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I'm Learning About Eid ul-Fitr by Saniyasnain Khan


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Title: I'm Learning About Eid ul-Fitr

Author: Saniyasnain Khan

Illustrator: Pulak Biswas

Publisher: Goodword Kidz

Type: Fiction

Age: 7-11

Rating: 4/10 🌟

Islamic Content: Eid ul-Fitr

Concerns: None

Summary:

Faisal and Farah enjoy their last iftar before they go out to sight the new moon. The new crescent moon means that tomorrow is Eid ul-Fitr, a day that celebrates the end of Ramadan. They join the Eid prayer, they greet family and friends, attend their local carnival to enjoy the different rides and make Eid memorable. ⭐

Review:

This book is making its rounds into Islamic schools as well as public ones. Surprisingly, I found this book at our local thrift store for a great deal. Unfortunately, the text and language are quite monotone and doesn't really bring any life to the story. We are revisiting our Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr books, but trying to reread it to my kids it's quite painful. I just couldn't keep their interest long enough to get all the way to the end. They have forcefully incorporated different masjids around the world in the story although their illustrations are beautiful. There are some technical issues when it comes to their sentence structure and grammar. The general colour scheme of the illustrations is bland. Also, I can't get over the drawing of the family praying together, it is completely off (they are shown praying in line one after the other- swipe to see the picture). In addition, the family is described to give Zakat ul-Fitr to someone needy by the gate of the masjid as they enter for their Eid prayer. 1- How realistic is it that in the west, you have a poor person standing by the masjid gates? and 2- I already question this because for Zakat ul-Fitr to be accepted it needs to be received by those in need in a form of a food staple and not currency. 🤷‍♀️ Overall, the book covers the basics of Eid ul-Fitr and follows how this particular family celebrates in London, England. However, there are much better options out there that are much more engaging than this one.


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Apr 19/2020

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