Title: Muslim Girl
Author: Umm Zakiyyah
Publisher: Al Walaa Publications
I enjoyed Muslim Girl the least so far out of Umm Zakiyyah’s published books. I guess it might be because of it been a teenager based novel. I did like the storyline, though, even when I got annoyed on the issue of Inaya quickly letting go of her hijab. I’m not judgemental here, lol. I just wonder how it came so easily for her. Okay, let me give her a slack, she was a teenager after all and we do all sorts at that stage of our lives 🙂
The story is about Inaya, an American teenager who lived in Saudi Arabia with her Mum, Veronica for seven years when they later returned to the United States of America. As a Muslim youth just returning to her country after several years in a foreign land, she found it hard and confusing to identify herself as one in her new environment and school.
Her desire to please a particular boy and not to be singled out like a sore finger in her school prompted her to take the decision of removing her hijab. A double life was created by that decision- a covered girl at home and a hijab-less ‘regular girl in school. She eventually stood up for her identity as a Muslim.
The writer did an excellent job of portraying the struggles of a Muslim teen that is very real and relatable. I recommend this book to the Muslim teens struggling with their identities as Muslims.
Are you one like Inaya that had to live a double life due to the fear of being stereotyped? Drop your comments below on your thoughts and we shall get back to you.