Review: In My Mosque by M.O.Yuksel

Disclaimer: We Received In My Mosque bby M.O.Yuksel and Hatem Aly for the purposes of review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

”Determined to change negative American perspectives on the Islamic faith, author M.O. Yuksel penned a beautifully lyrical debut picture book, IN MY MOSQUE (on-sale March 23). Illustrated by NYT bestselling artist Hatem Aly, this gorgeous book offers a look at mosques across the world – including some that have never before been illustrated in traditional US publishing, like the Masjid al-Nabawi in Saudi Arabia and the Great Mosque of Xi’an in China. Directly inspired by the deadly attack on a New Zealand mosque in 2019, Yuksel and Aly have created an incredible book that portrays a variety of mosques, Muslims, and communities across the globe.”

Author: M.O.Yuksel

Illustrator: Hatem Aly

Publisher: Harper Collins

‘No matter who you are or where you’re from, step in and discover all the rituals and wonders of the mosque. From grandmothers and reading lines of the Qur’an and the imam telling stories of living as one to meeting new friends and learning to help others, mosques are centres for friendship, community, and love.’

I have never really had a relationship with the mosque. There weren’t many in our city when I was younger and they usually used to be just for men due to the lack of space. So I guess I never really developed a connection. Now even as an adult with a number of big mosques in our city I tend not to go, doing my worship at home. But it is important to ensure children know how important mosques are to help them develop a love for them. And to also show others that mosques are beautiful places to be and safe.

Recommended for ages 4-8, In My Mosque is a beautifully illustrated book to show that ‘Everyone is Welcome Here’. With vivid and colourful illustrations of mosques and a diverse range of characters, this book is sure to appeal to all.

To see more of the pages in the book have a look at my IGTV.

What did we think?

The book is a great way of introducing the mosque to children and to those who may not be familiar with it or have misconceptions about it. It shows the love and joy that people feel while being in the mosque and that it is a safe place. At the end of the book there is some brief information on mosques and also some of the more famous and historic mosques are listed.

A lovely book for both Muslims and non Muslims alike.

If you would like to purchase it then it is available from Amazon.

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