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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.

 

Thank You o Allah! – lessons of gratitude 2 December 1, 2012

What is it?

Thank You o Allah! – a hardcover picture book

What’s the price?

RM30.00

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • A short lesson in gratitute and thankfulness
  • Beautifully simple illustrations with short sentences that rhymes

Review

The first thing that comes to my mind when I turn the pages, are how beautiful the illustrations are. The whole thing is like a mini galleria captured in a book. If you’ve ever seen any of Eric Carle’s books like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, well, this is something like that but in Islamic version.

It can be difficult to teach young children how to be thankful and the concept of Allah the Creator. This book is a great starting point. In the beautiful pictures, it shows that all the food, the clothes, the days and nights, the mountains and rivers, even our sense of sight, hearing and smell, are all gifts from Allah.

What I like about it

Apart from the nicely rhymed sentences and beautiful pictures, I love the fact that a children’s book could teach so much about gratitude and thankfulness. This is essential in building humble, modest human beings and instilling that deep down inside, we are all the same.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing at all.

Conclusion

A heart-warming lesson in gratitude, in compact, beautifully illustrated books that will not only capture a child’s heart, but also mesmerize the parent. Love, love, love!

 

Allah Gave Me series – lessons of gratitude November 18, 2012

What is it?

Allah Gave Me Two Eyes to See – a hardcover picture book

Allah Gave Me Two Hands and Feet – a hardcover picture book

Allah Gave Me Two Ears to Hear – a hardcover picture book

What’s the price?

RM30.00 each

Where to buy it?

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What are the special features?

  • A celebration and appreciation for our 5 senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste & feel
  • Beautifully simple illustrations with short sentences that rhymes

Review

It’s easy to take things for granted, especially when you were born with them. These little books reminds us that everything, even our body parts, are a gift from the Supreme Creator, that we should be thankful for all His gifts and that nothing in this world is truly our own. Allah is capable of taking them all back, with just a blink of an eye.

The “Allah gave me two eyes” and “Allah gave me two ears” books always start with the sentence “Allah gave me” followed by the sense of sight, for example, followed by several things we can see such the colours of leaves, the dark of the night, the pure white snow and the colours of a rainbow. Then it would finish with the opening sentence “Allah gave me two eyes to see” to further reinforce the facts as a sort of closure, before moving on to the next sense.

The “Allah gave me two hands and feet” is similar in its sentence structure with plenty of repetition, which are essential for a child’s reading. The larger illustrations are even nicer, with some pictures taking up both right and left pages.

To really feel gratitude and thankfulness in our heart for all these senses, just shut off one sense at a time and try to depend on your other senses. Just close your eyes, and imagine what the world would look like just by listening, tasting, smelling and feeling with your hands. Try buttoning up your shirt with one hand, or hop on one leg for 10 minutes? How would it feel to be blind or deaf, or lose an arm or a leg?

What I like about it

Apart from the nicely rhymed sentences and beautiful pictures, I love the fact that a children’s book could teach so much about gratitude and thankfulness. This is essential in building humble, modest human beings and instilling that deep down inside, we are all the same.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing at all.

Conclusion

A heart-warming lesson in gratitude, in compact, beautifully illustrated books that will not only capture a child’s heart, but also mesmerize the parent. A must-have!

 

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!

 

‘Allah Makes’ – introducing the Supreme Creator to our kids October 1, 2012

What is it?

Allah Makes – a set of 10 early reading books

What’s the price?

RM68

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • A set of 10 books of early reading series
  • With simple & bright animation, and a single sentence on each page.
  • Designed to instill awareness in young children of the existence of Allah, the Supreme Creator

Review

Like most children books, these books are brightly coloured with simple cartoons, and will draw in kids like a moth to a flame. The books are made of thick and glossy paper like cardstock used for craft purposes. Each book has 8 pages with a single sentence on each page printed in large, easy-to-read fonts.

The titles of the books are:

1. Allah Makes Us
2. Allah Makes Apples
3. Allah Makes Cats
4. Allah Makes Flowers
5. Allah Makes Birds
6. Allah Makes Trees
7. Allah Makes Fish
8. Allah Makes Mountains
9. Allah Makes the sun
10. Allah Makes our world

There’s an instruction or guide at the beginning for parents on how to use the books to teach a child to read, and a glossary of new words learned in each book at the end.

What I like about it

Each book is short and sweet, the perfect length for a young, mind-wandering child. You as the parent can set the pace and mood. You can zip through all ten books before bedtime when your kids are tired and just want to cuddle up. Or, you can take it slow one book at a time and point to each word you read to aid word recognition when your child is in the mood to learn.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing!

Conclusion

Not only it teaches your child to read, it also teaches him or her that Allah is our God who creates everything in this world. Talk about a multifunction book. A must-have for your library collection!

 

What do we say…. (A Guide to Islamic Manners) September 24, 2012

What is it?

What do we say…. (A Guide to Islamic Manners)

What’s the price?

RM30

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • A hard-cover book teaching some standard Islamic supplications (du’a) in different situations
  • Suitable for pre-schoolers of 3-6 years of age
  • Designed to instill awareness in young children that God constantly watches over all human beings, and consciousness that everything they do is guided by Islamic teachings

Review

The very first and foremost basic supplication (du’a) that a young child usually learns is of course, Bismillah before eating. But what to say after we finish eating, when we sneeze, when we hear someone else sneeze, when we see something beautiful, or even when we’re scared?

Just like the English teaches us to say our Please’s and Thank You’s, as a Muslim, it’s just as important that a child learns Islamic manners right from the start. This book is an excellent visual aid to demonstrate what to say in different occasions.

For example, ‘Alhamdulillah’ after we finish eating and after we sneeze. Just like the English say ‘Bless you’ after someone else sneezes, a Muslim should say ‘Yarhamukallah’ which means ‘May Allah have mercy on you’. We say ‘Subhanallah’ when we say something beautiful and ‘Innalillah’ when we lose something. There’s also something to say we say farewell to friends, ‘Fi Amanillah’. (I have to confess, I didn’t know that.)

There is a glossary at the back of the book explaining the meanings of each supplication which is very useful for parents.

What I like about it

The structure of the book is straight forward and simple, each page starts with the same “What do we say”, making it seem like a nursery rhyme book. The pictures are descriptive and easy for young children to understand. Even my 2 ½ year old boy could understand the pictures and could follow the correct supplication.

What I don’t like about it

Nothing to report here.

Conclusion

A very simple way to teach the basics of Islamic manners, with descriptive pictures and simple words. Nice!