Similar to Call Me By My Name, this book stands out in highlighting the Names of Allah swt. In this collection it is the descriptive poetry, warm illustrations, urge to reflect and act, and space to think through and write up your own du’as that make this book so versatile. I can see a middle grade to middle schooler using the book almost like a journal, just as easily as I can see an Islam teacher using the book to teach the names of Allah and have their students ponder and write their own verses. I plan to use it with my own children when we gather up for salat-waiting for everyone to make wudu- to read a poem, discuss, and understand each name on whatever level the child is at thus bring the names of Allah swt, into our daily awareness, inshaAllah.
The book is divided into sections following a heading and seasonal imagery: Loving Allah, Asking Allah, Knowing Allah, and Blooming with Allah’s names. The table of contents is out of order, but it isn’t an issue. Poems are given a two page spread, some poems are one name, others are two. At the end of each poem is a “Reflect and Act” section with bulleted items to help connect the name and the poem’s content with one’s own life and Islamic principles.
At the end of each section are two pages to write your own du’as using Allah’s names followed by Sources from the Qur’an and Hadith. The illustrations are adorable to look at, and while on first glance the collection might seem more female appealing, I think boys and girls alike will benefit from time spent with the book and not find it targeting to only one gender.
The Asking Allah section features easy to read Arabic with harakat and even the English font is very appealing and easy to read. Overall the hard bound book is beautiful and I hope to see it stocked in more places, hint hint Crescent Moon. Currently in the US it is available here by the publisher.