A young boy wrestles with his Muslim identify in this picture book for children written by Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, with illustrations by Barbara Kiwak.
When Bilal and his sister Ayesha move with their family, they have to attend a new school. They soon find out that they may be the only Muslim students there. When Bilal sees his sister bullied on their first day, he worries about being teased himself, and thinks it might be best if his classmates didn’t know that he is Muslim. Maybe if he tells kids his name is Bill, rather than Bilal, then they would leave him alone. Mr. Ali, one of Bilal’s teachers and also Muslim, sees how Bilal is struggling. He gives Bilal a book about the first person to give the call to prayer during the time of the Prophet Muhammad. That person was another Bilal: Bilal Ibn Rabah. What Bilal learns from the book forms the compelling story of a young boy grappling with his identity.
“An important book for most libraries as it will enhance discussions of cultural diversity and understanding.” —School Library Journal
“A good starting place for discussions of cultural differences, prejudice, and respect for the beliefs of others.” —Booklist
“Tackles a timely topic and raises some true-to-life situations. . . . Does a good job of presenting encouraging, positive images that contemporary Muslims in particular can embrace.” —Publishers Weekly