Introducing Children to Ramadhan
Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and it has been ordained as a religious duty for Muslims. However, educating and explaining this to children has always been a struggle for Muslim parents. Even though fasting is only obligatory after a child hits puberty, the Malay culture has somehow transformed it into an obligatory religious duty, citing the need for children to connect with the faith at an early age.
Some paediatricians, on the other hand, have also advised that fasting is not recommended for children in periods of rapid growth. The excessive practice of fasting among young children especially in regions where the weather may reach 40 degrees Celsius, may lead to fluid deficiency and negatively impact their performance in school. According to some statements taken from doctors, some young children complained of having severe headaches and abdominal pains even after breaking their fast.
While some countries in the West may regard the practice of fasting among children as illegal and dangerous, Malaysia as an Islamic role model should practice moderation in Islamic rituals, especially among young children. While there is no intention to refine or completely deny the core beliefs and practices of Islam, there is a need to clarify the importance of moderation to build a justly balanced society. This webinar is focused on offering appropriate advice on when to start preparing children for this ritual as well as giving accurate information on how to develop their love for Islamic rituals and worship especially during the Holy month of Ramadan. This advice is an integral part of parenting in Muslim families to reach the goal of being “the best nation with the most excellent virtue” as mentioned in various verses of the Holy Qur’an (e.g. 1:142-143). Ramadan is not only a month of fasting but also a time for inner reflection, generosity, sacrifice, self-discipline, and self-improvement; all of which must be incorporated in educating children about Ramadan.
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