Children and Fasting
“We went to the mosque and made toys of
wool for them (children)
and when anyone felt hungry and wept for
we have them these toys till it was the
time to break the fast.”
Rubayyi daughter of Muawwidh bin Afra
regarding what the Companions said in
relation to children and fasting.”
Saheeh Muslim (#2531)
to learn why “practice” fasting is good for children
and to practice the sunnah regarding children and
hadith in the Today's Quote.
the full text in Saheeh Muslim, Book of Sawm,
are not required to fast, but, according to the Saheeh
Muslim commentary (Abdul Hameed Siddiqi translation)
the Muslims in the time of the Prophet (salla Allahu
alayhi wa sallam) had children fast in order to give
them “mental and practical training” in religious duties
before these duties became obligatory for them so that
they would be used to them.
Children were given toys to take their minds off of
some things that you do in your family to pass the time
when it is close to Maghrib)
about the importance of “practicing” something before
you actually have to do it.
it a good idea?
could happen if you don’t?
Make Your own ramadan/fasting toy
Make a homemade toy to play
with (paper airplane or car, make believe (non
animal/non human) character, pillow, etc) or make one
for a younger sibling.
Here are some sites you can
check out for making homemade toys:
(For the little ones)
OR design and make your own.......
your Ramadan Journal for
ideas: write about your toy. Describe it. How does it
work? What does it look like. (Younger children can do
an ad for your toy. Include features of the toy, how
much it costs, why people should buy it. Be persuasive.
(see sample ad in Ramadan 11 Journal).
write a how to article describing how you made the toy.
about a favorite toy.
these activities can be done orally by younger children
or they can dictate to a grown up or sibling and copy
what their helper writes down.
children) What are some things you do to help you get
through the fasting day?
Copy today's quote