Ramadan Mubarak everyone!
“O you who believe fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you so that you can learn self restraint”. (Quran, Surah Al Baqarah 2:183) Ramadan 2019 has arrived and the spirit of preparing delicious iftari and suhoor is spreading across Pakistan. Fasting, repenting and making dua is our first priority this month and we expect our little ones to follow us on to that tradition. Even though parents understand that fasting is not obligatory for children, they can make fasting for them easy with constant encouragement. In order to do so “Roza Kushai” is usually organized in almost every Pakistani home, this boosts the child’s moral for their first fast. There’s so much that needs to be taught and done during this time. So today, let’s look at some valuable tips for your child’s Roza Kushai.
What is fasting? Most Muslim children don’t know why their parents and elder siblings are fasting; all they have ever learned in an Islamic class is that, it’s compulsory for everyone. If you want your child to understand the true meaning of Ramadan, you have to be the one to explain it to them with detailed facts. Make it interesting with stories of our Prophets and companions and how they fasted before us to set an example. Roza Kushai is not just a social event, but in reality is a rite of passage for Muslim children. They need to know why people are celebrating this Iftar Party with them.
2- The Preparations:
- Since we don’t want them to watch TV or play games during the fast. You can start with a week before by limiting on TV hours, music and video games. This way they don’t have a sudden change in their routine.
- Take your boy to the masjid for daily prayers to make Taraweeh easy on him.
- Make it fun for them as well, you can ask their help to prepare suhoor and iftar. Take them grocery shopping and buy them their favorite foods, this creates a reward feeling for them
- Encourage them to give charity to needy, make them understand why this so crucial during the month of Ramadan.
You can even get Iftar Party decorations for them, this way they are excited to organize their Iftar Party the next day.
3- Suhoor Feast:
This is truly one of the toughest things to accomplish during Ramadan, waking up in the middle of the night for a proper healthy suhoor meal is hard on adults themselves, let on a child. So go easy on them:
- Put them to sleep early the previous night
- Remind them that they doing it for Allah
- Their friends and family will be so pleased with them.
Preparing a grand Suhoor meal which will keep them full for rest of the day.
It’s important to encourage your child during the fast; if you are busy you can ask their elder siblings to stay with them in case they are feeling low. There will be times he/she would want to just give up and eat something or have a drink but it is our job to remind them how Allah will be so pleased with them after their Roza Kushai. Since there will be an Iftar Party, you can talk to them how all their friends and family will be there with Ramadan gifts. This will keep them motivated.
5- Engage their Boredom:
Only during Ramadan do we realize how much we bore-eat. We usually love to munch of something and this is why during our fast we can’t seem to get rid of the boredom. Eating and watching TV is big part of our daily routine and naturally eliminating it from a child’s daily routine will only frustrate them. You can engage their boredom by reading them stories of our Prophets, by creating an Islamic knowledge game, informing them about different important dates during Ramadan.
6-Embrace the Afternoon Nap:
I would definitely ask you to embrace the afternoon nap. The energy is drained during the fast and you want your child to be ready for their Roza Kushai/iftar party where they will meet their friends and family. Napping will bring down the frustration of dehydration and hunger, also this way you can get them to practice the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
I personally loved make Ramadan wishes cards and letters, it is such a highlight for children. This is a beautiful practice that will make your child love Ramadan as much as you do edpharm-france.com. Your child would love to make his/her own Roza Kushai invitation card and you can ask them to call friends and family for a quick “Ramadan Mubarak” wish.
If you want your child to truly understand the meaning of this holy month, you have to get into details about the revelation of Quran, how every Sawab is increased by 70 percent, what Laila-til-Qadar is, and why we give out extra charity during Ramadan. Teach them the importance of Ramadan Duas, and why our Prophet’s Companions made them especially this month. Right before the breaking of fast, ask your child to make the Ramadan dua loudly. This is a great way of bonding the family at the dining table.
9-Roza Kushai Arrangements:
Don’t over board with the iftar party decorations, just keep everything to a minimal, and get your little one to help you out. Keeping it intimate with imitate family will be ideal but my recommendation would be to increase the guest list, this way your child will feel special and share his/her accomplishment with extended family and friends. The relatives and friends bring gifts for the fasting child, which enhances the fascination of first fast. Making an extra effort to celebrate Roza Kushai will increase the respect for Ramadan and fasting.
10-Kid friendly Taraweeh:
One of the great blessings of a summer Ramadan is the fact that you can attend Taraweeh prayers without worrying about getting the kids to school the next day. This year, try to attend Taraweeh at Masjids that have easy Taraweeh program organized for kids. Karachi is filled with Islamic centers that provide this facility; bayan break with easy taraweeh will not tire them out and build their information about Islam.
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