My First Book About Salah

Kube. Jan. 2023. 26p. Board $10.95. ISBN 9780860378525.
PreS-Gr 1–This book is a simple introduction to prayer for young Muslim children. The pastel color palette and gentle lines make each page appealing and age appropriate. The book opens with the story of the Prophet Muhammad receiving the Gift of Salah (Prayer) from Allah. The book goes on to explain the five daily prayers and their unique importance. Together they are considered a blessing for the body, mind, and soul of each person. The book explains the call to prayer and the rituals to prepare for prayer. Each part of the prayer is illustrated with a young child and labeled. The Surah al-Fatiha from the Qur’an is shown in Arabic and English. The end of prayer is explained. The importance of prayer as a gift that can occur anywhere is emphasized. In a step-by-step fashion that makes learning the day of prayers accessible, the book concludes with facts and questions about the practice of Salah.
VERDICT This gentle introduction to Salah is suitable for any collection that includes the prayer practices of other world religions or in libraries serving a population following or learning about Islam.

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