We’re looking forward to the Willowbrook Arts and Music Festival on Saturday July 29th from 9am until 10pm, bringing together nature, arts, crafts, music, sports, dancing and more! We will have a stall for our books so do come along and say hi!
Aussie-super-mum, Stephanie Boyle, reflects on the Ramadan countdown she and her son, Ayman (5 years old), undertook this year with the help of our book, The 99 Names of God. We hope you enjoy reading and feel inspired to do something similar next year!
Join us for a storytelling workshop on the 99 Names of God. Author and illustrator, Daniel Thomas Dyer, will explore some of the Names of God using song, stories and interactive reflections. Daniel will also be signing copies of his book after the workshop. Register your attendance now…
Daniel Thomas Dyer discusses Sufism as a framework for providing a more holistic education for our children today. Using his recently published illustrated family guide to the Islamic 99 Names of God, Daniel explores how critical thinking, creative imagination, meditation, and spiritual practice can be combined to deliver a more balanced, heart-based experience of ourselves and our world.
Day 29, Rabia Malik shares al-Ghafur, the Most Forgiving.
We were delighted to encounter mum-of-three, Stephanie aka @moukinina, on instagram, who has been using our book for the 99 day countdown to Ramadan with her eldest child. Stephanie is using a wonderfully creative approach to showcase the beauty and
Book Review of The 99 Names of God by Rabbi Yonassan Gershom:
Although The 99 Names is intended for Muslim children, it’s really a treasure for all ages and faiths. In fact, it could be used as a basic primer on spirituality, and would be a fine addition to any religious library. I defy anyone to read this book and not come away with a deeper appreciation of God’s presence in the universe.
Using the recently published book, The 99 Names of God, author and illustrator, Daniel Thomas Dyer, will explore some of the Names using song, stories and interactive reflections. Book your tickets!
We’re excited to be part of London Muslim Lifestyle Show at Olympia exhibition centre over Easter weekend. Come say hello to the author and illustrator of The 99 Names of God, Daniel Thomas Dyer, on stand 81. Get your tickets…
with Uzma Taj
I came across these two Names when I found myself pulling out my hair in frustration, desperately trying to understand the Mathnawi and other spiritual books, including my trepidatious relationship with the Quran.
We’ll be exhibiting at London Book Fair on March 14-16 with our distributor, Central Books. Contact us if you would like to arrange a meeting or just come over and say hi on stand 4F40!
with Shanon Shah
In this book’s entry on these two names, Daniel highlights a verse from the Qur’an that sings to me hauntingly, “Say, ‘It is not within my power to bring good to, or divert harm from, myself, except as God wills.’” (Surah al-Araf, 7:188)
with Sofi Hersher
As a dedicated student of religion and interfaith understanding, I am endlessly curious about how religious ideas can reflect, or allude to, larger human truths that transcend individual faith traditions. Holiness is one such idea.
We’re excited to be presenting at The British Islam Conference this year, organised by New Horizons. We’ll be using our new book, The 99 Names of God, to talk about how we can teach our children a more holistic approach to Islam by highlighting Islam’s rich treasury of female voices, fostering a sense of God’s immanence as well as transcendence, promoting an appreciation of other faiths, and nurturing ecological as well as social awareness. Let us know if you are coming – and book your tickets now…
with Hifsa Haroon-Iqbal
We bear our pain and our burdens with the belief that God is with us. He helps and supports us through the bad times and shares our joy in the good. And whatever befalls us we say “Alhamdulillah” – all praise belongs to God. For he is indeed the Knower of All, al-Alim.
We’ll be exhibiting at the Inspirational Quotes Art Exhibition on Saturday Feb 18. Organised by Human Relief Foundation, it’s jam packed day with arts and crafts, food, and live performances. Join us from 12-5pm at Sheridan Suite, Manchester.
with Siema Taj
At first glance, this Name doesn’t feel so comforting because I immediately recognise that I have to sincerely try and see what I have to be regretful for, and that is an uncomfortable feeling I would like to avoid – it means I am wrong, and so my pride resists…
with Matthew Bain
I find myself drawn to Allah’s names of majesty and wrath such as al-Azim, the Tremendous. Daniel chooses strong words and images on these pages: earthquakes, sinews, mountains, cracks and dust.
Through the cracks wrought by earthquake and mountain-splitting, there is always the leavening of light which Daniel invokes using a Leonard Cohen quote. Daniel could have gone back to Rumi for the original but it is in the spirit of this wonderful book to embrace variety and diversity wherever possible…
One of the aims of The 99 Names of God is to help children, parents, and teachers build a spiritual link to the natural world, making us aware that God communicates to us through nature in the most beautiful, awesome, playful, and sublime manner. Young and old are encouraged to see how we learn spiritual and ethical lessons in the natural world, how we are nourished by it inwardly and outwardly, and that outside of the human soul, it is nature that is the ultimate playground for the manifestation of Allah’s Names…
with Julian Bond
The phrase ‘The 99 Names of God’ is a particularly Islamic phrase and probably doesn’t ring too many bells outside the places where non-Muslims are familiar with Islam. Yet, this is one of the most inclusive Islamic books that I have seen, of course it follows the Quran in that respect…
with Marie DyerIn the climate of division and exclusion that is our world today, the Name that inspires me is al-Wasi, the All-Embracing. God embraces all people, regardless of colour, race, religion or beliefs. The world would be a much better place if we all aspired to al-Wasi, especially those in power and authority…
with Debra Shatoff
As infants, we are welcomed into this world by You, the Source of Peace, when we are gently placed on our mother’s chest, above her beating heart. We feel deeply cared for, warm and safe. When we are close to You, Beloved, there is that same deep feeling of inner peace, as if we are resting on Your tender chest. With each inhale and exhale, with as-Salam on our lips and in our heart, You draw us in, even closer. Perhaps this is what You speak of in the Holy Quran when You say You are closer to us than our jugular vein…
with Julian Bond
I chose al-Wadud not only because it is close to my heart but for its important message about Islam. Yes, Islam is indeed a religion of love, though it is usually Christianity which has that reputation. Listen out for Muslims talking about the love of God…
PRESS RELEASE Jan 16, 2017
Chickpea Press is launching a pioneering new children’s educational resource to promote progressive teachings about Islam and Islamic heritage.
Chickpea Press invites you to celebrate the publication of The 99 Names of God, a unique and engaging illustrated guide for young and old on the Divine Attributes found within Islam.
The books have finally arrived! And Daniel looks pleased with the finished product…phew!
We hope that all UK pre-orders will be delivered before Christmas – and if you want to order more (or haven’t yet ordered – what?!) then place your orders now!
We look forward to hearing your feedback – please do share a picture when you get your copy!
By the grace of God we have sent the final files to the printer and as we speak our book is being put together! It should be arriving into our distributor’s warehouse the first week of December and from there your pre-ordered copies will make their way to you, arriving hopefully before the Xmas postal dash…