I had made this journal for my seven year old child to introduce her to the topics surrounding Dhul Hijjah, Hajj, Ka’bah, sacrifice and other lessons and beliefs of Islam. I didn’t wanted to overwhelm her with lots of details that will not be beneficial to her at the moment. So, my approach with this journal was to avoid Fiqhi issues (of Hajj) and only expose her to that which would enrich her and strengthen her ‘Aqeedah as well as Imaan. I’m going to use this Journal again this year with her. And perhaps my younger one (almost four) will join us too.
• Learn the virtues of first ten days of Dhul Hijjah.
• Find motivation to increase good deeds during these ten best days.
• Identify Hajj as a pillar of Islam.
• Learn briefly about the rituals of Hajj and be able to sequence the steps along with the wisdom behind every ritual.
• Identify the places that are visited during the Hajj by looking at the pictures in the journal and learn vocabulary pertaining to Hajj.
• Read and take lessons from the story of Zam Zam and the story of Prophet Ibraheem’s (alayhi as-salaam) willingness to sacrifice his son.
• Take a closer look at the structure of Ka’bah, learn and identify various parts of the Ka’bah.
• Read and take lessons for life from the Farewell Khutbah of the Prophet Muhammed (sal-Allahu alayhi wa sallam).
• Learn about the days of Tashreeq and what should be done in those days.
• Learn about the virtues of day of Arafah and practical tips to spend the day of Arafah.
• Learn about the Sunnahs of celebrating Eid.
I pray that insha’Allah this journal benefits your family.