Poetry for Muslim children

Children like to hear poems read aloud, especially when they rhyme and/or are a bit silly. Sadly, if you happen  to be looking for Islamic rhymes for Muslim children and teens you will find yourself disappointed. That’s because there is very little available out there.

Although, last year around this time  I did review the few books of poetry for Muslim children which I know of. If you haven’t already seen these then check them out. 

Book cover of "Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam" by Ayesha bint Mahmood

Rays of Truth: Poems on Islam is a collection of thirty-two poems meant for young adults. In this collection of powerful poetry readers are drawn into a world that makes them ponder about life, death, sacrifice, faith and Allah. The poetry itself is inspiring and uplifting while at once calling the individual to realise the meaning of life.  Read more about this collection of poems here.

Muslim Poems for Children by Mymona Hendricks

 

Muslim Poems for Children by Mymona Hendricks is a collection of twenty poems for children between the ages seven and thirteen. The poems are about a variety of Islamic topics including the pillars of Islam (e.g. salah (prayer), hajj and fasting); Islamic identity, the Quran, brotherhood and parents.  The poems are written in a very simple form and rhyme.Read more about this collection of poems here.

The Muslim children’s author, Umm An-Nu’man has written some beautiful poetry. The rhymes and clear images the evoke make them great for sharing with a young child. Read aloud in the classroom or with young ones at home. See two wonderful poems by this wonderful author that I posted in the past here.

 PhotoCredits: Islamic Foundation store

Do you know of any collections of poetry for Muslim children or teenagers?

Do you or someone you know enjoy writing poetry? Then you have an opportunity to enter and win the only one of its kind for Muslims, the Islamic Writers’ Alliance’s  7th annual Poetry Competition. Submissions are being accepted until April 30th. Poems on any theme are allowed. View rules and details about the competition here.

Snowflakes

snowflakes
photo by CaptPiper

Last year I was privileged to have the opportunity to share with you a wonderful poem by Umm An-Nu’man titled “The Little Boy Who Loved the Qur’an. Now I wish to share another beautiful poem by the same author that deals with a different subject matter. One that matches nicely the chilly weather (and winters) being experienced in some parts of the world.

 

Snowflakes

 Copyright © 2008 Umm An-Nu’man      

 

They came in the millions      

each one unique      

They swirled all around us      

but not a word did they speak      

We each played among them      

how we did romp and roam      

For hours they entertained us      

until we were all called home      

But even from the window      

inside of our houses warm and bright      

We could still see them      

as they flickered in the night      

Glitter and sparkle, swirl and dance      

How I longed to be with them      

If I only had the chance      

When my father came home I rushed to him      

and asked if he saw what Allah had sent down      

He told me he did and he tried to smile      

because he had been stuck in the snow all the way across town.      

Then the smile did come and he said, “Son let’s go.”      

And outside we went into the cold to build a masjid made out of snow      

The snowflakes keep falling, but build it we did      

And I helped out a lot even though I’m still a kid      

Just me and my dad, a million snowflakes,      

and my mom watching from the door      

Praising Allah in the middle of a snowstorm      

What son could ask for more?      

 

- by Umm An-Nu’man      

     

Umm An-Nu’man is a teacher and author. She blogs at The Well-Read Muslim and A Muslim Child is Born. Visit The Official Website of Umm An-Nu’man for more information about her books and for a variety of free Islamic educational resources for children.      

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Muslim Poems for Children (Book Review)

 
Muslim Poems for Children by Mymona Hendricks
Photo sourced from Islamic Foundation store

I have much reason to rejoice,   

  
And praise Allah in a grateful voice,

 Because I’m happy and content,    

 With all the favours Allah sent.    

He created me so perfectly,  

And did it all so lovingly,    

While showing me the way to go,    

No wonder that I love Him so.    

Therefore to Him I bow and pray,    

And try to obey Him everyday…    

-          Excerpt from “Who am I?” by Mymona Hendricks in Muslim Poems for Children (1996)    

Muslim Poems for Children by Mymona Hendricks is a collection of twenty poems for children between the ages seven and thirteen. The poems are about a variety of Islamic topics including the pillars of Islam (e.g. salah (prayer), hajj and fasting); Islamic identity, the Quran, brotherhood and parents.    

The poems are written in a very simple form and rhyme. They are especially good for reading aloud. Children will find the rhymes easy to memorise. In the classroom or home, the poems could form part of an Islamic studies lesson plan.    

How this big earth came to be,      

And everything that we see,    

Even things in outer space,    

Came about by Allah’s Grace…    

Read it up in your Qur’an,    

It will strengthen your Iman.    

How people lived so long ago,    

Lessons that we have to know,    

And who does Allah love the best,    

And why He puts us all to test…    

Read it up in your Qur’an,    

It will strengthen your Iman…     

-          Excerpt from “Your Qur’an” by Mymona Hendricks in Muslim Poems for Children (1996)    

The collection features short excerpts from Quran or hadeeth at the end of several poems. Photographs of children engaged in various daily routines and Islamic duties are interspersed throughout the collection. A glossary of Islamic terminology is included at the end.    

While the collection is very interesting the presentation of the material could have been a bit more appealing to young children. A more interesting layout of text, use of vibrant colours and a greater variety in illustrations would have given this poetry collection a lot more visual appeal. Nevertheless, Muslim Poems for Children is a valuable collection of simple poems that makes learning about Islam easy and interesting.    

Title: Muslim Poems for Children    

Author: Mymona Hendricks    

Publisher: The Islamic Foundation    

Date: 1996    

ISBN: 0860372189    

No. of pages: 48    

Age Group: 7 – 11 years