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.
Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions!
In my middle grade spy adventure (for 9-12 year olds), the villain is determined to get rid of groups he thinks are a security threat to America (basically anyone of Middle Eastern descent).
This squarely affects the main character Dale’s best friend, Jasmine Siddiqi. She is twelve years old (but could be eleven, if it helps alleviate any issues). She and her mother work for a secret government agency, working to take the villain down.
At age 11 or 12, would Jasmine be praying five times a day? If so, I worry there are instances when she will be in the middle of a mission (and being chased by the bad guys) during salat.
I assume that if someone is in danger, or if she is, it would be acceptable to postpone prayers? Or maybe at that age, she is just starting to incorporate regular prayer schedule into her daily life?
I’d love to hear any thoughts of how to deal with prayer during missions. (Also, often there would not be water available for ritual washing prior to prayer. Although she could carry a water bottle and small prayer rug in her backpack.)
Thank you for your thoughts!
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