Leo's email, however, changed my entire perspective on what's possible. No longer did I see our impact as being limited to strengthening the values and cultural identity of young Muslim kids. Rather, I realized that like Bino and Fino (African), Maya and Miguel (Latino), and Ni Hao, Kai-Lan (Chinese) who share elements of their respective cultures through their content, there was a place for Ilyas and Duck to do the same and bring to light the ethnically diverse cultures of 1.6 billion Muslims around the world that share a common set of values. To me, what Leo expressed wasn't an isolated thought but a reflection of our collective need as a society to understand one another. Thus began our effort to transform Ilyas and Duck into global ambassadors - to share their wholesome values and cultural diversity with people of all backgrounds and beliefs - and do it in a fun and entertaining way.
In the summer of 2015, we took our first step and launched a campaign to donate Ilyas and Duck storybooks to public libraries across the U.S. You can help be part of this journey. Help donate Ilyas & Duck to public libraries. Follow the simple 3-step guide provided on this page to see how you can get involved. It won't cost you a thing. Seriously.
- Omar S. Khawaja, author and creator- Ilyas & Duck