It’s Friday!! Every Friday I keep meaning to write up a little review of what has become one of our family’s favourite Islamic books…
‘It’s Jummah!’ is a board book introducing little ones to the Sunnah and etiquettes of Fridays using very few words and simple illustrations. It’s written by Najia Rastgar & Lyazzat Mukhangaliyeva of 2 Curious Hearts, and illustrated by Zainab Arshad. If I had to sum up the book I’d say that its simplicity is its strength. Each double spread introduces little ones to one Sunnah/etiquette using very few words along with a high contrasting colourful illustration. It’s perfect for babies and upwards.
Before this book came into our home, I didn’t have anything solid for our toddler to relate to on Fridays. Sure we’d announce it’s Jummah and talk about the things we were doing but he didn’t seem engaged. There was a big difference once this book graced our home!
We used ‘It’s Jummah!’ to point out what we were doing on Fridays as we went along. Our son began saying ‘Jummah’ and ‘masjid’ in no time and pointing to our Qur’an when he came to the Qur’an page in the book. There is even a page showing a hand and a nail clipper so he now knows that ‘clip clip’ (our phrase for cutting his nails) is a part of the Jummah routine. Which other children’s book depicts nail cutting as part of a Jummah routine or a board book about Jummah even?! I haven’t come across any others, so in my view this book is unique!
For us as a family, this book has been a great investment with lasting impressions on us and our toddler! Our baby (seen in the picture holding the book) has had a head start compared to his brother. He is being introduced to the words/phrases and seeing pictures from an earlier age. In shaa Allah he will grasp the Jummah etiquettes soon too and join us in our enthusiasm for Fridays!