Hajj for Children
Co-authored by Musa Bukhari
Hajj is a journey we all wish to experience; the thought of being in such a holy place, following in the footsteps of the prophets, can be overwhelming. Along our spiritual journey, the desire to complete this fifth pillar of faith sets a deep yearning in the hearts of the believers.
But cast your mind back to the time when you first learned of Hajj. How was it presented to you? Did it seem beyond comprehension? Was it something you thought was only performed by elderly people? For many of us, the cultural norms dictated our understanding and ideas of Hajj, yet we find when we learn about its true reality, it can be life-changing.
Here is a list of activities you can do with your child to give them a better understanding of Hajj. We pray that these will inspire in your children a love for this ibadah.
1. Start with the story of Hajj.
Begin by teaching your children the meaning behind Hajj.
2. Study the Ka’bah with a craft activity.
Create a crafty Ka’bah, perhaps a pop-up Ka’bah card, a drawing, or a 3D construction from card to teach your children the importance of this sacred site. Make sure to include its important physical features, as well as the significant surroundings that play a part in Hajj.
3. Hajj map
Create an interactive Hajj map to help your children learn where all the relevant sites are located, creating a more imaginative experience to enhance their love for the blessed home of Hajj.
4. Watch a Hajj film
Depending on the age of your child, you could watch a documentary or film about Hajj, helping them to visualise the pilgrimage, as well as understand its Islamic importance. Journey To Mecca, for example, follows the story of the famous explorer and scholar, Ibn Battuta, on his Hajj journey.
5. Memorise the talbiyah
The talbiyah is a beautiful and powerful prayer that pilgrims recite while on Hajj, and an example of our devotion to Allah. You could combine this with activity 2, and learn the talbiyah while crafting a Ka’bah. It will not only be a great exercise in brain power but also instil your children with a goal of performing Hajj as they grow older, having memorised of the most important duas you recite on Hajj.
labbaika laa shareeka laka labbaik
innal hamda wan na’mata laka wal mulka
la shareeka lak
Meaning of the Talbiyah:
“Here I am O Allah, here I am
There is no partner for You, here I am
Verily all praise is for You, and every bounty is from You, and all dominion is Yours
You have no partner”.
6. Learn the story of Hajar and the Zamzam well.
This is the powerful story of Hajar (RA) being left with her son Ismail (AS), following the commandment of Allah. It is a story of tawakkul – obedience to the will of Allah. Once the story has been explained, you could compile a list of lessons your children learnt from the story to keep it interactive and educational.
7. Make an Eid banner
Eid is a joyous celebration that marks the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Make the experience extra special for your children by creating a celebratory Eid banner to decorate your home. Get the whole family involved to bring you together in a positive and memorable Eid activity.
May Allah allow our children to learn about the religion in the most beautiful way, may their love for Islam grow through the positive interactions and learnings from their parents and elders, and may it increase their iman and their passion for Islam.