Attention Muslim Homeschoolers, parents, and educators, I have some great news to share with you all! About ten years ago my sister and I had an idea. We were homeschooling our children, and at the time, teaching our youngest how to read. The readers we were using were very good, but they lacked two things that we felt were really important: spirituality and diversity. The readers had lessons on good character, but made no mention of Allah or any of our spiritual values and rituals. We also noticed that all the people in the books looked pretty much the same. There was very little diversity when it came to nationality and culture. We started to toss around the idea of publishing books that depicted our core values and a images of people from variety of ethnic backgrounds. Having already taught several of our older children how to read, we pretty much knew the drill. We rolled up our sleeves and got busy working on the Islamic Phonics Readers Series, the very first complete set of readers for Muslim children.
We hit some bumps along the way, but we were determined keep working on our project. We never gave up, and all praise to Allah, we are finally nearing the end of this wonderful journey. Alhumdulilah! It feels really awesome to see the idea we conceived so long ago finally began to take flight. It’s been a long time coming and I am so grateful to my creator for blessing us with this wonderful opportunity to make this contribution to the Muslim Ummah.
We are very passionate about these readers and we know that Muslim families around the world will benefit greatly from them. It is so important that our children use curriculum that depicts our core values and helps them establish a relationship with their Lord. I feel as though we are in a tug-a-war for our children’s souls. Islamic media is a very important weapon in this struggle. It’s wonderful to see creative sisters and brothers producing many great works nowadays, Mashallah. Awesome media for Muslim children is steadily being published and produced. We are ready to add the Islamic Phonics Readers Series to the pool of wonderful resources out there.
So far 1 of the readers are ready to be published and we are in the process of completing the others. The stories are written and our talented children, Alhumdulilah, are helping us finish the illustrations for the remaining books.
Please help us make this dream become a reality. We are asking that you contribute in one or all of three ways:
1. Monetarily. Any and all donations are welcomed and greatly appreciated.
2. Share, Share, Share! Tweet it, facebook it, instagram it, blog about it, pin it, all that good stuff! We need this campaign to go viral, Inshallah. Please help us make that happen.
3. Dua. Inshallah if you could just say a little dua, right now, asking Allah to help us reach our goals that will be so helpful. Your duas are much needed.
We won’t be able to bring this into fruition without you. Please join our team and help us make this dream a reality. Thank you so much for your time and continued support. May Allah reward you all.
Jamila Alqarnain- Author of The Muslim Family Guide To Successful Homeschooling