Book Title: Ramadan Without Daddy
Author: Misbah Akhtar
Genre: Islamic Children’s Books
Recommended Age: 3 and above
Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing
Published: June 8, 2017
As a Muslim writer, few things get me excited like seeing a new Muslim book on the shelf. I insist on the importance of us telling our own stories and giving our children books where they can see themselves in the characters.
This is why I was excited to review “Ramadan without Daddy”. As you can tell from the title, it is a book about a family that had to go through Ramadan without their husband and father.
Ramadan Without Daddy is a book about the reality of divorce in the Muslim home. It focuses on the mental and physical adjustments that families, especially children, have to make in the event of a divorce.
If I have to say what I love the most about this book, to start with, it is simply the fact that the author has chosen to write a book (not just a blog post) on divorce for children.
Because for the most part, the little ones find themselves with more questions than answers when parents choose to divorce. I love that she stepped up to write about this.
Ramadan Without Daddy is a children’s book, but I think this is more focused towards the parents so that it can help them navigate the situation better with their children.
Older kids (8ish) may be able to read the book themselves and understand the lessons, but it is best for toddlers as a book that the parents use to explain their real life situation.
I also love that she touched on practical issues in divorce, despite the book being a 34-pager. She touched on the reality of co-parenting when one partner has remarried, of holding on to the remnants of a love you once shared, and of letting yourself go in the midst of all the unhappiness.
The book is more of a non-fiction told in a fictional way, so it’s more of ‘lessons’ rather than ‘story’.
I would recommend Ramadan Without Daddy to everyone- Muslim, non-Muslim, married, single, widowed or divorced. This is not just a book for divorced Muslim women and their kids. This is a book for everyone raising a child in this not-so-black-and-white world of ours.
May Allah (ta’ala) grant us marriages that are happy and healthy, and even if those marriages become short lived, may we find the sabr and strength to continue our journey in life in a way that is pleasing to our Creator. Ameen.
Ramadan Without Daddy is available to purchase here: