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Hilal Kids English

The Lantern of Ramadan

April 2024

Once upon a time, in a bustling village nestled between rolling hills and fields of golden wheat, there lived a young boy named Ali. Ali was filled with excitement as the holy month of Ramadan approached. He couldn’t wait to join his family and friends in fasting, praying, and spreading kindness.



    As the first crescent moon appeared in the night sky, signaling the beginning of Ramadan, Ali’s village came alive with joy and anticipation. The air was filled with the aroma of delicious food being prepared for the pre-dawn meal, Sehr, and the evening feast, Iftar.
    Ali’s family woke up early for Sehri, and together they ate a hearty meal before the first light of dawn. Then, throughout the day, Ali joined his family in fasting, abstaining from food and drink until the sun set.
    During the long afternoons, Ali loved to sit with his grandmother, listening to her tales of Ramadan traditions and the importance of kindness and generosity. She told him stories of the Holy Prophet’s teachings (PBUH) and how Ramadan was a time for reflection, gratitude, and empathy towards others.
    One day, as Ali was helping his mother prepare Iftar, he noticed an elderly neighbour struggling to carry groceries into her home. Without hesitation, Ali rushed to her side and offered to help. The old woman smiled gratefully, and Ali felt a warm glow inside his heart as he assisted her.
    As the days of Ramadan passed, Ali continued to seek out opportunities to help others in need. He visited the local mosque to pray and listen to the Imam’s inspiring sermons about compassion and community. He donated toys and clothes to children less fortunate than himself and spent time with the elderly, offering them companionship and support.
    As the end of Ramadan drew near, Ali’s village fellows came together for Eid-ul-Fitr, a joyous occasion marking the end of the month of fasting. Streets were adorned with colourful decorations, and the air was filled with laughter and music. On the morning of Eid, Ali woke up early and put on his best clothes. He eagerly joined his family as they made their way to the mosque for prayers. Afterwards, they shared a delicious breakfast with friends and neighbours, exchanging hugs and well-wishes.
    That evening, as Ali sat with his family, reflecting on the month of Ramadan, he realized that it wasn’t just about fasting and praying. It was about embracing the values of kindness, compassion, and community. And as he looked around at the smiling faces of his loved ones, Ali knew that the spirit of Ramadan would continue to guide him throughout the year.
    And so, with hearts full of gratitude and love, Ali and his family welcomed the new month, and celebrated Eid, carrying the light of Ramadan in their hearts always.