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June 2017, Ages 5-7

Ramadan is Here!

Ramadan is the best month of the year. Muslims around the world wait for the month of Ramadan so that they can work hard to get closer to Allah  . In Ramadan, Muslims must fast for the whole month during the day time. Fasting is a special act that brings us closer to Allah  if we do it right. Look at what Allah  says in the Qur’an about fasting: “Oh you who believe! Fasting is given to you as it was given to those before you - so that you may become mindful of God (become aware of Allah)" {Surah 2, Aya 183}

Fasting can be hard for small kids. Start off by only fasting half a day when you are young. After some practice and when you feel ready you can try to fast the whole day.

How to Fast in Ramadan Right Things To Do:

Wrong Things To Do:

Take naps during the day to rest your body if you are feeling tired

Do NOT sleep all day long and stay up all night.

Pray as close to the right time as you can. Try to pray your Sunnahs too.

Do NOT skip any prayer in Ramadan. Your fast will only count if you also pray.

Read a page or two of the Qur’an each day. If you can’t read it yet, then listen to your parents read.

Do NOT let the whole month of Ramadan go by without reading or listening to the Qur’an.



The Pardoner, The Eraser of Sins

‫اﻟ َـﻌ ُﻔـ ـ ـ ّـﻮ‬

Allah  forgives us in many ways. The best way is when He forgives our sins and erases them too. Al-‘Afuww is the One who erases all your past sins as if they never happened. Allah  loves those who ask for forgiveness, so use this name to ask Him to erase all your small mistakes.

No one is perfect, but Allah  so ask Him to forgive and erase your sins!

The month of Ramadan begins when we see the New Moon. The new moon means the start of a new month in the Islamic Calendar. There are twelve months in total and Ramadan is the Ninth Month of the Lunar Calendar (also known as the Islamic Calendar). Fasting in the month of Ramadan is a Must/Fard ‫ـــرض‬ ْ ‫ َف‬for all adults. If we are sick or travelling then Allah  allows us to skip fasting on those days, but we must fast those days we have missed after Ramadan. There are some Muslims who are always very sick, then they do not have to fast at all. For healthy Muslims around the world, once you are around 10 years old, fasting becomes a Must/Fard ‫ـــرض‬ ْ ‫ َف‬for you. You can also fast when you are younger if you choose to do so, and in sha’Allah you will get lots of rewards because it is not easy!

You become more patient and grateful

You go to the mosque more often

You become closer to Allah  You become more patient and grateful

Family meals together during Iftar It’s one of the best times to make dua’a 4

Ramadan Habits

Here are some habits that will help you make this Ramadan the best one ever!

Suhur ‫الس ُحـــور‬ ُّ

Try to eat suhur with your family before the day starts. Wake up as a family and enjoy a small meal that will help you to fast during day or even half the day. Prophet Muhammad  said: “Eat Suhur for in suhur there is a blessing” {Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim}

Prayer ‫الصــــالة‬ َّ

Allah  loves those who pray on time. In the month of Ramadan, try to always pray as soon as you can after the athan is called. Once you are done your 5 daily prayers, you can even pray more during the day or at night.

Qur’an ‫ـــرآن‬ ْ ‫ال ُق‬

During the month of Ramadan, you will get more rewards for the acts of worship you do for Allah . One of the easiest ways to gain lots of rewards is by reading the Qur’an. Even if you do not know how to read it well in Arabic, still try to read as much as you can because Allah  will actually give you more rewards than someone who can read it very easily. If you do not know any Arabic, then you can still read the translation in English or any other language you know really well.

Du’aa ‫الدعـَـــاء‬ ُّ

Prophet Muhammad  told us to make du’aa when we fast. This is one of the best times to make du’aa, especially 30 mins before breaking your fast. Make as much du’aa as you can for the gates of heaven are open and Allah  is always listening.

Iftar ‫اال ْفطَـــار‬ 

Make it a habit to eat Iftar on time with your family. Prophet Muhammad  used to break his fast with dates and water, so try to follow his Sunnah. After that, pray Maghreb and enjoy a delicious meal with your family. Do not eat too much or else you will not be able to pray Isha or Taraweeh at the mosque without feeling sleepy!

cket List u B n a d a Ram A bucket list is a list of things you want to do before a certain time, like before the blessed month of Ramadan ends. Here is a list of some things you can do with your family, neighbour or friends. Once you complete a task, put a checkmark beside it.



