Brush Up on Fasting
Resources to help you and your children review fasting.
Get Ready for Ramadan!
Ramadan calendars, organizers, decorations, tips and more to help you get ready for Ramadan!
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Try some new recipes this Ramadan and get resources for Ramadan meal planning
Ramadan Learning and Fun!
Find lessons, worksheets, and other printables to help your children/students get the most out of Ramadan.

12 May 2018

Ramadan Counting On Math Worksheets

Sherrie W

I introduced the concept of "counting on" to my youngest this week  and as I was making up some handwritten worksheets, I  thought it would be neat to make up some little Ramadan themed counting on worksheets.

Since my daughter loves "do a dot" daubers, I decided to incorporate their use into the worksheets.

In the first set, a child says how many are in the first box (they can count them, but I am trying to have my daughter recognize the quantity by sight----subitization). Then they count on with the number of items in the second box. Finally, they daub the digit that corresponds to the total number of items in both boxes.
Download Set 1 (2 worksheets)

The second set is similar to the first except no picture is shown in the first box, just a numeral and they count on from that numeral.

Download Set 2 (2 worksheets)

09 May 2018

Iftaar: Ending the Fast at Sunset

Sherrie W

How Do We Know When to Break Our Fast?

`Umar bin Al-Khattab (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “When the night approaches from this side (i.e., the east) and the day retreats from that side (i.e., west) and the sun sets, then it is time for a person observing Saum (fasting) to break his fast.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim] Source

Hastening to Break the Fast

Sahl bin Sa`d (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “People will continue to adhere to good as long as they hasten to break the Saum (fasting).”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim) Source

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) said, “Allah the Most High says: `From amongst my slaves, the quicker the one is in breaking the Saum (fasting), the dearer is he to me.”’
[At-Tirmidhi] Source

Abu Atiyyah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Masruq and I visited `Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) and said: “O Mother of the Believers! There are two Companions of Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) and neither of them holds back from doing good acts; but one of them hastens to break Saum (fasting) and hastens to perform the Maghrib prayer, while the other delays breaking Saum and delays performing Salat (prayer).” She asked, “Who is the one who hastens to break Saum and perform the Maghrib prayer?” Masruq said, “It is `Abdullah (meaning `Abdullah bin Mas`ud).” She said, “The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to do so.” [Muslim] Source

Hasten to break your fast & pray Maghrib Prayer in the Masjid – Shaykh al-Albaani
"He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) ‬used to break the Fast with three dates. He would eat three dates. Then he would pray the Maghrib Prayer, then he would eat again if he found that he needed to eat the evening meal."
Doubt as to whether or not the sun has set (to break your fast)

Printables: Hastening to Break the Fast Worksheets
There are two versions; the first for younger kids and the second for a little older kids.

hastening to break the fast
hastening to break the fast

Breaking the Fast with Dates

Salman bin `Amir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) saying, “When one of you breaks his Saum (fasting), let him break it on dates; if he does not have any, break his fast with water for it is pure.” [Abu Dawud]. Source

Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) used to break his Saum (fasting) before performing Maghrib prayer with three fresh date-fruits; if there were no fresh date-fruits, he will eat three dry dates; and if there were no dry date-fruits; he would take three draughts of water. [At-Tirmidhi]. Source

Printable: What Do We Break Our Fast With?
breaking the fast with dates

Supplication for Breaking the Fast

Supplications Upon Breaking the Fast & Responding to the Mu’aththin – Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-Uthaymeen

"The supplication which is reported from the Prophet sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam is:

اللهم لك صمت و على رزقك أفطرت

(Allaahumma Laka Sumtu Wa ‘Ala Rizqika Aftartu.)“Oh, Allaah! For Your sake I have fasted and with Your sustenance I have broken my fast.”

