twelve children’s activities for hajj

eid ul adha doesn’t seem to get as much attention
as eid ul fitr after a month of fasting.
we can get in the hajj spirit
if we begin delving into and commemorating the hajj
— the annual pilgrimage to mecca —
from the first of dhul hijjah,
so that by the time the beginning of the hajj rolls around
on the 8th of dhul hijjah
we’ll be able to experience the hajj vicariously through some of these activities
up through the final day on the 12th,
when we can celebrate eid al adha in the proper spirit, inshaAllah.

ثُمَّ لْيَقْضُوا تَفَثَهُمْ وَلْيُوفُوا نُذُورَهُمْ وَلْيَطَّوَّفُوا بِالْبَيْتِ الْعَتِيقِ

Then let them complete the rites prescribed for them, perform their vows, and (again) circumambulate the Ancient House.
surah alHajj 22:29

  1. discuss the virtues and recommended acts of the first 10 days of dhul hijjah

    if we can’t actually go on hajj we can still race to do good deeds during this blessed time, e.g. fasting, takbeer (Allahu akbar), dhikr (rememberance of Allah), duas (supplications), tawbah (repentence) and abstaining from sin, and doing other righteous deeds

  2. review the pillars of hajj

    1. being in the state of/and wearing ihram
    2. wuqoof or standing on arafat
    3. tawaaf or walking around the kaba seven times
    4. sa’i or walking between safa and marwa seven times
  3. prepare for hajj

    pretend to pack for the hajj. what will you need for the trip? how much will your trip cost? where will you travel from?

    hajj clothes for women

  4. adopt a hajji

    send them off at the airport. welcome them back with food and gifts. invite them for dinner to discuss their hajj travels, blessings and revelations.

  5. make a hajj map

    keep track of where the pilgrims are during the hajj.

    hajj map

  6. make a hajj guide book

    complete with pictures and a short description of each location.

  7. read the history of the hajj

    including the building of the kaba, hajar and zamzam water, the story of the prophet ibrahim’s sacrifice, and the prophet’s hajj. i like goodword books My First Quran Storybook and Goodnight Stories from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad (saws)

    My First Quran Storybook

    Goodnight Stories from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad

  8. do a mock hajj

    whether it’s a large scale event at your school or local park or small scale in your living room.

  9. recite the talbiya

    labbaikallahumma labbaik
    labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik
    innal hamda wan na’mata laka wal mulka
    la shareeka lak

    here i am O Allah, here i am
    there is no partner for You, here I am
    verily all praise is for You, and every bounty is from You, and all dominion is Yours
    You have no partner

  10. read the prophet’s last sermon out loud

  11. take part in a community zabiha

  12. send out kaba pop-up cards for eid al adha

and for a lil sumthin extra
here’s an active hajj song for the little ones to move their body to
(sung to “she’ll be coming around the mountain”):

  1. we will all go to mecca on the hajj
    we will all go to mecca on the hajj
    we will all go to mecca
    we will all go to mecca
    we will all go to mecca on the hajj

  2. we’ll wear only two white garments on the hajj
  3. we will walk around the kaba on hajj
  4. we will walk between safa and marwa on the hajj
  5. we will pray on arafat on the hajj
  6. we will drink the zam zam water on the hajj
  7. we’ll throw pebbles at the jamarat on the hajj
  8. we will sacrifice for Allah on the hajj

what hajj activities do you plan to do this year?


4 thoughts on “twelve children’s activities for hajj

  1. as salaam alaykum, umm sana!
    i plan to come to your house for the mock hajj in the living room inshAllah!
    i want to go to the airport with you to say goodbye and hajj mabruk! to our hajjah inshAllah
    i want to fast the first few days and the 9th. maybe we could do salatul tasbih?
    i want to have a party. we did the hajji cookie with white ihram icing and the nerds for stones and real zam zam water in a vial for party favors. that was nice!
    i’m thinking this is not creative enough….

    1. ma salaama Andini,

      most of these activities can be done for various ages. i like to review them yearly until the big kids are teaching the littles.

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