Now that they’re older, the novelty of finding coins in the calendar and popping them in the sadqa box has worn off.
As they tend to have some birthday/pocket money stored away, why not give them the opportunity to truly give charity and give out of their own pockets!
To help them put this line of dua into action – Allahumma ashbi kulli jaa’i, O Allah feed the hungry ones – they can pay £30 and give a family iftaar for a month. That’s only £1 a day!
A World Without Barriers make this very simple to do – simply click on the link below:
It’s been a while since we have had a book review! Here’s one to change that
When i was asked if i would like to review this one, I grabbed the opportunity as a) I love anything to do with books and b) I know so many people would love and benefit from this one!
My Ramadan Dua’ Book is the second book by Desi Doll Company creator, Farzana Rahman (the first one is Don’t Forget to Say Bismillah). What is unique about these books – especially in the Muslim market – is the incorporation of sound, which makes it great for reaching the different learning styles that children may have.
So what’s the story line? Well… it’s Ramadan, and Fatima and Ali are excited to be fasting for the first time ever. In the book, kids can follow their journey through the holy month. Fatima and Ali go through all the normal stuff kids do, such as take out their water bottle to take a sip before realising they are fasting, and having their mum insist they take a nap . They have incorporated lots of beautiful themes eof Ramadan into the story, such as sharing the iftar with non-Muslim friends, collecting items for the food bank, and paying special attention to Laylatul Qadr.
At different points, children can make the links between the story and the buttons on the right and enjoy pressing and hearing the different clips – from the dua’ for beginning the fast to the dua’ for the new moon at the end, as well as some just for fun! (Mmmm…. brownies!)
It’s a great way to introduce or consolidate the learning of these duas, and they can be heard in Arabic or the English meaning. They are recited by children, and so will be relatable to the young ones reading the book! Desi Doll Company have even thought ahead and included the (replacable) batteries so they can start reading and listening from the get go
There are few great extras in the book such as the Eid Takbir which is written out, how to say Happy Eid in different languages and a yummy Brownies recipe at the end!
The best part is that in tthe spirit of Ramadan, Desi Doll Company have partnered with PennyAppeal and £2.50 of every book sold will go to Orphan Kind, so this is a book that gives in many ways!
Ideal for children up to 8 years I would say, but even older ones will enjoy having a quick read! Younger ones will love being read to as they press on the buttons when prompted (or just whenever ).
Check it out here: https://desidollcompany.com/produ…/ramadan-story-sound-book/
So as well as the candy calendar that we received as a gift, I decided to take out our cloth calendar as well. The questions on the candy one were great, but suitable for much younger kids.
- In our cloth calendar I used Academy For Learning Islam‘s breakdown of Maqarim-ul-Akhlaq (which is conveniently in 30 sections!). It seemed like a great way to familiarise them with this beautiful dua which is so befitting in this month, as well as get them ready to recite it on the Night of Power!
Here’s the link: https://www.academyofislam.com/…/Sahifa-Dua-20-Translation.…
- To incorporate a focus on familiarisation with the Quran (as they get their recitation practise at mosque), I decided to focus on picking certain verses from the Quran and adding them to the calendar. I really would love for them to have a ‘favourite’ verse from the Quran that they identify with and think of often, just like your beautiful answers to my question on the page earlier.
I have made a file of 15 images with different verses on them – I chose a range of easy-difficult, familiar-unfamiliar ones – one every second day of the month. If they can memorise it, then great, otherwise just familiarity with it and a discussion on it is the plan!
Here is the link to the file if anyone is interested:https://www.dropbox.com/s/bsdo3oojui6lupc/ramadanverses.pdf…
I loved this idea! I printed 2 each for my kiddos – we don’t frequent drive thru’s so their challenge is to find different ways to pass on the kindness!
“Pay it forward this Ramadan! The next time you’re in a drive-thru buying coffee☕, ice cream🍦, or other munchie 🌮, tell the cashier you’d like to pay for the car behind you and ask for this slip to be passed over to them when they pull up! Free printable on my website! Print them out and keep them in your car so you’re always ready!” – www.waafiala.com
Now that my kids are older (10 and 12), I find that a lot of the activities/books/calendar inserts out there are not quite suitable for them. So I have been looking out for a few things that are and which I have found useful, and thought I’d share here in case anyone else does!
First up, check out this Quran competition. It’s very cool! Each day, 2 questions become available online and you and your kiddos can look inthe Quran and read through the designated verses to find the answer.
More details below!
Quranic Ramadhan Competition
**Spend your Ramadan with the Quran and Feed Your Soul**
**In this competition, two questions will be asked from one ‘juz’ of the Quran on every day of the blessed month of Ramadan. The reference for the answer within the verses of the ‘juz’ will be provided as a guide. This means that in the 30 days of Ramadan, 60 questions will be asked. Participants who obtain an overall high score will be the winners of the competition and will receive prizes**
Starts On: 16th May 2018
Length: 4 weeks
- This year, for our ‘sharing of dates at the beginning of the month’, we decided to mix it up a little and make date cakes!
The big one is for the school staff (note the slightly different wording), and the little stars and for all the Muslim mummies in the school as well as neighbours.
Here is the link to the template: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ulvu9hsiiifr…/ramadandatecake.pub…
And here is the recipe!:
Blend 1 cup pitted dates with 3/4 cup mil, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup oil. Stir well. Add 1 cup flour, little at a time, and tsp baking soda.
Bake at 170c, for about 15/20 minutes. Enjoy
- And here’s another date idea! Nut free ones were also made to be given out to everyone in the child’s school class 🙂
- And check out this Date Ball Kit Jar idea!
Full details on: http://tjannah.com/date-balls-kit-jar/
I came across this FB post and think it’s a very special way to think about when we end our fast. Inshallah if we start young we can inculcate this thinking into our children!
But in Spanish, that’s not the word I was taught to use when it’s time to eat after fasting. My grandparents taught me to say, “Ahora entrego mi ayuno.” (“It is time to deliver my fast [to God].”) The image of a servant, of a believer of One God, praying “Here is my fast, oh Lord. Please accept it from me!” It reminds me of the unseen, of begging God to accept our deeds, and praying to The One God as if we see Him.
So, today, how will you deliver your fast to the Almighty Lord of the Worlds?”
Kisa Kids have several amazing resources for teaching lessons this Ramadhan. Check them out here:
And how about this journal for baligha’s who are fasting for their first Ramadhan:
Update: Here is one for 2018:
This is SUCH a good idea! We tried it at home over the first 10 days of Zilhajj (leading to Eid-ul-Adha) and the kids loved it 🙂