Pediatrician Asma Mobin-Uddin was a new stay-at-home mom looking for children’s books that accurately reflected the Muslim-American experience.
She didn’t have much luck.
So Mobin-Uddin, now president of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Ohio, decided to write her own.
Her latest effort is The Best Eid Ever, a tale of holiday goodwill. It tells the story of Aneesa, an American girl of Pakistani descent, who is sad the morning of Eid al-Adha because her parents are far away completing the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Eid al-Adha honors Abraham for his full submission to God’s will. It’s expected to fall on Dec. 20 this year, depending on moon sightings.
Aneesa meets a pair of poor refugee girls at her mosque and, with the help of her grandmother, finds a way to help them.
Charity is central to Islam, but the book is written for children of all faiths, Mobin-Uddin said.
She wants children to know that “You don’t need to have a job and money or be a grown-up to make a difference,” she said.
The message is especially important in places such as Columbus, which has a large refugee population, she said.
The Best Eid Ever was published in October by Boyds Mills Press in Honesdale, Pa. The book is carried by Borders, Barnes & Noble and Cover to Cover bookstores and costs $16.95.
Her first book, My Name is Bilal, is about a Muslim-American boy who doesn’t want his classmates to know he’s Muslim.
Asma Mobin-Uddin will sign copies of The Best Eid Ever at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Cover to Cover bookstore, 3560 N. High St.