25 June 2017

Fasting Six Days of Shawwaal

Sherrie W
Abu Ayyoub reported that the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam said “Whoever fasts the month of Ramadhan and then follows it by fasting six days during the month of Shawwal will be rewarded as if he had fasted the entire year
(Saheeh Muslim)

Fasting Six Days of Shawwaal (The ClearSunnah.Blog)
The reward of fasting the six days of Shawwaal, the manner of observing this voluntary fast

Fasting the six (days) of Shawwaal is a recommended act of worship and not an obligation.

It is not a must for him to fast immediately after ‘eed al-fitr, rather it is permissible to begin fasting after ‘eed by a day or (a number of) days. And (also) to fast them continuously or intermittently in the month of Shawwaal according to that which is easy for him. And the issue is quite open in this matter, and it is not obligatory, rather it is a sunnah.

"These days can be anytime during the month of Shawwal except the first day because it is unlawful to fast the day of Eid. These days do not have to be at beginning of the month nor do they have to be consecutive. Hence, Muslims should seize this opportunity and fast these six days to get Allah’s reward."

He should not do the voluntary fast whilst he has a day or days to make up from Ramadhaan. Rather, he should begin by making up that which he has (outstanding) from Ramadhaan, then do the voluntary fast.

TJ Printable: Fasting Other Than Ramadan
Voluntary Fasting in Islam - Salafi Publications

08 May 2017

Countdown to Ramadan (and Eid!)

Sherrie W

There's nothing like a Ramadan bulletin board to get people thinking about Ramadan. I finally got around to starting ours this year. The first thing I put up was a countdown to Ramadan poster that I made this year.

and sure enough, it got us talking about Ramadan and its approach. This poster contains digits cards to cut out and I made a little pocket to hold the cards. I laminated the poster, number cards, and pocket for durability.I attach the numbers to the poster with velcro dots.

We've had it up for a couple of days and the kids get a kick out of changing the numbers in the morning.

I thought while I was at it, I would make a similar poster for Eidul Fitr:

To make them "pop" you can have the kids color in the white spaces (which I had intended but to do but my kids are not too often in a coloring mood, so we're going with black and white).

Download Countdown to Ramadan and Eid Posters 

Other Countdown Ideas

Ramadan Countdown Chain
Count down the days until Ramadan by making a Ramadan Countdown Chain. 

Cut out the strips and link together to form a chain. Tear off a chain each day.

Print out on colored paper to make your chain "pop." If you want each chain to be a different color, make the chains by hand instead.

One year, we draped our chain across our Ramadan Bulletin Board

Ramadan Countdown Chain

10 March 2017

Ramadan Childrens' Library

Sherrie W
A collection of PowerPoints I've made over the years in addition to other resources I've found on the internet.

TJ Originals

A Day of Fasting (2014 Version) from TJ Homeschooling

My Little Ramadan Primer (PowerPoint)

Also available in PDF: My Little Ramadan Primer (PDF, 27 pages)

My Little Ramadan Book Coloring Book (New Edition for 2018)

Elsewhere on the Net

Baby Reads Quran in Ramadan - from A Muslim Child is Born blog
PDF printable book.

Ramadan Activity & Coloring Pages

Sherrie W

Coloring Books
My Little Ramadan Book Coloring Book (New Edition for 2018)

Ramadan Coloring Book  - originally posted from Salafi Sisters

Ramadan Coloring Book

Coloring & Activity Pages

Command to Fast Coloring Page A-  friend of mine cut it apart and used in a lapbook:
Command to Fast Ramadan Coloring Pagecommand-to-fast

Crescent Moon Coloring Page (off site at lilfingers.com) - great for preschoolers

Crescent Moon and Clouds Coloring Page (offsite)

Duaa for Host Coloring Page

Duaa for Host # 2

Fast of a Traveler Coloring Page (part of the 30 day It's Ramadan! Curriculum)

Iftaar Draw and Trace

Layl (Night) Scene

Masjid Coloring Page from TheColor.com (online coloring)

Masjid Coloring Page 2 - Supercolor.com

Masjid Coloring Page 3 - Freecoloringsheets.net

Masjid coloring page from EduPics

Ramadan Activity Packs from Umm Maimoonah Records. There are two packs and a teaching resource pack. You do not want to miss this cute resource! There are now 2 packs and there are parent/teaching notes.

