Daily Ramadhan Dua

During the Holy Month of Ramadhan, one of the Duas that we recite daily after Salaat is a prayer for other people. We remember the sick, the poor, the hungry, even the dead. Remembering and praying for the struggles of people around the world is an important part of our day, and it also leads us to be more grateful for our own blessings.

To interact with this dua, I created a table with a line of the Dua in each box. On top of each box, there is a space to glue the blank paper (which is cut out from the final two pages in the download below). The blank paper will flip up to reveal each line of the dua below. The paper is a space to react to each line of dua – perhaps an illustration or a word to help prompt each line of the dua, or a response to the dua as a diary of sorts.

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We recite this Dua daily during Ramadhan, and inshaAllah this activity will foster a greater interaction with this Dua.

Click here to download the Dua table for letter size paper.

Click here to download the Dua table for A4 size paper.

P.S. Each table is on two pages, so I cut the margin off the second page and glued it to the bottom of the first page to create a large table rather than two separate tables.

P.P.S. The dua goes right to left, following the Arabic, rather than the English, so I found it helpful to number each box to make it easier to follow the dua.

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[Arabic text from duas.org & translation from A Manual of Ramadhan Devotions by Tayyiba Publishers]

 

As Generous as the Sun

Bibi Khadija (SA) was one of the biggest supporters of Prophet Mohammed (SAW) in the early days of Islam. She was a very wealthy woman, and she gave her wealth to help the religion. She was extremely generous!

For this reason, as we remember the shahadat of Bibi Khadija (SA), we are discussing GENEROSITY.

In order to simplify this as much as possible, we discussed how the SUN is very generous, because it shares its light with everyone.

In order to shine bright like the sun, we should be as generous as the sun.

For our activity, we painted a bright yellow sun, and for each ray of sunshine, we discussed an act of generosity. Our particular sun had 11 rays of sunshine coming out of it, so in order to be as generous as the sun, we brainstormed 11 ways to be generous!

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[We connected our SUN discussion to these Daily Ramadhan Quran cards.]

Also, after we finished this activity, I was reminded of this quote…

And still, after all this time,
The sun never says to the earth,
“You owe Me.”

Look what happens with
A love like that,
It lights the Whole Sky.

~Hafez

How generous! 🙂

Let’s all strive to be as generous as the sun, as generous as Bibi Khadija (SA), as generous as we can possibly be during this blessed month of Ramadhan!

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Surah Qadr and the Dua of Iftar

At the end of every fast, we remember Allah (SWT) and remind ourself that our fast is for Allah (SWT) and our food for Iftar is from Allah (SWT). The Dua that we recite at the time of breaking our fast reminds us of that.

Here you can download the Dua of Iftar and its translation. Cut it apart for a matching activity, to learn the Dua of Iftar and its translation.

At the time of iftar, we also recite Surah Qadr – here you can download Surah Qadr and its translation for a matching activity for that as well.

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Both of these activities are great ways to aid our children in learning the Dua and Surah themselves as well as the translations so that they can understand the significance of these recitations.

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Moon Trackers

Last year, my daughter LOVED  the binoculars we made, inspired by Hello Holy Days. In fact, she still plays with them almost every single day.

This year, I decided to make a moonsighting telescope for her, out of a paper towel roll. I covered the roll with paper and stapled it into place, using liquid white glue to secure the seam. Since the stickers we used last year to decorate the binoculars came off almost immediately, I decided to use a star stamp to decorate the telescope this year.

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I know how much my daughter loves to look for the moon, so I made a calendar for her to keep track of her daily moon sightings.

You can download this calendar here for letter size and here for A4 size paper.

On each night of the holy month of Ramadhan, search for the moon. Draw what the moon looks like every night, and track how it changes over the course of a month. I thought it would also be fascinating to see what time the moon was observed as well, as sometimes the moon is seen during the daytime instead of at night.

Happy moon tracking!

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Ramadhan Prep 2017

Our Ramadhan decorations are up!

This year, I wanted to involve my daughter in creating the banner, so I wrote out the letters in white crayon and we painted over them with watercolors.

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For our daily activities this year, I decided to use the flashcards from Parenthood Muslim Style, thanks to a recommendation from Nurturing Nusaybah. I cut them out, put numbers on the back, and put them on the wall using yarn and clothespins.

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My daughter loves countdowns, so I decided that she could keep track of her own countdown to Eid this year with her magnetic numbers. I put liquid glue on the letters and she arranged the pompoms on it herself. We stuck the countdown on the fridge, and she’ll count the number of days on the calendar herself and change the magnets daily.

What decorations have you put up this year? I’d love to see!

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Ramadhan Kindness Jar

Being kind is one of the most important things we can do. Allah (SWT) has commanded us to be kind to others at all times. During the month of Ramadhan, the reward for each good deed is multiplied, so the reward for each kind action is also multiplied.

To help children practice kindness during this blessed month, we created a Kindness Jar. In this jar, we have placed various things that we can do to be kind to others, whether family members, neighbors, friends, or even strangers. Some of the activities are date-specific, like for Eid or to welcome Ramadhan, but the rest of the activities can be done throughout the month. There are 48 activities in total, and you can choose which you feel would be most appropriate for your kids.

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Download the list of kind actions by clicking HERE for LETTER size and HERE for A4 size. All you have to do is cut them apart and put them wherever you’d like. I put them in a jar, so we can choose activities at random, but you can assign activities to specific days too, like in a calendar. If you have more ideas for kind deeds, you can always add them in.

I’d love to hear some more ideas for kindnesses to add to the list. Share some with me below in the comments section!

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[There are so many amazing lists around the web with random acts of kindness. In creating my list, I was inspired the lists here: 1 2 3 4 5 6]

Ramadhan Countdown Book Basket

I love books. Especially fun Islamic books. There are so many amazing Ramadhan and Eid books available to us these days.

As we await the Holy Month of Ramadhan, I have created a book countdown with five to ten of our Islamic books. To build the anticipation and excitement, I wrapped the books for the book basket. They don’t all have to be new books – books that you already own are fine too. Or a mix of new and old! Just wrap the books so you can’t tell which book it is from the outside.

Every day of the countdown, count how many days are left until the Holy Month of Ramadhan and listen to a favorite Ramadhan nasheed. Then, unwrap and read one book together, and then discuss what was in the book. What is fasting, and where is Allah (SWT). Talk about the daily prayers and reading the Quran. Kindness and love, the Prophets and Imams (AS). So many books to prepare us for Ramadhan!

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My goal, inshaAllah, is to have a full set of 30 books about Ramadhan and Eid. I’m not quite there yet, but once I do, I would love to unwrap a book every day of the holy month of Ramadhan. InshaAllah!

Some book suggestions:

  1. Ilyas & Duck series – especially Ilyas & Duck and the Fantastic Festival of Eid-al-Fitr
  2. It’s Ramadan, Curious George
  3. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns
  4. Under the Ramadan Moon
  5. Lailah’s Lunchbox
  6. Noor Kids series – especially First Time Fasting
  7. I can (read Quran, make Dua, wear Hijab, etc.) anywhere

Any books that you suggest? Please let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to hear about the books loved by you and your family!

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