The Clear Quran For Kids – A Review
The Clear Quran For Kids by Dr. Mustafa Khattab – A Review
This honest review is written in exchange for a copy of “The Clear Quran for Kids” by Dr. Mustafa Khattab. All opinions are of my own and not influenced in any way.
Assalam Alaikum and Peace!
I had a copy The Clear Quran by Dr. Mustafa Khattab which is a thematic translation of the Quran. It is a wonderful translation that deserves a review of its own. However, when Dr. Khattab announced that he is releasing a translation for children, I was over the moon and could not wait to get my hands on it. The Clear Quran for Kids has been a part of our Morning Basket for the past month, and we do the translation of one surah each week from the 30th Juz. My daughter has been absolutely loving it and she loves going through the illustrations and side stories on her own and has read some of the funny ones to me out loud.
Layout of Clear Quran for Kids
The Clean Quran for children is a translation of the last 5 juz of the Quran and Surah Fatiha. ( Surah 1, and 49-114) It is a hardcover book, and the pages are of a high-quality glossy finish.
Each translation of a Surah starts with learning points followed by an illustration. The Surahs are divided into headings based on themes. In addition to that, there is a background story to the surah to explain the historical context in which it was revealed, followed by side stories that help children understand the surah (my six-year-old particularly enjoys these)
Words of Wisdom – I personally feel this to be the gem of the entire book. It provides answers to some of the most difficult questions asked by children. My daughter has started asking some of them, and as parents, we want to provide them with an answer that is in accordance with the Quranic teachings and also easy for them to understand.
An example of such question that my daughter has asked: “Why are there no female prophets in Islam?” I could come nowhere near the explanation The Clear Quran provided.
How is The Clear Quran for Kids different from other Translations?
The most unique aspect of this translation is that it has been edited for children, by children and reviewed by qualified school teachers and professional editors to ensure the meanings are in place. (picture of the sample in the book) The purpose of writing this translation was for the children to be able to connect with the Quran and understand it.
This translation does not just translate the Quranic text but also explains the passages through background stories, and Words of Wisdom address challenging questions commonly asked by young children, while side stories focus on character-building traits.
What Do I absolutely love about The Clear Quran for Kids?
The Clear Quran for Kids begins with a very thorough yet easy-to-understand Introduction of the Quran. It explains how each Prophet was sent a miracle that was suitable to their time, and how Quran is a miracle that exists from the time of the Prophet SAWS, to date.
Furthermore, Dr. Khattab has also explained the structure of the Quran, its divisions, the number of Surahs, and where/how the surahs got their names. The concept of Makki and Madani Surahs has also been explained in great detail, which can help us have a better understanding of the historical context of the surahs.
Why are certain stories repeated over and over again in different Surahs? Or why is a certain verse repeated many times within a Surah? I had these questions in my mind as a child, and I have not found a better explanation of these questions other than in this book.
The introduction is followed by a transliteration guide, a glossary to explain some terms that may be difficult for children, but could not be replaced in the translation, followed by definitions of Arabic words that have been used throughout the book. The book ends with eleven activities such as quizzes, coloring pages, word search, mazes, and much more.
What age range does The Clear Quran for kids cater to?
Ages 6 and up. This can be a great read-aloud for children under 6, and once they start reading, they can read it quite independently due to the writing style.
Where can you buy The Clear Quran for Kids?
May Allah reward Dr. Khattab for his hard work and for his efforts in connecting young learners to the Quran. Ameen
Wishing you all a blessed Ramadan.