Salah ad-Din and the Frankish Boy Part 1
- Running time: 41 minutes
- Age: 7+
- Released 2 April 2013
Centuries ago, the great Muslim leader Salah ad-Din united the Islamic world. But brave as he was in battle, this servant of Allah was also wise and compassionate. When Hamid, a boy in Salah ad-Din's camp, catches a young crusader enemy, Salah ad-Din encourages a friendship between them. ‘Salah ad-Din and the Frankish Boy’ teaches children about the qualities of leadership and the importance of compassion towards others regardless of their background. It revolves around a true battle but the plot and characters have been vividly re-imagined to create an absorbing adventure story.
May Allah SWT reward you for your efforts. I normally play stories to our children on long car journeys and have been missing an Islamic component to them. Your efforts have been a blessing, especially the story of Salah ad-Din (RA) which they repeatedly request. We are looking forward to more titles. (Shiraz Ahmed)
Our adult fans might like to know that the following books helped us develop the ideas for this story:
- Translated by D.S.Richards (2010). The Chronicle of Ibn al-Athir for the Crusading Period from al-Kamil fi'l Ta'rikh. Part 2. The Years 541-589/1146-1193: The Age of Nur al-Din and Saladin. England: Ashgate Publishing Limited. p264-266.
- Baha' al-Din Ibn Shaddad. Translated by Richards, D.S. (2007). The Rare and Excellent History of Saladin or al-Nawadir al-Sultaniyya wa'l-Mahasin al-Yusufiyya. 3rd ed. UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited.
- Maalouf, Amin (2006). The Crusades through Arab Eyes. 2nd ed. London: Saqi Books.
- Newby, P.H. (2001). Saladin in His Time. Phoenix Press.