Islamic Studies curriculum and resources for Muslim families.

Islamic Studies for Kids

Whether you’re looking to teach your child about Islamic Studies, or you’re looking for some help, this blog post goes into detail as to what Islamic Studies resources we have used over time.

by Eaman Elhadri

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The first and best way to teach Islamic Studies is to model good character and behavior at home

The most important aspect of Islamic Studies is learning about (and practicing) good behavior. The prophet SAW said

“I was only sent to perfect good character.”

Narrated by Ahmad (8729); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami‘ (2349)

First and foremost, we as parents must take a look at ourselves prior to parenthood and for the rest of our lives. We have the responsibility to model Islamic behavior at home.

We should try to do our best for the sake of our own destiny, first; and then of course take care as to what our children observe.

We are the leaders of the household, leading by example.

Enroll your child in Islamic Studies courses

Enroll your child in Islamic studies classes online.
Online Islamic courses during the pandemic

In general, with the exception of very young children, it’s best to search for Islamic Studies classes outside of the home (when the pandemic ends) or online. It’s important to find a qualified teacher, if possible.

Once the pandemic is over, children eight years and up are capable of attending and understanding lectures given by Shuyukh and imams outside of the home.

This approach works best because our children need to hear about Islamic studies from others besides us. They’re usually more willing to listen to someone else besides their parents. (Ask me how I know.) 🙂

Think about what goes on in your child’s mind when they hear someone else teach them about good character and then a light bulb goes off. They’ll begin to connect the dots and think, “I just heard my mom say that the other day.”

The teachers will begin to confirm everything that you as a parent have been saying all along. This is an immense blessing!

Islamic Studies books

Every Muslim household needs Islamic Studies books for their kids, whether they homeschool or not.

We’ve used various literature to study Islamic Studies over the years.

I don’t read them all at once. I usually place them in our Morning Basket on rotation.

Although young children are easily distracted, children 8 and up are more than capable of listening to more than one page of Islamic Studies books in one sitting. You will need to adjust the timing for each individual child.

Sometimes we’ll conduct go-along activities after the read-aloud, however I usually limit this time for reading.

Darussalam Islamic Studies Book Set by Mulvi Abdul-Aziz

Darussalam Islamic Studies bookset used in our Muslim homeschool.

This book set is an Islamic Studies series covering grade one through grade twelve. This series covers all areas of Islamic studies: tafseer, hadeeth, tawheed, fiqh, seerah, and general etiquette.

We’ve been using the Darussalam book series since my eldest was around the age of 7, I believe. The concepts are straight forward and the illustrations are colorful.

You can purchase Darussalam books here or click on the image below.

Teachings of the Quran by IQRA

Teachings of the Qur'an book used in our Muslim homeschool.

Teachings of the Quran presents the content in a clear, concise fashion and is geared for elementary aged children. It doesn’t contain illustrations and it’s scripted for ease of use.

We usually use this book for notebooking.

You can purchase Iqra’s Teaching of the Quran here or down below.

1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts From Muslim Civilization by National Geographic Kids

1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts from Muslim Civilizaton used in our Muslim Homeschool.

This book contains information on Muslim civilization’s advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives.  This huge book is filled with awesome illustrations.

Children are capable of flipping through this on their own.

You can purchase 1001 Inventions and Awesome Facts here or by clicking on the image below.

IQRA’S Geography of the Muslim World by Mushtaqur Rahman and Gljan Rahman

Geography of the Muslim World is used in our Muslim homeschool.

This book provides a wealth of information on the Muslim countries of the world, describing the diversity of cultures, environment, history and language. Akin to a Muslim encyclopedia of geography, this book is jam packed with interesting information.

You can purchase Geography of the Muslim World here or by clicking on the image below.

The Book of Ibns by Luqman Nagy

The Book of Ibns is a great book for Muslim homeschoolers.

This book is an introduction to the amazing lives of twelve ‘amazing sons’. After-all, our children should know the stories of the lives of great people not the names of the top sports players, singers, and actors.

