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Adaab Mini Book

This minibook is an illustrative sample, made for use with a group of girls in their early teens. The girls are to make their own books, based on the example. A friend of mine made this minibook.

It really is a “mini” book, measuring 12 x 10cm, and the pages are pieces of card taped together.

book cover

inside the cover

Inside the cover is a table of contents, then on the first page there is the adaab of giving salaam. I have compiled a PDF with the references used in this minibook which can be printed out. Link at the end of the post.

the salaam

The hadith relating to salaam is given on the page, and the words of the salaam are given in the fold out shapes.

speech and dress


The next page contains sections on speech and covering. Next to the flower and mouth cut outs the title reads “Adab of Speaking”. The flower opens out,

flower fold

Examples of speech that should be refrained from are listed on the petals:

1. False testimony                   5. Speaking rubblish (foolish/idle talk)

2. Backbiting                              6. Speaking kufr

3. Spreading gossip                 7. Speaking about sexual matters

4. Lying                                        8. Speaking on forbidden topics

The mouth opens up as an accordian book, with a hadith cautioning the tongue to fear Allah. (Hadith in PDF).

mouth accordian book

The page on the adaab of covering has a lift up khimar and abaayah. Underneath is an evidence on covering. (see PDF).


The next pages concern the adaab of visiting the ill and of entering a majlis (gathering).

visiting the ill

The hadith for this section are in the PDF below. One is written above the bed, the other on the liftable bed cover.


This opens out, like shutters.


On the pink paper is written the evidence for adaab in a majlis, (see PDF). On the other side the drawing of  a house opens up to reveal evidence for asking permission before entering a place.

asking permission

The next page is about reciting Quran. Advice on the manner of recitation is written inside the booklet pages.


The next page is about walking. Here the hadith is written next to the cut out foot shape.


The last page contains advice on correct use of the toilet, (use of the right hand), written on a toilet cut out.


I have made a PDF file of all the evidences used in this minibook, in case you would like to use them for your own project, inshAllah.

Adaab Minibook PDF

Edited to add:

Here are some examples of the adaab mini book adapted for younger children, aged around 6-8. There are fewer examples, and the language used is simpler.

junior mini book covers


These pages give advice on bathroom manners, and the adaab of giving salaam and speaking. Simple shapes illustrate the themes.


These junior books were made by boys, so here the adaab of men’s clothing is illustrated with a thobe shape on the outside,

trouser and top

and a trouser and top underneath, with the information written over it!!

(Click on any photo to see it enlarged.)

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Bees Minibook

This minibook was made by a friend of mine. In this project the art and craft is just as important as the bee information.

bee cover

The project is inside a hive shaped book, which is several centimetres thick.


When opened up you can see that the project is based on the hexagon shapes of the honeycomb. At the top there is a folded diagram of a bee, two cut out felt bees and a hexagon mini book that folds out and out, as I will show in another picture below.

On the bottom section a series of hexagon boxes has been assembled, with accordian style mini books of information stuck inside some, and in others there is a simple lid, with information stuck down underneath. The hexagon boxes were made by folding strips of card into shape, then taping them in position.

bee diagram

Bee diagram, unfolded. This is in the top left corner of the project book.

unfolding hexagons

Here the series of hexagons starts to unfold. Each hexagon is covered with either a flat or a folded paper containing bee facts. The hexagons are taped together, so that they can be folded out one at a time.

fully unfolded

Fully unfolded.

accordian books unfolded

The picture above shows the hexagon boxes fully opened up. All contain bee facts.

accordian style book

Any bee facts can be included in this project. The following links may be useful:





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A friend made this journal with her daughter during  a trip.

Basically it is an accordian style book, with one folded page for each day of the trip. Making a souvenir like this can be a good way to encourage early writers.

Here is another interesting way of presenting a journal, this time a daily one. In this spiral book, (made from quarter circles taped together), the day of the week is written on one side of each section, and a few words about that day are written on the other. This style might be particularly useful with reluctant writers, who only want to put a few words. Of course you could make the sections much bigger too!

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