Lost in the Woods – Power of Salawat by Annila Hall


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I am a mother of two beautiful children. They speak English, like my American husband, and live in the USA. Nowadays Muslims are living all over the world. Our children are living in non-Muslim societies. They do not hear the sweet sound of Azan from the neighborhood mosque, and they are not learning the prayers at school or hearing them on TV. When we want to teach them the prayers or talk about Islam, we find it very difficult or even impossible since we were not trained to teach Islam.

It gets even more complicated since we pray in Arabic, which is a foreign language for many of us. It becomes discouraging, and many quit with later regrets. We do not realize how much the environment teaches the child about God and religion until we find ourselves in a position of losing our children to other faiths. To make the matter even worse, we do not have the tools to teach our religion in a way our children can relate. There are no books that Western Muslim parents can read for their children to fit their culture. Imam Ali (peace be upon him) has taught us not to impose our old ways of life and upbringing to the children since they were born for a different time.

My books are written for kids that live in the Western world in a way they can relate to the story. In each book, pieces of daily salat have been repeated so teaching of the daily prayers becomes easier for children. It is important that they also learn the meaning of the prayers.

In this book, Lost in the Woods, children learn the Salawat. Two kids learn why it is important to repeat the Salawat.

Please note that it is important for parents to read these books together with the child and discuss it in a sweet and fun way. Try to have an enjoyable time when reading Islamic books with your children. You will notice your child wants to read those books over and over because of you simultaneously falling in love with Islam. It brings the child closer to you and brings both of you closer to Allah. Remember it is the duty of the parents to make sure their children are Muslims. Masjids and schools only emphasize what you teach your children at home.

May Allah help me in this journey.