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BOOK REVIEWS

Mindworks Publishing

“About a year ago I came across the coolest looking book, Teaching Kids the Holy Quran – Surah 71: Nuh.”

(Read With Meaning – Jan 22, 2016)
https://sisisahah.wordpress.com/2016/01/22/read-with-meaning/

Raising Sahabas

“… another excellent book to add to your library.”

(Planting trees and book review 2 – April 15, 2014)
http://raisingsahabas.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/planting-trees/

AltMuslimah

“Mahtab’s creative spin on Qur’anic storytelling is bound to spark the imaginations of Muslim children and adults alike, and is very effective in driving home the lessons of this Surah.”

(Teaching Kids the Holy Quran – Surah 18: The Cave – Jan 28, 2014)
http://www.altmuslimah.com/2014/01/teaching_kids_the_holy_quran_surah_18_the_cave/

Confessions of a Muslim MOMma-holic

“The book tells the story of Surah Kahf, which is definitely one of the best stories narrated in the Qur’an. I can’t wait till they come out with more books! Kuddos for making the Quran more ‘user friendly’ for kids!”

(New Book That Teaches the Qur’an Through Legos! – Nov 15, 2013)
http://confessionsofamuslimmommaholic.com/2013/11/15/new-book-that-teaches-the-quran-through-legos/

WEBSITE REVIEWS

Following are some posts that mention and talk (in MANY Languages!) about this website. If you post a review/link about this blog, please email me and I can add a link to your blog/website here.

Aasiya’s Homeschool

“… found this awesome website mashallah! It has lots of Quran stories illustrated …”

(Quran Stories with Lego – May 6, 2015)
http://aasiyashomeschool.blogspot.ca/2015/05/quran-stories-with-lego.html

Akram’s Razor

“It’s a great explanatory device and one that’s particularly well suited to the Quran.”

(Teaching Kids the Holy Quran…with Legos! – Feb 22, 2012)
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/akramsrazor/2012/02/teaching-kids-the-holy-quran-with-legos/

Akwa wzaklarin dili
(Anne- Çocuk- Genç – Jan 8, 2012)
http://www.akwa.us/kueltuerel/web-siteleri/254-anne-cocuk-genc.html

Albawaba

“Take a look at this smart innovative idea for child-instruction in Islam.”

(Koran Teachings for Kids in Lego – Aug 16, 2011)
http://www.albawaba.com/blog_roundup/koran-teachings-kids-lego-388628

A Muslim Wifeblog no longer public
(Eid Decorations – Aug 20, 2011)
http://amuslimwife.blogspot.com/2011/08/eid-decorations.html

AMuslima

“By using Legos he has made learning Quran into easy, loved and popular games for kids.”

(Using Legos to teach the Holy Qur’an ~ Learning for all ages – Dec 12, 2011)
http://amuslima.com/education/using-legos-to-teach-the-holy-quran-learning-for-all-ages/

back to Allah
(Three Questions – June 2011)
http://hakimswan.blogspot.com/2011/06/three-questions.html

Confessions from a Convert
(Teaching children the Qur’an – Jan 16, 2011)
http://confessionsfromaconvert.blogspot.com/2011/01/teaching-children-quran.html

Comprehending Life
(Qur’aan Lego People & Free Online Early Reader Arabic Books Online – Jul 11, 2011)
http://alsetti.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/quraan-lego-people-free-online-early-reader-arabic-books-online/

Dreamlife

“… an awesome website that aims to teach kids (and adults :)) the Quran through the creative use of Lego.”

(The Quran in Lego – Dec 9, 2010)
http://dreamlife.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/the-quran-in-lego/

Enfoldment – Muslims Creating Thingssite no longer available
(Learning the Quran in Lego – Dec 11, 2010)
http://enfoldment.squarespace.com/main/2010/12/11/learning-the-quran-in-lego.html

Godbricks
(The Fig – July 6, 2012)
http://godbricks.blogspot.ca/2012/07/fig.html

“There aren’t very many Islamic-themed LEGO sites out there. One of the most extensive is Mezba’s Teaching Kids the Holy Quran, which illustrates passages from the Quran using LEGO.”

