The Mysteries of Charity & Fasting for Children (with Workbooks & Teacher’s manual) by Imam Al-Ghazali
By Imam Al-Ghazali, Fons Vitae Publishing, Hardcover, 304 pages
Imam al-Ghazali’s stories and metaphors offer an effective way for parents to communicate with their children, in a language that can be used and directly related to the occurrences within everyday life.
Understanding the spiritual meanings on which the practices of Islam are based, opens up the vastness of the inner life. Even though young Muslim children are not yet obliged to fast or pay zakat, the virtues and spiritual dimensions on which these are based can easily be introduced and comprehended even by five-year-olds.
In the following two books of the Ihya, such virtues as generosity, gratitude, selflessness, reflection, self-discipline, patience, honesty, moderation, and trust in God’s loving wisdom are no longer abstract concepts but can be clearly seen instead as urgent and absolutely relative to each individual. We are indeed blessed to have Imam al-Ghazali’s systematic presentation of aspects belonging to the inner sunna and his detailed map for guarding and perfecting our innate and noble nature.
Age Range Suitability
There are workbook activities and review questions included for all ages including parents and teachers.
Some can be read and explained to smaller children which will help them get acquainted with the many components of charity and fasting before they reach the age when it becomes required.
About the author:
Abu Hamid Al-Ghazali (d. 1111) was a leading scholar, jurist, and theologian of the golden age of Islam, and he remains its truest advocate in modern times. As a teacher of both inward and outward faith, he recorded these practical teachings in his forty-book compendium of Islamic knowledge.
Imam al-Ghazali was fondly referred to as the "Hujjat-ul-lslam", a Proof of Islam, is honoured as a scholar all over the world and is generally acclaimed as the most influential thinker of the Classical period of Islam.