Thoughtful Gift Ideas 17: Books!


As the saying goes, when you learn something you get the ‘gift’ of knowledge – and what better means than a book!

Especially one that may not be commonly known about such as that featured in the main picture above  🙂

And here’s an example of a great gift for children – Islamic, educational, fun, and interactive as the children have to write in it themselves!

2015-08-27 15.55.16

Iqra Day


As I’m sure you all know, World Book Day was just a few days ago on the 5th of March. Our Madressa here also honoured this day, by having an Iqra Day!

The children were told to dress up as their favourite character from an Islamic book they had read – and their costumes were pretty amazing 🙂

What a great way to encouraging children to read the wonderful array of Islamic books that are out there!

Here are just a few of the characters and books…

Bedtime Series - Idea 3: Time for stories!


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:

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:

Happy reading at bedtime 

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


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

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 :)


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 🙂

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


Holidays are coming up, and many families will be making the blessed journey to the House of Allah. Here are some ideazz to help make this trip inspiring and beneficial for our children, Inshallah!

Idea 1: Books!

My first stop is almost always books 🙂

Check out this wonderful book that is ideal to read before (and during!) Umrah.

“Discover the joys of ‘Umrah when a brother and sister travel with their parents to the city of Mecca and perform this sacred ritual for the very first time.”

It even comes with a poster and paper dolls for children to enact performing Umrah! How amazing is that?

Salaat Idea 3


Idea 3: Books, books, books!

Alhamdulillah, theses days there are wonderful books for all these lovely topics!

One great favourite of ours when the kids were young was “I Can Pray Anywhere” by Yasmin Ibrahim…this bright and colourful book emphasizes that you can really pray anywhere, and is one the youngsters will LOVE to read again and again inshallah.

One for older children is “Time to Pray” by Maha Addasi. In this story a little girl visits her grandma in a Middle East country. During her stay, she hears the adhaan from the minaret nearby. The story weaves the the call of adhaan, actions of wudhu, salaat, times of salaat and the sweet relationship between grandma and the little girl all nicely together in a wonderful tale.

There are so many others!
Here are a few other titles to explore:
Time to Pray – Suzanna Stone
Prayer Times Book of Colours – Fehmida Ibrahim Shah Rukh Khan
I Want to Pray – Rashida Haneef
Call to Prayer – The Story of Bilal – Edoardo Albert
Owl and the Dawn Prayer – Hediyah Al-Amin

Happy Reading!

Idea 1: Start by prepping them with some stories


Alhamd, so many responses and ideas as to what we can do to make this trip an enlightening one for our children!

To make all this info easier to digest, am splitting them up into bite-size pieces…

Idea 1: Start by prepping them with some stories (and take some for the long journeys ahead!)

Stories from the lives of the personalities you are going to visit are engaging and make their stories come alive in a way that has a lasting effect on children.

As well as stories you have heard, here are some potential books you can use, Inshallah:

‘Yaseer and Zahra Meet the Heroes of Kerbala’ by Binte Abbas
‘Yaseer and Zahra Meet the Heroes of Shaam’ by Binte Abbas
‘The Heroes of Karbala’ (Set of 9 small books on the Companions)
‘Understanding Karbala’ by Siddiqa Juma
‘The Story of Ashura’ by Sh. Bahmanpour (comic style)
‘Wake Up and Weep for the Shuhada-e-Kerbala’ (Children of Dubai Jamaat)
‘The Young Hashimite Princess…Sakina Bintal Hussain’ (Children of Dubai Jamaat)

Am so sorry but don’t know how you can source all of these (try googling but not always possible) – those living in London however, can borrow these and more through the Children’s Islamic Library (

Also try

Anyone have any other good books they would recommend?

Muharram Idea 2 - Books


Idea No 2: Make the Event of Kerbala come to Life through Books

Again, one of my memories growing up was reading Understanding Kerbala as a family during the 10 days of Muharram. This is one of the first children’s books that was published on Kerbala and is also sometimes sold with a tape to listen to. The illustrations are as amazing as the way in which the event is narrated. Check out for more info.

For older readers, to read alone or with you, check out ‘Yaseer and Zahra Meet the Heroes of Kerbala’ (and later, ‘Yaseer and Zahra Meet the Heroes of Shaam’) – for more info.

For those children who prefer comic strips, why not check out Sheikh Bahmanpour’s book: ‘The Story of Ashura’ – see:

The companions of Imam Husayn are often less well known but a great series entitled ‘The Heroes of Kerbala’ covers their stories in detail – see:

Last but not least, I just heard of a new release that looks very promising by Saleem Bhimji and Arifa Hudda entitled, ‘The Alif, Baa, Taa of Kerbala’ which will teach children the Arabic alphabet through the tragic saga of Kerbala. This work is due to be printed in 2013 and they are looking for donors so do visit for more info.

Buzz Ideazz

Submit your details below for
regular Buzz Ideazz updates

* = required field