What is a Muslim?
Author: Ali Elsayed
Illustrator: Sousann Elsayed
As my regular readers know we are a family that loves books….although my eldest is ALWAYS in her room reading and I am not currently sure what I think about that as it seems a bit anti social!! But that aside, I love the fact that so many good quality children’s islamic books are being released.
We recently learnt of What is a Muslim? and when asked if we would like a copy I couldn’t say no. What appealed to me was that it is a father and daughter project, with the illustrator being the 10 year old daughter.
The idea behind the book is to inform the reader in a fun and simple way, about the basics of being a Muslim. In today’s world where there are so many misconceptions about Islam, we believe books like this can help foster more tolerance and understanding.
What Did We Think?
I feel that the book has achieved what it has set out to do…to teach some basics of Islam is a simple and fun away. The five pillars of Islam are covered without going into specific detail of saying these are the five pillars.
Bee’s favourite of course were the illustrations. Masha’Allah 10 year old Sousann has done a lovely job, and the style of the drawings are sure to appeal to the younger children. Bee’s favourite of course was the pink and purple page.
The text used is very simple so even the youngest child can understand. My eldest though did ask what it meant by ‘colorblind’ so had to explain that to her.
The style of the book is that it is written in the style of a nursery rhyme, and you are also provided with a link to be able to listen to the rhyme read out by the author. The nursery rhyme is all vocals with no music.
An ideal book to help the younger children understand what a Muslim is, and also to help the non muslims get a simple and brief idea of the basics of what being a Muslim is about.
You can purchase the book from Amazon: What is a Muslim? (affiliate link).
Disclosure: We were sent What is a Muslim? for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.