Taraweeh Prayer Rugs - design and color

Toys Activity Page - The Companions used to give the children toys to play with to keep them occupied during the fasting day. This activity is about toys in general.

Ramadan Activity  Book from A Muslim Child is Born - You don't want to miss this, great for the little kids;  75 pages.

Online Ramadan Coloring Pages at TheColor.com
Themes: boy eating date, family, friendship, mosque, praying, reading Quraan (they do contain faces)

Do contain faces and one is the crescent and star which I have read should not be used as a symbol of Islam due to it's pagan origins, but it does have some nice masjid pics and the people can be defaced in Paint or similar program, in sha Allah.

Coloring and Activity Pages fro Islamic Comics

What Breaks the Fast?

Sherrie W


Does it Break the Fast? - DuSunnah.com has a nice 2 page PDF that answers important questions about fasting and then includes a table with different actions and states whether or not those actions break the fast. (link updated 4/30/18)

Worksheets & Activities

Does it Break the Fast? Worksheet - A simple worksheet for older students to complete (it contains mature subject matter)
Does it Break the Fast? Worksheet for Older Students

Does it break the fast? sorting activityDoes it break the fast? sorting activity

Things That Break the Fast Mobile

Here's a cute mobile to illustrate things that break the fast.  It was made by Umm Abdul Basir on our collaborative Islamic Bulletin Boards site.

 You can download the Things that Break the Fast Mobile at Islamic Bulletin Boards!!!!!

09 March 2017

Laylatul Qadr

Sherrie W

Learn About Laylatul Qadr

When is the Night of Qadr? -  Shaykh Albanee and Shaykh Uthaimeen

Laylatul Qadr PowerPoint

When is Laylatul Qadr? What are the signs of Laylatul Qadr?  Why is it important?
Find out in this TJ PowerPoint!

Download Laylatul Qadr PowerPoint (.pps) (2010 Version)

Laylatul Qadr Duaa

Meaning of the Best Duaa for Laylatul Qadr

According to ahadith (which you can find in my Laylatul Qadr PowerPoint or mini Bulletin board display), Laylatul Qadr could be ( or have been) the following nights this year, and Allah knows best:
Last ten days
Posted by Trying to Follow the Salaf on Monday, July 6, 2015

(The night comes before the day so the 21st night is considered as the evening of July 7 til the morning of July 8)

 ‘Aaishah [May Allaah be Pleased with her] asked the Prophet [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him] about the best Dua’a to make on this night and he [Peace and Blessings of Allaah be Upon him] replied by informing her to say:
اللهم انك عفو تحب العفو فاعف عني
Oh Allaah! You are Al-‘Aafoow and You Love to Pardon, so Pardon me.

You can learn  more about the Meaning of the Best Dua to Make on the Night of Laylatul Qadr from the Ahledhikr blog.

Laylatul Qadr Lessons

A friend clued me in on this workbook: "Hey Kids! Laylatul Qadr is the Best Night of the Year"
Activities across the Curriculum

Laylatul Qadr Lessons for Little Children - Blog.JannahSteps.com

Laylatul Qadr Bulletin Board Display

Laylatul Qadr Bulletin Board Display Elements - TJ Homeschooling
I made the elements and the picture below is how my bud, Umm Abdul Basir displayed it one year.

Laylatul Qadr bulletin board display

Suratul Qadr

Eidul Fitr - Its Etiquette, Greeting, and Prayer

Sherrie W
  • Eidul Fitr is the celebration that marks the end of Ramadan fasting. 
  • Eidul Fitr is always on the first day of the month of Shawwal (the month after Ramadan).  
  • The main event on this day is the observance of the Eid prayer. It is from the sunnah for the Eid prayer to be prayed in a musalla (wide open space outside). Later on in the day families generally do activities together including playing games, sports, eating, and visiting neighbors, friends, and other family.
The following are resources I have collected/made to help learn about and observe the day of Eid and the Eid prayer.

