Purity & Prayer: A Rhyming Picture Book of Sacred Rulings
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Purity & Prayer: A Rhyming Picture Book of Sacred Rulings

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This collection of poems for children outlines essential knowledge of the ritual ablution and prayer according to the Hanafi school, the largest school of Islamic law. Along with the poems, it provides an Appendix for clarification. Its purpose is to give children and parents access to knowledge that makes one's worship valid, sound, and proper in a fun way.

It is a large, hardback book.

About the Author:

Ameena Bint Abdir Rahman is an American-Muslim born and raised in Northern California. She is the youngest of five children and has a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science. Her connection to poetry and spirituality was ignited as a young girl when she first read poems about God and His Messenger ﷺ in the preface of The Elementary Teachings of Islam. They touched her heart. During her years as a Sunday school student, Ameena continued to write basic rhymes related to her faith. After becoming a mother, she began studying Islam formally and once again started writing, beginning with a poem she titled “My Way Back.”

Ameena has benefited from amazing scholars at Zaytuna Institute (before Zaytuna College) such as Imam Tahir Anwar, Ustadha Shamira Chothia Ahmed, Shaykh Yahya Rhodus, Ustadha Saira Abu Bakr, Imam Zaid Shakir, and Shaykh Hamza Yusuf. After she studied Hanafi Fiqh, Ameena was given permission to teach. She has taught women and children privately in homes, Sunday schools, and local mosques. Ameena also opened her home often for learning in a fun way. Children have done Islamic crafts on her dining table, learned fiqh in her living room, and made wudu on her lawn. Ameena has a great love for nature and her favorite place is the ocean. In her spare time she loves learning, writing and reflecting on the signs of God.

About the Illustrator:

Reyhana Ismail is a UK-based graphic designer specializing in print design, with a primary focus on books and magazines. Her work has gradually evolved to include more illustrations for children's books, created both digitally and by hand.

Using stunning imagery, Reyhana's minimal style reflects her belief that when it comes to design, less is more. She has recently opened up an online store, selling beautifully designed stationery.

Reviews:

As a teacher of both young and mature, I am constantly searching for solid, accurate, and reliable fiqh resources in English that engage the student and allows them to memorize with ease.

In our Islamic tradition, learning texts through poetry has proven to be one of the most effective methods of memorization and application of Islamic rulings.  Instead of fiqh being tedious, dry and  overwhelming, Ameena illucidates the basics in a fun, poetic and engaging manner. Her style of creative poetry, along with Reyhana’s engaging and colorful illustrations, is sure to catch the attention of the young reader and seeker of sacred knowledge.

I applaud Ameena for all of the effort and diligence she has put into this valuable work. I highly recommend these poems to not just the young, aspiring student of the religion, but to everyone who wishes to learn and appreciate the nuances and ease of everyday fiqh. This work is truly for both the young, and the young at heart. 

-Ustadha Shamira Chothia Ahmed - From The Rahmah Foundation

 

Author: Ameena Bint Abdir Rahman
Illustrator:Reyhana Ismail
Publisher: Prolance Publishing
Pages: 59
Binding: Hardback