You can purchase The Book of Ibns here, or by clicking on the image below.

Darrusalaam’s Concise Children’s Encyclopedia of Islam by Al-Arabee Ben Razzouq

A Concise Children's Encyclopedia of Islam is a great resource for  homeschooled Muslims.
This well loved Encyclopedia has seen better days 🙂

As the name implies, A Concise Children’s Encyclopedia of Islam is a reference tool for older children. They can look up a number of basic Islamic teachings and concepts.

It’s aimed for 10+ years, however I find that children as young as 7 can grasp the concepts in this book.

You can purchase it here.

Animals in the Quran by The Way of Islam

If you have a Muslim wild-child, they are going to love this book, Animals in the Quran.

If your child is an animal lover or a wild child like mine, they’ll enjoy learning facts about how animals have been mentioned in the Quran.

Purchase Animals in the Quran here or by clicking on the image below.

Thirty Hadith for Children by Dakwah Corner Publications

Thirty Hadith for Children is a great option for Islamic Studies with Muslim kids at home.

Thirty Hadith for Children, contains the 30 Hadith, short biographies of the narrators, and the lessons or benefits derived from the Hadiths.

Golden Seerah by Abdul Malik Mujahid

The Golden Seerah is a great book for Muslim homeschoolers, for Islamic Studies.

This book is simplified so that older children can understand the Seerah. We read through it slowly, reading about a page at a time in one sitting, as it’s very descriptive and can be overwhelming for children under age 10.

You can purchase Golden Seerah, by Abdul Malik Mujahid here or by clicking on the image below.

Islamic Children’s Literature

Literature is at the heart of our homeschool. Islamic literature is of utmost importance when teaching Islamic values and character.

Read below about a few of our Islamic children’s literature choices for 2019-2020.

Jannah Jewels by Umm Nura

Jannah Jewels book series is fun for children in a Muslim homeschool.

Jannah Jewels by Umm Nura is a fictional adventure chapter book series. The chapters are short and the set includes twelve books. From the website’s description:

When the Jannah Jewels discover a mysterious time-travel tree filled with a map, mysterious objects, and a secret scroll in a Golden Clock, they never dream that it will take them on exciting adventures around the world and throughout history!

We’ve now completed the series, Alhemdulilah. My children continuously begged for the next one so they enjoyed it very much, alhemdulilah.

Purchase Jannah Jewels books here, or click on the image below.

GoodwordKidz Quran Stories for Little hearts by Saniyasnain Khan

Quran Stories for Little Hearts is a good choice for Muslim homeschool families everywhere.

This book series teaches Quranic lessons to young children. The stories focus on stories about the prophets (Peace be upon them all) .

It was gifted to us, alhemdulilah, but I’m not sure I would recommend the books because some of the concepts seem to be incorrect or misconstrued. It’s uncommon, but if you happen to notice it, explain to your child that the author made a mistake.

Buy the Quran Stories Book set 1 here. Or click on the image below.

Noor Kids

Noor kids Subscription Book set are fun for Muslim homeschooling children.

Noor Kids is an Akhlaq Building Program. On a monthly basis, you will receive one book containing two stories.

Noor Kids is written in comic style format. I’m not a big fan of comics, however my children enjoy reading Noor Kids, so I let it go. 🙂

You can get the subscription to Noor Kids on their website, along with a sample to try it out.

Migo & Ali – Love for the Prophets by Zanib Mian

Migo and Ali is a great book for Muslim homeschoolers.
Ali asks Migo questions about every story they read together.

Migo & Ali – Love for the Prophets by Zanib Mian is a hardback book containing vibrantly illustrated stories of the prophets, from Prophet Adam (A.S) to Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The stories are told in engaging, child-friendly language, on beautifully illustrated pages.

Purchase Migo & Ali here. Or click on the image below.

Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah by Omar Khawaja

Ilyas and Duck Search for Allah by Omar Khawaja is a well written book with beautiful illustrations. Ilyas, the boy, searches for Allah (AWJ). By the end of the story, his childish curiosity is fulfilled with profound realization.

