The Masjid Kamal Loves (Hardcover)
July/August 2023 Kids Indie Next List
“A lovingly written introduction to the masjid (commonly called a mosque in English). Perfect for anyone interested in teaching or learning the traditions of Muslim houses of prayer.”
— Matthew May, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO
Friday is Kamal’s favorite day of the week because he gets to go to the masjid for Jumu’ah prayer. The masjid is where he can be with his friends, hear the teachings of the imam, and pray with the community that he loves so dearly. He just can’t help the bounce in his step, the smile on his face, or the joy bubbling up in his chest every time Friday rolls around!
Inspired by the famous nursery rhyme “This Is the House That Jack Built,” each spread in this buoyant picture book builds on the rhythmic list of things Kamal loves about the masjid.
Aaliya Jaleel is a Sri-Lankan American illustrator who loves illustrating bright, bold color palettes and floral themes. Some of her works include the books Under My Hijab, Muslim Girls Rise, and The Masjid Kamal Loves. Aaliya also works as a designer for animation.