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There are many things to Good Thinking like about gardens Once you get past all of the work well you never really do you find that they provide beauty nourishment and a reflection of one s self The Garden of My Imaan by Farhana Zia does all three My 2 favorite things about this book are 1 the humor and sensitivity with which the author treats the subject and 2 that there is no singular cultural viewpoint or agenda being pushed here On oneevel it s the engaging story of a month in the Death in Mumbai life of a pre teen girl On anotherevel it may be one of the most important post 911 books ever written Although this book is not particularly well written and the characters Baccarat : La lgende du cristal lack dimension it is one of the few I ve encountered that stars an American Muslim child Aliya isikable enough although much of the book reads O Colégio de Todos os Segredos like a child s guide to Muslim traditions and the diversity within the Muslim population she struggles with her first Ramadan fast in a realistic wayI am puzzled by the cover photo though Aliya is supposed to be Indian but the girl on the cover does not seem to reflect this heritage Maybe the photo is supposed to be of Marwa who is described as havingight hair and eyes but it edges too close to whitewashing for my comfort Fifth grader Aliyah oves her family and her religion but she feels uncomfortable enough about her own place in the school s pecking order to be able to openly embrace her Muslim faith and cultural identity In fact when the school principal suggests that she befriend Marwa a new girl from Morocco who is also Muslim she avoids the girl as much as possible Over time though as she works on a project for her religion class and watches how comfortable Marwa is with her own self identity she begins to speak up for herself and what she believes too taking risks and embracing the possibilities that come her way Bullying comes in all sorts of forms from an adult shouting ethnic slurs at her mother for almost causing an accident to classmates who seem only to see the hijab worn by Marwa and not the girl beneath the scarf or those who ump all Muslims together Certain to prompt healthy discussion about the dilemmas faced by Aliyah and Marwa this is an honest appealing approach to issues that many boys and girls Aliyah s age must face and while the issues are serious the book also contains many humorous passages Cover Gushing Worthiness The cover of The Garden of my Imaan is one of the most adorable covers I ve seen this year The Zoete tranen little girl s smile is so cute and the cover works for a cute book Review I came across this book via netgalley There have been aot of works Water Music looking at Teenage Muslim girls or Muslim women in their adulthood and of course on the controversial topic of women wearing the Hijab So when I saw this book on netgalley I was really interested in reading a book about a Muslim girl attending Elementary School The final verdict I m really glad I discovered this gemTaking place post 911 TGomI follows the story of Aliya an American Indian Muslim girl as she tries to navigate the treacherous waters of Elementary School while trying to not stand out because of her religion However Aliya is confronted with her faith as Marwa a Moroccan Muslim girl who wears the Hijab joins her school Suddenly Aliya s world is turned upside down with nagging uestions about her faith fasting for Ramadan election campaigns and a surprise visit from Choti DhadiI think kids are so interesting when they re around 6 10 they start to ask uestions with so much innocence and it s wonderful But there s a darker side to childhood when tragic eventsike 911 happen Ethnic groups become abeled and kids tend to say things they overhear from adult conversations without knowing the conseuences of their actions At the same time kids from different Ethnic backgrounds may not even understand why there are so many antagonistic feelings towards them One of the
Things That Really Impressed that really impressed with this book is how it did not tip toe around discrimination against the Muslim community in the United States An example of such is seen very early on in the book when Aliya s mom is driving her and Zayd Aliya s ittle brother to Sunday school and a collision almost happens Do you want to kill someone the driver screamed out her window Go back to the desert moron Drive a Camel Afterwards Zayd Aliya s brother asks a uestion from their mom who answers And what did she mean drive a Camel No one drives Camels They ride them don t theyIgnorant woman She thinks we re Arabs I truly do admire Ms Zia for not shying away from including discrimination Arabs I truly do admire Ms Zia for not shying away from including discrimination this book despite it being written for a younger audience I think understanding discrimination has become uite important now than everI really enjoyed the plot of TGomI a great deal It s uite refreshing to read about an Elementary School Muslim girl who is curious about wearing the Hijab Islam boys self confidence ultimately finding one s self The way so many factors were incorporated into this story impressed me and I enjoyed the multiculturalism Another great strength of this book was how it portrayed the diverse practice of Islam I know personally when I started to study Islamic History in my second year of University what surprised me the most of how the practice of Islam stretched not only across the Middle East but in Africa Asia and even up to Uzbekistan I don t think many people realize how diverse the Middle East is as a region The struggles Aliya faces between adhering to tradition and embracing Western culture is also an interesting point in the book Identity is something that I struggle with a Student Research Projects in Calculus lot as well and I think it s intriguing toook at it from the perspective of an eightnine year old I only have one complaint about the book and that is I felt things between Josh and Aliya were unresolved I wasn t really sure if they became friends or not in the endThis story had a band of great characters from Aliya s family to Winnie her best friend school mates and friends from Sunday school Sometimes Aliya could be an incredibly frustrating character because she could be judgmental and self absorbed At the same time her flaws are what made her a great character We follow Aliya s journey on fasting for Ramadan preparing for school council elections and standing up for herself By the end of the book Aliya definitely developed as a character Winnie Aliya s best friend was a really great character I iked how comfortable she was with her mixed heritage and I thought she was a great best friend when she stood up for Aliya a few times Marwa who is kind of ike the second protagonist since most of the story revolves around her and Aliya s interact. Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in feeling confident enough to talk to the cute boy or stand up to mean kids the fact that shes Muslim is just anot.
