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Best Books for 8-13 year olds

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Uncategorized

This week, we’ve put together a list of some of our best books for 8-13 year olds.  These books are an excellent way for our younger readers to enjoy stories that they can relate to and learn from.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of them!

 

I Wonder About The Prophet by Ozkan Oze

Have you ever wondered what the Prophet Muhammad believed before he became a prophet, why he is so important or why he is praised so often? You might wonder how he treated animals and children or if he performed miracles. All of these questions, and many more, are explored inside.

The I Wonder series give young readers answers to the BIG questions they have about Islam in brilliant little books. Written in a friendly and accessible style for today’s youth, these are essential companions for questioning young minds.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/i-wonder-about-the-prophet-book-three/

 

The Hijab Boutique by Michelle Khan

Farah enjoyed her private girls school until the day an assignment to bring in something representing her mother to talk about for International Woman’s Day. Compared to her friends’ glamorous actress and tap-dancing mothers, what can her modest, humble mother have that is worth sharing with her classmates? To her surprise, her mother was quite a business woman!

The Hijab Boutique is a wonderful book that will appeal to young readers

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-hijab-boutique-2/

 

The Great Race to Sycamore Street by J. Samia Mair

This topsy-turvy adventure on Sycamore Street sees brother and sister Hude and Amani arrive in the country with one thought: it was going to be  long, boring summer. They couldn’t be more wrong. With Grandma Hana’s new neighbour planning to pull down her prized peach tree and a gang, led by archer Bobby, marshalling the local lake, Hude and Amani have a hard time getting any peace.

In this warm and comical story, find out how, under the watchful eyes of Grandma Hana, Hude and Amani plan to save the peach tree and beat Bobby at his own game before leaving Sycamore Street behind.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-great-race-to-sycamore-street/

 

The Colour Blind Boy by Mohammed Yaseen

Abdullah has just moved to a new school. As a newcomer, he find himself victim of gang who starts bullying him. Help comes from an unexpected quarters, a new friendship is struck between Abdullah and his friend, together they confront the bullies and the friendship is developed in its true Islamic Meaning.

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-colour-blind-boy-2/

 

The Muslim All Stars: Helping the Polonskys by Khaleel Muhammad

Mr Polonsky, an angry old man, is desperate for help. His house is a mess and it needs cleaning before his wife returns home from a major operation. As a last resort he puts an advert in a local shop. A group of Muslim children come together to clean-up, but with time running out and a bigger mess than they had imagined … can they succeed?

Khaleel Muhammad is a well-known singer of nasheeds (Islamic songs). He has also written and produced his own successful audio adventure, The Adventures of Hakim. This is his first children’s book.    

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-muslim-all-stars-helping-the-polonsky39s-paperback-2/

 

The Quran in plain English: Part 30 with Surah al Fatihah

This newly revised, compact edition of the chapters of the Holy Quran that are most often memorized features an improved layout and font for easier reading, and is an ideal starter for children and teens. Rendered into contemporary, highly readable English with explanatory notes, glossary and a guide to further reading, it is highly recommended for homes, schools, libraries and madrasahs.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-quran-in-plain-english-part-30-revised-edition-2009-2/

 

The Victory Boys: Team Spirit by Jamal Orme

As Shabab Al-Nasr prepare to defend their trophy, in walks Amir, a player good enough to win it on his own! But for all his stunning skills, is he ready to become one of the team? And with Ibrahim battling jealousy and low self-confidence, can the Victory Boys find that winning team spirit once more?

Visit the official book blog: thevictoryboys.com

Read a sample on Issuu.

Watch the book trailer on Youtube!

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/the-victory-boys-team-spirit/

 

Ibrahim Khan and the Mystery of the Haunted Lake by Farheen Khan

The second book in a series of adventures. Ibrahim and Zayn find themselves challenged by an unexpected mystery during a class vacation at the beautiful, remote Camp Chimo. How can they catch the culprit and prove that the ghost terrifying their classmates is a hoax?

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/ibrahim-khan-and-the-mystery-of-the-haunted-lake/

 

 

 

 

 

The Rich Legacy of Libraries in Muslim Lands

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in News and events

The beginning of July saw the reopening of one of the world’s oldest libraries – the al-Qarawiyyin university library, located in Fez, Morocco.

This famous university – founded in the 9th century – recently underwent refurbishment and has now once again opened its doors to the public. The renovation has brought to light the unique and distinctive achievements of the library, which has recently caught the attention of the public.

