Early on in his life, the noted Islamic scholar, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, felt the desire to give expression to his positive ideas by establishing the Islamic Centre in Delhi in 1976 and it was then, with this humble attempt, that the journey towards the inception of Goodword began.
The Maulana’s endeavour to present the peace-loving message of Islam led to the widespread acceptance and popularity of his books. At this point, the need to bring out high quality children’s books was felt and so the Maulana’s son, Saniyasnain Khan, took the initiative and founded Goodword Books in 1996. This organization has been wholly dedicated to producing meaningful and wholesome books which lay emphasis on Islamic and moral values.
With this objective in mind, Goodword endeavours to present children’s books on islam which provide a solid foundation of Islamic and moral values through themes carefully chosen from the Quran and other Islamic sources. In this way children not only learn the ethical values conveyed by the message of Islam, but they also become stimulated to learn about Islamic ideals when they grow up. Goodword’s books combine simple texts with imaginative illustrations, it being widely accepted that words and pictures together are most effective with young readers. Goodword’s aim is not only to make children aware of Islamic values and moral teachings, but also to make them so enamoured of them that they embody them in their lives.
Besides children’s books, Goodword also publishes books for adults. These range in subject matter from history, religion and philosophy to dawah and Arabic learning. Goodword has already produced a vast body of well researched books on Islam and Islamic history, all written by noted scholars and academicians. The rich collection of books presented by Goodword makes it a leading name in the publication of meaningful, authentic books on Islam.
Maulana Wahiduddin Khan (1925-2021) was an Islamic spiritual scholar who has adopted peace as the mission of his life. Known for his peace-oriented views, he considered non-violence as the only method to achieve success. Keeping this ideal consistently before him, he has written over 200 books on Islam and a commentary on the Quran. His most recent books are Seekers Guide, Discovering God and Quranic Wisdom.
Internationally recognized for his contributions to world peace, he has received, among others, the Padma Vibhushan, the Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavna Award and the Demiurgus Peace International Award. For more details, please visit www.mwkhan.com and www.cpsglobal.org.
Saniyasnain Khan is a former television host and children's author with a number of children's books to his credit. These are on subjects relating to Islam. A number of his books have been translated into French, German, Italian, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Bosnian, Norwegian, Russian, Uzbek, Arabic, Malay, Bengali, Urdu, Persian, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.
He has also created board games for children on Islamic themes. A trustee of the Centre for Peace and Spirituality (CPS International) – a non-profit, non-political organization working towards peace and spirituality. His book, The Story of Khadija has been awarded Sharjah Children’s Book Award. He is mentioned in a study done on the World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims by the George Washington University, USA.