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Covered from head to toe with only her eyes visible, the sight of a Muslim woman on a western city street rarely fails to provoke a strong reaction. Feelings of shock, horror, repulsion, pity or even fear are not uncommon. But have you ever wondered who it is behind the veil and what makes her tick? Ever wondered what her life is really like and whether her dreams, hopes a ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by Bantam Press
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Mary Jane
Feb 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very well done. After a family member embraced Islam, I've done a lot of reading to try to understand the religion better. This book describes the religion simply and straightforwardly - and it goes a long way to dispel notions about what kind of women in that practice are all about. ...more
Chris
Apr 06, 2009 rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting as it gave me a view of how the Muslim womans world works. This is not something I would be naturally exposed to and I thought it an excellent educational journey.
Fatima
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is wonderful. I fear that I don't have many words to fully describe the impact it had on me, so I'll keep this review short. From My Sisters' Lips debunks the common misconceptions about 'oppressed' Muslim women, and in doing so gives voice to many women, allowing them to offer insight into their lives, marriages, families and religion. It was particularly powerful coming from women who had chosen to embrace Islam, and their stories were genuinely enlightening and thought-provoking. It ...more
Yasser
Aug 11, 2009 rated it liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect out of this book at first. There are so many attempts by Muslim authors to shed light on Islam - Most of which are fractionally sensere. Na'ima B. Roberts does not suffer from this problem.
From My sister's lips is a very personal account of various "reverts" to Islam, as she calls them, including herself. Many of the women's stories surprised me and some were inspiring on many levels. Na'ima also gracefully tackles the wide array of reactions non-Muslims have toward
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SISTERS Magazine
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written and with utmost clarity, Na’ima gives us an account of her journey back to her original religion, Islam, in her memoir From My Sisters’ Lips. Through Na’ima, we also get to meet other sisters from different parts of the world who share their experiences from reversion to submission, nikkah, divorce, hijab, bereavement, niqab and so on. From My Sisters Lips was the first Islamic book I ever read, as it actually came to me in a period when I was facing some challenges in my lif ...more
Ilaze
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Ilaze by: Zoya
This Book is the most inspiring piece of autobiographical work i'v ever read. Talking about the basics of Islam, Naima takes us along the journey of her reversion and how she met similar Muslim women who formed her network of 'sisterhood'.

A must read for every girl trying to follow her deen inspite of the societal pressures around her- wether it's donning the hijab or getting married the islamic way...she talks about all the issues that Muslim women face in today's world.
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Sarah
May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this book on my shelf for at least 3 years now and, sadly, only found the time to pick it up now as part of a reading challenge I participated in here on goodreads. I’m so glad that I finally got around to reading it as it has opened my eyes to a different and fresh perspective on what it means to be a Muslim. Seeing the beauty of Islam through the eyes of recent reverts to Islma, people who were not brought up with it in their lives and, therefore, did not take it for granted and place ...more
Zulekha
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
From my Sisters Lips was a thought-provoking read and pretty much all about converts and there journey to Islam, and although it was quite enlightening to know the reasons of choosing Islam and how they were guided, I kind of wanted to know more about Muslim journeys aswell, to getting to know the religion better, nevertheless though I loved how Na'ima B. Robert conveyed her view of Islam and showed her immense love for it, and to love for the love of Allah swt is truly spectacular.

So it pretty
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Dana
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Hmm.. a long book. I think some ideas were repeated many times to the extent that the book turned to be -sometimes- boring. However, there are many parts that I totally enjoyed and I even highlighted these pages to keep reading them over and over again. For a practicing Muslim, many ideas seem already well-known, and here, I think they are assumed to be read by non-Muslims who would see these things as 'strange' or 'different.' From My Sisters' Lips also discusses some crucial stuff that happen ...more
Sarah Lameche
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reverts-to-islam
I was really excited when I started reading this book. I love reading stories of peoples journey's in Islam. Parts of it really interested me. However what spoiled it for me was so much talk about the niqab in particular. As this is a cultural thing rather than a necessity in Islam I suppose I found this part a little (dare I say it) boring. I have many friends who wear the niqab and truthfully it doesn't interest me why they wear it either.
I didn't agree with everything she wrote but then that'
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Rora
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
This book was the first book I read about Islam in English. I really enjoyed the book. It contains good convincing answers for common questions about Islam and Muslim women. It really expressed most of the things that I would like people to know about Muslim women.
Shahidah Siraaj
I can't say that I completely agree with the author's interpretation of Islam but I found the book to be refreshing nonetheless. It is important to include the voices of Muslim women in the discussion about our identity and faith. ...more
Zaynäb Book  Minimalist
Jan 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was gifted to me by a dear friend, when I started using hijab.

