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Learning the Suratul Fatihah – the fun way April 20, 2013

What is it?

My Furqan – Suratul Fatihah “The Opening”

What’s the price?

RM49.90

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Beautifully illustrated and brightly coloured hard pages
  • Comes in two languages, English and Malay
  • Each page contains a single sentence from the Surah with flaps that break up the words in the sentence
  • The opposite page gives a brief desciption of the sentence, in simplified words, easily understandable by young children

Review

Surah Al-Fatihah, the first & foremost surah in the Holy Quran, is the leader, if you will, of all surahs, which is why it is called The Opening. It is the one of the pillars of solat, and when used correctly, can cure a great number of illnesses.

So it is only befitting that as a Muslim, the first surah that a parent should teach his/her child is the Surah al-Fatihah. And what better way to teach a child than with a cute, fun book that has secret hiding places?

As we know, all surahs of the Quran tell stories of important lessons, and the Opening tells the most important lesson – that Allah our Mighty Creator, is the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, the Master of the Day of Judgement. The One we worship and the One we seek help from, always.

These are important lessons for a young Muslim, yet are quite heavy and can be complicated for them to understand. The cute illustrations come in handy in explaining further the meanings of the Al Fatihah, the concept of God and satan, of good deeds and bad deeds.

What I like about it

From a child’s eye, I would find the flaps most interesting – what kid wouldn’t love a little game of hide and seek? The illustrations itself tells a story – my daughter would make comments such as “Why is the girl afraid?” “Look, she’s going to school!” “They’re having a picnic.” You can always elaborate on these comments and ask them what they think is happening in the picture, and you’ll be surprised at your own child’s answers.

What I don’t like about it

I have to admit it’s a bit pricey, but do consider the knowledge it offers, in such a fun and appealing package. It’s better to read together  with your child, though, as the flaps are a little fragile and can be torn in little excited hands.

Conclusion

This book sure packs a punch of learning fun, makes a great Opening in any household. A gold treasure indeed.

 

A day in My Life – the Muslim version March 12, 2013

What is it?

Sehari dalam Hidupku – Panduan & Adab-adab serta Doa-doa Harian Kanak-kanak Muslim

What’s the price?

RM10

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Beautifully illustrated and brightly coloured pages
  • Provide Islamic supplications for every activity, from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night
  • Provide some simple guides of Islamic manners for daily application
  • Features a giant poster of summarized supplications

Review

The book starts off with the most important statement – “Islam dan ahklak tidak boleh dipisahkan” meaning that Islam and good manners are inseparable. To be a Muslim means to be a person with good manners and sound values.

There are supplications for practically everything – waking up in the morning, going to the toilet, getting dressed, mealtimes, travelling, studying, supplications for parents and of course, for prayer times.

There are clocks on the activities, indicating the ideal time suggested for waking up, prayer times, going to school and others. There are additional supplications such as supplications after sneezing, for when visiting a sick person, for when learning the Quran and preparing for prayers. There are also additional information on the 5 prayers and how to determine the prayer times.

What I like about it

This book is not just for kids, its suitable for adults too. It’s simply fascinating to look at – the bright colours and cute characters, big fonts and simple language, making it easy to read and very attractive for young children. The giant poster is can be hung up on the wall for easy reference, also doubling as room decor. Talk about educational and useful room decor.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing at all!

Conclusion

At R10, this book is such a steal and will benefit people of all ages. A must have for Muslim households!

 

Muslim talking friends – not your average dolls December 13, 2012

What is it?

Aamina the Muslim talking doll, girl version

Yousuf the Muslim talking doll, boy version

What’s the price?

RM199 including postage nationwide

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • There are 5 pressable spots – the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet
  • When pressed, the dolls would say different Islamic phrases, recite surahs and sing several songs
  • Approximately 43 cm in height and 25 cm in width
  • Watch Aamina in action here

Review

When you think of dolls, I bet the first thing you’ll think of is a Barbie doll, with the slim body, blue eyes and blond hair. Not only Barbie dolls are far too showy for Muslims, I’ve read that they portray bad body image for a girl. It tells a girl, that in order to be pretty, you need to have a pencil thin body just like Barbie, which I think is completely untrue. True beauty comes from the inside, not just a pretty face and a one-size fits all body shape.

This is the first time ever that I’ve come across a Muslim doll that covers up the female aurat properly. It gets better – these dolls talk in  adorable voices when you press the 5 points on the body i.e. the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet. My kids’ favourite is definitely the nose; press it and it’ll say “Atchoo! Alhamdulillah.” See Aamina in action here.

