Ramadan and Id-Ul-Fitr

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The new moon rises and marks the end of Ramadan: it is time to celebrate Id-ul-Fitr!
 
After the month of fasting known as Ramadan, everyone in the Islamic community looks forward to exchanging cards and gifts, then sitting down to enjoy a big family meal. This engaging read teaches about the history and practice of this exciting holiday, as well as how Muslims say thank you to God with this happy festival. A section on how ...

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Overview

The new moon rises and marks the end of Ramadan: it is time to celebrate Id-ul-Fitr!
 
After the month of fasting known as Ramadan, everyone in the Islamic community looks forward to exchanging cards and gifts, then sitting down to enjoy a big family meal. This engaging read teaches about the history and practice of this exciting holiday, as well as how Muslims say thank you to God with this happy festival. A section on how to make special Id cards and traditional delicacies—such as Id pudding—is also included.

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–4—This British import is divided into two-page chapters with colorful photos on every spread. The pictures are the book's greatest strength; they capture different aspects of the festival in many countries (the United States is not represented). However, the writing has a tendency to generalize and confuse cultural practices with the religion proper. For example, Kerven states that "...women often wear a scarf over their hair. Islam teaches that women and girls should cover their whole bodies…." Many Muslims would dispute this interpretation of the Qur'an, and the book itself has a photo of a woman with her head uncovered. Islamic studies scholars discourage the use of phrases like "Islam teaches..." when discussing matters subjected to diverse interpretations because the inevitable question is, Whose Islam? Kerven also mentions that special perfume is worn by women and that Muslims celebrate Id with music and dancing. Some popular religious authorities would discourage celebrating this way. While the book presents a positive, humanized picture of the global Muslim community, readers will have a hard time distinguishing between cultural practices specific to certain regions and common religious practices rooted in primary texts.—Justin Parrott, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH
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Filled with color photos of Muslims all over the world fasting during Ramadan and then celebrating the fast's end during Id-ul-Fitr, this entry in a British series has been minimally updated since its initial publication in 1997.

The facts are generally correct in this mundane presentation, but some explanations are glossed over. Nowhere is it specifically said that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic year, when the Prophet Muhammed received his first messages from the Angel Jibril (Gabriel), although the vision is described. There is no mention of Lailat-ul-Qadr, the Night of Power, an important observance, believed to be one of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, when Jibril appeared. A chart showing Ramadan dates for several years would be helpful to demonstrate the difference between the solar calendar and the lunar calendar followed by Muslims. Children would be interested in the Id fairs and carnival rides, and it's a pity there is so little coverage—although two children's paintings are attractive. The recipe for an Id pudding is useful, but where does the dish originate? The transliteration of the calligraphy for the Id card activity (also used on page borders) should appear in the text, along with its translation.

Books on Islamic topics are sorely needed, but this title, which lacks even a resource list, just grazes the surface. (glossary, index)(Nonfiction. 7-11)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780237541231
  • Publisher: Cherrytree Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Festivals and Faiths
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosalind Kerven is the author of more than 50 children's books, including Aladdin, English Fairy Tales and LegendsIn the Court of the Jade Emperor, King Arthur, The Rain Forest Storybook, and The Secret World of Magic.

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