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Contemporary Novels by Muslim Authors

Explore the vast range of the muslim experience by reading through this list of contemporary books by muslim authors. from romantic comedies, to family dramas, and powerful memoirs, there is something for everyone to read and enjoy.

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The Last White Man

By mohsin hamid, hardcover $26.00, buy from other retailers:.

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All My Rage

By sabaa tahir, paperback $12.99.

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By soniah kamal, paperback $17.00.

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Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

By samira ahmed, paperback $10.99.

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by Khaled Hosseini

Hardcover $15.00.

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The Bad Muslim Discount

By syed m. masood.

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Amal Unbound

By aisha saeed, paperback $8.99.

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Ayesha at Last

By uzma jalaluddin, paperback $16.00.

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The Moor’s Account

By laila lalami, paperback $16.95.

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The Bohemians

By jasmin darznik, paperback $18.00.

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Salaam, with Love

By sara sharaf beg.

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A Case of Exploding Mangoes

By mohammed hanif.

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The Mismatch

By sara jafari.

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You Exist Too Much

By zaina arafat.

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Hana Khan Carries On

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Huda F Are You?

By huda fahmy, hardcover $22.99.

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by Orhan Pamuk

Hardcover $24.95.

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Chronicle of a Last Summer

By yasmine el rashidi, paperback $15.00.

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by Kamila Shamsie

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Omar Rising

Hardcover $17.99.

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Home Is Not a Country

By safia elhillo.

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If They Come for Us

By fatimah asghar.

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The Secret Sky

By atia abawi, paperback $9.99.

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Salaam everyone! It’s been a while, and I think I’ve forgotten how to blog, but I’m finally back with a somewhat comprehensive list of books by Muslim authors to add to your TBR in 2020.

Last year, I compiled a list of over 40+ books by Muslim authors so I’m hoping to surpass that figure this year, and it’s already off to a promising start! As always, this list is not exhaustive but it’s a good place to begin if you’re looking to expand your #MuslimShelfSpace ! Which of these following books are already on your radar?


The Gatekeeper’s Notebook by Sahar Abdulaziz (January 1st 2020)

The Girl Who Stole An Elephant by Nizrana Farook (January 2nd 2020)


Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed (February 4th 2020)

Planet Omar: Unexpected Super Spy by Zanib Mian and Nasaya Mafaridik (February 6th 2020) 

No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard (February 11th 2020)

Even In The Breaks by Hend Hengazi (February 16th 2020)

The Arabic Quilt by Aya Khalil and Anait Semirdzhyan (February 18th 2020)

The Family Tree by Sairish Hussain (February 20th 2020)


We Are Not Here To Be Bystanders by Linda Sarsour (March 3rd 2020)

That Can Be Arranged by Huda Fahmy (March 10th 2020)

Like The Moon Loves The Sky by Hena Khan and Saffa Khan (March 10th 2020)

Modesty: A Fashion Paradox by Hafsa Lodi (March 19th 2020)

Thorn by Intisar Khanani (March 24th 2020)

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi (March 31st 2020)


Out Of Touch by Haleh Agar (April 2nd 2020)

Mad, Bad & Dangerous To Know by Samira Ahmed (April 7th 2020)

The Beauty Of Your Face by Sahar Mustafah (April 7th 2020)

Zarasha by Aisha Tehseen (April 11th 2020)

What Color Is My Hijab? by Hudda Ibrahim and Meenal Patel (April 14th 2020)

The Hour Of The Oryx by Farah Zaman (April 15th 2020)

Muslim Women Are Everything by Seema Yasmin and Fahmida Azim (April 28th 2020)


Once Upon An Eid edited by S. K. Ali and Aisha Saeed (May 5th 2020)

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar (May 12th 2020)

The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya (May 12th 2020)

Daughters Of Smoke And Fire by Ava Homa (May 12th 2020)

Mark My Words by Muhammad Khan (May 14th 2020)

The Thirty Names Of Night by Zeyn Joukhadar (May 19th 2020)


Allah Loves by Omar Suleiman (June 2nd 2020)

You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat (June 9th 2020)

The Empire Of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty (June 11th 2020)


Your Name Is A Song by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow (July 7th 2020)

Amazing Muslims Who Changed The World by Burhana Islam (July 16th 2020)


More Than Just A Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood (August 4th 2020)

The Girl And The Ghost by Hanna Alkaf (August 4th 2020)

Court Of Lions by Somaiya Daud (August 6th 2020)

Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan by Sufiya Ahmed (August 6th 2020)

Crowning Soul by Sahira Javaid (August 9th 2020)

A Place At The Table by Saadia Faruqi and Laura Shovan (May 12th 2020)


Punching The Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam (September 1st 2020)

The Little War Cat by Hiba Noor Khan and Laura Chamberlain (September 17th 2020)


Nadiya Bakes by Nadiya Hussain (July 9th 2020)

The Bladebone by Ausma Zehanat Khan (October 6th 2020)

A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi (October 6th 2020)

This Is All Your Fault by Aminah Mae Safi (October 13th 2020)

The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Rauf (October 15th 2020)

Flying Over Water by N. H. Senzai and Shannon Hitchcock (October 20th 2020)

Boy, Everywhere by A. M. Dassu (October 22nd 2020)


A Sky Beyond The Storm by Sabaa Tahir (December 1st 2020)

A Match Made In Heaven edited by Claire Chambers, Nafhesa Ali and Richard Phillips (December 1st 2020)

This post will be updated throughout the year with new books by Muslim authors, cover reveals and release dates when possible.

Want to add a title to this list? Comment below or send me a message via Twitter or email !

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I’ll try if I find a non fic….thanks

I don’t read fiction but the books seem stunning. Good luck with reading them.

There should be more muslim authors with correct interpretations. Support!!!u!!!

Thank you for this!

Really I am so excited 🤩

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Ahh I loved this post Nadia, thank you for writing it! Just added a bunch of these to my tbr. Also, I don’t think I’d seen your new blog graphics until now and they look AMAZING.

I disappeared from the blogosphere for a bit to revamp my blog so that’s probably why, but I’m glad you love them as much as I do 💜

They were designed by Tracy at so I can’t take any credit!

I am grateful for this list. Thank you. I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Award! For more details see my latest post.

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salam aleikoum sister, thank you very much for this inspirational list! I found the link on Modern Mrs.Darcy… great new blog find alhamdulillah. greetings from Morocco

So many of those new books sound great- can’t wait to read!

Hope you find something you enjoy!

Yes! I love this list. ❤

What an incredible list! I’ll definitely be checking a lot of these out over the next few months. Seeing A Sky Beyond the Storm under December is making me very emotional, not going to lie.

I’ve not read any of the books past Ember but perhaps it’s saving the best till last? 😅

Thank you for this list! I’ll be sure to check most of these books out ☺️

You’re welcome! I hope you find something you enjoy 💜

This is so awesome Nadia!! Thank you so much for compiling this list ❤

Thank you! 💜

Oh wow I only had The Henna Wars on my to-read goodreads list! So glad I found this blog!

I can’t wait to read that one!

this is absolutely everything i NEED!!! thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into this post!! i absolutely adore it!! definitely going to be sharing this around!! ❤️❤️

No problem – I’m glad I could help! 💜

Thank you so much for creating this wonderful list! So glad to see Zeyn’s book and all the others included on here. I am adding these books to my store’s promotions right now.

May I also ask that you consider linking to these books via an independent bookstore of your choice or via, which is a platform that has affiliate capability to support you AND it supports independent bookstores? Thank you for considering this, and for roundups like these!

Thanks for the suggestion! I think due to the size of this list and not having a lot of free time at the moment, I wouldn’t be able to do this. But I definitely want to support independent bookstores more so will consider this for future posts 💜

You’re an absolute blessing! I’ve been going around looking for titles and you’ve brought together a whole bunch of them.

Thank you! I hope you discover something you love 💜

just came across your blog and i love the design so much!! also will definitely save this post so i can know more about muslim authors and their books (as a fellow muslim reader). amazing post! ❤️

Thank you – I hope you discover some new favourites!

The design elements were created by Tracy ( so I can’t take full credit but glad you love it as much as I do 💜

May I also add, coming out in May, Daughters of Smoke and Fire by Ava Homa and The Royal Abduls by Ramona Shamoun Koya. Two vastly different books but each equally telling and moving. Also Michael Muhammad Knight has two books coming out in the fall. Or if anyone is interested in the roots of African American Islam (Nation of Islam etc) The Prophet and the Princess, by Jacob Dorman about the Moorish Science Temple of America founded by Noble Drew Ali (The prophet) and his wife (The Princess). Already out this year and worth reading are The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar and Bird Summons by Leila Abboulela. (yes I’m a book critic)

Thank you for these recommendations – I’ll check them out and add them to my list!

Nadia! I love this!! Can’t wait for these titles to bring some magic to this confusing year 😭

Off the top of my head, also looking forward to: The Royal Abduls by Ramiza Shamoun Koya and Crowning Soul by Sahira Javaid!

Thank you! I hope you find something you love 💜

And good shout – I’ll add those to the list!

AAAAAHHHH I super duper love this list Nadia! I’m so excited to read more of these huhuhuh thank you so much for compiling this list.I’m super excited for Once Upon An Eid because I get to read more bite sized stories :> I’m also interested with The Blade Bone!!!

Thank you! Once Upon An Eid is so joyous – I think you’ll love it 💜

The Bladebone is book four of The Khorasan Archives. I’ve only read the first book but I really enjoyed it!

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26 fantastic authors of Muslim heritage to read right now


Among the many executive orders that President Trump signed during his first week in office was a controversial immigration ban  that halted refugees, as well as immigrants from "Muslim-majority" countries (Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen) from entering the United States. The executive order was then revoked by President Joe Biden in his first month in office.

EW has put together a list of Muslim authors who tell phenomenal stories that are most certainly worth reading. From sardonic satires and high fantasy epics to gripping thrillers and award-winning graphic memoirs, here are some of the best fiction, non-fiction, and youth literature from authors who write about the intricacies of their worlds.