Preparing for the Eid Prayer/Setting Out for the Eid Prayer

1. Eat before the Eid Prayer:
Anas (radiAllahu anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wasallam) would not set out in the morning of Eid ul Fitr until he had eaten some dates(Bukhari)

2. Bathing before the Eid Prayer:

There is no "authentically reported" sunnah from the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) according to "The Rulings Concerning the Two Eids."

However, it is preferred and it is a sunnah of the Companions (that is, their way and guidance).."ibn Umar (radia Allahu anhumaa) used to bathe on the day of Fitr." ("The Rulings Concerning the Two Eids" by Shaykh Abul Haarith 'Alee Hasan 'Alee Abdul Hameed)

3. Going to the Musalla, Returning a different way
"When it was the day of Eid, the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) use to alter his route (of returning). (Bukhari)

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim al Jaqzeeyah said:

"The Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi was sallam) used to change his route on the days of Eid, such that he went by one route and returned by another. It is said (he did this)to give salaam upon the people of both routes. Or so that both groups get some of his blessings. Or so that anybody who has a need can take care of it. Or to make manifest the ritual of Islaam....("The Rulings Concerning the Two Eids" by Shaykh Abul Haarith 'Alee Hasan 'Alee Abdul Hameed)

Eid Greetings

Shaykh ul Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah, when asked about the greeting/congratulations of Eid said:

"As for the greeting on the day of Eid, then it is by saying to one another when meeting after the prayer:

Taqabbala Allahu minnaa wa minkum wa ahaala Allahu alayka
May Allah accept it from you and us and other things of this nature.

Ibn Qudaamah reported in Al Mugnee that Muhammad ibn Iyaad said: "I was with Abi Umamah al Baahilee and other companions of the Prophet (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam and when they returned from the Eid they said to each other:

Taqabbala Allahu minnaa wa minkum - May Allah accept it from you and us

Source: "The Rulings Concerning the Two Eids from the Purified Sunnah"

The Eid Prayer

It is the Sunnah to Pray the Eid Prayer in a Musalla

Praying Eid in the Musalla is Sunnah (PDF), a treatise by Shaykh Albanee  - link fixed 5/30/2016,

Description of the Eid Prayer
The Description of The Eid prayer, Number of Rakats and The Eid Takbirs
See Fataawa Arkaan al-Islam by Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy o­n him), p. 398;Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 8/300-316).

The Eid prayer is o­ne where the imam attends and leads the people in praying two rak’ahs. ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The prayer of al-Fitr is two rak’ahs and the prayer of al-Adha is two rak’ahs, complete and not shortened, o­n the tongue of your Prophet, and the o­ne who fabricates lies is doomed.” Narrated by al-Nasaa’i, 1420 and Ibn Khuzaymah. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i.

It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to come out o­n the day of al-Fitr and al-Adha to the prayer place, and the first thing he would do was to offer the prayer. Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 956

In the first rak’ah he should say Takbeerat al-ihraam (say “Allaahu akbar” to start the prayer), after which he should say six or seven more takbeers, because of the hadeeth of ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), “The takbeer of al-Fitr and al-Adha is seven takbeers in the first rak’ah and five takbeers in the second, apart from the takbeer of rukoo’.” Narrated by Abu Dawood and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel, 639.

Then he should recite al-Faatihah, and recite Soorat Qaf in the first rak’ah. In the second rak’ah he should stand up saying takbeer, and when he has stood up completely he should say takbeer five times, and recite Soorat al-Faatihah then Soorat al-Qamr. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite these two soorahs during the two Eids. Or if he wishes he can recite Soorat al-A’la in the first rak’ah and Soorat al-Ghaashiyah in the second, because it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to recite al-A’la and al-Ghaashiyah in the Eid prayer.

The imam should revive the Sunnah be reciting these soorahs so that the Muslims will become familiar with the Sunnah.

After the prayer, the imam should address the people. Part of the khutbah should be addressed specifically to the women, telling them of the things that they should do and warning them against the things that they should avoid, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do.

