By Iram Shaukat
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’aan, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Sawm (fast) that month…”[al-Baqarah 2:185]
Alhemdulilah, Ramadan is around the corner, inshallah! Ya Allah, allow us to witness Ramadan and spend it in worship. Ameen.
Ya Allah, open our hearts to your Love, sincere Ibadah, and intentions that are pure, and accept our correct intentions and actions. Ameen.
Tips on prioritizing during Ramadan – Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
Inshallah and alhemdulilah, homeschooling during Ramadan allows us to keep our eyes on the prize, aka pay attention to what is important.
Tip 1 – Start out with the right Intention
It was narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say:
The reward of deeds depends upon the intention and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or to marry a woman, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.’Narrated by al-Bukhari, Bad’ al-Wahy, 1
We must teach our children to have the right intention when conducting everything, including ebadah; that it should be for Allah SWT alone. This is of utmost importance because people tend to focus on rituals, but we must focus on the heart, for everything stems from it.
May Allah SWT help us to always have pure intentions. Ameen.
Tip 2 – Focus on Quran
Ramadan is the month of the Quran, therefore we should put more emphasis on reciting, studying, and understanding Allah’s SWT Word.
May Allah SWT Make us of the people of the Quran, Ameen.
Tip 3 – Focus on Islamic Studies
Help your child make connections with the life of our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon Him) by studying the seerah.
Sa’d ibn Hishaam ibn ‘Aamir, when he came to Madeenah and went to ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) and asked her about some matters. He said: I said: O Mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allaah (S). She said: Do you not read the Qur’aan? I said: Of course. She said: The character of the Prophet of Allaah (S) was the Qur’aan…Narrated by Muslim (746)
Ramadan Routine During Pandemic
The following routine is what we’d like to establish during Ramadan, inshallah. Please take note that your family is unique, so your routine will always look different than others.
Sample ‘Ramadan During Pandemic’ Routine for Older children
We will wake up as a family to eat sahoor, pray Fajr, and then go back to bed for a few hours, inshallah.
Once everyone is awake, the first task is to make wudu and study Quran.
We divide our Quran studies throughout the day, so that the children stay in touch with Quran, maximizing on the blessings, inshallah.
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After Dhuhur Salaat
After Dhuhur Salaat, we like to study Tafseer while taking notes. The children are then free to take a short nap if necessary.
When they wake up they can work on formal lessons. We try to spread our 3 hours of secular studies throughout the week, to avoid burnout.
After Asr Salaat
After Asr Salaat, we will, inshallah, try to hold a family halaqah and discuss our notes about the Surah we studied earlier in the day. We will then study the Tafseer to understand the Surah better, inshallah.
As we prep Iftar, we focus on remembrance of Allah SWT through thikr.
Maghrib, Iftar, and Taraweeh
We break our fast together as a family, pray Maghrib, and eat iftar, inshallah. We will then clean up the kitchen as a family, and prepare for Salaatul Taraweeh, inshallah.
As always, do what’s best for your family!
Ramadan Activities for Older Children
Last Ramadan your children may have been very active at the masjid and maybe even with school work, however we may have to make an extreme change this Ramadan due to the current coronavirus pandemic.
May Allah SWT take the pandemic away prior to that. Ameen.
Below are a few activities that your older children will enjoy and benefit from during Ramadan, inshallah.
Activity 1 – Ramadan Journal
You can create a simple journal by gathering construction paper and stapling it together, or, if you can afford it, you can buy a journal.
Your child can write whatever you wish – duas, aspirations, and even lessons learned from their Quran studies.
Below is a really fun journal, or click on the image below! Your child can do all kinds of crazy (fun!) things such as poking holes in pages and coloring like crazy to relieve stress. 🙂
Activity 2 – Halaqa Presentation
After Dhuhur or Asr salaat, depending on your cooking schedule, try to make time for a short halaqa session. From time to time, allow your child to present the topic.
Select topics together and then tell your older child a chance to present it. This activity will help them develop public speaking skills and as well as writing skills, inshallah.
Most importantly, it will help them understand the Quran and Sunnah, inshallah.
It’s important to note that this activity is only successful if parents are actively involved. One way to approach this is to set the time and day for your presentation, so that you can remain consistent, inshallah.
Activity 3 – Teach various forms of Sadaqah
Our children should learn that sadaqaah is not just through monetary means. Below are other ways of sadaqah that everyone can practice as a family, inshallah.
Types of Sadaqah we can do at home as a family
- Practice kindness
- Help around the house (i.e. clean the house, prepare meals, laundry, dishes, gardening, etc)
- Help spread knowledge by teaching a new skill
- Smile 🙂
- Make Dua for each other
- Show support for one another
- Speak good words
The word sadaqah may be applied to all kinds of good deeds. Al-Bukhaari (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his Saheeh Chapter “every good deed is a charity” then he narrated from Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Every good deed is a charity.”
Ibn Battaal said: This hadeeth indicates that every good thing that a person does or says is recorded for him as an act of charity.
Al-Nawawi said: The Prophet’s words “Every good deed is a charity” means that it is like charity in reward.islamqa.info
Activity 4 – Create a family dua list
Create a dua list with your children to remember specific duas for your current circumstance and the people you know, so that you remember to mention their name, inshAllah. You can do this in a simple notebook, or write it on a poster board and hang it up so that you can read it aloud throughout the day.
Activity 5 – Listen to lectures together
We’ve found it very beneficial when we listen to Islamic lectures together during the day in Ramadan (and otherwise).
For older children, it’s a good idea to ask them to take notes during the lecture. They can choose to write their notes in a simple notebook or a Ramadan Notebook.
If you’d like, your child can then follow up with a simple oral narration about what they wrote.
Activity 6 – Take a hike (while practicing social distancing)
Taking a walk in the forest for fresh air, sunlight, and exercise is important, but don’t spend the entire day outside when you could be reading your Quran and Islamic Studies books.
Islamic Studies Curriculum for Ramadan and Beyond
Below are a few of the Islamic Studies resources that we have been using in general, and that we will use in Ramadan and beyond, inshAllah.
Islamic Studies Literature – Fiction
Miss Never Pleased by Ayesha Marfani
Invincible Abdullah series by Haji Uthman Hutchinson
Jannah Jewels by Umm Nura
The House of Ibn Kathir by S.N. Jalali
The Goodness Soup by Gulmakai Saleh
Islamic Studies Books
The House of Ibn Kathir by S.N. Jalali
Islamic Tahdib and Akhlaq by Iqra
Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar): Biography of the Prophet by Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarkpuri
The last thing you need to know about Ramadan curriculum, resources, and activities for older children
- The best gift we can give our children is leading by example. If we are passionate and sincere about welcoming Ramadan, our children will take heed, inshallah.
- Start now. Start reading more Quran. Start fasting, if your health allows it. These acts are significant in helping ourselves and our children prepare for Ramadan, inshAllah.
May we all witness Ramadan. Ameen.
Frequently Asked Questions
It’s overwhelming to think that we’ll be homeschooling during a pandemic AND Ramadan. How can we prevent stress during Ramadan?
Ramadan is the month of Ibadah (worship), so focus on Ibadah. Avoid all unnecessary tasks. With an exception to Islamic studies, avoid taking new classes, etc. during Ramadan.
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