What’s a Muslim teenager to do? – A handbook offers advice on dating, fasting, and misinformed classmates and teachers, By Julia McKinnell
If being a teenager is hard, try being a teen Muslim in North America post-9/11.
That’s why a mother and her two kids have come up with The Muslim Teenager’s Handbook.
The authors are Dilara Hafiz, her daughter Yasmine, 19, a freshman at Yale, and her son Imran, 17.
Their book offers advice on topics such as how to strike up a conversation with Jews and Christians, and how to explain to classmates that when you skip lunch for a month, it’s not a diet, you’re on a spiritual fast for Ramadan.
“Ninety-nine per cent of the hateful comments we’ve heard since 9/11,” writes Dilara in an email, “are based on misconceptions about the basics of Islam.
Some people still think that Muslims worship a different god called Allah-incorrect.
Allah is the Arabic word for God.
Muslims worship the God of Abraham, Jesus and Moses.”
For small talk, the book suggests, “You can’t go wrong if you start a conversation about Noah-everyone loves boats, right?”
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