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Ramadan is just around the corner so it is time for us to start preparing ourselves to gain the most from this blessed month. We all strive to make Ramadan a month that is filled with worship, remembrance of Allah, increasing in knowledge and bringing ourselves closer to Allah and the same should be true for our children. There are many steps that we can take to help make this Ramadan a more spiritual one for our children by encouraging them to participate in several ways.
- Encourage your children to pray the five daily prayers with you.
- Try encourage your children to fast with you, even if it is for just a short portion of the day.
- Set aside a portion of the day for them to read Quran.
- Pray taraaweh with your children at home, if they cannot go to the masjid.
- Take some time aside to teach them their religion.
As for our education program during the month of Ramadan, on top of our continuing Islamic studies we will be adding an additional program. During this month we would like to cover with them the stories of the prophets. We found an excellent resource for this, it is a book called “Stories Of The Prophets” by Darusallam. The stories were compiled from from Ibn Kathir’s book ” Al Bidayah wan-Nihaayah” (The Beginning and the End). This book is an English translation and is wonderfully done, and although we normally teach our Islamic studies in Arabic we find it to be a benefit for our children to be familiar with the religious context and terminology using the English Language. An added benefit of this book is that the stories of the prophets and all the events in their lives are supported by verses from the Quran as well as Hadeeth. What I love about this book is that it covers 28 prophets in chronological order from Adam alayhi salam up to Isa alayhi salam. We will cover one prophet a day and we will quiz them each day about the previous story. I will read the day before and highlight which parts I will read to them, as some of the language may be a little over their heads. We will be doing this as a family activity as I feel we can all benefit either by learning something new or reminding ourselves of that which we’ve previously learned inshallah, and I encourage you to do the same with your children/family. The book should be relatively easy to find across the world as it is one of the most popular books on this subject in the English language. It is also possible to find PDF versions online. May Allah accept our fasts and good deeds.