RAMADHAN PATCH FOR BROWNIE GIRL SCOUTS
Brownie Girl Scouts of the Islamic Faith can work towards their Ramadhan Patch by completing eight of the following activities:
They learn that this is one of the five pillars of Al-Islam, along with Shahada (the belief in the One Supreme Allah Subhaanao wa Ta'ala), Salat (daily 5 times prayers), Zakah (charity to the needy) and the Hajj (the once in a life-time pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia during the month of Zil Hajjah).
They learn how the Holy Quran was revealed to Sayyedna Mohammad (peace be upon him) during this revered month.
They learn about the benefits of fasting to one's own self (fasting teaches us self-control and also cleanses our bodies of impurities), and, the benefits to the community in which we live (fasting helps us to understand how people feel when they have no food).
When Muslims fast, they are holding fast to the contract made between them and the One and Only Creator (SwT) by not eating or drinking, from sunrise to sunset, during the month of Ramadhan. The fast is broken at sunset when the Muslim thanks Almighty Allah and eats and drinks good and wholesome meals.
They learn briefly about Lail a tul Qadr.
Fasting is not compulsory for the younger Brownie Girl Scouts but they are encouraged to practice self-control and to think of people who are without food. Helping out around the house, especially when older members of the household are fasting is essential in Ramadhan.
As Muslims, we know that Ramadhan is the month of Blessings. We realize how Generous and Charitable Allah (SwT) is to us. We, too, find ways to be generous and charitable to others, especially during the month of Ramadhan. Charity has many forms: it can be in the form of spending money on worthy causes; it can be in the form of spending your time with those who are lonely or sick. Remember to think of family, relatives, neighbors, friends and community members.
Brownie Girl Scouts learn that in Muslim countries around the world, all households awake at that time and lights shine brightly all over the lands. Many bazaars come to life early as people open their stores for shoppers. In most Muslim countries, schools begin earlier than usual and end before the hottest part of the day so that those who are fasting can go home and take their naps in between prayers. Older Brownie Girl Scouts are encouraged to fast during this month. They can begin by fasting on Fridays and weekends.
Sayyeda Ayesha (RA) reported that the Last Messenger of Allah (SwT), Sayyedna Mohammad (peace be upon him) said, "Seek Lail a tul Qadr (the Night of Power) on an odd number night among the last ten days in Ramadhan." That holy night Brownie Girl Scouts, with the troop or their families, can spend part of the night reading nawafil (extra credit prayers), or, listening to or reading Islamic stories from hadiath and other books.
This activity can be part of a troop-wide plan or can be done with the family.
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