[Lesson Plan] Ramadhan List Poem

Here is a lesson plan to guide students to write a list poem about Ramadhan using the word Ramahdan, or Fasting, or Fast. The teacher assigns one of the words based on the student’s ability and age.

The lesson includes a shape book where students write and illustrate their poem.

List poems are simple, easy and fun. These instructions can be used to write list poems about Zakaat al-Fitr, or ‘Eid or any topic.

The lesson objectives are:
-List at least one characteristic of a list poem
-Identify the topic of a list poem
-Write a list poem about Ramadhan

Here is what you need to download for this lesson:

[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:

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A Lesson on Building Good Character: Good and Bad Manners

Objectives

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.

[Printable] Supplication During the Night of Decree

In the last ten nights of Ramadhan, and during the odd nights of it even more so, it is recommended that one say the following supplication a lot:

Allahumma innaka `afuwwun tuhibbul `afwa fa`fu `annee
O Allah! Verily, you are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.

This is due to what Imam Ahmad recorded from Aishah that she said “O Messenger of Allah! If I find the Night of Al-Qadr what should I say?” He (saws) replied,

Say : “O Allah! Verily You are the Oft-Pardoning, You love to pardon, so pardon me.”
[Ahmad 6:182]

Print out the Laylatul Qadr supplication (pdf). Refer to it as you need to .

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At-Tirmidhi, An-Nasai and Ibn Majah have all recorded this Hadith . At-Tirmdhi said “This Hadith is Hasan Sahih” . [Tahfat Al-Ahwadhi 9:495, An-Nasai in Al-Kurba 6:218, and Ibn Majah 2:1265]

Al-Hakim recorded it in his Mustadrak (with a different chain of narration) and he said that it is authentic according to the criterial of the two Shaykhs (Al-Bukhari and Muslim).

[Al-Hakim 1:530] An Nasai also recorded it. [An-Nasai in Al-Kubra 6:219]

Source AbdurRahman.org

I’tikaaf Coloring Book

Here is an i’tikaaf coloring book. It’s all about the things a person can do while in itikaf.

The book has 15 pages. Print one, all, or only a few pages (your choice). These sheets can also be used for non-itikaf Islamic projects. Click HERE to print the “My Itikaf Coloring Book (pdf).

Table of Contents:

Cover Page (masjid under the moon and stars)
I love to stay in the masjid in Ramadhan (family car headed to the masjid)
I can bring (pics of food)
I can also bring (pics of juice/milk)
I should wear my best (thobe)
Boys can wear (cologne)
I should wear my best (abaya)
I can sleep in my (sleeping bag)
I can put up my (tent)
I can take a shower (water, soap)
I can wash my hair (comb, shampoo)
I can read quran (book)
I can pray to allah (prayer rug)
I can ask allah (outline of hands)
Tomorrow is ‘Eid (family car headed home from masjid)

Have fun!

The coloring book is based on (Permitted acts during Itikaf) and (Rallying Around the Rulings for Itikaaf).

 

[Craft] Paper Fanoos (Lantern)

The Muslim website SmartArk has a template for a paper lantern. You can print it here: Stars and Moon Lantern (pdf). This seems like an easy and fun lantern to make with the kids.

The template comes pre-printed with stars and moons to color in. However, I’m thinking to print it out on colored paper and decorate the blank side!  That would be great for kids who have outgrown the star/moon design.

I learned about this lantern from Muslim Learning Garden.

Eid Lantern / Fanoos

Ready for Printing: Ramadhan 1432 (2011) Calendar

The Ramadhan Calendar for this year –with fasting beginning on Monday Aug 1–  is now ready for printing. (PRINT HERE pdf). This calendar numbers the Ramadhan nights as well as days. It’s great for those who are new to Ramadhan.

There is no way to know when ‘Eid will arrive. So the calendar has the following on both possible dates: ? ‘Eid ?

