For years Bilal Hasham and his wife Mariam have lived contented, quiet lives in the sleepy rural village of Babbel’s End. Now all that is about to change.
On her deathbed, Bilal’s mother reaches for his hand. Instead of whispering her final prayers, she gives him a task: build a mosque in his country village.
Mariam is horrified by Bilal’s plan. His friends and neighbours are unnerved. As outrage sweeps Babbel’s End, battle lines are drawn. His mother’s dying wish reveals deeper divisions in their village than Bilal had ever imagined.
Soon Bilal is forced to choose between community and identity, between faith and friendship, between honouring his beloved mother’s last wish and preserving what is held dear in the place that he calls home.
Set in a small village on the edge of Birmingham, Bilal and his family live and feel at home here.
When his mother dies, her last wish is for a mosque in the village.
So, Bilal approaches his neighbours as he wants to build a mosque. Suddenly, he is treated differently and some outright hostility, he’s now made to feel an outsider and he begins to question his life and faith.
Beautifully written and such a thoughtful, sensitive look into prejudice and wanting to belong.
A moving and thought provoking read.
Thank you to Compulsive Readers for the opportunity to be part of this blog tour, for the promotional material and an eARC of This Green And Pleasant Land. This is my honest and unbiased review.