Last year we did a secret good deed pal “project” where we all picked out family members’ names from a container each day and we had to do good deeds for that person for the day. No one knew who anyone got (ok, well some people weren’t that great of keeping it a secret), but we really enjoyed that.
Another thing we did was to put a shell in a container (we live near the beach now, yeay! so shells are sometimes plentiful in the household) for each good deed/work we saw someone else perform. The kids really liked seeing the container fill up.
In everything, of course, it is important to remember/talk about the reasons/intentions behind these good deeds….to earn the pleasure of Allah, not mom or dad or strangers (although it is nice when they are pleased with us as well).
Here are few more ideas for this year that I thought I would share:
We have started a “good deeds” section on our Ramadan bulletin board. In sha Allah we’ll post pics or at least text of good deed ideas, to remind us throughout our fasting day, in sha Allah of things we can do.
I came across a good deeds site (non Muslim) – 365 Days of Goodness that was enumerating good deed ideas for each day of a year. One thing I liked was that they categorized deeds into categories such as deeds for family, friends, strangers, animals, the planet, etc. I thought that it would be a great activity to take a list of good deeds (I found some at http://1000gooddeeds.com (Muslim)) as well as other places around the net and sort them (and you could just brainstorm your own) into the categories and post on the board.
Then, each day, strive to complete 1, 2, or an target number of good deeds per category each day and perhaps write about what they did at the end of a day in a journal and tell how this might have pleased Allah. Maybe a good deed for our own self could be added.
Another idea that a good friend of mine suggested was to put good deeds cards in a bowl (deeds that were simple and can be done around the house) and have the kids pick cards out and perform the deeds. We did this with chores in my house for awhile and it was popular (for awhile), so I think this is a neat idea as well that we may try.
In sha Allah by trying to step up it up during Ramadan, doing good works, I hope that it will help us to be more conscious of that outside of Ramadan and see that there are so many simple things that we can do on a daily basis to please Allah and make things easier for others/other creatures as well as help this earth that Allah has blessed us with.