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Small Abdul and the Caliph's Daughter

© Written by Tasha Guenther and illustrated by Leanne Guenther
- based on the Muslim Folktale
 

Once upon a time in a land long ago there lived a man, Big Abdul. He was a fervent Muslim; he had one wife, Fatima, and a son, Small Abdul. Now, Small Abdul was, of course, smaller than Big Abdul; but the most interesting thing about Small Abdul wasn’t how much smaller he was in comparison to his father. Actually, Small Abdul was smaller than any other human being.

Small Abdul and the Caliph's Daughter: small abdulBeing so small had its downsides, of course: he wasn’t as fast as other people, he was almost stepped on a number of times, and he needed assistance when getting up on a camel’s back. Having said this however, what Small Abdul lacked in size, he made up for with intelligence and wit.

One day, Big Abdul informed his family that it was time to partake in the annual Hajj, which was the pilgrimage to Mecca for the gathering of Muslims as one of the five pillars of Islam.

Since it was their religious duty, Fatima packed the annual supplies they would need for their journey and they went on their way. They travelled for hours along with a number of other Muslims on camels and in caravans.