As many of you may have seen through my previous posts, this year I am using an advent calendar with my daughter. There are 30 good deeds for her to complete in the calendar. Each morning we read it, during the day we complete the task and then at night she gets a present. But am I losing the true spirit of Ramadan by over gifting?
During Ramadan, we fast to detox our body so that we can feel energized. We focus on our prayers and separate ourselves from worldly desires to feel closer to Allah. We strive to show patience in our mannerism so that we can practice sabr in our life.
But, if I’m being honest, I struggle with all of those things in Ramadan. There is an expectation that during Ramadan we feel a special connection to Allah. That we spend our time in prayer and dhikr. But I feel distant from Allah, and I spend most of my time bouncing between checking the current time and iftaar time.
Whether you are celebrating Ramadan today or tomorrow, I wanted to give a Ramadan gift from me to you! If you were at the Ramadan Market in Toronto this weekend you may have see DIY placemats that I designed. The kids absolutely loved it!
For most of my community in Napa, I am the first Muslim they’ve met. Therefore, I serve as an ambassador for Islam in a way. Similarly, my daughter is probably the first Muslim in the classroom. A lot of times, we get invited to our young kids’ classroom to talk about Ramadan or Eid.
But how do you explain such a complex concept in such a short time, and keep the attention of toddlers and young children?
Have no fear. I have compiled an easy to use “lesson plan” you can use. It has a book, an easy interactive activity and meaningful favor for them to take home.
Ramadan is only 10 days away (maybe 11, or 12 you never know with the moon). Recently there has been a surplus of amazing resources online. There are DIY crafts, ready made goods, and just simple parenting advice on how to get the most out of your Ramadan.
If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry you aren’t alone. We’ve done you a favor and come up with some amazing craft and decor ideas all in one place. Follow along and feel inspired so you can spend more time making the craft than looking for one!