Ilyas and Duck is a great book for Muslim homeschoolers.

You can purchase Ilyas and Duck here. Or click on the image below.

The Twins in Egypt by Sajda Nazlee

The Twins in Egypt  is a great book for Muslim families to read at home.

Read about the adventures of two curious twins in Egypt.

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane

Deep in the Sahara is a great book for Muslim Families.

This story is about a sweet little girl who wants to wear a hijab like her mama and female family members.

Click on the image below to purchase the book!

The Fall of the Giant, by Noura Durkee

The Fall of the Giant is a great book for Muslim families.

Daud is a young shepherd who spends much of his time watching over his sheep. Sometimes he has to use his staff to rescue one of his herd from a dangerous situation, and sometimes he has to use his sling to chase predators away, but every day, at sunrise and sunset, Daud does one thing: he sings praises to Allah. ..

Google books

You can purchase the book by clicking on the image below!

Islamic Curriculum and Guides

The Happy Hajj Guide

The Happy Hajj Guide is an Islamic literature and project based four week guide for early childhood.

The Happy Hajj Guide™  is an Islamic literature and project based four week guide for early childhood {3-7 years}.  The Happy Hajj Guide™  is designed to prepare young Muslim children for understanding Hajj and Dhul Hijjah, as well as gaining academic success through strengthening processing skills.

This special guide was also created to promote happy memory making among all Muslim families, not just homeschooling families.

Purchase The Happy Hajj Guide here!

Muslim Morning Time Menus

Muslim Morning Time Menus is an Islamic morning basket resource that spans all age ranges and grade levels.

Muslim Morning Time Menus is an Islamic morning basket resource that spans all age ranges and grade levels. These beautifully curated digital menus were designed to bring ease to your morning time and relieve you of decision fatigue. Open and Go.

Muslim Morning Time Menus was curated for your Muslim homeschooling family to enjoy the richness of Quran, Ath-kar, Hadith, Nasheed, poetry, art, songs, and more. These special morning menus also include a children’s book list, positive affirmations for both mother and child, a weekly morning plan template, cover/name pages, chore charts/checklists, and a bonus Hijri Calendar by Chickie & Roo!

Purchase Muslim Morning Time Menus here!

Arabic Resources for Kids

Although we use various Arabic books, I’m currently looking into Arabic classes for my children. Books aren’t enough if you want your child to become fluent in the Arabic language.

Arabic Colouring Book 4

Arabic colouring books are great for any Muslim household.

I don’t recall where I got this book from. If you’re familiar with it, please comment down below! Thank you!

Sandpaper Arabic Alphabet Wooden Cards

Sandpaper Arabic alphabet cards are awesome for Muslim families to help their children learn Arabic at home!
Sandpaper Arabic Alphabet Cards

I’ve purchased the wooden Arabic letter cards from Polliwog77 Etsy shop. This was a custom order, therefore you might not find it under Michele’s listing. Contact her directly to place the order.

Arabic Alphabet Blocks

Arabic alphabet blocks are wonderful for Muslim homeschoolers and Muslim children.
Missing parts – a common phenomenon around here 🙂

The Arabic Alphabet Blocks by EduFun are a great way for children to explore the Arabic alphabet by recognizing the different formation of letters according to their position in a word, followed by creating words by placing the letters in correct order on the rod.

It consists of forty blocks and a horizontal rod contained in a wooden box. There is an illustrated base matching the blocks, however I (obviously 🙂 ) don’t force my children to place them back exactly where they belong in the box.

I don’t recall where we purchased it, but I think it was from a local Islamic Store.

Treasures From Jennifer – Arabic Alphabet Board

Treasures from Jennifer has beautifully crafted products for any Muslim homeschool and family.

All of Jennifer’s products are beautifully handcrafted. Get the wooden Arabic Alphabet Board here.

Arabic Alphabet Mazes by HomePlaySchool

This Arabic Alphabet maze is great for all Muslim children.

We’ve had this printable since forever and it has been helpful and fun for my children, alhemdulilah! Get it here!

