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The Garden of My Imaan - KitaabWorld

The Garden of My Imaan

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Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling confident enough to talk to the cute boy or stand up to mean kid--the fact that she's Muslim is just another thing to deal with. When Marwa, a Moroccan girl who shares her faith if not her culture, comes to Aliya's school, Aliya wonders even more about who she is, what she believes, and where she fits in. Should she fast for Ramadan? Should she wear the hijab? She's old enough for both, but does she really want to call attention to herself?

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Age: 9+
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
Author: Farhan Zia
Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
ISBN-13: 978-1561459216

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Should be required reading!

I purchased this book for my children but I read it myself first. It's a quick read for an adult and definitely worth your time, I loved it! I whole heartedly think that this book should be required reading for 5th graders in western countries with a Muslim minority population. Someone unfamiliar with Islam could learn a lot, all while being entertained, win-win! My favorite thing about this book was that the varying degrees of orthodoxy within the wider Muslim community are presented as natural and almost expected. The various interpretations of Islamic teachings that exist within the main character's family alone is important to note and something I don't think the majority of the population (of both muslims and those of other faith backgrounds) truly accept or care to admit to openly. The Muslim community is often painted with a single brush, but that's not reality. Differing views regarding dietary restrictions, observing the fast during Ramadan, daily religious practice, pre-marital relationships, and of course the veil/hijab are all in here. The author really put it all on the table in a way I haven't really seen before and in a way that is accessible to young readers whether they were born into a Muslim family or have never met a Muslim In their life! My favorite line from the book was towards the end when Aliya compliments Marwa saying 'I wish I could think like you' and Marwa responds by telling Aliya to just be herself. I thought that was perfect advice for Aliya who is so mixed up with one foot in her American pre-teen world and the other in her South Asian American family and all of the expectations and pressure that comes along with both of these roles. Highly recommend this book!


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