- Training your children to participate in the Ramadan fasting is encouraged by majority of Muslim scholars
- Children are gifts from Allaah and they should be shown utmost care, love and compassion
During the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon his noble soul), he was known to show absolute love to children.
In Islaam, a Muslim who does not show compassion to children is not a complete Muslim. More so, a Muslim who does not like children being around him cannot be made a leader in Islaam. There is so much emphasis on caring for children in Islaam.
As Muslims all over the world are fasting in the holy month of Ramadan, it is very good for parents, caregivers and guardians to train their wards to fast some days in Ramadan. A child who is at least between seven and 10 years old, should be encouraged to fast for some hours.
In Nigeria for instance, Muslims fast for almost 14 hours (Time between end of Sahuur and Iftaar). Therefore, a child can begin his Ramadan fast between four to six hours this year, and later increase it to five to seven hours next year, and then increase the duration of fasting by an additional one hour in the coming years.
One thing that should be known by all and sundry is that Ramadan fasting is not compulsory on children. Ramadan fasting is only compulsory on a Muslim who has reached the age of puberty, which could start between 13 and 17 years depending on individuals.
In conclusion, training your children to fast Ramadan before they reach adolescence is desirous, however, no children under the age of puberty should be forced to fast if he or she does not want to fast.