summary The Garden of My ImaanEd off as a jokeIt demonstrates the same point a bit unintentionally as well through Winnie s mangling of the Spanish Love for Imperfect Things language on a basicevel Winnie once calls someone a A Heart of Stone loco mujer and crazy woman is offered as a translation Later she says Aliyaooks precioso in something As soon as you earn adjectives in Spanish you re taught that they re gendered and typically placed after a noun not before it Mujer oca is how to correctly call a woman crazy if a girl Language and Linguistics looks beautiful or beautiful in something sheooks preciosa Some adjectives Divertimento like inteligente intelligent don t change form based on the noun s gender but the two used in the book doIf there s a term for when a Manic Pixie Dream Girl is entirely platonic The Garden of My Imaan is guilty of using the trope through Marwa the hijabi girl and new kid at Aliya s school Marwa exists to say whichever sage thing Aliya needs to hear at a given time and teach Aliya to be comfortable with her Muslim ness The book s heavy focus on Aliyaeaves Marwa bereft of her own character arc and reduce her to a heavily didactic character in a novel that already feels Love Is a Fairy Tale like a teaching tool than a reading experienceTypically a bookike The Garden of My Imaan would be a Promise at Dawn little too didactic for my tastes but this is 2016 Due to an outdated broken electoral system a minority of the United States pushed an openly racist and Islamophobic man into the presidency and the world will suffer for it With rhetoricike his shaping the world The Garden of My Imaan is highly necessary and offers a new view into ife for Muslim families post 911 Aliya doesn t ike to wear her hijab in public because people think that all Muslims are responsible for the problems after 911 and it s easier to practice her faith if others don t know about it Since her family is from India she doesn t think that she shares much in common with other Muslims especially the new girl Marwa whose family is from Morocco and who wears hijab Aliya is having enough troubles with the bratty Juliana who ends up running against her for student council rep with Carly who doesn t invite her to a birthday party at a spa and with various boys in her class who say rude things about Mawra Aliya has an assignment from her Sunday school to better herself during Ramadan and both her grandmother and great grandmother think this I have been searching for a book Bangkok Wakes to Rain like The Garden of My Imaan for a while now Aliya attends a public school where she is the only Muslim Soon after we meet her Aliya s mother accidentally cuts off another woman in traffic She yells at them to go back to the desert and ride a camel The angry woman takes no note of the fact that family is from India where there are NO deserts and she doesn t care The entire episode frightens Aliya who sees a stranger screaming in anger because Aliya and her family are differentbecause they are MuslimAliya is confused about aspects of her own Muslim faith and how much of herife and her family s traditions she wants others to know She attends classes in Islam on the weekends and her teacher gives Aliya s class a project use Ramadan to find a way to improve on themselves Aliya must determine an area within herself which she feels needs improvement decide on a course of action to accomplish it engage in that action and then write an essay about it The entire
IDEA SOUNDS VAGUE AND RIDICULOUS TOsounds vague and ridiculous to After talking with her great grandmother she decides she with her great grandmother she decides she try writing The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery letters to Allah in addition to praying in order to talk with him in detail about herife and her feelingsA *new student arrives Marwa is also Muslim Her family was originally from Morocco and unlike Aliya Marwa wears *student arrives Marwa is also Muslim Her family was originally from Morocco and unlike Aliya Marwa wears hijab at school A hijab is the covering Muslim women wear over their heads At first Aliya doesn t want to be associated with Marwa She is afraid of Darkmere looking or acting differently from what she perceives as the norm The Aliya watches and gets to know Marwa however the she comes to understand who she truly is and how to have the courage to be herself whatever that involvesThis story is primarily about Aliya and the ways in which she begins to identify who she is realize sheikes many things about herself and that it is okay to share those things with others The narrative voice in The Garden of My Imaan is genuinely that of a young pre teen girl She IS preoccupied with the way she Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? looks to others and what others