Ramadan 2017- Post #1: Introduction and Overview

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A few days ago, the month of Shaban started. This means there’s a little under a month left before the holy month of Ramadan is here! Traditionally, I do my series of Ramadan blog posts during or after Ramadan (once I’ve had time to take photos, implement and reflect). However, given my reality this year (the newest addition to our family is set to join us sometime in the next few weeks, God willing) I’m trying to get ahead of it so that H can benefit (and hopefully the rest of you too!).
The truth is that I’m going to be exhausted this year and I’m not sure about how many of these plans will actually materialize, but this is a very special Ramadan for H (and me!) InshaAllah we will have a total of 5 cousins this year spending at least part of Ramadan in Calgary and in my books, more children = more festive!
H is also about 3.5 years old now. This is the year where she’s really starting to get it. She’s been attending preschool since December and has in some way recognized Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and Easter. It’s important to me that her understanding of and excitement surrounding Ramadan surpass that.
Logistically, one of the biggest decisions I have to make is whether I want to use the interactive calendar I have been using in years past. I’ve come up with a list of things we’d like to do in Ramadan this year (with H’s input) but given the reality of a new (unpredictable) baby, I think it feels too pressured and structured to have one item per day (and have that decided ahead of time). Instead, I think this year we will use the Ramadan sticker calendar that’s on clearance through Discovery Dome to mark the progression of the month and create another system to help decide what we will be doing and when.
ramadan chart
My next post will feature our plan for 2017, divided into six categories that made sense for our purposes. I think I will prioritize the top aspects of each category to make sure those get addressed- we will tackle the rest of them as time and circumstances permit.
I know that it may still seem a little early to start talking to your children about Ramadan. Given what’s been going on in our house the past few days, H keeps asking “Is it Ramadan yet? Is it? Is it?” I know the excitement about Ramadan is going to be punctuated with excitement about the new baby so I’m not worried about her excitement burning out.
I’m excited about posting more specifics and sharing photos of how our month unfolds as I get the chance. In the meantime, I plan to post some resources that I’m creating for the children in my life with hopes that they can benefit the children in yours! All that I ask is that you please remember my family and I in your prayers and link back to this site (credit Discovery Dome) if you use/share.
Wishing you ease and success as you prepare for the beautiful Month of Mercy,

– Madiha

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