[Lesson Plan] Cultivating Good Manners

Here is a lesson plan about good and bad manners. It’s based on a section of an article titled: Important Lessons Learnt from Ramadhan.

The lesson objectives are listed below. It includes two (2) art projects.

Get the lesson plan and attachments here:


A Lesson on Building Good Character: Good and Bad Manners


Students will be able to:
-List two or three bad manners
-Compare and/or contrast one or two manners
-Identify when they saw bad (or good) manners in real life
-Understand why good character (manners) are important
-Explain using their own words
-Give an example of bad (or good) manners
-Identify when they have bad manners towards others
-Produce relevant artwork based on the lesson

If you find any mistakes or glitches in the plan please let me know.

[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 Dunya/Akhirah Du’aa Fill-in List

Mustafa George advises that, “For the last 10 nights of Ramadhaan, its 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” [Source].

Printable Dunya/Akhira List


[Project] “Unclutter for Ramadhan”

The objective for this project is to have the family collect items around the house that are not being used, and give them away during the month of Ramadhaan to someone less fortunate . This is as easy way to teach children to give.

The give-away items can be placed in a plastic storage bin or in a box. Wash or clean and/or iron any items in the Ramadhan Give-away that needs it. Items to be given away need to be in usable and clean condition.


–.*.–.*.–.*.– The Unclutter Project –.*.–.*.–.*.–

Your Unclutter Assignment: the Bedroom closet

Donna Smallin (The One-Minute Organizer) has several suggestions for clearing clutter from closets.

First, take everything out.

Start at one end of your closet. Working across, remove any items you have not worn or used in the last year. This includes clothing does not fit, and clothing that does not look good on you.

Next, sort items into four piles:

  1. trash
  2. keep
  3. give awa (have not used/worn in long time)
  4. not sure if I want to give it away

Pile 4 . . .
Go through pile #4 again. What can you part with? Are you emotionally attached to the item? Can someone else use it more than you? If so, put it into pile #3. If it’s difficult to let go of something, set a rule on how long to keep it, say six months. At the end of six months, if you still have not worn it, give it away.

Finished Uncluttering, Now What?
Pile #1 goes to the trash.
Pile #2 should only contains things you use and love. Now, restock them in your closet.
Pile #3, the Ramadhan Give-away pile, will go in a storage bin or box.
Pile #4 gets stored away for six months.

Repeat this process for other closets, drawers, under beds, etc.

General Decluttering Advice

  • make your intentions to please Allah
  • spend 15 minutes a day decluttering
  • set a timer or use this Online-Stopwatch (click on Count Down)
  • toss trash items into a plastic grocery store bag or trash bag
  • store items you plan to give away; make sure its not junk

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Laylatul Qadr Word Scramble

‘Aisha – may Allah be pleased with her – asked the Prophet –sallallahu alayhe wa sallam – what to say when seeking Laylatul Qadr. She was instructed to say “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee” English: O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.”

Insha’Allah the following word scramble activity will help you or your children remember what to say.


  • Scramble Cards (you will need to print them out)
  • Colored Card stock or copy paper
  • Printer
  • Scissors


  • Print onto card stock or regular paper. Using colored paper is best. There are two sets of cards: one in Arabic (transliteration) and the other in English.
  • Cut them out.
  • Scramble the pieces.
  • Put the sentence back together in the correct order.
  • Keep Score: 3 points for each word that is in the right place.
  • Keep playing until the dua’ is memorized.

Arabic: “Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee”

English: O Allah! You are forgiving, and you love forgiveness. So forgive me.”

Live desktop programs from Makkah & Madeena

Put the Program on Your Desktop:

  • Copy this text-> mms://
  • Go to your Desktop
  • Right Click any where (but not on an icon)
  • Hold your mouse over the word “New” in the drop down menu
  • Then select “Shortcut”
  • A New Window will Appear
  • Paste the text “mms://” you copied earlier.
  • Right click in the box that says “Type the location of the item:”
  • Choose paste

Name the Shortcut:

  • Then click Next (don’t click Browse)
  • The computer will ask you to give the Shortcut a new name.
  • Give the shortcut a new name as  “Makkah”
  • Then Finish

Play the Program:

  • Open The Short Cut. Now its playing Makkah Live Program (just wait for a while for buffering).

