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?

eid al-adha activities

the hajj, or pilgrimage to makkah / mecca, is one of the five pillars of islam.
muslims of all races and tongues come together
for three days (minimum) in the month of dhul-hijjah
to worship and glorify Allah
in one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences.
listed below are many ways to celebrate hajj
and its culminating celebration, eid al-adha or the festival of the sacrifice.
eid al-adha is expected to be on or around november 27, 2009 this year.

if you appreciate this
gathering of information,
make dua’ for my family and i
on the day of arafah
that Allah gives us the good in this world,
the good in the hereafter,
and saves us from the hellfire, inshaAllah!

  1. make a kaba pop-up card
    kaba pop up card
    we followed the directions for this simple pop up.
    however we used black construction paper
    backed with construction paper of a contrasting color,
    turned it on its side,
    and added a strip of gold-glitter glue.
  2. read tell me about hajj book
    by saniyasnain khan
    tell me about hajj by saniyasnain khan
  3. read/recite surah hajj, chapter 22 of the qur’an
  4. watch PBS’s muhammad, legacy of a prophet
    there’s a chapter in the DVD that discusses the hajj, as well as a virtual hajj online.
  5. make a hajj map
    hajj map
  6. take part in a local sacrifice or zabihah
  7. read or listen to hajj stories
    some communities have an event that allows people who have made the hajj to share their hajj-stories. if not, ask someone that you know to tell you their hajj story with you. you could even interview them and publish their story in your local muslim newspaper.

  9. discuss the virtues of the first 10 days of dhul-hijjah,
    the 12th and last month of the islamic hijri calendar in which hajj takes place.


  10. discuss the pillars of hajj:
    1. wearing ihram,
    2. making tawaaf (circumambulate) around the kaba,
    3. going back and forth sa’i between safaa and marwaa, and
    4. staying on arafah.
  11. read stories about the history of hajj including
    • the story of sa’i when hajar and baby ismail (as) are left in the desert and discover the well of zamzam
    • the story of the sacrifice when Allah tells the prophet ibrahim (abraham) (as) to sacrifice his son ismail (as), including the stoning of shaytan
    • the story of the building of the kabah
    • the story of prophet muhammad’s (saws) hajj

    all of these stories can be found in these books by saniyasnain khan:
    my first quran story book by saniyasnain khan
    my first quran story book
    goodnight stories from the life of the prophet muhammad by saniyasnain khan
    goodnight stories from the life of the prophet muhammad

  12. learn and recite the talbiyah
  13. arabic:
    talbiyah in arabic
    Labbaika Allahomma Labbaik.
    Labbaik La Shareeka Laka Labbaik.
    Innal-Hamdah, Wan-Nematah, Laka wal Mulk,
    La Shareeka Laka

    Here I am at Thy service O Lord, here I am.
    Here I am at Thy service and Thou hast no partners.
    Thine alone is All Praise and All Bounty, and Thine alone is The Sovereignty.
    Thou hast no partners.

  14. take 3D virtual tour of the inside, outside kaba and masjid alHaram in mecca
    kaba tour from
  15. watch journey to mecca
  16. participate in a mock-hajj
    many schools set up a model kaba and allow the children to dress in ihram and “make” hajj. ask your local muslim school if you can participate.

  18. play this “i’m learning about hajj” memory-style game

  20. go on hajj!

ramadan 2009

ramadan 2009 found us in atlanta.
we did several activities from my own post in 2008.

we did a ramadan dawa project:

we baked crescent cookies for our neighbors
to tell them about ramadan.
crescent cookies
i somehow forgot to get a picture of the final products.
we outlined the sugar cookies in white icing,
and ate just one a piece after packing a couple in each plastic baggie
to hand out to the neighbors
along with a little note about ramadan.

we made kaba pop-up cards
kaba pop up card
and beaded crescents for friends and family.

first we bent jewelry wire in a crescent shape
leaving enough to finish with a twist
and make a loop.
then we threaded clear beads.
it took lots of concentration for the 2 year old,
but then she wanted to make another and then another and then another…
beading crescent
beading crescent
beading crescent

after the beading was complete
and we’d twisted the top into a loop,
we added pretty, silver-lined, white ribbon so the crescent could hang
and glitter in the light.
they were very satisfied with the finished product
and couldn’t wait to give them as gifts.
aya's ramadan beaded crescent
rahmah's ramadan beaded crescent
sanaa's ramadan beaded crescent

we made a good deed trees to keep track of the girls’ good deeds.
first we talked about what good deeds were
and how during ramadan
Allah multiplies His reward for good deeds.
good deeds tree
alHamdulillah the girls were SO excited to do good deeds
that i soon knew that we’d run out of good deed leaves
so i modified the rules for getting good deed leaves:
they would start out with 5 leaves each day
and a leaf would be taken away if they did a bad deed.
good deed trees
ever the artists, they added tree houses and other flourishes to their good deed trees.

