I want to thank Author Susan Daniel Fayad for providing My Grandfather’s Masbaha in exchange for an honest review. The opinions and crafts stated/described herein are 100% my own.
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My Grandfather’s Masbaha
Author: Sunsan Daniel Fayad
Illustrator: Avery Liell-Kok
Publisher: Author House
Year of Publication: 2013
Sometimes it’s very difficult to see through the mess that life brings, isn’t it? It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the daily drama that we often forget to appreciate the things we have. In this heartfelt story of being reminded that we need to appreciate the things that we have – Adam was having the same problem. After playing with his friends outside – all day – Adam stomped into his jidoo and sitto’s (Grandfather and Grandmother) house complaining that he has nothing to do – no toys, no fun, nothing.
Jidoo laughed and then explained the significance of a Masbaha. A Masbaha has 33 or 99 beads. Most are made out of wooden beads, but can be made out of ivory, amber, pearl or plastic. It’s similar to an abacus, but instead of counting numbers, they have different uses. Muslims use the beads chant the 99 names of Allah (3 rounds if you have a string of 33 beads). The beads are also used for the glorification of God after regular prayer. Phrases used in repetition include:
La ilaha illallah – There is no other god but God
Subhana’llah – Glory be to God
Alhamdulillah – All praise is due to God
Allahu akhbar – God is most great
Astaghfirullah – May God forgive me
Typically Masbaha are kept in your pocket, purse, in your car, or used as a decoration in your home. In the story, Adam and jidoo used them to count Adam’s blessings.
Together Adam and jidoo counted Adam’s toys, the trees in the backyard that Adam picks fruit from, the houses in the neighborhood, and the kids he plays with inside those houses. Soon Adam realized that he had everything!
A very cute and fun-loving story set in Lebanon, My Grandfather’s Masbaha is the perfect story and a fantastic learning experience for the child of any age.
Making the Masbaha
We made a Masbaha to remind us to count our blessings. The kids were sick with the flu, so I went to the store and pick out the beads myself. I am not a beader, and do not have all the beading accessories. Luckily , all you need is a string (preferably something stiff so it’s easy to string) and some beads. I got a combination of wooden and glass beads, and a leather string. I couldn’t find a tassel anywhere, so we decided to make our own using merino wool yarn that I purchased to make leggings or a hat, or something about a year ago.
33 beads (actually got bought 36 for extras)
Leather string (check for width. Make sure all of your beads fit).
Tassel – or you can make your own.
Making the tassel myself, it cost me $12 to do this craft. It can be cheaper or more expensive depending upon the beads that are used.
As homeschoolers, this was a fabulous book and craft to introduce us to not only Masbaha, but it provided a good avenue into talking about Lebanon and the Muslim faith.
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