July 23rd, 2012

Is Your child ready to fast? (General tips)

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Written by: moeadra
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Talking to your child about it all will help you see how he or she feels and will give the child a chance to make decisions. Involving children in deciding whether to fast or not helps give them a lot of pride in their action when they fast, as well as a lot of stamina to continue fasting, because they made the decision. The years before fasting is obligatory should be used properly to give children confidence in their physical capabilities to fast, as well as confidence in their decision-making abilities.
It should always be stressed however that there is a choice because they have not reached the age when fasting is compulsory, and how merciful Allah is in that.
It should also be stressed that the time will come when there will no longer be a choice because Allah knows best that then it will be within their capabilities. Physical capabilities and age are the main factors in deciding whether your child can have physical activities while fasting or not. Whether the child can have an exam while fasting or not is a different issue.
If your child is physically able to go to school every day and concentrate, then exams shouldn’t be a problem. On the contrary, you can encourage the child to fast during exam times based on the fact that Allah will bless the day and effort because he or she is fasting.
As for the feeling of hunger, once again, it really depends on your child’s capabilities and choices. If it is only a short time until iftar, then you should encourage the child to go on fasting. Perhaps your child feels hungry because he or she did not have a filling suhur. So, try to make sure that your child gets a good amount of food during suhur.
Finally, remember always that we parents are the models for our children. If we raise our iman and succeed in that, we will give the needed example to our children. Remember also that we ourselves took some time to internalize the real value of Ramadan.
The older you are, in sha’ Allah, the more you are ready and, hopefully, willing to explore the inner meanings of Ramadan. I think that concentrating on making Ramadan a warm, positive and happy experience in the whole house is a priority and the main objective is the general air of the house, which will pave the way to all other objectives.
May Allah link our hearts and the hearts of our children to Iman (faith) and grant us, and them his mercy and forgiveness and accept our fast and good deeds. Amen
Your brother in Islam

Ibrahim Mourad



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