Palace Walk  by Naguib Mahfouz

The first novel in the Nobel Prize-winner's best-selling Cairo  trilogy invites readers into the saga of the al-Jawad family amid the Allied occupation of Cairo during WWI, continuing to Germany's defeat in WWII. Order it here.

The Essential Rumi  by Jalal al-Din Rumi (Translated by Coleman Barks and John Moyne)

This best-selling translation includes 80 never-been-published poems as Barks brings to life the popular Muslim poet's work, proving why he remains so beloved.  Order it here.

The Girl In the Tangerine Scarf by Mohja Kahf

Kahf tells the story of Khadra Shamy, a Syrian immigrant trying to figure out what it means to be both Muslim  and American as she grows up in Indiana, travels back to Syria, and later returns to the United States. Order it here.

A Thousand Splendid Suns  by Khaled Hosseini

Hosseini follows up The Kite Runner by once again transporting readers to Afghanistan as he chronicles the lives of Mariam and Laila, a woman and a 14-year-old girl married to the same cruel man. They join forces and become allies — all set against the Afghan civil war, the Soviet occupation, and the Taliban's tyranny.  Order it here.

Girls of Riyadh  by Rajaa Alsanea

Translated from the original Arabic text, Alsanea's best-seller tells the story of four upper-class Saudi women as they navigate the norms of Western society, as well as the traditions of their Islamic culture. Order it here.

Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed

The Hugo-nominated high fantasy takes readers to the Crescent Moon Kingdoms, which is on the brink of rebellion. There, a series of supernatural murders might be hinting at a plot for the throne. Order it here.

A Case of Exploding Mangoes by Mohammed Hanif

Based on a real and fatal plane crash of General Zia, this darkly comedic fictional novel depicts two parallel assassination plots — the first by Air Force Officer Ali Shigri, who is convinced that Zia was responsible for his father's alleged suicide, and the second by the general's own underlings. Perfect for fans of  Catch-22 .  Order it here.

Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie

In telling the story of the telepathic Saleem, a man born exactly at the time of India's independence — like a thousand other supernaturally gifted people —Rushdie manages to tell the unfolding saga of the newly-born country itself in a Booker Prize-winning novel. Order it here.

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan

Khan's debut mystery novel follows Inspector Esa Khattak and Sergeant Rachel Getty as they work to solve the death of Christopher Drayton, a businessman who may have been a Serbian fugitive (and war criminal). Order it here.


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An Ember in the Ashes  by Sabaa Tahir

The first book in this bestselling series (which includes follow-ups  A Torch Against the Night , A Reaper at the Gates , and A Sky Beyond the Storm ) sees rebel Laia go undercover as a slave at a renowned military academy to rescue her captured older brother — only to join forces with Elias, a reluctant elite soldier looking to escape a life of violence.  Order it here.

Does My Head Look Big In This?   by Randa Abdel-Fattah

Abdel-Fattah's debut follows the spiritual (and emotional) journey of Amal, a Friends - and- Sex-and-the-City -loving Australian-Palestinian teenager when she chooses to wear the hijab full-time. Order it here.

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Saints and Misfits centers on Janna, an Arab Indian American teenager who wears a hijab, as she contemplates calling out a member of the Muslim community… and navigates a crush.  Order it here.

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Saeed takes readers to Pakistan as they follow the story of Naila, a Pakistani American girl, who is caught between her American upbringing and her Pakistani roots and is forced into a marriage based on her conservative parents' wishes. Order it here.

Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

The  Shatter Me author  paints the tale of young Alice, who goes in search of her missing father in a world where magic and color are linked. Order it here.

Amina's Voice  by Hena Khan

A Pakistani American Muslim girl must figure out how to navigate her family's culture while fitting in at school after tragedy strikes her community. Khan's other books include  It's Ramadan, Curious George,   Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns , and more. Order it here.

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

Steampunk meets Jumanji in this debut novel that sees a trio of New York City friends looking to escape the mechanical board game they're trapped inside. Order it here.

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Ms. Marvel Omnibus Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson

Go back to Kamala Khan's debut and experience the young hero's coming-of-age tale from the beginning as the young Pakistani-American figures out what it means to be a superhero — and the intricacies of her Muslim faith. Order it here.

The Arab of the Future (1 & 2)  by Riad Sattouf

In the first and second volumes of his highly acclaimed graphic memoir, Sattouf shares what it was like growing up in Syria (under Assad), Libya (under Gaddafi), and rural France, in his darkly humorous style. Order it here.

Persepolis  by Marjane Satrapi

Satrapi depicts her childhood in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in this funny and heart-tugging graphic memoir, which has since become an Oscar-nominated animated film. Order it here.


I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan, miraculously recovered, and continued to fight for her right to an education. Her extraordinary story eventually led to her becoming the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and is documented in this inspiring memoir. Order it here.

Modern Romance  by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg

The  Master of None   creator teamed up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to blend his comedic observations of modern dating with extensive research and data to create a hilarious examination of love in the digital age. Order it here.

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An acclaimed religious scholar, Aslan has provided an easy and accessible guide to Islam, touching upon not only its origin and evolution but also its future based on recent events across the world. Order it here.

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque by Zarqa Nawaz

Nawaz, the creator of  Little Mosque on the Prairie , shares what it was like growing up Muslim in Canada, in this funny (and frank) memoir. Order it here.

No Man's Land by Aasif Mandvi

The former  Daily Show correspondent (and recent Evil actor) flexes his storytelling muscles as he explores themes like family, religion, ambition, and most importantly brunch — all with hilarity and warmth. Order it here.

Letters to a Young Muslim by Omar Saif Ghobash

In a series of personal letters to his son, the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Russia reveals what it means to be Muslim in the present day, while also touching on global events. Order it here.

Nadiya's Kitchen by Nadiya Hussain

Having literally baked a cake fit for the Queen of England herself, the former winner of the Great British Baking Show  has put together a cookbook that collects all her favorite recipes for a range of meals, allowing fans to sample more than just dessert. Order it here.

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12 Books Penned by Muslim Authors That You Should Read Next

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It’s that time of the year again for us Muslims: Ramadan . But all year round, it’s important to highlight the stories of Muslims written by Muslims. And what I love about books penned by Muslim authors is that it’s never a one-size-fits-all approach, covering the Muslim experience in multiple ways.

These stories range from romantic relationships and family drama, to facing oppression, Islamophobia, and misogyny. Samira Ahmed’s “ Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know ” tells the story of Khayyam, a French-Indian American Muslim girl and aspiring art historian with a love for philosophy and history, while G. Willow Willson’s “ Alif the Unseen ” is a more computer-science heavy fantasy novel, combining fantasy, djinns, and coding. But above all, many of these tell the stories of Muslims just existing.

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1. “Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know” by Samira Ahmed

Samira Ahmed’s novel is told in altering narratives across centuries and in various places, from Paris, Chicago, and even the Ottoman Empire. In this The New York Times bestseller, Ahmed shares the stories of two young Muslim women escaping immense family pressure and cultural expectations, finding their own path along the way.

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2. “It’s Not About The Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race” by Mariam Khan

This novel contains a compilation of essays written by 17 Muslim women from around the world. Edited by Mariam Khan, these stories cover everything from navigating the workplace as Muslim women, to misogyny within their individual Muslim communities and beyond, and the hijab and what it means for faith — all whilst challenging the notions of oppression, Islamophobia and misogyny.

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3. “Alif the Unseen” by G. Willow Wilson

 I am currently reading Wilson’s novel, and it details the stories of djinns which exist in Islam, spirituality, and tech. Political unrest, computer viruses, the unorthodox romance, and bridges the gap between cyberpunk, sci-fi and fantasy. Utter genius!

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4. “All-American Muslim Girl” by Nadine Jolie Courtney

We meet Allie Abraham, a half-Arab and half-white woman, who doesn’t know where she fits in as biracial Muslim in the U.S. Her Arab father never taught her about Islam, nor did he ever care about it. Furthermore, Allie’s boyfriend’s father is a bigot, spewing Islamophobic and xenophobic rhetoric — but her boyfriend has no idea she is Muslim. Navigating the complexities of faith, identity, and race, Courtney shares a story that may be all too familiar with the community.

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5. “Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged” by Ayisha Malik

Dubbed the Muslim Bridget Jones, Malik — in her hilarious romantic comedy — details the life of Sofia Khan, who is asked by her publishing company to write about the Muslim dating scene. This novel tackles many misconceptions, fuses cultural dialogue, and gives an insight into the life of British Pakistani Sofia Khan.

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6. “Punching the Air” by Ibi Zoboi and Yusuf Salaam

Inspired by the life of Yusuf Salaam, a member of the Exonerated Five, “Punching the Air” explores the life of a 16-year-old Black boy who was wrongfully incarcerated. Amal Shahid’s future took an unexpected turn following his conviction. Zoboi and Salaam tell the profound story of this young boy maintaining his humanity and dignity against these discriminatory systems.

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7. “Unmarriageable” by Soniah Kamal

A Pakistani retelling of the classic “Pride and Prejudice.” The Binat family endures a scandal that destroys their fortune and prospects for marriage. But Alys, the headstrong second oldest daughter, doesn’t care for marriage and is perfectly content in her singlehood.

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8. “Ayesha At Last” by Uzma Jalaluddin

It’s another “Pride and Prejudice” trope! Ayesha is an aspiring poet who forgoes her dreams to pay her debts back to her uncle. She meets Khalid, one of the most conservative and judgmental Muslim men she’s ever come across — and she can’t help but fall in love with him.

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9. “The Beauty of Your Face” by Sahar Mustafah

Afaf Rahman, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, is the prinicipal of Nurrideen School for Girls in the Chicago suburbs. One morning, a radicalized shooter attacks the school, and whilst listening to their shooter’s terrifying progress, the story takes us between Afaf’s past and present. Capturing the essence of what it means to rediscover Islam and being unapologetically Muslim, Mustafah reminds readers that no journey is the same.