You’ll want to print this calendar on pretty paper! It’s a great way to track missed fasts that need to be made up later.

p.s. If you see any mistakes on the calendar, please leave a comment so it can be fixed and re-issued.

Craft: Ramadhan Banner

Ramadhan Banner

This Ramadhan banner is perfect décor to help children feel the specialness of the Month
of Fasting in a fun and inviting way.

Banner, Calendar, Prayer Schedule, Dua for Breaking Fast

Banner, Calendar, Prayer Schedule, Dua for Breaking FastRamadhan Banner

Supplies:

  • colored card stock or paper
  • scissors or decorative scissors/pinking shears
  • utility knife
  • ribbon, 1/8-inches wide, about 4 yards – match to card stock color
  • pushpins
  • crepe paper streamers to match card stock and ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

1. Download the Ramadhan Banner Template here. Decide if you want the letters only, or a combination of  letters, numbers, and motifs.  There are 2 motif designs in the template (page 4 and 5). It’s better to choose only one motif to keep the banner design consistent.  You can print out multiple copies of the motif  pages that you decide to use.

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3. Use a utility knife to cut two vertical slits near top of circle. Then, arrange letters into words and design. String letters together by threading ribbon  through slits. It helps to put tape on one end of the ribbon to help it slide through the cut.

Hang banner in a corner or between opposite walls with pushpins. Hang in one or two rows. Use crepe paper streamers as additional decorations.

Would love to see your pics of this.

30 Parts of Quran Book Marker

We’re big fans of book markers; hope you are too.

This book marker is the list of the 30 parts of the Quran!

There are three book markers per page. Each one has an empty check box next to each part so you can keep track of where you stopped. You can even make notes on it if you like.

Instructions

  1. Download the Juz Book Marker.
  2. Then print on card stock (or regular printer paper).
  3. Cut them apart (lengthwise) and fold in half.
  4. At this point, you can apply glue or punch a hole in the bottom with a hole puncher and insert ribbon or cording.
  5. Laminate if you plan to keep reusing this book marker.

What have you created to help make you more organized in Ramadhan? Drop a comment (or email).

[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.

Are You Hydrating Yourself and the Kids?

How much water is enough? Medical opinions vary. The Institute of Medicine advises that in order to replace the water lost in a normal day, men need to take in roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women need 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. You can read more here: Water: How much should you drink every day? – MayoClinic.com

You may want to change your water drinking pattern to earlier in the day and later in the day. This will get your body ready for when you can’t eat or drink during Ramadhaan.

But the main focus before Ramadhan starts is on hydrating your body well. You don’t want to start this upcoming Ramadhan in a state of dehydration — Signs of Dehydration.

Be sure to check with your health care provider about the amount of water that
is right for you.

Websites featuring Printable Ramadhan Coloring Pages

Here are more Ramadhan-themed coloring pages. Don’t print any page that show human faces/images.
pbskids.org/arthur/holiday/coloring/eulf.html

kidopo.com/coloring-pages/holidays/ramadan/

edupics.com/coloring-pages-islam-c206.html

thecolor.com/Coloring/Mosque.aspx

supercoloring.com/Big-beautiful-mosque-coloring-page.jpg

supercoloring.com/Mosque-coloring-page.jpg

supercoloring.com/Islam-coloring-page.jpg

 

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

 

Techtorial: Use Your Computer to Make a Coloring Page

These are really easy instructions for making your own coloring page using MS Word.

If you don’t have MS Word, then download LibreOffice. I use it all the time because: it’s free and it works just like Word (only better). Read more about LibreOffice @ Wikipedia. After you create your coloring page in LibreOffice, save it as any kind of document, including MS Word. You can even to save documents as a pdf so that you can share it with all your friends.

Now, about that coloring page techtorial . . .

[Craft for Kids] Wake Me For Suhoor Door Hanger

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Ramadhan Door Hanger

This is a simple craft to do with your kids.

