Updated: Mar 15
As a mother myself, I understand how important it is to instill a love for Ramadan in our young children. Ramadan is a month of immense blessings and rewards, and it's essential that we teach our kids how to embrace and celebrate this sacred time. In this blog post, I will be sharing some practical tips on how to teach your young children about Ramadan. These tips are based on the teachings of the Quran and Hadith and have been tried and tested by Muslim parents all over the world.
Step 1: Educate your child about the significance of Ramadan The first step to teaching your child about Ramadan is to educate them about its significance. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and it is the month in which the Quran was revealed. It is a time of fasting, prayer, and reflection, and it's a month of immense blessings and rewards. Teach your child about the importance of fasting during Ramadan and how it helps us develop self-discipline, empathy, and gratitude. Encourage them to read and memorize Surah Al-Baqarah, which contains the verse that commands us to fast during Ramadan (2:185). One of the Hadiths from Sahih Bukhari that can be shared with children regarding the significance of Ramadan is: Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven." (Sahih Bukhari 38)
Step 2: Create a Ramadan routine The second step to teaching your child about Ramadan is to create a Ramadan routine. This routine should include the daily prayers, Quran reading, and other activities that are specific to Ramadan, such as Taraweeh prayers, breaking fast, and Suhoor. Involve your child in the planning and execution of the routine to make them feel more engaged and invested in the process. Encourage them to help you prepare Iftar and Suhoor meals, set the table for the family, and participate in the nightly prayers. One of the Hadiths from Sahih Bukhari that can be shared with children regarding the importance of prayers during Ramadan is: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained." (Sahih Bukhari 1899)
Step 3: Teach your child about the virtues of generosity Ramadan is a month of generosity, and it's a time when we should strive to give back to our community and those in need. Encourage your child to participate in charitable activities such as donating money, food, or clothing to the less fortunate. Teach your child about the virtues of generosity and how it is a fundamental aspect of Islam. Share with them the story of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his companions, who were known for their generosity and kindness to others. One of the Ayah from Quran that can be shared with children regarding the virtues of generosity is: "Those who spend their wealth in the way of Allah and do not follow up their spending by stressing their benevolence and causing hurt, will find their reward secure with their Lord. They have no cause for fear and grief." (2:262)
Step 4: Encourage your child to increase their Quran reading Ramadan is a month in which the Quran was revealed, and it's an ideal time to increase our Quran reading. Encourage your child to read and memorize Surahs, learn the meanings of the verses, and attend Quranic lessons. Make Quran reading a family activity by reading together as a family and discussing the meaning of the verses. Encourage your child to read the Quran with the intention of understanding and applying its teachings in their daily lives. One of the Ayah from Quran that can be shared with children regarding the importance of Quran reading during Ramadan is: "The month of Ramadan is that in which the Quran was revealed, a guidance to mankind and clear proofs of the guidance and the criterion." (2:185)
Step 5: Emphasize the importance of gratitude and mindfulness Ramadan is a time for self-reflection, gratitude, and mindfulness. Encourage your child to practice gratitude by expressing thankfulness for the blessings they have in their life, such as food, shelter, family, and friends. Teach your child to be mindful of their thoughts and actions, and to strive to be a better person. Encourage them to perform good deeds, such as helping around the house, sharing toys with siblings, and being kind to others. One of the Hadiths from Sahih Bukhari that can be shared with children regarding the importance of gratitude and mindfulness during Ramadan is: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Fasting is not just refraining from eating and drinking, rather it is also refraining from vain talk and foul language. If someone insults or behaves rudely with you, say, 'I am fasting.'" (Sahih Bukhari 1894)
Conclusion Teaching your child about Ramadan is a rewarding and fulfilling experience. By educating them about the significance of Ramadan, creating a Ramadan routine, teaching them about the virtues of generosity, encouraging Quran reading, and emphasizing the importance of gratitude and mindfulness, you can help them develop a love for Ramadan that will last a lifetime. Remember to make the learning process fun and engaging for your child by incorporating stories, games, and activities that will help them learn and understand the teachings of Islam. By doing so, you can help your child become a well-rounded, compassionate, and spiritually aware Muslim. May Allah (SWT) bless our children and make them among the righteous.