As the first Ashra of Muharram comes to a close, we return to our daily routines. We no longer attend daily majalis, and we don’t cry for the Ahlul Bayt every single day. We return to our normal lives after Ashura – but the family of Imam Hussain (AS) does not.
We must remember. Every day, we should have a moment of reflection, even if we aren’t attending majalis every day.
For myself, I am committing to reciting Ziarat Ashura every day until Arbaeen, inshallah. I plan to recite it out loud near my daughter so that she can hear it too, even though she is too young to understand its significance.
Here, you can download a Ziarat Ashura calendar to keep track of your daily recitation for forty days. You can use a sticker or color in each box as you recite Ziarat Ashura on that day. (If you are starting on Muharram 11, you can download this version which has all the dates on the calendar.)
For children who are old enough to understand its significance AND can recite Ziarat Ashura, this can be a good way to remember Imam Hussain (AS) and his family and companions every day for the next forty days.
For children who can understand the significance but may be too young to recite Ziarat Ashura daily, they can listen to a recitation of it. This is my favorite recitation.
If nothing else, children can recite the part of the ziarat that is to be recited 100 times, which you can download here in a small card to cut out and keep handy. This will at least get them in the practice of reciting Ziarat for Imam Hussain (AS) every day, until they are old enough to recite it in its entirety.