Editor’s note: With Ramadan slowly moving to an end, NAIJ.com looks at some of the lessons and habits related to the family Ramadan has encouraged that is worth holding on to after the month ends.
In the name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful
If there is one important Ramadan makes easy and possible for Muslim, it is the strengthening of family ties and relationship during the holy month. Members of family who have been hostile to each other find a way to make up during Ramadan while those who have stretched their relationship to the level of casual acquaintances mend their differences and find a way to reconnect. This is pleasing to Almighty Allah who himself encourages strong family ties.
The relationship between parents and children and vice versa in mentioned in the Qur’an.
Allah says in Surah Israi verse 31: And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.
In the same Surah verse 23 and 24: And your Lord has decreed that you not worship except Him, and to parents, good treatment. Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as], "uff," and do not repel them but speak to them a noble word.
And lower to them the wing of humility out of mercy and say, "My Lord, have mercy upon them as they brought me up [when I was] small."
Prophet Muhammad said: "Do not ever sever your relationship with a member of your family even if he severs his relationship with you."
Here are five habits and activities that Ramadan hs encouraged in Families that should be maintained even when it ends.
The Ramadan period has encouraged families to say their prayers together especially in the evenings and early mornings and this is a habit that should not only be encouraged but more developed even after Ramadan ends. This will help every member of the family t get better in their relationship with Allah.
Ramadan seems to be the only period some Muslim families encourage the habit of not only eating at home but being together at meal times. Eating together not only strengthen family bond but is even healthier. Families should work towards maintain the culture of sharing meals even after Ramadan.
The Ramadan period encourages better communication among family members even for those not staying together. During the fasting period, parents and children communicate better whether it is to call another family member in order to wake him up for Sahur or to discuss and catch up on important issues over Iftar.
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Helping one another
Ramadan provides an avenue for family members to reach out to help each other especially doing chores, shopping and other things related to the home. These things promote better relationship between families and build trust. Families must continue with this practice after Ramadan in order to have a healthy relationship.
Compassion and alms giving
Families usually distribute or invite other people to join them in meals during Ramadan, it is not uncommon to see a parents lead their children in distributing food or money to the needy during the month of Ramadan. Not only is alms giving one of the pillars of faith that is rewarding but also serve as an opportunity for parents to teach their children to be kind and compassionate especially to the needy.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video of how Ramadan has affected food items in the market