(Interview with Mezba Mahtab – May 9, 2011)
http://godbricks.blogspot.com/2011/05/interview-with-mezba-mahtab.html
(A Different Christmas – Jan 7, 2011)
http://godbricks.blogspot.com/2011/01/different-christmas.html
(Eid Mubarak – Nov 30, 2011)
http://godbricks.blogspot.com/2010/11/eid-mubarak_30.html
(Read With Meaning – Nov 2, 2010)
http://godbricks.blogspot.com/2010/11/read-with-meaning.html

Grow Mamasite no longer available
(Growmama Picks for April ’11 – Apr 28, 2011)
http://growmama.com/motherhood/growmama-picks-for-april-11/

Habibi Halaqas

“One website to consider using for reading the translation of the Quran in a way that is appealing to kids is the blog – “Teaching Kids the Holy Quran”. The brother who runs this website uploads visuals for each verse which makes it fascinating and intriguing at the same time.”

(Holiday Time – Six Types of Halal Fun You Can Have With Your Family – Jan 1, 2013)
http://www.habibihalaqas.org/2013/01/holiday-time-six-types-of-halal-fun-you.html

heningbanget
(belajar Qur’an dari komik – Mar 4, 2012)
http://henings.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/belajar-quran-dari-komik/

Hiba Enriching Lives
(Worthy Clicks for Parents – Dec 2012)link no longer functional
http://hibamagazine.com/site2012/worthy-clicks-for-parents/

His Peace Upon Us

“Here is a link to Surat Maryam, which tells of the birth of the Messiah. Many Christians don’t realize that Muslims also believe that Jesus Christ was born of a virgin. This is a good example of commonality between us. The second part of his Lego rendition of this Surah (chapter) of the Quran is a good example of one of our differences.”

(The Quran in Legos – Feb 20, 2011)
http://hispeaceuponus.com/2011/02/20/the-quran-in-legos/

Inner Reflections Transcribed

“… a fantastic idea and provides a very visual interpretation to a written text.”

(Reading Quran with Meaning – Nov 13, 2010)
http://innerreflectionstranscribed.wordpress.com/2010/11/13/reading-quran-with-meaning/

Iqra.ca

“This year the International Art Exhibit showcased new and upcoming artists within the Muslim community. Two noteworthy displays included Stories from the Quran by Mezba Mahtab, who uses Lego pieces to build model displays showcasing scenes from the Quran.”

(25,000 People Attended Muslimfest – September 2012)
http://iqra.ca/2012/25000-people-attended-muslimfest/

islamicate
(Teaching Kids the Holy Quran…with Legos! – Feb 26, 2012)
http://www.islamicate.com/2012/02/teaching-kids-the-holy-quranwith-legos.html

In Pursuit of Peace!

“… a great site …”

(Ramadan activities for the little Ummah – Resources, Tips and more… – Jul 19, 2012)
http://dunyatodeen.wordpress.com/2012/07/19/ramadan-activities-for-the-little-ummah-resources-tips-and-more/

“What I personally like about this blog is the way how the Surahs are explained with context and tafsir; and it’s all done in simple words and with a wonderful quality.”

(Teaching Kids the Holy Quran – Nov 11, 2011)
http://dunyatodeen.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/teaching-kids-the-holy-quran-blog/

Instruire en famille
(Le jeu pour comprendre le Coran – May 7, 2010)
http://instruireenfamille.com/2011/05/07/le-jeu-pour-comprendre-le-coran/

Jannahstepssite no longer available
(Using Toys to Teach Islam – Aug 15, 2011)
http://blog.jannahsteps.com/2011/08/using-toys-to-teach-islam/

Jawaad Ahmad Khansite no longer available
(Have you ever wanted to learn the Qur’an…with legos? This site is amazing.)
http://blog.jawaadahmadkhan.com/post/2919874726/have-you-ever-wanted-to-learn-the-quran-with-legos

Khaleejesque

“… Mezba Mahtab conveys Ramadhan stories via Lego photographs, in a compellingly original way.”

