How well do you know Muhammad? 20+ resources for you and your kids

teach kids about the Prophet Muhammad

Have you ever thought about how important the Messenger (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is to Allah? How much Allah must love him? It’s pretty incredible when you really think about it. Take this ayah for instance:

“We have certainly seen the turning of your face, [O Muhammad], toward the heaven, and We will surely turn you to a qiblah with which you will be pleased.” [2:144]

Allah responded to an expression on Rasullulah’s face! I’ve read this ayah multiple times, but when Nou’man Ali Khan explained it this way, I was in awe. And it spurred me on to examine, really examine, how much I love the Prophet. How often do I talk about him (salalahu ‘alayhi wa salam)? Do I strive to exemplify his character? In Hina Khan Mukhtar’s words, is he a living breathing reality in the lives of my children?

I fell short on so many levels.

And I worried for myself and of course, my kids. Because you see, they need to know him too. Really know him. He (salalahu alayhi wa salam) needs to be real to them. They need to know that our Prophet was and is and forever will be, the ultimate example of how we should conduct ourselves in every facet of life.

So I put together a list of resources that are helping us make seerah a part of day-to-day life and the resources we want to look into in the future inshaAllah. It’s not an all encompassing list, but it’s a start. What a huge blessing to be living in a time where resources are SO accessible to us! I pray that this is only the start of a life-long journey of learning about and following in the footsteps of our Prophet as a family and individually.

Seerah (audio/video) for Adults: Abdul Nasir Jangda seerah

Seerah: Life of the Prophet by Abdul-Nasir Jangda – I’ve been listening to these for a while now and I really enjoy them as they are SO comprehensive. They’re very easy to download and I generally play them when in the car. *Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the page to access the first episode.

Yasir Qadhi seerah

Seerah of Prophet Muhammad by Yasir Qadhi – The entire series is available on Sheikh Yasir Qadhi’s YouTube channel. I’ve heard so many good things about it and inshaAllah hope to get to it at some point. If you’d rather read online, this is a handy website based on the video series.

mufti menk seerah

Life of the Final Messenger by Mufti Menk – This entire series was recorded in Ramadan 2012 so it’s a shorter series with just 23 episodes. My sister has been listening to this and recommends it!

bayyinah seerah

Bayyinah TV – Honouring the Messenger by Nou’man Ali Khan – This series is available on Bayyinah TV (so the link will only work if you’re already subscribed). It’s in 18 parts and also on my list of to-watch inshaAllah!

hesham al awadi children around the messenger

Children around the Messenger by Dr. Hesham Al-Awadi  – I first heard about this audio series in a lecture by Ustadh Nou’man where he highly recommended it. I bought it off of iTunes (but it’s definitely available elsewhere) and listened to it a few years ago. As parents, it’s a must-listen to as it focuses on the way the Prophet (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) interacted with children and it’s just beautiful. It was another of my ‘while travelling’ listens – about 7 hours of listening time in total.

Seerah (audio) for Kids:learn about prophet muhammad for kids

A Year with the Prophet – DC Seminary. This series, narrated by Fahad Tasleem, covers the life of the Prophet over the course of 52 audio episodes (each is about 30 minutes). This has been highly recommended by Muslim Mommaholic as her kids have really benefitted from it. Age range: 5+

teach kids about prophet muhammad

The Life of the Last Prophet – Yusuf Islam. This is a pretty famous audio recording by Yusuf Islam. While it’s definitely for both adults and kids, I thought I’d file it under the ‘kid’ section as I think children would definitely benefit from the slower pace, sound effects etc.

Seerah (Books) for Adults: 
sealed nectar

The Sealed Nectar by Sheikh Saif-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri – This book doesn’t require much of an introduction, it’s solid stuff. The new edition is so beautifully presented with lots of photographs and maps. It’s must-have in any Muslim Household.

when the moon split

When the Moon Split by Sheikh Saif-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri – Another excellent biography of the Prophet (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). I’ve heard that this is a ‘lighter’ version of The Sealed Nectar.

muhammad his life based on

Muhammad – His Life based on the earliest sources – Martin Lings – When I took a seerah class with Sheikh Yahya Ibrahim this was one of the books he recommended. Definitely on my to-read list!

