Noor Kids Go to Hajj: a Muslim Children’s book about Hajj
Why do Muslims go to Hajj? In reviewing over 1,000 pages of online resources and Islamic children’s books, we discovered a problem: while there is no shortage of resources that detail “what” is Hajj and “how” to perform the rituals within Hajj, we couldn’t find a single resource that describes why Muslims perform pilgrimage. Noor Kids decided it was time to create a new Hajj book for Muslim kids.
Noor Kids Go To Hajj! introduces Hajj to children by focusing on the rationale associated with two components of Hajj, Tawaaf and Sa’iee. While this title was originally published in 2012, we’ve made modifications to improve the story and lessons, republishing the book in 2016.
Story #1: In Allah’s Orbit
Tawaaf, the act of circumambulating the Kaaba seven times, is a celebrated depiction of Hajj. But, beyond the worship itself, what lessons can we extract from it? Given that the Kaaba is the focal point of all of our prayers, circling the Kaaba symbolically represents that God is the center of our lives. Said differently, our lives should revolve around Allah (SWT). In the first story, In Allah’s Orbit, Asad draws a parallel between the planets rotating around the sun and pilgrims performing Tawaaf around the Kaaba to illustrate this lesson.
Story #2: Lost and Found
Sa’ee, the act of running between the hills of Safa and Marwah, is another act of worship associated with Hajj. The act mimics the story of Lady Hagar in which she was left alone on the desert plains of Mecca with her infant son. In desperate need of water, Lady Hagar ran between Safa and Marwah in search of sustenance. Lady Hagar put her trust in God and exhausted every option available. The ritual act of Sa’ee offers a lesson on tawwakul, complete trust and faith in God. In our second story, Lost and Found, Amira find herself alone in a corn maze. She turns to Allah (SWT) for help and also tries to exhause every option available to her. Finally, she is rescued.
Even though most children will not be making the journey to Mecca, the powerful lessons from Hajj can be brought home through discussion with your children. We hope that this title encourages you and your children to center your lives on Allah (SWT) and place complete trust and faith in Him.
About Noor Kids
Noor Kids is a Harvard-supported educational program designed to build confidence in the religious identity of little Muslims. Each month, families receive a new title designed by our team of creative, educational, and scholarly experts. Our titles have now entered into over 25,000 homes across 25 countries!