A few years ago I found this post from another blogger with the idea to make Ramadan Plates as an ongoing Ramadan craft. See her blog for examples, but in summary, you write an ayah or hadith and the child then decorates the plate using crayons, colored pencils, glitter, anything! You can hang up the plate in your home, add it to a banner each day, or however you think it would benefit in your home.
When I did this Ramadan craft with Care Bear a few years ago, my biggest struggle was setting aside the time to find ayat and ahadith to write down. Well, I’ve finally done so, and sharing what I’ve found with you. I put the actual quotes in bold so, if you choose, you can just write the quote down and focus on that topic, plus save a bit of space on the plate for your child’s masterpiece. A couple of them are a little longer, so you can write them yourself or print them out – your choice. Since you’ll be coloring the plates, and especially if the kids are younger, I suggest only writing the ayat in English so as to not scribble over Qur’an ayat. This activity could be a great way to get in some dictation time as well!
Many of these ayah I found listed on this lecture series by Hamza Yusuf on Youtube. Others I found on Suhaib Webb’s website, specifically Yasmin Mogahed’s post on Ramadan: Raining with Mercy. Lastly, I did some Google searches for ayat on patience and charity.
- Allah’s Apostle ﷺ said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [Bukhari] …
- Narrated Abu Huraira(r.a): The Prophet ﷺ said:”… whoever fasts during Ramadan out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Sahih Al-Bukhari].
- …whoever witnesses the Month of Ramadan should fast through it… [Qur’an 2:185]
- The Prophet ﷺ said: “When the last one-third of the night remains, our Lord, the Glorious One, descends towards the lower heaven and proclaims: ‘Is there anyone supplicating to Me, so that I grant his supplication? Is there anyone begging of Me for anything so that I grant him his wish? Is there anyone who seeks My forgiveness, so that I forgive him?’” [Bukhari and Muslim].
- Ramadan is the (month) in which the Quran was sent down, as a guide to mankind and a clear guidance and judgment (so that mankind will distinguish from right and wrong).. [Qur’an 2:183]
- Seek help in patience and As-Salat (the prayer). Truly, Allah is with As-Sabirun (the patient).‘ [Qur’an 2:153]
- Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you many learn piety and righteousness. [Qur’an 2:183]
- …And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew. [Qur’an 2:184]
- This next one I’ve split into a few sections because it is long, and there are a few topics you can discuss as a family: The Messenger of Allah ﷺ addressed his companions on the last day of Sha`ban, saying, “Oh people! A great month has come over you; a blessed month; a month in which is a night better than a thousand months;
- …month in which Allah has made it compulsory upon you to fast by day, and voluntary to pray by night. Whoever draws nearer (to Allah) by performing any of the (optional) good deeds in (this month) shall receive the same reward as performing an obligatory deed at any other time, and whoever discharges an obligatory deed in (this month) shall receive the reward of performing seventy obligations at any other time.
- …It is the month of patience, and the reward of patience is Heaven.
- …It is the month of charity, and a month in which a believer’s sustenance is increased.
- …Whoever gives food to a fasting person to break his fast, shall have his sins forgiven, and he will be saved from the Fire of Hell, and he shall have the same reward as the fasting person, without his reward being diminished at all.” [Narrated by Ibn Khuzaymah]
- Only those who are patient shall receive their reward in full, without reckoning. [Qur’an 39:10]
- You shall not attain righteousness until you spend out of what you love (in the way of Allah). Allah knows whatever you spend. [Qur’an 3:92]
- Abu Said al-Khudri reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ, said: “No servant fasts on a day in the path of Allah except that Allah removes the hellfire seventy years further away from his face.” This is related by “the group,” except for Abu Dawud.
- `Abdullah ibn `Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: “The fast and the Qur’an are two intercessors for the servant of Allah on the Day of Resurrection. The fast will say: ‘O Lord, I prevented him from his food and desires during the day. Let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say: ‘I prevented him from sleeping at night. Let me intercede for him.’ And their intercession will be accepted.” [Ahmad]
- (O Prophet!) Tell those of My servants who believe that they should establish Prayer and spend out of what We have provided them with, both secretly and openly, before there arrives the Day when there will be no bargaining, nor any mutual befriending. [Qur’an 14:31]
- Abu Umamah reported: “I came to the Messenger of Allah ﷺ and said: ‘Order me to do a deed that will allow me to enter Paradise.’ He said: ‘Stick to fasting, as there is no equivalent to it.’ Then I came to him again and he said: ‘Stick to fasting.“‘ [Ahmad, an-Nasa’i, and al-Hakim].
- Sahl ibn Sa’d reported that the Prophet ﷺ said: “There is a gate to Paradise that is called ar-Rayyan. On the Day of Resurrection it will say: ‘Where are those who fasted?’ When the last [one] has passed through the gate, it will be locked.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]
- He who is amongst those who pray will be called from the gate of the prayer (in Paradise) and he who is from the people of Jihad will be called from the gate of Jihad, and he who is from those’ who give in charity (i.e. Zakat) will be called from the gate of charity, and he who is amongst those who observe fast will be called from the gate of fasting, the gate of Raiyan.” Abu Bakr said, “He who is called from all those gates will need nothing,” He added, “Will anyone be called from all those gates, O Allah’s Apostle?” He said, “Yes, and I hope you will be among those, O Abu Bakr. [Bukhari]
- Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet ﷺ said : “The time between the five prayers, two consecutive Friday Prayers, and two cosecutive Ramadans are expiations for all that has happened during that period, provided that one has avoided the grave (major) sins.” [Muslim]
- Messenger of Allah ﷺ says, “Ramadan has come to you. (It is) a month of blessing, in which Allah covers you with blessing, for He sends down Mercy, decreases sins and answers prayers. In it, Allah looks at your competition (in good deeds), and boasts about you to His angels. So show Allah goodness from yourselves, for the unfortunate one is he who is deprived in (this month) of the mercy of Allah, the Mighty, the Exalted.” [Narrated by Tabarani]
- Aisha (ra) reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ used to practice I`tikaf (seclusion) in the last ten nights of Ramadan and used to say, “Look for the Night of Qadr in the last ten nights of the month of Ramadan” [Bukhari]
- Indeed, We sent the Qur’an down during the Night of Decree. And what can make you know what is the Night of Decree? The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn. [Qur’an 97:1-5]
- The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever prays during the night of Qadr (power) with faith and hoping for its reward will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
- Establish Prayer and dispense the Purifying Alms (Zakat) and bow in worship with those who bow. [Qur’an 2:43]
- Aisha (ra) said: “I asked the Prophet ﷺ, ‘O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?’ He said: ‘Say: O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.’” [Ahmad, Ibn Majah, Tirmidhi]
- Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever fasts of Ramadan then fasts six days in the month of Shawwal shall have the reward of having fasted the whole year.” [Sahih Muslim]
I decided to only do 29 so you can get ready for Eid on the last day (assuming Ramadan goes the full 30 days).
Do you have other favorite ayat or ahadith for Ramadan?