Do you remember at Muharram time, it was suggested that you send a letter to your children’s school to explain what is happening? Here is a similar initiative – would be especially useful for buloogh age children who will be fasting for the first time:
Stanmore Jafferys have compiled a letter for you to print and send to your child’s School, explaining the act of fasting as well as the effect it may have if your child needs to partake in Physical Education. Feel free to print off and send.
“O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous” Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 183
As you may be aware, Muslims around the world are preparing to welcome the month of Ramadhan and will be participating in fasts from 10-Jul-2013 to 10-Aug 2013. As a month dedicated to worship and charity, I would like to share with you a little bit about how my child will be participating in this Holy Month, both whilst in school and at home.
Along with the spirit of prayer, kindness and giving that surrounds the Holy Month, Muslims also fast from dawn to dusk in an act of devotion and gratitude to God, Allah, and to cultivate compassion and empathy for the poor and needy.
There are two important facets to the fast:
• The physical element of the fast requires Muslims to abstain from food and drink, and any other activity that may involve their ingestion.
• The spiritual element of the fast, which plays a significantly greater role, encourages all Muslims to try and attain spiritual peace and perfection. It allows you to strengthen your willpower and resolve, enabling one to meet the challenges of everyday with greater determination and sincerity.
Whilst young children are exempt from fasting, my son/daughter is now old enough to partake in fasting this year.
I’m sure you will understand that especially in these long summer days, the fast is a test of patience for all, especially the young ones! Of course, fasting in Islam is intended not as a burden but a means to grow and so it encourages eating well both after the breaking of the fast at dusk and especially during the pre-dawn breakfast, so that all remain fit and healthy! Hence, my child will be nourished and happy to partake in learning and activities at school as usual.
However, I’m sure you will understand that at playtime or during PE, my child may be less energetic and more tired than usual and I hope that you will be accommodating if short breaks and time-outs are needed. Naturally during lunchtime, my child will not be eating and in order to avoid confusion from other pupils, I would appreciate it if you could explain very simply to the class the significance of Ramadhan and fasting.
As you will appreciate, fasting is a process of learning and adjustment for mind, body and spirit and so I would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding in helping my child through this process.
With kind regards and many thanks,
This is lovely! A letter to children using the sermon delivered by the Prophet on the last Friday of Shabaan (ie. today!)…I think I’m going to print this out and write a personal message on the back to them too!
As for us parents, I loved this rendition of the Prophet’s Ramadhan sermon – what struck me in particular within all the awesome advice on making the most of this month was this line:
“… and be kind to your youngsters…”
When we are fasting, it is easy to be short on patience and tolerance and take it out on our children, unintentional though it may be. I know I often have this unrealistic expectation that “they know I’m fasting, so why don’t they just… etc, etc” – but that’s exactly what it is – an UNREALISTIC expectation! Kids are kids, and will do what kids do best – ask you for help, want you to play, fight and all the rest of it!
So this Ramadhan, I’m going to try extra hard to keep in mind that this is the month where I’m supposed to be at my best, and as a parent, that means being extra loving and kind to my children. If i don’t manage to do extra duas, Quran, etc – so be it, they come first.
May He help us all to be the best we can be, Inshallah!
P.S. For older kids, why not get them to jot down all the practical points they pick up from the sermon as they go through it… then, Discuss!
P.S Look what one mum did with her kids!
One great idea to help mark Ramadan is to have a countdown calendar. I will share specific ideas of what parents do every year on another post, but here i would like to compile some ideas of different types of calendars:
- Cloth calendars: These have boomed over the last few years – check out this very reasonable one: https://eidparty.co.uk/collections/ramadan-calendars – or you could just make your own!
2. Now there are also chocolate/candy calendars out for the month! Some are available through main stores, and others through individuals. I suggest you do a google search and see what comes up! Check out this one:
(For those in the UK interested in the above, contact Faiza on 07826 865 244 )
3. Check out this twist on an advent calendar – where the emphasis is on giving during the month.
Try and find a charity near you that is running one! If not, simply collect some items over the month in a box (one a day!) and hand it to a food bank.
4. Make your own! There are LOADS of ideas out there – and we have also shared them here on Buzz Ideazz for inspiration. Check them out here.
Here is a round up of ideas for you for some printable calendars and loads of fillers for your home-made ones:
- An ‘Allah Loves’ Toddler Calendar by Towards Jannah
- Ramadhan Kindness Jar Inserts by Teaching Young Muslims
- Inserts for both younger and older kids by ZairZabr Play
- Box Calendar Printables by Sweet Fajr
4 and older:
- 30 Days – by AZaidi
- The ABC of Asmaul Husna by Islam from the Start
- 30 Little Acts of Kindness by Read Little Muslims
- 30 Quranic Words Activity by Parenthood: Muslim Style
- 15 Verses & Activties by Parenthood: Muslim Style
- Quran Words 2.0 by Parenthood: Muslim Style
- 30 Days of Draw and Tasbeeh Ramadhan Challenge
- A Moon Phases Scratch off Chart by Party Zako
7 and older:
- Pearls of Wisdom Printable Mahe Ramadhan Activity Chart
- 30 Quran Facts Calendar Inserts by Islam from the Start
- 30 Quranic Dua Calendar Inserts by Islam from the Start
- 30 Surah Titles Calendar Inserts by Islam from the Start
- 30 Days of Good Deeds by In The Playroom
- My Mahe Ramadhan Chart by Muslim Kids (Answers here)
- Juz Amma Calendar Inserts by Towards Jannah – Part 1 and Part 2
- Ibadah Chart by Qamar Designs
- Tracker by Noor Janan Homeschool
14 and older: