8 Productive Ways To Spend Time With Younger Siblings

8 Productive Ways To Spend Time With Younger Siblings - Productive MuslimMost of the time when we talk about Islamic family life, we tend to focus on the relationship we have with our parents. However, the bond between siblings should not be neglected when it comes to establishing a stable Muslim family. If you are a big brother or a big sister, chances are that you are a role model to someone. And whether you realize it or not, you have a certain responsibility toward your younger siblings since children tend to imitate what they see others do. Therefore, you should aim to spend your quality time with them in the most productive way possible. After all, you are helping raise the next Muslim generation.

Below, you can find eight productive activities to do with your younger siblings. But since doing all of these at the same time would be a little bit overwhelming, I would suggest you choose at least one religious activity and one other activity to integrate into your daily life and do them on a regular basis. Also, depending on the age of your siblings, you might want to slightly alter the activities.

Religious Activities

1. Pray together. If your siblings don’t know how to pray yet, now is the perfect opportunity to teach them. Ideally, children should get introduced to prayer at the age of seven and pray it regularly when they are ten. Agree on (at least) one prayer per day where you and your siblings, or even better, the whole family, prays together. After prayer, don’t just rush off, but remain seated and remember Allah subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) together. This is also a good time to go through the meaning and/or tafseer of a couple of verses that were being recited during prayer.

2. Read Qur’an together. Again, set a specific time which you dedicate to reading the Qur’an. Since many of us aren’t fluent in the Arabic language, it is important to look up the meaning of what you and your siblings are actually reciting. Also, you can revise with them the Surahs they have already memorized or find a technique to teach them new ones. If you are lucky, you still have the chance to teach them Surat Al-Fatiha. Imagine how beneficial it will be to them and how much reward you’ll get since they will be reciting it in every single prayer!

3. Go to the Masjid together. Try to go to the mosque together as often as possible and get into the habit of taking them to Jumuah prayer with you. If you have a strong Muslim community in your town, take advantage of that. Get involved in your local mosque and introduce them to the feeling of brotherhood/sisterhood at an early age. If there is a lecture, a youth club or any other special event taking place, make sure you and your siblings attend. This is also a good opportunity for them to meet other Muslim kids who are the same age as them.

4. Increase your Islamic knowledge together. Make it fun and get creative. How about utilizing videos? There are so many great people on Youtube who provide Islamic knowledge in an entertaining way like Baba Ali (ummahfilms), Amal Ahmed Albaz (AmalAhmedAlbaz), Mohamed Zeyara (mzeyara2) and Hisham Al Hadi (hishamalhadi). Of course there are many other possibilities on how to go about it. From playing Islamic board games to reading Islamic good night stories to them – the sky’s the limit.

Other activities

5. Cook together. How about once a month you and your little brother or sister plan and cook a complete dinner for the whole family? Although the process of choosing a recipe, going to the grocery store, cooking the meal, and setting the table might take a couple of hours, it’ll be totally worth it and at the same time a wonderful bonding experience! Not only will your siblings be incredibly proud, but I’m sure your mom will appreciate your effort as well.

6. Exercise together. Everyone knows that regular exercise has multiple benefits on your health, as well as your overall well-being. So why not share the experience with your younger siblings and make them your workout buddy? Children are usually full of energy and can be a great motivator. And who said you have to burn those calories at the gym? Get outside and try something new for a change. From going inline skating to playing basketball to even horseback riding – the possibilities are endless!

7. Study together. Education should be an essential aspect of your siblings’ life for it will be the key to opening the door to many opportunities insha’Allah. Since you’ve already been through what they are going through right now, why not offer a helping hand? Revise with them before a test, help them learn vocabulary, work with them on a project. Show them how to use the Internet to research information or take them to the library to pick up books on topics that they are discussing at school. Studying together can be fun, and – believe it or not – they can learn a lot from you!

8. Hang out together. Get ice cream, go to the park, the beach, the museum, a game, the mall, the zoo. Again, you have countless options to choose from. If they have a favorite hobby, like soccer, offer to play it with them once in a while. Most of the time it really doesn’t even have to be anything special because children usually don’t ask for much except for the attention of their elders.

Insha’Allah, you got inspired to spend more time with your younger siblings. Of course, this list is far from being complete and I would love to hear if you have any more ideas.

Feel free to share them in the comment section below!


16 thoughts on “8 Productive Ways To Spend Time With Younger Siblings

  1. Good one. Regarding point 2, along with reading; also memorize Quran Majeed with younger siblings. And one more thing to consider is the their friend list. Try to give atleast 10 minutes daily to listen what they did in school today and that will bring alot to think upon, to understand their activities and to guide them appropriately.

    1. Thank you very much for your feedback. I definitely agree that it would be good to dedicate some time to simply talking to them about their friends, school etc. However, I believe that we shouldn’t try to act like their parents, but instead focus on our responsibility as their siblings.

  2. Lol I wish I could accomplish even a few of these things… me and my sister are usually at it like cats and dogs! She is not Muslim either so the chances of me taking her to the masjid or getting her to praying with me are quite slim. But Insha’Allah…

    1. Insha’Allah, your sister will become Muslim in the future, so you guys can enjoy some of the religious activities together. Maybe you can try out some of the other activities in the meantime. Anyways, the best thing you can do is make Du’a for her so that Allah (swt) guides her to the right path. :)

  3. A very interesting article! May Allah rewards you for your good deeds.
    But, how if our siblings are far away from us and living in different city and country.. However, it is the one thing I really hope to do…. insha Allah.

    1. Thank you very much! I’m in the exact same situation. Since I moved to Algeria for one year, me and my siblings are basically on two different continents. And even though I might not be able to do these activities with them at the moment, I will when I get back insha’Allah. :) Also, thanks to the Internet, there are many ways to keep in touch with them and talk to them on an almost daily basis. If you want to make it more personal, you can always send letters or small packages. :)

  4. MaShaaAllah TabarakAllah! :) This is beautiful, ukhti. May Allah reward you immensely and make it weigh heavily on your scale of good deeds.

    I’m 19 years old myself, and after reading your description, I thought, ‘Hey! She’s just like me!’ Well, more or less. I love languages as well, and Islam and spreading the deen, and writing articles and benefiting the Ummah. May Allah accept our efforts :D

    I have a proposition for you. And although, we don’t know each other personally, I hope this doesn’t stop you from considering it. I’m recruiting teen and youth writers for an upcoming Islamic website, and would love to have you on board. The website’s name is http://www.muslimeyes.com and we have a facebook page – Muslim Eyes – as well. Feel free to check them out. Of course, the website has not launched as of yet, so the material on it is temporary. I like your style of writing and I think you would be an asset to the group.

    Wasalam,

  5. As salaamu alaykum Naima Asma.

    Very well written article, maa shaa Allaah. May Allaah reward you for the beautiful reminders, aameen. Although I do not live close to my younger brothers, we still keep in touch utilizing few tips that you have mentioned above. Also, your tips will surely be useful for my own children bi idhnillaah.

    And mabruk on your acceptance into medical school. Way to go Sis!

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