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. Volume XX Number 5. . . .October 4, 2013
Colours of Islam, by Dawud Wharnsby, is the follow-up to his book of poetry A Picnic of Poems: In Allah’s Green Gardens. Like A Picnic of Poems, this new collection of nine songs tackles a range of topics from acceptance to understanding to unity.
With each of his songs, Wharnsby sets out to illustrate the universal messages that make up the Islamic faith, such as diversity and love, and he imparts these messages with striking honesty. Though the issues Wharnsby gives voice to can be overwhelming at times, he brings balance to the book by not only incorporating rhyme but also interspersing lighter songs.
Shireen Adams’ vibrant illustrations beautifully echo the story of each song. “We’ve Scanned the Sky (The Ramadan Song)” is the perfect example because it places the song in a time and place that is familiar to readers - an urban landscape at night. Colours of Islam is yet another educational read by Wharnsby that is sure to educate all young readers on the principles of Islam.
Inderjit Deogun is a communications professional in Toronto, ON.
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