A Review of Some Picture Books About the Quran

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Quran picture books Reviews

1. My First Quran Book & Coloring Book by Shereen Sharief

Summary: Often children memorise Surah after Surah of the Quran without knowing even it’s simple meanings and we as parents find it difficult to explain it to them. With the help of this picture book your children will be able to read Juz Amma in Arabic and instantly know the simple meaning of the verses through engaging illustrations. It will help your children visualise the simple meanings of the verses which will later make the Tafsir and the explanations of the verses easier for them to grasp. This bright and colourful book will also help make memorising the Quran much more fun and enjoyable for them.

Review: The picture book is aimed at children 7+. The illustrations are descriptive and show no faces. The verses of Juz Amma from the Holy Quran are always written in Arabic and in English. At times, the tafsir of some of the surahs are also included. My son enjoyed flipping through the pages of the picture book and then coloring the supporting and accompanying coloring book. There are a lot of information in the picture book, and I’m tempted to say that it’s almost inclusive about the details one needs to know about Juz Amma. To go back to my little reader, I had to teach him the adab and fiqh required in our madhab while handling these two books as these rules are not universal and differ within the ummah. Anyway, alhamdullilah, my son is a good listener and he complied. Masha’Allah. Overall, we recommend these two books to Muslim parents.

Rating : 5/5

2. My First Book about the Qur’an by Sara Khan

Summary: Inside this board book, toddlers and young children will find out about the Qur’an’s beautiful teachings: to care for all creation; to respect the books of God; to be good to one another; and to believe in Allah, the Creator. Stunning illustrations, full of color, bring the pages to life and the carefully written text is simple, easy to understand, and suitable to be read aloud. It also features some facts about the Qur’an and common questions children might ask, such as: what does the word “Qur’an” actually mean?

Review: This is a lesser concentrated version of the Quran book mentioned above dealing Juz Amma. Khan’s book summarizes the golden maxims of the whole Quran with short paragraphs or sentences for younger readers instead. Some of the illustrations might raise a few eyebrows because of their execution but overall, it’s a good illustrated read.

Rating : 4/5

 

You can find all three of them on Amazon.

Just click on the hyperlinked titles to be redirected insha’Allah.

 

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

 

Black Muslim Kid Literature

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Dear Friends,

As if the virus of 2020 wasn’t wreaking enough havoc, we humans come face to face with the ugly virus that lives inside many.

A cure or vaccine for Corona virus may be found but can humans create a vaccine for racism while they’re at it?

As parents we may not be able to change the minds of others but we are capable of vaccinating our children from being white-washed. To do that we must fill our shelves with diverse content written by POC’s.

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The Test — A Review

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Author : Ahmad Philips is an author, illustrator, and animator. Raised in Michigan, he graduated in animation and worked as a video editor, illustrator, animator, and game designer. He’s traveled to different countries such as Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Malaysia, before coming back to his home town East Lansing, Michigan, where he currently lives with his wife and two kids. Outside of writing and drawing, Ahmad enjoys playing basketball, and spending time with his family.

Summary: Hani Muslim, a 7 year old Muslim boy, fails a quiz that he forgot to study for. His sister Huda, and his father give him words of advice. Hani realizes he should try his best in everything he does, in order to please his Lord (Allah). If he does this, then he can never fail, because deeds are based on intentions and correct actions. Now Hani is determined to do well on the next test, but things don’t go according to plan!

If you’re looking for a children’s Islamic book to add to your bookshelf, then look no further! The Test is sure to give a dramatic story while also promoting good Islamic morals and good Islamic conduct.

Review: In this series, Hani is back again with a new fun adventure. He knows his weakness; being an absent-minded person. Therefore, he works his life around that weakness to come up on top. We should all know all weaknesses in order to challenge them and succeed in anything we plan on doing.
The illustrations were also way better than the first graphic novel that the author drew that I also had the chance to review. Bravo to the author on improving his craft.
Overall, this a good YA book with a timeless lesson.

Rating: 5/5

 

Info to connect with the author:

Website : https://themuslimscomic.com/

Instagram : @philz.draws

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheMuslimsSeries

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AUG 13, 2017

Bismillah,

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The Muslims is a new Muslim graphic novel aimed at young Muslim children.