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10. “Salt Houses” by Hala Alyan

This is a Palestinian family saga that spans across generations and continents, covering the socio-political dynamics and realities for Palestinians in diaspora. On the eve of Alia’s wedding, Salma reads her daughter’s future in the dregs of her coffee cup. Upset with what she sees, she keeps the predictions to herself. Despite this, the predictions come to fruition in light of the Six-Day War of 1967. Alia is forced to relocate to Kuwait with her husband to avoid the tragedies, then Kuwait is invaded by Saddam Hussein and, yet again, Alia loses her home and land, and her children scatter across the world — from Paris to Beirut and Boston. Alyan’s novel tells the struggles of Palestinians who fled from occupation and war.

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11. “Mirage” by Somaiya Daud

A sci-fi story about culture, feminism, colonialism, and what it means to have your culture erased by an empire. Mirage explores the story of Amani, who is torn from her home and battles with cultural identity after being kidnapped by the brutal Vathek regime.

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12. “The Yard” by Aliyyah Eniath

“ The Yard ” follows the life of a young abandoned boy Behrooz, who is adopted by a devout Muslim family in Trinidad and Tobago against the wishes of others. An authentic story full of love, family drama, and insight into the experience of Indo-Caribbean Muslims.

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15 Books By UK Muslim Authors To Read In Ramadan

2019 is shaping up to be a great year for books by Muslim authors . As we ease into another Ramadan, there’s no better way to show support for #ownvoices Muslim narratives in the current political climate than by reading Muslim-authored books during the holiest month in the Islamic calendar.

We’ve already shared some books by Muslims to read during Ramadan and 30 books for the 30 days. But, too often, UK Muslim authors fall under the radar and don’t get the visibility or attention they deserve and need. If you’re looking to diversify and expand your #MuslimShelfSpace this Ramadan, here are just a handful of books by UK Muslim authors to include on your TBR.

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The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write edited by Sabrina Mahfouz

Selected by Emma Watson for her feminist book club earlier this year, this is a groundbreaking collection of short stories, essays, plays, and poems from Muslim women across the UK. Contributors include established authors like Kamila Shamsie, Chimene Suleyman, Ahdaf Soueif and Leila Aboulela, as well as emerging British-Muslim writers and poets.

It’s Not About The Burqa edited by Mariam Khan

This compelling collection of essays answers the complex question of what it means to be a Muslim woman in the West today. With a diverse range of topics including faith, feminism, sexuality, and race, the anthology dismantles the dominant narrative surrounding Muslim women by amplifying the voices of 17 women who are cut from the same cloth but made of more than just the clothing they wear.

Love In A Headscarf by Shelina Zahra Janmohamed

This memoir takes a humorous approach to growing up as a Muslim woman searching for love. Through an assortment of aunties and arranged marriages, Shelina’s journey for love is not just about finding the one but also discovering yourself and your faith along the way.

We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai shares her own experience as an Internally Displaced Person as well as the stories of young refugees during a time of immigration crises, war and border conflicts. As a human rights activist, Malala is an inspirational role model for so many of us. Her memoir, I Am Malala , recounts her story of losing her home and the only world she’s ever known.

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik

This lighthearted and humorous novel follows Sofia Khan, a South Asian Muslim woman, who has given up trying to find the perfect future husband – that is, until she is asked to write a book about Muslim dating for work. As she meets friends, relatives, and complete strangers in search of stories for her book, she soon finds herself falling in love. Her story continues in the sequel, The Other Half Of Happiness .

The Map Of Love by Ahdaf Soueif

This historical fiction novel takes place at the beginning and end of the 20th century. In 1901, Anna Winterbourne leaves England for Egypt, where she falls in love with Sharif Pasha al-Baroudi. Nearly 100 years later, Isabel Parkman, a descendant of Anna and Sharif, makes a similar journey to discover the truth behind her heritage and unravel the story of her ancestors’ love.

A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam

Set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh Liberation War, young widow Rehana Haque is forced to make difficult choices to keep her family safe in the country’s fight for independence. This is the first book in Tahmima Anam’s Bengal trilogy which spans numerous years and historical events that have shaped Bangladesh into the country it is today.

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

This book follows five characters who each have their own interpretation of what it means to be British-Muslim. In the shadow of their father’s past, the Pasha siblings – Isma, Aneeka, and Parvaiz – live under the watchful eye of the Home Secretary Karamat Lone and become entangled with his son, Eamonn. Powerful and thought-provoking, the fates of the two families are intertwined in this timely novel about the sacrifices we make for those we love.

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

With elements of magical realism, this novel follows two young lovers, Nadia and Saeed, as they navigate their lives in a country threatened by war. As the landscape begins to shift with each bombing and checkpoint, they start hearing whispers about magical doors that can guarantee their safety at a price. An unforgettable story with a unique view on the refugee crisis, Nadia and Saeed are forced to leave their homeland and emerge into a new life and uncertain future.

Bird Summons by Leila Aboulela

This is the story of three women – Salma, Moni and Iman – who long to escape their lives and embark on a trip to the Scottish highlands to pay homage to the first British female convert to Islam who performed the Hajj pilgrimage. There, they are each visited by a sacred bird who comes with fables from Muslim literature and Celtic folklore that force them to question how much they have sacrificed in the name of love.

The Tower by Shereen Malherbe

Inspired by the events of the Grenfell Tower fire that claimed the lives of 72 residents, this novel charts the unlikely friendship of two women – Reem and Leah – who come from very different worlds. It poses the question of what it means to call a place home and stresses the importance of unity and tolerance in the wake of tragedy.

She Wore Red Trainers by Na’ima B. Robert

This young adult love story revolves around its main characters, Ali and Amirah. Both relatively conservative Muslims, the narrative explores their relationship with their faith and each other and asks whether they can ever have a halal “happily ever after”?

Out Of Heart by Irfan Master

When Adam’s grandfather passes away, he donates his heart – the most precious gift he could ever give. And although Adam is only just a teenager, he feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders. Quiet and poetic, this is the story of his friendship with William, the man who receives the transplant and helps Adam’s family come to terms with their loss.

Kick Th e Moon by Muhammad Khan

This book follows 15-year-old comic book enthusiast Ilyas Mian as he navigates the minefield of high school whilst bearing the weight of a dozen expectations on his shoulders. In his attempt to make brown superheroes the norm, Ilyas must become his own superhero to fight the toxic masculinity in his community and stand up to his bullies.

The Boy At The Back Of The Class by Onjali Q. Rauf

Winner of the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and Blue Peter Book Awards, this middle grade novel is about four young boys who befriend the quiet boy at the back of their class – Ahmet, a refugee from Syria. Timely and inspiring, it teaches children the value of empathy, kindness and friendship during a time where they are often singled out because of their differences.

For more books by UK Muslim authors, look out for Ayisha Malik’s This Green And Pleasant Land and Yasmin Rahman’s All The Things We Never Said this summer, as well as The Star Outside My Window by Onjali Q. Rauf and The Light At The Bottom Of The World by London Shah in October.

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In case you missed it, we recently celebrated Muslim Women’s Day , which was originally established by Muslim Girl in 2017 in response to widespread Islamophobia, judgment, and injustice toward the Muslim community. According to Muslim Girl , the 2022 theme is “Securing Our Space” to symbolize the idea that Muslim women have a right to exist and deserve to take up space in the world. Muslim Women’s Day, celebrated on March 27, comes just before Ramadan — the holy month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community — which will begin on April 2.

While it’s always a good idea to honor Muslim women, now is an especially meaningful time to celebrate and uplift their voices and learn about their stories, identities, and faith. One way to do this is by reading “own voices” novels — AKA books that are written about characters of specific cultures that the author is a part of, too. Own-voices novels are important because it ensures that the representation is authentic since the authors writing those stories. By reading books that feature amazing Muslim women whose stories are written by equally inspiring Muslim women, you’re sure to find inspiration — and even some new role models — in these meaningful works of literature.

Whether you’re hoping to see yourself represented in literature or you simply want to venture into stories with characters and cultures you’re curious about, this list of books by Muslim women is perfect for you. Whether you’re a fan of YA contemporaries, fantasy novels, or romance, there’s bound to be a book that will intrigue you. 

1. All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney 


In All American Muslim Girl , Allie Abraham has a life that looks perfect on paper. She has great grades, good friends, a good home life, and the icing on the cake: her popular and sweet boyfriend, Wells Anderson. Things become complicated, though, when Wells’ father — a conservative Republican — has no idea that Allie is Muslim. After spending many years being quiet about her faith, she begins to take it more seriously when Islamophobia emerges in her town and all over the world. In the story, Allie begins to evaluate what it means to be a “good Muslim” and if she will ever fit into American culture. As someone who hid her religion as a child, Nadine wrote All American Muslim Girl to help readers like her embrace their identity. 

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2. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah


Does My Head Look Big in This? is a humorous novel that follows the character Amal, who decides to wear hijab full-time and navigates reactions from those around her. However, she never backs down from her decision. Now, Amal must navigate the prejudice she’s receiving while also trying to date the cutest boy in school. I’ve found that it’s very rare to find books with teens that are passionate about their faith, but Does My Head Look Big in This? is one that captures the feeling perfectly. 

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3. An Ember in the Ashes by SabAa Tahir 


Lia is used to her simple life with her grandparents and her mother, but everything changes when her mother is arrested for treason. With the hope of her brother getting rescued, she partners with the rebels and helps them rebel against the Empire. What she doesn’t expect, though (spoiler alert!) is to meet Elias along the way. Together, the two realize that they have more in common than they expected and work together to achieve their goals. Unlike other books on the list, An Ember in the Ashes is a YA fantasy novel, and one that I absolutely loved and devoured in a couple of sittings! This is a wonderful book to read if you’re looking for a fantasy novel with great representation. 

4. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed  


Not only is protagonist Maya Aziz dealing with the struggles of being a high school senior, but she is also navigating challenges and expectations related to being a “good Indian, Muslim daughter.” While her family wants her to attend college close to come and marry a “suitable” Muslim boy, she wants to pursue film school in New York and possibly date the boy she’s been crushing on her for years. Maya and her family’s life is turned upside down, though, when an act of terrorism is committed and everyone blames it on them. With her classmates and neighbors being fueled by bigotry and hatred, Maya begins to question everything. Despite this tragedy, Maya uses the experience to find out who she really is. Samira Ahmed’s debut novel is extremely hard-hitting and allows readers to thoughtfully evaluate the world around them.

5. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal 


Similar to An Ember in the Ashes , We Hunt the Flame is a fantasy novel featuring strong female characters. In the story, Zafira disguises herself as a man and takes on a dangerous mission in the cursed forest of the Arz to get food for her people. However, Zafira isn’t the only character that has a risk to take; the sultan’s son, Nasir, has challenges of his own as he’s been tasked with assassinating those who defy his father. If Zafira’s real identity is exposed, all her hard work will have been for nothing. If Nasir shows any mercy, he will be punished by his father. The plot thickens when their paths cross. We Hunt the Flame is Hafsah’s debut novel and the first book in the Sands of Arawiya duology.

6. Once Upon an Eid by S.K Ali 


Unlike the rest of the books on the list, Once Upon an Eid is an anthology of short stories written by some of the biggest Muslim names in literature! Every story takes place during the joyous time of the year: Eid. Although the book features many authors, it is edited by S.K. Ali, who has won many awards and is known for her stories including Muslim protagonists.

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7. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar  


The Henna Wars follows Nishat, a character who is struggling with her family and her sexuality — harboring the belief that “Muslim girls aren’t lesbians.” While Nishat doesn’t want to hide who she is, it seems like she has no other option. Her predicament only becomes worse when Nishat’s childhood best friend, Flavia, comes back into her life and she falls in love with her. However, things become more complicated for the pair when they both want to do henna as their own school business. The issue? Flavia is appropriating Nishat’s culture. Despite this, though, the two get to know each other on a deeper level, Nishat still can’t shake the feelings that Flavia has for her. Nishat is a breath of fresh air in YA literature, and the novel showcases an authentic portrayal of the long-standing conflict between religion and sexuality. 

8. An Emotion of Great Delight by Tahereh Mafi 


An Emotion of Great Delight is a historical fiction novel set in 2003, months after the United States has declared war on Iraq, and the Muslim community in the U.S. is faced with more bigotry and hate than ever. However, protagonist Shadi is equally focused on her own struggles; her brother has died, her father is dying, her mother is falling apart, and her best friend has cut her off without any explanation. Shadi conceals her emotions plasters on a fake smile, until one day, everything changes. Although author Tahereh Mafi is best known for her dystopian fantasy series, Shatter Me , An Emotion of Great Delight makes a solid work of contemporary historical fiction with a contemporary, modern feel.

9. Zara Hossain is Here by Sabina Khan


Zara Hossain is Here tells the story of seventeen-year-old Zara Hossain, who is a resident of Corpus Christi, Texas after immigrating from Pakistan. Though she faces Islamophobia at school, she never wants to start any drama that could risk her family getting their visa after nine years with a green card. Things take a turn when Tyler Benson, star of the football team, leaves a threatening note in her locker — which results in him getting suspended. To get back at her, Tyler vandalizes her locker with racist graffiti, and the consequences of her reaction put her entire future at risk. Now, Zara is stuck between fighting to stay in the only place she’s ever called “home” and losing the life she loves — and everyone in it. Author Sabina Khan specializes in writing about Muslim teens who are straddling cultures and helping them find their place in the world. 

10. Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali 


At its core, Love from A to Z is a story about finding yourself. After getting suspended for confronting her teacher, Zayneb takes off to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar to get a head start on spring break. Wracked with guilt over getting her friends in trouble, Zayneb uses this as an opportunity to reinvent herself. However, everything changes when she meets Adam, who was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and stopped going to classes. Zayneb and Adam spend time alone with nothing but their thoughts and journals — until their paths cross.

Love From A to Z has made an impact on the world as a novel about finding love in the time of Islamophobia, and has received widespread recognition, including being a Goodreads Choice Book Awards finalist, the Entertainment Weekly Top Ten Young Adult Book of 2019, and selected for The Today Show’ s “Read With Jenna’s” book club. 

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15 Best Islamic Books Every Muslim Should Read

Best Islamic Books To Read. Reading books gives you an incomparable pleasure by keeping us occupied in a good perspective. For most of the people it is the significant source of happiness. It also has strong positive effects on our brain. Books impart knowledge and increase the depth of our knowledge, as they have been written for centuries. Reading Islamic books is very important as they give you a closeness to Islam. Below is a list of best Islamic books that every Muslim should intend to read in their life.

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The Meaning of the Glorious Qur’an

Marmaduke Pickthall   was a western Islamic scholar famous for his English translation of Quran in 1930. He took almost two years to complete the translation of the meaning of Quran . It was the first translation by a Muslim whose native English speaker. This book is among the most popular translations.

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The Sealed Nectar: Ar-Raheeq- ul-Makhtum 

Whoever wants to study the whole life of Muhammad PBUH then It is a complete authoritative book on the life of Prophet Muhammad PBUH written by Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarikpuri. The book was published in 1976 and was awarded first prize by World Muslim League.

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Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources

Published in 1983 this book is a biography of Hazrat Muhammad PBUH by Martin Lings. The Book revolves around old Arab sources that go back to the 9th century, and some of the chapters are translated for the first time. So the book offers new insights and details. The biography contain 85 chapters and is translated into many languages.

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Tafsir Ibne Kathir

The book is the comprehensive interpretation of the Noble Quran by Umar   Ibn Kathir . The book has deepest explanation and comprehension, the most correct knowledge, and the most righteous works.

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No God but God ,The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam

The book is written by Iranian American Muslim Scholar Reza Islam . The book is about the history of islam and argues for the liberty of the religion.  The book comprises 310 pages has received a notable response in the Muslim World. The different chapters in the book cover the issues of Jihad.  Author mainly focuses on the early practices of Islam  and also discusses life within the Abbasid Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and in the modern Muslim World.

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The Road to Mecca

This book is the autobiography of  Muhammad Asad who is an intellectual Muslim scholar, political theorist and spiritual writer. Published in 1954, Muhammad  Asad tells about his initial rejection of all religions, how he entered into Taoism then his fascinating travel as a diplomat, and finally his Islam embracement. The book is a combination of adventure and scenic beauty of travel.

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After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam

Authored by Lesley Hazleton  in 2009, it is the story about two rivals between Sunni and Shia in Islam. This book is a pure historical description of what happened after the death of Prophet Muhammad PBUH. In the whole narration Sunni Shia split revolves around Muhammad PBUH, Ali R.A and Hussein R.A. Lesley Hazleton beautifully explored the psychology of Ayesha wife of Muhammad PBUH and gave an excellent insight into her controversial actions. When you read the book, you feel you are standing in the middle of each event of Islam.

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The Great Theft,  Wrestling Islam from the Extremists

Khaled Abou El Fadl  is one of the powerful Islamic scholars, narrates that Islam is passing through a transformation phase like the movements that swept through Europe Reformation. This book is in defensive favor of Islam against the extremists power. As an accomplished Islamic jurist, Abou El Fadl make a vital vision for a moderate Islam from the role of women in Islam to the jihad nature, from human rights and democracy to terrorism and warfare.

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The Meadows of the Righteous, Riyadh as-Salihin

Written by Imam Nawawi,  the book is a compilation of 1900 Hadiths divided into 344 chapters introduced by the verses of Quran.

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Tales of the Prophets,Qisas Al-Anbiya

Composed by  Muhammad al-Kisai , the book is collection of stories of  Prophets from Quran. Following the stories of Adam A.S the stories of Prophets Idris, Noah, Shem, Hud, Salih, Abraham, Ismaiel, Lot, Isaac, Jacob and Esau, Joseph, Shuayb, Moses, Aaron, Khidr, Joshua, Josephus, Eleazar, Elijah, Samuel, Saul, David, Solomon, Jonah and Jesus.

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The Declaration of Faith

Authored by Shaykh Saalih ibn Fawzaan, the subject of discussion in the book is the great declaration of ‘laa ilaaha illallaah’ that no one has the right to be worshipped except Allah, its status in the life of Muslims; its excellence, its virtues, its meaning and requirements, how it benefits the one who declares it and when it does not, its effects upon the individual.

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 Blissful Marriage

Written by Ekram Beshir and Rida Beshir the book provides the guidelines to achieve successful marriage from the Quranic perspective.

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The book written in 1377 by historian  Ibn Khaldun  tells the universal history. The book deals with historiography, Islamic theology,   Darwinism, the philosophy of history,   political theory, and the natural sciences of  chemistry and biology.

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Nahj al-Balagha

The book is collection sermons, letters and  narrations of Hazrat Ali R.A. The material was collected by  Sharif Razi  a Shia scholar famous for his eloquent content of literature in Shia Islam.

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Loving our Parents

The book is a collection of stories from the people’s regarding  treating our parents with respect and honor. Abdul Malik Mujahid  details  our duties and obligations to  our parents in the light of Sunnah who have sacrificed to raise and educate us.

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Uzma Jalaluddin is the author of AYESHA AT LAST, a revamped Pride and Prejudice set in a close-knit Toronto Muslim community.

Uzma Jalaluddin is a critically acclaimed and bestselling novelist, playwright, and teacher. She writes nuanced and entertaining stories about Muslims, South Asians, and Canadians and is the author of MUCH ADO ABOUT NADA (2023), THREE HOLIDAYS AND A WEDDING (2023), HANA KHAN CARRIES ON (2021) and AYESHA AT LAST (2019) as well as her first play, THE RISHTA (2023). Her novels have been optioned for film and television, including by Amazon Studios and Mindy Kaling.

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CBC BOOKS: 15 books make Canada Reads 2023 longlist

Canada Reads is back! This year, the great Canadian book debate is looking for one book to shift your perspective.

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10 Contemporary Novels By and About Muslims You Should Read

Or how to combat xenophobia from home.

What should you read when your president-elect is an unrepentant xenophobe who wants to ban Muslims from America? Well, lots of things , of course, but here’s a more pointed suggestion: read more books by and about Muslims, particularly books written in the last ten years. It’s a small way to understand and empathize with a group of your fellow Americans who  desperately need the understanding and empathy of their countrymen and women. (Consider giving them as holiday gifts to relatives who voted for Trump.) It is also important, whenever we can, to amplify the voices of the oppressed. (Consider buying them and donating them to schools.) Oh, and another thing? These books are just good. They are good books, and you will enjoy them, all politics aside.


