I wanted to personally give you all the good news that the illustrated book on Surah Kahf (with 146 pages containing over 220 images, built using Lego bricks and other toys, with the full exegesis (tafseer) of the Surah Kahf) is now out for sale. It’s available primarily on Amazon.com (US, Canada and Asia), just in time for Eid. Here are the links to order the book:
Amazon (for readers in USA, Canada, Asia, Africa)
Amazon (for customers in Germany)
Currently there is a sale on the book (regular price US$24.99, but discounted on Amazon.com) available for early orders. I have ordered previously on Amazon.com, and have been a highly satisfied customer with their prompt shipping and customer service, and can thoroughly recommend them.
Just a bit of note about the price – it’s expensive to print a book of images (as opposed to text), so I have priced it almost at cost. Any proceeds from the book is going towards purchasing a new camera macro lens and light box (for better pictures in the future) and more dawaah work with the next Quran book (on Juz 30), insha Allah, amongst other things.
For those who live in the Greater Toronto Area, I have another offer on the book. They can place their order through me and it will cost them only $25 (no taxes, no shipping). To do that, please email me with your contact info so I can get in touch with you. I will be placing my bulk order for all GTA customers on Oct 13, 2013, insha Allah.
Here are some images from the book:
The last ‘real’ post on this blog depicting verses from the Holy Quran was on August 31, 2012, i.e. more than a year ago. I often get comments and feedback asking to resume posting, or querying about when I plan to restart my work, or why I have stopped. I thought I would make a statement to clarify.
I have not stopped my work, nor have I grown tired of it. Insha Allah (God Willing), my goal is to have the whole of the Holy Quran depicted and illustrated, along with the tafseer (exegesis) and explanation, freely available on this blog for all. However, for that to happen, I need a lot of time, money and resources. Let me share you the work that used to go towards just making one verse.
Step 1. I would have to read and translate the verse, AND read up to three tafseers about the verse to understand exactly the context and explanation of the verse, along with the translation.
Step 2. Plan the scene out. Often I am not just depicting one verse, but a whole section of verses, so the planning is broader.
Step 3. Build and construct the sets.
As you can see, these require a lot of my time and resources. Often I have to take a whole day out just for a couple of posts. At some point, I also wanted to produce images of a higher quality. If you see works of other religions and their depictions, they have a very high standard. I wanted Islamic educational materials to be of equally high standards, if not better. For all of that to happen, I need time, resources, and money. Specifically, I needed cash for
- a new Macro camera lens
- a lightbox for better lighting, so I spend less time on post-processing
- more Lego
So, sometime last year, I had to make a decision. I did not want to have a “Donate” button on my blog and have to ask fans and readers to donate ‘fe sabilillah’. I wanted to give them a high quality product, so that they would feel happy with their purchase, and I could use the proceeds towards this ongoing dawah work. And thus I decided to concentrate my time and effort on producing a book, and I chose Surah Kahf as the Surah I will depict. I hope I can manage to sell a sufficient number of copies of my book, so I can raise enough funds to continue this work, and make other books in the future, insha Allah. At this point, the book is finished and I have ordered proofs from the publisher. As soon as I receive the proof copies, if I am happy with how everything looks in the print version, I will approve the book for sale. The publisher then does their own checks, and if insha Allah all is good, then the book will be available for purchase from the publisher as well as from me. Insha Allah the target date for the book launch is October 10, 2013.
After the sales of the book have reached a sufficient level, I will continue the work on this blog, insha Allah, completing Surah Qasas before moving on to other surahs.
I hope this clarifies the issue.
Presenting the cover page of the book on Surah Kahf, containing all new pictures and content, available soon online iA (by the end of this month).
Please contact me for more information regarding the book, along with applicable discounts etc. available for early orders.
At Muslimfest 2012, to be held next week (Sep 1-2) at Celebration Square, Mississauga, Ontario, I will be participating in a story telling exhibit with work from this blog. Using Lego pieces to build scenes of stories from the Quran, I will be displaying and relating stories for children and adults alike to enjoy.
If you are in town, do visit and say hi (or salaams!).
For those of you wondering about new posts to this blog, and for all my loyal readers and fans of this blog, I owe a status update after a month of inactivity.
This blog is on a hiatus, but not because I have run out of enthusiasm (God forbid!) for the project, nor because I have run out of Lego. The good thing about being an adult (and fan of Lego), as opposed to a kid who loves Lego, is having a job, you can fund your own Lego hobby rather than depending on a meager pocket money!
What happened was, two months ago Allah gave my wife and I a great gift. He blessed us with a son. And then, just like Surah Asr said, time has been the winner. It has just flowed fast, and I have lost track of it. It’s amazing just how much work, and time, a baby takes from you (not that I am complaining, alhamdulillah).
Of course, besides that, we moved out of my parents’ place to our own (right close to them, Everybody Loves Raymond style).
And then I started a new job.
So, in short, I have been really, really, really busy.
However, here is what I have planned for the blog in the near future, inshAllah.
- Lots and lots of new depictions
- completion of the big surahs now partially depicted, such as Surah Rahman and Surah Rum.
- an invitation to participate in Muslimfest 2012.
Obviously, I am highly excited by this opportunity, and I welcome all support in whatever capacity from you all in this regard. It would be a dream to bring the work of this blog to Muslimfest.
So, to summarize, it has been a busy, busy, busy time for me. However, the hiatus will not be for long, inshAllah. Please keep my family and I in your prayers.
Note: Verses 1 – 9 of Surah 60 were revealed in 8 AH (630 AD); however verses 10 – 13 had been revealed two years earlier, 6 AH (628 AD), just after the Muslims had signed a peace treaty with the Meccans – at Hudaibiyah.
By the Grace of God, this blog has been nominated for a Brass Crescent Award under the “Best New Blog” category.
This is quite the thrill, and if you agree with the nomination, then please go out and vote for me!
How to Vote (for me):
1. Go to Brass Crescent Award website.
2. Choose “Teaching The Kids Holy Quran (Mezba Mahtab)” under “Best New Blog“.
3. Choose the other blogs in their respective categories.
4. Scroll down and click to submit your vote. You will have to enter an email address and check “I certify that I am only voting once for the Brass Crescent Award”.
5. Click on the confirmation link that will be sent to your email. That’s it!
For those visiting this blog for the first time:
This blog represents verses of the Holy Quran using toys (mostly LEGO figures), aimed at teaching the Scripture to kids. For a full list of available chapters, click here.
Here in Toronto, the Hilal Committee declared there were no verified reports of crescent sightings – so we will be celebrating Eid in Toronto on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, God willing. Across North America, Eid will be celebrated either on Tuesday (Aug 30) or Wednesday (Aug 31).