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Orange County Moms Release Book About Eid ul-Adha

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IRVINE, Calif. — New children’s book authors, Amira Gadd and Mariam Saada, released their first book entitled “4-3-2-1 Eid ul-adha is so much fun!” on Nov. 20.
Gadd and Saada have written this book in hopes that it will be the first of many.

The book is available on their educational Web site designed for Muslim kids and families.

Sonbolight kids was created because Saada and Gadd, who are local Orange County moms, felt there a lot of books for Muslim children, but they are more informational books than they are fun, attractive and appealing.

“We were complaining about the fact that Muslim kids’ books are not very attractive-looking and not molded to our children in terms of topics and presentation,” Saada said.

According to their Web site, Sonbolightkids.com, their company aims at “providing quality products geared to enhance a child’s Islamic character and to assist parents, educators and caretakers to instill values in a persuasive yet fun and appealing fashion.”

“Our motto is Read. Think. Learn. Inspire,” Saada said.

The book “4-3-2-1 Eid ul-adha is so much fun!” is sold for $5.99, and the authors plan on marketing it in Barnes and Noble and Borders as well as Islamic book stores.

The book is about how children raised in the West celebrate Eid ul-Adha by decorating, exchanging gifts, etc.

“The thing about this book is that it is very simple in terms of the language. The children can read it on their own without their parents’ help,” Gadd said.

“We would like to also present our book to non-Muslims. It can help them understand what Eid is all about. We feel that there is a gap, and we are trying to fill this gap,” Saada said.

Sonbolight Kids has a line of products – dedicated especially to Ramadan, Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha – designed to make the holiday experience fun and attractive.

The Web site is interactive; there you can find printable activities like dot to dot, word search, decorative activities, stickers and arts and crafts.

They plan to also include games, music, videos and movies as well.

“We have big dreams for the Web site,” Saada said, adding that they also hope to publish four books every year.

All their books and products strive to be properly researched and based on the holy Qur’an and Sunnah.

The name Sonbolight defines the organization. The word Sonbol means a grain of wheat in the Arabic language, which represents the fact that good deeds done are multiplied.

Gadd is a graphics designer who is completing her master’s in e-marketing. She is the illustrator of the book as well as the Web site designer.

Saada is currently doing her Ph.D. in Spanish linguistics. Their children attend Islamic elementary schools in Orange County.


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  1. Debbie Al-Harbi

    January 22, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I sell this book and over 150 Islamic and learning Arabic childrens books on my Islamic childrens website called muslimtoysanddolls.com and profit is secondary.spreading the word of Islam and teaching the children to take pride in loving Allah and being a Muslim comes first.I sell books about prayer,wudu,love of Allah,respect,peace,manners,kindness,charity and more.kindly take a look.fee aman Allah,sister Debbie muslimtoysanddolls.com

  2. debbie al-harbi

    May 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    It is now May of 2010 and my site is in it’s second year and now offers over 1100 items for the Muslim child 0ver 800 items and over three hundred items for the Muslim home and men and women.It now carry’s over 200 Islamic and learning Arabic books and the owner reads every one of them including 4321,Eid ul Adha is so much fun.and it is the largest in variety seller in the USA and Europe of Islamic dolls and Islamic doll clothes over 150 different ones including Fulla,Arrosa,Leen,Aamina,Salma,Yousuf,Nadia,Jameelah,Norah,and many others.they sing,recite the Alfatiha,say the morning prayers,the night prayers,walk and more.Please kindly take a look at this unique site called muslimtoysanddolls.com and you will be happy insha’allah you did so,fee aman Allah,Sister Debbie

  3. TMO

    May 4, 2010 at 7:04 am

    advertise with us, muslimtoysanddolls

  4. Habibi Matrimonials

    June 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Cute cover. I love the creativity of the Muslims!

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