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Yo Soy Muslim

One of my favorite parts of this book from Salaam Reads is that it has beautiful illustrations and is based on rich Spanish art, which is wonderful to read and realize the wonderful diversity of our religion. ⠀ ⠀ One note, though, there wasn’t really a story in the book, which I prefer and expect from children’s books. ⠀ ⠀ This is meant to be written as a letter to a daughter from a Spanish father, so it included encouragement in being proud of her faith. I did enjoy how it was repeated proudly “Yo Soy Muslim” which means I am Muslim, and it was pretty powerful and beautiful to read. ⠀ ⠀ I liked how the author writes that some will ask what “you are” and will “not smile” at the girl, but that it shouldn’t matter what people think, and that she is a child of “crescent moons” and a descendant of “brilliance”. This is so amazing and gave me immense pride in our culture and history as Muslims!⠀ ⠀ Some of my not so favorite parts:⠀ ⠀ One of the pages said that you can hear God in the drums, which seemed strange to me, not to mention I felt uncomfortable and it sounds incorrect and wrong to say.⠀ ⠀ Another page said, that the girl should say she is “from” God. This itself would be better phrased “created by God”, and the next page says that the mother “creates life”, which also made me uncomfortable, and would be better phrased differently in my opinion.⠀ ⠀ direct link: https://www.siraj.co/products/yo-soy-muslim-a-fathers-letter-to-his-daughter


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