This sweet story shows how even when people refuse to help, we should treat them with kindness, as our actions should be to please Allah alone, and inshaAllah in real life, much like in the story, people will fix their ways and offer their help in return. This new story reads very much like the old(er) favorite Nabeel’s New Pants, where everyone is too busy to help, but then come around to realizing that helping one another is a way to show people we care. This 32 page 8.5 x 11 soft back story is well bound with large glossy pages and clear text. The story works well for ages 4 and up, as they will understand the moral message and inshaAllah feel inspired to find ways to help as well.
It is a 40 year tradition that Mustafa Amce and his wife Ayse Teyze feed iftar to their friends and families on the first day of Ramadan. This year, however, Ayse is not well and Mustafa is confident he can enlist the help of neighbors and family to help him keep the tradition alive.
Unfortunately, everyone has an excuse. His daughter is tired, his grand daughter is too busy with her video games and his neighbor doesn’t want to get his new shirt dirty. Their sad reasons don’t stop old Mustafa Amce, and he makes the salad, and cooks the rice and beef by himself.
When iftar time arrives, he offers sweet dates to those at the masjid and invites everyone to come to his courtyard to break their fasts together. All those that had early refused to assist him feel incredibly guilty and don’t want to take advantage of a lovely meal. Mustafa reminds them that, “God loves those who are generous especially to their families, neighbors, and guests. and I always want Got to love me.” So they join in the delicious meal.
After food Ayse Teyze shows that while she might be ill, she can still save the day when her husband realizes he has forgotten to prepare dessert. The guests then offer to wash the dishes and sweep the floor and take the leftovers to the poor. And best of all when the athan for isha prayer calls out they all without prompting stand to join Mustafa Amce in praying salat together.
The names are Turkish with a pronunciation guide at the end, as well as a paragraph about Ramadan. The book would work for non Muslims and Muslims alike as the story is set in Ramadan, but more about coming together to help out. The illustrations are large and detailed and descriptive. You see the warmth between Mustafa and his wife as well as the apologetic feelings from those that were unwilling to help.