30 days of learning and good deeds
Author(s): Bachar Karroum
Reviewed by: Imran Mogra, Birmingham, UK
This softcover book has been designed with the intention of making it easier to introduce young family members to the faith of Islam and to understand the essence of their religion. To this end, it fully succeeds in doing so. The author is to be credited for encouraging young ones to partake in good deeds daily to have a positive impact in the world. The author hopes adults will also enjoy this learning experience with their children and that it will enrich their knowledge about their beloved religion. However, there is little, if any, pedagogical features which would make it an enjoyable experience, as it is ostensibly didactic. There is a good deed for each day as suggested by the title of this brief book. The lesson of each day is carefully spread over two pages. For each deed, most of the tasks are phrased with an active verb. This is welcomed as it focuses the mind of the reader on executing the action. At the bottom of the page, there are five circled bullet points for self-assessment. In other words, the author seems to introduce the idea of a daily self-introspection exercise. This is also a thoughtful insertion to assist readers to accomplish their goals.