7 Tips to Improve Your Kid's Ramadan Experience

by Farida Haji

Ramadan is inching closer. As we prepare ourselves and our surroundings to immerse in the ibadah of Allah, let us not forget about the ones who look up to us for guidance, information, and lots of help — our children! 

If you are wondering: How to teach my children about Ramadan? Look no further: 

7 Simple Ways To Keep Kids Involved During The Month of Ramadan

1. Answer Their Questions

A household with multiple kids can lead to a hair-pulling situation during the month of Ramadan. Before the holy month descends, discuss and answer their queries:

  • Is it difficult to fast for Ramadan?
  • Are you allowed to use a phone during Ramadan?
  • What will I do for so many hours?
  • How many hours does the fast last?
  • How does the first day of fasting in Ramadan feel like?

Sit with them, explore the time zone in your city and country, and find out the timings for suhoor and iftar. Answer their questions to the best of your ability and repeat if you have to. It won’t be easy, but with patience comes the ability to face challenges and overcome them.

2. Explore Sunnah Practices

Ease your children into healthy conversations about Ramadan. Share sunnah practices that help them understand specific actions that might be out of the ordinary around the year.

Ramadan food spread, suhoor, iftar, preparing for Ramadan

  • Preparing suhoor and iftar together
  • Breaking fast with dates
  • Being more generous 
  • Praying taraweeh
  • Abstaining from getting angry at others and controlling negative thoughts
  • Performing good deeds that please Allah

3. Learning Different Ways of Ibadah

Praying 5 times a day, reciting the Quran, praying taraweeh, and more… In what ways can you help your child increase their ibadah during Ramadan?

  • Read the Quran as a family
  • Perform your prayers together
  • Listen to sermons and Islamic lectures
  • Learn the 99 names of Allah and understand their meanings 
  • Learn the health benefits of fasting and be mindful of actions

Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan tests our stamina and willpower too. To resist frustration and to shower your family and friends with love and compassion are also ways of performing ibadah

The Muslim Pro app has a Khatam feature that helps track you and your family’s khatam journey. 

4. Prioritize Tasks

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world change their lifestyle and practices from dusk to dawn. Adapting to something new is difficult for us, and it can be more difficult for children. 

  • Create a calendar
  • List tasks for the rest of the day
  • Create a reward system for when the kids complete a given task, like memorization of a surah or a tasbih or finishing a chore at home. 

5. Ramadan Friendly Activities

While adults may get busy praying and reciting the Quran, children may not be able to do that all day. 

Ramadan Lantern, young boy holding a lantern, Ramadan vibes

  • Look for creative crafts on social media platforms like Pinterest and Instagram
  • Read age-relevant books by Muslim authors
  • Decorate the house
  • Plan and make Eid cards for friends and family
  • Create a surprise-filled 30-day Ramadan calendar 
  • Download and keep Ramadan printables ready for use
  • Help them create a doodle journal to document their experiences

6. Concept of Giving

Teach your children about the pillars of Islam. Emphasize on saum and zakat; to teach them the spiritual understanding behind the concept of giving is equally important. 

wooden blocks, share, kids toys

  • Sharing the surplus that they have with others
  • Giving and sharing their meals with the less privileged

To make the concept fun, create charity jars or boxes. Let your children share and give away their books, toys, and other material things that may be dear to them.

7. Be Their Role Model

Your children will mirror your actions, so be that person for them to emulate and look up to. Talk about your childhood and experiences as a child. Like how old you were when you first started fasting for Ramadan, and how it felt to skip breakfast and replace the grumbling in the stomach by involving yourself in other activities. 

  • Share your worries and challenges
  • Let them know its okay to not complete the fast the very first time
  • Teach them how to share the experiences of Ramadan with their non-Muslim friends
  • Invite their friends over for iftar

InshaAllah, the journey to improve your child’s Ramadan experience will benefit you and them in the long term. 

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16 Comments

  1. AHMED EBRAHIM KOLIA

    Very interesting topics important to family n individual development.

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  2. Madan Jalllow-Baro

    Mar’sha’Allah – so, so resourceful👌👌👌!!!
    Just so simply & brilliantly presented as a beneficial guide.
    Yaa Rabb (SWT)’s ultimate blessings for all your endeavours in helping us all guide, teach & embrace our little ones into this “impeccable & glorious” Deen, Shoub’han’Allah🙏🏽👌🙏🏽!!!
    A blissful Ramadan Kareem in advance to all, In’Sha’Allah🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽!!!

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    • Awa

      Thank you 🙏🏾

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      • Nafisa Suleiman

        Mashaa ALLAH

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  3. Munazza Faisal

    Aslamoalkum I am wanting the month off Ramadan ❤️❤️❤️❤️Thanks 🙏 for every one and enjoy this good mounth . Read Quran and prey dua dor my parents .

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  4. Awa

    I’m happy to see this message for ours children and hope it’s will be helpful for all of us

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  5. Zainab Arifi

    That was good for me and my children.

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    • Anwar

      Subhanallah,
      Nice article brother, inshallah I’ll spend quality time my kids and will try to be more creative

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    • Maqsood Ul Zaman

      Encouraging, great.
      Alhamdulillah

      Reply
  6. Audrey Arjeh

    I think we could make a Ramadan calendar that has little good deeds that they could do and then they could write a journal about their fasting journey. Ask them questions about what it’s like in school and how they feel about it all. What are some things they wish they could do on Eid and actually do some of them if possible. Watch stories about the prophets together.

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  7. Yusuf Abdullahi

    Assalamu alaikum this is very good thank a lot

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  8. Abida

    MashaAllah very beautiful guide lines

    Reply
  9. S. Jurangpathy

    Assalamu alaikum!
    It’s really interesting and good way to learn about fasting for children 👍

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  10. Muslimah

    Alhamdulilah
    Such lovely reminders, I will say
    May Allah ease our affairs

    Reply
  11. Umar Farouk musa

    Alhamdulillah very useful guideline to our kids

    Reply
  12. Arshad A Husain

    Assalamaleykum, MashaAllah.. beautiful article put in such simple terms but has a deeper impact on our children when put to action. Keep up the good work.

    Reply

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