Leila, the daughter of one of Kinani’s friends, was the inspiration for this book. Leila told Kinani what happened one day at School when she told her friends she would not be joining them for lunch. Her friends who at the time did not know nor understand anything about Ramadan,the Muslim holy month of fasting, encouraged Leila to hide and eat or have something to drink, and some even thought Leila was being punished or on a time out. Kinani, shocked by the children’s response, decided to visit Leila’s school to give a short talk about the holy month of Ramadan. Hence, this book is the Author’s attempt to educate and answer questions about Ramadan and to give mainly the non-Muslim reader, primarily children and teens, some idea of what Muslims do during Ramadan.
It is a well-informed piece of writing with several colourful illustrations, a glossary and Islamic calendar at the end of the book. The language and writing style is simple and very descriptive, making it easy for children to read and understand. Therefore, I think it’s a wonderful and smart choice of book for both Muslim and non-Muslim children alike to learn about Ramadan, its significance and the different rituals practised by Muslims during this month. I think it would also be very useful to Teachers who wish to educate their class of majority non-Muslim children about Ramadan.
This book can be purchased online from Creative Education and Publishing.
Review provided by Zainab John, Founder and Club Leader of Muslimah Voices Book Club (MVBC) – new book club for Muslim women.
About the Author
Farah Kinani spent several years as an active journalist in Morocco before marrying and moving to the United States where she and her husband started their family; they have two children. A few years later Ms. Kinani returned to writing as a freelance journalist and discovered her passion for blogging atGlobal Voices Online.