Author: Hafsa Ahsan
Illustrator: Yusra binte Absar Kazmi
Publisher: Hiba Magazine
About the Book:
Nine-year-old twins Zayd & Musa are in a pickle. Every time their parents treat them to ice cream, they also break some bad news to them! Will Zayd & Musa ever be able to really enjoy ice cream? Or keep shaking in their shoes, bracing themselves for the next misfortune to come their way?
Zayd & Musa series aims to connect children to the Quran in a practical yet engaging way. This book weaves the concept of Taqwa (mindfulness of Allah) around a humorous story for children aged 7 and above.
Note for Parents from the Author:
I originally titled this series “Living the Quran with Zayd & Musa”. My aim was to weave a story – a humourous story that children could enjoy and relate to – around the concepts that our beautiful Deen teaches us in the Quran.
While the children enjoy the shenanigans of Zayd and Musa, they also learn some important concepts taught in the Quran. The concept covered in this book is Taqwa. It is generally translated as ‘fear of Allah’ but I have explained it as ‘mindfulness of Allah’.
I feel this is a very, very important concept to inculcate in children. As parents, we cannot hover over children all the time to ensure they are following the values and tenets of Deen. Soon they will enter teenagehood and then be adults. Eventually they will be using their own gadgets, and they will also be active on social media. The world they will witness as adults will be very different from the way it is now.
So we must equip them with the right tool – mindfulness of Allah – that will, Insha’Allah, help them stay on the right path as they face the different challenges in their lives.
In this book, I have attempted to weave the concept of Taqwa around various plot points and situations that are relatable to this age group, in a natural style so the young readers don’t feel that they are being preached to.
The concept of Taqwa is vast and can in no way be squeezed in these few pages. However, this book can be used as a starting point to introduce the concept of Taqwa in children 8 years and above.
You are welcome to share your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org and help us improve the series.
May Allah accept this humble endeavour. Ameen.