Load Madeena Live:

  • Do the same procedure for Madeena Live Program
  • Use the url mms://

Moon sightings to begin on Tuesday

TAIF – The Kingdom’s Supreme Court has called on Muslims in Saudi Arabia to sight the crescent of the lunar month of Ramadan Tuesday evening, Sha’ban 29, corresponding to August 10 as per the Umm Al-Qura calendar.

It asked those who see the crescent with the naked eye or through a telescope to report to the nearest court or to the authority of the region’s governorate if there is no court in the area. – SPA

Saudi Gazette

My Ramadan Preparation

Posted with permission

My Ramadan Preparation


Ummie Homeschools Me


With Ramadan less than two weeks away, the last few days I have spent preparing for Ramadan. Not for the kids, but for myself. With anything in life, if you want to succeed at something or set yourself a goal, you really have to be organised and determined to achieve it. Many sisters ask me how I manage everything: home ed, studying for my degree, dawah, running a home. Wallahi, I struggle like anyone else and I am no superwoman (trust me lol!) but I feel what helps me is being organised! All of us have goals in Ramadan but how many of us achieve them. I can tell you that I have had so many Ramadans where I wanted to read this much, memorise this much, do this much and it didn’t happen and why?? Because of poor planning. But the Ramadans where I feel (inshaAllah) were productive were because of the tawfeeq of Allah but also because I planned and organised myself.

So, here are some things that I do to prepare for Ramadan. If you find them useful and beneficial, get some reward and pass on this post. Plus I want the reward too inshaAllah! lol


What are your goals for Ramadan this year? How much Quran do you want to read? What do you want to memorise? How do you want to change spiritually and physically after Ramadan ends? What life changes do you want to make?  Make a list of your goals and then refine them with how much of each thing you want to do and how you will achieve your goals.


Ramadan as a single woman was easy in that I had all the time in the world to do whatever ibadah I wanted to do. But did I do half of those things! No! Now as a busy mother of 3, I don’t have as much time at all! So for me Ramadan really is about planning when I can do the ibadah that I want to do which has to be planned around my 3 busy young children. So, with your goals already outlined and what you would like to do, and how much of it (always be realistic) make a rough outline of your day. When will you read your Quran? When is the best time to pray? Can you do both taraweeh and qiyam? Or just one? Naturally, things might occur which will throw your outline of your day out of the window but at least have a rough one that you can try and stick to. As mothers, we need to choose times to do ibaadah when our kids are occupied/sleeping. So, you take out a pen and paper and figure out what your days will be like in Ramadan. It is always a shame to think that we have all these goals and then we just let our days waste away.


Ramadan is in no way just about food. And in order to have more time for the important things, I have made my weekly menu in advance for the entire month. Alhamdulillah, my husband is quite easy in that he always wants chourba every day for Ramadan with some borek and salad. So, I’ll just make an additional dish for me and kids, and any guests we may have. This year, I made my weekly menu which includes suhr for hubby and me, breakfast for the kids, lunch for the kids and iftar. After I made the menu, I then made my shopping list. Supermarkets tend to be so busy in Ramadan especially the halal meat shops. I don’t want to waste my time thinking about what I want to buy. Also, it is a huge danger going shopping whilst fasting because you fancy EVERYTHING. This way, I know what I need, go put it in my trolley and then OUT again. Previously I have also chopped quantities of veg that I tend to use every day in advance and then stored it away in the freezer. Sorry to repeat myself, but it is all about saving as much time as you can for the important things during this blessed month.


SubhanAllah, I can tell you from my own experience that last year so many of my duas were answered. Alhamdulillah. Allah was truly merciful to me and my family. Had I not made my dua list, I think I would have regretted not using this special month to make dua for this and for that. What do you want in this life and the next? Maybe separate your dua list into some categories: dunya, akhirah, ibadah, the ummah, relationships etc. Go mad with your list. Remember you are going to be making dua to the Al Mujeeb – the One who responds. So, go crazy with your list. Then make dua at times where your duas are most likely to be answered – before breaking the fast, during your salah, Qiyam ul layl, the last 10 nights etc. May Allah answer and grant all of your duas. Please make dua for me too!


