Ever since I was a seven-year-old girl with my growing interest and love for reading, I have been looking for Islamic-fiction. At that age, unfortunately, there weren’t many Islamic-fiction books out there, like Seven is Special. I just couldn’t find anything, my mum couldn’t find anything, and neither could any of my other friends.
It’s not about anything but the desire to be able to genuinely relate to a character in a book, by having something so significant in common as the same religion, the same beliefs – and a character portrayed in an Islamically inspiring way.
At this present time, there are thankfully a bit more books out there, though mostly in the YA genre. But I still find the issue when coming across books where I don’t feel Muslim characters are portrayed well enough.
These reasons are the major cause as to why I have been wanting to and trying to write Islamic-fiction (and also because I love writing) for the past few years now (and I might even make another post about how writing Islamic-fiction is difficult, let me know in the comments if you’d like a post on that).
So in summary this post is to say why Islamic-fiction is so important to me, and why there should be more Islamic-fiction. To all Muslims out there, if you have a budding story in your mind, if you think you can do it, please do – pen an Islamic-fiction story for the young generation of today to be able to read, enjoy, relate to, and find inspiring characters (and also relatable) characters.
Also, if you have any Islamic-fiction recommendations please let me know for I am constantly on the lookout for them! 🙂