Ramadan fasting is mandatory for Muslims who are already baligh. However, it is not easy to fast for the first time, especially for children. For that, so that your little one can get used to and respect the fasting month, then you need to teach them and show how beautiful the fasting month is.
Parents should be able to teach their children how to make fasting in Ramadan an interesting learning experience for children. So that parents can teach children to respect the fasting month and interpret it as a month where the heart, mind, soul and patience must be controlled.
Here are some ways you can do this:
1. Invite them to break their fast
Ask the children to sit with the rest of the family in the dining room to break their fast when the time comes, even when they are not fasting. In addition, provide children’s favorite foods on the table. This is solely to get their attention, this way will teach them to see how other people break their fast by giving thanks. Afterwards, invite the children to go to the mosque with their father to perform the Maghrib prayer. That way, gradually, he will understand and get used to it.
2. Invite Tarawih Prayers
Invite your children to perform the tarawih prayer after breaking their fast so that they can get used to and understand this. Children may only sit or stay in the back of the mosque if they are bored. But over time, you can give the understanding that prayer is an important thing that they must carry out. If you take your little one with you to the mosque for tarawih prayer and you don’t want them to disturb other people, you can bring along the books he reads to keep him busy. It is worth doing to create a sense of unity and respect for Ramadan in your little one.
3. Teach Children To Share
You can do this by preparing food that you can share with people in need when breaking the fast. In addition, make your little one participate in preparing this food and also get him involved when giving this food to people in need. This will be very useful to teach sharing and charity to others who are more in need, especially during the month of Ramadan where charity and sharing are part of worship in Islam.
4. Give Awards
Basically, everyone will be happy when given gifts, as well as with children. Teach him to fast by giving him an award in the form of praise or giving him what he hopes for as long as it is still limited to normal. Like cooking a favorite food that he asks for if he is participating in fasting even though the fast he is living is not yet full. You can do this gradually, and gradually the spirit of the child will be more motivated. Over time you can give understanding and start reducing the gifts or awards that you give and teach him that fasting is a compulsory worship that must be done sincerely.
Here are some ways you can teach your little one to respect fasting from an early age. So that later, they will get used to the obligatory worship that they must always live.