• Shakeel

Labbayk it till you make it

We are in the beautiful blessed month of Dhul Hijjah! Once again we’ve been granted another occasion to benefit from these special days. As parents we need to remind ourselves of the value these days hold so we can highlight them to our children.

One of the many reasons we created our first activity book 'The Road to Hajj' was because Hajj is such a massive occasion. And with it being such a vast topic there’s so much information there to captivate our children’s minds. Bringing these captivating rituals and realisations into the form of fun activities for young minds - felt natural.

There are countless stories that sprout off this topic alone. With great starting points such as the stories of:

  • Prophet Ibrahim (عليه السلام) building the Ka’aba

  • Sayyida Hajar and the discovery of Zam Zam

  • Prophet Muhammad’s (صلى الله عليه وسلم) last sermon at Arafat

So after this, what can we do to really make the spirit of these blessed days come to life? By being the example and displaying the behaviour that we want to see in our children. Nobody said it’s easy, yet there are some easy things we can do.

1. We’re in it together! | Jama'at

Let’s notch it up a gear and go to at least one congregational prayer at the Masjid (other than the Jummah prayer) and if that’s not possible let’s pray together as a family. This can be a great way to build a lasting habit.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: "A man's prayer said along with another is purer than his prayer said alone, and his prayer with two men is purer than his prayer with one, but if there are more it is more pleasing to Allah, the Almighty, the Majestic." (Abu Dawud)

2. The hand that gives is better… | Sadaqa

Make the act of giving become alive. Get the kids involved, show them the different causes they can donate to and pick a different one each day.

3. Revive that Ramadan vibe | Fasting

We can fast as grown-ups and encourage our kids who are old enough to do so too. For those that are too young, a “half-day” fast where they observe a fast from lunch-time to dinner time is a great way to get them involved.

The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: "It (fasting on the Day of ‘Arafah) expiates the sins of the past year and the coming year." (Muslim)

4. Make it memorable | Celebrate

Decorate the house, make a big deal of the occasion. Role-play the journey and rituals of Hajj - be a kid with your kids and create a love in them for these days.

5. Let your heart find rest | Dhikr

Allah gave us the the amazing example of our Beloved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) - what better way to get closer to Allah by the words He revealed and by the invocations the best of creation uttered.

"Verily in the remembrance of God do hearts find rest!" The Holy Quran 13:28

May these small efforts that we do spark a candle of interest and love in our kids for these days and be a means for us to get closer to the Most Merciful.

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