If you’re looking for Muslim kids’ shows which are both entertaining and have a strong ethical compass, Alchemiya has a great selection for you to browse, including animated films, animated series, cartoons and storytelling for Muslim children.
Here are 5 top animated shows for Muslim kids from our curated collection of programmes for children.
1. The Journey
The Journey is an animated series with lovable characters that teaches children about Islamic ethics. Three children are whisked away in a storm to a magical island, filled with lush exotic and tropical plants, and wild animals such as giraffes, deer and herons ambling around. On the island they meet Grandpa Nur and Grandma Ihsan, who take care of them while they work out how to get them back home, and educate them about the importance of verses from the Quran, hadith and Islamic prayers in our everyday lives.
Read our review of this absorbing and enjoyable series for learning about Islamic ethics and morals, with endearing and wise characters, a compelling storyline and a gorgeous setting that kids will be curious to explore.
2. Aya and Yusuf
Aya and Yusuf are adventurous 6-year-old twins who love exploring the world around them. The series is set in the family home and out in their garden, a wonderful natural environment where they spent a lot of their time. They encounter situations in which they can work out and understand important life lessons based on the teachings of the Quran. This means that the focus is very much on values represented by the family and essential principles to live life by like kindness, patience, accountability and gratitude. The imperative to celebrate, protect and respect all of God’s creation makes nature and the environment another strong theme in the series. This combination gives every one of these lovely stories a universal human value, making them inclusive for all and providing a valuable and positive tool for diversity education.
KR1NG is an award-winning and highly entertaining animated short film and cartoon series, with lovable characters, which explores the world through the eyes of a child with dyslexia. Teacher Suraya helps her dyslexic student Mael navigate academic hurdles as we look at events through his wildly imaginative mind.
Read our review and interview with producer Faqihin Fazlin about the creative process and vision behind the making of KR1NG
4. 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets and Great Muslim Minds
The Islamic world produced scientists, physicians and inventors who revolutionised the way we see the world. Meet them in the 1001 Inventions short films and the Great Muslim Minds series. In the Islamic Golden Age, from the 8th to the 14th centuries, a remarkable scholarly and scientific culture spread across the Muslim world, travelling along the routes of merchants and pilgrims. The discoveries and inventions of Muslim thinkers rippled out to profoundly influence the development of science, medicine and many other fields in Europe and the rest of the world. In a fascinating selection of short films and episodes the geniuses of the Islamic Golden Age step out of the history books to introduce themselves and offer inspiration to young minds.
Read our review of this inspiring selection of episodes that highlights the amazing contributions of Muslim scientists and thinkers of the past.
5. Ibn Battuta the Explorer
Ibn Battuta is arguably the greatest explorer of the premodern age. Ibn Battuta the Explorer tells the story of his amazing adventures in a series of episodes for kids. Courageous and curious, resourceful and persevering, scholarly and kind, Ibn Battuta makes a great Muslim hero in the series who draws strength from his faith. His incredible adventures around the world, in a time before cars and planes or mobiles to phone home, and the way in which he is welcomed and helped along his way, is a testament to a civilisation where scholarly and cultural exchange took place across vast areas of the world. Ibn Battuta the Explorer is a great way for kids to find out about this incredible Muslim pilgrim adventurer who explored the world.
Read our review of this unique animated kids’ adventure series about the most famous Muslim adventurer.