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Fatima Al-Fihri by Maryam Yousaf


Title: Fatima Al-Fihri

Author: Maryam Yousaf

Illustrator: Sheeba Sheikh

Publisher: Muslima Today Kids

Age: 4-8


Islamic Content: biography, sincerity and good deeds


Concerns: None



Fatima Al-Fihri was a daughter of a wealthy Tunisian businessman, who has moved to Fez Morocco. From a young age she had shown great interest in learning and education. After her father's passing, she and her sister had inherited his wealth and have used that wealth to build a Mosque that would serve to educate the peoples of its community. Today, Al-Qarawwiyin is known as the very first institution in the world to provide educational degrees.



Seeing that the traditional publishing industry loves to push stories on us about Muslim girls being deprived of formal education in various Muslim lands, it is so important for us to familiarize our children with the legacy of Fatima Al-Fihri. Thus, I am absolutely delighted that Muslim authors are doing their part and taking advantage of the self-publishing option to bring these stories to our kids.


Not only does this book tell the biography of Fatima Al-Fihri, it also weaves in the spiritual aspect of sincerity, determination and gratitude. In this book, there are slightly more details about her personal life and her journey of overseeing the construction of the building as well as her faith. It also makes mention of her sister Mariam and her contribution to building Al-Andalus Mosque with her share of inheritance. For some reason I don't really like this font that is chosen to tell the story. There is an additional page in the end to discuss the lessons derived from Fatima's story. Definitely a person our kids need to know about.

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