Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Looking Forward to Ramadaan!

I have many warm memories of being in primary school and counting down the minutes to the delicious meals my Mum cooked us for Iftaar (breaking fast time) during Ramadaan.  As I think of it now, I can fondly remember the taste of home made chicken pies, rose syrup milkshake and nutritious haleem.

Ramadaan truly is a month of great spirit and unity among Muslims.  It is a time of detoxing, remembering your higher purpose and learning discipline and self control.  A little of that magic had been lost to me over the past few years due to my long commutes to and from my previous job and so, now that I am self-employed,  I am looking forward to once again being able to spend time on self reflection and spirituality as well as improving myself as a person - a few of the things Ramadaan is about.


I still recall the transition of learning to fast.  My first attempt at fasting was at the age of 7.  I remember coming home from school and my parents asking us if we had managed to keep our fast.  Sometime through the day, a class mate had offered me a sweet and I had eaten it, forgetting that I had been fasting at the time.  I felt so guilty about it and admitted it to my parents who were very understanding and lenient.  At the time, I didn't know that if one eats forgetting that they are fasting, their fast does not break.

In solidarity with all the kids learning to fast this year, I have designed a sweet printable for parents to put up to help their little ones feel a sense of achievement when fasting.



Print out the chart - 1 per child, allow them to mark off the dates on the calender as they fast and reward them with a little gift at every goal / milestone met, with an extra special reward on Eid day!


Wishing all Muslims a great start to Ramadaan! I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment.

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