Sya’aban – the month of nurturing

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Sya’aban has arrived and Ramadan is just another month away. Now is the time to conscientiously water and nurture the seeds of iman and taqwa that we have planted in Rajab, so that by the time Ramadan comes, we are ready to rise up to the challenge of fasting. Not only do we refrain from food and drink from dawn to dusk, we also “fast” by watching our every action, doing whatever that pleases Allah and avoiding anything that may incur His wrath.

Hence, let’s fill our days in Sya’aban with prayers and zikr, fasting and reading the Quran as much as possible. InsyaAllah, may our efforts to prepare ourselves for Ramadan be rewarded with boundless blessings during the coming holy month!


Our feature book for the months running up to Ramadan is My First Book About the Quran, a board book for toddlers and young children. It is the perfect introduction to the teachings of the Quran for them to appreciate what the Quran is all about.

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The Ramadan and Eid Collection is also back. The set of 4 storybooks on Ramadan and Eid plus a Ramadan and Fasting activity book will keep your child happily distracted from the hunger and thirst of fasting during Ramadan.

May you enjoy the stories from the books we have in store as well as have endless fun doing the activities while you meaningfully bond with the whole family.

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I’m Learning About Eid-ul-Fitr

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Farah and Faisal were very excited. They were looking forward to celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr after a month-long of fasting in Ramadan.

After maghrib prayers, their family went to a park where the sky was clear. Many families had gathered there to see the new moon. Everyone was thrilled to see a very thin crescent moon in the night sky. “Eid Mubarak, Have a happy and Blessed Eid!”, they greeted each other.

This book tells the story of two young children living in London, and how they celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr.  They visited the mosque at Regent’s Park on the morning of Eid and paid zakat fitrah. After the Eid prayers, they met many friends dressed in their best clothes. They embraced one another with the greeting “Eid Mubarak!” Outside the mosque, there were stalls selling food and drinks and everyone was in the mood of celebration. They even stopped by to enjoy carnival rides at a park.

Back at home that afternoon, their father explained to them that Eid-ul-Fitr is a day to remember and glorify Allah and thank Him for all the blessings that He has bestowed upon them. Allahu Akbar!

Learning points :

Throughout the book, the author has inserted simple daily duas, such as “Dua after a meal” and “Dua for parents”,  that children can learn to memorise and practise in their daily lives.

Sample Pages (click to enlarge) :

 

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Book information :

Title : I ‘m learning About Eid-ul-Fitr

By : Saniyasnain Khan

ISBN : 8178980665

Pages : 24

Publisher : Goodword Books

For Ages : 4 – 8

Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with Ama Fatima

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Ama Fatima loved children, and after a month-long of fasting in Ramadan, she always made sure that the children would have a great Eid. Eid-ul-Fitr was an occasion for great fun and celebration, especially when Ama Fatima was around. Days before the coming of Eid, she had started packing her Eid boxes, slowly filling them with goodies, sweets and gifts for the children as the last days of Ramadan passed by.

“Alhamdulillah, the moon has been sighted. It’s Eid tomorrow!” said Bilal excitedly.

The children clapped their hands and hugged each other. They could not wait for Ama Fatima’s Eid party tomorrow.

Join Ama Fatima’s family as they celebrated Eid by thanking Allah for His blessings, helping the poor and the needy around them and sharing their love and happiness by having a great Eid party for the children.

Sample pages :

 

 

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Book information :

Title : Celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr with Ama Fatima

By : Fawzia Gilani Williams

ISBN : 8178984083

Pages : 24

Publisher : Goodword Books

For Ages : 4 – 8

 

Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan

 

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Ramadan is coming and Hassan and Aneesa are excited for it to begin. They are curious to know why mummy and daddy wakes up in the middle of the night to eat breakfast. They try to fast to find out what it feels like not to eat and drink the whole day. They also learn that it’s good to read the Qur’an in Ramadan, as well as to give charity and share food with neighbours.

Follow them as they discover the true spirit of Ramadan and find out why Hassan and Aneesa love it when the holy month arrives.

A glossary at the end of the book defines several terms associated with Ramadan used in the book, like “iftar” and “tarawih” to help children understand their meanings.

Sample pages (click to enlarge) :

 

Book information:

Title : Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan

By : Yasmeen Rahim

ISBN : 9780860376422

Pages : 24

Publisher : The Islamic Foundation

For Ages :  0 – 5 

Part of the “Hassan and Aneesa” series.

Welcome Ramadan

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Welcome Ramadan! tells the story of two playful siblings, Bilal and Maysa, as they eagerly await the coming of Ramadan and their interesting reactions to the changes in their daily routine throughout the fasting month.

It is written in simple prose which makes it fun for children to read the rhyming words on each page. As the story unfolds, the spirit of Ramadan, such as patience, perseverance, self-discipline, sacrifice, and compassion and sympathy for those that are less fortunate, are cleverly woven into the daily activities that the two children experience.

Come join Bilal and Maysa in welcoming Ramadan!

About the author:

Lila Assiff-Tarabain, who lives in Windsor, Canada, has a Master of Science degree from University of Alberta. She wrote this book so that parents and teachers who are not familiar with Ramadan, will have a handy resource to use at home or in the classroom.

There is a Parent/Teacher Guide at the end of the book with basic information about Ramadan in the Muslim calendar and its significance in the life of a Muslim.

Sample Pages:

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“And every day at each sunset, the fasting Muslim breaks his fast. We break the fast on milk and dates, then eat the meals that mommy makes.”

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“Every day in Ramadan, Muslims always read the Quran. This Quran is a Holy book, into which everyone should take a look.”

Book information :

Title : Welcome Ramadan

By : Lila Assiff Tarabain

ISBN : 9788178985454

Pages : 23 

Publisher : Goodword Books

For Ages : 4 – 8