This is by far one of my most favourite Thoughful Gifts!
Near the end of Ramadan, we invited the girls in our night classes to bring in a shoe box and we spent on evening decorating it and making Eid cards with a personal note inside. The girls then took them home and filled it with gifts – some suggestions were: Stationery/Stickers, Snacks/Sweets, Small notebooks, Small/soft toys.
They then brought it back to mosque and it was collected by Sufra NW London who then distributed them to Refugee children in the UK!
Next in the thoughtful gift series is this burst of colour! Not only is it a great gift, but the little message linking the gift to the holy month adds that special something 🙂
The message reads: May all your hard work during this month fill your day with a burst of joy and colour!
To try and finish the Quran on your own isn’t easy – but why not split it between your family to try and get it done? With older kids this is quite do-able and even if it doesn’t get done in the month, it can be something that will help maintain the regular recitation of the Quran in the days/weeks after Ramadan.
Here is some advice sent in by a mum on a practical way to do this:
“Each part (para) is 20 pages so we can split into 5 – so by reading 4 pages after each salat, we can finish a part a day (and the whole Quran in 1 month). The 4 pages can be split between the family so for example, if a family of 4 shares it, it would be only 1 page after each salat.”
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 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:
Here’s something else for the older kiddos – check out the poster for full details but basically it’s a guide to working through Jawshan Kabeer over the month (as well as other things!).
You need to email email@example.com to register your interest and you will then be emailed periodically over the month with goodies for you and your children to work on!
P.S. If you’re seeing this after Ramadan 2018, then not to worry. It’s the 4th year running so am sure there will another next year inshallah! Simply email them for more info.
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…
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