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A Voice

(If I Should Speak #2)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  27 reviews
From the author of the internationally acclaimed novel If I Should Speak comes the anxiously awaited sequel. In this deft second book, Umm Zakiyyah again takes us through the lives of Tamika and those who brush her life. Now Muslim, Tamika must face her Christian mother who instilled in her a love for Christ and made church the heartbeat of the family. Torn between her ded ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published April 17th 2004 by Al-Walaa Publications
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Aug 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls
Recommended to Anisa by: My Brother
This book was/is AMAZING! it totally changed my life forever.
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: islamic-fiction
Rereading 3-25-14
Finished 5-12-14
It took forever to finish rereading this, but I finally did!

The sequel to If I Should Speak continues the story of Tamika from the first book. A lot of what A Voice revolves around includes what reverts to Islam may go through and the subject of marriage. The first is definitely interesting to read about and is yet another example of how committed many reverts are to Islam compared to born Muslims. I think it goes without saying that unfortunately, Muslims born i
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
masha'allah I have to say it was well worth the money masha'allah. I read the prequel quite a few months ago and wanted to get the second one for quite awhile now, I saw it at a conference for a good price and decided to go for it. Its a lot thicker than the first one, which took me 4 hours to read, so I didnt expect to get through this one as quickly as I did. I wont go too much into detail about the book but I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes novels but is looking for something aw ...more
Rawia R
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it and read it several times... Amazing writing style.. An the story itself is Romantic yet as clean as possible.. At times your heart would tighten and would be at a verge of bursting. And a moment later, it's filled with self satisfaction and contentment.. Tamika is like a reflection of one self ...more
Becky J
Mar 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
LOVED IT! Starting about halfway through, I found myself updating my husband about the characters' situations every 5 minutes or so - drove him crazy. It's so nice to be able to enjoy a book with a Muslim perspective.
It's been a few years since I read 'If I Should Speak,' but I felt like I could notice the author's writing having developed. Looking forward to more!
Feb 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
This is the squel of if a should speak it has more information about the practices of islam and less information about the islamic beleive itself (as the first book covered this part).

It describe the live of Tamika after converting to islam. The story is great and it has a happy ending (I like happy ending)
Feb 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mashallah, this was a very good book. It is nice to read works by Muslim writers that give positive and realistic insight into the lives of Muslims. They characters' experiences are easy to relate to and their stories are true to life. I recommend this book for anyone that wants an accurate portrait of Islamic women. ...more
Feb 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Only one thing i hated about this book , , , ," too much of unimportant details" , , , which i found to be really boring , but aside from that its a good read , full of profound spiritual meanings .

I recommend it for both muslims and non-muslims.
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it... It changed my life style and my thinking.. so practical and realistic view in a muslimahz life.. delineated with such greatness..
i felt each moment.. and saw a girls life frm different perspective.. a convert muslimah.. Mashalah!
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to UmmSolodeen by: No one
Shelves: islamic-novels
Beautiful story. Well written. Another page turner for me.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-read
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Alhamdulilah this book touched me in a very personal way. I'm pleased I read it when I did. ...more
Laki Ali
Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Bara'ah Iversen
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love it! Three cheers for Islamic fiction!!!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
I stopped reading this back in 2014, and now going back to finish it I remember why I stopped. It’s not great, it is ok. The more I remember the first book from the recap at the beginning, I gave it a good rating back then, I kinda realize it wasn’t super great either. It has the same problem this one has. I don’t know how to describe my issue with this book other than it is a VERY halal book. It is the love story a Muslim preacher would enjoy reading and would recommend to his family. That can ...more
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Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love it! So happy that the author decided to give us the opportunity to follow Tamika's life even further! I know the book is long, guys, but it IS worth it :)

The only issue I had was the immense amount of description and explanation that took place, going on for a long time, and this knocked down a star for me. It really made me struggle with reading this, especially since they would continue for pages on end. If the plot hadn't been so immersing, I probably would have gotten to a point where
Feb 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really hate to one-star this, but I have to. Massive plot holes, barely-there character development, and a whole lot of drama (in a bad way) that was pretty much caused by the characters - especially Tamika - assuming stuff and not communicating with each other.

If Tamika had been a real person, I would have shaken her! She is a drama queen. She overreacts constantly, behaves like a complete brat to Aminah and her parents, treats Sulayman like crud, and has the gall to criticize her sister's b
Absolutely sensational and educating
Naureen Minhas
Jul 20, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: new Muslims, and anyone else Muslim or not wanting to enjoy some great islamic fiction
This was an excellent read and really captured the nuances of the life of a practicing Muslim. Not it did it do a great job in educating about the life of a practicing Muslim, but it went many steps ahead to really entertain and capture your heart.

I was like someone tryna get over an addiction once this book ended.

I loved it. Good work. Love to read more of ur write ups...
Apr 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Amazing book like drew me to tears and made me fangirl over every word like epppppp.
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Daughter of American converts to Islam, Umm Zakiyyah writes about the interfaith struggles of Muslims and Christians, and the intercultural, spiritual, and moral struggles of Muslims in America.

Umm Zakiyyah’s work has earned praise from writers, professors, and filmmakers and has been translated into multiple languages. In 2008, Umm Zakiyyah was awarded the Muslim Girls Unity Conference Distinguis

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