Laila Lalami, The Moor’s Account

This novel, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is the fictional memoir of Estebanico, a Moroccan slave of conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez, who emerges as one of the few survivors after his crew lands on the Florida coast in 1527. History is written by the victors, this novel reminds us, but only certain victors—here, Lalami fights erasure, providing an alternative narrative of the exploration of the New World.


G. Willow Wilson, Alif the Unseen

In this delightful, techno-fantastical novel, Alif is a hacker in an unnamed country in the Middle East, fighting authoritarian government censorship and trying to get the girl. Then, enter the jinn. Also worth mentioning: G. Willow Wilson is also the writer behind the new Ms. Marvel comic, which stars 16-year-old Pakistani-American shapeshifter Kamala Khan, the first Muslim character to headline a Marvel comic book.


Rabih Alameddine, An Unnecessary Woman

For a certain bookish type, this novel is some serious wish fulfillment—after all, its narrator, Aaliya, is a somewhat misanthropic old woman who does nothing but read books all day and never goes out. But most important and impressive here is the skill with which Alameddine has created a full, seductive, and—I can’t resist—actually completely necessary mind for us to delve into, live with, and explore.


Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon

Ahmed’s epic swords & sorcery fantasy novel which follows a ghul hunter and his apprentice on a quest to save their city, was a finalist for pretty much every fantasy prize, but won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. In an interview with Alyssa Rosenberg, Ahmed referred to it as a “sadly radical gesture,” explaining that just as feminism is “the radical notion that women are people, a lot of my work is about the fact that Muslims and Arabs and people who look Arabic are heroes.”


Ausma Zehanat Khan, The Unquiet Dead

The first novel in Khan’s crime series follows Rachel Getty and her partner Esa Khattak, detectives with Toronto’s Community Policing Section, which deals with “minority-sensitive cases.” A death that first seems to be an accident soon seems to be connected to the Srebrenica Massacre, complicating the relationship of the detectives—particularly the Muslim Khattak—to the case.


Ali Eteraz, Native Believer

Ali Eteraz is a pen name that means “Noble Protest.” In his darkly funny debut novel, the protest may not be entirely noble, but it is essential—the story follows M., a Philadelphia man who is Muslim by birth but not by belief. When he gets fired for owning a copy of the Quran, his life spirals out of control as he tries to find some semblance of a place in the world.


Leila Aboulela, The Kindness of Enemies

This lyrical novel moves back and forth between two stories: one set in a contemporary Scotland deeply suspicious of Muslims, where Natasha, a half-Russian, half-Sudanese professor studying Imam ­Shamil finds out that her favorite student is descended from the 19th-century Muslim warrior (and has a very important heirloom)—and the other telling the story of Imam Shamil himself.


Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This bestselling novel takes the form of a long monologue, as Changez, a young Pakistani man, tells his story to an American in a cafe. Since Changez had been living, by some standards at least, the American Dream before 9/11, his reaction to the disaster is strange: “I stared as one—and then the other—of the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center collapsed. And then I smiled. Yes, despicable as it may sound, my initial reaction was to be remarkably pleased.” But this reaction confuses him, and soon everything begins to change.


Tahmima Anam, The Good Muslim

In this novel, the sequel to The Golden Age , a sister and brother clash in postwar Bangladesh. Maya, a doctor, remains a revolutionary, while Sohail, once her idol, has become a conservative religious leader. “The book is sort of asking the reader to challenge that notion of what is a good Muslim,” Anam told NPR . “Is it the practicing Muslim? Is it his sister, who’s very progressive and areligious?”


Mohammed Hanif, A Case of Exploding Mangoes

Exploding mangoes are the least of it. Hanif’s satirical debut takes on the suspicious death (plane crash) of General Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, former president of Pakistan, inventing a number of increasingly goofy assassination plots and possibilities. Intelligence agents, military aircraft, political alliances, and slapstick jokes make for a kind magical, mango-ish Catch-22 .

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In the Muslim community, we have many brilliant women who have written up a storm behind the scenes, women who have dedicated their lives to telling our stories, women who deserve to be recognized for their work.

Here are just a few you should know about.

Karuna Riazi

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Diversity advocate Karuna Riazi aims to bring light to the authentic voices of Muslim women and allow them to tell their own stories. Riazi launched her career as an author with her first book, " The Gauntlet ," a "Jumanji"-like YA novel about a group of friends trapped inside a board game they must dismantle in order to save the world, after the seemingly innocent 12-year-old Farah finds herself entranced by it.

Ausma Zehanat Khan

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Canadian author Ausma Zehanat Khan began her writing career in 2007 as editor-in-chief at Muslim Girl Magazine (unrelated to A lecturer with a PhD in human rights law by day, Khan also practiced immigration law in North America while making her mark as a formidable writer. Her debut novel " The Unquiet Dead " earned Khan the Arthur Ellis Award, the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award, and the Barry Award, and she's since added 2017's "Among the Ruins" and 2018's "A Dangerous Crossing" to her ever-growing list of published works.

Rikki Knight

Rikki Knight was first published in a children’s poetry book at the age of 7, and in November, she released her own children's book, titled " Who We Are ." With international and multicultural characters, the rhyming storybook is a celebration of diversity and the beauty in being different, as well as a reflection on how we connect to one another.

Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai sprang into the public eye at a young age for her diligent activism for education rights for women and girls living in Pakistan. When news of her Taliban-led assassination attempt hit in 2012, she received worldwide support and defied odds to survive her gunshot wound to the head. She went on to start the Malala Fund in 2013, which provides funding for girls’ education all over the world, and in 2014, won the Nobel Peace Prize, making her the youngest Nobel laureate in history. She chronicles all this and more in her autobiography " I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban ," a tale of how one young girl survived a turbulent society, made it to safety, and made a difference.

Na’ima B. Robert

For more than 10 years, Na'ima B. Robert has invited readers into her world as a U.K.-based Muslim woman who wears a veil. In 2006, she published "From My Sisters’ Lips," a collection of stories from her sisters in Islam, and in 2007, she founded Sisters Magazine, an international print publication by and for Muslim women. She's since released the fictional young love story "She Wore Red Trainers" and last year's book of poetry, " 4 Months and 10 Days: Poetry Prose From the Iddah ," a raw and beautiful collection about loss, grief, and finding solace in words.

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Hena Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim author, first fell in love with books as a child. She carried that with her into a career writing imaginative kids' books like "Night of the Moon," "Power Forward," and "Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns." Her 2017 novel, " Amina’s Voice ," is a relatable account of a Pakistani-Muslim girl's struggle with anxiety, identity, and bringing her community together.

Asma Lamrabet

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In 2003, notable Islamic feminist Dr. Asma Lamrabet organized a group of women to gather and reflect on Islam. Her aim was to open up an intercultural conversation and create awareness of Muslim women's experiences, and the project turned into a multi-faith convention for women from Jewish, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds. Her 2016 book " Women in the Qur’an: An Emancipatory Reading " builds on that dialogue by bringing to light the variety of women in the Qur’an who negate both the stereotypes of an oppressed, vulnerable woman or uber-liberated Westerner.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

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At the age of 17, Amani Al-Khatahtbeh founded, which is now one of the largest platforms for Muslim women in the Western world. She's since released her memoir, " Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age ," about her experiences with racism, terrorism, and casual Islamophobia as a Muslim woman living in post-9/11 America, and launched the #MuslimWomensDay campaign, a initiative to call on mainstream media platforms to pass the mic and amplify the voices of Muslim women.

Rhianna Beaumont is a London-based mother, social media influencer, and writer and editor at Muslim Girl. She cofounded Culturing Success and the #AfroHijabi campaign, which aims to showcase more Muslim women of color in the media. You can find her at @rhianna.beau or view her articles on .

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The Complete Book of Muslim and Parsi Names

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`On The Day Of Qayamat You Will Be Called By Your Names And The Names Of Your Fathers. Therefore Keep Good Names.'-The Prophet The Complete Book Of Muslim And Parsi Names Is A Practical Guide For Choosing The Perfect Name For Your Child. The Result Of Several Years Of Research, It Is An Erudite And Thorough Compilation Of Approximately 30,000 Names Taken From Ten Languages. With The Actual And The Construed Meanings And The History Or Mythology Associated With The Name Given Against Each Entry, This Is A Precise And Invaluable Sourcebook For Scholars And Lay Readers Alike.

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"In a well-known hadith, Muhammad advises Muslims that, 'On the Day of Resurrection, you will be called by your names and the names of your fathers; so keep beautiful names.' Inspired by the teachings of Islam, names fulfill the cherished ambitions of a true Muslim. Unfortunately, a large number of Muslims with names of Arabic or Persian origin are unaware of their meaning and their bearing on Islamic heritage. Many parents select names for their children consisting of uncommon Arabic words with phonetic effect. But these meanings are often devoid of any religious meaning or cultural resonance. In The Dictionary of Muslim Names, Salahuddin Ahmed provides a helpful and substantive guide to common and less-common Muslim names. This lively and informative dictionary lists the original Arabic, Persian, or Turkish spelling, as well as a precise English transliteration. The names' meaning and bearing on Islamic heritage or world history are referenced, along with historical figures who bore the name - an Imaam, a Sultan, a saint - and accompanying examples"--Back cover.

Muslims and Christians in Norman Sicily

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The social and linguistic history of medieval Sicily is both intriguing and complex. Before the Muslim invasion of 827, the islanders spoke dialects of either Greek or Latin or both. On the arrival of the Normans around 1060 Arabic was the dominant language, but by 1250 Sicily was an almost exclusively Christian island, with Romance dialects in evidence everywhere. Of particular importance to the development of Sicily was the formative period of Norman rule (1061 1194), when most of the key transitions from an Arabic-speaking Muslim island to a 'Latin'-speaking Christian one were made. This work sets out the evidence for those changes and provides an authoritative approach that re-defines the conventional thinking on the subject.

Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World

Unfree Labour in the Development of the Atlantic World

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"This group of studies first appeared in a special issue on 'Unfree labour in the development of the Atlantic world' in Slavery & abolition, vol. 15, no. 2 (August 1994), published by Frank Cass"--T.p. verso. Includes bibliographical references and index.

African Muslim Names

African Muslim Names

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A name reflects and reinforces an identity both when it is given and when it is changed. This book discusses the social and cultural significance of African Muslim proper names. It explains how names are chosen for newborns in African societies and the value they represent. In these days of mounting interest in identity and culture, many Muslim Africans, African-Americans and others wish to know the meanings of the names they choose so that they reflect their aspirations for their children and themselves.The book contributes cultural knowledge to today's discourse on the values and aspiration of people of different faiths. Given the long history of Islam in Africa, Muslim names communicate an old civilization encompassing a multicultural community. The book also documents African language contact throughout the continent. The world is both united and divided by its languages and their vocabularies and is similarly united and divided by names. Sharifa Zawawi draws on history, linguistics, anthropology and religion to provide a study of Muslim personal names in the context of family relationships, adoption, marriage, conversion, and social movements. The work first examines Muslim names and naming in the Qur'aan and in stories or traditions about the Prophet Muhammad. Secondly, it uses contemporary African publications, literature, journalism and telephone directories from west and east Africa and lists of names compiled by Africans living in west and east Africa. The African Muslim names to be found here come mainly from two languages; Hausa-Fulani and Kiswahili -- the two major African languages spoken by millions of people throughout the African continent.

A Dictionary of Muslim Names

"In A Dictionary of Muslim Names, Salahuddin Ahmed provides a helpful and substantive guide to common and less-common Muslim names. This dictionary lists the original Arabic, Persian, or Turkish spelling, as well as a precise English transliteration. The names' meaning and bearing on Islamic heritage or world history are referenced, along with historical figures who bore the name - an Imaam, a Sultan, a saint - and accompanying examples."--BOOK JACKET.



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The spread of Islam and the process of Islamisation (meaning both conversion to Islam and the adoption of Muslim culture) is explored in the twenty-four chapters of this volume. Taking a comparative perspective, both the historical trajectory of Islamisation and the methodological problems in its study are addressed, with coverage moving from Africa to China and from the seventh century to the start of the colonial period in 1800. Key questions are addressed. What is meant by Islamisation? How far was the spread of Islam as a religion bound up with the spread of Muslim culture? To what extent are Islamisation and conversion parallel processes? How is Islamisation connected to Arabisation? What role do vernacular Muslim languages play in the promotion of Muslim culture? The broad, comparative perspective allows readers to develop a thorough understanding of the process of Islamisation over eleven centuries of its history.

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15 Best Muslim YA Books

Muslim YA books are thankfully becoming more popular. My definition of Muslim YA (as someone is not Muslim) is young adult books by Muslims about Muslim teens and their realities.

The reason why I enjoy these books is that in a world where many are sadly discriminated against for their faith, Muslim YA books create a window into the lives of these teens. In most of the books I’ve listed below, the main characters are practicing Muslims, some even donning the hijab.

Some of these books show the challenges teens face as a result of culture. Others show the struggles resulting from Islamophobia. But many of them just show teens living their lives in the 21st century.

If you have young adults (or adults) looking for books about Muslim teens, I hope you find this post useful! Obviously, it’s not an exhaustive list. I tried not to include too many books from one author, so feel free to browse each author’s entire portfolio for something that appeals to you.

15 of the Best Muslim YA Books

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Saints and Misfits

Saints and Misfits

Published: June 13, 2017

There are three kinds of people in my world:

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds.

But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

Like the monster at my mosque.

People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask.

Does My Head Look Big in This?

Does My Head Look Big in This

Published: May 1, 2007

When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth…

Sixteen-year-old Amal makes the decision to start wearing the hijab full-time and everyone has a reaction. Her parents, her teachers, her friends, people on the street. But she stands by her decision to embrace her faith and all that it is, even if it does make her a little different from everyone else. Can she handle the taunts of “towel head,” the prejudice of her classmates, and still attract the cutest boy in school?

She Wore Red Trainers

She Wore Red Trainers

Published: June 7, 2014

When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her—her hijab, her long eyelashes and her red trainers—in the time it takes to have one look, before lowering his gaze. And, although Ali is still coming to terms with the loss of his mother and exploring his identity as a Muslim, and although Amirah has sworn never to get married, they can’t stop thinking about each other. Can Ali and Amirah ever have a halal “happily ever after”?

Love, Hate, and Other Filters

Love, Hate and Other Filters

Published: January 16, 2018

Seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and pursuing a boy she’s known from afarsince grade school.

But in the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs.

Love from A to Z

Love from A to Z

Published: April 30, 2019

A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together. An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are. But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry . When she gets suspended for confronting her teacher, and he begins investigating her activist friends, Zayneb heads to her aunt’s house in Doha, Qatar, for an early start to spring break. Fueled by the guilt of getting her friends in trouble, she resolves to try out a newer, “nicer” version of herself in a place where no one knows her. Then her path crosses with Adam’s. Since he got diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November, Adam’s stopped going to classes, intent, instead, on perfecting the making of things. Intent on keeping the memory of his mom alive for his little sister. Adam’s also intent on keeping his diagnosis a secret from his grieving father. Alone, Adam and Zayneb are playing roles for others, keeping their real thoughts locked away in their journals. Until a marvel and an oddity occurs… Marvel: Adam and Zayneb meeting. Oddity: Adam and Zayneb meeting.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Published: October 16, 2018

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped.

Shirin is never surprised by how horrible people can be. She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.

But then she meets Ocean James. He’s the first person in forever who really seems to want to get to know Shirin. It terrifies her—they seem to come from two irreconcilable worlds—and Shirin has had her guard up for so long that she’s not sure she’ll ever be able to let it down.


Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.

With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp’s Director and his guards.

Not the Girls You’re Looking for

Not the Girls You're Looking For

Published: June 19, 2018

Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.

Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.

Written in the Stars

Written in the Stars

Published: March 24, 2015

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden.

When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

The Lines We Cross

The Lines We Cross

Published: May 9, 2017

Michael likes to hang out with his friends and play with the latest graphic design software. His parents drag him to rallies held by their anti-immigrant group, which rails against the tide of refugees flooding the country. And it all makes sense to Michael.

Until Mina, a beautiful girl from the other side of the protest lines, shows up at his school, and turns out to be funny, smart — and a Muslim refugee from Afghanistan. Suddenly, his parents’ politics seem much more complicated.

Mina has had a long and dangerous journey fleeing her besieged home in Afghanistan, and now faces a frigid reception at her new prep school, where she is on scholarship. As tensions rise, lines are drawn. Michael has to decide where he stands. Mina has to protect herself and her family. Both have to choose what they want their world to look like.

That Thing We Call a Heart

That Thing We Call a Heart

Shabnam Qureshi is facing a summer of loneliness and boredom until she meets Jamie, who scores her a job at his aunt’s pie shack. Shabnam quickly finds herself in love, while her former best friend, Farah, who Shabnam has begun to reconnect with, finds Jamie worrying.

In her quest to figure out who she really is and what she really wants, Shabnam looks for help in an unexpected place—her family, and her father’s beloved Urdu poetry.

That Thing We Call a Heart is a funny and fresh story about the importance of love—in all its forms.

Ayesha Dean – The Istanbul Intrigue

Ayesha Dean- The Istanbul Intrigue

Published: January 13, 2021

Ayesha and her friends Sara and Jess jump at the chance of accompanying Ayesha’s uncle on a trip from Australia to Istanbul. But when Ayesha discovers a mysterious note as a result of visiting an old bookshop, their relaxing holiday starts to get a whole lot more complicated.

Ayesha finds herself trying to uncover a hundred-year-old Ibn Arabi mystery, while trying to avoid creepy villains, and still making sure that she gets to eat the best doner kebab Istanbul has to offer. It’s all in a day’s sleuthing when you’re Ayesha Dean. Lucky she can count on her best friends to always have her back!

All-American Muslim Girl

All-American Muslim Girl

Published: November 12, 2019

Allie Abraham has it all going for her–she’s a straight-A student, with good friends and a close-knit family, and she’s dating cute, popular, and sweet Wells Henderson. One problem: Wells’s father is Jack Henderson, America’s most famous conservative shock jock…and Allie hasn’t told Wells that her family is Muslim.

It’s not like Allie’s religion is a secret, exactly. It’s just that her parents don’t practice and raised her to keep her Islamic heritage to herself. But as Allie witnesses ever-growing Islamophobia in her small town and across the nation, she begins to embrace her faith — studying it, practicing it, and facing hatred and misunderstanding for it.

Who is Allie, if she sheds the façade of the “perfect” all-American girl? What does it mean to be a “Good Muslim?”And can a Muslim girl in America ever truly fit in? ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL is a relevant, relatable story of being caught between two worlds, and the struggles and hard-won joys of finding your place.

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Ten Things I Hate About Me

Ten Things I Hate About Me

Published: January 1, 2009

“At school I’m Aussie-blonde Jamie — one of the crowd. At home I’m Muslim Jamilah — driven mad by my Stone Age dad. I should win an Oscar for my acting skills. But I can’t keep it up for much longer…”

Jamie just wants to fit in. She doesn’t want to be seen as a stereotypical Muslim girl, so she does everything possible to hide that part of herself. Even if it means pushing her friends away because she’s afraid to let them know her dad forbids her from hanging out with boys or that she secretly loves to play the darabuka (Arabic drums).

Zara Hossain Is Here

Zara Hossain Is Here

Published: April 6, 2021

Seventeen-year-old Pakistani immigrant, Zara Hossain, has been leading a fairly typical life in Corpus Christi, Texas, since her family moved there for her father to work as a pediatrician. While dealing with the Islamophobia that she faces at school, Zara has to lay low, trying not to stir up any trouble and jeopardize their family’s dependent visa status while they await their green card approval, which has been in process for almost nine years.

But one day her tormentor, star football player Tyler Benson, takes things too far, leaving a threatening note in her locker, and gets suspended. As an act of revenge against her for speaking out, Tyler and his friends vandalize Zara’s house with racist graffiti, leading to a violent crime that puts Zara’s entire future at risk. Now she must pay the ultimate price and choose between fighting to stay in the only place she’s ever called home or losing the life she loves and everyone in it.

