Ramadan is the perfect time to learn more about local culture and religion. Here’s a list of books to help you and your children understand the second largest religion in the world.
While Ramadan is a month of reflection for Muslims around the world, it also provides the perfect opportunity for non-Muslims to read about the religion that makes up more than 24 percent of the world’s population and learn more about the values and culture of Islam.
Here are five books we recommend reading to do just that.
The Story of the Qur’an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
The only sacred scripture for Muslims, the Holy Quran was revealed to the last Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), so if you’re eager to learn more about Islamic history, it is important to read and learn about the Quran and its significance in a Muslim’s life.
This book by Ingrid Mattson explores the content and provides a comprehensive explanation about the beliefs mentioned in the scripture, how the Quran impacts the Muslim society, personal and professional relationships, culture, law, politics and more.
As someone who has never read the holy book, this one is a good place to start to begin to understand Islamic ideologies at a basic level.
No God but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan
In a beautiful account of faith, internationally acclaimed Muslim scholar Reza Aslan tells you everything you need to know about Islam.
The book, which sheds light on crucial matters, talks at length about everything from the upheaval of Muslim women to the veiling controversy in Europe, and analyses Islam’s position in modern culture and the future of Islam in the Middle East.
The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad by Lesley Hazelton
Islam’s most celebrated man, the last Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), lived an exemplary life, though the dramatic story is not always well known.
In this thoroughly researched book, presented as both history and story, Lesley Hazelton sheds light on his journey from a poor man who had no significance to his stature as the final Prophet of Islam.
The world’s first Muslim man is brought to life in this insightful book as his journey from a powerless man to the most revered one in Islamic history is explored.
Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan by Yasmeen Rahim
Allow your children to familiarise themselves with Islamic rituals and what it means to be a Muslim, particularly during Ramadan, with the help of this illustrated book.
Instilling a sense of community in young minds is important, and Hassan and Aneesa will take your little ones on a journey where they explore what Ramadan means, how it is celebrated and common practices marked during the month.
It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan
Popular children book character Curious George is back, only this time he is celebrating his first Ramadan with his friend, Kareem.
Although the character won’t fast, he is seen helping his friend Kareem in this month and celebrating Eid al Fitr with his friend’s family.
This illustrated board book is a great way to teach your little ones how to be empathetic towards their Muslim friends and how they can actively join in their celebrations.