Book Review: Alif, Baa, Taa of Kerbala

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This looks like a great resource for the coming months… check out details below:

‘With the month of Muharram just around the corner where believers young and old will gather in numbers to commemorate the tragic events of Kerbala, let us help keep the flame alive in the youngest members of our community by introducing them to the story of Kerbala through the unique publication of the Islamic Publishing House, “The Alif, Baa, Taa of Kerbala.”

To see full color samples of the pages go to this link: http://www.al-mubin.org/index.php/full-length-books/172-alif-baa-taa-of-kerbala

Take in a visual presentation of this book by our YouTube promotional video for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3AF4YukU7Q

Book Review: I Can Series

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This series is one of the first high quality Islamic children’s books that I came across when looking for good books for my children!
Board back, it is long lasting and durable. The illustrations are bold, bright and cheerful – and the wordings and concepts are simple and meaningful!
There are 6 books in the series, and each show young Muslim girls and boys practising different aspects of their faith in a wide range of places.

Here’s an excerpt from “I Can Eat Anything Anywhere”:

Bismillah! I can eat anything
halal and pure anywhere!
How blessed we are with the food
Allah has provided us everywhere!
I hope your children love them as much as mine did!

The series include:

I Can Make Dua’ Anywhere!
I Can Pray Anywhere!
I Can Read the Qur’an Anywhere!
I Can Say Bismillah Anywhere!
I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere!
I Can Eat Anything Anywhere!

Book review: Isa the Incredible climbs Mount Mushkil

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As we are between series, I thought we should do a few more book reviews!

I just received this book and I LOVE it!! Here is the blurb:

“LIttle Isa the Ant loves the playground. But he’s too scared to climb the playground’s great big hill, Mount Mushkil! No matter how hard he tries, he can’t follow his brothers and sisters to the top. This makes him sad. When the mean ants from school laugh at him, he feels worse. Then a wise old any teaches Isa the secret of climbing Mount Mushkil. But can Isa believe hard enough to make it to the top? Will the secret really help Isa?”

This story is inspired by the bravery of Ali ibn Abu Talib, and is one that will actually resonate with both young and old. It was a great reminder to me to use the ‘secret’ in my own life when faced with any trouble, and I will definitely by trying to implement it as well as helping my children learn it too!

I won’t spoil the essence of the book by revealing the ‘secret’, but do check it out! The images are bold and clear, perfect for little ones. And Isa the Ant’s dilemma is one that will have been faced by many children, if not all at some point in their lives.

Check the Twelver Kids website out for an interactive playground and more: http://www.twelverkids.com/
Also available from Taqwa Media: http://www.taqwamedia.com/shop/index.php/taqwa-kids/isa-the-incredible-climbs-mount-mushkil.html

Bedtime Series - Idea 3: Time for stories!

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As I’m sure you know, reading is SO SO important, and reading WITH our children is also vital, not only for developing a love for language and literacy and imagination, but also for the bonding between parent and child

Alhamdulillah, there are SO many good Islamic books out there (novels too for the older ones) that can be read at bedtime.

I have previously reviewed some books before, and will hopefully continue to do that between series over time – there are also apps with stories, as well as an e-book here and there, so you can get started pretty much straight away!

Here is the link for the previously reviewed books:http://buzzideazz.com/category/books/page/2/

Another excellent book with lots of short stories (ideal for a quick bedtime story+lesson) is ‘Excellent Stories’ by QFatima – it is available to buy as a hard copy, but also downloadable for free as a PDF here:http://www.qfatima.com/index.php/q-kids-home?layout=edit&id=431

Happy reading at bedtime 

Baligha Series - Idea 1: Books, books, books!

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Bismillah…let the buloogh series begin!

Just a quick note before our first idea – buloogh for girls and hijaab are inevitable tied together. However, for the purpose of this series, we will focus more on the other aspects of buloogh and cover hijaab in a later series, to allow each topic to get full coverage Inshallah…

Idea 1: Books, books, books!

Although still few and far between, there are some books out there on this oh-so-important topic.

Princess Inaya Becomes Baligha (by Binte Abbas and Ibn Ali covers the main aspects of reaching the age of buloogh in story form, making it a light hearted entry point to the topic.

A Muslim Girl’s Guide to Life’s Big Changes (by Rayhana Khan) is a much more factual book, covering things to consider such as life in school, the clothes that we wear, behaviour and what’s happening to our bodies when we grow.

Jashn-e-Buloogh (Celebrating Baligh Ceremony) is informative as above, but in much smaller snippets, and accompanied by lots of bright cartoon illustrations, as opposed to book style.

Celebration of Responsibility – Baligha Booklet: Covers the main topics of wudhoo, cleanliness, taqlid, etc. For more info on how to get a copy, contact Aarifa Suleman at aarifa5@gmail.com

Some other titles are:

How to get Hijab Ready by Aisha Elwan and Megan Wyatt

The Hijab Boutique by Michelle Khan

Do you know of any more? Please do share!

Talking Islamic Books :)

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Check out these awesome audio books by Miraj Audio! We’ve started getting talking books for the car to help long (and short) rides to go quicker and smoother! If this is on itunes (YES, IT IS!) and we can hook the phone on to the audio system in the car – well, then we’re sorted 🙂

http://www.mirajaudio.com/

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