Weʼre raising £2,000 to help fund illustration, printing and shipping costs for forthcoming Islamic children's books
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I'm Rabia Bashir, the author and founder of Precious Bees. I'm here because we need your help to create more Islamic resources for children, books in particular.
I grew up in the 80s/90s when there were no catchy and engaging books to help me develop love for Allah and enthusiasm for Islam. I was made to fear Allah and often threatened with hellfire. Deep down in my heart, I believed in Allah and loved Him but I practised Islam out of fear and/or to please elders and the community.
After 9/11, I began to look into Islam and over the years my love and obedience grew. Isn't it easier to practice Islam when you do things out of love and appreciation of Allah? I still fear Him, and so we should, but my love for Him is greater and the promise of Jannah is much more motivating.
In 2016, I became a mother and wanted to give my son Rayyan a different Islamic start in life to the one I had. One day, whilst singing 'Row, row, row your boat' I changed the words to 'Pray, pray, pray salah' and Rayyan loved it just as much as the original! That was the first draft of my first book 'Five Pillars: Just To Please Allah'.
By the time I finished writing the book, I had set up Precious Bees as Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity). Salaries/profits are not taken by me or any family member. 100% of the money made through book sales, workshops and author events gets reinvested back into Precious Bees for forthcoming books and resources.
Five Pillars: Just To Please Allah launched in 2017 and was soon followed up by my second son Ridhwan as well as my second book Good Deeds: Just To Please Allah. The feedback has been amazing and we've almost sold out and need to reprint them again, Alhamdulillah! Here is an example of the special messages we receive from happy customers...
And this year we published another well-received board book:
It has been a blessing and privilege to watch my boys grow up whilst reading my books. Not only do THEY love them, but more and more families are investing in our books, and children around the world are reading/singing with joy about Allah and Islam, Alhamdulillah!
Over the next few months, we are -in shaa Allah- publishing a few paperback books including:
And Allah keeps inspiring me to write more books which are waiting to be brought to life!
This is why I now turn to family, friends and supporters like you...
In order to publish quality books which engage mini Muslims, we look for talented illustrators who don't come cheap, and then we face the added costs of getting the books printed and shipped.
At this stage, Precious Bees is not making enough money to grow at the rate that is needed because we price our books and delivery charges to make them affordable for customers.
Your contribution will help tremendously in our mission to develop children's LOVE for ALLAH and ENTHUSIASM for ISLAM.
Donating results in rewards for you too -in shaa Allah!
Imagine your money transforming into colourful ink on the pages of a book which a child holds and admires. Imagine your rewards mounting up when a child learns from and acts upon the Islamic teachings of the book throughout his/her life. Then imagine that child, as an adult, teaching his/her own child in the future.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "When a man dies, his deeds come to an end except for three things: Sadaqah Jariyah (ceaseless charity); a knowledge which is beneficial, or a virtuous descendant who prays for him (for the deceased)." -Sahih Muslim
And now imagine the book itself - the one YOU helped to fund - imagine how many hands and hearts it could touch for years to come -in shaa Allah!
Jazak(i) Allahu Khairan for your time and support!
Your sister, Rabia
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