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(If I Should Speak #3)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  13 reviews
The journey began in If I Should Speak with Tamika Douglass's path of spiritual growth and direction, treaded at the hands of her college roommates, Aminah and Dee, two Muslims on opposite ends of their strength in Islam. Footsteps, the third in a trilogy to follow Umm Zakiyyah's A Voice, is a story that stands on its own in both impact and inspiration. At the heart of the ...more
Paperback, 318 pages
Published February 9th 2007 by Al-Walaa Publications
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Mar 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book with a strong plot that took me with her (to the story) where each one of the characters tries to understand this life in the best way.. and I was there -with them- thinking about all the conflict that they are facing and what will happen to me if I was one of them?
Umm Zakiyyahs books takes me behind my sight to think more about many things that i will face in my life even if I am not with her in some small details.
Thank you Umm Zakiyyahs.
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of living in the same community as Umm Zakiyyah, though at the time of reading "IF I Should Speak?" I had no idea that she was the same sister. lol I enjoyed the book immensely, and this one as well. I know a lot of women may take a certain stance that is covered in this book, but I feel that the author did a wonderful job conveying all the characters and their mind set. Wonderful book.
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Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kulsoom by: Sabrina
Shelves: favorites
Genre: Romance, Fiction

Oh and for the people who have issues about reading books by Muslim authors: the English and grammar are absolutely perfect, so don't worry about that. It's a fiction book. You will enjoy it. Read it.

This book gave me a completely new perspective about (1) polygamy and (2) racial struggles/issues.

The best thing about this entire thing was that it was completely untypical fiction. There were so many racially diverse characters, which I have never seen before in any sort of
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: islamic-fiction
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Mar 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A continuation of the stories of the characters from the first two books - and this one deals with polygamy. It was a compelling read, although at times I felt like I was being hit over the head with a 'women are jealous by nature, men are polygamous by nature' stick. Considering the stance at the end of the book (that seems to be the author's) I'm wondering if that was supposed to be Ismael's thought process? I felt uncomfortable at times, since it felt like the author was advocating polygamy f ...more
Apr 29, 2012 rated it liked it
So, I have to say I was not as impressed as I was with the first 2. Yes I cried a little in places but it didnt hit home as much as the others, maybe because I had grown used to getting to know Tamika rather than her husbands parents.The general overview of this book is that it follows Sarah and her husband Ishmael as he looks into finding himself another wife in the eyes of a late 20s new muslim, masha'allah. It talks alot about the struggles that women go through to understand this and it also ...more
Nov 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: adult
this covers an uneasy topic and an Islamic opinion,I don't necassarily agree with some of the plot and actions in book Islamically,but from and eductaional view i learned some things i hadn't seen.also heart breaking issues. great insight to a world many will not know.
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
i am surely not as strong as the protagonist, Sarah...
Nusaybah's comment about not minding the "other" couple's business reminds me of a friend's similar sentiments....hard to swallow...but..if your soul depends on it, will you, too, submit?
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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“To them she wore the costume of the oppressed from distant lands and was the poster child of backwardness in a forward thinking world. To her, their faces bore the costume of the ignorant, and they were poster children for gross close-mindedness in an open-minded, ever changing world” 11 likes
“She needed to hear the reminder, the reminder that there was more to this life than her heart. Even if it could never be mended completely. She had her soul. She had the Hereafter. She had her faith.” 9 likes
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