I really love the uptick I’m seeing in fiction by Muslim authors and I try to read as much of it as I can. Thinking about the holidays coming up it’s important to remember how other celebrate as well, it’s important to remember that we all share joy, and that’s what this book left me with a feeling of joy
Once Upon an Eid: Stories of Hope and Joy by 15 Muslim Voices
Edited by famous New York Times Best Selling Authors S.K. Ali and Aisha Saeed, this book is set up anthology style with each of the authors telling a different story about how diverse Eid can be in the Muslim world. Told by some of the most brilliant Muslim writer currently in the field. They all speak to the all about the most joyful holiday of the year: Eid! The focus of the book, no matter the story is joy. There is also a poem, a graphic novel chapter, and spot illustrations!
I only had a basic knowledge of Eid going into the book. There are actually two Eids. The sacred element in these stories is what gives them life but it’s also not trying to preach to you, it’s beyond that, it’s not even there for you, it’s about being there for the Muslim who want it and need it, if you enjoy it too, good but if not well that’s your problem.
It shows people who are happy and secure in their faith, and over all it just comes back to joy, if your looking for oppressed Muslims go find another book, this one is beautiful and magical.
One of my favorite stories in the anthology is about is about a girl wearing her hijab for the first time over Eid, there is also one about two girl one Sunni and one Shi’a finding commonality and going to a carnival together with their families.
It would be a crime to give it anything less than 5 stars, it was lovely. While I doubt I was the target audience I enjoyed every word.