This book and CD is one of my favourite things in our home. Why? The book contains lessons that teach in a way I am much more comfortable with than many of the Christian children’s resources I have seen. For example, one song “Bismillah” – is about giving thanks to Allah before you eat. This is a practice our family shares with Muslim traditions. In reading the poem our daughter not only reinforces a lesson that we would like her to learn – giving thanks to the land and to God before eating, but also that she shares this custom with her Muslim brothers and sisters and they call it Bismillah.
The book, then, treads the line between broadening our horizons and reinforcing the lessons I hope our daughter learns at home. This is something I think is very important, especially when the context in which we often hear Islamic holy words in one of the media propagated Islamophobia. In Allah’s Green Garden puts the practices of Islam in a familiar context, which just makes sense considering how many Muslim neighbours we have! If you would like to check out the resources, you can find them here.