A Party in Ramadan
By Asma Mobin-Uddin
Ramadan is coming and Leena is excited. Although she is too young to fast every day during the Muslim religious festival, Leena decides to fast each Friday instead. When Leena receives an invitation to a party which happens to fall on Friday, she has a dilemma. She doesn't want to miss the party, but she doesn't want to miss fasting either. So Leena decides to go to the party, but not eat or drink anything at all. Later, she will join her family for the meal known as iftar, when the daily fast is broken. But when Leena, who is the only Muslim at the party, sees her friends enjoying fresh lemonade and chocolate cake, her stomach starts to growl and her head begins to hurt. Will she keep her Ramadan fast?
"My kids loved this story, and could empathize so easily with the heroine! Her dilemma, as a Muslim excited about Ramadan, and yet also eager to go to a good (non-Muslim) friend's birthday party, is something my kids can easily relate to. I really like this example of how happily the practice of Islam can fit in with ordinary American childhood, and I love the happy, family-centered, values-oriented picture of Ramadan depicted in the story and the illustrations. It's not all focused on the food or lack thereof :)" - 5 star review on Amazon.
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Recommended ages: +7 years