Kiss your mom’s forehead 3 times Read 10 pages from the Qur’an in English or Arabic Write a thank-you letter to your dad or guardian Clean your whole room and closet Make Du’aa for your friends and the Muslims around the world


Go to the mosque to pray

at least 5 times

Help make the food for Iftar at

least 3 times

Collect some books and dona te them to the Library Bake some treats and share th em Fast 3 full days in Ramadan


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Ramadan is a time when we enjoy many kinds of food for Iftar. There are so many choices but we all have favourite foods we like to eat. Write your FAVOURITE MENU ITEMS for an Iftar below, then draw it above in the space. Colour and design your menu like it could go in a restaurant, then send us a picture for a chance to win a prize! Be careful though NOT to eat too much or you will not be able to focus during your prayer at night.


What are your favourite fruits in a drink?



What does your favourite Iftar meal include?

Desserts are so yummy, but which one do you like the most?

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The Month of the Qur’an "Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was ˹sent down˺as a guide for humanity (people) with clear proofs of guidance and judgement (between what is right and wrong)” {Surah 2, Aya 185}

Yusuf loves the Qur’an and wants to learn more about it. He needs your help to match the balloons that are coloured with the balloons that are white. Match the coloured balloons with the right description and then colour the balloons the same colours.


#%> Qur’anic Code <$*) Yusuf forgot the first word Allah  told Prophet Muhammad  and needs your help finding out what the word is.

Step 1 There are 4 letters that are repeated twice below. Try to find them.

Step 2 Write the four letters that are repeated twice here:

Step 3 Using the 4 letters above, fill in the words below to find out what the first word Allah  said to the Prophet Muhammad .


which means




Did you know? Ramadan is known as the month of the Qur’an. It is a time when we must open and read more from the Qur’an. Remember, the first thing that Allah  told Prophet Muhammad  to do was ! Make sure you do a lot of reading in this blessed month of Ramadan. Every single letter you read from the Qur’an, you will get 10 good deeds for it. In Ramadan, you will get even more rewards. Even if you can’t read it in Arabic, then try to read it in English!

Colour the shapes beside the day and under the prayer if you prayed. Parents should review this journal every week and reward good praying habits.


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MAGHRIB ISHA 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5

What does the Qur’an say about Ramadan? “Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you, as it was prescribed to those before you, so that you may become mindful ˹of God˺ (become aware of Allah)" {Surah 2, Aya 183}

“…and to fast is better for you, if you only knew." {Surah 2, Aya 184}

"Ramadan is the month in which the Qur’an was ˹sent down˺ as a guide for humanity (people) with clear proofs of guidance and judgement (between what is right and wrong)” {Surah 2, Aya 185}

“The ˹best˺ amongst you in the sight of Allah are those best in Taqwaa (who are aware of Allah)" {Surah 49, Aya 13}

"Indeed, ˹It is˺ We ˹Who˺ sent this ˹Qur’an˺ down on the Night of Glory. And what will make you realize what the Night of Glory is? The Night of Glory is better than a thousand months. That night the angels and the ˹holy˺ spirit (Angel Jibreel) ˹come down˺ by the permission of their Lord, for every ˹decreed˺ matter. It is all peace until the break of dawn (Morning)” { Surah 97}


Read page 22 for instructions on what to do with page 12 and 13.

Some Hadiths that talk about Ramadan: Prophet Muhmmad  said: "When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained." {Sahih Bukhari}

Prophet Muhammad  said: "... whoever fasts during Ramadan out of ˹complete˺ faith and hoping to attain Allah's rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven." {Sahih Bukhari}

Abu Umamah reported: "I came to the Messenger of Allah  and said: 'Order me to do a deed that will allow me to enter Paradise.' He said: 'Stick to fasting, as there is nothing like it.' Then I came to him again and he said: 'Stick to fasting.’ {Sunan an-Nisa’i & Musnad Ahmed}

Prophet Muhammad said: “Every action of the son of Adam is given ˹various˺ reward, each good deed receiving 10 times its like, up to 700 times. Allah, the Most High, said,:'Except for fasting, for it is for Me and I will give reward for it, ˹for my servant˺ leaves off his desires and his food for Me.' For the fasting person there are two times of joy; a time when he breaks his fast and a time of joy when he meets his Lord, and the smell coming from the mouth of the fasting person is better with Allah than the smell of musk." [Hadith Qudsi – which means it comes from Allah  Himself] I need this in a special font please. {Sahih Bukhari}


Try your best to pray 5/5 prayers every day!

