Our Dhul Hijjah Reads
My First Book of Islamic Months by Hajera Memon
This interactive beautiful fold-out and lift-a-flap book was much needed in our library. The gorgeous illustrations in this book can never bore a child or adult. The sentences are short and easy to read, and briefly explain the meaning and significance of each month.
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The Story of Prophet Ibrahim by Shaykh Abu Al-Hasan Ali Al-Nadwi (Translated by Abdul Wahab Saleem and Aleeza Sohail)
This book contains the story of Prophet Ibrahim AS from his childhood until the late adulthood. The entire Quranic biography of Prophet Ibrahim AS from being Azar’s son, to breaking the idols, to being thrown in cold fire, and then questioning who his Lord is. The book goes on to tell the story of when Ibrahim AS faced the King to do Dawah, the story of Zamzam, the story of his dream, and the building of the Kaaba. The book also makes the connection of Ibrahim AS with Ishaq AS, Yaqub AS, and Yusuf AS.
This book is written in English and easy to read Arabic, which becomes a great learning experience for both the parent and child. A cool fact I learned from this book is that although we know Ismail AS helped Ibrahim AS to build the Kaaba, and remained in Makkah, Prophet Ishaq AS on the other hand moved to Levant (Palestine) and built Masjid Al Aqsa (Bait Al Maqdis)
You can purchase your copy from Amazon.
Migo and Ali Love for the Prophets by Zanib Mian
This book is well-loved by us. The language used in this book is very age-appropriate and engaging, and a newly independent reader can easily read it. This book has the story of 16 Prophets, however, for the Hajj unit, we focus on Prophet Ibrahim AS and Prophet Ismail AS. The Story of Prophet Ibrahim AS and Ismail AS does not cover the dream of sacrificing his son. It does cover the childhood of Prophet Ibrahim, the story of Zam Zam, and the story of building the Kaaba. There are questions and answers at the end of each story where the boy Ali asks questions to the bear Migo.
I was surprised to find this book on Amazon, and the prices are competitive to any local Islamic store. You can purchase your copy here
Yan’s Hajj – The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzia Gilani
This is a heartwarming story of a selfless man named Yan. This story tells us how sincere good is done to others will come back to you in the Dunya, in addition to being rewarded in the Akhirah inshAllah. This book is sure to bring tears to your eyes and a smile on your face.
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Zayd visits the two holy cities by Aneesa Omar
An adorable story of a boy named Zayd who visits Masjid al-Haram and An Nabwi with his family. I purposely added this book to explain the difference between Hajj and Umrah to B. She still gets mixed up at times. InshAllah with reading these books over and over, she will understand the difference. This book is part of 10 book series of Zayd. I contacted the publisher and purchased the set directly from him.
His contact details are as follows:
Peg + Cat – The Eid al-Adha Adventure by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson
Peg + Cat is a popular preschool series on PBS kids by the Fred Rogers company, where Peg and Cat encounter challenges that require problem-solving skills. They are faced with math world problems that they must solve in each show. I appreciate how mainstream shows are trying to more inclusive of other beliefs.
The book does a great job explaining the concept of giving and sacrifice. It also explains distributing meat in 3 equal parts – one for self, second for family and friends, and the third for those with less. The book does a great job explaining the Math concepts lesser than, greater than, and equal to.
There is use of musical instruments in the book including an electric guitar and oud – to celebrate Eid. This is problematic because the use of musical instruments does not align with the beliefs of some Muslims, and when trying to create something that represents a particular faith, the authors should be mindful of this.
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May Allah help us make the most of these blessed days, and may He accept our efforts. Ameen.
Wishing you all Eid Mubarak!
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