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Ilyas And Duck Search For Allah (Ilyas And Duck) Hardcover – November 10, 2012
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I know there were some concerns about how the book actually deals with the location of Allah. I was actually concerned about this too, and wished the book's description would tell us, so we wouldn't have to figure it out after the purchase. The answer from the book is that we believe in Allah's existence because of all the beauties of creation that we see all around us. That's how we know Allah is there. However, the refrain "Allah is all around us. He created . . . . (the mountains, birds, fish, etc.)" is repeated throughout the book. Anyone having a problem with that explanation would be advised not to purchase the book.
Today I received the book, and had my two his ages 4 & 6 bring the box in. We were all excited to sit together and read it. I started reading it aloud, and a few pages in, I already realized it was misguiding them. By the time Ilyas and Duck reached space, my 4 year old said "they're getting close!" Remembering my teaching that Allah is on the seventh heaven on a great throne. I gently remind him that we cannot reach or get close to the heavens, and read on.
The book gives absolutely no implication of the heavens... No mention at all. The lesson learned and explicit conclusion is that "Allah is all around us." This is inaccurate teaching. We can say that Allah can see us everywhere, we can definitely say that Allah created all of hear marvelous creations which help us to remember the Almighty- but to say that Allah is everywhere just is not a correct statement. If anything, it is leaving the kids with more questions and confusion.
This book would be better off with a title of "Who is Allah" or "Allah's Miracles".
Unfortunately I'm packing this book back up for return and will be explaining to my boys why it is not in their bedroom library. The many positive reviews were misleading to me. I hope I can find a better more accurate book with the same title out there.
Inshallah this reaches many of you. Wassalam.
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Great read for my son, he enjoys it and the duck makes it cute.Published 8 days ago by Shakira S. Graham
A great children's book! It is hard to find a good children's book for our young Muslims!Published 1 month ago by OS
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Amazing quality, illustrations my kids loved the story and it made them more understanding of who, where Allah is.Published 5 months ago by Marwa
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