If you are going to put out a book that has been done hundreds of times before; think numbers, alphabets, Islamic phrases- then be sure and make your book stands out. And while yes there are numerous English and Arabic books of all sizes about the beautiful names of Allah, this book does in fact stand out. The shiny cover, with or without the dusk jacket, the sturdiness in your hands, the illustrations, the large font and easy to read English and Arabic (with harakat), is an absolute joy to read, look through, and talk about with children four and up. The book works in a lot of settings for a lot of ages because of its simplicity, presentation, and appeal. Kids will pull this off the shelf and look at it without prompting, just as adults can discuss the names, and build lessons off of the ayats included. The versatility of the book is why I’m stretching out of my comfort zone of fictional reads to review this Islamic non fictional book.
The book starts with establishing that the 25 of 99 names included are those “specifically mentioned in the Holy Quran, with a reference to the surah and aya where each name can be found.” It shares an aya about the Asmaa Al Husna and a hadith narrated by Abu Huraira and then starts right in.
Most of the names are given a two page spread, a few are only given one, and the English, Arabic, aya, and source are provided. The illustrations are joyful children and nature scenes. The book concludes with a spread of all 99 names in English and Arabic with the translations.
You can purchase a copy here.