The month of Ramadan is almost halfway through, as we have seen it in a light and fast-moving way. Young people hung the lights and made their own paper lanterns to welcome the holy month, and some of them were able to fast the whole day, and the younger ones were trained to fast two hours or an hour before the sunset prayer.
But before the month of Ramadan ends, can you measure what your son learned during the holy month, whether from the wisdom behind fasting and why do we fast, or the values that are easier to get used to during the month of fasting compared to the months of the other year? Read also 8 steps to adjust your child’s biological clock to fit the month of Ramadan The Waldorf curriculum for Muslims .. 4 applications that you can practice with your child during Ramadan Nightmares spoil your child’s sleep .. How to avoid her pain?How do you tame your child’s selective appetite for food?
The two great wisdom
Obedience to God Almighty : When God Almighty orders us to do something, everyone must respond and obey, and when God orders us to fast from food and drink for an entire month, we do not eat except on certain dates, this means a commitment on our part towards God and what He commands us.
Man’s ability to change : The second wisdom associated with the first is that God wants us to realize the extent of the capabilities that He has granted us. If a person is able to change all his habits during the first day of Ramadan – which he quickly gets used to as the other days of the month pass – then man is able to Change anything he or she wants, whether stopping a bad habit or starting to do something new that will change his life for the better.
Parents should take advantage of these two points to teach their children that when God commands a person to do something, even if some think that it is difficult, it is not at all so, for God commands the human being in what is in his best interests and goodness.
Children can be taught this through a few things:
- How to discover their special abilities: By teaching children to fast for the first time and challenging themselves, such as deciding to fast for one or two hours according to the child’s ability, and that this is before the sunset prayer and not in the morning, so that everyone can share the joy of breakfast.
- For older children, they can challenge themselves to finish something they think is difficult, and finish a part of it every day until it is completely done by the end of the month.
- Their ability to change an adjective that they think cannot be changed. Every person in the house must write an attribute or habit that he wants to get rid of or wants to add it to his good habits, and focus on practicing it every day during Ramadan, so that everyone notices the change that every person has in the family .
- Gradual achievement, adopting a specific project during the month of Ramadan, such as preparing the garden of the house, or building a distinctive piece of furniture to be placed inside the house in preparation for the Eid, and to work on it gradually according to a plan that ends the project before the last day of Ramadan.
Psychological and social counselor, Wafaa Abu Musa, says that the month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to promote human values and the sublime of morals and to teach our children compassion, generosity and kinship, and that parents can take advantage of this for the following:
- Raising awareness of faith among children during the month of Ramadan, by talking about the wisdom of Ramadan and why we fast in the first place.
- Children should not feel that Ramadan is the month of fasting and fatigue. We must prepare a list of fun activities such as telling stories or making experiences, and smiling at others even if we do not know them.
- Ramadan is an opportunity to teach children patience , because children in particular are patient with thirst and hunger until the time for breakfast. We must only remind them that what they do is “beautiful patience” for which God will reward them, and this can be supported by planting a special plant for each child to water it every day at the same time The appointment.
- Ability to do . Children should feel that they can do something good to help others, such as assigning them a steady task throughout the month that they participate in with household chores.
- The ability to give, a piggy bank is given to each child for the month of Ramadan only, in which he puts a small sum every day with the intention of donating it at the end of Ramadan to someone in desperate need of money, or buying Eid clothes for another child who cannot do that, and this makes him feel his simple potential for empathy with others
- Developing the spiritual and faith side through practicing religious activities. Usually children feel bored and pity, but it is possible to make them preoccupy with something new to them, such as “What do you think to praise God 10 times, ask God for forgiveness 10 times, watch the story of Noah”, there are many programs and series The stories of the prophets show, these practices make our children more respectful and loving to the religious rituals.
- The meaning of compassionate communication , through the relationship of the kinship with each other within the same family by caring for the needs of each individual and not being a heavy burden on our parents, and communicating with our relatives in order to reassure them, and Wafaa Abu Musa says that compassionate communication is a human value that teaches us how to be tolerant even when Be at odds with someone.
- For the child to know the whole significance of fasting , as all the divine religions have some type of fasting, and the purpose of fasting is to abstain from everything bad and harmful to others.
- Ramadan is an opportunity to reinforce order . We eat with a date, wake up for the dawn with a date, and go to school with an appointment, all of which ensures that the basics of the system and its importance are taught to children.
- Belonging to the family through cooperating together, eating food simultaneously together, telling stories, reading the Qur’an and group prayer at home, especially with the closure of mosques due to “Covid-19” in some countries.
- The value of honesty and rewarding children for it , for the young who can fast, and those who cannot fast, children should not be forced to eat in secret, they must be welcomed when they realize that they cannot complete the fasting day as long as they are young.
- The value of honesty , we trust our children and assign them to carry small trusts in Ramadan, such as asking them to send some food to the neighbors and they should not eat it on the way because it is a trust, or when we ask them to convey a specific message to someone, it must be conveyed as it is without increase or decrease because this is a kind of trust. .