There they are: 15 of the best Muslim YA books to get your hands on! I hope you find one that meets your needs.

Over to you: Have you read and enjoyed any of these Muslim YA books? Got any extra recommendations? I’ve also loved reading a few middle-grade books with Muslim protagonists, particularly, Hena Khan ‘s books.

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September 9, 2019 at 8:35 pm

Oh, this list is phenomenal. All-American Muslim Girl sounds good to me. I’ve read that author before so I’ll probably try this one too. I hope a school teacher comes across your list so she/he can make the recommendations to the school library!

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September 10, 2019 at 8:55 am

Thank you, Jane! I hope they do too! I’m also really looking forward to ALL-AMERICAN MUSLIM GIRL even though I’ve never read the author before.

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November 21, 2020 at 2:58 pm

To update, two newer YA novels are Yara’s Spring by Jamal Saaeed & Sharon E McKay, Sadia by Colleen Nelson, and The Parkour Club by Arooj Hayat and Pam Withers.

November 23, 2020 at 3:55 am

Hi Pam, thanks for sharing! I’ll look these up 🙂

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December 3, 2020 at 12:32 am

A Very Large Expanse of Sea was such a disappointment and I do not recommend it. It didn’t have any good Muslim representation. However, Love From A to Z is one of my favorites. I’ll definitely check out the others!

December 7, 2020 at 4:43 am

Hi! Thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. I liked Love from A-Z as well. Hope you enjoy your other selections 🙂

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December 28, 2020 at 7:28 pm

“A Thousand Questions” by Saadia Faruqi was excellent if you need a middle grade next reading idea! Highly recommend. Sabina Khan is fantastic, really enjoyed “The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali” by Khan, just ordered “Zara Hossain is Here”. Thank you so much for making this list, I’ve used it as a resource in developing a “Muslim Experiences” booklist for the library I work for. Thank you again!

December 31, 2020 at 4:35 am

Hi Andrew! I loved A THOUSAND QUESTIONS and even interviewed Faruuqi on the blog. I’ll have to read more Sabina Khan then 🙂 Thanks for the recs.

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Through sci-fi and fantasy, Muslim women authors are building new worlds

In the past few years, muslim women have quietly taken the speculative fiction publishing industry by storm..

(RNS) — When blogger Umairah Hussain asked her readers if they would join a book club for science fiction and fantasy novels by Muslim authors, she was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response and suggestions for additions to the club’s reading list.

But there was something unusual about two dozen authors on the reading list Hussein compiled for the club, including the writers behind her favorite series, “An Ember in the Ashes” and “The Daevabad Trilogy.”

“Almost all of them were actually published by women in the past few years,” said Hussain, a sci-fi fan who blogs at Sereadipity . 

In the past few years, Muslim women have quietly taken the speculative fiction publishing industry by storm, earning rave reviews with fantasy and science fiction narratives that upend both the genre’s historic lack of diversity and popular depictions of women and Islam.

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“Mirage” by Somaiya Daud. Image courtesy of Flatiron Books

Last year alone, mainstream publishing houses released at least 13 fantasy and sci-fi books written by Muslim women in English, from Farah Naz Rishi’s debut “ I Hope You Get This Message ” to Karuna Riazi’s middle-grade novel “ The Gauntlet .”

At least another dozen, including sequels to Hafsah Faizal’s instant New York Times bestseller “ We Hunt the Flame ” and Somaiya Daud’s award-winning “ Mirage ,” are in the works.

That’s a change from the past, when speculative fiction was dominated by stories that drew on Norse, Christian and Arthurian sagas and mythologies.

“You always hear, ‘This field has been done to death, what else is there left?’” said author Ausma Zehanat Khan, whose book “ The Bladebone ,” the final installment of her fantasy series “ The Khorasan Archives ,” is due out in October.

“Well, here we are.”

Many of these titles have earned critical acclaim, with several making it to bestseller lists and earning national and international literary awards. At least two television adaptations have been announced. Fan fiction, fan art and fan Twitter accounts abound.

“My sense is that the ability of Muslim voices to come through so strongly is part and parcel of the new intersectional movement that’s happening,” said Noor Hashem, a Boston University lecturer who has taught courses on Muslim science fiction. She’s working on her own manuscript about faith in contemporary Muslim fiction.

The uptick in Muslim speculative fiction publishing “corresponds to a general trend in speculative fiction publishing which is taking more seriously the contributions of people of color and minority communities, especially after critiques of the whiteness of the genre,” Hashem said.

A trickle becomes a flood

The rise of science fiction and fantasy literature by Muslim women in the U.S. and other English-speaking countries began with a slow trickle over a decade ago.

In 2007, G. Willow Wilson — then a journalist writing on the Middle East and religious affairs, now a top comics writer most known for co-creating Kamala Khan, Marvel’s first Muslim character to headline her own comic book — published the magical-realist thriller “ Cairo .”

The dense urban fantasy played with Islamic and Arabic mythology, from jinns to flying prayer rugs to Arabian Nights, while also commenting on Arab-Israeli politics. The graphic novel was named one of the year’s best by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal and the American Library Association. 

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“Alif the Unseen” by G. Willow Wilson. Image courtesy of Grove Press

In 2012, Wilson’s cyberpunk thriller “ Alif the Unseen ” earned rave reviews, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and the Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature, and was featured on NPR and The Washington Post’s lists of the year’s best books.

In 2015,  “ An Ember in the Ashes ,” a debut novel from former Washington Post foreign correspondent Sabaa Tahir, became a New York Times and international bestseller. The dystopian fantasy inspired by ancient Rome “was greeted with such breathless accolades before its April release that it seemed unlikely it could live up to the hype,” according to the Times.

And yet, the Times noted, “The hype appears justified.”

The hit novel spawned an acclaimed fantasy series, which will end in December with the publication of “ A Sky Beyond the Storm ,” as well as a stand-alone graphic novel. Paramount purchased film rights for the series in a seven-figure deal.

Such early successes — as well as “ Throne of the Crescent Moon ,” the Locus Award-winning 2012 novel by Saladin Ahmad, one of the few prominent Muslim men writing speculative fiction — helped pave the way for the authors who followed.

“Those successes whet the appetite of publishers and editors, making them more willing to look at those kinds of projects,” Hashem said.

By 2019, when Wilson returned with another fantasy novel — the critically acclaimed “ The Bird King ,” which unfolds in the final days of Muslim-ruled Granada — she was joined by at least 10 other Muslim women authors releasing books through prominent publishing houses.

In this world, and imagined ones

As a science fiction editor, Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali says her biggest grievance was seeing stories about imaginary worlds where only white people exist.

“It really bugs me to see a far-off future-flung store, and everyone is white, and everyone is assumed to be Judeo-Christian or atheist,” the World Fantasy Award-nominated editor said. “Because we are in this world. I don’t believe that 100 or 200 or 400 years in the future, we will cease to exist, yet we don’t show up in stories about the future.”

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“Thorn” by Intisar Khanani. Image courtesy of HarperTeen

Author Intisar Khanani agrees.

“Whenever I read something, it was white European fantasy, which was all the publishing industry was in the 1980s and 1990s,” said Khanani, whose fairy-tale retelling “ Thorn ” was republished by HarperTeen in March after she released it independently in 2012. 

When Muhammad-Ali and Khanani began writing their own work, they were intent on changing that paradigm.

“It became very important to me as I was learning to be a writer myself, to write worlds where the people I loved and the cultures I find beauty in were present and real,” Khanani told Religion News Service. “Because we have the right to take up space in this world, and in our imagined worlds.”

A new wave of Muslim speculative fiction writers is chipping away at outdated notions of what belongs in the genre. Their stories often feature strong Muslim women protagonists and integrate themes from Islamic theology, folklore and history. 

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S.A. Chakraborty’s historical fantasy “ Daevabad Trilogy ” is set in Daevabad, the capital city of a hidden jinn world facing deadly tribalism, religious fanaticism and civil war. Her protagonist is a talented con woman who swindles Ottoman nobles in 18th-century Cairo.

Chakraborty’s use of such themes was a smash hit.

Her debut novel landed on multiple best-of-the-year lists and nabbed nominations for the World Fantasy Award, Locus Award, British Fantasy Award and other prestigious prizes. Soon, the trilogy will be adapted for Netflix.

She’s already announced her next project, a second HarperVoyager trilogy pitched as an adventure heist set in the 13th-century Indian Ocean — a sort of “Sinbad the Sailor meets Oceans 11.”

Or take Khan’s “The Khorasan Archives.” The series follows the Companions of Hira, a group of mystical women scholars and warriors, in its quest to defeat an oppressive patriarchal group called the Talisman that has come to power. The militia, which not-so-subtly parallels the Taliban, has suppressed all forms of knowledge and corrupted the Claim, the sacred scripture and magic in the land. Like the Quran, the Claim’s magic functions through oral recitation.

“I chose this word to reflect the fact that these women are claiming their history and their traditions to themselves and refusing to be erased from it or suppressed in this world,” Khan said. “I wanted to take the Islamic tradition and put it in the hands of women and have them be its defenders.”

Speculative fiction has allowed a space for many Muslim women to develop such feminist themes.

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“The Blue Eye” by Ausma Zehanat Khan. Image courtesy of HarperCollins

“The genre allows them to break forms, imagining these utopian spaces where women can have certain kinds of power, often magical or otherworldly powers, that we can see as ciphers for a kind of critique or a reflection on women’s empowerment,” Hashem said.

And by drawing on Islamic history and culture in their settings and characters, Hashem argued, many Muslim authors implicitly rebuke anti-Muslim ideas of Islam as backward, while also critiquing notions that speculative fiction was born out of the European Enlightenment and Industrial Revolution.

Indeed, speculative fiction has a long and largely overlooked history in Muslim societies, from the Arabian Nights to Bengali educator Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s 1905 “Sultana’s Dream,” one of the first works of feminist science fiction.

Many writers say invoking elements of their faith into their speculative fiction is a natural fit.

