I had planned to review the Ramadan book in Sara Khan’s My First Book about series, but needless-to-say all of the board books in the collection look remarkably similar and the one on my shelf, that I thought was the Ramadan one is this one, the one about the Qur’an. Rather than find another Ramadan book, I figured to just go with it, Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an after all, and the book is both informative and engaging for little Muslims. The soft detailed pictures and sturdy binding introduce toddlers and up to the belief in Allah, the pillars, care for all creation and being good to one another.
The book starts out stating the the Qur’an tells us in the beginning there was only Allah, and that He created everything. His creations are as big as the heavens and the Earth and as small as the creatures we cannot even see. He created the trees and mountains and the angels and jinn, as well as the people, He made us all special.
Allah wants us to follow His rules and sent books and Prophets to show us how to act. He wants us to be good to one another, to be thankful, to look after our world, and everything in it. Allah wants us to worship Him alone and pray five times a day, fast in Ramadan, give money to the poor, and go for Hajj.
He also wants us to have families and to get married and raise our children to be good Muslims, so that when we die we will go to Paradise. The book ends with facts about the Qur’an and questions and answers that can help further the conversation, increase understanding, and encourage love for the holy book.
This 26 page non fiction sturdy board book packs in a lot of information in a really simple way that will keep little one’s attention and hopefully encourage them to ask deeper questions as they grow. The illustrations are soft and alternate between detailed familiar scenes and simple background style scenes that draw attention to the text on the page. It covers the Shahadah, who Allah (swt) is, it mentions that He has 99 names, that He sent us the Quran and the final messenger is Prophet Muhammad (saw). The book at times is wordy, and perhaps the vocabulary a bit above a toddlers level, but the flow is smooth and the tone is warm, inviting, and is requested often by my little ones. (It is reasonably priced by at small bookstores, and double the price on Amazon).
The book starts off by stating that Muslims believe that there is only one God and His name is Allah. It shows it in Arabic as well on a very muted background. The next page is much more lively with illustrations showing someone pray, a picture of the ka’aba, a family eating, and a mother reading Quran and making dua.
The family is then depicted gathered together with the little children asking “WHO is Allah?” and the book dedicating the next few pages to explaining that Allah swt, is the One who made everything and has power over all. He makes the sun rise and set and everything in the heavens and the earth belong to Him.
The book explains that Allah even loves us more than our own parents before explaining that Allah has 99 names and Ar-Rahman and Ar-Rahim are the ones we hear the most. The background has many of the names of Allah written in Arabic.
The family prays knowing Allah is All Hearing and All Seeing. An illustration of a cave with a bird and spiderweb accompany the page that tells us that He sent us the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad (saw) to show us how to live. InshaAllah if we do as we are supposed to, we are promised paradise and Allah never breaks His promise.
The book concludes with Facts about Allah and Questions about Allah (swt). The pages are glossy and 6 x 8 in size.