My Dad’s Beard by Zanib Mian – Sweet Apple Publishers – is everything you would want from a picture book, and more.
The illustrations (by Lauran Ewing) are clear and strong, and will appeal to young ones straight away. The text on each page changes format – sometimes it is as if straight from a computer screen, other times formed as if magnets on a fridge!
The book focusses on the dad’s beard, and why it is so cool – because you can pretend a teeny cat can live in it of course! But for me, the best part was the end, where it talks about the dad saying he is copying the greatest man that ever lives by having a beard 🙂
This subtle point is bound to have the children asking about who that is, which can lead into a wonderful discussion about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)! A great way to both teach, and entertain – am sure this will be a bedtime favourite.
Love this video 🙂 Have seen it before but found it again when searching something on the net.
Reminded me of how the Prophet was with Hassan and Husayn, his grandchildren! What lessons there are in this for us as parents 🙂
‘When these two princes grew up a little, and were able to toddle around, they very frequently wandered out of their house into the Mosque. If their grandfather was in the midst of a sermon, he immediately stopped, descended from the pulpit, took them in his arms, carried them back, seated them beside himself on the pulpit, and then resumed his speech. If he was leading the public prayers, and was in sajdah (resting his forehead on the ground), both children, very often, climbed onto his neck and back.
He preferred to prolong the sajdah rather than to disturb them, and rose from sajdah only when they dismounted from his neck or back voluntarily. If he went out of his home or the Mosque, they rode his shoulders. The people of Medina called them “the Riders of the Shoulders of the Messenger of God.”’
If you don’t want to watch the whole thing, skip to the end when he finishes! Beautiful…
Here are a few resources that might help when teaching children about the Prophet:
How about starting the discussion off in a fun way, while still sharing SO much info about the Prophet? Here is an activity bag by Islam From The Start where there are objects relating to the Prophet’s ahadith in a bag, and the children pull each item out and guess the related hadith.
Here is a whole e-book full of ideas and activities for children aged 5-7 years by Islam From The Start
How about holding a Show and Tell on the Prophet? Children can bring in something from home that they can relate to the Prophet…
Here are some good worksheets for younger children than can be printed and used.
Here are a bunch of resources by QFatima on the Prophet, including workbooks for children and a card set for 40 ahadith.
Here is a clear visual timeline on the Prophet’s life by Reflect14.