Today’s Book Review: A Collection of Delightful Stories for Children based on Islamic Thought
A few days back, I got a chance to read Urdu translation of the book “A Collection of Delightful Stories for Children based on Islamic Thought” by Arif Mahmud Kisana. Mr. Kisana is a social activist, writer, journalist, and a researcher. A very down to earth and a social man. When I inquired about the age range for this book, I was told that this book is valid for 8-80 years reader. The answer was quite strange to me, but I really feel that it is true. Besides basic Islamic knowledge, it also contains some information on different places around the world, which makes it more interesting.
This book is about the very basic concepts and questions arise in every Muslim child’s mind who wants a clarification and understanding about topics like Who is Mohammad (P.B.U.H.), what is meant by Law, the difference between Mazhab and Deen, why only Quran is our guide etc. The book is a storytelling where concepts are very well explained in dialogues format. Language is very simple, so a child can read the book by himself.
I personally think that coming to kids’ level and writing for them is one of the hardest tasks, which Arif Mahmud Kisana did it quite beautifully. The paper quality of the book is also good. Graphics are really appealing. This book has been published in Urdu, English, Swedish, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, and Danish. In near future, it will be printed in some more languages. The writer aims to come up with its next edition soon aiming to answer more questions come in the minds of innocent children with respect to Islam.
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For the improvements point of view, I would only recommend short answers to the questions so that reader doesn’t get lost too much in the details and forget what was actually asked. Furthermore, I would suggest if the author could keep this book to maximum public libraries so that masses could benefit from this. Overall, it is a good read and it would be a nice addition to your home library too. I would recommend having this book in every home.