Before converting to Islam, music was a big part of my life. As a latina, music is such a big part of the hispanic culture. From cleaning at home by yourself to social gatherings..salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and more is usually blasting on the music player. Your dancing, your singing to lyrics that are not so modest. But the rhythmn and catchy hook phrases pull you in! For me, it pulled me into a professional dance team. Since being little, that was a dream of mine. Before I knew it, I was performing & teaching professional latin dance well into my early adulthood.
Fastforward to today, I try my best to filter out the songs that I listen to especially for my kids. I realize that the type of music you listen to DOES have an impact on you. So while I clean the house or drive the car and want to listen to music, nasheeds and songs with Islamic content are what I default to first. In todays world, music is everywhere. Though it may be difficult to avoid “main-stream” music, in sha Allah your efforts will have a positive impact on your iman and your family.
That is why I am excited to share with you Omar & Hana: Islamic Songs for Children. My children really enjoy listening to these cute tunes about salah, sharing, salam, and more! As a muslim mom in the US, it is so refreshing to see them enjoying such relatable lyrics and vivid cartoons as little muslims. In an environment where muslims are the minority and various holidays are among us, it’s comforting to share these videos with my kids. You can find a list of their most popular English videos at their website.
Save them to your playlist for the car!
One thing I like to do is save my favorite nasheeds/Islamic songs to a playlist on youtube.
You can create more than one. One for you, your kids, or both. You can link it to your bluetooth in the car or play it straight from your device. It “halal-ifies our “radio” experience in the car and you don’t have to worry about your kids listening to inappropriate music.
[Sorry Keke, I ain’t down for ya always!]
[Off topic] My daughter learned this drake song in her kindergarten class from her classmate…Kindergarten! As cute as it is to hear her sing it, Keke ain’t for kindergarten. You feel me? So Alhamdulillah for these resources that help us muslim mamas entertain our children while teaching them Islam. Whether you come from a large muslim family or you are a revert raising little muslims like me, in sha Allah, these songs allow our children to feel comfortable and confident!
Take for example, Omar and Hana’s song about Playtime ! [you can click that link for a listen] This song is so relatable to my five year old as it sings about sharing. With her brother at home, I have used this video/song as a reminder to take turns and encourage playing together nicely. As the song says, everyone is happier when you share and play together. I love how each song ends with Alhamdulillah and an Islamic reminder we can teach our kids about, in sha Allah.
Alhamdulillah, I came across this amazing children’s Islamic resource through their instagram page OmarandHanaEnglish. Their content I feel is captivating for children as young as toddlers to early elementary! My 5 year old and 1 year old both really enjoy them. Our personal favorites are Assalamu Alaikum and The Virtues of Salah. [click those links for a listen!] These adorable videos double as little cartoons for our kids. Are you like me? I get totally excited when I find hijab in cartoons or anything positively Islamic on tv! Maybe its because I’m a revert. Maybe it’s because I live in a country where Islam is the minority. But with Omar & Hana’s recently released vidoes in English, I’m happy to include them in our household as an exciting new Islamic resource. In sha Allah, you will too!
[Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by Omar & Hana, however all opinions are my own, real and honest. I only recommend things that I use and genuinely think are awesome! Alhamdulillah]