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Discover the Power of Salah by Areeba Farheen


๐Ÿ“š BOOK REVIEW ๐Ÿ“š Title: Discover the Power of Salah Author: Areeba Farheen Designer: Ryan Mahendra Publisher: Emaan Power @emaanpower Age: 10+ Type: Non-Fiction Rating: 5/10 ๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŒธ Islamic Content: This book focuses on the virtues and benefits of performing salah. ๐ŸŒธ Concerns: Islamically speaking, none. It contains an error where the ayah in Arabic doesn't match its English translation (see pic above) ๐ŸŒธ Summary: This 200 page book focuses on the benefits and virtues of performing salah on a regular basis. It starts with the origin of our 5 prayers and the Prophet's (saws) journey to the Heavens. It covers topics such as why we pray, the closest position to Allah (swt), salah as our armor, gratitude, khushu and quality, being able to see Allah in the hereafter and much more. It also discusses praying at school and tips on how to build your confidence. ๐ŸŒธ Lessons: No doubt, alot of effort has been put into this book to research and compile all the necessary material. Most books for kids that talk about prayer, mainly teach the reader how to pray. (What each position is, what to say and when to say it etc.) This is a much needed book can be used as an informative motivator so that our children have a deeper understanding when it comes to prayer. We don't want our kids to just fulfill the physical aspect of their prayer without knowing the true spiritual meaning of it. I really like some of the analogies used in this book: ie: 1. the prayer is like a pit stop of our daily life where we need to stop the race, recharge and reflect. 2. Salah is our armour that protects us. There are also easy to understand stories to reinforce some of the concepts in the book. ๐ŸŒธ With that said, I feel that the approach taken to present all the information was disappointing. The book states that the target audience is ages 7-15. That is a very wide range for an audience; we all know that what a 15 year old is capable of reading doesn't compare to a 7 year old. This leads to having a disorganized end product like this one. The language used here is as if someone is doing an oral presentation, not the standard text used for an educational purpose. Numerous typos, grammar errors, sentence structure are present in the book. Above all, when Allah's names were mentioned (the Creator, Lord) it was written in lower case, which annoys me. When I asked if an editor was involved in the process of making this book, I was told "No, but it was proof read twice." Now, I am not usually the one to complain about the cost of an Islamic/Muslim book because I do realise the many different aspects that contribute to the higher than average price and I personally highly value the importance of making these books available to our kids. However, having to pay over $44CAD for a book that hasn't been professionally edited brings lots of frustrating questions to mind. ๐ŸŒธ Finally, I think this type of book is essential to have and brings about a great benefit not only for the kids, even for us. In my opinion, it would be much more beneficial to have this done in 2 separate books, one for the younger age group to cater to their reading and comprehension level. The other to be used as a detailed resource with more advanced material and adequate language to match the teen audience. ๐ŸŒธ Available: www.emaanpower.com, Amazon, www.zabihabookstore.com

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Dec 3/2019

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