This 28 page, thick glossy full-color book for 3-8 year olds, introduces and describes the five pillars of Islam in an age appropriate manner.
The book is fact based and informative, but the illustrations and voice of the text reads in a gentle inviting tone that will appeal to small children. There is no story, but rather a boy that takes you each of the pillars and talks to the reader.
The short paragraphs about shahada, salat and wudu, fasting, zakat, and hajj are detailed and will need some additional explaining if used to teach kids. If you are using it to just introduce general concepts, the pictures and sentences will suffice.
The book is in English but does use Arabic words to describe each tenant with in-text translations in parenthesis, as well as footnote translations on occasion.
The book is set up as a tool for parents and teachers to use when educating young Muslim children and thus some hadith and ayats are present at the beginning and end, as well as some directions, games and activities.
This short rhyming book introduces toddlers and little ones to the five daily prayers as it presents the brother sister duo on a typical day. Ok, so maybe not a typical day, unless dressing up as knights and battling each other, winning medals, and climbing mountains is typical. But, it presents the salats in time sequence that little ones can understand, more than as hours on a clock or as the various position of the sun. Fajr is early, and it guards your day, then you go to school, but the book reminds you to remember Allah, then you take a break for duhr and if you do, inshaAllah Allah will help you pass, then you come home and have a snack and then pray Asr, etcetera. By combining daily activities like spending time with family and reading Quran with the five prayers makes the routine seem doable and inshaAllah making it regular will truly allow us all to battle, win, and reach new heights, ameen.
The book is a great tool to learn the names of the prayers, and their order, while strengthening a child’s Muslim identity. There is no glossary or further detail about Salah or how it is performed, but I think assumes that that the reader would be able to provide additional information to the listener. The book is more to get children excited to pray, and get closer to Allah (swt).
The illustratrions are adorable and the font and text appealing to little children. The book is one in an adventure series by Muslim Pillars, and I look forward to reading Mustafa and Arwa’s other adventures.