The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook

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Accessible and provocative, The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook by Dilara Hafiz, Imran Hafiz, and Yasmine Hafiz is Islam updated for the 21st century. The essentials of Muslim beliefs are interspersed with lively commentary and quotes from American Muslim teenagers. Each chapter deals with a timely subject in Islam, beginning with excerpts from the Quran and a teen-friendly interpretation of the verse, then offering real-world examples that illustrate the essence of Muslim life. "What a delightful, hilarious,...
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Overview

Accessible and provocative, The American Muslim Teenager's Handbook by Dilara Hafiz, Imran Hafiz, and Yasmine Hafiz is Islam updated for the 21st century. The essentials of Muslim beliefs are interspersed with lively commentary and quotes from American Muslim teenagers. Each chapter deals with a timely subject in Islam, beginning with excerpts from the Quran and a teen-friendly interpretation of the verse, then offering real-world examples that illustrate the essence of Muslim life. "What a delightful, hilarious, wonderful, beautiful book! I loved it!" says noted Muslim spokesman Reza Aslan, author of No God but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam.

Muslim teenagers across America contributed their thoughts on living as American Muslims, expressing their heartfelt belief that one can successfully fulfill that role through better education and greater understanding-hence the need for the user-friendly Handbook. There is a dearth of current literature that addresses Muslim teens or discusses Islam in a 21st century context. With books such as this one, the media's constant refrain of "where are the moderate Muslims?" is no longer a valid question. Anyone curious about the silent majority of Muslims who do not receive press coverage will find this a refreshing, fascinating read.

Dilara Hafiz and her two children, Yasmine and Imran, all possess a solid background in Islam, but it is their insightful combined experiences as a mother and Sunday School teacher, teenage students, interfaith activists, and public speakers that elevate the Handbook into a 'must-read' book for anyone interested in Islam. Dr. Paul Eppinger, Executive Director of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, says, "I wish every major faith had just such a book for teens of their faith. We could then share them… and build peace in the world.'

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Jenny Ingram
This book was originally self-published by a Muslim family living in Arizona who noticed the availability of books for Christian teenagers and wanted to develop something similar for Islam. They sent surveys to students at several Islamic schools in the United States and used the responses to help develop the content for this book. The wide scope of its audience makes this book uniquely American; it includes something for people from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, immigrants, children of immigrants, converts to Islam, and non-Muslims who want to learn about the religion. In addition to providing a history of Islam and a description of its doctrines and practices, the book delves into questions about food, fashion, and dating that are pertinent to American teens. Several chapters conclude with an entertaining quiz to test the reader's knowledge, and comments from the respondents to the surveys as well as fast facts about Islam are interspersed with the text. The tone of the book is light without being disrespectful toward the seriousness of its subject, and through humor, the authors are able to take on some tough subjects that American Muslim teenagers face, particularly discrimination. The book is savvy enough that teens will browse it on their own, but it will also serve as a great educational tool. Reviewer: Jenny Ingram
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"This is a terrific, personable, and useful book for young Muslims and for people of all ages and faiths, including the secular, who are still trying to figure out the difference between a great majority of actual American Muslims...and the crazed stereotypes generated by war headlines thousands of miles away." — Michael Wolfe, author of The Hadj and Taking Back Islam

"The slender volume aspires to nothing less than bridging a cultural chasm.... Amid its witty asides and tongue-in-cheek answers to multiple-choice questions, the handbook clearly stakes out a position for a moderate, flexible version of Islam, one that places a higher premium on moral intent than reflexive observance of every rule." — New York Times

"The first book of its kind.... The handbook exudes an American perspective, upbeat and non-judgmental. It encourages teens...to make their own responsible choices about their faith practices." — Christian Science Monitor

“Accessible, pitch-perfect for teens, and even fun, this handbook debunks myths and demystifies facts about Islam, the second-largest religion in the world and ‘the most misunderstood religion in America’…. This is an illuminating book that parents, teachers, faith leaders, mentors and youth workers will want to share with youth.”—Youth Today

"An essential addition to all high school and public library YA shelves."—School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979253126
  • Publisher: Acacia Publishing, Inc. AZ
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Pages: 129
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dilara Hafiz was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She holds degrees from John Hopkins University and the London School of Economics. She has drawn upon her years of teaching weekend Islamic school, lecturing about Islam, and raising Muslim teenagers to contribute to The American Muslim Teenager’s Handbook.

Imran Hafiz is a member of the Brophy College Preparatory Class of 2010. He frequently spends his time volunteering in the emergency department of one of the Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals in Arizona, in addition to being involved in school theater productions. Imran is also a member of his school's Weapons of Mass Percussion hand-drum club, and also enjoys playing guitar, piano, and traditional drums.

Yasmine Hafiz is a member of the Yale University's Class of 2012. She was a 2008 Presidential Scholar. An avid reader, she hopes to become involved in international relations as a career. Yasmine enjoys watching movies and listening to a wide variety of music.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 Islam 101: An Overview of the Beginning
Chapter 2 Shahadah: Islam's Central Belief
Chapter 3 Prayer: All Your Prayers Answered
How to Pray: A Step-by-Step Guide
Chapter 4 Zakat: Charity: What Does It Mean?
Chapter 5 Relax - It's Ramadan: Tips for a Successful Fast
Chapter 6 Hajj: The Ultimate Road Trip
Chapter 7 The Quran: Islam's Holy Book
Chapter 8 Prophet Muhammad: A Short Version of a Long Story
Chapter 9 Halal and Haram: Can I Go to McDonald's?
Chapter 10 The 4 'D's: Dating, Dancing, Drinking, and Drugs
Chapter 11 Misunderstandings & Misconceptions: Are All Muslims Terrorists??
Chapter 12 The Hijab Issue: Unveil the Controversy
Chapter 13 Cultural Confusion: Examples of 'Muslim' Culture
Chapter 14 Inventions from the Muslim World: Where Did Algebra Come From, Anyway?
Chapter 15 Peer Pressure: Don't Worry, I Feel It, Too
Conclusion
Appendix
Bibliography
Meet the Authors
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  • Posted July 13, 2009

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    Basic Beliefs

    Positive insights into the Muslim faith along with explanations of some key concepts are provided in this book. The authors offer teens easy to follow guidance in keeping their faith and being Muslim in America. This handbook can also enlighten teens of other faiths about Muslim beliefs.

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  • Posted March 28, 2009

    VERRY GOOD FOR EVERYONE TO READ

    this book is so real, and i recommend everone read it muslim or non-muslim becuase it is so real and unique and points out the main obstacles, ideas, issues, problems, and discussions that any and every curious person may ask, actually all. It will answer all your quetion and make any muslim way much more confident.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    A useless book. I bought this book thinking it would be good for

    A useless book. I bought this book thinking it would be good for my niece. However, it is full of misleading points that would cause more harm in her mind than help anything. I ended up not giving it to her. Waste of money.

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