Title: Yan’s Hajj: The Journey of a Lifetime.
Author: Fawzia Gilani
Imprint: The Islamic Foundation
Publisher: Kube Publishing Ltd.
Category: Children’s Islamic book, Character-building
Age: 4 +. I highly recommend it for adults too!
Format: Paperback & Kindle
This book is a story about Yan, a poor but kind and happy farmer who loves Allah, and wants to go to Makkah for Hajj. He works hard on his farm to save enough money for the pilgrimage. As soon as his money bag is full, he sets out on his journey to Makkah. But each time he leaves for Hajj, he comes across a situation where money and his help is needed.
For e.g. One time he comes across a group of children who are sad because their school has burnt and needs to be rebuilt. Without showing any hesitation Yan not only spends all his money for the renovation of the school but actively participates in it.
Another time he sets out for Hajj, he comes across a village where a masjid needs to be built. He spends all his money and builds the masjid with the people of the village without thinking that he was on his way to Makkah with the money he saved with great difficulty. This doesn’t falter his passion to do Hajj. Each time the task is over, he returns back to his farm to work hard. He tells Allah that he will start over again and save money.
-How many of us would spend all our hard earned Hajj money for someone else in need?
-Do we help people around us and in our communities? To what extent? Or are we busy in our own little world?
A time comes when Yan becomes old and weak and can’t work as hard at his farm like before. Hence he is not able to collect enough money and go for Hajj.
– Will Yan be ever able to go for Hajj?
– Has his selflessness gone waste?
You definitely need to read the book to know, and might also need a tissue paper by the time you reach the last page!
This book is a great read for children, with lots of lessons to be discussed & learnt by everyone:
- Have direct conversations with Allah.
- Be thankful to Him.
- When Allah loves us, the angels, the inhabitants of Jannah, & people on earth love us too.
Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel, saying, ‘Allah loves so and so, O Gabriel love him’ So Gabriel would love him and then would make an announcement in the Heavens: ‘Allah has loved so and-so therefore you should love him also.’ So all the dwellers of the Heavens would love him, and then he is granted the pleasure of the people on the earth.” (Bukhari)
- When you love Allah & believe in Him, He will test you with things beloved to you.
- Allah tests those whom He loves.
- Not only Hajj but preparing for the journey itself is difficult and might not be easy for everyone.
- Good deeds come back to you in great ways.
- Help others without any expectations.
- Go out of the way to help people even if you don’t know them or might never meet them again.
- Spend in Allah’s way.
- Do good deeds to gain Allah’s Pleasure.
- Be proactive in helping people around you; not only with money but your own physical effort.
- Earn halal no matter what your needs & desires are.
This book is a story of Allah’s Love, love for Allah, kindness, empathy, selflessness, generosity, sabr (patience), tawakkul (trust in Allah), & going out of the way to help people.
With a great storyline, beautiful illustrations, & good quality paper, I highly recommend this book not only for children but adults as well.
*The book I reviewed is from my personal library.