So I honestly got this book because it was on a good discount price: d but it has been such a good purchase! Alhumdolillah! It became a fav on the first read! Some pointers:
*First off, the content, the story- telling are amazing. The lessons steeped in Islamic teachings are effortlessly woven into the story.
*Some of the lessons are shown in the pictures. I love that there's mention of ideas such as over- counting belongings, "deserving" good things, entitlement and ingratitude. These are ideas steeped into the teachings of the Quran that western literature fails to address them. And so I love this book for this purpose, tazkiya of young hearts!
*Cherry on top: The book is a delight to look at! The colors are so bright! They give off such a rainforest feel which goes with the storyline.
*Age Recommendation: 3+ if it's read to children, and I suppose 5-7 year olds for independent reading.
*This book is a nice way to introduce Young minds to the world around them.
*The illustrations are beautiful! Very richly done. Masha Allah.
*The paper quality is amazing! It's a book you love holding and running your hand across the gold embossed letters on the title page. #bibliophilealert
* It's written in Rhyme. And takes its essence from the verses of the Quran that call on man to reflect on the creation of the Universe. The book has a disclaimer in the end that it's not meant as a science book. You'll love it if you take it as such: an invitation to think:)
*I'm a little on the fence about which age group to recommend this for. It's not for toddlers. I think I got a little over-enthusiastic there. Lol. But that's not to say that slightly older kids won't enjoy it. They should. Insha ALLah.
Just finished reading 'With the Heart in Mind' by @mikaeelahmeds today.
Absolutely loved it, never before have I seen someone analyze and examine the life of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ in the way Shaykh Mikael Ahmed has done in this book.
This book is a must-read for all Muslims who wish and desire to emulate and follow the Sunnah of our Prophet ﷺ. Change is not easy and requires a deep understanding of the things that prevent us from making positive changes that we would like to see in our lives and this book aims to do just that. Shaykh Mikael brilliantly lays out two key frameworks, namely the emotional intelligence and moral intelligence frameworks of the Prophet ﷺ that helped him ﷺ spread the message of Islam.
Here are two of my own reflections after reading the book:
1. This book is about how through the use of social, moral and emotional intelligence one can bring about a societal change, impact the lives of others and influence positive, moral and righteous deeds. So, a thought was troubling me, how can an evil person rally support from people when he's calling others toward evil? One answer I can think of is by pandering to and gratifying people's baser instincts, their lower self and evil desires just like how shaytan is capable of achieving this through exploiting people's desires and nafs.
2. When people (I'm concerned with Muslims here) say we are becoming increasingly sensitive, soft and are easily offended, they fail to understand that in order for you to joke with someone you need to work within the paradigm of our beloved Prophet's emotional, moral and social intelligence ﷺ. He had such a connection with those around him, that they felt comfortable in his presence even when the Prophet was joking with them. The joking never got to the point of bullying. The connection he had with others was built on empathy, sincere concern for the welfare of others and emotional investment.
My kids like this story a lot
Very nice story with a good flow