمَنْتُ وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ
Allahumma inni laka sumtu wa bika aamantu wa alayka tawakkaltu wa ala rizq-ika-aftartu
O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You and I put my trust in You and I break my fast with Your sustenance
- If you can, take them at least once to the Taraweeh prayer at the masjid. When you come home, why not give them some hot chocolate and talk together about the experience; what surahs did they recognise, and what dua’s did they make?
- Allow you children to stay awake later on the odd nights during the last ten days of Ramadan. Talk to them about Laylatul Qadr, and make dua’ together as a family.
Learn this short dua’ together to recite as much as possible during the last 10 nights.
Aisha (RA) said, “O Messenger of Allah! What if I know which night Laylatul Qadr was, then what should I say in it?” (at- Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah with a Sahih Isnad)
He said say:
We’ve created a fun and colorful reference sheet complete with these three dua’s and more information, compiled for your family’s reference.
Print this sheet and hang it on your refrigerator to keep the whole family involved all month!
Let us know how you use this within your family during Ramadan on Facebook or in the comments below.
2) Involve their friends and teachers
- At the beginning of Ramadan, distribute some dates or cookies, to friends, neighbours and your children’s teachers. In the gift bag you can include a small note, explaining a little bit about Ramadan. It’s a fantastic way of doing Dawah, whilst at the same time getting your children really excited about the coming month. Thanks to Modest Munchies for this great idea!
We’ve created a fun template for your friendly gift notes! Share your gift photos with us in the comments below or on social media, we’d love to see your little creations!
- Invite your children’s friends and cousins over for an Eid party at the end of Ramadan Celebrate with them and reward any fasting or successes they achieved during the month.
3) Decorate Your Home
Whether you buy them, or make them yourselves, Ramadan decorations help create an atmosphere in the home.
Doing Ramadan crafts at home is something special that children will look forward to every year. You could make an advent-style calendar to count-down the days, or a fasting paper-chain, adding on one chain for every fast completed. There are so many craft ideas online if you need inspiration.
4) Learn Together
In addition to the dua’s mentioned above, why not also spend some time each day learning more about Islam. It could be as simple as choosing one ayah from the Quran, memorising it and discuss the tafseer together.
Don’t forget to involve younger children in this time by reading to them from Ramadan picture books or watching Islamic cartoons together.
5) Show them Love
Above all else, children learn from your example. Show them, through your words and actions, what Ramadan means to you. Your enthusiasm will be infectious Insha’Allah.
Finally, no matter how tired or hungry you feel, do not forget to show them your love.
Abu Huraira (RA) narrated: “Al-Aqra bin Habis saw the Prophet (peace be upon him) kissing Al-Hasan and Al-Husain.
So he said, ‘I have ten children and I do not kiss any one of them.’ So the Messenger of Allah said: “Whoever shows no mercy, will be shown no mercy.’” (Tirmidhi)
These are our 5 Tips To Make Your Kid’s Ramadan Extra Special!
How do you make your children’s Ramadan special? Are there any special activities that you do? What happy memories of Ramadan do you have from your childhood? Please share with us in the comments below.