ذهب الظمأُ، وابتلت الروق و ثبت الأجر إن شاء الله

(Thahabath-Thama’u Wabtallatil-‘Urooqu Wa Thabatal-Ajru In Sha’ Allaah.)“Thirst has gone, the arteries are moist, and the reward is sure, if Allaah wills.”

Although there may be some weakness in these two Ahadith, some of the Scholars have declared them to be Hasan; and in anycase, if you supplicated using these words or any others words that came to your heart when breaking your fast, then it is most likely to be answered."

Printable: Duaas for Breaking the Fast Learning Poster
Color coded to help learn the vocabulary of these duaas.

Duaa for breaking fast

Feeding the One Breaking His/Her Fast

The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said,

“Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward.” [At-Tirmidhi, authenticated by Al-Albani (rahimahullaah).]

Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih Al-‘Uthaimeen (rahimahullaah) said,

“Those who have the ability should strive to feed those who are fasting (when it’s time to break the fast) either in the masaajid or in other places. This is since whoever feeds a fasting person, he will receive the same reward as the one fasting. So if a person feeds his brothers who are fasting, he will receive the same reward as them. Therefore, those whom Allaah has granted wealth should take advantage of this opportunity to obtain a great reward.”

Breaking the Fast in Someone's Home

When you are breaking  your fast in someone's home, you can say this duaa:

أَفْطَرَ عِنْدَكُم الصّائِمونَ وَأَكَلَ طَعامَكُمُ الأبْرار، وَصَلَّتْ عَلَيْكُمُ الملائِكَة

Aftara ‘indakumus-saa’imoona, wa akala ta’aamakumul-‘abraaru, wa sallat ‘alaykumul-malaa’ikatu

With you, those who are fasting have broken their fast, you have fed those who are righteous, and the angels recite their prayers upon you. (Source)

18 April 2018

A to Z Site Index

Sherrie W


Arabic during Ramadan



Calendars (kids)
Certificates (for fasting, quraan reading, etc)
Calendars for Ramadan (kids and adult)
Children and Fasting
Command to Fast
Copywork, Ramadan ahadith/quotes to copy
Countdown to Eid display
Countdown to Ramadan display
Crafts, Ramadan


Decorations, Eid
Decorations, Ramadan


Education/Fun - lesson plans, printables, crafts, games, etc.
Eidul Fitr - etiquette of, the Eid Prayer, greetings, etc
Eidul Fitr - coloring & activity pages
Eidul Fitr Decorations


Family meetings during Ramadan
Fasting, and Women


Games, Ramadan
Goals, Ramadan
Good Deeds (Al 'Amaal As Saalihat)
Greetings, Ramadan



Ibaadah After Ramadan
Intention of fasting in Ramadan
Iftar (breaking the fast at sunset)


Journals (Ramadan)



Language Arts (Ramadan themed activities)
Lapbooking, Ramadan (see Notebooking)
Laylatul Qadr


Math (Ramadan themed activities)
Moon Phases


Notebooking, Ramadan




Prepping for Ramadan
Preschool Activities


Quraan - reading/reciting during Ramadan


Ramadan Around the World


Sadaqah (Charity)
Shabaan, the month before Ramadan
Shawaal, fasting six days in
Sight Words, Vocabuary (Ramadan themed) - See Language


Taraweeh Salaah
Trackers (charts to track various Ramadan goals such as fasting, reading Quraan




What Breaks the Fast
Writing, See Language for Ramadan themed writing activities




Zakaatul Fitr

Ramadan Education/Fun

Sherrie W

16 April 2018

Getting Ready for Ramadan: Learn about the Month of Shabaan!

Sherrie W
The month of Shabaan, the month just before Ramadan, has arrived! And as such, it's a great time to review/learn about this month.  Below are some ideas that I have brainstormed to teach my kids about Shabaan this year, in shaa Allah.

