32 Things You Can Put in a Ramadan Journal

If you've gotten a chance to browse TJ Ramadan, you may have seen my Ramadan Journal templates with activities and prompts to get kids engaged. These are especially helpful for kids for whom starting fresh with a blank page is stressful.

But if you've got kids who like to do their own thing,  you can simply have them create their own, personalized journal by making their own cover (Let them make it on cardstock for a sturdier book) and adding blank paper inside and turn them loose.

My oldest daughter made a few Ramadan journals of her own over the years.

If you want to give free style journals a chance this year, here are 32 ideas to get those creative juices flowing:

  1. Introductory page/note to yourself about how many years you have fasted, what you hope this Ramadan will be like, what you want to accomplish or do, special plans you may have
  2. Table of contents
  3. Fasting tracker (record the days you fasted and days you missed)
  4. Quraan reading tracker
  5. Laylatul Qadr/TaraweehTracker
  6. 5 daily prayers tracker
  7. Ramadan goals
  8. Ramadan calendar
  9. Moon observation tracker/journal
  10. Dear Diary/Journal style dated entries
  11. List of good deeds you can do
  12. List of things that break the fast
  13. List of merits of fasting
  14. Coloring pages/artwork
  15. Recipes of things you made during Ramadan or would like to make
  16. Pictures of crafts you have made during Ramadan
  17. Ramadan artwork that you have created
  18. Ramadan ahadith and duaas(copywork or graphics)
  19. Things you ate for suhoor/iftaar(list or drawing)
  20. List of things you did during the day (list or drawing)
  21. List of good deeds you did during the day (list or drawing)
  22. Write down special memories
  23. Write down medical problems you had during the day
  24. Track how much water you drank between maghrib and fajr
  25. Notes or notebooking pages on specific Ramadan topics
  26. Pictures of Ramadan lapbook that you may have made
  27. Times you woke up and went to sleep each day
  28. Thoughts on how your fasting day went/what you need to work on
  29. Ramadan daily planner pages
  30. Notes from Ramadan lectures/classes
  31. Duaas you want to make
  32. Responses to Ramadan Writing Prompts

Prepare Your Kids for Ramadan!

Regardless of whether all of your children are fasting during Ramadan, there are many things that you can do to get them (and the rest of the family) excited about and prepared for observing Ramadan.

Here are a few for starters......

Moon Phases Notebooking Page

I decided on the fly to go over the phases of the moon yesterday with my 10 year old son. So of course I didn't have any visuals or anything, so I had to create my own as we went along (I'm obviously no artist, but it got the job done):

Then, I decided to work up a more lasting page to capture what we learned.

Moon Phase Notebooking Page

Then I decided to add in ayaat about the moon and its phases for us to read and reflect upon. They could also be used for copywork.

Ayaat Related to the Moon

Readings to Help Prepare Your Mind For Ramadan

A collection of treatises and articles/books to help prepare your mind for Ramadan.

What Goes on a Ramadan Bulletin Board?

Things to Put On A Ramadan Bulletin Board
A bulletin board for Ramadan is a fun way to get everyone in the mood for Ramadan. The board can also act as a great review or learning tool for Ramadan related concepts.

In addition, it can become your Ramadan control center where you post useful information (such as charts and menus) to help keep the family informed and on track for Ramadan.

Below, I've compiled a list of ideas for things to make your Ramadan bulletin board a useful tool for decorating, educating, and stimulating family members during the Ramadan "season."
  • Ramadan calendar; Ramadan count down calendar or chains
  • Duaa for sighting the crescent moon
  • Ayaat in the Quraan for the Command to Fast
  • Family menu plans (for suhoor and iftaar)
  • Fasting trackers (charts to help keep track of the days fasted/missed during Ramadan)
  • Kids' Ramadan artwork
  • List of Ramadan family goals for each family member
  • List or poster of good deeds that kids can do throughout the day
  • Duaa for breaking the fast
  • Reminders of things that break the fast (get a cute mobile for this from IBB)
  • Ramadan Quotes (related ayaat and ahadith)
  • Ramadan writing prompts list or calendar
  • Ramadan related sight/vocabulary list
  • Moon phase chart or poster/moon phase observation chart (see Moon Phase Resources)
  • Ibaadah tracker (record deeds during the day) - Visit IBB for templates
  • How to Fast Chart/Poster ( Pick up a neat Fasting day wheel that shows what is done during a day of fasting from IBB)

Do you put up a Ramadan Bulletin Board? 

If so, what else do you include? Why not keep the ball (of ideas) rolling by sharing with others in the comment section?

Duaas for Breaking Fast

Question: Source: (via Salaf us Saalih.com)
Is there any supplication reported from the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and the Companions, may Allaah be pleased with them, at the time of breaking the fast? Should the fasting person repeat what the Mu’aththin says, or continue breaking his fast?
The supplication at the time of fasting is most likely to be answered, because it is at the end of an act of worship, and in most cases, a human self is at its weakest point just before he breaks his fast. The weaker a person is physically, and the more tender-hearted, the greater is his feeling of repentance and humility towards Allaah, the Almighty, the All-Powerful.
The supplication which is reported from the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is:
اللهم لك صمت و على رزقك أفطرت
(Allaahumma Laka Sumtu Wa ‘Ala Rizqika Aftartu.)
“Oh, Allaah! For Your sake I have fasted and with Your sustenance I have broken my fast.”[1]
When he broke his fast, the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam also said:
ذهب الظمأُ، وابتلت الروق و ثبت الأجر إن شاء الله
(Thahabath-Thana’u Wabtallatil-‘Urooqu Wa Thabatal-Ajru In Sha’ Allaah.)
“Thirst has gone, the arteries are moist, and the reward is sure, if Allaah wills.”[2]
Although there may be some weakness in these two Ahadith, some of the Scholars have declared them to be Hasan; and in any case, if you supplicated using these words or any others words that came to your heart when breaking your fast, then it is most likely to be answered.

As for answering the Mu’aththin when a person is breaking his fast, it is lawful, because of the saying of the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam:
إذا سمعتم المؤذن فقولوا مثل ما يقول
“If you hear the Mu’aththin, then say what he says.” [3]
applies to all situations, except those which there is some evidence to show otherwise.
Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen
Fatawa Arkaanul-Islaam, DARUSSALAM, Vol.2, p.670

Duaa for Breaking the Fast Table Placard - New 2020!

Duaa for Breaking Fast Printable - kids

Liven Up Your Ramadan With a Ramadan Bulletin Board!

Back in 2006, I put up our very first Ramadan Bulletin Board. It was amazing how much that got us into the Ramadan mood. I try to make one in some shape or fashion each year, inshaa Allah.

What Goes On a Ramadan Bulletin Board?
Never put up a Ramadan bulletin board before? Check out some ideas here.

Ramadan Bulletin Board Printables

Several years ago, a good friend of mine (Umm Abdul Basir) and I put together printables for a Ramadan bulletin board.

Below is an example of some of the elements that were made.

Make Ramadan "Come Alive" with a Ramadan Bulletin Board

A Ramadan bulletin board can really help get the house into a more festive mood and they are excellent learning/review tools.

You can stop by the collaborative blog of Umm Abdul Basir and I, Islamic Bulletin Boards, to download the bulletin board elements you see above and more!

Do you put up a Ramadan bulletin board?

If so, and you have pictures of it online, please leave your link in the comments section to share with others for inspiration.

Originally posted 7/25/11