بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Alhamdulillaah another Ramadhaan is here and may Allaah make it a blessing for us and enable us to make the most of it. Aameen.
We have been doing many Ramadhaan activities each year in the past. Alhamdulillaah. All Ramadhaan related posts can be viewed here if anyone wants ideas and resources for different ages.
This will be our first Ramadhaan with little Ramlah who will be 2 months when Ramadhaan begins Inshaa Allaah. So we have kept our plans realistic and made it easy on us as we know we will have sleepless nights and it would be very tiring during Ramadhaan.
Maimoonah will turn 9 this Ramadhaan inshaa Allaah and this year we are hoping to do the well known beneficial book Sittings During the Blessed Month of Ramadhaan with Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al Uthaimeen Raheemahullaah. The E Book in English could be downloaded here.
Alhamdulillaah these sittings with Shaykh Uthaimeen has lot more than the issues of Ramadhaan. His love for the people, his kindness, his methodology of praising Allaah all the time, his way of thanking Allaah and his beautiful way of conveying the message are some beneficial things to highlight to the kids. May Allaah have mercy upon him and grant him the highest position in Jannah along with the Prophets and the Companions. Aameen.
We sometimes try to make things fun and attractive for the kids and may fall short in actually reaching our important goal which is making our kids truly understand that Fasting in the month of Ramadhaan is such a valuable opportunity and that each day of it MUST be spent in obedience to Allaah willingly and this worship must be done sincerely for His sake alone to get the rewards. May Allaah help us convey this core message to our kids. Aameen.
Since Maimoonah's interest these days are into arts and crafts, we have taken a 40 pages science notebook where one page is ruled and the other page is blank, so that on one side she can write the benefits and on the other she can do some decor with arts and crafts This is the cover page and the inside page.
The book has 30 days of sittings, so each day she will be doing each sitting Inshaa Allaah.
What we plan to do:
- Read each sitting every day together
- Discuss the content
- Take Notes
- Write the important benefits for each day
- Decorate, paint, or craft the journal page with the benefits
Arts and Crafts Techniques we want to explore:
- Chalk Art
- Snow Flakes
- Marble Painting
- Masjid Art
- Painting with Toilet roll Tubes
- Paper Towel Painting'
- Finger Painting
- Puzzle Pieces Art
- Foil Art
- Splash art
- Feather Art
- Felt Decor
- Match Stick Decor
- Yarn Art
- Random Painting
- And More....
Maimoonah will also try to recite the Qur'aan and finish once or twice during the month of Ramadhaan Inshaa Allaah.
If you are someone who has been following our journey from the time Maimoonah was 2 years old, you can see the gradual change each year. As she grows we have tried to incorporate activities for Ramadhaan based upon her interest and ability also according the situation and circumstances in our household. Now that she is growing I hope writing down benefits is something that needs to be given priority as it will enhance the skills of understanding the important points when reading or listening and of course develop the art of taking notes and writing down. Further more it will serve as a reminder for her even later, as any way just before each Ramadhaan she does go through all her previous journals.
Finally I would like to remind myself first and the other sisters, sometimes we take lots of efforts to see that our kids are occupied in Ramadhaan and we make sure that they stick to Ibaadah, but what about us?
Allaah, the Most High, said:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا لِمَ تَقُولُونَ مَا لَا تَفْعَلُونَ
O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do? [As-Saff: 61]
Remember we have to be a good example and a role model for our children. They follow us and will try to emulate us no matter how old they are. So if they see us preparing and planning to squeeze in Ibaadah with all our other duties, they are going to try and do the same, Inshaa Allaah. So let us also have some goals to get closer to Allaah and not contradict that which we say with our action as this is indeed from the necessities of good Tarbiyah.
May Allaah accept our intentions and deeds and may He grant us the best during this Ramadhaan and help us to get closer to him and give us the ability to help our children reap the benefits of this blessed month. Aameen
What are your Ramadhaan plans?