say ABOUT her She is terrified of being different standing out of NOT belonging All of us feelike that at Aliya s age What makes this story uniue is the fact that its main character is Muslim at a time in the United States when many people often make no distinction between Muslims in general and the specific individuals responsible for 911 This atmosphere and attitude definitely provide another dimension to Aliya s Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den life that we don t often talk about outside the context of politicsI personally do not have aot of knowledge about the Muslim faith and I was excited to Scraps Of The Untainted Sky learn about some traditions particularly in connection with Ramadan and daily prayers through Aliya s story I firmly believe the weearn about each other as people the we realize both how alike we are and how to appreciate our differences as opposed to fearing what we don t know or understand I had hoped to find a book with a main character who was also Muslim to read aloud in the classroom but due to some specific details about girls maturing The Garden of My Imaan is not a good option for that particular environment There is NOTHING inappropriate in the book it refers to biological developments that would be cause for embarrassment in a classroom for girls and boys The Garden of My Imaan is a great independent reading choice or perhaps a good bedtime story where other conversations about differences and commonalities can happen naturally Aliya is an engaging young girl on an inspiring journey of self discovery This is an absolutely worthwhile and enjoyable read This coming of age narrative proves once that no matter what faith ethnicity or geographic ocation adolescents all face the same challenges They struggle to find their place in the world Aliya stands astride two worldsthe traditional Muslim world of herb family and the world she faces each day at school Aliya strives to balance her desire to fit in while she makes such important decisions as whether to wear hijab and fast for Ramadan When Aliya must develop a project in her religion classes she writes etters to Allah about her Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century life and her dreams My favorite uote is from one of theseetters when she refers to wearing hijab It s not what s on your head that matters it s what s in it Beautiful thought. Elieves and where she fits in Should she fast for Ramadan Should she wear the hijab Shes old enough for both but does she really want to call attention to herse. ,
Ions was an awesome character I truly admired how strong she was for a kid how she stood up for herself when Austin made a comment about her wearing the Hijab I really enjoyed this conversation between Marwa and Aliya about the Hijab Well are you ever embarrassed to wear this thing at schoolWhy should I be I wear hijab on my head and sneakers on my feet for PE It s pretty simpleIt s not the same thing Nobody notices sneakers But a hijabit s way out thereIt s in everyone s face rightBut without it I d probably feel the way you d feel without sneakers for PEButThis is who I am Aliya and I m okay with it Really It s uite something to see kids who are so sure about themselves and comfortable in their own skin There needs to be people ike this in the world Apart from Marwa I also admired Aliya s friends from Sunday School who were so comfortable and proud to wear the Hijab Kids aside I adored Aliya s grandma great grandma and her Choti Dhadi It reminded me of growing up with my grandma and my great aunts Growing up with your grandparents truly is a wonderful and inspiring experience and Aliya s relationship with grandmothers was beautiful Her grandma was definitely a good influence on her Choti Dhadi too reminded me of my great aunts who I miss from Sri Lanka Life is never dull when they re around Aliya s parents too were great characters Her parents seemed Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, like polar opposites but in a good way because they both made Aliya see things from a different perspectiveThe ending was a bit of a sad one for me I would haveiked it to have been a bit different However those are my personal thoughtsOh and another which is awesome about this book It has a GLOSSARY with Arabic Terms Seriously you guys have no idea how excited I was when I saw this So many books written about the Middle East sometimes fail to include glossaries for Arabic terms and I was so grateful that this book had one For those who are unfamiliar with certain terms the glossary is Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga like a godsendOverall The Garden of my Imaan is a cute story The perspective of Aliya is an interesting one and the characters are great as well Other than that one unresolved issue this was a great