Sajaad is Sick by Mini Mu’min Du’a Series


sajaad is sick

I picked this book up on a whim to go with my “being healthy” or “community helpers” story time themes.  I had never heard about it and the pictures, while colorful, aren’t very detailed or engaging.  I was hoping the rhyming couplets and familiar concept of going to the doctor would at least review some key concepts in an Islamic manner.  Alhumdulillah, the book not only met my expectations, but exceeded them.

The first fabulous surprise is that the Doctor is female, not that it should be an issue, but it is nice to find books that definitely don’t assume a familiar stereotype.  The second surprise is that at 28 pages, the rhymes never seem forced or awkward, it flows very nicely, mashaAllah. I read the book to 3,4, and 5 year old students and it managed to keep everyone’s attention.  The students got concerned when Sajaad worried if he would have a shot, they tried to remember the name for “stethoscope,” they enjoyed learning the dua for being sick and the dua to make for those that are sick, and they even liked that they often also get lollipops when they leave the doctor’s office.

Overall the book was a good review of what happens at the doctors office in an Islamic tone.  It would work well to reassure children that might be nervous about what they might experience.  It was interesting to watch the kids “read” the book after story time to each other imitating a teacher.  For most students it is a topic that they feel mastery over and you could see their confidence when they retold the story.

I’ll be keeping my eye out for other books in the Mini Mu’min Du’a Series to see if they are of similar quality and can serve in a similar capacity in the library.


6 responses »

  1. Assalamu alaikum. I think it is worth pointing out that there are no pictures of people or animals (which is important for some parents), but the illustrations are so vibrant that I didn’t even notice it until the end. My favorite book in this series is about two sisters who start (verbally) fighting until their grandfather point out a better, Islamic approach.

      • Assalamu alaykum,
        Jazak-Allah for taking the time and effort to review several of our “Mini Mu’min Du’a Series” books on your blog. Sharing how the children reacted and interacted with the books when you read them was especially interesting. For those of your readers who might want to know more, the series has 17 storybooks in all, covering 40 essential daily Islamic supplications- so it can keep the little ones entertained and learning for quite a while, insha-Allah!

    • Assalamu alaykum,
      Jazak-Allah for your kind comments about our books. The book you so kindly referred to in your comment (so pleased to hear that you enjoyed it, masha Allah 🙂 is titled “Farah’s & Sarah’s Feelings” (for anyone who might be curious what it was) and deals with the supplications related to happiness, sadness, and gratitude.

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