Sample Unit Outline

I. Review the Islamic Calendar 

  • Briefly review the months of the Islamic Calendar. Give children a blank yearly calendar/worksheet and have them write in the names of month in order for reference. Start a Shabaan notebook and put this in. Check out my Islamic Months tag (at TJ Homeschooling) for resources with the month names for reference.

II. Review the Phases of the Moon

  • Briefly review the phases of the moon and how we know when a new Islamic month begins. Give student a moon phases worksheet to show how an Islamic month progresses. You can check out my Moon Phase Notebooking page here and check out my Moon Phases tag for other resources.
  • Make or print out a moon observation log for student to record what the moon looks like each night. Keep up the log until the end of Ramadan!  (I'm really looking forward to this activity this year as we have a telescope for the first time, alhamdulillah!)
  • Add these printables to your Shabaan notebook

III. Learn about month of Shabaan

 . Aa’isha said: “I have never seen the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa salam, completing the fast of a month as he did for Ramadhan, and I have never seen him fasting so much as he would in Sha`baan.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim]

1. The desirability to fast during Shabaan

-Aa’isha said: “I have never seen the Messenger of Allah, salla Allahu alaihi wa salam, completing the fast of a month as he did for Ramadhan, and I have never seen him fasting so much as he would in Sha`baan.” [al-Bukhari and Muslim] Source:

-Read Fast the white days of Sha`ban Month  (link no longer works 4/16/18) (use your moon phases worksheet in your Shabaan notebook to review what the moon looks like during this time of the month).

-Making up missed fasting days before Ramadan

...who broke his fast for some valid legal reason, is obliged to make up for it, in obedience to the Command of Allaah, the Most Glorified, the Most High. He must make it up in that year, and he should not delay it until after the following Ramadan. ‘Aishah, may Allaah be pleased with her, said:

"I had days to make up from Ramadan, and I was unable to make them up until Sha’ban (i.e. the month before the following Ramadan).”

This is due to the Messenger of Allaah’s relationship with her, so her saying ’I was unable to make them up until Sha’ban’ is a proof that they must be made up for before the start of the next Ramadan.

But if he delayed it after the following Ramadan, he should seek forgiveness from Allaah and repent to Him, and be remorseful for what he has done, and make up for these days. The obligation to make it up for is not removed merely because it has been delayed, so he should make up for these days even if it was after the next Ramadan. And Allaah is the Granter of Success.

If your child fasted last Ramadan and made a Ramadan fasting tracker, this would be an excellent time to review it and start (or continue) making up fasts. 

4. Learn about innovations regarding the month of Shabaan

Al has a section on Shaban fatwa which includes innovations carried out during the month of Shabaan. You might make a notebooking page that lists innovations carried out during the month of Shabaan.

5. Begin a countdown to Ramadan when the month of Shabaan begins. 

Use numbered paper chains or a Shabaan calendar  (or other creative art project) and mark off the days as Ramadan approaches. (of course, be sure to review with your child that this may be off by a day as we won't know for sure when the month of Ramadan will begin until the crescent moon is sighted.)

Here are a few ideas for inspiration:

TJ Ramadan Countdown Display

Countdown to Eid Blocks (Make your own base that says Countdown to Ramadan) I like this idea as you can use Hindi numerals to reinforce/teach these numeral concepts.  If you want to make blocks from paper/cardstock, here is a cube template you can print out. I've also done something like this before with some numbered cards (as opposed to cubes) and just hang a background page on the wall and change the digits each day.

Make countdown paper chains.

Mark off a calendar. You can grab one of my perpetual calendars to print out a calendar for the month of Shabaan. Each month has seven templates, so just go to the Shabaan calendars and find the calendar that starts on the same day of the week that Shabaan starts on this year and print or have fun making your own!

Shabaan Daily Learning Plan - an outline of topics for each day of Shabaan.

Do you have any Shabaan related printables/ideas? If so, please share with others in the comments!   Happy Learning!

Original Post: 5/2/2016
Updated: 4/16/2018

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