Importance- Islamic Months Kids
Recently I found myself explaining the significance of the month of Rajab to my kids. All I got was a smile and nod back. YEAH….these kids didn’t care! Can you blame them, we don’t use these months except for when Ramadan comes around and they simply don’t relate to them on any level. They know their birthdays, holidays, seasons, etc. relative to the Gregorian Calendar. I’m incredibly happy that they know their standard months, but there is significance to learning the Islamic months kids! WHY? Well seriously, for the same reasons we know our standard months…but more.
- The Islamic months/calendar are based on the lunar phases. So, it actually makes quite a bit of sense to children once they learn the phases of the moon (science integration). You would be surprised how much they can actually understand about the phases at a young age.
- It helps understand the setting of the hijra (mirgation) of the Prophet(PBUH) from Mecca to Medina.
- I try to show my children as much of the Quran at an early age. So if there is a verse that brings this up, I try to teach it…
“Indeed, the number of months with Allah is twelve (lunar) months in the register of Allah (from) the day He created the heavens and the earth; of these, four are sacred. That is the correct religion (i.e. way), so do not wrong yourselves during them. And fight against the disbelievers collectively as they fight against you collectively. And know that Allah is with the righteous (who fear Him)”
[Quran 9: 36]
So, as I work on this journey of parenting and homeschooling Islamic Studies, I discover many important dates that are relative to the Hijri (Lunar/Islamic) calendar. Knowing the months definitely would help them better understand the setting of many stories, historic events, and general time that these occurred. In addition, I firmly believe that the more knowledge you plant in your children, the more well-rounded. And I’m sure it will help them win a trivia question somewhere down the road at a mosque function!
I have made a few PDFs in an effort to help them learn these, we also listened to some nasheed to help us better memorize the names. The shape PDF is geared more toward 4-5 year olds. Builds:
- fine motor skills
- shapes & colors recognition
- learning months
This worksheet (7-8 yr old) has a few pre-filled important events, and the rest is there for you to fill out, get creative with important days in your family so it can be relevant to your child! We used this website to find our Hijri birthdays: https://habibur.com/hijri/