First in my series of guest posts on making Ramadan Fun for Children is a post by Irum Irshad.
Ramadan is s very special month to all. Its the month of mercy forgiveness and rewards. Many a times parents feel by the end of Ramadan then they were unable to do proper ibadah or they simply don’t feel satisfied because of household or kids (especially when you have toddlers at home) let’s not forget that Islam is the most beautiful religion and the easiest as well. Taking care of infants toddlers or kids is soo rewarding.
Make the Iftaar time and taraweeh salah time a compulsory family time. That is pray together and eat together. Having family duas (prayers) before Iftaar and making kids understand the importance of making dua before breaking fast is quiet essential. Be it the smallest or any big thing, ask Allah alone.
Ramadan is month full of many blessings, thus the du’a of Ramadan is a blessed one. This can be inferred from the Prophet (SAW) saying: ‘When Ramadan comes, the Doors of Mercy (another narration says Paradise) are opened, and the doors of Hell are closed, and the Shaitans are locked up’ Thus, it is clear that du’a during Ramadan has a greater chance of being accepted, as the Gates of Paradise and Mercy are opened. [Sahih al-Bukhari #1899, Muslim #1079 and others]
Parents can also allot 30 mins a day as zikr time – where family can sit together can praise ALLAH swt together (SUBHANALLAH, ALHUMDULILAH, ALLAHUAKBAR) not forgetting the reward behind it.
Earn a thousand good deeds in Minutes Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Is anyone of you incapable of earning one thousand Hasanah (rewards) a day?” Someone from the gathering asked, “How can anyone of us earn a thousand Hasanah?” Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) said: “Glorify Allah a hundred times by just saying “Subhanallah” and a Good deeds will be written for you, or a thousand sins will be wiped away.” (Muslim 4:2073)
Let kids decide on themselves which of their stuff they want to donate or give for the sake of Allah swt and encourage then to do lot of sadqa (charity) reminding the rewards which multiplies during the month of Ramadan
The best of sadaqah is given during the month of Ramadan. Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas: “The Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) was the most generous person, and he used to become more so (generous) particularly in the month of Ramadan…more generous than the fast wind in doing good” [Bukhari]
To sum it all, it’s not an easy task on the path of parents, but it’s neither all that heavy and burdensome. A mother is the first teacher and what kids learn in their growing stages will reflect all through their life.
About the Author:
Irum is an home maker come entrepreneur from India. She is passionate about writing and strongly believes that life is all about learning and gaining knowledge. Her writings are mainly based on Islamic reflection delivering happiness and positivity. Her major goal is jannah and she wants to be the best sadqa-e-jaria for her parents. She can be found blogging at http://irumirshad.wordpress.com/