I pray you are all well. These past few weeks I have been trying out an Islamic entertainment service Ali Huda, for kids ages 2 to 12. It has been described as the Islamic Netflix for kids and I totally agree. The setup is very similar to Netflix where there is a variety of kids shows both entertaining and educational. A major plus for me is the lack of on screen advertising so your kids can watch episodes ads free. I know ads on mainstream TV can be annoying and embarrassing especially when it’s not kid-friendly. I am sure we have all had that moment when your kids see something they don’t quite understand and want you to explain. Then you’re forced to rack your brains trying to figure out what to say or maybe slowly steer the conversation into another direction, lol.
"It has been described as the Islamic Netflix for kids and I totally agree."
Ali Huda is easy to access and is offered as an app for smart devices and just like Netflix it doesn’t take long to get the hang of it. Currently, it is priced at $7.95 a month or $79.50 a year with 30 days free trial.
I was very impressed with the quality of the content. All shows were crisp and clear and displayed in HD format. The shows are curated for Muslim kids specifically and emphasize Islamic values. They have a good library and genre of shows which include songs & nasheeds, Quran and Arabic, science and craft and movie series on the prophets and Companions of the Prophet. Although the library is not as extensive as Netflix understandably, I am sure it will continue to grow. I am especially excited about the initiative they have to grow and develop Muslim film makers through funding and sponsorships.
"The shows are curated for Muslim kids specifically and emphasize Islamic values. They have a good library and genre of shows which include songs & nasheeds, Quran and Arabic, science and craft and movie series on the prophets and Companions of the Prophet "
My daughter really enjoyed the program Saladin, The Hero Who Became A Legend. This was a series inspired by the life of Saleh Al Din Ayyubi, the Islamic hero who united Muslims in the holy war against the Crusaders in 12thcentury. It has about 27 episodes with each episode promoting a valuable lesson about honesty, bravery, friendship and love for Islam.
As a Muslim parent, Ali Huda is something I have craved for my kids since they were old enough to be captivated by television. I remember going to Mecca for Umrah a few years back and bringing home Islamic DVDs for my them to watch. The quality was terrible and they didn’t get half way through DVD before the lost complete interest. Ali Huda is a wonderful Islamic alternative to the mainstream kids entertainment. Let’s face it, we all know mainstream kids’ television programs have their own agenda and the boundaries on what is and isn’t acceptable for kids on TV today is being push further and further. I do not want to go into detail about what is being shown on so called Kids TV but I am happy I finally have something that aligns with my values and principles.