Muhiima’s Quest

 

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Muhiima’s family doesn’t usually celebrate birthdays, but when she wakes up one summer morning one year older and wondering if she looks different, her mother hands her a wrapped box and a map. She explains that Muhiima will go on a quest on this special day.

Muhiima sets off on her bike and visits her father’s bookstore, her grandmother’s house, her Quran teacher at the masjid, her aunt’s henna salon, and her uncle on the basketball court. At each stop, she receives another wrapped box and a piece of advice. “Don’t forget your roots.” “Walk in modesty.”

When she finally arrives back home, everyone she met on her quest in awaiting her in her decorated house. Her mother helps her open all of the little packages, taking a single pearl from each one that she threads onto a necklace for Muhiima to wear.

Muhiima gets to bask in the love and support of her family on her special day, and readers will benefit from the lesson that different families do things differently.

The illustrations are fun and whimsical; here are my favorites.

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Find Muhiima’s Quest here: Goodreads | Rahma Rodaah | Amazon.com


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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.

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Little Brother for Sale

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Asma’s little brother, Hamza, is annoying. He not only distracts her parents from watching the cool things she does, but he also pulls her hair, steals her food, and makes noise during her favorite show. She has decided that enough is enough: she takes him out to play and gets a For Sale sign and gets to work. She fails to sell him to the mail carrier, a mother walking with a stroller, and an elderly neighbor. They laugh and insist that she would miss him. Asma is starting to feel frustrated when her mom calls them in—it’s time for Hamza’s nap. Asma is delighted to be on her own for a few hours, but she soon finds herself thinking about what Hamza would do if he were there with her.

This sweet and simple story by Rahma Rodaah is delightful. The illustrations are stunning—bright and emotive, and the characters’ facial expressions are so perfect. Readers will love Asma; she knows what she wants and goes after it! And they’ll also feel with her (she’s right about younger siblings, after all), making the emotional payoff at the end that much better.

Find it here: Goodreads | Rahma Rodaah | Amazon.com


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.

“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/