Having trouble getting going/motivated this Ramadan? Are you in the ‘haven’t planned mode?’
I am trying to do something a little different with my older kids this year (as we’ve done TJ Ramadan three years in a row now, so it was time for a change). But with our move, I didn’t get a chance to get ahead of the game.
However, my plan was to make sure (in addition to Quraan) that they at least read one article and reflected on it/responded to it. I wanted to give them a variety of media to explore this Ramadan from videos, treatises of the scholars to online presentations, etc that I have come across from the ‘net.
So, insha Allah, I’ll post different “readings” throughout Ramadan.
The readings are moreso aimed at the middle school – adult crowd, but I include a craft in case you need some ideas for the little ones. (The big kids can help out too!) and a recipe as well. In addition, there is a “reflection” statement that can be used as a Ramadan daily journal prompt for middle school – adults………………
My intent is to post a little something each day, but we’ll see how it goes, insha Allah……
Ramadan 3, 1430
Ramadan Round Up for Tomorrow, Ramadan 4
Reading: (middle school – adult): President Obama Gives Ramadan Message.
- Read the text or watch the video (see link above) and discuss.
- Summarize the message (what were the main points)
- Note if there is any inaccurate information according to your understanding of the religion.”
(Example: The President begins with “Ramadan Kareem.” Is this permissible in Islam to say this? (Check the first post at: http://www.themuslimzone.com/ramadan-eid-al-fitr/4080-saying-ramadan-kareem.html) to answer this question. (I do not necessarily endorse this site, but the fatwa is from Shaykh Uthaymeen (rahimuhullah).
Reflection (Middle school – adult):
“Fast Ramadhan with belief and truly seeking the reward of Allah the Most High so that He may forgive you your past sins. (Advice to Muslims in Ramadhan-www.islaam.com).
Use this as a prompt for a daily journal. What does this mean to you? What can you take away with you? (i.e. how can you implement it). Doesn’t have to be an essay, just write your thoughts.
Craft of the Day
This is from my crafty bud, Umm Abdul Basir over at her blog. She and her daughters came up with a wonderful (yet simple from have on hand supplies) Ramadan recipe box and cards. This is a good craft for the beginning of Ramadan so you can collect all the wonderful recipes you find, insha Allah.
Recipe of the Day
Moroccan Apple and Banana Smoothie.…try for suhoor or iftar….
- 2 cups (about 1/2 liter) cold milk
- 1 medium apple, peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 medium banana, peeled and broken into several pieces
- 2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
- handful of ice (optional)
Put the apple, banana and sugar in a blender with about 1/2 cup of milk. Blend until creamy and smooth.
Gradually add the remaining milk and blend just until well mixed and foamy. Add a handful of ice to the blender if you like your shake well-chilled, and blend for another minute to crush the ice.
Pour into glasses and serve.
Source: Moroccan Food About.com via TJ Ramadan
Have a great day, insha Allah!