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Hajj themed books for children

Recently I was in a halaqah and shared a story from one of the books I had bought for Ibraheem (10) just this past Zulhijjah month. Instantly I had queries about the book and other English language children’s books that centres around Hajj. Insha-Allah I hope the information below will be helpful to other parents looking for books.

Books and poster below are from a company called Flowers of Islam.

Hajj resources from Flowers of Islam

Hajj resources from Flowers of Islam

The two books are designed to be a sort of textbook and an accompanying workbook. My Book of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha is very comprehensive in that it covers the history of hajj, the steps in doing hajj tamattu, the significance of each ritual, the lessons from hajj, eidul adha and udhiya.

What I also found very helpful was that this book has stories of various incidents in the life of Prophet Ibrahim Alaihissalaam rather than only those directly related to hajj. This helps highlight the noble character of Ibrahim Alaihissalaam. It also presents information and interesting facts on the Holy Kaabah itself. There is a section on the last sermon of our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alaihiwasallam and Madina as well.

The activity book has corresponding activities based on the textbook. I used what was best suited to the learning style of my child. This year I emphasized on poems about hajj with Ibraheem (10). Masha-Allah this books has quite a few in it.

Overall I was very pleased with these books. It is an all in one hajj teaching and learning package. I would think it best suits children between 7 and 12.

The third item on the picture is a lift-the-flap type poster on Qurbani. Each flap has qurbani related info in it. It also features a maze on the back of it. It is a wonderful poster to have on hand even when explaining Udhiya. My only complain about it is that the flaps are quite flimsy. I would have liked something sturdier.

The next two books are more of an enrichment material.

Hajj themed books

After Ramadhan Moon, I had to get Road to Mecca by Na’ima Roberts. Each page invites you to join the pilgrim. Invitation after invitation to join the journey, to dress as the pilgrim, to gaze the black stone and so on until the pilgrims return home.

My favourite page, the tawaf; “Stand with the pilgrims, as they face the Ka’bah.” Simple words that captures the essence of one ummah, believing in one Creator.

The collage style illustrations is this books is super engaging for children. Ibraheem(10) was having fun figuring out how the various images might have been put together.

The other treasure that I came across this year was A Little Tree Goes for Hajj by Eman Salem. I bought this book at our local Islamic school book fair. The author is a fellow Calgarian 🙂 Masha-Allah it is wonderful to see books like these coming out of my very own community.

This book is both in Arabic and English. There is a two page spread diagram of all the rituals of hajj. This provides the opportunity to discuss each act.

We always told our children that plants are constantly engaged in the remembrance of Allah. To read a book about a tree performing hajj was not a stretch in our home. Even though hajj is the main theme, the book also tells the poignant story of friendship. The author cleverly slipped in subtle lessons on respect for elders and parents, believing in the power of dua’ and gratefullness.

You can read more about the book and its author at

Compass Books

Review by Barb Jenicek

 

Ilyaas (5) and Zakariyya (4) absolutely enjoyed this book. They have since been crafting ideas to bring Bubbles and Snowy (our Beta fish) on a hajj trip!!!

There are other hajj books here.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Hajj

 

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Ramadhan in Malaysia

By the grace of Allah, Alhamdulillah this year I have been granted the opportunity to spend Ramadhan and Eid (Insha-Allah) with family and friends in my home country – Malaysia.

I have not had the opportunity to update my blog recently due various reasons. I appreciate all the comments left by readers and will try my best to respond to any questions. I do hope some of the ideas here will be of benefit to all of you Insha-Allah.

Ramadhan Mubarak.

 

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

stART – Daisy Comes Home

I decided on this book as we were heading out for the agricultural show in our city this week and chickens probably will be on display. Also we have been doing activities around birds.

This book as every other Jan Brett book, is just so beautifully illustrated. We talked a little about the location and cultural setting of this story. Also there are hidden animals amongst the mountainous backdrop through out this book. Ilyaas (4) absolutely enjoyed spotting and guessing the hidden animals.

Ilyaas was also able to recall the cormorants from The Story of Ping.

For this book, we made a very simple craft. The idea was from here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also talked about some of the things a chicken might eat and added some corn, some worm and flies (clove with drawn in wings).

This book presented the opportunity to have a discussion on treating smaller, weaker beings kindly and fairly. In our house this sometimes is the issue between the younger two boys.

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2012 in Art & Craft, Reading/Books

 

[Pegboard] Geoboard

During spring break my husband and the little ones were ill. Out of need to occupy Ibraheem (9), I got him a whole bunch of nuts and bolts and a sheet of pegboard and set him down with this project. Original idea was from Filth Wizardry. Ibraheem made two boards. Each measuring about 24 X 24 inches with 121 bolts on each.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ilyaas (4) and Zakariyya (3) just got down to experimenting with shapes and it certainly helped in keeping their thoughts away from feeling sick.

Ibraheem has taken up to creating words and pictures on his geoboard.

Default design - a masjid

Insha-Allah we are hoping to further explore geometric patterns using these geoboards.

 

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Learning Toys

 

stART – Penguin Craft

This week we continued with our Antarctica animal theme. We read the two books we had on penguins.

The first books wan entirely on emperor penguins. The second was about one penguin’s quest to find a million. We did some counting activity with fish crackers as well as used measuring tape to measure and compare our sizes to the size of a penguin.

These we the materials we used for our penguin craft. These are jello container. The bell shape was perfect for this craft.

We started off by filling one container with fish. The boys enjoyed pretending being penguins and eating up fish. We talked about some of the other things that penguins eat.

Then I applied glue to the mouth of the container. The boys placed the other container onto the first one to form the body of the penguin.

Next I cut out flippers, eyes, beaks and feet for them to glue on. Lastly, we squished some white paper into a ball for egg that rest on the penguin’s feet, just like the emperor penguins.

(Looking at the picture now, we probably should have lowered the flippers!)

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2012 in Art & Craft, Reading/Books

 

stART – Leopard Seal

Since our world map was placed on the table top, Ilyaas (4) has been fascinated by Antarctica. From some other books we have, he discovered some of the animals that live in the Antarctica. He is most fascinated by the leopard seals. This was the one book I found at the library on this particular seal.

The book has very detailed photographs of the seal and its habits. The book follows the life of a female seal.

We tried foam painting for this week. To make the paint, mix equal amounts of white glue and foam shaving cream.

Foam paint

So engrossed . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a coloring page I found here. Ilyaas wrote the name of the seal. He is still trying to form letters and often flips them.

He added the whiskers and spots to the seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a template I created from images I found. We used this picture to talk about the concept of predator and prey that was introduced in the book.

 

 

 

 

 

This was coloring page from here. Antarctica looked pretty real with foam paint on it.

I took the chance to also discuss about the different types of penguins in Antarctica. In the book itself several species of penguins become prey to the leopard seal.

 

 

 

We watched this video as well.

Crittercam: Leopard Seal

 

 

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Art & Craft, Reading/Books

 

Bulletin Board Table Top

We had our kitchen table top sanded down so that it could be restained to a darker tone that my husband wanted. Sadly the person hired to do the job did not do it quite right. We were left with a rather rough surfaced table top.

Now we did not mind the looks, however it was effecting the functionality of it. Food often got stuck to the rough top. To solve the problem, we got a glass cut out for the table top.

It was only after awhile, it came to us that we could actually use the table top as a sort of bulletin board that will interest the whole family.

This is our very first display; the world.

So far it has been a conversation starter, question trigger, story board . . . and I guess the possibilities are endless from now on.

What we thought was a disaster, Allah inspired us make it into something beneficial.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2012 in Uncategorized