This thick hardback 46 page book is a great next step after teaching your kids to say “Alhamdulillah” to helping them to understand what it truly means. Meant for second graders and up, this book is text heavy and encourages deeper thought, reflection, and practice. It is not a quick read, and some children may struggle to sit through the entire book, but any time spent, I think, will be incredibly beneficial as it strives to move from the habit of just saying “Alhamdulillah” to being intentional in our appreciation and gratitude. The thick inside pages, warm large illustrations, and colorful reflections are well done and enjoyable. I only wish the cover better conveyed the content within.
The book begins with ayat 18 from Surah Nahl stating: “If you tried to count Allah’s blessings, you would never be able to number them. Indeed, Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful. With the tone set, the fictionalized story begins with Ibraheem and his mum having breakfast.
Ibraheem is a curious boy that is only ever quiet when he is sleeping or eating. When his mum reminds him to say Alhamdulillah after he finishes eating, he gets to wondering, “What does Alhamdulillah mean?”
Mum explains that the hamd in Alhamdulillah means praise and gratitude, and it is for Allah swt alone. Ibraheem then wants to know how can he feel “hamd all the time?” He and his mum discuss that hamd has to be felt within the heart, and it isn’t just saying it after a meal, but appreciation that you have food to eat. Appreciation when you wake up in the morning, because many do not, etc. The two discuss small and large aspects in a day that provide opportunities to truly appreciate the gifts of Allah swt.
The book covers topics such as: sneezing and appreciating your muscles, getting dressed and recognizing the blessing of clothing, awards at school, losing your backpack, happy times and sad times too. Along the way mum passes on information about how when we are grateful Allah swt gives us more, about how even in sad times we have so much to learn about patience and asking Allah for help, that we can fill our days with hamd.
The book touches on never feeling sad in Jannah, Allah’s name Al-Hameed, and explaining how we have to still thank people and show appreciation to them because Allah sends his blessings through people as well.
The book concludes with teaching duas about hamd one word at a time, a glossary, and tips for using the book. There are a lot of hadith and ayats explained on a child’s level and overall really answers and provides insights about saying Alhamdulillah and feeling Hamd.