A lot of us yearn to prepare for Ramadan, but we have no idea how to start. Below are a few tips to insha’Allah help prepare our minds and hearts for this upcoming Month of Mercy.
1. Making the Intention
Simple to do and has a powerful impact. Maybe you want to prepare for Ramadan, but between school, work, family, and any other activities, you just have no idea how to fit in ‘Preparing for Ramadan’ time. Instead of making ‘preparing for Ramadan’ something separate from your daily activities, MAKE your daily activities a means of preparation for Ramadan.
For example, perhaps your mom asked you to pick up your brother from school on the day you finally had time to read a few extra pages of Qur’an. Instead of feeling upset and feeling like you have lost a great preparation for Ramadan opportunity, make the intention that you are picking up your brother to please Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala and prepare for Ramadan by obeying your mother, helping your family members, building ties of kinship… and the list continues.
The point is that preparing for Ramadan does not have to be some magnificent, enormous, extra-special thing that needs to be done at a certain time of the day. Many of your daily actions can be turned into Ramadan preparation actions with a sincere intention, insha’Allah.
By Tawfique Chowdhury
May Allah the great accept from us and you! You have fasted and prayed and wept and begged Allah the Great and now is your time to rejoice as His mercy and forgiveness envelopes the Universe. May Allah shower you and your family with His choicest rewards and please you on the Day you meet Him just as you are pleased today.
A lot of people ask the question: How do I know if Allah has accepted my Ramadan? How do I know that my deeds were not rejected, but accepted and written in my scale of good deeds? And you too must ask this question, since Ali radiallahu anhu said: “Do not be so concerned about the number of deeds as the acceptance of it.
This 26 page book is by IslamQA’s Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid. It covers the following topics:
- Definition of Siyaam (fasting)
- Ruling on fasting
- The virtues of fasting
- The benefits of fasting
- Etiquette and Sunnah of fasting
- What should be done during this great month
- Some of the ahkaam (rulings) on fasting
- How the onset of Ramadaan is determined
- Who is obliged to fast?
- Travellers, the sick and the elderly
- Niyyah (intention) in fasting
- When to start and stop fasting
- Things that break the fast
- Rulings on fasting for women
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The many aspects of Ramadan–fasting, prayers, moral values, charity, Quran, family, Eid– provide a valuable opportunity to train kids. Whether they are your own kids or kids you teach, education or training isn’t an automatic or easy process. Children don’t bring empty minds and fill them with what we say. Training requires effort, energy and a few techniques to take off.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
“No father has given a greater gift to his children than good moral training.” (Tirmidhi).
Here are some training tips and techniques to transform your children’s minds and memories this Ramadan:
Let them get their Hands Dirty
“The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.”
Children learn by “doing”. On average, students retain 75 percent of a lesson when they learn through hands-on activities compared to five percent through a lecture or 10 percent through reading (Brunmer, Jerome, “The Process of Learning”).
If, for example, you want to teach your kids the concept of
During the month of Ramadan, as parents we should think about how we will enlighten our children and teach them about this sacred month. A lot of useful articles have been written on this topic Alhamdulilah. Below are links to some of these articles, which contain information on childrens activities, preparing for Ramadan, how to make Ramadan special etc.
As adults, we look forward to Ramadhaan as a time of increased spirituality and a more concerted effort at increasing our ‘ebaadah. In preparation, we read books and articles, listen to lectures, plan goals and menus for the month.
But what about kids? What do they know about Ramadhaan, what do they think about it, and how special is it to them?
Some parents, masha’Allah, teach their kids all about Ramadhaan and have managed to impart create that “Ramadhaan atmosphere” so that their children can really feel how important it is. For others, though, it can be a bit more difficult – so insha’Allah this post will be focused on teaching kids about Ramadhaan, and making it an important and special part of their lives.
Word Search #007 is available by clicking the link below. Insha Allah this word search will familiarise your children with some concepts in Ramadan.