n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Empowering Muslim children through Qur'an stories : the case of 'The Camel and the Evil People' (2010) and Stories of the Sahabah for Youth (2011)
|Article Title||Empowering Muslim children through Qur'an stories : the case of 'The Camel and the Evil People' (2010) and Stories of the Sahabah for Youth (2011)|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||Commonwealth Youth and Development|
|Affiliations||1 University of KwaZulu-Natal|
|Publication Date||Jan 2014|
|Pages||69 - 76|
|Keyword(s)||Allah, Children stories and Muslim|
The aim of this article is to explore how literary stories are used to teach Muslim children to respect the commands of Allah and the values that undergird Islamic religion. Using biblical allusions drawn from the Koran/Qur'an, stories for young readers such as The Camel and the Evil People (2010) and Stories of the Sahabah for Youth (2011) entertain as well as teach young Muslim readers to appreciate the divine messages of Allah. The lessons that children get from Qur'an stories help them to build character and stick to Muslim principles. They shape personality, test moral uprightness and provide children with a guide to follow the will of Allah. A critical analysis of the stories in the above-mentioned literary texts reveals the multiple layers of themes and perspectives that the texts explore to demonstrate the greatness of Allah and the submissiveness that he expects from his subjects. Through reading Qur'an stories, it is hoped that Muslim children would be empowered to defend Islamic principles, and to distinguish what is right from what is wrong.
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