30 children’s activities for ramadan

listed here are 30 ramadhan activities
from all over the web
in one place.

if you appreciate this
gathering of information,
make dua’ for my family and i
that our sins are forgiven this ramadhan, inshaAllah!

  1. sight the moon

    try to sight the moon from a elevated location in your neighborhood.
    memorize and say the dua for sighting the new moon.

  2. review the pillars of islam

    recycle paper towel or toilet paper rolls to create the five pillars of islam.

  3. good deeds calendar

    make a calendar of good deeds that children can do everyday.
    they can be as simple as hugging a sibling or eating everything on their plate at dinner.
    SmartArk has an cute, colorful printable good deeds Ramadan calendar.

  4. star and crescent cookies

    bake star and crescent sugar cookies for your neighbors and attach a little note about ramadhan.

  5. sadaqah jar

    make and decorate a sadaqah jar or box from, for example, an empty pasta sauce jar or tissue box.
    collect coins from around the house, in the neighborhood, or allowances.
    give it to a needy person at eid.

  6. fasting chain

    use construction paper to cut strips and make a fasting chain for the family or each person fasting.
    you can make 29/30 strips to countdown or add on a strip a day.

  7. prepare to break the fast

    give your child the responsibility to fill a small dish with dates each evening and distribute the dates to each fasting person at iftar.

  8. pillowcase prayer rugs

    decorate a pillow case with fabric paint.

  9. make your own dhikr beads

    use string and plastic beads to make dhikr beads.
    try to remember as many names of Allah as you can.

  10. ka’ba pop-up cards

    make ka’ba pop-up cards for ramadhan or eid to give to friends and family

  11. tin can luminary

    make your own tin can luminary using a can opener, hammer and screwdriver to make the holes.
    light the luminary during the night of lailat alQadr and last 10 nights of ramadan.

  12. moon phase calendar

    there are several variations of varying complexity.
    some even include sewing.
    the most simple one is make a calendar
    from dark-colored paper or poster board
    and cut out the shape of the moon every day.

  13. read books about ramadhan and eid

    check out library books about ramadhan and eid
    or buy them for your own library.

    Ramadan Moon by Naima Bint Robert

    A Party in Ramadan, by Asma Mobin-Uddin
    The White Nights of Ramadan, by Maha Addasi
  14. good deeds list

    make a list of good things that each child wants to do during ramadhan
    then try to do at least one of them each day;
    or help your child keep a list of their own good deeds during ramadhan.

  15. ramadhan drum

    recycle an oatmeal container or coffee can to make a drum to wake up your family for sahoor or use for ramadhan songs and eid celebrations.

  16. light up the house

    string up lights inside or outside the house and turn them on every night at maghrib.

  17. eid costume party

  18. kid’s iftar / sahoor

    let the children plan, shop for, and then prepare suhoor and / or iftar.

  19. make a ramadan bookmark

    since we’ll be reading the entire quran, make a beautiful handmade bookmark to help keep your place.

  20. memorize ayat 2:183

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint

  21. memorize the dua’ for breaking the fast

    اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ [وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ] وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ
    O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance


    اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي
    O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me.

  22. ramadhan words

    define, write and use these words on a daily basis: sawm, suhoor, iftar, hilal, ramadhan, hijri calendar, eid ulFitr, zakah / zakat ulFitr, salatul taraweeh, ihtikaf

  23. learn about the phases of the moon

    the moon seems to change by dr. franklyn m. branley

  24. read from quran why we fast ramadhan

    AlBaqarah 2:183-5

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ يُطِيقُونَهُ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِينٍ فَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهُ وَأَن تَصُومُواْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

    شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ اللّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

    O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,

    (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.

    Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

  25. moon and crescent beads

    using craft wire, shape the wire into moon and crescent shapes. add colorful beads. use ribbon to hang from the ceiling.
    from ramadan crafts for kids by dana jadallah and dana amer

  26. ramadhan / eid around the world

    learn about ramadhan / eid around the world.
    celebrate ramadan and eid al-fitr with praying, fasting, and charity
    by deborah heiligman and neguin Yavari
    celebrate ramadan and eid al-fitr with praying, fasting, and charity

  27. ramadhan mosaic suncatcher
    ramadan mosaic suncatcher

  28. make a fanoos

  29. henna hands

    trace your child’s hands on paper. let them put henna on their hands with a red or brown marker.

  30. enjoy eid ulFitr!

sources and more inspiration:

Free Mini Mu’min Ramadan Kit:

Free Ramadan Activity Packs and decorations for both Ramadan and Eid:

Eid Cards, Crafts, Cakes & Cookies from JannahSteps:

30 Days of Ramadan Crafty Challenge from a Crafty Arab:

Fun Stuff to do with your children during Islamic holidays or anytime:

Day-by-Day Activities for Ramadan