The dolls say various Islamic phrases, with translation of the phrases such as Bismillah, Assalamualaikum and many others. They recite 2 surahs with translations – Surah al Fatihah and Surah Al Ikhlas. They also sing nursery ryhmes that have been changed into Muslim versions.

What I like about it

I love these dolls, especially Aamina, which I think is a perfect companion for young children. My daughter couldn’t stop smiling when I first gave her the doll, cradling her like a baby, pressing the nose again and again. She has already begin to hum along with the songs and repeat the phrases.

What I don’t like about it

The price is quite expensive, as these dolls are imported from UK. And I think that Yousuf’s lips are too bright, as if he’s wearing lipstick. Heh.

Conclusion

While I agree that they are a bit pricey, I think it’s a worthwhile investment and great way to incorporate learning through play. It sure beats Barbie a mile long, though.

 

Islamic Manners Activity Book – learning manners, the Muslim way November 5, 2012

What is it?

Islamic Manners Activity Book

What’s the price?

RM25.00

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Packed with various activities to keep your child busy e.g. colouring pages, connecting dots, solving mazes & word puzzles, word search, picture & word matching, even spelling and writing.
  • A key feature not found in ordinary activity books – all activities are related to cultures and values as per Islamic teachings.
  • Suitable for kindergartners and primary schoolers.

Review

This book is pretty self-explanatory, as you can see in the pictures. There are pages and pages of colouring activities, connect the dots, drawing, learning to write and spell. There are also cut-out pages of flashcards, which can also be coloured, to be used in matching activities as explained in the instructions.

I would say that this book would be suitable for 6-10 year olds; younger kids would love the colouring & the dot-connecting  activities, while older kids enjoy the ‘harder’ stuff such as the word challenges, finding mistakes in a picture, and spelling and writing in English and Arabic.

What I like about it

I have to admit, there are a lot of activity books out there, but not many like this – that emphasizes on good moral values in life in the Islamic context.

What I don’t like about it

What’s there not to like?

Conclusion

It’s nice to see Islamic values and cultures embedded in children’s books, and can be practiced in our daily lives. At such an affordable price, this is a truly worthwhile investment. Get it!

 

Islamic educational wooden puzzles November 1, 2012

What is it?

Islamic educational wooden puzzles – assorted

What’s the price?

RM35.00 each

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • 5 types of puzzles: Hijaiyah alphabets; Solat – girl; Wudu’ – Girl; Solat – Boy; Wudu’ – Boy
  • Made of lightweight wood
  • A great first introduction to the Arabic language and to perform wudu and on to solat via play

Review

I love puzzles, especially wooden ones. You can read more about the benefit of playing with puzzles here. But these puzzles are even more special, giving not only the benefits of puzzles, but also teaching young children the Hijaiyah alphabet, the key pillars in perfoming wudu’ and solat.

The Hijaiyah alphabets are essential to early learning of the Arabic language, and ultimately, the words of the Holy Quran. Kids normally memorize the ABC’s quickly, so why not teach them the Hijaiyah alphabets too? Don’t forget to teach them the correct pronunciation of each letter.

The wudu & solat puzzles are separate for boys and girls, mainly to show that even though the mannerisms are the same, the dress-up are different – this shows that the aurat for a girl and a boy is totally different. The boy covers up modestly, while the girl covers up her aurat completely, as dictated in Islamic teachings.

What I like about it

I think, as parents, we should emphasize the importance of learning the Hijaiyah alphabet with the same priority as the ABC’s and 123’s. I also think that it’s never too early to start teaching our young the basics of performing wudu’ and solat. And what better way to teach, other than by playing with your kids?

Also, you can read more the benefits of wooden puzzles here.

What I don’t like about it

You can also read more about this here.

Conclusion

Not only it’s fun and cute, easy on the parent’s pocket, with basics of Islamic teachings, these puzzles sure pack in a lot of punch in one toy. Get one before they run out, mommies!

 

We’re off to Umrah! RM35 September 7, 2012

A simple & illustrative introduction to the performing of Umrah. This book tells the story of a brother & sister who travel to Makkah to perform Umrah for the first time.

 

Illustrative Islamic booklets

A short illustrative guide for Ramadhan & a Prophet Muhamad (saw) last sermon. Suitable for the whole family.