“The key to Paradise is prayer and the key to prayer is ablution.” Tirmidhi
I was recently gifted ” Where’s my prayer mat ” , a lift the flap book , written by Ruhana Begum.
Where’s my prayer mat ?
Age range- 2-5
Author- Ruhana Begum
Illustrator- Lera Moniz
This truly is an adorable and sweet lift-the flap board book. There aren’t that many of these on the market, which is a shame, because I do think that young children are always excited to find out what’s hiding behind the flaps , as they love the element of surprise.
The story is about a little boy called Musa, who “realizes it is time to pray his Zuhr salah (prayer) , but after making wudu (ablution) he could not find his prayer mat. He starts to look for his prayer mat in different places around the house, so that he could pray on time. ” I actually really loved the whole story because this is something that happens in my own house too ( and I am pretty sure in most Muslim households). My son or daughter often ask or scream : ” Muuuuuuum, where’s my prayer mat, where’s my kufi /hijab ….?”
The book is perfect for toddlers and young children, aged 2-6, although I have to say even my 20 months old daughter really enjoyed looking at the pictures and lifting the flaps. The illustrations are beautiful and the book contains faceless images. It is written in a rhyming format and they don’t feel forced at all when you read the book. It flows really very smoothly.
I also loved that it is a board book, so it is very sturdy and overall it is a very well designed book. The flaps are not flimsy at all. There is a glossary page at the end too, which gives the meanings of some of the Islamic words used in the book.
“Where’s my prayer mat?” will certainly make a great addition to your children’s bookshelf as well as for anyone who runs Islamic nurseries or schools. It is a great book for non-Muslims too, as they will be able to learn more about one of the main pillars of Islam.
The book can be bought from Amazon- Where’s my prayer mat?
Disclosure: I was sent a copy of the book by Ruhana Begum for the purposes of review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own. Please note that this post contains affiliated links.