Published in July 2017, Forgive and Forget is our newest addition to the Noor Kids Muslim children’s book series for 4-to-8-year-old Muslims. We believe that this title on forgiveness is among the highest quality resources for Islamic education in the world. Credit is due to our extraordinary team of creative, educational, and scholarly experts based in North America.
New Muslim Children’s Book: Forgive and Forget
Everyone makes mistakes. This is why Islam teaches the importance of forgiveness, and we are repeatedly reminded that Allah (SWT) is the Most Forgiving and Merciful.
Forgiveness means not carrying a grudge, seeking revenge, or wishing evil upon the other. Rather it involves accepting the person’s apology and letting go. In fact, one can show mercy by praying for the other’s well-being and guidance. As Allah (SWT) tells our Holy Prophet (SAW), “pardon them therefore and ask pardon for them” (3:159). Forgiveness carries the healing power to resolve conflicts, and teaches us to learn from mistakes.
In this book, we seek to (a) explain why we should forgive others, and (b) help children to learn what steps they should take when they are in need of forgiveness.
Story 1: Forgive and Be Forgiven
In our first story, “Forgive and Be Forgiven,” Amin realizes that when someone wrongs him, he shouldn’t retaliate. It is hard, but important, to be gracious and generous with others, especially when they make an unintended mistake or are remorseful, just as we hope that they will deal gently with us when we make a mistake. Further, how we treat others determines how God will treat us. We are advised to “pardon and excuse their faults,” for don’t we desire God to forgive us too? (24:22).
Story 2: Saying Sorry
Our second story, “Saying Sorry,” teaches that when we make a mistake, we should not lose hope that we will be forgiven by others and by Allah (SWT). We are told, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves, do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins” (39:53). Therefore, we should be quick to admit we were wrong and follow four key steps: (1) sincerely apologize to the person we directly offended, (2) repent to Allah (SWT), (3) try to rectify the mistake, and (4) try to avoid making the same mistake again. When Shireen does something wrong during the Book Reading Challenge at school, she uses this very formula to make amends.
If you become a member between now and August 15th, you’ll be receiving this as your first Noor Kids title.