Books that discuss the Prophet for Kids: 

365 days with Prophet

365 Days with the Prophet Muhammad – Nurdan Damla – I’ve been going through this with my 3-year old for the past few days and I’ve been learning a lot!! The book has divided the entire seerah into 365 short stories. It’s a wonderful way to open up more discussion about the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa salam). I paraphrase quite a bit, to a level I know he can understand and Alhamdullilah he’s been looking forward to reading it everyday.

teach kids about the Prophet muhammad

My Prophet Muhammad – Learning Roots – I love all Learning Roots products! I don’t have this yet but I’ve flipped through it and it’s a well written and well illustrated introduction to the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa sallam).

faatimah and ahmed seerah

Faatimah and Ahmed: We’re Little Muslims by Razeena Gutta – My kids enjoy reading this and the illustrations are lovely. I love the enthusiasm the children in the book (i.e. Faatimah and Ahmed) have for learning about the Prophet. Definitely something our kids can learn from inshaAllah!

sandcastles

The Prophet Says Series. The Apple Tree & Circle of Sandcastles by Mariam Al Kalby. Although these books don’t discuss the seerah per se each on is based on a hadith of the Prophet (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and I love the sound of that! They’ve both been highly reviewed by Asmaa Hussein here.

zayd curious little stories

Zayd’s Curious Little Stories by Aneesa Omar – We love the lessons in the Zayd books! While most of the books generally incorporate verses and lessons from the Qur’an, there are a few that also discuss the character of the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa sallam).books for kids to learn about the Prophet

In the Prophet’s Garden: A selection of ahadith for the young – This book basically groups 200 or so ahadith into 29 chapters. It quite simple in that it doesn’t have any additional writing but I think it would be a nice short introduction to hadith for older kids.

Goodword and Darussalam have published a few other books on seerah that I haven’t been able to check out. Here’s the list for anyone interested.

Goodword Books: 

The Prophet Muhammad Storybook 1

The Prophet Muhammad Storybook 2

The Prophet Muhammad Storybook 3

Quran and Seerah Stories (there are several individual seerah stories available)

Darussalam: 

The Story of Muhammad in Makkah

The Story of Muhammad in Madinah

Games/Other resources for Kids:teach kids about prophet muhammad

The Seerah Trail by Learning Roots – This would be a wonderful addition to learning the seerah with your kids. It’s a giant floor puzzle that maps out main events from the life of the Prophet (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). It also comes with  a timeline map which explains the main events in the order they took place.

teach kids Prophet manners

The Box of Manners by Learning Roots As the Prophet (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “I have been sent to perfect good manners” – this handy little resource can help introduce the concept of good manners in Islam. It’s marketed as a game but it could also just be used as to have conversations about Prophetic manners.

Other Resources for Adults: muslimmatters

This resource compiled by Yusra Owais on sending salawaat on the Prophet (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is one of the best I’ve come across. It’s so incredibly important to know why we send blessings on the Prophet and the benefits of it and this resource is a huge help! It’s a free PDF download available on Muslim Matters.

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‘My bully’s name is “Mom”: 10 Prophetic Methods for correcting your Children’s Mistakes by Asmaa Hussein:  This free eBook is available on Ruqaya’s Bookshelf. It’s a much needed resource that discusses how he (salalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) corrected the mistakes of others and how we can follow in his footsteps and implement these methods with our kids bi’ithnillah.


Note: I’ve looked into the authenticity of these resources to the best of my ability. If anyone has any concerns with any of these, please do let me know. Also, any resources of your own to suggest? I’d love to add them to the list!

 

Comments

  1. Mashallah this is great! Jazakallahkhair sister for compiling this very useful list. I’ve found another resource you might be interested in here: http://youtu.be/8KjsZyFr4qo?list=PL0l3xlkh7UntVaXgBFPGkLZ-sGQ_YNQXm
    It’s a video series of short seerah lessons for kids.

  2. Also, for new reverts or non-Muslims I would recommend Tariq Ramadan’s The Messenger. It’s a nice introduction to our beloved Messenger (s.a.w).

  3. salaam, I wonder if you would be interested in linking to my article on SeekersHub http://seekershub.org/blog/2016/02/making-the-prophet-real-for-your-kids/ it talks about a really simple method for making all the prophets and the prophet muhammad saw real for small children.

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