The Garden of My Imaan

The Garden of My Imaan

by Farhana Zia

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Overview

It’s hard enough to fit in without also having to decide whether to fast for Ramadan and wear the hijab.
Aliya already struggles with trying to fit in, feeling confident enough to talk to the cute boy, or brave enough to stand up to mean kids—the fact that she’s Muslim is just another part of her life. But then Marwa, a Moroccan girl who shares Aliya’s faith, if not her culture, moves to town. Marwa’s quiet confidence leads Aliya to wonder even more about who she is, what she believes, and where she fits in. In a series of letters to Allah she writes for a Sunday school project, Aliya explores her dreams and fears, hoping that with hard work and faith, something beautiful will grow in the garden of imaan—the small quiet place inside where belief unfolds, one petal at a time.
This award-winning novel from author and educator Farhana Zia captures the social and identity struggles of middle school with a fresh, new voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561459216
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 746,712
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Farhana Zia is an elementary school teacher who grew up in Hyderabad, India. Her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. Her first picture book, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Massachusetts.

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The Garden of My Imaan 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
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 a lot 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 confident. This was a great multi-cultural book. I liked learning new Arabic & Muslim words that were scattered through-out the book. I like 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 want to stick out at school as being Muslim. Ms. Zia covers both topics wonderfully. I like how Marwa has a simple, but great, way of saying things. She could be a scholar. :) I think a lot of kids can learn from this book. **NOTE This book was a gift
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Aliya, compared to her friends at Sunday School is the least to follow the Muslim customs.  She wears her hijab, a scarf to church but not to school.  She makes excuses for this but her friends see her as more American than them.  Her family's roots come from India and she feels they are less strict than others in the Muslim community.   During Ramadan she does not plan to fast during the week and she even plans to attend a party which other girls at her church do not plan to attend because of Ramadan.  This here friends find surprising.  She asked he mother how they are to celebrate Thanksgiving since it falls at the same time as Ramadan.    Aliya meditates and learns more about Ramadan and it's real meaning from writing a project for sunday school and from talking with her great grandmother.  What has she learned during this time of meditation and fasting? The author give us a look into the culture and growth of a young girl as she approaches womanhood.  I feel as if it is similar to many cultures when young girls at this age are more interested in boys and other things than they are of family and church responsibilities and customs.  I highly recommend this book.  I rated this book a 5 out of 5. Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book from Peachtree Publishers for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.
DubaiReader1 More than 1 year ago
Recommended for cross cultural discussion in schools. This is a well balanced look at the problems of being a Muslim in a non-Muslim country, of being different and trying to fit in. It is set in the American fifth grade, average age 10 years, and therefore has the more gentle feel of junior school. There is bullying, but it is within controlled limits. Had the book been set in senior school I would have expected it to have a harsher feel and it would have been a more uncomfortable read. Aliya is from an Indian American Muslim family. They are practicing, but do not wear hijab. On Sundays she goes to Quran school and mixes with other Muslim children. They discuss various aspects of their religion that impact them personally, such as having a boyfriend and whether to wear hijab. During the fasting month of Ramadan, Aliya graples with pressures to fast for the first time, struggling to do the right thing. When a new girl joins the school, wearing hijab and comfortable with herself and her religion, Aliya doesn't know how to react to this surprising confidence and is initially wary. As their relationship grows, Marwa voices many of the issues that had bothered Aliya, she stands for school council and compares her hijab with her sneakers - she would no more go outside without hijab than attend a PE lesson without sneakers, a wonderful analogy. The book raises many issues that would be relevant to children of Muslim origin and to others who feel isolated or are struggling to fit in. It does so in a gentle maner with some clever comparisons. Perfect for youngsters of top junior or low senior age, and as a starting point for discussion within classes about acceptance and understanding of differences. Recommended.