Dear Readers: The following question was submitted by Jami Sinclair, who is writing a book with a Muslim character and would like input from the Muslim community on whether her portrayals of Islam are accurate. Besides her questions, which I will be posting as they come up, Jami is also seeking sensitivity readers for her manuscript. Please help out if you can.
Please forgive my ignorance. I appreciate the opportunity to ask questions here!
In my middle grade spy adventure (for 9-12 year olds) the main character’s best friend Jasmine is a Muslim American girl, working within a US spy agency to take down a villain who plans to eradicate Muslims from America.
Her mother (who is also a spy for the agency) wears a hijab. I currently do not have Jasmine wearing one.
From my internet searches, this would be acceptable in most Muslim families, since she is pre-pubescent. She is currently twelve-years-old, but I could make her eleven, if that helps. Does this seem reasonable?
Also, her parents intend to allow her to decide when and even if to wear one later. It seems this is common to allow the child to come to their faith with their own decision, but perhaps I misunderstood the results of my internet searches.
Note: Her mother is Muslim, her father is Christian and is the director of the spy agency. I appreciate that the Muslim community is diverse, so there will be differing opinions on this, but I’m looking for what is most common within American Muslim families.
Thank you for your help!
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