Bashirah and the Amazing Bean Pie

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Bashirah’s school is breaking for the Eid holiday, and when they return on Monday, they are all supposed to bring a dish from their culture for culture day. Bashirah is excited to bring her family’s bean pie.

Bashirah is thrilled by all of the preparations for Eid, including a special outfit for her and the fact that she’s finally old enough to help make the bean pie this year. After the Eid prayer, the house fills up with the smells of fried chicken, sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and green beans as Bashirah and her Pop-Pop take their place in the kitchen to make the delicious pies.

The three generations of family enjoy their holiday, praying and eating together, and asking who made the delicious pie!

On Monday, Bashirah takes a pie to school for culture day, and her teacher invites them all to share in each other’s cultures while reminding them that Islam is an antiracist religion: “People, We created you all from a single man and a single woman, and made you into races and tribes so that you should recognize one another. In God’s eyes, the most honored of you are the ones most mindful of Him” (Qur’an 49:13).

Find this sweet story about culture, Eid, and community here:
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Striving to Be an Antiracist

The Prophet ﷺ said that when we see an evil, we should change it with our hands, and if we can’t, we should change it with our tongues. In that spirit, get to work. Go to a protest. Contact your elected officials. Donate. Sign a petition. Speak up in your community. Call out friends and family if they say something racist. Interrogate your bookshelves. Make dua. And, most importantly, if you’re not Black, educate yourself and your children.

Children’s Books Featuring Black Characters
Black Books Matter: Children’s Books Celebrating Black Boys
Broadening the Story: 60 Picture Books Starring Black Mighty Girls

“Putting Justice Into Practice: Khutbah on the George Floyd Murder and Police Brutality by Dr. Tahir Wyatt

“Your Black Muslim Friends Are Not Okay, America’s Knee Is On Their Neck” by Nikia Bilal on MuslimMatters

Ways to help from BLM: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

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