Ramadan: Make it cool for the kids
Ramadan is a vital time for Muslims. It’s a month of blessings and rewards from our Lord, Allah- the All-mighty. But for our children in North America days and nights of Ramadan might be like other days and nights of the year unless we make any extra efforts. They can hardly feel the “Ramadan’ as they are busy as usual in school and homework.
This is natural from our kids when we want to keep them within the boundaries of Islam and not giving them any Islamic alternatives. To make ‘Ramadan’ significant for them we as parents should make special efforts and plan. This only requires a small amount of creative thinking and even less effort to organize. Children are highly impressionable and intelligent individuals.
Their energy and creativity needs to be nurtured and stimulated during all waking hours.
Connect Your Kids with Holy Quran
Encourage kids to memorize verses on Ramadan and
Age 5 and below: any 3 verses from An-Nas, Al-Kawsar, Al-Ikhlas; Al-Asr
Age 6 & 7: Al-Asr, An-Nasr & Al-Maun
Age 8 & 9: At-Takathur, Al-Qaria & Al-Adiyat
Age 10 & 11: AZ-Zalzala, Al-Bayyina & Ad-Dhuha
Age 12 & 13: Al-Fajr, Al-Tariq & Al-Burooj
Teach younger kids some small phrases related with Ramadan
Short verses from the Quran
Kutiba alaikumus siyamu – Fasting is prescribed for you
kama kutiba alal lazina min kablikum– As it was prescribed those before you
la alla kum tattakun– So that you may be God-fearing
-Quran Surah Al-Bakarah: 183
Shahru ramdanul lazi unzila fihil quran- The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed
-Quran Surah Al-Bakarah: 185
Inna anjalnaahu fi lailatul qadr– Indeed we have sent this (the Quran) in the Night of Power
– Quran Surah Al-Qadr:1
Lailatul qadre kharum min alfe shhar– The Night of Power is better then a thousand months.
– Quran Surah Al-Qadr:2
Some Short Hadith – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) described the month of Ramadan as follow:
Shahrun Ajim– A Great month.
Shahrun Mubarakan– A Blessed month.
Fihi lailatun khairum min alfe shahar– In it (Ramadan) is a night which is better than a thousand Months.
Hua shahrus sabru. Assabru abuhul jannath– It (month of Ramadan) is month of sabr (patience) and Patient leads to paradise.
Shahrul muasati– It (month of Ramadan) is month of comforting other (sharing and caring)
Shahrun yujadu fihi rizkul mumin– In this month (Ramadan) Allah increase the provisions (rizik) of believers
Shahrun aualuhu rahmatun– First part of this month (Ramadan) is of blessing
wa ausatuhu magfiratun– Middle part of this month (Ramadan) is of forgiveness
wa akhiruhu ityumminan nar– Last part of this month (Ramadan) is of salvation from hell (fire)
Iza kana awalu lailatum min Shahri ramdana sufidatis shaitan– As soon as the first night of Ramadan comes, Allah chains the devil.
Innas sawma yamnau min malazzin nafse– Indeed fasting controls the bad deeds (greediness, selfishness, miserliness etc) of yourself.
As siyamu khunnatun- Fasting is shield (from all bad deeds)
Register for Ramadan Challenge
We have suggested some Islamic activities to keep them busy and encourage them in learning and practicing more about Islam. Keep track of all their activities, monitor and encourage them.
- Spending a TV-off/Screen-free week with more creativity and productivity.
- Keeping record of all Islamic Activities.
- Reading Quran and Islamic books.
- Doing some Islamic projects.
Our Pre-School. Our Family. Our Community
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