Yusef Islam wrote this album for his first born daughter, Hasanah. Islam expressed concern that, living in London of converted parents, his children would not readily learn Arabic. Born Steven Demetre Georgiou in 1948, Islam later changed his name to Cat Stevens and became one of the most successful pop artists of the 1960s. He converted to Islam and changed his name once again in 1977. Islam later left his musical career to devote himself to the educational reform in the Muslim community. This album marks a bridge between his two lives. He combines Islamic music known as nasheed (vocal music sung acapella) with western recording methods to produce an album that aimed to teach children about the 28-letter Arabic alphabet.