[Setting Goals] Surah Luqman Memorization Challenge

A couple of years back, a sister posed a challenge to all of us. She gave me permission to include this challenge here.

The challenge is to memorize Surah Luqman during the month of Ramadhaan. This is a great challenge for older children. You can modify the challenge for younger kids by having them memorize a different surah. If you do, still take a look at the 30-day schedule below to get some scheduling ideas.

You will need a memorization buddy. It can be someone local, or long distance. Having a partner helps tremendously as the two of you can encourage each other and also listen to each other recite. You and your friend will also test (listen to) each other every 7th day. If your challenge-friend is far away, schedule telephone or voice chat sessions. At the end of the month, give your partner a gift.

And to help you be more successful, the sis put together a wonderful package of printouts. Printing on pastel-colored paper (like yellow or green) gives the eye a little bit of color stimulation; some people find this more helpful than the usual white printer paper.

You will also need an audio source of Surah Luqman. You can find plenty of reciters online if you need help with the Arabic. Choose a slower-pace recitation; one that is geared towards memorization.

Transliteration of Surah Luqman (pdf)

Complete 30-Day Memorization Schedule (pdf)

[Printable] Easy Daily Journaling Technique for Ramadhan

For some kids (and adults as well) writing in a journal every day is just too much work or time.

There is another option for daily journaling. It’s a combination of the daily summary and topic journals. I call it Focused-Line-a-Day journaling!

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I created a printable journal page for you to use (see image to the left). The entire month’s journal fits onto one page! This is a great activity to include in a lapbook or notebooking page. You can download it below.

Focused-Line-a-Day is truly simple. Each day write one sentence only about a specific topic.

Journal Topic Suggestions
Here are some topic ideas to write one daily sentence about during Ramadhan . . .

  • Your health
  • What you read
  • The weather
  • How you feel
  • Your progress/benefits/thoughts on a Ramadhan goal
  • What you liked about Ramadhan today
  • Your cherished memory of the day
  • The effect of fasting on _______ (you choose the fill-in-the-blank part)

If you have your own Ramadhan topic, write about that one instead. And please share your topic with other readers; I’m sure it’s something great.

Journal Printing Instructions
Print the Line-a-Day Ramadhan Memory Page(pdf) on paper that is special to you.

From the list above, choose only one topic to journal about for the entire month.
On the back of your paper, write the topic that you selected.

On the dated-ruled side, write only one sentence (or one line) about the same topic each day.

Keep your journal page in an easy to find but safe place.

You can also use double-stick tape, a glue stick, or staples to attach your journal to the inside of a manilla file folder. Be sure to label the file folder! I think one of those pretty file folders from an office supply store (or Dollar Tree) would be so special.

I hope you enjoy keeping this type of journal. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about this journaling style.

[Goals for Children] How to Benefit from Ramadhaan Practically Part 2: Daily Schedule

The following is a modification of Practical Way To Benefit From Ramadhaan— a Mustafa George lecture.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, his Companions and his family members and all those who follow them until the Last Day.

 


Practically benefitting from Ramadhaan should be divided into two categories: goals, and preparations.

I. Preparations–Daily Planner

  • Each person should make a daily planner for Ramadhaan.
  • Here is an example:

—– FAJR SALAAT —–
Pray fajr in congregation in the month of Ramadhaan [Dad and boys].
[Mom/Girls: Clean up. Get things ready for reading Quran or another book when dad returns.]

After returning, dad sits down with his family, either his wife and kids or with his parents and siblings and read the Qur’aan together. Each person reads one page or two pages. *See Family Reading Time Tip and Normal Attention Span of Children below.

Dad goes to work.

—– WHILE DAD IS AT WORK —–
[Plan this time now for mom and children to include: reading the Qur’aan, or memorizing some du’as from the Sunnah which they are not familiar with, lunch for those not fasting, naptime, other educational activities, etc.]

—– DAD RETURNS FROM WORK —–
Dad naps up to 30-45 mins. Its important that we don’t sleep the whole time from ‘asr till maghrib so as to make use of this time with our families inshaAllah.

Afterwards, he reads again with his family. If he read the Qur’aan at Fajr, then read a different book like Riyaad us-Saaliheen. Each person can read a few ahaadeeths. Then ask everyone, “What did you benefit from that hadith?”

This questioning is done as a way of teaching and this was also the way of Prophet Muhammad sallalahu ‘alayhe wasallam with his Companions.

It will also make everyone think about some of the benefits derived from the the reading. And other family membrs can add other benefits to make this more fruitful inshaAllah.

—– IFTAAR —–
Parents can ask their kids to invite friends over. This will achieve several things bi’idhnillah.

  • Reward of feeding those who are fasting
  • Parents will know who their kids keep company with (i.e. who are their friends)
  • It can be said to the kids, “Let’s sit together since this is the month of Ramadhaan and read a book on fasting or any other beneficial book, or some ahaadiths”
  • This will motivate visiting kids to do this at their homes. And the hosting parents earn the reward of helping others, and earn a copy of their good deeds.

