Ramadan is on it’s way and I have shared our Ramadan Jar craft over at Multicultural Kid Bloggers to launch our collaborative Ramadan series. A Ramadan jar is a simple Ramadan activity for kids that you can use to hold slips of paper and pick one out each day – a great way to use this is for the 30 Days of Good Deeds for Ramadan challenge.
One idea is for the slips of paper to contain a good deed to do for the day, another way to use them would be to write a short ayah or hadith on each paper as a reflection for the day, or you can use them to pick out a fun Ramadan craft or activity to do with the children that day.
Today I’m going to share a list of good deed ideas that you can print to cut out and fill up your Ramadan jar.
The concept is pretty similar to a jar full of small acts of kindness, so if you are not Muslim and don’t celebrate Ramadan you could adjust this idea to fit your own family better.
Download the PDF printable list at the end of this blog post.
30 days of Good Deeds for a Ramadan Jar
The reward for good deeds is multiplied during the Holy month of Ramadan. What better time to encourage our kids to get involved and compete with completing all kinds of good deeds, helping others, performing ibadah (worship) and being of benefit to our community?
- Bake and give food to a neighbour
- Donate money to a charity of your choice
- Help your parents with some extra house work or chores
- Teach something beneficial to a younger sibling or younger family friend
- Recite, or listen to, an extra page of Quran today
- Donate to a food bank
- Choose some of your old toys or clothes that are in good condition, and bring them to a charity shop
- Make sure to smile at everyone today! (Smiling is sadaqa)
- Make a card or note to tell someone you love and appreciate them
- Pick up rubbish from the street and put it into the bin
- Look out for someone lonely at school, and make time to talk and play with them
- Make dua specially for someone
- Go a day without complaining
- Let someone go ahead of you in a line
- Reuse paper when you’re drawing, make an effort not to waste water when washing, and be sure to recycle any packaging instead of throwing in the bin
- Read to a younger sibling or friend
- Extra tasbeeh: Say alhamdulillah 100 times, and reflect on blessings in your life that make you say “alhamdulillah”
- Visit somebody in hospital
- Find opportunities to give genuine compliments throughout the day, and make someone smile
- Give salam to as many people as you can today!
- Extra tasbeeh: Say subhanallah 100 times, and reflect on the wonderful things in the world that make you say “subhanallah”
- Sponsor an orphan
- Help parents with laundry
- Call grandparents for a chat
- Lend books to a friend
- Pray in the mosque today
- Buy a gift and give it to a loved one
- Explain to a non Muslim friend about why we fast during Ramadan
- Treat an animal with extra kindness
- Make an effort to learn something new today
What other good deeds can you think of with the kids? Why not make your own list, to add even more variety.
You may be surprised at some of the creative and thoughtful ideas that the children can come up with by themselves. Let’s earn some extra Ramadan hasanaat together!
Help to Feed a Fasting Person at Iftar Time (Hadith)
Some of the most popular good deeds we can do during Ramadan is to make food to share with others. Whether we buy boxes of dates and share with friends and family, or we bake and distribute all kinds of Ramadan goodies like Samosas or sweets.
This Hadith from Tirmidhi tells us about the reward for helping to feed a fasting person.
مَنْ فَطَّرَ صَائِمًا كَانَ لَهُ مِثْلُ أَجْرِهِ غَيْرَ أَنَّهُ لَا يَنْقُصُ مِنْ أَجْرِ الصَّائِمِ شَيْئًا
Man fattara saa’iman kaana lahu mithlu ajrihi ghayra annahu laa yanqusu min ajri-s saa’imi shay’an
“Whoever helps to break the fast of a fasting person (giving food), he will have the same reward as him without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.”
Do Not Belittle Any Good Deed (Hadith)
Sometimes we think that charity has to be a huge gesture, but we can all complete good deeds every day according to our own means. Even kids, who don’t have money, we can perform charity even with just a smile or helping others.
لاَ تَحْقِرَنَّ مِنَ الْمَعْرُوفِ شَيْئًا وَلَوْ أَنْ تَلْقَى أَخَاكَ بِوَجْهٍ طَلْقٍ
laa tahqiranna min al-ma’roofi shay’an wa law an talqaa akhaaka biwajhin talqin.
“Do not belittle any good deed, even meeting your brother with a cheerful face.”
More Ramadan Activities for Kids
We have so many Ramadan printables, Ramadan crafts and Ramadan ideas for kids here on In The Playroom so have a browse around and here are a few of the Ramadan Activities that we’re sure you’re going to love.
- Making Lanterns
- Make a Mosque Craft
- Ramadan Colouring Pages
- Ramadan Color by Number Activity Pages (Free Printable)
- Ramadan Maze and Islamic Crossword Printable Activities
- Free Printable Ramadan Journal Planner
Share and Follow
Please share this blog post with friends and family so that everyone can benefit from these good ideas and take part in the 30 days of good deeds challenge this Ramadan.
Sharing these free resources with other parents, educators and care givers is one super easy good deed you can get in the bag right now, so why wait 😉
Make sure to follow our Ramadan, Islamic and Arabic activities board on Pinterest for even more ideas
Thanks for sharing, and Ramadan Mubarak to everyone!