Again, what a shame if we leave Ramadan thinking that we could have attained this reward or that reward if we had done this good deed or that good deed. So, why not make a good deeds list. Think about all the ways in which you can make good deeds. I wrote my list and then posted on my local area yahoo group and the home education forum that I run for ideas from others too. And I must say, there were some great ways of getting extra reward! One of my favourites was leaving dates and copies of the Quran in the masjid so that you get the ajr of those who open their fast with your dates and them reading the Quran you left.


Eid preparation should really be done now. Not during the last 10 nights. So, I have already decided who will wear what (thats 5 people to think about in my family – yup including the husband lol!) I’ll be discussing how we will spend Eid and where the Eid salah will be prayed with my husband. Don’t know about you but Eid morning is a nightmare in my household and it shouldn’t be. Also, Eid gifts have been bought in advance. That way I can really try and concentrate on the last 10 nights which are equal to a 1000 months.


Every year, I do my ‘spring clean’ before Ramadan. This involves taking one room at home every day and completely cleaning it out, throwing things away, giving things away. Alhamdulillah, I have already done the living room and bathroom. My room is down for today. I can’t tell you how it feels starting Ramadan with a house that has been decluttered and cleaned.

These have been some of my ideas. I would love to hear your own inshaAllah so that I can try and make my Ramadan a special one this year. Do share your own prep with me.

May Allah grant us all a life changing Ramadan this year. Ameen!

Help the Al Maun Fund

Here is a copy of an email I received today. I hope the sender does not mind me putting it here but the wording is just so great, and I so support the Al-Maun fund, that I could not find a better way to say what is said below:

As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmtullaahi Wa Barkaatuh

Insha allaah yaa Muslimeen, please view this video (it is also in the video bar to the right titled, “Revert mother needs your help”) and help Al-Maun fund reach their goal of 2000 hits before the end of Ramadan.

Alhamdulillaah, Al-Maun fund is a non-profit organization that helps Muslim families in need. Masha Allaah, I personally know people who have been helped by Al-Maun fund. Right now they are working with “Living Halal” and if they can get 2000 hits to this video, they win and will be able to put the prize towards continuing helping the Muslims Insha Allaah.

So please if you can’t give financially or even if you can or have in the past, please take 1 minute and 13 seconds to view this video Insha allaah and share it as well. 2000 hits is all they need before the end of Ramadan.

They currently have 1152 views (masha’allah) only 848 more!! C’mon Muslims….WE can do it Insha Allaah!

View this Video and help Al-Maun Fund

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=Z0sDs3CYUpM&feature=channel_ page

Please forward to all your contacts, family and friends

Barakallaahu feekum

Recent Posts

Here is what is new on the main page:

I have also been posting Ramadhan stories from different parts of the world.  Some of you may be interested in using it with your children.

Book: Ramadan Moon

This seems like an interesting book. Has anyone read it?  ramadan moon

Ramadan Moon at Amazon

Product Description
Ramadan, the month of fasting, Doesn’t begin all at once. It begins with a whisper And a prayer And a wish. Muslims all over the world celebrate Ramadan and the joyful days of Eid-ul-Fitr at the end of the month of fasting as the most special time of year. This lyrical and inspiring picture book captures the wonder and joy of this great annual event, from the perspective of a child. Accompanied by Iranian inspired illustrations, the story follows the waxing of the moon from the first new crescent to full moon and waning until Eid is heralded by the first sighting of the second new moon. Written and illustrated by Muslims, this is a book for all children who celebrate Ramadan and those in the wider communities who want to understand why this is such a special experience for Muslims.

Dunya-Akhira Printable

by Umm Raiyaan. Reprinted with permission of author:

A very very quick note so that I don’t forget to share this valuable piece of advice with you.

My dear sister in Mecca told me that years ago she heard a khutbah wherein the khateeb advised the congregation to make a dunya wa akhirah list before laylatul qadr begins.

In it, he said that they should put anything they want in both dunya and akhirah and write it down.