(Ramadan Outside the Arab World: Sociological Trends in the Muslim Diaspora – Aug 23, 2011)
http://www.khaleejesque.com/2011/08/spotlight/ramadhan-outside-the-arab-world-sociological-trends-in-the-muslim-diaspora/

Koran & Lego
(German website/forum)
http://www.muslima-aktiv.de/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12689&start=0

Muslim Heroes
(181. Teaching Kids the Holy Quran (with Toys) (Quran for Kids Blog) – May 14, 2011)
http://muslimheroes.wordpress.com/2011/05/14/181-reading-with-meaning-blog-quran-for-kids-blog/

Muslim Matters
(Exploring the Problems in Producing A Good Islamic Children’s Book – Aug 2, 2014)
http://muslimmatters.org/2014/08/02/exploring-the-problems-in-producing-a-good-islamic-childrens-book/
(Islamic Arts Pick of the Month – March 2012)
http://muslimmatters.org/2012/03/17/islamic-art-feature-pick-of-the-month-0312/
(Islamic Arts Pick of the Month – January 2011)
http://muslimmatters.org/2011/01/08/islamic-arts-feature-pick-of-the-month-0111/

Muslim Mums

“… amazing website …”

(Learn the Quran through Lego – Dec 10, 2010)
http://www.muslimmums.co.za/2010/12/weblink-learn-the-quran-through-lego/

Muslimness

“… a bang-on fantastic idea. Mezba Mahtab, the blogger extraordinaire behind Read With Meaning, has illustrated each Quranic verse using innovative photography of Lego. It definitely captures the spirit of Quran with a child-friendly approach.”

(Top 10 Ramadan Blogs – Aug 14, 2011)
http://www.muslimness.com/2011/08/top-ten-ramadan-blogs.html

“Mezba has taken an everyday toy and utilised these building blocks of playful education to teach Qur’an, photo by photo, verse by verse.”

(Link Love: Teaching Children Qur’an Through Lego – Feb 5, 2011)
http://www.muslimness.com/2011/02/link-love-teaching-children-quran.html

Muslimska friskolan
(Koranens berättelser byggd i LEGO för barn – Nov 23, 2011)
http://muslimskafriskolan.blogspot.com/2011/11/koranens-berattelser-byggd-i-lego-for.html

Nayef’s pechal

“There’s a huge number of us who have read The Holy Quran in Arabic as kids and never understood the meanings of those verses. Having a resource like this blog definitely alleviates such an issue for our future generations.”

(Fun way of understanding The Quran – May 11, 2011)
http://amarkotha.blogspot.com/2011/05/fun-way-of-understanding-quran.html

Paderborner ‘SJ’ Web Blog
(Teaching Kids the Holy Quran: Using toys to make learning fun – Read with meaning wordpress com – Feb 27, 2012)
http://sjpaderborn.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/teaching-kids-the-holy-quran-using-toys-to-make-learning-fun-read-with-meaning-wordpress-com/

Philosufi

“Where Mahtab’s beautiful close-up shots really kick in is by providing the visual context in which to place the general story and the activity within a specific ayat.”

(SacriLEGiOus? Toys and Tafsir – Nov 8, 2010)
http://www.philosufi.com/blog/2010/11/lego_and_quran.html

Productive Muslim
(Productive Lessons from Prophet Nuh – Dec 17, 2014)
http://productivemuslim.com/productivity-lessons-prophet-nuh/
(Developing a Productive Hobby – Sep 2, 2013)
http://productivemuslim.com/developing-a-productive-hobby/
(ProductiveMuslim vs. LazyMuslim – May 7, 2011)
http://productivemuslim.com/productivemuslim-vs-lazymuslim/

Project Me

“I think this is so cool, and weird, and funny, and innovative, all at the same time.”

(Teaching Kids the Qur’an – with Toys – May 18, 2011)
http://mymeproject.wordpress.com/2011/05/18/teaching-kids-the-quran-with-toys/

Purple Journal
(Friends from Canada – Dec 12, 2010)
http://thepurplejournal.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/tea-from-syria-friends-from-canada/

Ramadan Community Blog and Website
(the Quran in Lego – August 19, 2011)
http://www.ramadan.co.za/2011/islam-hadith/the-quran-in-lego/

Reddit
(Teaching Kids the Holy Quran with Legos)
http://www.reddit.com/r/islam/comments/e8wnw/teaching_kids_the_holy_quran_with_legos/

Rhizome

… instances of Lego being used as a didactic tool to explore Quranic teachings and avoid depicting living forms, most notably Mezbauddin Mahtab’s blog …

(The Visual Archive of Devotion and Taboo – July 1, 2015)
http://rhizome.org/editorial/2015/jul/1/visual-archive-devotion-and-taboo/

The Victory Boys
(Literary Links)
http://thevictoryboys.com/literary-links/

ToysNBricks
(Temple of Al Qullais – Dec 8, 2010)
http://toysnbricks.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=29&t=1884

Umm Sulaim

“It makes me wonder how supportive his wife would be because usually wives dismiss their husband’s projects/hobbies very quickly as being childish or not very useful. May Allah SWT bless the brother and his wife with the best of this dunia and Akhira.”

