A while back I came across their page and thought.. ‘this is a brilliant idea.’ When I was younger, my parents had signed me up for a subscription plan which enabled me to receive books through the mail at the end of each month. At the time, Disney was very popular and I used to collect these books that I got through the mail. Nowadays, Disney and many other companies do provide the same concept, but times have changed and so have their world views. Disney et al now have their own agendas and prospects that they want to spread. And it is the kind that I do not like, and cannot stand behind, especially for my child. But there is hope, and its name starts with ‘Imaan’ …
Imaan magazine were able to see this change, and took action, and I really think they actually pulled it! They are providing the same concept of a monthly magazine, but with an Islamic framework and a modern touch. When Imaan magazine contacted us, they sent a free sample to review. At first glance I loved it, it was simple yet informative for children to learn about the Islam, each month they provide new information for children to learn something about their faith, which is a pro tip. Also, the monthly subscription is at a reasonable price for what it offers to your child. This will give an opportunity to read the magazine the whole month AND collect learning source materials if you ever want to go back to revise what you had learned.
The modern touch that Imaan magazine gave is that each month they hold a writing competition for children to write something, like a story, limerick or poem. This engages children to be more active in Imaan magazine and actively do an activity other than using the smart phone or tablet, it is also a good marketing strategy.
My only con in it is that I am missing the Arabic learning element in the magazine. Allah SWT says “Indeed, We have sent it down as an Arabic Quran so that you may understand” [12:2], so learning and teaching Arabic is our goal and is an important part of our mission. However, it should not be a point to hold you back from subscribing to Imaan magazine and receiving a monthly print for your children to learn about Islam and more. It really is worth it.
Overall, I really love this magazine, and If I weren’t teaching my son full-time Arabic, I would have subscribed. Other than the lack of Arabic implementation I have no complaints about the magazine and I think you can safely let your children have a go at it.
So, try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think.