Salat in ­Secret

Random House Studio. Jun. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781984848093.
PreS-Gr 3–Muhammad is Muslim, and on his seventh birthday he receives a rug to use when he performs salat, or praying. Salat follows a prescribed sequence of movements and occurs five times every day within stipulated time periods. One of the times for praying comes during the school day, and Muhammad is concerned about finding a secluded place in which to perform his prayers. He has watched his father worship alongside his ice cream truck and be laughed at by those who see him, and this makes the boy afraid to ask his teacher about a spot for him in which to pray. “Would Mrs. Baker think salat is funny?” Something happens one evening when he observes his father praying that results in the boy plucking up the courage to talk with his teacher. Cheerful illustrations in spreads and smaller vignettes show a multicultural town and school, as well as Muhammad’s brown-skinned family, which includes his father, his mother in a hijab, and young siblings.
VERDICT For anyone who has ever felt a little worried about sharing a beloved family or cultural ritual, this title will be welcome and even cherished; it will also inform some readers about Islam and explain a bit more about the practice of prayer.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing