1. Now You are a Mother
I’ll confess I picked this book up seeing its cover. The pretty pink tempted me. I realised only after reaching home that it is more of a pregnancy/motherhood handbook when we were already 1 year into the motherhood stage by then. It does cover issues until 4 years of age of the child
In this book, you will find an overview of the mother’s role in the first four years of a child’s life and increases awareness of important issues to which parents must pay attention. The author highlights some traditional child-rearing practices that are in fact detrimental to the child’s well-being and suggest alternatives. The Islamic dimension is also added including Islamic ruling concerning the newborn and a chapter on Prophet and Children. (Detailed review on the blog soon, InshaAllah)
2. Heaven Under Your feet: Pregnancy for Muslim Women
Pregnancy is a good time to turn to Allah. Not only is it a physical process, it is also a spiritual and emotional journey filled with excitement and apprehension. Heaven Under Your Feet accompanies sisters along this beautiful phase in life. Whilst there are lots of advice-packed literature out there for the expectant mother, this book broaches the subject from the perspective of a Muslimah, addressing the thoughts and concerns of someone looking for an Islamic viewpoint on what is a unique and special moment in her life.
A detailed review can be read here.
3. Our Precious Sprouts: Islamic regulations for newborns
This book is the fourth in the series by the author, by Muhammad Mustafa Al Jibaly. This book covers the Islamic regulations relating to a newborn. This includes welcoming the baby, naming it, shaving its hair, circumcising it, and slaughtering the sacrificial ‘Aqiqah. (A few controversial statements). A detailed review.
4. Nurturing Eman in Children
This book addresses an aspect of child rearing that is vitally important but is not so commonly touched upon in the mainstream parenting books that we are familiar with. In this book, the author explains the importance of instilling in our children a strong connection to the Creator and a love for the religion that He has chosen for us and for them. From this book, we can learn, the what, the why and the how of raising a righteous Muslim child inshaAllah. ( Detailed review on the blog soon, inshAllah)
5. Meeting the Challenge of Parenting in the West – An Islamic perspective
As a minority group in North America, Muslims are preoccupied with how to preserve their Islamic identity in their children. With schools playing no role in instilling ethical norms and values in children it becomes the responsibility of the family to undertake that role. The book is an excellent guide on how to take on that role in a holistic Islamic tarbiyyah.
6. Child Education in Islam
This book has a detailed and exhaustive write-up on child education as per the Islamic rulings. It is divided into three parts. The first part deals with marriage, general feelings of love and tenderness towards children and Islamic rulings concerning a new-born. The second part talks about the responsibility and need for education in faith, physical, intellectual, psychological, sexual and social aspects of life. The third part deals with effective ways in educating a child and the basic principles of child education. It ends with a recommended list of reading of books and magazines for children, suitable for each age.
7. Positive parenting in the Muslim home
A new book in the market. Have not got my hand on it yet. More info here.
Do you have any more books to add to the list? Please do comment below.