Today is the 13th Ramadhan 1435 and as part of our Ramadhan Activities we have been working together on a ‘Ramadhan Around The World Project.
This is yet another last minute idea, alhamdulillah! Yesterday I came across a fantastic website called Mega Maps which provides free printable maps up to 7 feet wide (64 A4 sheets of paper).
I printed off a 4 by 4 World Map and spent the afternoon cutting it out and gluing it down on a blue card background. Then I made a file containing continent and ocean labels and flags of the many different countries in which Muslims will be taking part in the fast of Ramadhan. You can download the labels and flags HERE.
This morning the kids started off by colouring in around the edge of the continents as well as the lake, gulfs and seas to make the continents and islands stand out.
Then, I tested the kids by asking them to practise labelling the continents and the oceans. After using an atlas to check they were correct, they glued down the labels.
Next they cut out the miniature flags and using an atlas they positioned all the flags as close as possible to the corresponding countries before gluing them down. We cover 38 countries altogether.
In the afternoon, the eldest two used this colour-coded map to design a histogram graph to show how many hours on average each country was fasting. We discovered that Iceland has the longest fast with just over 21 hours, subhan’Allah!
When the poster was complete we read about the typical Ramadhan day in many different Muslim countries including this Photo Blog from TJ Yemen, this article from the Saudi Gazette, this Ramadhan Around the World Guardian Article. We talked about how our day compares to other countries and cultures.
And a sister also shared some photos with me with her story about how she reverted to Islam on the first night of Ramadhan while in her husband’s home country of Ghana, mashaa’Allah! She sent me some pictures to show my children about how the brothers have an organisation set up to provide iftaar for those who may not have enough to eat, may Allah bless and reward them with much good, ameen.
We’ve enjoyed learning about how different countries and cultures celebrate Ramadhan. If you have a Ramadhan story to share please feel free to post in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you inshaa’Allah.