by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi

Hardcover, 1996



Local notes

297.36 Gha



Holiday House (1996), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 32 pages


Describes the celebration of the month of Ramadan by an Islamic family and discusses the meaning and importance of this holiday in the Islamic religion.

Physical description

32 p.; 10.36 x 9.21 inches


0823412547 / 9780823412549



User reviews

LibraryThing member calvinsmith8
Muslims worship Islam and have a profound belief in one god, Allah. During the ninth month of the lunar calendar, starting with the new moon, Ramadan is recognized because it was during this time that Allah began to reveal the Quran (the holy book of the Muslims), through the prophet Muhammad. Fasting happens during the daylight hours for one month, and this means no food, drink, arguing, fighting, or bad language. Instead followers need to care for others, and be thankful for what they have in life. Each morning before the sun rises worshipers eat and pray (Sahur), and after the sun has set there are feasts (Iftar), followed by prayer at the local Mosque. Food is brought to the mosque for all the poor people who do not have enough to eat. When the new moon returns again, one month later, this signifies the end of Ramadan.… (more)
LibraryThing member ChloePalmer
Ramadan explains the Muslim holiday Ramadan by describing the experiences of Hakeem, a young Muslim boy. The book defines many words central to the Islamic faith, such as Allah and assalamu alaikum and shows how and why Muslims celebrate this specific holiday. The book does a great job of explaining Islam in a positive light. Throughout the book, wonderfully bright illustrations depict the concepts.… (more)
LibraryThing member mstuhan
I think the book, while a picture book, is most appropriate for middle grade students. Even as a read-aloud I think it would be a lot to take in for children before 4th or 5th grade. The illustrations are wonderful. They are rich and colorful, the remind me of being in the Alhamabra or reading something out of Arabian Nights as a child. I would have loved to have had this as a resource in my classroom previously, especially the last year I taught because I had several Muslim students and reading this book together would have been a fantastic way to help them share about their culture/faith and the beauty one of its High Holidays.… (more)
LibraryThing member Amanda.Richards
This is a good read for children who are learning about Ramadan or who are learning about different cultures (or their own really). It was a very quick read, I read it in less than 20 minutes.

It is written very 'matter of fact' which is good for the audience it is geared towards (children) and the artwork is fantastic! I would buy a copy of this for the art alone.

Overall it was a pretty good book and a very good basic introduction to Ramadan.
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LibraryThing member Chelz517
This book is a fantastic resource for children to learn about the Muslim holiday Ramadan. The author of this story not only made a beautiful story about the customs and culture of this holiday but turned it into a story about this little boy, Hakeem, and everything his family and relatives do for this special holiday. For people who do not know the customs of Ramadan, this book takes you through every detail that goes into celebrating this important holiday for the Muslim people. This is an informational text that is filled with beautiful pictures. This book would be wonderful for any collection but it does speak about the religion a lot so it may be a conflict for using it for teaching instruction.… (more)
LibraryThing member tstato1
Muslims celebrate Ramadan, the ninth month of the lunar year. Fourteen centuries ago, this was when Allah first began sharing the Quran with Muhammed. Hakeem and his family do not eat or drink during the day. Instead share a meal called Suhur before dawn. They break fast by eating a meal called Iftar. Ramadan is also a time to give charity, pray, and reflect.

This book is one of the more informational books that I have read. It provided me with a lot of crucial information about Ramadan. I liked that instead of simply giving information about the holiday, the author presented as though I was following Hakeem and his family through the traditions and celebrations of Ramadan. For example, the story talks about how Hakeem's family gathers around the dinner table and eats beef, chicken, fish, and more food. The passage was more engaging than it would have been had the author had just told me what people traditionally ate at the meals. I also like that each page includes borders and decorations that I feel reflect some of those seem in the Muslim community.
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LibraryThing member mferaci
Ramadan follows a young boy as he and his family observe Ramadan. The book, told from the boy's perspective, explains the practices Muslims observe during Ramadan. I really enjoyed this book because I thought it did a great job explaining Ramadan. Coming from a non-Muslim background, I did not know much about Ramadan before reading this book, but I felt like I learned a good deal from this book. While the book is very informative, it was written so young people can understand it and holds the reader's interest.… (more)
LibraryThing member ryckecraw
This is a beautifully illustrated story about a Muslim boy named Hakeem who lives in America and is celebrating Ramadan. It clearly explains the meaning of Ramadan and how his family spends the month celebrating. I think that this would be wonderful story to use with children of all ages so that they have better understanding of Ramadan and it would be especially helpful when you have Muslim children in your classroom.… (more)




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