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Best Books for Children

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Uncategorized

Assalamu’alaykum!

This week, we’ve compiled a list of books to keep your little ones entertained (and educated!). Enter the world of the Muslim Sleeping Beauty, learn about Ramadan with Hassan and Aneesa, and discover Hajj with Yan… there’s plenty to enjoy for young and old alike!

 

Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan by Yasmeen Rahim

It is the night before Ramadan and Hassan and Aneesa are excited for it to begin. In Ramadan they will read the Qur’an, give charity, share food with neighbours and try to fast.

Follow them on the first day of Ramadan and find out why Hassan and Aneesa love it when the holy month arrives.

 

The Hassan and Aneesa series is designed to introduce young children to a range of Muslim places. The books are colourfully designed and simply written and will guide children through a range of new experiences.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/hassan-and-aneesa-love-ramadan-2/

 

Sleeping Beauty: An Islamic Tale by Fawzia Gilani

After the wicked Count Lahab promises to crush the young princess Mariam at her aqiqah, she is hidden within the king’s castle. Under the watchful eyes of Lady Masarah Mariam is safe from wicked whispers, and becomes a pious young woman with strong faith and helpful manners.

But, beyond the castle walls a serpent waits patiently and upon the news of Mariam’s wedding, Count Lahab finds a way to deceive the castle and present her with a beautiful hijab pin, covered in poison, that leaves her in a deep, unbreakable sleep.

After potions and prayers have no affect her husband, Haris, is told to go on a perilous journey to Makkah to pray for her recovery and bring back Zamzam water for her to drink. But, faced by Count Lahab and his outlaws, what does his destiny hold.

 

A faithful retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, this story will awaken a love for this classic tale in a whole new community’s heart.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/sleeping-beauty-an-islamic-tale/

 

My Special Angels: The Two Noble Scribes by Razana Noor

Beside every person’s shoulder, there are two angels. Muslims know them as the Kiraman Katibin (the noble scribes). They write down every deed, good and bad, from a person’s first day to their last.

Inside this book you will find out all about them, and how to turn those bad deeds into good ones, with a lovable and cheeky young boy.

 

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/my-special-angels-the-two-noble-scribes/

 

Zak and his Good Intentions by J. Samia Mair

Zak and his sister Hana decide to see how many good deeds they can do in one day. However, everything is going wrong for Zak, and his plans only end in disappointment … and lots and lots of mess.

Zak soon realises, though, that it isn’t important what happens; it is his good intentions that count.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/zak-and-his-good-intentions/

 

Yan’s Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime by Fawzia Gilani

Yan’s trip to perform Hajj turns into a journey that lasts a lifetime. A heart-warming tale about helping others.

Yan is a big-hearted young man determined to perform Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah. But first, he must work hard on his farm and fill up his money bag for the journey. Despite the trials he faces on each unsuccessful trip to the Kaaba, Yan’s helpful nature, compassion, and generosity enable him to succeed in the end.

Fawzia Gilani-Williams was born in England where she graduated as a teacher. She serves as an international educational consultant with a PhD in children’s literature and character development. She is a Global Representative for the International Positive Education Network and works for the Abu Dhabi Education Council in the UAE. Sophie Burrows is a children’s illustrator based in England.

Book available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/yans-hajj-the-journey-of-a-lifetime/

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/

 

 

 

 

 

Best Books for Muslim Teenagers

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Uncategorized

From the thrilling world of Ibn Sina to the fictional realm of Muslim romance, this list of books for Muslim teenagers has something for everyone! Read about the books below and find more information through following the links.

 

When Wings Expand by Mehded Maryam Sinclair

She wrapped her arms around me and said, “Nur! I know. I don’t want to go. But all I can do is keep trusting in Allah. Nur, I will always be with you! My love and advice will always be with you to guide you in the right direction.” She patted my heart. “They are forever sealed inside this little place.”

Writing on the pages of her journal, Nur, a teenage girl in Canada, charts the onset and advance of her mother’s cancer. Nur watches her mother’s body begin to shrink and her mood begin to darken. And when family and friends begin to encroach, Nur must face the prospect of her mother’s looming death. Nur bears the crushing loss and finds her adolescent life more demanding and complex. But with the legacy of her mother’s love, her family’s support, and the guidance of her faith, she manages to overcome the searing pain and use her newfound strength to bring joy to the lives of others, showing them that after death wings can expand.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/when-wings-expand/

 

Ibn Sina: A Concise Life by Edoardo Albert

Ibn Sina, who is referred to as Avicenna in Latin, was a true polymath. Born in the tenth Century, his passion for knowledge was unbound, and he made lasting contributions to medicine, maths and philosophy.

