Friday, May 21, 2010

Worth the Read insha'Allah

Assalamu alaikum,

Over the last several days, aside from my daily read alouds, I've been (as usual) enjoying my own private reading as well alhamdulillah. I requested these two books from the library (I forgot to mention: there are some things that contridict Islam in the books - please skip that and benefit from the material that is in accordance with the Shar'iah) :

Even before I received them (and started reading them) I'd ordered Baby Read Aloud Basics off of Amazon for...guess how much...a penny! Plus shipping of course but still, a penny! Alhamdulillah! I'm going back for the Read Aloud Handbook too insha'Allah.

If you don't read aloud to your child regularly (here Umm An-Nu'man winces), please grab these books from your local library, find them on Amazon for that penny I talked about, borrow them from someone you know who has them, but get them into your hands and read them insha'Allah. Even if you do read aloud to your child(ren) regularly (here Umm An-Nu'man says alhamdulillah very merrily), they are worth the read (and the penny). And once you've begun reading these two books, your mind will snap awake and say, "Hey! Guess which book needs to be at the top of the daily read aloud list?" And your wonderful, alert mind will readily provide the correct answer insha'Allah: The Quran.

We listen to the Quran each day alhamdulilah and we read aloud from the Quran regularly but not as often as I'd like but our new goal: each day, every day, start the day, end the day, it doesn't matter where in the day but the Quran needs to be read aloud insha'Allah.

Allah revealed to His Last Messenger to mankind over 1400 years ago:

اقْرَأْ بِاسْمِ رَبِّكَ الَّذِي خَلَقَ

خَلَقَ الْإِنسَانَ مِنْ عَلَقٍ

اقْرَأْ وَرَبُّكَ الْأَكْرَمُ

الَّذِي عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ

عَلَّمَ الْإِنسَانَ مَا لَمْ يَعْلَمْ

{Read! In the Name of your Lord Who has created (all that exists).

He has created man from a clot (a piece of thick coagulated blood).

Read! And your Lord is the Most Generous.

Who has taught (the writing) by the pen.

He has taught man that which he knew not.}

Surah 96: 1-5

So, what surah will you be reading aloud tomorrow insha'Allah?


  1. Assalamu 'alaykum

    Dear sister Umm An Nu'man you are so right. The Qur'an, the best book that anyone can ever read, is the best book for reading aloud. JazakumuAllahu Khairan!

    With regard to the two books you mentioned, I have to say that they are certainly filled with valuable information about the need for us to read to our children, statistics that verify the advantages of reading aloud etc. I have the 'Read Aloud Handbook' and would love to get my hands on the other. They are great resources.


  2. As salaam alaikum,

    Alhamdulillah, I try to make it a habit to read the Qur'an to the children daily usually after Isha.

    Also, I also enjoyed the Read Aloud Handbook years ago.
    I enjoy reading together with the children and they love it too, alhamdulillah.

  3. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,

    Jazakillahu Khayr for sharing your Quran read aloud time. Insha'Allah, this will help others decide times that will work for their households. After isha - what an excellent way to end the day.

    I had no doubt that you read to your children...barak Allah feki (smile). Your blog (and your children's posts) reflects that in many ways masha'Allah.


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