He further explained, that laylatul qadr is definitely on one of the last ten nights of ramadan, and so make dua for your whole list every night of ramadan. If you do this, then everything you have asked for will be answered insha’Allah.

The dear sister did this and was shocked at it not only being answered, but the ways in which her duas were answered. SubhanALLAH!!  ~~ Read Umm Raiyaan Dunya-Akhira post at her blog!

Masha’Allah what a great idea! Use one of these Dunya-Akhirah List Sheets (pdf) to help you get started!

Fasting Summary

This is a little Introduction to Fasting assignment. It involves listening to a lecture and then filling out a worksheet.



You will need to listen to the audio lecture by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh. Fully concentrate on what is being said. Take notes.

Then, print out the Fasting Summary worksheet. From your memory of the lecture, fill out the worksheet. Remember to write down something new that you learned. Then, go back and check your answers using your notes.

After filling in the organizer, glue the printout into the same notebook that you use to write down your lecture notes. This keeps all of your notes organized and accessible. And all that gluing should bring out the kid in you!

Next, its quiz time. Use the small test to see how well you remember the material.

Setting Goals

As Ramadhan approaches, now is a good time to assess our lives. Use the lecture and the following worksheets as a guide to decide what goals to set and how to reach those goals.



You will need to listen to the audio lecture by Dr. Saleh As-Saleh. My personal advice is to listen carefully without taking notes. Fully concentrate on what is being said. Then, listen again and take notes.

Next, try using the Success Ladder Packet to help you set and achieve a goal you have set for yourself this Ramadhan. Instructions on how to use it are in the packet.

Zakaat al Fitr Project

This is a nice activity designed to teach about what is given out as zakaat al fitr. It should be fun for all ages!


  • glue
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • marker or crayons
  • one sheet of white paper
  • 4 sheets of different colored construction paper
  • poster board OR 18×12 sheet of art paper OR put several sheets of 8×10 paper together to form a large rectangle
  • food sales ad or magazines with pictures of food items AND/OR small amounts of dry goods (rice, oats, barley, date seeds, etc.)


1 — Create labels for poster

The poster is divided into two parts: the right side and the left side.

First, write the following across the center top of the poster board : “Zakaat al Fitr”.

Then, on the right side write “Yes!”

In the top right corner write “4 Hand Scoops”

In the bottom right corner write the name of the person who’s hands you traced (ie Big Brother Saleh’s Hands or Abu’s Hands or Grandpa Ali’s Hands etc).

In the top of the left side write “No!”

In the top left corner write “Don’t Give This!”

2. — Create Hand Pattern

Have father, big brother, grandfather or an uncle to place both hands palms down on a sheet of white paper. Make sure the hands are not touching each other.

Trace over both hands. Cut them out; this is the hands-pattern.

3a — The Right Side of the Poster

Place the hand-pattern on top of whatever the construction paper you want to use. Use one color per pair of hands. Trace over the hands then cut out. You should have a total of 8 hands or 4 sets of hands, 4 left and 4 right each.

Now, on the right side of the poster board/art sheet, near the top of the paper, glue a set of hands onto the poster; make sure the thumbs pointing outward away from each other. Layer the remaing sets of hands on top of each other. Leave the other side blank for now.

3b — Adding Food Items

Now have children add food items onto the sets of hands. They can either cut out pictures of food items that can be given as zakaat.

If there are no pictures of food items, then the child can write the names of food items into the hands.

Another idea is to get small amounts of rice, oats, barley, dates (I used the seeds of dates), etc. Spread a small amount of glue. Then put several grains of the items onto the glue. Make sure they dry first before moving the poster. Then write the name of each item that is glued onto the poster.

4 — The Left Side of the Poster

The left side is similar to the right side except the pictures are things that we do not give as zakaat. In this case pictures are best. The pictures can either be cut out and glued down or they can be hand drawn. Again, write the name of the items that are added to this side of the poster.

One idea for money is to print out fake money, color it and glue it down.

5 — Finish Up

The poster can be colored and/or decorated some more such as coloring in a pretty border or hand drawing bowls, tables, pots and pans. Have fun!

