Time moves seemingly so fast during the month of Ramadhan that sometimes, we will not even realize it is over. The busyness from day-to-day task continues to mount with chasing time to prepare dishes for iftar, making time for prayers whether at the surau or mosque, and even making preparations for the month of Shawwal for the family. As we continue to deal with this busyness, sometimes we lose focus of what we should really be paying attention to. Besides worship, quality time spent with the family are some of the most valuable moments during the month of Ramadhan. While we can admit time is often very limited but, with proper management, there will always be time for us to spend with the family. There are many activities that we can do together to make the most of our time.
Everything we need is at the tip of our fingers with today’s zippy technology. Many of us choose to complete preparations for Shawwal by making our purchases online. Imagine, in your free time, you can take the kids and the family to the bazaar with its latest fashion collections ripe for the festivities. These memories cannot be bought with money. And there is nothing wrong to even do this earlier for the month of Shawwal, for the sake of everyone’s convenience. Even better, it would be less crowded and you would have more options to choose from.
On the thought of devotion, this holy month encourages us to give more. For those of you who are planning to do this, bring the children along. One of the things that can be done during this time is to contribute to orphanages. Besides giving food for iftar, you can also provide ingredients, be it for this fasting month, or for their celebrations during Shawwal. A charitable nature is a good thing to pass down while the children are still young. Bring them along when picking out things to be donated. After that, go to the charity of your choice and spend time with them there. Your children will learn to appreciate what they have today, as well as create new bonds with their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.
At its very foundation, there are activities that can be done to spend time with the family during the month of Ramadhan. Do not allow the fact that you are fasting become an excuse for you to laze at home. While at home, there is plenty that you can do together. The most important thing is your sincerity in your devotion and worship, as well as during the activities with your family.