Hey everyone! Today’s post is extremely long-awaited (for me, anyways). I’ve always talked about Islamic-fiction on my blog and how much it means to me, but I have also talked about how much the so-called “Islamic-fiction” books these days have left me so disappointed. So in this post, I’m going to be going into detail as to why that is so.
I also mentioned this in my post “The Truth about ‘Love, Hate and Other Filters’ by Samira Ahmed” – a book that was about a Muslim girl that lived a very unislamic life, such as having a boyfriend and not wearing the headscarf or jilbab that millions of Muslim girls (myself included) don whenever they go out the house and in front of males that have hit puberty and aren’t their fathers, brothers, grandfathers, uncles, husbands, sons, etc (not cousins).
The thing is, a huge majority of books called Islamic-fiction are about non-practicing Muslims who live a lifestyle that completely contradicts that of Islam. I find this very sad, because despite how big society is about things that we don’t do in Islam, such as sex outside of marriage, there are still millions of faithful, practicing Muslims out there, so it’s hardly unrealistic to portray these instead of others.
I find it very misleading for these books to be classed as Islamic-fiction. It portrays a very false image as to what practicing Muslims are actually like, and about the religion we follow. Practicing Muslims don’t have boyfriends or wear short clothes, for example. We believe and love what we do and practice, like how so many other people around the world make their own choices about their lifestyles. Also, just a note, even if you live a different lifestyle to mine, and have different opinions to me, I still respect that! We’re all entitled to our own ways of living 🙂
Inaccurate representation can be a very hurtful thing, and something that I have felt keenly these past few years where I have been on a continuous hunt for accurate Islamic-fiction books. Growing up, I’d never really had those books to show me that there can also be an adventure world filled with Muslim children like me. It really makes a difference!
So now you know why I don’t really review a lot of the new “Islamic-fiction” books out there 🙂 There are four or five Islamic-fiction books that I do know that do have accurate representation AND are amazing reads! Here are a few of them, but I’ll be making a whole post soon talking about everything in more detail…
- If I Should Speak by Umm Zakiyyah – 13+ (CW: mention of a boyfriend but there is no inappropriate detail)
- Musa and the Blade by Q. Abdullah Muhammad – 12+ (CW: the main theme is about being born outside of marriage)
- When Wings Expand by Maryam Sinclair – 10+
- Burning Boats by Zaynab Dawood – 8+ (CW: a girl does die and there is some detail but I read it at 8 and I was fine)
- Seven is Special by Shagufta Malik – 7+
What are your thoughts on this?