—– TARAWEEH —–
If the family usually does this at home, take the initiative to take the whole family to the masjid. This way everyone realizes that this is the month of Ramadhaan where we have to do extra worship [including Taraweeh] to get closer to Allah.

—– AFTER TARAWEEH —–
Come home. Work on one’s personal connection with Allah.

  • Think, o Slave of Allah, of the many blessings that Allah has bestowed upon you.
  • Has He not guided you to the Sunnah and has made your feet firm upon it?
  • Has He not chosen for you Islaam, out of so many people who are still wandering in the darkness of disbelief?
  • Why did Allah choose you? When in fact, He is in no need of your worship. So remind yourself that this guidance is a blessing from Allah and its a gift that He bestows upon whomever He wills.
  • Remind yourself that Allah has chosen for you the path of knowledge, such that He has placed the love of following the Qur’aan and the Sunnah according to the way of the Sahabah in your heart. Is this not a blessing from your Lord upon you?
  • Remind yourself that it could be that He wishes for the path of Jannah to become easy for you so He has made the path of knowledge open for you.
  • Remind yourself of all the blessings that He has given you in terms of good health.

—– SLEEP —–
Get some rest so that it becomes easy for you to wake up for Tahajjud inshaAllah.

—– LAST 10 DAYS —–
It’s a good idea to make a list of things that you want in the dunya and in the Next life. And then ask Allah for those things. Indeed, He gives without any measures. *See printable below.

Continue to follow [your schedule] throughout the month of Ramadhaan so that Your Day in Ramadhaan is not Like the Day when you are Not Fasting.

Please feel free to share other ideas which are beneficial inshaAllah.
Barak Allahu feekum


Your Assignment:
Involve your family in planning your family’s Ramadhan Days both individually and as a family.

Develop and write down a rough draft of your family’s Ramadhan schedule in your notebook or use a printable planner (see link below). Have the children do the same for themselves if they are old enough.

Don’t schedule beyond what you have the ability to accomplish.

Printable Planners
The main Ramadhan Planner site has all types of planners. You will find them {HERE}. Choose what suits you the best.

Need Help Making Plans?
Read this Muslimah’s Example on her blog; it is very helpful.

Planning Tip: Normal Attention Span of Children
Keep all tasks and assignments age appropriate. Here are some attention span guidelines from the Children’s Physician Network:

  • “A normal attention span is 3 to 5 minutes per year of a child’s age. Therefore, a 2-year-old should be able to concentrate on a particular task for at least 6 minutes, and a child entering kindergarten should be able to concentrate for at least 15 minutes. (Note: A child’s attention span while watching TV is not an accurate measure of his or her attention span.)”

 


Previously, Practical Way To Benefit From Ramadhaan Part 1: Goals

Up Next, more on setting goals

[Goals for Children] How to Benefit from Ramadhaan Practically Part I: Goals

The following is from Practical Way To Benefit From Ramadhaan — a Mustafa George lecture.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficient, the Most Merciful

May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him, his Companions and his family members and all those who follow them until the Last Day.

Practically benefitting from Ramadhaan should be divided into two categories: goals, and preparations.

I. Goals

Each person should make goals that he wants to achieve in the month of Ramadhaan.

The following are just examples and they should be modified according to the person’s abilities and circumstances.

  • I want to finish the Qur’aan from cover to cover 1 time, or 2 times, or 5 times, etc.
  • I want to start Riyaad us-Saaliheen with my family, or I want to start teaching my family from Kitaab at-Tawheed or other beneficial books.
  • For the sister – I want to fix that which is between me and my sister.
  • I want to start praying Tahajjud regularly in Ramadhaan and continue after Ramadhaan
  • I want to memorize some dua’s from the Sunnah which I can continue saying even after Ramadhaan.

So there are many easy things that each one of us can do which we have the capability of doing in the month of Ramadhaan to achieve more good deeds for the sake of Allah alone.

Please feel free to share other ideas which are beneficial inshaAllah.
Barak Allahu feekum

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Your Assignment
Help your children set goals for themselves this Ramadhan. Ask them to think about a goal –or even several mini-goals–that they want to do.

Have them write their goal(s) in a notebook or a journal. Their goals need to be something they can actually achieve. In other words, tell them: don’t set your goal beyond what you have the ability to accomplish. If you need help, keep following this series. There will be more about setting goals insha’Allah.

Instruction Guide

 


Up Next, Practical Way To Benefit From Ramadhaan: Daily Schedule/Plan (Preparations) – bi’ithnillah

Setting Goals for Ramadhaan

InshaAllah, beginning this weekend and over the next few weeks, we will focus on setting Ramadhan goals. There are articles and audios scheduled to appear to help with this.

In the meantime, for each person who will be setting goals this year, get or buy a spiral notebook or anything else to write it. Lots of stores are having school supplies on sale this time of year.