by Najia Rastgar and Lyazzat Mukhangaliyeva
Ages 0+ years
After a nearly three month interlude aka summer break between the two Eids, students in Madinah, and around the world, are once again heading off to another year of studying and learning. For some, the summer was a break…for others it was a more relaxed but still educational time.
In keeping with the back-to-school theme, I myself have come back from spending the holidays with my family armed with two amazing titles for The Pearl Tent Library collection. The first that I’ll feature today is a board book called “It’s Jummah.”
When my son was born over a year ago, I scoured the internet looking for baby books with Islamic themes. I thought it was a fairly simple Amazon search…I was wrong. Finding books appropriate for the 0-2 years and 3-4 years categories was very very hard. Alhamdulillah, two trailblazing Muslim sisters from Canada were just launching their own project to meet this need.
“It’s Jummah” is the first book that Najia Rastgar and Lyazzat Mukhangaliyeva published under their brand-new start-up publishing company, 2 Curious Hearts. Their dream was to make a high quality board book for Muslim babies, and Masha Allah they definitely delivered.
The book follows the theme of many board books in showcasing a daily routine, something that makes it easy for little children to follow along and understand. In this case, the book features the sunnahs and etiquettes that are part of the routine for the Muslim holy day of Friday. Taking a shower (ghusl) or reading Quran (soorah Kahf) or putting on our best clothes are all things that the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)encouraged us to do on this blessed day. In this book, the high contrast and colourfully detailed pictures do an amazing job of bringing these lessons to your little one.
The book itself is high-quality and durable. The sturdy cardboard pages make it almost impossible to tear and the perfectly sized pages make it easy for little fingers to turn the pages. The illustrations are beautifully done in vibrant colours, definitely a plus in catching the eyes of your baby. And the words are simple and to the point, giving parents the room to elaborate as they see fit.
(And for those parents who prefer book without faces for their little ones, this book does an amazing job of illustrating without drawing the human face alhamdulillah.)
It is never too early to surround our children with the love of Islam and to make it a part of their day-to-day lives. I love this book, especially as part of a Friday reading routine. Repeating these sunnahs to our kids familiarizes it to them, and then seeing us implement it in our lives makes it that much easier for the Friday sunnahs to be a part of theirs.
Not to mention…it’s a nice little reminder of the Friday sunnahs for us adults too 🙂 Children who have outgrown board books will benefit from this book still…the sunnahs of Fridays is for any age.