Ramadan is almost upon us! To welcome this blessed month, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 suggestions for items and gift ideas that will help you, your home and your family and friends make the most of this month, from beginning to end. This includes everything from decorations for your home, to Islamic books and Ramadan journals as well as fun activities you can do with the kids.
May Allah allow us to reach Ramadan and to reap its rewards.
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Ramadan calendars are perfect for keeping track of the passing days in this holy month and counting down the days to Eid. They’re a wonderful way to treat your kids for all their efforts during Ramadan, or even yourself! But Ramadan calendars don’t just need to be for kids, and if you are trying to make healthier choices, there are still plenty of options for you to explore. Some Ramadan advent calendars include ideas for good deeds you can complete each day, while others are printed with short duas you can read throughout the month, offering you a great source of religious inspiration.
Adorning your home with Ramadan decorations is guaranteed to get you into the Ramadan spirit. The bright lights, colourful bunting and fancy banners can transform your home into a dazzlingly festive space, especially during lockdown when we can’t come together as a community. Adding Ramadan décor to your home is the finishing touch you need to make this special month memorable and exciting, and you can get the whole family involved too! Ask your kids to embellish their bedrooms with their favourite decorative pieces so they can create a distinctive look they can be proud of.
Ramadan is one of the best times to strengthen our relationship with the Qur’an. For many of us, reading more of the Qur’an is at the top of our Ramadan goals list and what better way to benefit from the infinite rewards during this blessed month than by reconnecting with the Qur’an?
Qur’an translations are some of the best ways to help you make sense of the words of Allah, and connect more closely to the Quran’s teachings. From translations for beginners to books that will help you improve your tajweed and even children’s Qur’ans, there’s a Qur’an translation for you wherever you’re at on your spiritual journey.
The benefits of journaling for our emotional and mental health have been widely discussed in recent years. Keeping a journal during Ramadan can also benefit you spiritually. It can help you organise your thoughts and plan the days ahead to get the most out of this month. You can also use a notebook or journal to design your own habit tracker to keep on top of your Ramadan goals, make a dua list, jot down any beneficial points and teachings from a Ramadan series you’re following or just to reflect on how your day went. You can also return to your Ramadan journal year after year to inspire and motivate you with new ideas on how to boost your spirituality during Ramadan. Your children can get involved too with their very own Ramadan journal. Whatever your purpose, notebooks and journals are a perfect tool for reflection and clarity.
Nurturing a sense of excitement and love for Ramadan in children is a challenge that many of us face. Without the bright lights, festive music and fun activities held in other celebrations, children might find it hard to connect with Ramadan. One way to help build positive associations with Ramadan for your children is to organise game nights and puzzles! There are plenty of options out there to keep them preoccupied while also being educational at the same time so your kids can learn while having fun.
There are different Ramadan puzzles and games available for a range of ages. For the younger ones in your life, a Ramadan activity book is perfect to introduce, intrigue and advance their learning about the key topics of Ramadan. If there’s something you need to get on with, a Ramadan colouring book and some colouring pencils are sure to keep them busy. You can also try your hand at solving the 30 Ramadan puzzle set together that teaches your child new duas and more about this holy month.
For the older kids in your life, why not try board games like Companion Collection or a puzzle like the Seerah Trail? Both activities immerse the entire family into a fun, faith-lifting experience that teaches both children and adults alike more about the life of the Prophet ﷺ and his companions. These activities can be enjoyed with almost zero set-up time and they bring the whole family together, combining entertainment and knowledge.
If it feels like it’s been too long since you last absorbed any valuable knowledge, Ramadan is a great time to get started again. There are hundreds, if not thousands of Islamic books you can purchase right now to help you along your journey to acquiring essential knowledge. Some texts offer advice and guidance such as hadith books, others share personal experiences while many provide readers with powerful reminders. Here are some of our top picks to get you inspired:
Learn more about the Seerah:
Strengthen your relationship with the Qu’ran:
Explore Islam’s rich history:
However you’re seeking to feed your soul, there’s a book out there for you.
Abayas and hijabs can make the perfect gift for a friend or family member this Ramadan. If you give it with the intention of helping the recipient reconnect with their prayer, then you too can get the reward of their Salah. You can also buy them as gifts from now in preparation for Eid so that you’re not worrying about what presents to buy during Ramadan and you can devote your time to doing acts of worship.
Ramadan is one of the busiest times of the year for many of us; preparing meals, keeping up to 18-hour fasts and increasing worship can start to become a little hectic. If you’re looking for something to help you relax at the end of a long day, candles and bukhoor burners are a fantastic way to help you unwind. They’re ideal for creating a calm, tranquil atmosphere while filling your home with a wonderful aroma that everyone can enjoy. Plus, the comforting scent of oud candles are perfect for creating a serene setting whilst reading your Qur’an during Ramadan nights.
Since we’re on the topic of winding down, how about drinking a warm cup of Moroccan mint tea after a delicious Iftar meal to help you wind down? There’s a variety of wonderful health-related benefits to drinking herbal teas, especially if you’re aiming to take care of your body this Ramadan. So, if you’re looking to pick up some healthy habits this Ramadan, a cup of tea is a great place to start!
It’s no secret that honey holds near-miraculous health benefits that can cure a variety of ailments and symptoms. It’s a natural sweetener that’s rich in antioxidants, supports a healthy immune system, heals wounds and tastes amazing too! It goes without saying that organic raw pure honey is the perfect item to incorporate into your diet during Ramadan. It provides you with essential nutrients, sustains your energy and aids digestion so you can satisfy your sweet tooth and replenish your body at the same time. On top of that, it’s also a sweet delicacy that was recommended by Prophet Muhammad ﷺ himself so you can increase your rewards by consuming sunnah foods.
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