My Name Is Bilal

My Name Is Bilal

Book - 2005
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A young boy wrestles with his Muslim identify in this picture book for children written by Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin, with illustrations by Barbara Kiwak.

When Bilal and his sister Ayesha move with their family, they have to attend a new school. They soon find out that they may be the only Muslim students there. When Bilal sees his sister bullied on their first day, he worries about being teased himself, and thinks it might be best if his classmates didn't know that he is Muslim. Maybe if he tells kids his name is Bill, rather than Bilal, then they would leave him alone. Mr. Ali, one of Bilal's teachers and also Muslim, sees how Bilalis struggling. He gives Bilal a book about the first person to give the call to prayer during the time of the Prophet Muhammad. That person was another Bilal: Bilal Ibn Rabah. What Bilal learns from the book forms the compelling story of a young boy grappling with his identity.

Booklist says: "A good starting place for discussions of cultural differences, prejudice, and respect for the beliefs of others."
Publisher: Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 2005.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781590781753
Branch Call Number: j PO MOBIN-UD
Characteristics: 1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kiwak, Barbara


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Apr 24, 2015

Good story . It was nice to read about how Bilal decided to ask the boy who made fun of his sister to join in the basketball game . Much to the surprise of the troublemaking boy . Heartwarming and touching story.


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