First Rhymes and Lullabies for Muslims, by Elizabeth Lymer is a unique and fun book for little ones to read and sing a long to at home or nursery!
This beautifully illustrated book contains nursery songs for young Muslims, including rhymes about Allah (SWT), Muhammad (SAAW), the Qurâ€™an, family, and good deeds, as well as introducing the five pillars of Islam (announcing the testimony of faith, maintaining salat, fasting in Ramadan, paying zakat, and performing Hajj).
The book also provides lullabies which celebrate the presence of Allahâ€™s angels, stress the protection of Allah during His gift to us of restful sleep, and detail a bedtime routine according to the Sunnah.
First Rhymes and Lullabies for Muslims provides a fun, informal Islamic learning resource for groups and one-to-one singing with young children.
The book pulls together twelve rhymes and lullabies that have been previously published in four books by the author (Muslim Lullabies, Ramadan Rhymes, Hajj Harmonies, and Islamic Nursery Rhymes). It also includes three previously unpublished rhymes. Its beautiful and faceless illustrations are from the artwork by Fatimah De Vaux Davies for Islamic Nursery Rhymes.
The collection has been made for nurseries/kindergartens/toddler groups who want a single book of rhymes and lullabies for introducing Islam and Muslim practices to young children, and for Muslims who want a starter book of Islamic nursery songs for use at home throughout the day.
FATAWAA REGARDING MUSIC
Question 140: â€œWe have previously asked your good selves about listening to singing and you replied that it is forbidden to listen to lewd singing therefore, what is the ruling of listening to Islamic, patriotic, childrenâ€™s and birthday songs, bearing in mind that these are accompanied by music whether on the radio or on the television?â€
(Islamic fatawwa regarding the muslim child)
(The Permanent Committee â€“ Fataawa Islaamiyah: 4/3390)
â€œMusic is absolutely forbidden. Patriotic, Islamic and childrenâ€™s songs are forbidden if they are accompanied by music. As for birthday parties, they are an innovation and it forbidden to attend them or participate in them. Of the evidence that forbids singing and *Anaasheed* that are accompanied by music, is the saying of the Prophet (saaw):
â€œThere will surely be people from amongst my Ummah who will permit adultery, **silk,** alcohol and musical instrumentsâ€
(Narrated by Bukhari in his Saheeh)
RULING ON NASHEEDS (SONGS) – SHAYKH AL-ALBAANI
 Question: “What is the ruling on the nasheeds (songs) that are circulating amongst many of the youth and which they call â€œIslamic nasheeds?â€
If these nasheeds possess Islamic meanings, and there arenâ€™t any stringed or musical instruments accompanying them, such as the Duff, the drum and its types, then there is no problem with it.
However, an important condition to its permissibly must be clarified. And it is that they must be free of anything that opposes the Religion, such as going to extremes and its sorts. Also, there is another condition.
And it is that it must not be taken as a (habitual) practice. This is since it turns those who (constantly) listen to it away from reciting the Qurâ€™aan, which the authentic Sunnah of the Prophet encourages.
Likewise, it turns them away from seeking beneficial knowledge and calling towards Allaah (i.e. daâ€™wah), the One free of all defects.
As for using the duff with the nasheed, then it is permissible for the women when it occurs (solely) amongst them, apart from the men. And it is permissible during the time of â€˜Eed and marriage only.
(Fataawaa of Shaikh Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah) from Al-Asaalah Magazine Issue #2, Translated and Arranged by: Ismaâ€™eel Alarcon)