Supplies

  • Foam Sheets or Card Stock (or construction paper and a cardboard box)
  • Scissors
  • Utility Knife
  • Foam decorations: Paint, markers, glitter glue, ribbon, etc

Directions Using Foam Sheets

The door hanger template itself is simply a 9×3 fun foam rectangle with the corners rounded off. You can cut four of them from a single 9×12 sheet of craft foam.

  1. Download and print the door knob template.
  2. Next, cut out the paper template. You will use this paper template on the next step.
  3. Lay the paper template onto the foam sheet and trace around it. Be sure to trace the door knob hole also.
  4. Then carefully cut out the hole in the center with a utility knife. An alternative is to make a cut from the center top edge down to the door knob marking. Continue cutting out the door knob hole.
  5. The last step is to decorate the door hanger.

Craft Foam Decorating Options

  1. Use markers to write “Wake Me For Suhoor.”
  2. Then decorate with foam cut out shapes, paint, glitter glue, etc. ~ be creative!

Using Card Stock:

  1. Print the template on paper or card stock. Use colored paper or card stock, or print on white paper and color.
  2. Cut out largest shape with scissors. Cut out  the door knob hole with a utility knife or use the method explained above.

Card Stock Decorating Options

  1. You can also use the computer to create words and pictures if printing these on paper.
  2. Use pictures (no people, animals, or insects) and make a collage.
  3. Use stamps or paint.

[Flash Cards] Learn Du’aa for Breaking the Fast

Learn Du’aa Breaking the Fast Flash Card Activity

Insha’Allah the following word activity will help your children remember what to say upon breaking their fast.

  • Arabic: ذهب الظمؤ وابتلّت العروق وثبت الأجر إن شاء الله
  • English: ‘The thirst has gone and the veins are quenched, and reward is confirmed, if Allaah wills.’

Materials:

Instructions:

  • Print the cards onto card stock or regular paper. Colored card stock or paper is best. If printing is not an option, open the documents and write the words on index cards.
  • Cut the cards out.
  • Laminate the front side for durability. Use clear packing tape if laminate is not available.
  • There are two sets of cards: one in Arabic ( or use the transliteration) and the other in English. You may want to number the back of each card card before cutting them out so you know the order they should be arranged in.

How to Use the Cards:

  • To play, shuffle the cards so that they are out of sequence.
  • Place them on the table, printed side up.
  • The challenge is to put the sentence back together in the correct sequence. Check the back of the cards to see if they in the right order.
  • How to Keep Score: 3 points for each word that is in the right place. Score 3 more points for correct pronunciation.
  • Keep playing until the du’aa is memorized or until a certain score is reached.

To Hear the Du’aa in Arabic

Download an mp3 audio of this du’aa here: Dua’ for Break the Fast (in Arabic). Or use this:

Ramadhan Lapbooks

ImIan ben Djedidi Lapbook

 

 

 

Umm K’s Ramadhan Lapbook

 

 

 

Umm AbdulBasir Lapbook

 

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Other Ramadhan Lapbooks

  • How to Make Lapbooks/Getting Started(HERE)
  • Haffu-Taffu (HERE)
  • Life Time Learning-Ummee(HERE)
  • Lollies Place (HERE) and (HERE) and (HERE) and (HERE)
  • Muslims Guide 2 the Well Trained Mind (HERE)
  • Why Ramadan is Special Fan Book (HERE)
  • A Day in Ramadan Petal Book (HERE)

Other Lapbooking Links

  • Angels Lap Book (HERE)
  • Angels Lap B (HERE)
  • Islamic Lap Booking (HERE)
  • Raising Muslims Lap Books (HERE)

A Ramadhan Craft for Kids

Create a Ramadhan Floor “Tablecloth” with Acrylic Paint

Make eating on the floor a little more fun with a painted fabric tablecloth. The artistic secret to this project is that it uses watered-down acrylic craft paint — it works just as well as expensive fabric paint. The water keeps the paint from stiffening up the fabric.

