It’s important to convey to our children that Ramadan is not just about fasting, but it is also about doing good deeds and being kind to others. To encourage this, make a good deed jar by writing good deeds on pieces of paper, folding them up, and placing them in a large jar or container. Each day, ask your child to pull out a good deed that they should perform by the same time the next day. Some examples of the good deeds you could include are:
- Telephone Grandma (or another elderly relative)
- Memorise a short hadith (ideally one about kindness)
- Make a card or write a note for someone you love
- Lay the table for iftar
- Say tasbih
- Make dua for others
- Tidy up your bedroom
- Help make Eid decorations
- Fast for one (or more) hour
- Think of three things to thank Allah for
Mix up the good deeds so that some are more difficult than others, and put any related to Eid on day 27 onwards. Don’t forget to praise your child for doing a good deed, as that will encourage them to do more. However, don’t praise them too much as it is important that they develop intrinsic motivation from inside themselves, rather than always being externally motivated, because this will foster a positive inclination towards doing good deeds in the future.
Muslim Mummy has some good ideas for good deeds jars – follow the link below:
Good deeds jar by Muslim Mummy
We hope you found these suggestions helpful and wish you and your family a blessed Ramadan full of reward and good deeds.