Making A Kids’ Friendly Eid During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Ask the children to put on a show for the family on Eid day. Have the children start preparing a few days before so that it really feels like a special performance. They could sing nasheeds, recite Quran, or put on a play.
Make one of the teens in charge of this event. Help them establish a criteria of Halal entertainment.
Sing Together Whole Day
Search YouTube for Islamic Song and enjoy singing whole day. The website islamicwave.org / Islamise.co.uk have a great collection of lyrics for many of the well-known nasheeds. Here are some https://youtu.be/LS-_NPoM_XA / https://youtu.be/qnxYiaHRPFY
Record Eid day events
From the time everyone wakes up in the morning till everyone conks out happily at the end of the day, record this Eid on video or audio to make it memorable. It will probably make a hilarious piece of family history as well. Give the responsibility for recording to one of the responsible, technologically adept members of the family.
A Kids’ Friendly Eid
This year Ramadan comes at an unprecedented time. The Covid-19 pandemic has affected just about every aspect of life and religion is no different. Mosques that would have been filled worshippers are closed as fasting Muslims stay indoors like everybody else. With the virus lurking in the streets, most of Islam’s 1.8 billion faithful are seeking help and peace in their solitary prayers at home.
We may still be in lockdown due to COVID-19 in most parts of the United States, Canada, and in other countries, but that doesn’t mean we can forget about celebrating Eid with joy and creativity.
There are essential Sunnahs of Eid that all of us should strive to fulfill. And then there are extras that can make the day fun even in our current situation. Here are a few ideas:
- Engage your kids in cleaning and decorating your house AND your car. Balloons, banners, and lights are staples of making your home look festive. This Eid, include your car. Clean and decorate it as well. You’ll see why in a tip below.
- Dress up. Chose some formal and festive dress for Eid. That’s part of the Sunnah, whether you choose to go out or not.
- Drive over to the Masjid parking lot for an Eid car caravan. If it won’t disturb the neighbors and it doesn’t violate any city ordinances, drive through the Masjid parking lot with family and friends and honk your horns, saying “Eid Mubarak!” out loud. Avoid early morning and late night hours.
- Drive past Muslim neighbors’ and friends’ houses and wish them Eid Mubarak from your car. Text them beforehand to make sure you arrive at a convenient time.
- Bring out the BBQ. With the weather warming up by Eid in colder parts of the U.S. and Canada, this is a great time to break out the grill or borrow one and hold an Eid BBQ in the yard.
- Visit a new beach, forest preserve, or hiking trail. Heading outdoors while maintaining the required physical distance has been recommended during the quarantine, especially for exercise. Visit a new place for a change of scenery and to take some great photos in your Eid day finery.
- Choose an Eid-related Zoom background. Whoever you will be in touch with on Eid day on Zoom will probably enjoy seeing a festive background far more than another wall or bookshelf. Google “eid zoom backgrounds” for ideas.
- Zoom or Facetime with grandparents or older relatives to wish them “Eid Mubarak”! and have them share Eid memories. Many grandparents or great-grandparents remember a time when Eid was a much smaller affair and making it fun for their kids was a challenge – kind of like Ramadan and Eid in quarantine this year. Ask them how they made Eid special with the limited resources they had.
- Zoom or Facetime with anyone you know who is alone on Eid day in isolation to wish them “Eid Mubarak”!
- Open Eid presents together over Zoom or Facetime. This will offer a shared and memorable experience.
- Curate an Eid playlist. Put together the soundtrack of the day by choosing great Eid songs you can sing along to in the car, or have playing in the background as you feast on your Eid meal.
- Host a virtual henna party. In many Muslim countries, women and girls paint their hands with henna for Eid. Why not host an Eid day virtual henna party on Zoom or Google Hangouts? Paint hands together and share the designs.
- Host an Eid day Minecraft or gaming tournament. Play your favorite online games together.
- End the day with Dua and Sadaqa. Cap off a unique Eid day with Dua and an online donation to the charity of your choice. Give whatever you can afford, thanking Allah for this opportunity, and the many blessings you were able to experience despite the challenging circumstances.
What We Are Doing to Revive the Spirit of Eid?
Once Abu Bakr visited his daughter Aisha (may Allah be pleased with them both) on the day of Eid al-Fitr and found two girls with her beating the duff (drum) and singing. He became angry upon seeing these events unfold in the presence of the Messenger ﷺ and called it the instruments of Satan! But the response of our Prophet ﷺ was:
“Leave them Abu Bakr, for every nation has an Eid (festival) and this is our Eid” [Sahih al-Bukhari]
Look at how the best of examples let the children continue enjoying themselves on the day of Eid and allowed them to truly experience the joy of this occasion!
From this, we learn that we should go a step further to ensure that we are bringing back the true spirit of Eid to our own households and communities.
Here’s a few tips and ideas:
- Decorate the house and put up colourful ‘Eid Mubarak’ signs and balloons.
- Buy plenty of gifts for the kids and surprise them.
- Teach the children about why we celebrate Eid.
- Give out goody bags after the Eid prayer and let them witness the community spirit before taking them home.
- Prepare tasty snacks and dishes that you wouldn’t normally cook throughout the year.
- Arrange party games like pass-the-parcel and ‘nasheed chairs’ for them to play with.
- Let them enjoy themselves and plan something different with them rather than just visiting relatives (which is still very important).
I would even go a step further and say that we as Muslims should organise our own plays, produce our own Nasheeds and rhymes, and create a suitable alternative for the younger generation.
Let’s revive the spirit of Eid and bring back its true meaning so our kids have something to look forward to twice a year. That way, they won’t feel left out during other celebrations and festivals in the West. Eid Mubarak!
Source: Shabbir Hassan / ilmfeed.com