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The One – Book Review

October 18, 2016
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The Oneness of Allah is something very easy to understand. It’s part of our fitrah. When we tell our children there is One God, who sees and knows all, who created us, who loves us and helps us, who we have to worship, it’s not a difficult concept for them to grasp.

But, full disclosure: I am very skeptical about books that try to teach children about Allah. I will never buy one unless I read the entire thing, cover-to-cover. Frankly, there are some books out there that teach incorrect concepts (like, “Allah is everywhere”).

While these words may not seem like a big deal at first glance, knowing the truth about Allah is the essence of our existence. An incorrect word here or there that paints a confusing picture is the last thing our children need when learning about their Lord.

So let’s get on with the review (after that long preamble)!

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-2-25-58-pmWhen I read “The One” by Manaal Jafrey-Razaque I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a soft, lyrical book with beautifully coloured, fresh illustrations. I picture this as a lovely bedtime story for kids that are 3+ (it comes in Hardcover, so it’s less easy to destroy!). The soothing rhythm would be perfect to lull your little one to sleep while making his or her last thoughts revolve around Allah.
My favourite thing about the book is that it touches upon so many beautiful and important concepts, in so few words. Here are some really positive points I picked up right away while reading the book:

  • Allah sees and knows everything.
  • Allah can do anything. He just says “Be” and it is.
  • Our hearts feel good and bright when we remember Allah.
  • He gives us many blessings like full tummies and warm beds – (It’s so relevant for kids to understand how Allah takes care of them in a very personal and meaningful way!)
  • He takes care of us and guides us when we’re going through something tough.

screen-shot-2016-10-18-at-2-25-00-pmThere is nothing children need more than to know about their Lord. This knowledge serves to comfort them, boost their confidence in their beliefs, and grow up with a strong sense of responsibility before Him.

This is a lovely book and highly recommend it as a start to building a great conversation with your kids about the Names and Attributes of Allah!

To purchase the book, visit: http://www.prolancewriting.com/the-one

 

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