Fons Vitae is pleased to share 9 stories for children too young to fast, featuring children from all around the world and their unique Ramadan celebrations.Children can learn how Ramadan is celebrated by their global brothers and sisters in countries such as China, Mauritania and Syria, as well as identify with their common concerns and discoveries in an entertaining way. These stories were written and researched by a Ghazali Grandmother, who has also experienced being a refugee.
Some of the topics explored are the values of patience, recitation and the study of the Qur’an, as well as the inner fast of the eyes, ears, tongue, hands and feet – which small children can do. These topics are explored further in al-Ghazali’s The Mysteries of Fasting for Children, which can be read and listened to for free HERE or purchased as a hard copy HERE.
Illustrations by Ithar Abusheikha. Many Thanks!
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Imam al-Ghazali explains that just as the Ka‘ba, and the sacred sanctuary that surrounds it, are especially honored by God s.w.t. even though the whole earth is sacred and belongs to Him, fasting is special to God s.w.t. among all the ways we are asked to worship.
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“God says, The patient ones shall be granted their reward without measure (39:10). That means a vast reward! And the Prophet s.a.w.s. said that half of fasting is made up of patience. So, fasting teaches us patience, and that happens inside our Hearts. We can’t see patience. It’s hidden and invisible.” Abid added, “Children like me, who are still too young to fast the whole day, can fast half days. I can fast from lunch until sunset! “It’s easier to spend time with friends who are content with whatever is happening – not like kids and adults who are always stressed and worried. My Grandma sometimes reminds me of the Qur’anic verse, ‘God is with those who are patient.’ Besides, since God is taking care of everything, we can trust Him. So, we can be patient and see what He has planned for us. No need to worry.” “All right!” replied Abdullah. “I am going to try to use this whole month as a great chance to practice and think a lot more about patience.”