When we were kids the month of Ramadaan was always met with a certain sense of sadness. No TV and we couldn’t eat all day. We just couldn’t understand how adults would get excited for this month? Why even?
As a teenager I would have to sort out my video tapes and set the timer on the VCR to record Buffy and Angel AND make sure the TV was on the right channel. Do you know what a moerse effort that was?! Yoh, thank God for advances in technology y’all.
The best part was taking cookies away to the neighbours and the subsequent feast every night. Especially when Aunty Waydie made her daltjies!!! Guys, Aunty Waydie makes the BEST daltjies!
Obviously as I’ve grown up, I’ve got a new appreciation for this wonderful month and I really wish I looked forward to and loved it more as a child.
So, I’m starting a little tradition for my kids: a Ramadaan box filled with things to help them see that this month is more than just not eating and not watching TV. I hope this cultivates a love for this beautiful month for them.
So after looking around on the world wide interwebs this is what I’ve come up with:
I’ve included two books: My First Ramadaan and Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns.
The first one explains what we do during this month in a child-friendly way. He’s obviously not fasting yet being 3.5 years old but I don’t want him to be oblivious about it all and want to include him where we can.
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns is just a really beautiful book about colours in an Islamic setting.
It still needs to be filled up…
Last Ramadaan The Munchkin was really into dates so I hope think this will go down really well. Every night we break our fast with dates and it’s a great way to start your mornings too. So every day he gets a date from his jar and gets to change the number on it too as a countdown to Eid.
Good Deeds Jar
We should be striving to do good and be good humans everyday and as a Muslim and a Hufflepuff, this is really important to me. The idea is that every morning he pulls a good deed out of the jar to accomplish for the day. Simple things like, greet everyone with a smile or play with someone you usually don’t or take your teacher some flowers. Because he’s 3 I’ve also put in some treats for the fun of it all. So there are 20 good deeds and 10 little treats. Nothing big, things that he’d get anyway like little cars or a small chocolate.
Sadaqah Money Box
During Ramadaan we also do a lot more charity. We should be doing it all the time but Ramadaan gives us the time to really focus on it. That’s why one of his good deeds is sorting through his toys and picking ones he doesn’t play with anymore to give to children who don’t have any.
The Sadaqah money box he can fill up with coins he finds lying around and then give it to the masjid at the end of the month or whenever it’s full.
I found a whole bunch of Islamic printables online and had them bound into a colouring book for him. There are some activities about the phases of the moon also because he is obsessed with the moon and we can explain the concept of a lunar month.
Dua for Breaking Fast
The Munchkin is really good at learning his duas, with repetition and constant use he recites them so beautifully. So I’ve printed this one off for him.