The most revered month is here; Muslims young and old endeavour to keep to the tenets and rulings of the sacred month of Ramadan. Knowing the immense blessings and mercy that comes with this holy month, Muslims strive to reap its rewards. The moments leading up to Ramadan are usually a time of joy, excitement and an opportunity to renew and recharge your Iman (faith). However, for many Muslim parents it can be challenging to get their children as eager and excited.
Here's a list of things to make the month of Ramadan as memorable for you and your household:
- Begin to tell your children stories: If you’re not used to telling your kids stories of the Martyrs and Sahabas now is the time to do so. This way you get them in the mood and prepare them for what is to come, while you tell them the importance of Ramadan as a pillar of Islam
- Set a Countdown Timer with your Kids: Design a Calendar or get one and have your kids decide where it should be placed in your home. You should ask them often how many days to go as that will keep them on their toes.
- Get Ramadan kits and Arts for your homes: Having your home decorated with Wall Arts and Stickers, designing Eid Gift Cards and Fancy Moon Sighting binoculars is definitely one of the many ways to get your Kids excited. So much fun that comes with trimming cards and painting
- Encourage your kids to share their Ramadan preparation stories with their friends and relatives, find ways to amplify what you’ve planned for your Ramadan
- Let your kids help decide the Meal timetable: Set up a timetable for Suhoor and Iftar. Everyone will definitely look forward to these days especially if you add some side benefits like everyone’s favourite fruit or meal.
- Set Activity Target: Encourage everyone to write a list of the things they want to get out of Ramadan. (Ex. Reading the Quran daily)
- Make the Act of giving charity one to long for: Get every member of your household to set out things they want to give out to people during Ramadan.
- Prepare a list of Halal and Haram things to do and watch out for: You can have a chart somewhere in your home where there is a list of dos’ and don’t in Ramadan. Carefully begin to do the lawful things and let every member of your home become aware of the fact that the essence of doing these good deeds is to make it a part of us even after Ramadan.