Once its painted, dried, and spread out on the floor during mealtime, your kids will have fun eating on their “painted” table. This is super-easy and fun craft for the whole family. And the final product can be used over and over again.

Let’s get started!

       

Supplies

  • One piece of plain white, cream or light-colored cotton fabric in whatever size and shape you want (square, rectangular, etc)
  • Sewing machine, or needle and thread, or hem tape iron-on tape
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Water
  • Paintbrushes (optional)
  • Stamps, purchased or hand-made (optional)
  • Sponge (optional)
  • Masking Tape (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Pre-Wash the fabric in cold water with laundry soap. Dry and iron the fabric.
  2. Hem the edges of the fabric all the way around. Or, use fabric glue or iron-on hem-tape.
  3. Lay the fabric flat on a protected surface (use newspaper, an old sheet, or plastic tablecloth).
  4. Decide on a theme: decide on a theme: handprints (to capture growing children; update yearly with new handprints), words (except anything with Allah’s name), dates, etc.
  5. Put acrylic craft paint in a container. Add several drops of water at at time to get the thin-ness you like; the thinner the paint, the more it will look like water colors. Mix in water well.
  6. Use brushes, sponges, hands, stamps, etc. to decorate the cloth.

Get creative. Tear the masking tape down the middle and apply to the fabric to create interesting shapes to paint over. And sponges create a wispy effect when it is dipped in the paint mixture and then blotted on paper to remove most of the paint, and gently wisped across the fabric.

Watering down acrylic paint causes it to dry quickly. Keep that in mind if you are doing handprints. Using less water may be the best option. And rather than dipping stamps into the paint mixture, it is easier to use a paintbrush to apply the paint to stampers. If your paint mixture is too thin, add more paint.

If this project needs to be a bit more spill-proof, then spread on top of a vinyl tablecloth when  you are ready for the kids to use it.

Printable Instructions for: painted Ramadhan tablecloth (pdf)

Feel free to send in photos if you do this project.

[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.

 

[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

Drop a comment!

Thinking Ahead to Ramadhaan

There are about 3 months before Ramadhaan begins insha’Allah.

Have you been thinking about what kind of educational, craft, and other non-food supplies you will need for the children? Now is a good time to begin shifting our minds towards that direction. Taking the time now to plan and shop will help you have a more peaceful and productive month insha’Allah.

Insha’Allah, I will do a series of posts on how to get ready and save money in the process.

In the meantime, think about the activities you did last year and the supplies you needed. Find an empty spiral notebook (or binder with loose leaf paper).  The next time we meet, notebooks in hand, we will begin the journey together on “Project Ramadhaan” insha’Allah.

What items do you stock up on before Ramadhaan? Drop a comment!

Help Raise $$ for al-Maun Fund

This is so easy you can almost do it in your sleep! Write a review HERE by Feb 28, 2011 and help The al-Maun Fund raise money: $5000 if they get the most reviews!

So tell your momma, papa, your big bro, your little bro, your cousin and your sister(s). Tell everyone! Help them win that money for the Muslims who are in need!

CLICK THIS BANNER

eid banner

I love this banner. It’s made with scrap book paper. The sister sent me the instructions on how to make this (for ramadhan and eid). See how-to after the photos.

View her blog post HERE.

Materials

  • scrapbook paper, or card stock, or decorative paper
  • scissors
  • glue or double stick tape
  • yarn
  • clear tape
  • templates (Banner Letters, and Banner Flags)

Directions

  1. print the template containing the letters.
  2. print 2 sheets of template for the banner flags (triangles).
  3. cut out each flag/triangle.
  4. cut out each square of letters (see photo of banner before cutting).
  5. attach letters to the flags with glue or double stick tape.
  6. use clear tape to secure a long piece of yarn or ribbon to the back side of the flags.
  7. hang and enjoy.