Islamic Village is a series of captivating books full of exciting stories about villages in different parts of the Islamic world. It provides a wonderful way to introduce children to the rich diversity of Islamic culture across the entire globe. At the same time it brings home the point that Islam binds all its adherents with a common cord. As a bonus, this series helps children learn about the geography, climate and peoples of the different countries. It is an excellent collection of tales which takes children on a fun-filled journey into distant and unknown lands. Happy journey, children! My Hausa Village:
'Abd al-Khaliq's beautiful village in Hausaland, Northern Nigeria. The Muslims of “Giginya village” are very hard working, creative people. You will learn many things about their interesting lives. 'Abd al-Khaliq speaks the beautiful Hausa language which has a very rich oral tradition. The language is still full of hundreds of clever proverbs that enliven conversations. One such proverb is the following: Inuwar giginya na nesa ke sha. "Those farther away are most likely to enjoy the shade of a giginya [palm] tree." Do you see the wisdom in this proverb? My Moroccan:
Village 'Abd al-Hay, a Muslim boy from Morocco, will introduce you to his extremely rich and colorful traditional village culture. You will learn many new and interesting things about his life in this very remote, yet historically important, part of North Africa. The serving of mint tea is the cornerstone of Moroccan hospitality. After salat al-fajr each morning, 'Abd alHay goes into the well-watered fields beyond the date groves and cuts enough fresh, strong-smelling mint for the entire day. Sprigs of fresh mint are stuffed into a teapot along with some green tea. Sugar is broken off a cone and finally hot water is added to the pot. Moroccan tea (shay al-maghrebi) is a refreshing treat; would you like some? My Yemeni Village:
'Abd al-Nur, a boy from Yemen, will introduce you to the traditional culture of his beautiful mountain village. You will learn many new and interesting things about his life and the history of his very ancient country. Each evening, 'Abd al-Nur does his homework and reads Qur'an in the mafraj, the top story of his tower-house. From the outside, the beautiful glass window panes offer a very colorful scene. My Egyptian Village:
Tells the story of a beautiful village of Egypt as seen though the eyes of a young Egyptian boy ‘Abd Kareem. He will tell you many wonderful things about his village situated on the banks of the River Nile. Through this book you will really be able to appreciate the importance of history, tradition and culture in the lives Al-Khayriyyah villagers. My Chinese Village:
Tells the story of a beautiful village of a west Chinese province Xinjang as seen through the eyes of a young Uyghur boy ‘Abd al-Hameed. The people living here are called Uyghur. The boy tells you many wonderful things about his village situated in the foothills of the Tien Shan Mountain. Through this book you will really be able to appreciate the importance of history, tradition and culture in the lives of Uyghur villagers. My Palestinian Village:
‘Abd al-Salaam is a young Palestinian boy who introduces you in this book to his beautiful village in the Palestine. Like all of Palestine, his village of Bayt Zaytun is also struggling to survive. The villagers’ patience and deep Islamic faith, however, offer hope that the Palestinian people will once again prosper in freedom.