This 8×8 hardback rhyming book for ages 4 and up is filled with detailed pictures that will remind children of all ages how important salat is despite how tempting it often is to neglect it. I think six and seven year olds will benefit the most from this 30 page book that also has an activity poster included, as they start to take on the responsibility of praying on time and making good choices. The gentle parents, the relatable scenario and the adorable little sister, bring this story to life, and will hopefully be a benefit for young muslims and their families.
A small family of a mom, a dad, a brother and a sister are out working in the garden when the athan is heard. The five prayers are mentioned as they set off to pray just like the Prophet (saw) did.
They all head in to make wudu as wudu and salah go hand in hand. They start with bismillah before going through the simplified steps to wash their sins away. They are about to start, when the doorbell rings.
Friends have come to play. Mom and dad tell the boy to pray. The boy says there will be time after they play. Once takbeer is called, the boys slip out on their bikes. The boy wants to have fun, but something is nagging at him and he wonders what the Prophet (saw) would have done.
Whispers urge him to enjoy the beautiful day, but he realizes what he must do, and when his friends ask what is wrong he suggests they go pray. Aqeemus salah!
They head back to the boy’s house, make wudu and pray together. The steps are named and explained and after concluding he sees his proud parents watching.
There is a glossary at the end and the poster has the steps of wudu and salat as well as an activity to put the steps in order.