Alhamdulillah I was able to relate to it as it even strengthened my belief and it helped me in my journey to be a better muslimah
Ayesha  Al Fardan
Jul 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I give up on this book! I felt the author mention everything 100 times, so I ended up not finishing the book.
Mick
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
felt like the contents of the book were a bit repetitive with same things said in different ways. yet a good read
Shahrazad
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Good book can be a good read for people to learn about Islam and the lives of Muslim women. Even as a Muslim it gave me a new perspective on some aspects of practicing Islam which I had taken for granted.

However it's important to keep in mind that it's a book about Naima and that the community she portrays is her unique British-Muslim community which somehow seemed a bit secluded to me.

I also felt like she either over glorified or presented as facts her own choices and interpretation of Islam l
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Brooke
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Quintessential Muslim reading.
ضحى باعقيل


I was hesitating between 2 and 3 stars, but eventually settled on 3.
I think the book could be made shorter if a lot of unnecessary details and repetitions were removed.

I take my hat off to the converts all over the world for the struggles they've been through, before and after embracing Islam.
May Allah bless you all.


Quotes I liked:
" And although you know that what you are doing is right and that what you believe is the truth, the feeling of being looked down upon and steered at stings lik
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Nada Saleh
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Born and raised as Muslim, there are fields in my life I've taken for granted; wuduh, Salah, Dhikr, hijab,...
Reading this book was like looking at all these aspects of my deen and identity from a different angle, I've never looked at wuduh the way it was mentioned by Na'ima. I consider praying and wearing hijab as a routine I do in my everyday life, but Na'ima made it sound like a privilege.
The journey of Na'ima reverting to Islam was amazing, I cried three times while reading it, the strong e
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Safina Hussain
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good read for anyone interested in learning about Islam/Muslim women. It's not the most factual/informative book but gives insight into the lives of Muslim women through the eyes of a few reverts. It would have been nice for there to have been more factual details as a lot of it is opinion based upon the author's experiences - a lot of generalisations were made which dismissed the beautiful variety and differences that we all have. I would have also liked there to be more reference to ...more
Kadijah Michelle
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: islam, memoir
This is the book I've been looking for since I became a Muslim. I am often asked, what is a good book to explain you religion, and I have a few that I recommend, but this one does the job of several in just one volume! Ma sha Allah! I absolutely loved the fact that the sister focused more on what Muslims do instead of what we are not allowed to do. An example: I think she only mentions once or twice that Muslims don't eat pork, instead, she talks about the wonderful get-togethers sisters have to ...more
Zahrah Awaleh
May 15, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate the fact that everyone should be able to tell their story. However, the author's interpretation of Islam is too rigid and narrow. ...more
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Sep 13, 2013 added it
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Amira
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended
Brilliant! I felt as though I was on the same wavelength.
Tuscany Bernier
I wanted to love this book, I really did. I couldn't get past her explaining everything so much and the whole book felt that way to me. I couldn't even finish it. Just my preference, I suppose. ...more
Yousra
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A book that made me cry, laugh, and reflect. I learned a lot from it and every paragraph made me realise the blessing of being born muslim and raised as such. I can never recommend it enough.
Natalie Mutunga
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
For anyone with a background on Islam the book isn't that informative and the style of writing isn't captivating. ...more
KakEllereads
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have been wanting to read this book since few years back after I saw MizzNina spoke to the author in one of MizzNina show (I can’t recall the name of the show).
I’m so happy when my brother asked whether I want any book from Kinokuniya, and I asked him whether they have this book, and yes 🤩. This is a gift from my brother besides few more books that he bought for me and my son.
When I started reading this, I can relate to the writing so much that it makes me keep on turning page after page.
I ca
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Radwa
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I liked the first part, but I don't agree with her point of view about Hegab and Marriage!
When she mentioned Stepford wives, I felt sick in my stomach!!
I won't continue reading the rest of the book.
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Ahmed
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thoughtful and Liberal Islamic thinking who uses the mind whenever possible while acknowledging the divine rulings even if the mind is not satisfied which is the exception.
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Na’ima B Robert is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. She was born in Leeds, grew up in Zimbabwe and went to university in London. At high school, her loves included performing arts, public speaking and writing stories that shocked her teachers.
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