When there’s buzz in the home about the Hajj and another Eid coming up, little children are sure to catch up on the excitement and of course ask questions. And if someone in family or friends in going on the sacred journey, it’s just going to add on to that curiosity for sure! And obviously you want your little ones asking questions and have them answered in a way their young inquisitive minds can grasp and lead the foundations for learning and loving their deen for years to come.
However if you know me you would know that I like to keep things simple. Because I feel in the gist of making things “fun” we sometimes complicate things for ourselves and might overwhelm the children too (just my experience :D). So without further ado, here are some fuss free and simple ways you can help the Hajj become alive for your children.
1. Travel down the time line
Children love stories so why not relate to them the story of how Ka’aba was built first by Adam عليه السلام and then it was again from it’s foundations by Ibrahim and Ism’eel عليه السلام.. The story of Hajra how she ran between the hills of Safa and Marwa and how the Zam zam water came to be. The sacrifice of Ibrahim عليه السلام and Isma’eel عليه السلام and how we still sacrifice sacrificial animals to honour their act. Why the Hujjaj pelt the Jamarat on the Hajj….etc, etc.
I am sure children will be all wide eyed when all these incidents are related to them inshaAllah.
2. Talk about the pillars of Islam:
We have been talking about the “Pillars of Islam” for a while and how each of them is important completing our deen. We have discussed how many pillars we actually tick each day and how for some of them we have to wait till we are big enough and (as in the case of Hajj) have saved enough money :).
3. Locate the Ka’aba:
As a homeschooling mum, I love how I can incorparate different subjects into a single concept. For example I got hold of sources where my 2 year old can point to different landmarks of HAjj, try recognise them and maybe say their colours too. With my 5 year old we will be locating Makkah and the Ka’aba on the map and talk about the different modes of transport we can use to get there.
3. Read about the Hajj:
Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى mentions the rites of Hajj in much detail in Surah Al-Baqarah. I have been going through them and also relating them to my 5 year old. Plus we have been reading books about Hajj shown in the phto below.
5. Remind about the blessings of first 10 days of Dhul Hijja:
Reported in Bukhari, 2/457
Ibn ‘Abbaas رضي الله عنه reported that the Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.”
With keeping the above hadith in mind, it’s a good time of the year to remind ourselves and our children to do as much good as possible. Such a good time to remind them to share with each other and not fight ;).
6. Do Dhikr together:
The Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ said : “There are no days that are greater before Allah or in which good deeds are more beloved to Him than these ten days. So recite a great deal of tahleel, takbeer and tahmeed during them.”
Tahmeed: Al-hamdu Lillah (All praises be to God)
Tahleel: Laa ilaha ill-Allah (There is no god but Allah)
Tasbeeh: Subhaan-Allah (Glory be to God).
Recite alot of this dhikr (besides other dhikr of course), aloud yourself or have it playing in the house. This will perhaps encourage children to repeat it themselves inshaAllah! A video below you can play at home or there are heaps on YouTube!
7. Watch a documentary about Ka’aba or watch the Hajj Live:
A very interesting documentary to watch with children this Hajj season would be “A Day In The Haram”. It goes through all behind the scene things that go in and around the Masjid Al-Haram so it’s a comfortable and peaceful place for people to visit.
Or you could just watch the live streaming of Hajj together. That’s sure to capture their attention. You can view the Hajj live here:
7. Do some interactive activities:
The purpose of activities is just to superimpose all that you have talked about Hajj with your children. As I said before, I don’t go overboard and like to keep things simple. However I do like to make my own resources sometimes as looking for things online can be too overwhelming!
Hence keeping my children’s ages in mind, I came up with a few things where my children can practice their prewriting skills and logic. But the thing I am excited about the most are the “Hajj Story Circles”!
These are inspired by another fellow blogger who did something similar for Ramadan. I couldn’t think of a better way to talk about the landmarks of Hajj. You can ask your little ones to identify the landmarks, ask them to arrange them in order or get them to narrate a story about Hajj using the story circles. With very little ones, you can print out 2 copies of the Hajj circles and get them to match them together.
These circles are available to purchase from the shop here.
InshaAllah I hope you find these tips useful and I look forward to know how you use the resources.
Since I am a parent in progress, I would love to know from you too how you make the Hajj come alive for your little ones :).