Understanding the Qur’an using Lego

As always I’m on the lookout for new books and media that would enlighten Muslim kids and teens while encouraging them to feel a sense of happiness in being Muslim and to practice their faith with confidence. So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon this pictorial blog: Teaching Kids the Holy Quran. It’s a site dedicated to illustrating ayat (verses) of the Holy Quran using Lego.

Yes, that’s right, Lego; those plastic construction toy blocks. The blogger and designer, Mezba, uses his vast collection of lego to ‘illustrate’ scenes and incidents narrated in the Quran. He then take a photograph of these scenes with the relevant ayah (verse) added in. The detail and vivid colours of the designs are amazing. What I find interesting is the ‘Prologue’ that precede the actual verses. These act as a sort of ‘introduction.’

A pile of Lego blocks, of assorted colours and...

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I think these illustrated ayat may be useful to parents and teachers when teaching children and even teenagers the meaning of the Qur’an. While we memorise the Quran in Arabic the majority of people attempt to grasp the meaning of the Quran in the language they know. At Teaching Kids the Holy Quran, the English translation is used. 

Thus far there are mixed selection of verses from Makki and Madani surah. Up on the site now is Surah Al Zalzala (The Earthquake) showing an excellent depiction of the chaos that comes with the arrival of the last day.

If you’re interested read more about what the site is about here or just visit http://readwithmeaning.wordpress.com/

Quran, Art and Books – A unique Combination

I loved the symbolism in this piece of art which I found some time ago and with the permission of the designer I share it with you.

Bookshelves designed by Peter Gould and Zain Moloobhoy featuring the Arabic word "Iqra" (Read!)

Do you notice the Arabic word “Iqra” which means read in the English language? Isn’t it wonderful how the letters Qaf and Raa are used as a space for storing books? I loved the symbolism in this piece of art/bookshelf because the Arabic word IQRA means to read. And what do we read most often? Books. The Quran itself is a book and I can see how well it would fit at the topmost part of the Qaf.

A glance gives you the impression that some books may have a bit of a struggle trying to remaining upright. But I think there is adequate support for them. This is not a shelf in the traditional sense, so it may do well to keep down the number of books. Maybe the two Alif letters on both ends could have been made into shelves as well to hold at least 2 or 3 books (but I know very little of art, and they might very well take away from the depth and impact of the piece). But all together I love this piece of practical art.

It’s designed by Peter Gould and Zain Moloobhoy. Peter Gould is an Australian Muslim graphic designer and artist. See more of his artwork and designs here.

Don’t you think it would add an interesting touch to any room in a house but that it would also work in an office, a masjid or library?

This post was last updated: April 25, 2011

Junior Quran Challenge Game (Game Review)

Junior Quran Challenge Game

photo sourced from Goodword Books

 

The Junior Quran Challenge Game is a board game for children ages 5 – 10 years. It is a game that requires the players (2-4 players or two teams) to answer questions about the prophets and messengers, Islam and stories mentioned in the Qur’an. 

The 200 questions cater for children with different knowledge backgrounds. As such, the questions are challenging but not too difficult; a few questions are easy. The questions are arranged in four categories: Stories from the Quran, Prophets of the Quran, People of the Quran and Places of the Quran. 

Taking turns players move one space on the board (there is no dice), starting at the camel. Players select cards, read the questions from the category indicated on the space he lands on and if s/he knows, gives the answer to it. Special ‘circular landmarks’ on the board allows a player to select a question from any category and move forward to spaces if answered correctly. The player who reaches the finish first is the winner. 

Overall, I thought the game was well designed, however, the question and answer cards could have been made of a sturdier material to withstand the wear and tear of young hands (remember this is the junior version of the game). 

The game will add some fun while reinforcing lessons taught in Islamic studies. It can be played at home or in the classroom (team play here can add more excitement). 

The game components are: game board, 4 pawns, 50 questions and answer cards. 

Name of Item: Junior Quran Challenge Game 

Manufacturer: GoodwordKidz 

Country of Origin: India 

Subject: Allah, Prophets and Messengers, stories from the Qur’an 

Age group: 5 – 10 years

Poem for the Day: The Little Boy Who Loved the Quran

I was absolutely love this beautiful poem! I read it over and over about a dozen times, and my little son enjoyed sitting with me as I read it aloud to him. I love the images and being a librarian I know exactly what it is like when you are browsing the shelves looking for that special book. And which book can be more special than Al Qur’an? So onto this lovely poem.

Boy reading Quran

photo by muslimpage

 

The Little Boy Who Loved the Quran

Copyright © Umm An-Num’an  

  

Little footsteps were heard in the library in the middle of the night, 

And all of the books were illuminated by warm candle light. 

A little boy very quietly searched every single shelf, 

He knew what the Book looked like and he could read it by himself. 

He started with the letter A and made his way to Q, 

He was scared he wouldn’t find it and he wouldn’t know what to do. 

He went all the way to last shelf and the Book was nowhere to be seen, 

So he started at the beginning, looking for the colour green. 

He stood on his tippy toes and peered at the very top shelf, 

And there he saw a single Book sitting by itself. 

It was the book he was looking for, sitting Grand and Noble indeed, 

The he did as Allah commanded; the little boy sat down to read. 

This poem has been reproduced here by kind permission of the author, Umm An-Num’an, who is a teacher and blogs at A Muslim Child is Born and The Well Read Muslim Visit the author’s Official Website.

  

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Post last edited: January 21, 2011.