We can incorporate teaching children about the history of Ramadan into our own means of becoming closer to Allah (SWT), by sharing his words with our children and ensuring that His message lives on.
Special versions of the Qur’an for children are available which can further help with religious teachings and cement the understanding between events like Ramadan and children.
Looking Forward to Eid ul-Fitr
When Ramadan is over, the celebration of breaking the fast, Eid ul-Fitr, commences and it is a grand occasion for Muslims around the world. This is the time that friends and family come together to share food, as well as giving gifts to one another – especially to children. Some common Eid/Ramadan gifts for children include books, new clothes, and small toys. They also receive money.
The best way to explain the significance of this Eid as opposed to Eid ul-Adha to someone not familiar with Islam is to compare it to Christmas in Christianity. It is a three-day festival during which Muslims will take time off from work (unless they are residing in a Muslim country, then it will be a national holiday).
Children love to get involved in the festivities and one such way is to decorate the home for the Eid festival. This is a fantastic excuse to get the arts and crafts material out of the cupboard and encourage the little ones to get messy! Children always love to see their works of art proudly displayed on the wall for all to see, and it can be a great way to teach them why we celebrate Eid.
As all Muslim adults will know, charity is a major part of Islam (with Zakat making up one of the five pillars), and it is obligatory to make a Zakat ul-Fitr payment. Although children do not make this payment themselves as they do not have their own source of income, the head of household makes a payment on their behalf.
Some children, especially older children, are likely to receive a regular allowance (pocket money) that they can use how they please from their parents. This helps to teach them the value of money. The Zakat-ul-Fitr payment, around £5, can be taken from this allowance, therefore teaching children in the family the value and significance of this Ramadan tradition. Parents should sit down and explain why this payment is made and what the funds will be used for. Such payment can be made direct to ILM through our donations page here.
Donating with ILM
Your kind donations help ILM continue to support hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in need around the world. When you donate to any of our worthwhile causes, we can keep you updated with how your funds are being used, such as providing an education to children who are less fortunate. This is handy for teaching your children how our charity in Ramadan helps to make a difference.