Unique Islamic Activities this summer
by Dawud Wharnsby Ali
It should be noted that a majority of the activities listed in "Summer
Ideas" section teach various aspects of Islamic knowledge and wisdom including
awareness of Allah, the importance of giving one's time and wealth in charity,
respect for elders, importance of family time and how to take responsibility
for one's actions. The following are some tips on how to implement a stronger
application of more specific Islamic knowledge within the home. The Prophet
(peace and blessings be upon him) taught us that Allah loves consistency. Keep
Islamic activities simple yet consistent make them a part of daily life.
Most importantly, parents should adhere to the following list themselves. If
we, as adults, make exceptions for ourselves, how can we expect our children
to learn from these activities?
Peace Be Upon You
- During summer months, children will likely be around the house more often.
Get into the habit of saying "Assalamu Alaikum" to them whenever
you enter a room and urge them politely to do the same. (Sahaba would make
this greeting even if a tree separated them while walking! It is a small effort
but really helps to set the tone of a room and a relationship).
Come Fast To Success
- Designate a child to make the Adhan before prayer for the summer months
or rotate a schedule for many siblings to take on the responsibility.
Around The World In A Summer
- Have kids do different creative projects on Islam. Example: Prepare a study
each week on a country with a predominantly Muslim population. Have children
learn about the culture and people by visiting the library or speaking with
members of a local community who may have immigrated from the country of study.
Conclude the effort by having a special meal in your house where the family
joins together in cooking a meal from the chosen country. Invite the individuals
who were interviewed! Make a night of it!
It Is Related....
- Have a daily Hadith study circle within the family. Keep it simple (5 minutes).
Each day, one family member should read a Hadith out loud, then explain it
in their own words.
Are You Wudued?
- Kids love to get dirty especially while playing outside in the summer.
Have younger kids make up a Wudu chart for the bathroom. This way they can
keep track of how many times a day they washed and brushed their teeth.
Build A Masjid
- Set up a room in the house as a Summer Masjid, used only for worship and
UTILIZE IT! Move all the furniture out or push it all aside. Kids can have
fun decorating the Masjid by drawing posters with the word 'Allah' or practicing
their Arabic writing skills to copy short verses from the Quran onto poster
paper. Get hold of a large box (appliance boxes work great!) that can be cut,
painted and set upright to form a niche in the direction of the Qibla. Keep
a timetable on the wall and let the kids be responsible for setting up prayer
mats and calling the family to pray at the appropriate times. When they call,
respect their effort and pray with them!
Tahajud / Fajr In The Yard
- Hold a special Tahajud night for older kids (9 13). Get a hold of
a small tent and camp out in the yard with the intention to wake up
or stay up late to pray a few Rakas of Tahajud (late night prayer) outside
under the stars. If you live in a city core, make it a special family night
where everyone agrees to wake up late for ice cream and night prayers
do the prayers first and follow it up with a midnight snack of Neapolitan
and whip cream. This will unite the family and make night prayers seem much
more approachable. Wherever you live, see if you can include Fajr and watch
the sunrise as a family.
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