The Islamic Calendar month of Rajab has great significance for Muslims. Through fun activities, like these, children can learn more about the Hijri calendar and the miraculous Isra’ wal Mi’raj.
They’re super simple and easy to do; perfect for the classroom or to do at home too inshAllah.
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The Islamic Calendar Month of Rajab
Allah (swt) says in the Quran:
“Verily, the number of months with Allaah is twelve months (in a year), so was it ordained by Allaah on the Day when He created the heavens and the earth; of them four are Sacred (i.e. the 1st, the 7th (Rajab), the 11th and the 12th months of the Islamic calendar). That is the right religion, so wrong not yourselves therein”
The main significance of Rajab, that I encourage you to teach to your children, is that Rajab is the month when we begin to prepare for Ramadan. It is also the month in which Isra’ wal Mi’raj, the Night Journey, is believed to have taken place.
Here are some of the activities we have been doing in Our Muslim Homeschool to teach the children all about Rajab!
Rajab Dua Copywork
The dua for Rajab should be memorised by children who are able to.
One way to engage children further, and aid their memorisation, is to make the dua into handwriting sheets!
If you would like to create your own Handwriting Sheets, type the following dua into This Website. It’s so easy to do!
Related: Help your Children Memorise the Quran FAST!
Learn about Weather
Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq said: “Rajab is like a wind, Sha`ban is like a cloud and Ramadan is like rain.”
So, we decided to use the month of Rajab to learn about the weather!
Plant Seeds for Ramadan
Imam Abu Bakr al-Warraq said: “In the month of Rajab you sow the seeds, in Sha`ban you irrigate them and in Ramadan you reap the harvest.”
To visually represent this lesson, we sowed seeds of our favourite vegetables, in the hope that we will harvest them in Ramadan insha’Allah.
My older children have also used Rajab as an opportunity to practice fasting before Ramadan begins.
Fasting a few days within the month of Rajab and Shawwal can help children, and their parents, prepare for Ramadan. It also gets them excited about the coming months!
Learn about the Isra Wal Miraj
It is agreed upon by many reliable scholars that Al-Isra’ wal Mi’raj mostly likely occurred during on the 27th night of Rajab. However, there is some that debate this. Allah knows best.
Whether Rajab or not, the Night Journey of the Prophet (saw) should be taught to children as it is second only to the miracle of the Quran itself.
If you’re not familiar with the story of Isra’ wal Mi’raj, you can read more about it here: The Story of the Miraculous Night Journey
I also recommend This Video to teach younger children about Al Isra wal Miraj.
For children over 9 years-old, I would recommend reading the relevant chapter in Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings.
Map out the Night Journey
Map out the Isra’ (the Night Journey) using blank maps from This Website!
Begin by finding Jerusalem and Mecca on your map, label the countries and surrounding seas, and colour it all in!
If want more information about the journey the Prophet took, this article is excellent: The Story of the Miraculous Night Journey
With this activity, your children will be learning geography alongside their Islamic studies!
Why not add a little maths too!
Have your older children calculate the distance between Mecca and Jerusalem using the scale in an Atlas. They could even work out the speed the Prophet (pbuh) travelled too!
(Speed = Distance / Time)
Make a Miraj Ladder
This fun and easy craft is a wonderful way to visually represent the ascension of the Prophet Muhammad through the heavens.
You can make your Miraj Ladder in English, Arabic or any language you prefer!
Related: Al Isra’ Wal Miraj Craft
For full instructions on how to make your own Miraj Ladder and a list of resources needed, just CLICK HERE!
Encourage Prayer in Rajab
It was during the Isra’ wal Mi’raj that the Prophet (saw) was given the command of the 5 obligatory daily prayers.
Use the story of the Night Journey to inspire children to pray. Encourage them during this month to join you as you pray, or get them to pray together.
There are even reward charts, workbooks and colouring books available online to encourage your children to perform salah.
Related: How to Teach the 99 Names of Allah
Rajab is an opportunity for our children to develop a deeper connection with the deen. Through fun and engaging activities, like these, your children can learn about their faith, the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and the significance of Rajab in the Hijri calendar.
If you decide to try any of these activities with your children, make sure you take a photo and share it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #ourmuslimhomeschool, so that I can see it!
This blogpost as written as part of the Islamic Months Mama Book Tour! If you’d like to see what other mums have been doing throughout the Islamic Calendar, check out Shade 7’s Instagram page.
My First Book of Islamic Months by Hajera Memon
Praying you all have a beautiful and successful Rajab.
Please remember us in your duas.
Peace and Love,
Ionela13/02/2021 at 12:04 am (2 years ago)
Could you please let me know what Atlas did your children use to calculate the distance between Mecca and Jerusalem?
I am trying to find an Atlas and I love the way your lies down flat and it seems to have sewing binding for longer life. Thanks!
Dr Gemma18/02/2021 at 2:57 pm (2 years ago)
Hi Ionela, It’s the Philips Essential World Atlas (https://amzn.to/3psqE4d). It’s the best atlas we’ve found so far!
Hajeera17/02/2021 at 9:56 pm (2 years ago)
I love these ideas. Jazakallah for sharing.
Dr Gemma18/02/2021 at 2:55 pm (2 years ago)
Alhumdulillah! Thank you Hajeera. JazakAllahu khayrun
Nuray03/02/2022 at 12:00 am (1 year ago)
Thank you very much for sharing these incredibly useful ideas. Jazakallah
Dr Gemma03/02/2022 at 12:11 am (1 year ago)
Alhumdulillah! You’re very welcome 🙂
Deeba Khalid03/02/2022 at 2:13 am (1 year ago)
Wonderful tips , AllAh swt reward you for your efforts and sharing the knowledge.