readMy Rating 455Would I recommend it YesI had the opportunity to ask MsZia a few uestions about the book and you can read her answers here The Garden of my Imaan is published by Peachtree Publishers and will be released on April 1 2013 This ARC was provided by Netgalley Thank You Netgalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review Aliya has always been shy and she doesn t want to call attention to herself Maybe that s why she doesn t wear a hijab in school or fast much during Ramadan You see Aliya is Muslim but her family isn t strict with following the Muslim rules her mother believes that Muslim woman can still be modest without wearing a hijab Then Marwa came to Aliya s school Marwa is the exact opposite of Aliya Marwa has tons of courage always wears a hijab and fasts for the whole of Ramadan Marwa has aot of confidence in herself Aliya has been asked to help Marwa out at school because she is new Aliya isn t sure how she can help Marwa who is so confidentThis was a great multi cultural book I Cincinnati and Other Plays likedearning new Arabic Muslim words that were scattered through out the book I ike how this book talks about two things it doesn t matter if you fit in and how bullying effects people Aliya and Marwa are bullied for
Being Muslim And Aliya Doesn T WantMuslim and Aliya doesn t want stick out at school as being Muslim Ms Zia covers both topics wonderfully I ike how Marwa has a simple but great way of saying things She could be a scholar I think a I Like You the Best lot of kids canearn from this bookNOTE This book was a gift This was recommended to me by my ibrarian probably because it *s a Muslim book and it s written by a Muslim author *a Muslim book and it s written by a Muslim author m a Muslim so i was kind of ike Cool A relatively Muslim book But as the days drew on and I read other books came across and said I don t really want to read this I finally came at a stop sign and because I had stopped I The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico looked at this book once and thought Oh well It can t be that bad All this because I thought it was going to beike those high school books where they always complain about not getting the boy oh my god he s so cute and all that other jibber jabber but this book exceeded my expectations It was a really good bookMain character Aliya is ukewarm in her faith and belief as a Muslim choosing when to fast wanting a boyfriend etcetera but when her principle introduces her to a new student Marwa it sort of flips her ideals When she gets stuck with an assignment on how to better herself for Sunday school and a project on how to include different things that make a nice colorful fruit bowl she doesn t know how to deal this book shows amazing character growth in belieffaithiman and personality as well This book is also multicultural including not only MuslimArab customs but also Indian customs as well This exceeded my expectations and I am really glad I read this book and hadn t set it aside See of my reviews on The YA Kitten My copy came from YA Books Central for reviewDiversity 3 Closer to RealityRacial Ethnic 4 Aliya and her family are Indian Muslims her best friend Winnie is Korean Marwa s family is MoroccanUILTBAG 0Disability 0Intersectionality 4 the book s focus on Muslim girlhood creates plenty of intersections between gender and racial ethnic identityOne review of The Garden of My Imaan calls the book a modern homage to Are You There God It s Me Margaret that classic book parents gave to their kids when puberty threatened to rear its ugly head and begin the monthly misery of menstruation I never got to read that one because I was an ace at odd things ike not getting to read things that were normal for kids my age to read That continued all the way into high school ANYWAY The Garden of My Imaan is far from perfect but it has a ot of value for its audience even if it s a bit didacticI m used to seeing most MG and YA Muslim rep in the form of Arab Muslims but Aliya provides a different perspective as a tween girl from an Indian Muslim family Her family observes Ramadan as many other practicing Muslims around the world do but their cultural practices as an Indian family are mixed in as well Aliya s dynamic with her family is ovely especially when it involves her grandmother and great grandmotherAt times it seems to offer commentary on how people of color can perpetuate racism against other people of color as well Though it s a one scene wonder and never comes up again Aliya s grandmother expects Aliya s half Korean best friend Winnie to be good at math because Asian people are all the same Sadly it s play. Her thing to deal with When Marwa a Moroccan girl who shares her faith if not her culture comes to Aliya's school Aliya wonders even about who she is what she