For Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan is the month of blessings; it is a month full of opportunities and benefits. The month of Ramadan is also a great opportunity to introduce the teachings of Islam to the little ones, and this is the duty of every parent. Just because kids are not old enough to observe the fast doesn’t necessarily mean they cannot know about the month of Ramadan and the concept of fasting.
Parents should include their kids in the activities of the Ramadan, so as for them to learn this religious component from an early stage.
Below are 10 things every parent should tell their children about the month of Ramadan.
#1. What is fasting?
Fasting is one of the most important duties of every Muslim. The month of Ramadan is made obligatory on every healthy adult Muslim. This is when one has to abstain from eating and drinking from before sunrise to a little after sunset.
#2. Ramadan as the 9th month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar:
This opens a great opportunity to tell children about the Islamic calendar, when it starts, and what the other months are in the Islamic Hijiri calendar.
#3. The Month in which the noble Qur’an was revealed to the world
The month of Ramadan is the month Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’alla) revealed the Qur’an to our noble Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). This makes it the month to increase the recitation of the noble Qur’an in abundance.
#4. Rewards for prayers increased by 70 percent
In the month of Ramadan, the Sawab (reward) for all kinds of prayers such as Dua, Salat etc. are increased by 70 percent.
#5. Layatul Qadr
This also known as the Night of Power, it comes in the very month of Ramadan. The night is said to be more significant than a thousand months.
#6. Eid ul-Fitr
This is the festival of breaking the fast. The holiday heralds the end of the 29 or 30 days of fasting of the month of Ramadan. The Eid ul-Fitr celebrations last for 3 days.
#7. Layatul Jaiza
This is the preceding Eid ul-Fitr. This is known as the night of Reward. This is the night when the prayers of all Muslims who performed Taraweeh, Salah, gave charity and observed fasting etc. in the month of Ramadan are accepted.
#8. The importance of Charity in Islam
Parents should use the month of Ramadan as a way to teach their children the importance of charity in Islam.
#9. The sighting of the moon
The beginning of the Ramadan is determined by the sighting of the crescent moon.
#10. Children do not have to fast
Parents should tell their children that they do not have to fast when they haven’t reached the age to begin fasting, but will eventually have to fast in the coming years. This will prepare them to start fasting when it is time for them to fast.