Arabic to English Bilingual Dictionary by DK

This is a good dictionary to keep on hand so that your child can look up various Arabic words independently.

Muslim homeschool families can use a Arabic dictionary to learn Arabic in their homeschool.

Purchase Arabic to English Bilingual Dictionary here, or by clicking below.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Arabic

The Very Hungry Caterpillar has an Arabic book version that all Muslim kids will enjoy reading.

A popular book, now in Arabic. Click on the image below to purchase it!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. – Arabic

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See has an Arabic Version that every Muslim child will love to read!

A popular book, now in Arabic. Click on the image below to purchase it!

Quran for Children

Homeschooling allows Muslim families to practice their Quranic studies.

The sciences of the Quran are vast. Search for a qualified teacher in all areas of Quran, including, but not limited to: Tafsir, Tajweed, memorization, etc.

Children will often need to practice everything with you as well.

The Most Important Aspect of Quran – Understanding and Application

The most important aspect of learning Quran, is the meaning and tafseer.

It is possible for a child to memorize the entire Quran, with correct tajweed and not understand a word of it. Allahumahfuthna. Allahuma Ameen.

A child can recite beautifully and memorize the Quran, but if they can’t understand it, how will they practice it?

Reserve time to discuss the tafseer of the ayaat that your child is trying to memorize. This will, in-hand, help your child memorize the Quran because they will relate what happens next, to what ayaat needs to come next. InshAllah.

If your child doesn’t have his own copy of a Quran (Mus-haf), I highly suggest purchasing one for him. He’ll grow with it for years to come. InshAllah.

We’re now living at a time where you can purchase a Quran from Amazon, alhemdulilah! Quran(Mus-haf)Interpretation of the Quran.

The Noble Quran

It’s important to select a Quran that is correct in it’s interpretation, and not manipulated. Click on the image below for a link to purchase The Noble Quran.

Quran (Mus-haf)

Click on the image below to purchase a Mus-haf.

Islamic Studies Hands-on Materials for Kids

Learning Roots

Learning Roots sells beneficial Islamic Studies books and products for Muslim households. You can purchase Learning Roots products here.

I’ve laminated all of our cards that we’ve purchased. 

Click here to see the laminator and laminating pouches that we use.

The Box of Manners

The Box of Manners card set by Learning Roots helps children develop Islamic etiquette through three fun and engaging games: Memory, Application, Reference.

Every Muslim family should learn Islamic manners.  These cards are great for that!

Purchase The Box of Manners here. Or click on the image below.

What to Say When

The What to Say When card set by Learning Roots helps children learn dua in a fun and meaningful way.

This is a fun way for Muslim children to learn dua.

Purchase the What to Say When card set here, or click on the image below.

What’s Next

The What’s Next card set by Learning Roots is a sequencing game divided into four themes: prayer times, prayer actions, prayer words, and ablution.

These cards are great for teaching Muslim kids about prayer and salaat at home.

Purchase the What’s Next card set here, or click on the image below.

Watch lectures and listen to Quran together

Click here to see one of the best YouTube Channels for Islamic lectures.

When listening to Quran, you want to make sure that your children hear the correct tajweed from classic reciters and from those who excel in tajweed.

Here are three that are highly recommended by Tajweed teachers:

Sheikh Husary

Sheikh Ayman Suwayd

Sheikh Abdullah Basfar

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you please recommend Islamic Studies workbooks?

I don’t like using workbooks, so I can’t recommend any at this time.

* Take care as to what Islamic Resources you use, and make sure to use books that have evidence from authentic sources.

Can you please recommend Islamic Studies Online Programs?

No, I can’t recommend any as you’ll have to do your research as to what suits your family. For young children, checkout One 4 Kids TV and Ali and Sumaya School.

Can you please recommend Online Quran memorization programs?

I can only recommend what we’ve used in the past, which is Studio Arabiya.

The last thing you need to know about Islamic studies for kids

We must focus on our character first and our children will take heed. InshAllah.

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