Author : Ahmad Philips is an author, illustrator, and animator. Raised in Michigan, he graduated in animation and worked as a video editor, illustrator, animator, and game designer. He’s traveled to different countries such as Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Malaysia, before coming back to his home town East Lansing, Michigan, where he currently lives with his wife and two kids. Outside of writing and drawing, Ahmad enjoys playing basketball, and spending time with his family.

SummaryThe Muslims is about 2 kids, Hani and Huda, and the lessons they learn through everyday life. Each chapter tackles different moral issues such as stealing, sharing, being grateful and much more. Join Hani and Huda as they learn different aspects of Islam through their own life experiences.

Thoughts: For someone who grew up reading Manga graphic novels like Naruto, I appreciated this effort by Author Ahmad Phillips to cater to a young Muslim audience.

The book has 5 illustrated chapters which deal with different situations.

Chapter 1 is titled ‘Life is a Test’. Chapter 2 is ‘Rainy Day’. Chapter 3 is named ‘Being Truthful’. Chapter 4 ‘Having Fun’ and finally Chapter 5 deals with ‘Arrogance’. Chapter 1, 2, and 5 mainly revolve around Hani, the male character. On the other hand, Chapter 3 and 4 are mainly about his sister Huda.

In chapter 2, I wished there was a flashback or an explanation on how the children were taught the duas about rain in the first place.

Chapter 5 ends with a cliffhanger, and I’m curious to see how the ending scene plays out. Also, I don’t know why the teacher had to be so large… That said, it made me giggle a bit.

Having said all  these above, the art of the book is a bit simplistic in my opinion but the graphic novel has good maxims we can use to teach Muslim children. In other words, I feel like The Muslims needs more details in the background of certain illustrations or more realistic facial expressions throughout and consistently the comic. Not to be harsh, the illustrations are at a sketch level now and need to be more fleshed out to achieve the level of mainstream comics’ quality insha’Allah. Of course, that also requires capital that self-publishers don’t always have.

Hoping this review is beneficial to the author and wishing him all the best with his art, ameen.

You can get your copy on Amazon here. And watch a video about the characters of the comic here on YouTube.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

Papatya*

P.S. Info to connect with the author

Website : https://themuslimscomic.com/

Instagram : @philz.draws

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/TheMuslimsSeries

Aqeedah Course for Children: Lesson 1

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Aqeedah/ Islamic Creed Course for Children Age 6+

Introduction

  • What is Aqeedah
  • Importance of Aqeedah
  • What is Emaan
  • Link between Aqeedah and Emaan
  • Arkaan ul Emaan
  • Nasheed AmantuBillahi WaMalaikatehe

Class Material

Presentation Notes : 001-Aqeedah-Intro-Notes

Worksheet:  001-Aqeedah-01-Worksheet

Surah Baqarah Last 2 Verses Worksheet: Coming Soon

Hadith e Jibreel Worksheet: Coming Soon

Books and Resources for Teachers

Belief in Allah by Umar Al Ashqar

What is Aqeedah -Islam QA

Aqeedah – Its meaning and importance- Islam House

Fundamentals of Tawheed by Bilal Philips

Emaan and Not Aqeedah??

Videos For  Class

Props:

Felt Props

Articles of Faith – Puzzle                                                                          Articles of Faith                             …

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Did Musa St-St-Stutter Too? — A Review

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About the Book : Afraid of how his class will react to his stutter, Ibrahimi comes up with a plan to stay home from school, but his mother has something else in mind. After she reminds him that the beloved Prophet Musa saved a nation while speaking uniquely too, will Ibrahimi have the courage to face his fear?

Author : Keila Kaci

Illustrator : Andrea Lucci

Publisher: Prolance

Review and thoughts : This book teaches young believers a very powerful dua when they have to address an audience and their nerves get the best of them. It also teaches about a very important Muslim Prophet; Prophet Musa aleihi salam as he implored Allah in Surah Taha. After Little Ibrahimi’s Mommy tells him of this Nabi, Ibrahimi draws strength and resilience to face his ordeal; presenting his speech in front of his classmates fiercely. In all, Did Musa ST-St-Stutter encourages Muslim children to rely on dua in the face of any hardship. Good job, masha’Allah.

