We all know that due to the unusual pandemic situation, we had been nerving our ears with bad news coming one after another. Among all of them, the worst I got is the cancelation of Hajj 2020 by the Saudi Govt. For the last two years, I had been saving money to fulfill my spiritual obligation with my whole family. But this unfortunate year hasn’t let me made it.
However, being a believer, I thanked to my Allah (SWT) for having my family healthful and safe amidst these difficult times. So I didn’t let my Imaan down. My thoughts for Hajj intention really diverted when my 14-year-old boy asked me “What is Hajj Dad? What were you talking to Mom about it??”
His question worked like an eye-opener for me. My boy made me realize my negligence as a Muslim parent. I was hell busy in saving my Hajj special money but had no time to teach my teen captain about the very journey, I was going to make with him. So at that very time, I started telling him about this mandatory pillar of my beautiful religion and decided to fulfill my long term Kaaba visitation wish through Umrah Packages.
Being a Muslim parent, Ahmad turned my attention towards my religious responsibility as a Muslim parent. He also turned me towards my fatherly duty of teaching Islam and imparting its values to my progeny. So I have taken my start with the Hajj education which I am trying to impart with all the best possible ways I can use. Through Hajj rituals my Ahmad will find his December Umrah easier and more meaningful.
4 Handy Ways to Teach Kids about Hajj Education
I know that kids don’t have that spiritual feel, awe, and the actual mystical connection to Allah (SWT). But through a sound religious upbringing with a rightful intention, they eventually develop these feelings. But as a responsible parent you have to start with the always impactful baby steps to teach them about this mandatory pillar our religion. So these are the following handy steps which I am making sure to use in order to teach my kid about Hajj and even Umrah
Start with Basics
First and foremost, it is very important to teach them about what is Hajj? What is the place of this mandatory ritual in Islam? And what are its conditions. No matter whether you manage to take your kid to Kaaba or not, but you must make sure to tell him that he/she has to perform it at some point of life. I strongly recommend you to do every year, to make their Hajj knowledge ever fresh.
Teach them about Kaaba
I bet that like my kid, many lively kids have a considerable curiosity about the Grand Black Square, present at the center of Haram. For a start, simply tell them that it is the House of Allah (SWT) and the Centre of their worship. It was built by Allah (SWT)’s Prophets Ibrahim and Ismail (A.S). Whenever they see their fellow Muslims circling around this Black center, then tell them that it is the order of Allah (SWT). He (SWT) has said us to circle 7 times around it. I recommend you not to force your innocent beings to retain the word ‘Tawaf’ for Kaaba circumambulation, if they find it difficult. Make it simple as 7 circles.
Teach them Through Stories
The prominent Dhul Hajj events of Hajj and Sacrifice have a very important religious background and purpose behind them. These behind background involves the events in the lives of our beloved Prophets and their families. So try to start educating them in the form of stories. Tell them the story of Zam Zam water, story of Sacrifice of Ibrahim to clear your reason of performing sacrifice on Eid ul Adha.
Read Hajj Books or Watch Hajj Videos
Our little ones are very fond of reading story books and watching catchy videos. So if you don’t have much enough time, then I strongly recommend you to give them the easiest to read Hajj books in which the Hajj event is explained in an engaging way even through pictures of Hajj monuments or characters. You can even let them see the different animated videos on Hajj and Umrah. I am sure that they would serve as a great help in getting enough know about our spiritual pilgrimages which our little and young generations have to undertake in their lives.