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RAMADAN

Video Review
Ramadan Mubarak: Adam's World 9

"Banana split with peanuts, hot fudge the way I like it," says Adam wistfully. Even half of the apple his sister Aneesah is holding looks good, even though he doesn't even like apples.

It's the last day of Ramadan, and Adam has decided to fast secretly, telling no one except his friend Asad. But fasting is not as easy as it seems.

Apart from the persistent thoughts of food, Adam finds it hard to make the time pass until Iftar. In between though, this video Ramadan Mubarak, (number nine in the Adam's World Series), presents some of the lessons all Muslims should take from Ramadan.

Whether it's the contrasting behavior of the Halal meat butcher who in one scenario exhibits un-Ramadan like behavior towards a customer, while treating her like gold in another; or telling the story of Ambreen, who visits her aunt and uncle in India during Ramadan and learns a lesson in generosity to the poor, Ramadan Mubarak teaches kids that fasting is about more than hunger.

It's about generosity, kindness and compassion, especially to the poor.

Ramadan is also the theme when Asad and Adam, with the help of the transvisualizer, visit Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world. Muslims are seen praying, working and participating in Salatul Eid in an open area, all the while highlighting some of the country's architecture and geography.

Ramadan is the theme when Adam the wonder journalist decides to interview grownups with growling stomachs, especially seeking a star Muslim baseball player. In an interview with the player though, he is much disturbed by the fact that he doesn't fast in Ramadan since it affects his playing. A humorous interview with the player's agent follows.

The video also features three-dimensional images of the letter Kha, as well as one song about fasting and another about Eid at the end.

Overall, the video does a good job of explaining the spirit behind fasting through the use of images, skits, and explanation. But it would be more useful for kids ages four and up, who can fully comprehend the dialogues between, for example, Adam and the non-fasting baseball player.


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