Masjid Morning

Masjid Morning

by announced today (August 14, 2017) that Masjid Morning is the winner in the 2017 Bookvana Awards in the category Fiction: Romance.

“LOS ANGELES  – announced the winners and finalists of THE 2017 BOOKVANA AWARDS (BVA) on August 14, 2017. Over 50 winners and finalists were announced in over 30 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

“The Bookvana Awards are new specialty book awards honoring books that elevate society, celebrate the human spirit, and cultivate our inner lives.

“Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded hundreds of entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

Masjid Morning had previously won a Finalist Award in the Category Fiction: Romance in the 2017 International Book Awards.

Masjid Morning has won a 2017 International Book Award
Finalist Award in the Fiction: Romance category. Three hundred winners and finalists were announced out of fifteen hundred entries. (Complete list of awards by category)

[“Masjid,” Arabic for “mosque,” is pronounced “mass-jid;  (“Atif” is “uh-teef“) ]


Cover by Audrey Engdahl

While their families feud, Atif and Amy fall in love and strive to surmount their conflicting religions and cultural backgrounds and the opposition of their families.

In a small Maryland town, Atif, a premed student, and Amy, a high school senior, meet secretly as Atif answers Amy’s questions about Islam. Their attraction grows, and Amy tries to convert him to Christianity, while Atif believes that if they marry, she will convert to Islam.

Atif’s father, an immigrant from Lahore, Pakistan, and chief surgeon at a hospital, is leading his congregation in construction of a mosque, while Amy’s father, a decorated veteran of the Battle of Mogadishu who owns a large dairy farm, is opposed to the construction and heads a group doing everything they can to stop it.

Quick Reviews


A thought-provoking and ultimately moving story that looks at love, human nature, and conservative religion.”Kirkus Reviews

A powerful novel about hate and intolerance–religious and racial.
But even more than that, it’s a Romeo and Juliet romance about two young people caught up in their parents’ feud.”  – Kathy Cunningham

“With Islamophobia on the rise in the US, publication of this interesting novel is quite timely. Its two intertwining plot lines converge in a stunning denouement that I won’t reveal.” –Edd Doerr, President of Americans for Religious Liberty

The book is excellent.”       –Lobna “Luby” Ismail, Pres., Connecting Cultures

Masjid Morning is a Romeo and Juliet story set in present day rural America with characters struggling over questions of love, loyalty and belonging.  It makes one question whether community spirit can ever overcome the violence of our prejudices.”                                –Cynthia A. Snavely, minister

“In this stimulating, suspenseful story, two people, balanced between youth and adulthood, struggle with romantic tension, the future, the purpose of life, truth, and injustice, while the world around them battles over the construction of a house of prayer. The book moves effortlessly between technical descriptions of a mosque rising from the ground like a living being and the emotional struggles between religions.”
– Jay Endelman, homebuilder

A good book for interfaith dialogue. The conversations are set within a story, which takes away some of the formality of such dialogues.”
– Dawud Abdur-Rahman, author of The Dhikr of Authenticity

“The framed pictures of Lahore on the walls of Atif’s living room reminded me of my summer vacation visits to my grandparents in Lahore from our home in   Faisalabad when I was a child.”                       –Rafay Ihsan, college student