But the concept of grand libraries, filled with precious manuscripts, scrolls and the works of many famous theologians and scholars is one that has long been synonymous with Islam. Libraries in Muslim lands – particularly during the ‘Golden Age’ – were once the envy of the world, and to this day, are associated with the place of Islam in history.

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However, despite this rich legacy, very little is really known about Muslim libraries in the present day.

Bearing this in mind, below we have compiled a list (not exhaustive!) of some sterling Islamic libraries, which deserve to be remembered for their luminous legacy around the world.

 

(In no particular order…)

 

  • Al-Qarawiyyin library – Fez, Morocco

Al-Qarawiyyin was founded in 859 AD, suggesting it has existed for over a millennium! This makes it one of the world’s oldest libraries.

The library was established by a woman by the name of Fatima al-Fihri, the daughter of a wealthy Tunisian merchant – and she actually attended the university herself.

Al-Qarawiyyin is part of one of the world’s oldest operating universities, and was the first degree-granting educational institute. It has approximately 4000 rare books and Arabic manuscripts, including Ibn Khaldun’s Muqaddimah and a 9th century Qur’an written in Kufic calligraphy.

The revamp includes a new area in the library for members of the general public to visit, making it an unmissable stop on your next trip to Morocco!

 

  • Alexandria library – Alexandria, Egypt

Possibly the most famous of them all, the library of Alexandria was popularly recognised as a centre for learning in the ancient world. It is believed to have contained a staggering 500,000 documents in its prime. Soaring at its highest when Egypt was under Muslim rule, the Alexandria university was a major centre for knowledge and was also part of a research institute.

Sadly, this ancient library no longer exists, with the exact cause for its destruction remaining a mystery.

 

  • Library of al-Hakam – Cordoba, Spain

The grand library of al-Hakam was located in Cordoba, Spain. Cordoba was the capital of al-Andalus – a famous centre of Islam during the ‘Golden Age’ (7th-13th century). Understood to have housed over 400,000 books, the pursuit of knowledge was taken very seriously in al-Hakam library. The fields of medicine, mathematics, astronomy and botany were in particular focus, and knowledge was regularly exchanged and expanded through contact with other Muslim cities like Baghdad.

Cordoba was central to the success of Islam during the ‘Golden Era’. The spread of knowledge though al-Hakam library meant Cordoba led the way to enlightenment for the rest of Europe.

 

  • Bait al-Hikmah, House of Wisdom – Baghdad, Iraq

Founded in 830 CE, Bait al-Hikmah consisted of a library, research institute and translation bureau. It was an institute famous for research and education, attracting various well-known scholars who came to share their culture and ideas. During this period, Baghdad was at its most successful financially and intellectually, and the House of Wisdom played a chief role in this.

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Bait al-Hikmah contained thousands of Greek and Roman manuscripts, and scholars were specifically employed to translate foreign works into Arabic. The primary focus was on translating works from the Greek literary canon, including Aristotle, Ptolemy and Plato, into Arabic. Al-Kindi – the famous Muslim Arab philosopher – wrote a large number of books for the library.

Rumour has it that when the books of Bait al-Hikmah were destroyed in the Tigris River during the Mongol invasion, the water ran pitch black due to the excessive ink that had run from the scrolls.

 

  • Sufiya mosque library – Aleppo, Syria

The Sufiya library, located in the Grand Umayyad mosque in Aleppo, was one of the oldest mosque libraries. Prince Sayf al-Daula – a local prince – bequeathed a magnificent 10,000 books to the library himself! Great pride was taken in maintaining the library, so much so that only the best scholars were employed as librarians.

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  • And many, many more

From the Zaytuna in Tunis to the famous al-Azhar in Cairo, the number of libraries in the Muslim world has been – and is – widespread. Many a library that was once shining with the light of knowledge has been forgotten under the shadow of time, and for many libraries, there are not many reliable historical facts readily available.

 

One of the unique factors that allowed Muslim lands to soar to such an intellectual height was the use of paper. Paper was invented in China in the first century, but the western world did not access it until long after the Muslims. Muslim merchants were one of the first to gain access to paper, allowing them to record, copy and spread knowledge. This put them far in front of everybody else.

It is clear to see the central role that Islamic libraries played in the development and spread of knowledge around the world. At a time when the rest of the world was still taking baby steps, the knowledge spread in Muslim lands was increasing in leaps and bounds, light years ahead of everyone else.

 

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