Ramadhaan Curricula‏

Age Level: Multi-Ages

by Naima (ام عبد الله)

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
السلام عاليكم ورحمة الله و بركاته

  • Buy pretty poster paper. Paste various Ramadhaan charts/fact sheets/calendar/ayaats relating to fasting and hadeeth. Cut out the title out of construction paper and glue it on. You may also use ideas for the poster board from here: http://www.yemenlinks.com/Ramadan_Board.htm
  • You can also add the daily meal planner to help you in preparing ahead of time etc.
  • Print the calendar to put up on your Ramadhaan board. Go to http://tjramadan.blogspot.co.uk/. Look around and you’ll see the Lesson and Activity Pages; there you’ll find the specific activities and sheets needed.
  • So this would be the Journal Activity for the first day:
  • Everyone who fasted got a strip of construction paper to staple/glue into a ring and by the end of the month….they should have a chain of 29-30 rings and it is pretty going around the ceiling. We made one for zawji too so we had 4 chains each starting from one corner of the room and meeting in the middle of the ceiling and with the ends hanging from the middle of the ceiling.
  • You can also have them color a page with this coloring book and read a page a day
  • You can read stories as an extra activity
  • Make a sadaqah jar…..this is a great time for the children to remember the poor and needy…..have them share with the poor and needy especially generously this month to be distributed at the end of Ramadhaan inshaaAllaah. After ‘Eid keep this jar and see what the children can collect for the entire year for next years’ Ramadhaan, except next Ramadhaan you won’t need to make a new one but instead they can add a generous amount more to the already all year long collection bi’ithnillaah.

Hope you find this beneficial inshaaAllaah. I advise to start printing! One mistake I made last year was not printing all this stuff ahead of time and then found it a lil overwhelming to organize /prepare when needed. So a quick outline:

-Start putting the poster together as it can be a great reference tool for what needs to be done.

-Make a binder just for this month and keep copies of everything in there to use from year to year. Then make a copy for each child to place into their own binder for that schooling year.

-Make a schedule:

-review/memorize qur’aan

-Cover the lessons in the daily Ramadan activity lessons and pages

– Fill out ramadan daily journal (have younger children do only the first page)

-You may do the coloring/story reading after iftar to have the children continuing benefiting even before bed.

-Engage your children in the taraweeh prayers…..boys go with their dad to the masjid, girls can stay home with the ladies (you can also have ladies residing in the same building/complex come together nightly for taraweeh at one anothers home).

-Make a Sadaqah Jar…..you can make these in a variety of ways. We didn’t have a jar at hand last year so we used a fancy box.

-Have construction paper/glue/stapler to cut out strips and make a fasting chain for each person fasting. The colorful the paper the better it looks and you can find an assortment of varieties nowadays, mashaaAllaah.

We will be stopping all secular schooling activity. This is a perfect month to shape up and increase in qur’aan bi’ithnillaah.

May Allaah reward the sisters for putting together such resourceful sites, aamiin.

Dunya and Akhirah List

Mustafa George advises that, “For the last 10 nights of Ramadhaan, its 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” [Practical Way to Benefit from Ramadhaan].

Listen to some Dua’ to Ask For

Printable Dunya/Akhira List

Putting some thought into what you want to supplicate Allah for during the month of Ramadhan, hopefully, your dua’a will be more focused, more intentional, and more meaningful. Not only that, but you will not struggle to ‘remember’ what it is you wanted to say.  And, as you think about what to put on the list, you will be able to search your mind  deeply enought to remember those who are less fortunate that you.

Print Tip

  • Look at Page Handling
  • Choose paper source by PDF page size


A very very quick note so that I don’t forget to share this valuable piece of advice with you.

My dear sister in Mecca told me that years ago she heard a khutbah wherein the khateeb advised the congregation to make a dunya wa akhirah list before laylatul qadr begins.

In it, he said that they should put anything they want in both dunya and akhirah and write it down.

He further explained, that laylatul qadr is definitely on one of the last ten nights of ramadan, and so make dua for your whole list every night of ramadan. If you do this, then everything you have asked for will be answered insha’Allah.

The dear sister did this and was shocked at it not only being answered, but the ways in which her duas were answered. SubhanALLAH!!