And so it comes to an end 🙁
I love this ‘love song’ about Ramadhan – made me bawl though!
If your children are anxious about fasting in school, or wondering what their friends will say or how their friends will be – show them this article and tell them to ask Allah for friends like these 🙂
I love this idea from Islam from the Start:
“Seeing all the lovely welcome Ramadhan baskets, made to instill the excitement for the blessed month, inspired me to put together a simple Laylatul Qadr Box for the little one. Along with the main A’maal book are a few treats and activities to keep him busy through the night. There’s two new books, ‘A Picnic of Poems: In Allah’s Green Garden’ which comes with a CD, and ‘The Adventures of Captain Alif And The Stormy Sea’. It’s a gift pack set and comes with a tasbeeh and dua bookmark. There’s also a T-Shirt and some fabric markers to make a personalised top illustrating what Laylatul Qadr means to him. And finally after reading on QFatima about it being a night to show appreciation to those close to you, there’s a special letter written for the little one. InshaAllah, I hope the Qadr box will help to leave a positive lasting memory of this blessed night, one spent in His remembrance with love.”
One of the main amaal that is done on this night is taking the names of the Masumeen with the Quran on our heads. What better way to help our children understand why they are doing this than by helping them learn a characteristic of theirs?
Here is a perfect way they can do this, by looking and reading from this overview that was put together by Islam from the Start:
Downloadable from: http://www.islamfromthestart.com/2015/07/amaal-of-quran.html
“The 14 Masumeen taught us how to live by the Qur’an.
They are the best examples for us to copy and follow.
O Allah Help us to be like the Masumeen who You love the most
Like Muhammad (SAW) Give us the most excellent manners
Like Ali (as) Make us brave and ready to do what makes You happy
Like Fatema (as) Let us be kind and caring towards our parents
Like Hassan (as) Help us to be calm and forgiving
Like Husayn (as) Keep us with the truthful
Like Ali Zain Ul Abideen (as) Keep us busy in remembering You
Like Muhammad al Baqir (as) Give us knowledge that is useful
Like Jaffer As Sadiq (as) Make us appreciate the amazing world You have created
Like Musa Al Kadhim (as) Help us to control our anger
Like Ali Ar Ridha (as) Make us pleased with whatever You have planned for us
Like Muhammad At Taqi (as) Make us of those who have taqwa
Like Ali Un Naqi (as) Help us to lead the Muslims towards good
Like Hasan Al Askari (as) Help us to use our time in preparing for the 12th Imam
Like Your Hujjat Al Mahdi (ATF)
May we bring peace by acting on the teachings of the Quran and the Ahlulbayt.”
This lovely idea was sent in by a mum 🙂
“For Laylatul Qadr we have created a balloon tree. We have a question about Suratul Qadr written in each balloon. The kids will pop the balloon and answer the question – and will receive a small treat for each correct answer!”
A great idea to be used for other occasions also, especially Eid!
Wednesday – Nouman Ali Khan Day. And how apt – here he is talking about making the most of Ramadhan by memorising the Quran!
Looking for ideas for Ramadan and Eid parties? You’re at the right place!
Here is a link to some great ideas for a Welcome Ramadan Party for kids: http://myhalalkitchen.com/welcome-ramadan-party-kids/
And here is an example of an Eid party for kids:
One mum held an Eid party for her sons and friends! They sang ‘Eid Mubarak To You’ while cutting the cake, and had the usual fun stuff of a bouncy castle and toys to make it extra special for the children.
Check out the Eid cake!
And I love these unique Eid cookie jars with moon cutter as a party favour!
And here are some Eid party games played at a Babble&Chat (Islamic Mother and Toddler session):
– Pass the parcel with questions about the Holy Qur’an
– Pin the crescent on the masjid
– ‘Shaban, shaban, ramadhan’ (our version of ‘duck duck goose’)
– Treasure hunt
As you know, I get a bit excited when it comes to EID TREEs! (Sorry I’m so excited I’ll probably use CAPS for that for the next few posts. Consider this an advance warning ;))
Here is what the mum said: “It holds the new moon of Ramadan 2015 and will be blossoming thoughout the month.”
And here is another beautiful home made EID TREE! The mum found a nice vase, and then actually found the twigs herself! Looks beautiful and oh-so do-able!
And here is our Ramadan and Eid tree! We have a big plant which we normally decorate and put presents around for eid, so I didn’t want something else that was big, but i did want somewhere to hang our good deed and gratitude notes.
So I went out and bought a nice vase that can stay there all year round. The hunt for twigs at shops was fruitless, but as luck would have it (in other words, Allah guided us to it!), we found a huge bunch of cut branches and twigs that were ideal! And voila 🙂
It is slowly but surely filling up – can’t wait to see what it looks like at the end of the month, Inshallah!
P.S. If you’re exchanging gifts with a group of children, how about trying this?
Each child gets a little piece of card where they write their name on one side, and a prayer on the other. Younger children can get help writing. When their name is called to get their gift, they come hang their dua up on the Eid tree – and so it also becomes a prayer tree!
Someone suggested to hold on to their duas and take it out next Eid, so they can see whether their duas were answered :). Duas each Eid can be saved to see how they’ve grown each year too!
This is looking like it’s going to become a yearly post! Last year, we shared your versions of sharing dates at the beginning of Ramadhan (http://buzzideazz.com/sharing-dates-at-the-beginning-of-the-month-your-versions/). Here are this year’s pics that you have sent in – I hope they give you lots of ideas for your own date plates and jars next year, Inshallah 🙂
Check out the poem that goes with these dates to be given to teachers and neighbours:
These dates were given out to school friends after a presentation about Ramadhan:
This acrostic poem was given with dates to teachers:
These dates for school friends and teachers were given out after the children did a short talk on Ramadhan to the class:
These classy date jars were handed out to neighbours:
And these bags covered with stars and moons were ideal to give out dates in!:
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!