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Coming of Age: A Muslim Girl's Guide is a beautiful guide written to help you teach your daughter about puberty from religious, biological and practical points of view.

Coming of Age helps you teach her about the 4 key areas:

  1. Her new body and the changes she’ll go through
  2. Her new religious obligations and how to fulfil them
  3. Good hygiene and how to maintain it
  4. Practical advice on menstrual issues

And because the guide has been written and designed for young girls, it's both easy and fun to learn from.

  • Content pages easy for girls to navigate through and index pages that they find most beneficial
  • Clear, large font Colorful, decorative and feminine appealing pages
  • Heartfelt, relatable, funny stories relating to coming of age and experiences like your own
  • Question and answer section with candor and compassion
  • A religious resource for sharia rulings regarding tuhur, fasting, praying and mahram/ non-mahram relations
  • Tips, advise and wisdom in relation to sharia and ethnic practices
  • Full explanation and guide to menstruation and it’s sharia rulings including guides, calendars and common concerns and questions
  • Interactive activities including word games and puzzles to keep her engaged in the lessons taught


Coming of Age will help you teach her about...

Her body and the changes she'll go through

  • The 10 physical signs that she has reached puberty
  • The 5 stages of breast development
  •  The different organs of her private parts (and what they serve)
  •  The minimum and maximum menstruation period length
  •  The 3 phases of her period (and the 4 hormones that regulate it)
  •  How to know if she's missed a period (and what to do if it happens)
  •  Why PMS will make her moody (and how to prevent it)
  •  Why clots and thick menstrual blood appear (and how to cure them)
  •  Why abnormal vaginal bleeding occurs (and what to do if it happens)

And because it's been written for girls...

It's easy to learn from

  • Its tone is direct and caring
  • It is dotted with pretty drawings and patterns
  •  It is presented in a feminine way

It will help you teach her about...

Her new religious obligations and how to fulfil them 

  • That her religiousness with Allah is now her responsibility
  • What is Fard al-Ayn and why she must learn hers
  •  The 3 categories of menstruating women (and where she falls)
  •  The 3 types of vaginal bleeding (and how to deal with each one)
  •  How to differentiate between pure and impure discharge
  •  The 6 colors of blood and the rulings related to them
  •  What to do when Shariah disagrees with medicine
  •  How to know when a period completely ends
  •  The 4 types of tuhr (and how to tell between them)
  •  How to identify Istihada (and what to do if she gets it)
  •  How to establish her habit (and why she must never forget it)
  •  How to calculate her cycle using the 28-day method
  •  How to make ghusl (and it's 5 obligatory integrals)
  •  What she can and cannot do in Minor and Major Ritual Impurity
  •  The 6 acts of worship that are prohibited during menstruation
  •  What to do during the adhan while menstruating
  •  How to get the reward of her best prayer — without praying at all
  •  How to respond to a verse of prostration during menstruation
  •  What to do if her menses comes in while praying
  •  How to know whether to repeat her prayers or not
  •  What to do during Ramadan when she gets her period
  •  Why she must eat something in Ramadan when she gets her period
  •  Why she can't organize meals with menstruating friends in Ramadan
  •  How to read Qur'an without sin during menstruation
  •  How to teach Qur'an while menstruating
  •  How to wear jewellery with Qur'anic verses during menstruation
  •  Why she can't read Qur'an on her tablet while menstruating
  •  How to (and not to) carry a Qur'an during menstruation
  •  Where she can and cannot go while menstruating
  •  The 3 scenarios that let her enter a mosque while menstruating
  •  The 4 types of kaffarah for making tawaaf while menstruating


Also known as Umm al-Khayr, Ustadha Hedaya Hartford is a teacher, translator and Shariah expert in the fiqh of menstruation, lochia, marriage and divorce.

She was born and raised in California and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Arabic and Islamic History & Culture from the University of California, Berkeley. She converted to Islam in 1981.

She studied for many years with Azhari scholars in Egypt, completing the second year of Shari'ah at al-Azhar University.

She studied Hanafi fiqh with Dr. Abdul Aziz Izzat and Shaykh Fahmi Abdullah; and studied Aqida with Shaykh Abdul Aziz Batishti.

In Damascus, Syria, she studied several books in Usul & Hanafi fiqh including the Risala al-Birgivi (Imam Birgivi's Manual on Menstruation) with Shaykh Hassan al-Hindi; Hanafi fiqh, hadith and hadith sciences with Shaykh Adnan Darwish; Hanafi fiqh including Risala al-Birgivi with Shaykh Abdul Rahman Arjan; and menstruation and related issues according to the Shafi'i madhab with Shaykh Hussein Darwish, Anisa Hanan Da'doosh and Dr. Mustafa Khin and Tariqa al Muhammadiya by Imam Birgivi with Shaykh Mustafa al-Turkmani.

In Amman, Jordan, she studied menstruation and related issues according to the Maliki madhab with Ustadh Abdus Shakur Brooks; and she continues to study Hanafi fiqh with Shaykh Ahmad al-Jammal and tafsir with Shaykh Ali Hani. 

Book info:
Dimensions (LxWxH): 23.2 x 16 x 2.3 cm
Weight: 945g
ISBN-13: 978-9957232856
First Published Date: 1 August 2013
Pages: 375

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