Friday, December 10, 2010

Storytime: الكلمات ليست للإهانة (Words are not for Hurting)

السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

Today we read, الكلمات ليست للإهانة

This book is a very nice edition to a teacher's and/or parent's personal library.

Children love to speak and speak and speak masha'Allaah. They play with language because in this way, they learn it - its nuances, syntax and its grammatical structure. But as children learn to speak, many also learn to say hurtful words to others. This book teaches children that they can make good choices when speaking and they can think about what they are going to say before they say it. It reinforces the hadith of the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam), "Speak good or keep silent".  Words Are Not for Hurting (Ages 4-7) (Best Behavior Series) is a nice support story that can be used along side The Box of Manners published by Learning Roots.

I chose to mention this book here because it is available in both Arabic and in English alhamdulillaah. You may be able to find this book at your local library and if you do, consider checking it out insha'Allaah (you can purchase the book in Arabic here insha'Allaah). In the classroom, it can be a book that you choose to read during circle time or during the morning meeting. At home, you may choose to read it when sibling disagreements escalate and you notice that a good choice of words ceases to be made.

'Words Are Not for Hurting' also teaches children alternate ways to express themselves that do not result in hurt feelings insha'Allaah. In edition, children are taught positive ways to respond to others who choose to say hurtful words to them.

This is a book worth considering adding to your classroom or home library insha'Allaah.


  1. Assalaamu Alaikum Umm Nu'man,
    I came across your other blog while searching for something Montessori related. And Alhamdulilah I am very glad I've found both this blog and the Muslim Child is Born blog. I'm expecting my first child shortly and I intend to educate my children at home. Your book reviews and all the ideas over at the other blog are such a wonderful resource. I'm going to be sharing "THe Well Read Muslim" with my brothers and sisters because we are all always looking for good reads for Muslim children. Actually my older nieces and nephews are age 9, 8 and 7 so we might take your idea and begin a book reviews and recommendations blog so we can all make more informed decisions for our children. If you know of any others already doing something like this for older children, please share.
    May Allah reward you for all that you are doing.

  2. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakatuh

    Dear sis Saba,

    Subhana'Allaah, I just saw your comment now. Mubaraak on your upcoming addition to your family! May Allaah make grant you a child who is salih and tayyib...ameen.

    May Allaah reward you generously for working before your child is born to ensure the proper Islamic education...barak Allaahu feki!

    As for others doing this type of blog, at this time I am only aware of sis Saara from Ummah Reads (the link to her blog is on the sidebar). She, however, may be aware of others...waallaahu a'lam.

    If your nieces and nephews begin doing book reviews I would be delighted to read their blogs insha'Allaah. Please keep me posted *smile*.

    Jazakillaahu khayr dear sis Saba and Mubaarak once again!