The past couple of years has taught me, if nothing else, on how preparation is key in order to make the most of the beautiful month of Ramadan. Especially since there is so much I want to show Jana about the beauty of this month. The past two months I’ve spent procrastinating (at its best!) and actually even compiling a list of things to be done (you gotta love your lists! I know I can’t do anything without a good list at hand) so I would say, I’ve been the most organised at getting things done this year for Jana, for Ramadan, to make the most of the experience inshAllah!
So, What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month and the holiest of the Islamic calendar. It is a month where muslims from around the world wake up at the crack of dawn to observe a fast til sunset for thirty days. It is a month with increased prayer, charity and reflection.
There are always ongoing struggles in everyones lives, big or small, it’s what you decide to do with your struggle that defines who you really are. Now these words have been said quite a few times throughout my lifetime and at every stage, I’ve perceived them in a different way, SubhanAllah! It’s a little crazy how much the meaning of these words has changed. Alhamdulilah, my thirties have been a real eye opener. I’ve matured in ways I didn’t even know I could and I’m counting my blessings. That is why I’m trying to make the most of NOW and the time that I’ve been given.
I’ve always felt a tug towards Islam – to learn more, the need to know more! Seeing as my mini me is so much like me in terms of her personality, I wanted to give her the opportunity to explore and get to know the religion that I’ve grown to love, in the best way possible (and it’s always best to start early!) There’s a few things I’m doing at home this year, that I wanted to share with you:
1. Ramadan Calendar Activity
If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll remember the calendar we did for last year – it was one I bought from Silver Envelope – you can have a look here. This year, seeing as Jana is a lot more resourceful and full of ideas, I thought we’d come up with a way to make one together – this way we have our time together and we’ve created something useful – two birds, one stone people! Have a look at my blog post on how we made our calendar, this year, over here.
2. Ramadan Activity Pack
I’ve been following an instagram page by the name of ImanBlogs, she has her blog here where she shares the best organising ideas whether it’s Ramadan or Eid! Although I’ve been following her for as long as I have, I’ve only just started following her tips and links that she shares to create a meaningful Islamic holiday for our children. Her video on how she created fun activity packs for her children here, helped me in making my pack for my little one. It’s simple, beautiful and so much fun!
3. Moon Sighting Goody Bags
A great start (or introduction) to Ramadan for the little ones is by sharing that joy with your neighbours (who are practically like family in this far away land!) so I thought it’d be a good idea to make little goody bags with some shortbread moon shaped cookies, a small dua and a short message all wrapped in cellophane with a bow – then to distribute these to our friendly neighbourhood families on the sighting of the moon. Easy, fun and delicious! Also the conversation these little people have about Islam or Allah (or anything for that matter) is just too cute not to eavesdrop on!
4. Eid Pack
We’ve started a tradition in our (little) family to do an activity together as a family on Eid day – ours is to build Lego together (Lego obsession) but I also thought it’d be nice to have a little pack of activities for Jana to get on with on her own (because let’s face it, there is a lot waiting around to do for the little ones on Eid day!) I have yet to assemble this pack, but I can share ideas I have to put this pack together.
- Felt pouch with additional cut out felt pieces to decorate. My tot’s a bit young to sew together a pouch so I’ll make that in advance – she can decorate in her own way. She can then use this pouch to keep her Eidi in!
- Printouts with mehdni design + glitter glue pens. She can have her own fun of applying mehdni by tracing over these simple designs.
- Fabric to make new dolls clothes. This idea I saw on another blog (can’t remember where!) for kids to make their own clothes. I thought since we don’t sew together yet, it’ll be fun to try and make something for her toys because she’s always pestering me about how she wants to make new clothes for them (and even though I want to introduce her to cloth making, I just haven’t found the time to sit with her to do it). This way we can talk about the importance and tradition of wearing brand new clothes for Eid inshAllah.
I hope you get to try some of the ideas on this post today. If you do, drop me a comment to let me know how you got on. Happy Ramadan planning 🙂