Zain's Super Friday

Zain's Super Friday
Co-Authors / Illustrators
  • Nez Riaz
Publisher Name
Lee & Low Books
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Release Date
October 10, 2023
Join Zain and his dad on a special visit to their local mosque to attend jumu'ah prayers in this heartwarming picture book from the author of Under My Hijab.
Early Friday morning, Zain leaps out of bed ready to save the world from alien invaders! But his dad has other plans for Zain on this special day of the week. Dad takes Zain to the mosque and guides him through his first jumu'ah prayers. But Zain's quest for a superhero adventure leads to supersize distractions. Can Zain rein in his powerful impulses and appreciate this special experience with his dad and community?

With spirited text by award-winning author Hena Khan and dynamic illustrations by artist Nez Riaz, Zain's Super Friday is a celebration of Muslim traditions, imagination, and the joy of community.

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Pray before you can save the day
(Updated: April 26, 2024)
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Zain’s Super Friday is about a boy ready to use his imagination to save the world but must attend the special Friday religious service at his Mosque first. The illustrations do a great job of capturing Zain’s boundless enthusiasm to play and his slight boredom listening to a prayer service. His desire to play with his dad and his letdown when his dad must work is relatable for the children and the adults who read this book. Many Muslim religious terms and practices are incorporated into this book. A non-Muslim can gain context clues from the illustrations about some of what is happening and the Author’s note at the end gives a good explanation but this would be best enjoyed by someone who participates in these special prayer services and knows exactly what they are about. Overall, this book depicts how a young Muslim incorporates their faith into their normal day. Many of the behaviors Zain has are relatable to any child helping to normalize people from this faith for non-Muslim readers.
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