He served under princes and kings (and fled from them too), wrote books of philosophy that are still argued over today and set down medical treatments that continue in use. As such, Ibn Sina is often referred to as the most brilliant Muslim thinker in Islam’s Golden Age.

With illustrations, photographs, and maps, the rich and diverse world that produced Ibn Sina is vividly brought alive.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/ibn-sina-a-concise-life/

 

Tales from Rumi: Mathnawi Selections for Young Readers

A collection of stories from Rumi’s classic opus “The Mathnawi”, this astounding compilation of over 24,000 verses is carefully adapted for younger audiences. Best known for his spiritual poetry and the whirling dance of sufi practice he inspired, Rumi’s influence continues to spread around the world.

Available at https://www.islamic-foundation.com/shop/tales-from-rumi-mathnawi-selections-for-young-readers-2/

 

She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima Robert

When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her – her hijab, her long eyelashes and her red trainers – in the time it takes to have one look, before lowering his gaze. And, although Ali is still coming to terms with the loss of his mother and exploring his identity as a Muslim, and although Amirah has sworn never to get married, they can’t stop thinking about each other.

Can Ali and Amirah ever have a halal ‘happily ever after’?

Written by an award-winning author, this unique romance explores the possibilities and passions young Muslims face when falling in love.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/she-wore-red-trainers/

 

The War within Our Hearts by Habeeb Quadri and Sa’ad Quadri

The War within Our Hearts is not just another book about Muslim young people. It is a book written for young Muslims addressing issues they can relate to and in a language that is their own. Covering the key issues for young Muslims in the west today including dating, music, internet, this is a book everyone should have. It also has an introduction by Imam Zaid Shakir.

Available at http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/the-war-within-our-hearts-2

 

The Age of Bliss series

The Age of Bliss series contains biographies of luminous Muslims, from the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to Aisha bint Abu Bakr (RA) to Hasan and Husayn ibn Ali (RA). Explore the books in the series here: https://www.islamic-foundation.com/?post_type=product&s=age+of+bliss&post_type=prod

Kube: Behind the Scenes – Illustrations

Written by Humairaa on . Posted in Children's Books

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes when a book is being made?

It’s far too lengthy a process to be disclosed in one post… but today I’m going to share with you some exclusive behind-the-scenes material which explores (to some extent) how illustrations are developed for a book.

Meet Hassan and Aneesa.

 

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An interview with Na’ima B. Robert about her forthcoming book SHE WORE RED TRAINERS

Written by site_admin on . Posted in Children's Books, News and events

This article was commissioned and published by Books for Keeps. Read the original article here.

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Na’ima B Robert is ‘descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father’s side and the Zulu people on her mother’s, was born in Leeds, grew up in Zimbabwe, went to university in London and now ‘divides her time between London and Cairo’. Unsurprising, then, that her novels trade in contrasts and conflicts: between cultures, youth and experience, artistic and academic, religious and secular. But her new book, She Wore Red Trainers, is a love story. Geraldine Brennan talked to Na’ima about the book for Books for Keeps.

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A long hot summer waiting for A-level results, a cute boy and an opinionated girl – does a romcom-inspired plot have to be any less page-turning because the characters are Muslim?

Na’ima B Robert believes not, but her portrayal of Amirah and Ali’s growing relationship in She Wore Red Trainers, her fifth young adult novel, reflects life for contemporary young Muslims whose contact with the opposite sex is structured by the traditions of their faith and community.

So the instant physical attraction between Amirah and Ali cannot be acted on overtly: they cannot be alone together (even making eye contact is frowned upon) and it is assumed that their relationships are the business of their families.

Amirah’s influences include her divorced mother, a convert to Islam whose unhappy experiences have turned her daughter away from the early marriage that many young Muslims choose. Meanwhile her traditionally minded brother Zayd, who is responsible for approving her future husband, has rejected Ali as a potential suitor on a first meeting.

Na’ima has rooted the love story firmly in urban British Muslim culture, to offer both a story that teens growing up in this culture can relate to and a challenge to preconceived ideas about attitudes to marriage and relationships in Muslim families, such as the tradition of arranged marriage. As founding editor of the UK Muslim women’s magazine, Sisters, Na’ima is aware of the wide spectrum of interpretations of tradition, ‘more cultural than religious’, as she says.

‘I’m not saying that all Muslims live like the families in the story, but I have tried to be true to the community I am writing about and where young people I know are coming from,’ she says. ‘In a family that is functioning well the family would be highly invested in the girl’s future but it would start from what the girl really wants and she would have a space to understand and articulate that and discuss it in depth.

‘There are many variations within this. Amirah’s family is not functioning so well, her brother doesn’t understand her and her mother makes some bad decisions because she doesn’t have a lot of supportive relatives around. Zayd feels the responsibility of a father but he doesn’t have a lot of life experience and his default position is that he wants Amirah to marry someone like himself.’

But Amirah is a rebel and rejects the man Zayd chooses for her. ‘Hassan is a catch but her gut feeling says no: the gut feeling is important however you meet future partners,’ Na’ima says. ‘In an ideal world your family would understand everything you needed in a husband – in Amirah’s case this is someone who really gets her artistic side, which Ali does.’

The ‘nobody-understands-me’ misery that afflicts both Amirah and Ali is common to all teens, and Na’ima’s own teenage years in a westernised high school in Zimbabwe (she converted to Islam at 21) taught her the benefits of a more segregated environment.

‘There was pressure to cultivate a personality that boys liked. I would see girls switch on the bimbo button when boys were around and laugh at boys’ jokes whether they wanted to or not. I was at a mixed school and at 14 asked my parents to send me to a girls’ school. I found the constant pressure too much.

‘Surviving dating, the uncertainties and the heartache, and somehow keeping your self-esteem intact, is very hard for teens. It’s one of the biggest things you have to deal with at a time when you need a space to grow up and be yourself, find out who you are.’

Amirah has also tried and rejected a more mainstream teenage lifestyle and chosen to navigate relationships within Muslim culture. As in all good romcoms, she finds the space she needs with her girlfriends, who support her plan to stay single until she has made the life she wants as an artist. Although the girls have compiled a league table of fanciable boys, the lack of male companions at their café meetings, summer charity projects and glitzy nights out is presented as a benefit rather than a deprivation, as Na’ima says.

‘For Amirah and her friends, the decision is made that guys aren’t going to be part of the picture at the moment. Dating and romance is not taking up their time, it’s for later.’

Yet the story, with all its disappointments and misunderstandings between the couple who survive on a word here and a glance there, is still deeply romantic: ‘just a different kind of romance’.

Na’ima’s first readers were Muslim teenagers in Cairo where she lives for part of the year with her husband and four children. ‘They found the British teenagers different to themselves in their references to Islam – in Egypt it’s not consciously discussed in the same way. But they saw where the characters and relationships were coming from. I consciously went for a very dramatic ending and I’ve heard that many people cry at the end.’

She Wore Red Trainers is published by Kube Publishing.

Geraldine Brennan is a journalist specialising in children’s books and education, regularly reviews for theObserver and has judged several literary awards.

Introducing Hurayrah, the local Madinan tabby cat

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On the streets of Madinah a small orange cat scampers around. Often wondering when Abd al-Rahman, his friend commonly known as Abu Hurayrah, will play with him next.

But, on this day, Hurayrah has lost his friend and during his search a slippery snake appears.

Have a look at the sample of this adventurous new book that introduces children to Madinah, Qaswa the Camel and Hurayrah, the heroic cat.

 

The Great Race to Sycamore Street – Free reference sheet

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The Great Race to Sycamore Street is a fun adventure story featuring two Muslim children. It is for children aged between 9 and 14, and will not only entertain them but give them some wonderful insights into the character of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and their faith.

In the story a prominent character is Grandma Hana’s peach tree. This famous and cherished tree is not only used to find fruit to fill one of Grandma Hana’s famous pies, it also offers the children Hude and Amani an example for themselves. In order to get the best fruit the tree must have firm roots, a strong trunk, several branches and an abundance of leaves. And, similarly in order for people to have good character they must have firm belief at their root, a strong faith in the oneness of Allah, and the Prophethood of Muhammad, perform several acts that testify to their faith and belief such as prayer, fasting and giving charity, and follow the abundant actions of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), our guide. If people have those features their fruits will be good character, such as such patience, honesty, kindness and generosity. Even when faced with nasty neighbours!

The Great Race to Sycamore Street also sees Hude and Amani challenged by their Grandma Hana to follow the example of the Prophet (pbuh), his Sunnah. She encourages them to be kind to their neighbour’s dog after it eats their cookies, to be quick to calm and slow to anger when faced with bullying, practice archery and be good to neighbours, even if they aren’t nice to you.  By the end of the story Hude and Amani are challenging each other to act in these exemplary ways.

Specific verses in the Qur’an and ahadith (plural of hadith) are mentioned in The Great Race to Sycamore Street because Muslim parents and guardians often refer to these two sources when instructing children on how to behave and what constitutes good character. Hence, we are providing the references below to share with readers in case they wish to find the original sources that inspired the author themselves.

 

To download the free Qur’an and Hadith references please click the link below.

The Great Race to Sycamore Street – hadith and quran references

 

 

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