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430. Saniyasnain Khan

Saniyasnain Khan is an Indian television host and children's author with over 100 children's books to his credit. These are on subjects relating to Islam. A number of his books have been translated into French, German, Turkish, Danish, Dutch, Polish, Swedish, Bosnian, Norwegian, Russian, Uzbek, Arabic, Malay, Bengali and Urdu. 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, he contributes articles on Islam and spirituality to English newspapers. He does a weekly TV program, "Islam for Kids" on ETV Urdu and was a co-host of Kahaniyan Quran Se (Stories from the Quran) which was telecasted on ZEE-Salaam. Recently he was recognized by the Limca Book of Records. 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. 


Son of noted Islamic scholar, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, Saniyasnain Khan was born in 1959 at Azamgarh, U.P. India. In 1967 he moved to Delhi along with his father. He attended the Mazharul Islam Middle School and the Govt Model Higher Secondary School-2 (Ludlow Castle), Delhi. He subsequently studied at Jamia Hamdard, the University of Delhi and Jamia Millia Islamia. He did his post-graduation in Arabic from the University of Delhi. In 1976, under the guidance of his father, he started an Urdu monthy magazine calledAl-Risala. In 1996, he established Goodword Books. His first book, entitled Tell Me About Hajj, was published in 1999.

Selected works

Saniyasnain Khan has written numerous children's books including:

  • Tell Me About the Prophet Muhammad
  • Tell Me About Hajj
  • Tell Me About the Prophet Musa
  • Tell Me About the Prophet Yusuf
  • My First Quran Storybook
  • Goodnight Stories from the Quran
  • Goodnight Stories from the Life of the Prophet Muhammad
  • Goodword Book of Quran People for Kids
  • Just for Kids Quran Stories
  • Quran Stories for Kids
  • The Greatest Stories from the Quran
  • More Quran Stories for Kids]
  • Quran and Seerah Stories
  • Goodword Islamic Studies (Grades 1 to 8)
  • Quran Stories for Little Hearts series

Saniyasnain Khan was born in 1959 in Azamgarh in India. After completing his post-graduation in Arabic from the University of Delhi, he began assisting his father, the noted Islamic scholar, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan, in his research and publications.
In 1996, he founded Goodword Books, a publishing house, which has been widely acclaimed for its wide-ranging titles on Islamic subjects for both children and adults. Having felt the need to educate the young about the peaceful message of the religion of Islam, he began writing stories for children. His first book, Tell Me About Hajj (1998), was very well received throughout the Muslim world. His next publication, Tell Me About the Prophet Muhammad, has become a best-seller among the Islamic works currently available in English. Apart from the Tell Me About series, he has written several books for young minds based on stories from the Quran, which illustrate moral and ethical values.
He believes that as parents, it is our duty to instill love for the Almighty in our children. The basic theme of his books is to gradually teach moral principles through the Quran and other Islamic sources. In this way, children not only learn ethical values, but are also stimulated to study and learn more as they grow up. Thus these ideas, as a foundation, encourage them to seek out, at a later stage, a broader spectrum of resources with which to increase their knowledge.
To date Saniyasnain Khan has written over 100 books for children of which more than a million copies have been sold worldwide. Some of his books have been translated in French, German, Turkish, Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Malay, Bangla, etc. He now plans to bring out the books in Multimedia CD-Roms, which he hopes would be used by children and grown-ups alike.

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