I received a free copy for my honest review.

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Find it on the publisher’s site here or on Amazon here.

Rating : 4/5

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

The Miraculous Life of Isa — A Review

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About the Book : Bilal and Mr. Shells are best pals and together they will overcome any obstacles. In this rhyming book, they will learn about a talking baby and his miracles. Read along and join in the adventure as it will teach you about an important figure. Prophets are our heroes and they teach us lessons to help our knowledge grow bigger.

Author : Farah Elmoudani

Illustrator : Hayam al-Abbas

Publisher: Prolance

Review and thoughts : In The Miraculous Life of Isa from the series Bilal and Mr. Shells, Bilal’s cat runs away. So, the young boy looses hope in finding one of his friend. His other friend, Mr. Shells—the turtle, advises him to be hopeful and takes him on a journey where Bilal learns about Prophet Issa aleihi salam.

The book teaches and breaks down the nuts and bolts of the life of this blessed Muslim Prophet to growing minds. If you are wondering about how to talk to your young Mumins about patience, miracles, and our true purpose as believers; worshiping the One true God, this book is a good way to start with the process.

I received a free copy for my honest review.

Find it on the publisher’s site here or on Amazon here.

Rating : 4/5

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

The Most Precious Gift — A Review

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Summary : Join Ziyad as he learns ten benefits from the most precious gift from God…prayer. While all the animals in the jungle are busy preparing for a party, Ziyad asks each one of them what prayer does for them. They mention calmness, togetherness, and hope just to name a few. Before the party starts, Ziyad and his friends and family gather for Maghreb prayer, reminding each one that even though their party awaits, it is so important to reap the benefits of their daily prayers.

Author : Yasmine Abuzeid

Illustrator : Melani Putri

Publisher: Prolance

Review and thoughts : The Most Precious Gift is a very creative children’s book that introduces salat and dhikr to Muslim children. It also teaches them that prayer is the most precious gift from Allah that they need to value because it will always be a source of comfort, a shield, and a safe haven for them. See slides below for more details.

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Finally, it also gives them the name of the benefits of prayer in Arabic in the illustrations as well. For instance, silah for connection and saeda for happiness. That is very smart masha’Allah.

Find it on the publisher’s site here or on Amazon here.

Rating : 4/5

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

Bilal Cooks Daal — A Review

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Summary : Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does?

This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.

Author : Aisha Saeed

Illustrator : Anoosha Syed

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Review and thoughts : Bilal Cooks Daal is the third book by the author that I have read where the name Bilal occurs alhamdullilah. She must certainly like the name masha’Allah alhamdullilah. I like that this time it didn’t come unintentionally mis-constructed to me like it did in the first two instances.

Overall, Bilal Cooks Daal is rhythmic, and it teaches children to be patient. It also teaches them colors, smell, taste, and mathematics. This is wonderful all around. The illustrations are also well done. We didn’t find any issue in the book, too. Alhamdullilah.

Find it on Amazon here.

Rating : 5/5

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

The Gift of Ramadan — A Review

Assalamu aleikum!

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Ramadan is fastly approaching, and I finally get a chance to read and review a book I have wanted to get my hands on for quite some time alhamdullilah.

Summary : Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. She tries to keep busy throughout the day so she won’t think about food. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now?

Author : Rabiah York Lumbard

Illustrator : Laura K. Horton

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Review and thoughts : The Gift of Ramadan is wonderfully illustrated with a moving story. My only issue was the part of the salat portrayal on the women’s side. The father’s portrayal was fine with his eyes cast down.
On the women’s side, the neck of Sophia’s grandma is bare. She is basically praying with only her turban and her finger is raised in the air I guess to proclaim tawheed. I felt like this part wasn’t executed well or technically accurate. In addition, the strands of hair of Sophia’s mom are showing below her scarf during salat. Outside of salat, people are free to use whatever type of veil they like but during salat we should be thoroughly covered in my opinion to attract angels in the room.

Above all, The Gift of Ramadan explains this important milestone and holy moment for Muslims to those who don’t know while also portraying the determination of a young girl wanting to observe Ramadan in other ways she can instead.

Find it on Amazon here.

Rating : 4/5

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~