By Zawjah Ali
Laylatul qadr is comprised of two words: lail(night) and qadr (power). It is a blessed night. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has stated it to be better than thousand months in the Qurán.
Allah( سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says in the Quran:
“The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months”
Keeping in view the importance of this night, it is essential that we educate our children about it’s rewards and significance from an early age. We often get so caught up in the preparations of iftars, and meeting deadlines, that we fail to to give the much needed knowledge regarding it to our children. However, we can do some fun activities to make it special for kids and instill the love of Allah and this month of Ramadan in them. It is a two-fold approach and beneficial not only for the kids but also for us, as in our attempt to make it memorable and functional for them, we can learn a lot ourselves.
Here are some points and tips to make this a fun filled educational experience for the kids:
Quran- best buddy:
The salient aspect of this night is the revelation of Quran. It is the time to bring them closer to the Qur’an, and make it their best pal. When children see you in love with the book of Allah, they will reach out to it automatically. Gift them their own mus’huf, as kids own their possession with pride. Make them aware that it is the word of Allah, and teach them to respect and treasure it.
Abu Umamah (رضي الله عنه) narrated that he heard Allah’s Messenger ( ﷺ ) say:
Recite the Quran, for on the Day of Resurrection it will come as an intercessor for those who recite it.
(Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1757)
In another hadith:
Abdullah ibn Amr (رضي الله عنه) narrated: Allah’s Messenger (saws) said, “Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for man (on the Day of Judgment). Fasting says, ‘O my Lord, I have kept him away from his food and his passions by day, so accept my intercession for him.’ The Qur’an says, ‘I have kept him away from sleep by night, so accept my intercession for him.’ Then their intercession is accepted.”
(Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1963)
Recognizing the Angels:
Children are in love with the idea of angels and heaven. They find them magical and divine. Make your kids visualize angels descending down by the will of Allah, holding this blessed book to guide the entire Muslim Ummah. Our kids are die heart fans of Disney fairy tales. It is the best time to explain the real essence of heaven and angels as Allah’s creation, and eliminate the faulty perception of those stories.
Tell them about the angels Allah has appointed for our protection, and for different tasks. Explain the attributes of noble angels like Jibr’aeel (عليه السلام) and how they brought the messages to our Prophet ( ﷺ ). This will help the children to connect with the history of Islam and will also instill in them the belief and respect for Allah’s angels. This is very important, as belief in angels is an essential part of iman.
I know it is nerve wracking to drill and make anything with wood etc. for a tent. What we can do is use an alternative that is easier and cheaper. Buy a mosquito repellent net (big one). Put cushions inside. Fairy lights are cheap and easy to adorn around the net. Keep their mus’huf, small adhkar books, and prayer mat inside. This will help them to find peace in solitude and use the time to connect with Allah. It will teach them sabr and gratitude, and will also give you some time of peace to do your own adhkar.
Educating through activities:
Younger kids won’t sit for long, so you can divert their attention to fun based activities, while giving them information throughout. Here’s one such activity: Take a shoe box, wrap it with a black sheet of paper to present the night sky. Glue some silver stars onto it. Let them picture the night and narrate to them the story of first revelation. Help them draw and paint cave of hira, and the other Islamic historical places.
Make a list of their wishes. Using this, you can make a tree of dua or a box of dua. Teach them the importance of night prayers like tahujjud. Tell them that Allah appears at the lowest sky at the time of tahajjud, and calls for us to make dua to Him and ask for forgiveness.
May Allah make our children from among the Saliheen. Ameen.