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The Adventures

of Bilal and Sophia “Bilal, wake up. It’s time to have suhur,” Sophia said as she knocked on Bilal’s door early before sunrise. “Okay, five more minutes,” Bilal mumbled half asleep. “This is the second time I am waking you up, come on. You know there is so much barakah in eating suhur,” said Sophia. “Okay, okay,” Bilal reluctantly got up and opened his door, “I am up. I’ll be down in a few minutes.” In the kitchen Mama had made pancakes and oatmeal. Baba was making some banana smoothies. “Banana smoothie? Again baba? This is the third day in a row we’re having it!” whined Bilal. “And Asalaamu Alaikum to you as well, Bilal” said Mama. “Oh, sorry. Asalaamu Alaikum mama.” said Bilal, embarrassed. “Wa’Alaikum Asalaam waRahmatullah Bilal. You don’t have to drink it if you don’t want it, I don’t like that you are complaining,” said Mama. “You should be saying Alhamdulillah ‫الح ْمـــد ِللـّـه‬ َ for the food that you have. There are people in the world who don’t have anything to eat and are very hungry,” said Baba. “Ramadan is a time to be thankful for the blessings that we have. We stay without food and water from sunrise to sunset, only for Allah’s sake. There is no one stopping us from breaking our fast but we don’t because we fast to please Allah  and to gain rewards In sha’Allah ‫ ٍإ ْن َشا َء ال ّله‬. The time that we feel hungry should make us thankful for the blessings of food and water that Allah  has given us. We have food to eat for suhur and food to look forward to in the evening when we break our fast. We should always be grateful to Allah for that,” said Mama. “I am sorry Mama. After the last few days, I’m becoming very tired and waking up for suhur is hard for me. I will try not to complain and remember to be thankful for what Allah  has blessed us with,” Bilal explained.


The Adventures

of Bilal and Sophia

“I know, days of fasting during summer are long and difficult, but it’s only 30 days of the year. They are honestly some of the best days of the year too. This is a time to increase our worship and remember Allah  even more. I want you to make sure to take a nap in the evening and don’t push yourself during the day, especially with sports. In sha’Allah, in a few more days, your body will get used to the new routine,” said Baba. “You can always take a nap after fajr as well, there is enough time before you have to get ready for the rest of the day,” suggested Sophia. Bilal ate his suhur. He realized that he was wrong to complain about the food. He remembered how hard it had been for his friend Mohammad before he left Syria. His family did not have enough food to even have three full meals a day. Sometimes they would just eat some bread and water for breakfast and have no food the rest of the day. Bilal said “Alhamdulillah” for the food he had. Allah  has blessed them in so many ways. He drank his smoothie which was cool and refreshing. He finished his suhur, put his dishes away then went upstairs to brush his teeth and make wudhu. After that, Bilal went to his room and made Du’aa ‫ ُد َعـــاء‬. He thanked Allah  for all the blessings that He had given him. He made a promise to himself to try to never complain about his food again. Fasting during summer is tough, but he will make sure to get enough rest in the day so that he can fast the whole day. Bilal knows that if it gets too hard, he can always just fast half a day, but he will do his very best to fast every single day. He will try to get the most out of this Ramadan. Next month, Bilal and Sophia will be celebrating Eid with their family. Wait for the next magazine and see how their Eid went.


َ ْ‫َمطـــر‬

‫ر‬ Raa

ُ َ ‫راكـون‬




Sit down with your family one night and take turns asking the following questions with your parents as well as siblings (if you have any). This game is going to help you know your family better, in sha’Allah.





I worry about

My favourite Sunnah is: makes me happy

I dream about

Islam teaches me to: makes me laugh I wish I can makes me sad I am proud of

I love Allah  because:

makes me angry I am afraid of makes me cry


Let’s Celebrate Eid After a long month full of fasting and getting closer to Allah , Muslims all over the world will celebrate Eid together. In Islam, there are two main holidays, which are ƒ Eid-al-Fitr ‫الفطــر‬ ُ ‫ ِع‬and Eid-ul-Adha ‫يــد االضحى‬ ُ ‫ِع‬ ِ ‫يــد‬ In Arabic, the word Eid means holiday. Eid-al-Fitr starts on the last night of Ramadan after Maghreb time and you are not allowed to fast on the day of Eid.

Unscramble the letters below to find out what Muslims do on the day of Eid Allah  for all His blessings k h a



Family and friends v s i



lots of food and sweets a e t

nice clothes (new ones if possible) a r e w

Salat-ul-Eid with the rest of the Muslims y p a r g e e




all Muslims with a big smile and Salaams

Cut out the page if you want to use it on the day of Eid.

Let’s Get Ready for Eid Wake up early for Fajr Take a bath Put on your best clothes Eat some dates for breakfast Start reciting the Eid Takbeer Go to the Mosque for Eid Prayer Liten to the Imam after prayer Greet and hug everyone around you Go home and spend some time with your family Have a Great Time and eat lots of sweets

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