Migo and Ali - A-Z of Islam by Zanib Mian
📚 BOOK REVIEW 📚
Title: Migo & Ali - A to Z of Islam
Author: Zanib Mian
Illustrator: Basma Hosom
Publisher: Muslim Children's Books @muslimchildrensbooks
Age: 4 - 11
Rating: 10/10 🌟
Islamic Content: Islamic content throughout 🌸
Concerns: mentions that we should say "Alhamdulilah" when we burp and sneeze. For sneezing, this is common knowledge, but for burping, this is the first for me. Allah knows best.
This amazing book is a compilation of common words and terms that are relevant to our Islamic faith. They are defined in simple and kid friendly language to help explain some of these big ideas to the little ones. A few of the words included are: Aqeeda, Layla tul-Qadr, Ghusl, Hajj, Miswak, Quran, Taqwa, Zamzam etc. Some concepts and definitions are short and easy while others have more of an elaborate explanation and include examples. All these are explained through the adorable friends, Migo and Ali.
If you want a kid friendly encyclopedia of the Islamic terms, this is it. I don't think that there is anything like it in the market, definitely one of a kind. Not only do they define the terms, they also use daily examples to further reinforce those definitions. The conversations between the two characters are undeniably adorable and, many times, comical. Their endearing terms for one another and special friendship really gets the young readers hooked. I have to say, the tender way some of these deep ideas and concepts are explained is quite impressive. Somehow, it keeps my kids so engaged, and they just want to keep reading in one sitting, which is impossible to do.
Because the title of the book is "A to Z of Islam" I do have to mention that a few letters of the alphabet were skipped (C, N, O, V, X, Y). If the title of the book would not imply to include the alphabet, it would not be worth to mention it. With that said, I don't think it puts a dent on the true value of this book. A lot of the letters include multiple words, which is above and beyond any typical alphabet book anywhere.
In the introduction, it does state that the content only includes material that is supported by sahih hadith and Qur'an. As well as it has been checked and approved for Islamic accuracy by a scholar. For many of us, it does put our minds and hearts at ease when disclaimers like these are mentioned.
Again, if it is only one Islamic book that you want to invest in for your child, this has to be it. I can definitely see this being used in masjids, Islamic schools as well as personal use. It's a great book to have along with their first book, Love for the Prophets.