It’s that time of year again…from 4:30 am until 8:00 pm each day no food or water will pass my lips. I will spend the day praying, reading Qur’an, teaching my son about Islam, and doing good deeds. And I won’t say anything bad about anyone, swear, complain, or shout.
Well, that’s the plan anyway.
As a bit of background info, for anyone wondering, I came to Islam nearly 15 years ago (pre hubby). It all happened seamlessly. There was no big revelation, I didn’t agonise over the decision, or even just ‘decide’ to do it one day. I had a friend in high school who was a Muslim and introduced me to Islam (purely by example). I began reading about it, it appealed to me, and I adopted it slowly as my religion.
I have to admit, I’ve been a bit relaxed when it comes to teaching my son about his religion. I just didn’t know where to begin. It’s all so abstract and difficult for young children to understand. I’ve been trying to explain who God is and all that…but how can a 4-year-old understand? I guess I need to approach it from a classical education perspective: right now it’s about fact finding, and not necessarily understanding. So, for now I’ll read to him about Islam, have him learn Arabic, and memorise verses from the Qur’an and the prayers. The understanding will come with time.
So that’s what I hope to begin this Ramadan. I plan to use the Talibiddeen website, which is a homeschooling website (great for Muslims and non-Muslims). They have some great activities for Ramadan here.
The plan is to do the daily lessons, a craft, some cooking together, and Qur’an reading. (English translation) Of course, he’s only 4, so he won’t be fasting. But I want him to learn why we fast, the importance of charity and helping others, which is also a big part of Ramadan.
Check out Muslim contributions to the world. (with info on 1001 inventions)
And, some Islamic history (scroll down some)
Read and listen to the Qur’an here.
More info on Islam here.