Let’s face it, explaining concepts to young children isn’t always easy. I struggle to simplify things to my youngest two especially when it comes to the Qur’an. I mean, how do you simplify to a 4 year old what seeking refuge with Allah means?! My First Qur’an With Pictures by Faith Books attempts to solve this issue in a colourful way! By explaining basic meanings to children through engaging illustrations, children will find it easier to grasp the concept of each surah. It also makes the tafsir easier to understand.
The first thing that struck me about this book before I had even opened it was that it was checked and approved by a sheikh. This is critical when it comes to the Qur’an and Islam and demonstrates integrity on the part of Faith Books. The ‘My First Qur’an With Pictures’ contains 25 short surahs in it – the first part of the juz’ amma which is the last section of the Quran. The pages are smooth and glossy and the illustrations detailed and vivid. No faces are shown and of course no illustrations are drawn of Allah or prophet Muhammad [saws].
One ayah that stood out for me in terms of how it was explained was from surah al-Falaq. The verse talks about seeking refuge from those who do magic by blowing on knots. The illustration is of a witch’s house. There are cobwebs on the house and a black cat outside. Inside you see a witch blowing on knots. What I like about this is it’s something that even my 2 year old grasps. He knows what a witch is from books and TV. It makes the whole blowing on knots thing and how it’s related to black magic easier to explain.
The My First Qur’an With Pictures has both the English and Arabic verses written in it. Before the start of some surahs a brief introductory text explains what was happening when the surah was revealed. The Arabic verses are scattered throughout the page. I think they would have been easier to read if they were a little bigger. At bottom of the each page, the English translation is written in a box.
My kids really enjoyed me reading the My First Qur’an With Pictures to them. It definitely made learning more fun and interesting for them. You can purchase your very own copy here.