1001 Inventions

Despite the anti-Muslim sentiment that exist in many parts of the world today, it’s wonderful to see the public embrace the achievements of Muslims. 

image via 1001inventions.com

1001 Inventions is all about raising awareness and educating people about the contributions of Muslims to the development of civilisation. It’s an exhibit that showcases the scientific, geographical and technological achievements of Muslims in the past.

According to the website:

“The discoveries made by men and women in Muslim civilisation have left their mark on the way we live today. 1001 Inventions uncovers a thousand years of science and technology that had a huge but hidden impact on the modern world.”

Maybe you’ve visited the 1001 Inventions exhibits in the U.K. (where it first started) or in Turkey. If not, and you happen to be in North America, you can check out the exhibit that’s just opened in New York, U.S.A. And if you’re nowhere nearby then check out the video 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets (and several other videos here)which introduces the scientific heritage of Muslim civilisation.

It’s Story Time (Media Review)

 

photo source: 1 Islam
Being the Guide to Muslim Children’s Books and Media, I thought it was about time that I did a review of some type of media. Today I want to talk about a DVD for children called “It’s Story Time: The Story of Adam & The Story of Noah.” 

From the beginning we are pulled into a beautiful world with sounds of birds whistling sweetly in the background. A menu at the start allows viewers to select a chapter (story, nasheed or game). The feature presentations are stories of two Prophets of Allah, Adam and Nuh (spelled Noah in the DVD). Added features include two nasheed videos and two simple games.

Young viewers will immediately be drawn to the DVD when they see groups of children talking together and to the camera about what they know of the story of the first man Allah created, Adam. Older children will find themselves following the text on the screen when the story itself is being narrated. Animations of nature provide the backdrop to the narration.

In the second story (The Story of Noah), we see more animation with shadows and images of people (faces are not shown) but the text still appears for viewers to follow along. While younger viewers may not be able to read the text, they will still be captivated by the moving scenery.

Viewers will welcome the challenge to remember some facts about the story of Adam through a quiz with Zaky (a bear that appears at the start). Younger children will like trying to figure out the names of some of the animals who boarded the ark in the story of Noah in the “Guess what is the Animal” game. The nasheed “I’m growing up, InshaAllah” by Shaheed Alkawn shares the moving story of Prophet Ibraheem (Abraham) and reminds viewers that they are growing up “to serve Allah.” Unfortunately the animation in the video tells of a different story (how the first filming of the DVD began) taking away from the powerful message of the nasheed.

The “It’s Story Time: The Story of Adam & The Story of Noah”DVD (see a short clip here)is undoubtedly a high quality production from the graphics, images, sounds, games and script. I believe the appearance of the children and the added features including games really make this DVD unique. This DVD as well as others (including one of the story of Prophet Ibrahim) by 1 Islam Productions are a great addition to any home or classroom collection.


  

Title of DVD: It’s Story Time: The Story of Adam & The Story of Noah
Producer: 1 Islam Productions
Date: 2005
Running Time: 35 mins.
Country of Origin: Australia
Subject: Prophets and Messengers, Allah
Age group: 5 – 12 years