  • Status of Eid Prayer in Islam
  • No prayer before or after Eid prayer
  • Time of the Eid prayer
  • Late report of crescent sighting
  • No athan or iqaamah
  • Description of the Eid Prayer
  • Eid Khutbah
  • When the Eid falls on a Friday

What do you do if you are late/miss the Eid Prayer?

From Saheeh Bukhari:  "If one misses the Eid (prayer) he should pray two rakahs." (to make it up)

Eid Decorations, Coloring Pages, & Printables


27 February 2017

Ramadan Crafts

Sherrie W

Karima's Crafts - Ramadan Crafts - you'll probably want to make this your first Ramadan craft stop if you haven't already discovered it.

101 Funtastic Ramadan Crafts and Activities - another great one.

Ramadan Crafts Book 2007 - compiled by Umm Nassim for TJ Ramadan  

Features 25 Ramadan/Islamic themed crafts; includes illustrations and instructions.

Includes the following crafts: ABC’s of Ramadan, Calendar Chain, Date Chain, Elegant Candle, Dates from Tree to Table, Fanoos, High Ceiling Mosaic, Henna Cones, Henna Hands, Illuminated Masjid, Magnets, Mobile: Masjid, Mobile: Masjid II, Mobile: Moon and Stars, Moon over Mecca, Mosaic Sun Catcher, Patchwork Skirt, Pillars of Islam, Prayer Rug Patterns, Ramadan Journal, Ramadan Calendar, Ramadan Calendar II, Ramadan Collage, Ramadan Diorama

Majlis Craft from Umm Abdul Basir Wordpress - Wow!

Prayer Rug Magnets - from Abdul Basir Wordpress

Ramadan 3D Letters - from Umm Abdul Basir Wordpress

Ramadan Certificates

Sherrie W

Fasting Certificates (sorry, not currently available)
  • Fasted full month of Ramadan
  • Completed x number of fasting days (you fill in how many days were fasted)
Each certificate is 8.5 x 5 (half sheet of paper)

Quraan Reading/Memorization

26 February 2017

Ramadan Journals

Sherrie W

Ramadan Journal Templates

TJ Ramadan 2006 Daily Journal 
The journal below was the very first Ramadan Journal that I made back in 2006! It is styled in a newsletter format and can be used year to year (student writes in the date).

Lots of goodies inside:

  • It has sections where your child can write or draw what they had for suhoor and iftaar, and what they good deeds they did that day.
  • It has a checklist for recording which prayers were made and if Quraan was read that day.
  • There is an ayaah or hadith that they can use for copywork
  • Finally, there is a writing activity and each day features a creative writing prompt to help get those writing juices flowing.
It is correlated with "It's Ramadan" Activities but the journal can be used on its own.

Ready to unleash some Ramadan productivity for the kids? Download the journal today!

Ramadan Journal Template

On the template, as you might be able to see, your child can:
  • copy down an ayaah/hadith of the day.
  • write or draw what they had for suhoor and what they broke their fast with
  • write good deeds they may have done
  • write what quraan they read
  • jot down their thoughts about the day, or other things such as memorable events

And there's a cover:

Ramadan Journal Cover

The year before last, I printed the cover out on colored cardstock and wow....

Ramadan Journal Cover

they really popped!

One of my Ramadan journal templates, this one from 2011.

As with all of my templates, you can use them from year to year as your student/child writes in the date. This template is a 2 page template that can be printed back to back.

The first page includes a place to record moon sightings and checklists for activities completed throughout the day. The second page consists of a place to reflect upon the day.

Ramadan JournalRamadan Journal

And there's a cover:
Print the cover out on colored cardstock and it instantly transforms into a sturdy, fun looking journal!

Ramadan Journal Template - from 2013 (4/2018 - trying to locate this file)
Ramadan Journal Template

Kids can record:
  • wake up and sleep times
  • what was eaten for suhoor and to break their fast, how much water they drank before and after fasting
  • what they did during the day
  • what the moon looks like
  • and how their day went

Ramadan Daily Journal from Yemen Links

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