(Favourite Website-Picks [mashaa’Allah] – Jan 8, 2011)
http://ummsulaim.wordpress.com/2011/01/08/favourite-website-picks-mashaaallah/

Ummah Reads

“I think these illustrated ayat may be useful to parents and teachers when teaching children and even teenagers the meaning of the Qur’an.”

(Understanding the Qur’an using Lego – Mar 2, 2011)
http://muslimkidsbooks.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/quran-with-legos-and-some-new-books-ive-found/

Welcome to My Garden
(Teaching Quran With Legos? – Jan 9, 2011)
http://nurkose.net/2011/01/09/teaching-quran-with-legos/

Wood Turtle
(Muslimfest – Sep 5, 2012)
http://woodturtle.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/muslimfest-2/
(Muslim Roundup – Dec 9, 2011)
http://woodturtle.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/muslim-roundup-37/
(Muslim Roundup – Feb 6, 2011)
http://woodturtle.wordpress.com/2011/02/06/muslim-roundup-blogger-link-up/
(Muslim Roundup – Nov 20, 2010)
http://woodturtle.wordpress.com/2010/11/20/muslim-roundup-7/

YasSarNal Qur’an
(Link This – June 3, 2010)
http://yassarnalquran.wordpress.com/link-this/

Zusufsite no longer available
(Readwithmeaning : Blog Kreatif untuk Membantu Memahami Ayat Al Qur’an [Readwithmeaning: Creative Blog to Help Understand Qur’an Verses] – Aug 15, 2011)
http://zusuf.com/2011/08/15/readwithmeaning-blog-kreatif-untuk-membantu-memahami-ayat-al-quran/

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20 responses

  1. AA Mezba,

    I was going to email you to let you know that
    we linked to you on our blog,today but see that you already saw it.

    Thank-you for mentioning Growmama.

    April 28, 2011 at 11:31 am

    • Thanks for the mention, Ummossama. I saw the link in my referrals and followed it.

      April 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

    • Please also note I also have a Facebook page http://facebook.com/readwithmeaning for fans of the site.

      On Thu, Apr 28, 2011 at 12:32 PM, Mezba Mahtab wrote:

      > Thanks for the mention, Ummossama. I saw the link in my referrals and > followed it. > >

      April 28, 2011 at 11:36 am

  2. Assalamu Alaikum.

    Nice blog of a hard-working Muslim!
    Jazakallah Khayr.
    http://yassarnalquran.wordpress.com/

    June 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

  3. Hope it brings more to your wonderful site inshAllah!!

    October 29, 2011 at 8:15 am

    • Thanks! I should be working on the next installment of Surah Rahman soon. Been busy with some weddings.

      October 29, 2011 at 8:40 am

  4. Dear Brother, Assalamu Alaikum.

    While wishing u EID MUBARAK, i invite you and all Muslim sisters and brothers to read this article on Hajar: an inspiring role model:
    http://yassarnalquran.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/then-he-will-not-neglect-us/
    I hope you will like the article, insha allah.
    Jazakillah Khayr.

    November 6, 2011 at 4:26 am

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  6. Nice to brows this, its good and informational for Muslims community to get relevant links from this site in accordance with their requirements.

    December 15, 2011 at 6:50 am

  7. Umabdallah

    Can you please state the fatwa you have that permits you in presenting the esteemed sahabah (companions of the prophet pbuh) as Lego dolls? In the case that you forgot to ask knowledgable pious scholars about this, then please rethink and ask those who you believe to be trustworthy.

    January 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

    • Salaams. Is there someplace it’s prohibited?

      January 29, 2012 at 12:55 pm

  8. oh.. there’s my blog here.. thank you, what you did is just inspiring. it helps many people to understand and love Qur’an more 🙂

    May 4, 2012 at 3:57 am

    • You are welcome!

      May 4, 2012 at 9:01 am

  9. Monl yung

    You forgot the best quranic site ever http://al-quran.info that includes two different English translations that are amind at kids ! Thanks

    February 13, 2013 at 4:38 am

  10. Zaahid bond

    perfect for children

    July 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

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    May 28, 2014 at 5:17 am

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    June 12, 2014 at 1:23 am

  13. Alhumdoillah your institute is very helpful, May Allah (swt) reward you for your good deeds. Ameen
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