IF I SHOULD SPEAK BY UMM ZAKIYYAH PDF

Start your review of If I Should Speak Write a review Shelves: religion I was initially going to give this a lower rating, but the unexpected twist at the end redeemed it slightly. This is a spiritual story of three roommates: one is Christian, one is a practising Muslim and the third is a non-practicing Muslim. Tamika, the Christian roommate, has a college assignment to research a religion and do a presentation on it. She chooses Islam, and this forms the premise for the rest of the story. Here are my main issues with the book.

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How many precious hours spent with books that were not only a waste of time, but probably even had content that made our toes curl in shame? If only we had Umm Zakiyyah back then! Probably the most established author in Islamic fiction, whose words will touch your soul. Tamika, the main character, is an African-American soul searching young woman, soon to finish college with great ambitions.

It all begins when Tamika has a big fight with her roommate and is almost expelled from university, only because of her ethnicity. She is surprised to learn Dee is a Muslim. Aminah is the polite and perfect practicing Muslim who fulfills all her worldly and religious obligations and is well read about her religion. How can Dee get along with her?

Confused, but still happy with her roommates, she watches them pray. Her fitrah pricks at her subconsciousness as she has long discussions with Aminah, who skillfully clears up common misconceptions of Islam relating to Christianity, polygamy, hijab, etc and helps her with books and resources for her paper. At the same time, Tamika finds that among the many interests she shares with Dee is their passion for music.

As Tamika learns more about Islam, she is torn between her conflicting struggles: fulfilling a lifetime dream of becoming a singer or accepting Islam. I am sure we as teenagers can all relate to one of the characters? Were we more like Aminah or Dee? Through 3 realistic characters, Umm Zakiyyah has given us a chance to see where we and others around us stand. Are we like Aminah — God-fearing and strict, despite the pressures of the environment around us?

Or like Dee- a wavering young Muslim like most in the West, searching for their identity and losing sight of their religion and real purpose in life? Do we cave in to modernity and fashion and the prevalent fitnah? This poignant story should appeal to all Muslims, the main theme being woven around religion and proof of Islam being the truth, and to non-Muslims because of the discussions of comparative religion and the realistic internal conflicts for someone considering another faith.

And those who are lured into the Dunya, like Dee, to take heed. The book, full of life, has a perfect balance of literary techniques to keep our interest - descriptive language, characters, emotions, settings, imagery, and a thrilling plot. Once you pick it up, you will not be able to put it down. An outstanding work of fiction, yet so realistic it pulls you along, with smiles and tears, to the very end. Oh, and not only is it a bestseller in Islamic fiction across the globe, but also used in colleges!

You will love every moment of it. If it does not change your life, it will give you a lot to think about.

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If I Should Speak

How many precious hours spent with books that were not only a waste of time, but probably even had content that made our toes curl in shame? If only we had Umm Zakiyyah back then! Probably the most established author in Islamic fiction, whose words will touch your soul. Tamika, the main character, is an African-American soul searching young woman, soon to finish college with great ambitions.

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