“There’s really something special about weaving in Islam, with so many unseen beliefs and fantastical tales that are pivotal in this religion,” said artist Safiyah Cheatam, whose monthly podcast, “ Obsidian ,” serves up speculative fiction rooted in Afrofuturism.

Cheatam said both Black and Muslim communities often have an innate connection with the “imaginative” natures of both science fiction and the Afrofuturist movement.

“Oppressed people are primed to imagine what things could look like if they were not the victim of so many different systems of oppression,” Cheatam said. “I think we see a wider range of what futures could be available to us.”

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British No-Go Hotels & Islamic Invasion of Britain and Europe

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Feature Image: London Bridge Towers.

History Overview Introduction

Islamic invasion of britain and europe.

In the beginning the British People lived free in World War II they stopped the Nazi Invasion attempt but then after WWII the number of Muslims migrating to Britain increased. Trouble began when Salman Rushdie in 1988 published the novel ‘The Satanic Verses in 1988. 7,000 Muslims burned the book at a demonstration in Bolton. Followed by a similar demonstration and a book burning of Rushdie’s book in Bradford on the 14th of January 1989. The hypocrisy of Muslims using ‘Freedom of Speech’ public arson book burning is that they refuse to allow people to demonstrate burning the Qur’an because of its contents of ‘Satanic Verses.’ There have been several incidents where people have been cruelly murdered by Muslims for burning a Koran. Such is the evil hypocrisy of Muslim thinking and behaviour.

It is understandable why so many non-Muslim people in the world have grown to hate the anti-freedom ideology of ‘Sharia Law’ Islam and thus refuse to trust Muslims. The fault is in their Islamic Belief System in the Qur’an and Hadiths, which rejects friendship with all so-called ‘Infidels’ including hate of Christians, Jews and LGBTQ people as tabled in the Koran.

By 2007 over 1,500 mosques had been built in Britain.

The Free British Nation during WWII had a history of a small number of descendent Muslims who had immigrated to Britain during the 18 th Century most were sailors recruited from the Indian subcontinent mostly from the Bengal [now Bangladesh] region. They worked for the East India Company on British ships .

One of the first famous early Asian Muslim Immigrants was Sake Dean Mahomet , a captain of the East India Company who in 1810 founded London’s first Indian restaurant, the Hindoostanee Coffee House.

“Europe as we have known it since 1995 will no longer exist by 2020. Truth be told, it no longer exists now.” #

Ralph Sidway

April 5, 2016

# Source: Treatise review titled, “The Muslim Migrant Invasion and the Collapse of Europe”.


All of the current violent trouble evolved from the Refugee Invasion of Male Muslims from the Middle East and from Afghanistan and other regions. Starting from the 1980’s and rapidly increasing after the year 2,000 C.E. Often called the ‘Boat People’.

“… the most important statistic which stands out comes from the United Nations itself, which reports that 75% of the migrants are “young, fit males .” I believe it was Mark Steyn who wryly noted, “That’s not the demographics of a civilian population displaced by war, that’s the demographics of an army .” #

April 5, 2016 #

Stories over decades throughout Europe and into Britain are often about terrorist attacks, cruel rape attacks and violent riots, arson fires on the streets burning citizens cars and even beheading of non-Muslims, male and female .

Muslim Imams have claimed they will conquer Britain and Europe by force and by breeding.

Christian refugees in migrant Islamic camps have been cruelly persecuted by these young male warriors of unethical thinking, including being murdered. Many Christians on Refugee boats were thrown overboard and drowned by Muslim Males that were later unjustly accepted as refugees by idiotic weak minded politicians.

As the violent trouble increased in each country’s society, the consequences became an invasion of violent war on the streets and coward politicians ran for cover and did not have the guts to bring the Army into the streets to wipe out by violent force this aggressive militant Islamic Army of young males focused on demanding and terrorizing the people.

Many people in ‘Freedom Resistance’ challenged governments in their Nation to do something, but they often were chastised and even arrested for protesting against the Islamic Invasion. Coward Political Leaders in Britain and Ireland and in most Western European countries hid yellow-scared afraid to come down hard on the inhuman Muslim refugees who came as would-be conquerors. Thus, the Fall of Western Europe including Britain began .

The once upon a time aggressive IRA ran for cover in Ireland afraid to fight the Islamic Invasion.

It became clear to thousands of people around the Western World that the fall of Europe began by the late 1990’s. Protests became common as infrastructure and security of European countries was falling apart, as the very fabric of society was disintegrating piece by piece and still coward politicians did nothing. In truth all Coward Politicians should have been arrested by the people and shot dead for their treasonous coward behaviour. In earlier centuries that is what happened to leaders that betrayed the people .

As Ralph Sidway correctly said, “This is nothing short of apocalyptic in its magnitude.”

# April 5, 2016 #

It has been forecast that the expected Muslim population in Britain will be approximately 13 million by 2050. This would not have been a problem if those Muslims had been descendants of Bengal sailors. But a different breed of anti-freedom Muslims began invading Britain after late 1970’s. When the ‘Boat People Muslim Refugees’ the army of young males passed through Europe into Britain welcomed by stupid inferior thinking coward British Politicians, all hell began by 2010 . I even remember reading of an elderly British woman in her front garden, was attacked by a Muslim Refugee and beheaded where she had been working. The British Government of that time did nothing and allowed the invasion to continue.

Thus, ‘ The Age of No-Go Hotels’ was encouraged by a treasonous British Home Office supporting the Invasion in the naïve idea of ‘Humanitarian Do-Good’ illogical thinking, irresponsibly ignoring the lack of humanitarian treatment ‘True British Citizens’ were receiving from young aggressive healthy fit Muslim Males of Army Age, focused on conquest of Britain.

And what greater opportunity for these young male Muslims, to accept all the handouts by the British Home Office, paid for by British Taxpayers to finance a free ride for Muslims including occupation of No-Go Hotels .

Allan Ivarsson 3rd of March 2023

The Civilian ‘Freedom Resistance’ Battle Line is evolving.

There has been a Front Entrance Image Change of this Hotel.

It seems like an image change for acceptance of Muslim Refugees Financed by British Home Base .

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The Old Image.

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The New Planned Image

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The Final Entrance Image for Muslim Refugees.

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2014 Review

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2015 Review

Nothing has changed, it is now 2023 and No-Go Hotels still exist.

British No-Go Hotels

This series is focused over the months to identify No-Go Hotel Zones in Britain , which has been created by Treasonous thinking British Politicians and British Bureaucrats in the Home Office that don’t have the courage to say ‘No” to the betrayal of the British People by allowing anti-freedom ‘Sharia Law’ believers to take control of hotels making life for ‘True British People’ a misery. Naturally British People are saying “No” to residing in these oppressive trouble creating zones, where freedom values are denied the right to live in peace.

In addition, the Home Office has irresponsibly wasted tens of thousands of British Taxpayers money, given as handouts to freely support the Muslim invaders who want a free handout ride and are not interested in working responsible for a living.

This unjust invasion of male Muslims has been approved by the ‘British Home Office’ a coward Ministerial Department of the British Government that lacks a sense of ethics and decency in doing the right thing by ‘True British Patriots’.

During World War II the valiant British Patriots fought a war to stop the invasion of the Nazis. And now over the last thirty years, most of the British Politicians have cowardly submitted to the invasion of ‘Jihad Muslims’ many of whom have admitted they have come to Islamize Britain and convert Buckingham Palace to a Mosque and replace British Law with Sharia Law. Already over a hundred ‘Sharia Law’ Courts have been approved by treasonous British Politicians.

‘Freedom of Speech’ is a human right. But ‘Freedom of Speech’ does not give people the right to plan sedition. The act of talking ‘Sedition’ is an abuse of ‘Freedom Privilege’. And ‘Jihad Muslims’ are persistently talking Sedition since 2010.

In World War II Treasonous British Politicians would have been charged as a traitor and imprisoned for submitting to Hitlers Nazis Dictatorship . But today, such treasonous coward traitors walk free. This reality proves that the British Government is a wimp spineless government. They have also failed to enforce Brexit and still allow the EU ‘European Union’ dictatorship to rule Britain.

My mission is to expose the truth about enemies within Britain and to fight in writing for the ‘True British Patriot’ that simply wants to live free in peace void of the constant harassment of militant anti-freedom Muslims hell-bent on ruling Britain.

Allan Ivarsson PhD P.I. 3rd o f March 2023 ( 74 years of age on Boxing Day 26 th Dec 2022.)

Founder, director, chairman of ‘things to come’ called ‘Cosmicism’. The way of ‘Blue Light Cosmic Philosophy’, the way of ‘Cosmic Libertarianism’ which uses the most advanced intelligence in the Universe called ‘Philosophical Intelligence’.

Ps. There are far too many people in life that think they have the right to dictate by force how other peaceful honourable decent people must live. Authoritarianism is not acceptable behaviour. Every person has the right to live free, in speech, choice and equality provided they do not abuse their ‘Freedom Privilege’ by denying others the same right to live free.

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Nigel Farage concludes in GB News Interview below…

Late February 2023

“These Protests have only just begun.”

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UK HOTELS: Paying customers need not apply (

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Allan Ivarsson says…

March 1, 2023

If I was a British person, I would permanently boycott those Hotels. No intelligent person would stay there with Muslims. “No Go Hotels”.

BareNakedIslam says…

And boycott them forever, even after they get rid of the illegals.

Agreed, BNI.

Migrant Hotel Reviews of Russ Hill Hotel in Gatwick are Awful

Feb 26, 2023

Ethan Winstanley

It’s time we look at some more migrant hotel reviews again! As we all know the left likes to claim that diversity enriches our culture. That multiculturalism is a strength and allows us to enjoy lots of different cultures, which are all definitely equal to ours! So why don’t we take a look at the reviews of the Russ Hill hotel in Gatwick from when it was housing asylum seekers! I’m sure they will all be positive and everyone who went there thoroughly enjoyed the cultural enrichment!

Protest and Counter-Protest in Newquay outside Beresford Hotel housing Asylum Seekers .

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GB News South West Reporter Jeff Moody is in Newquay where a protest and counter-protest are taking place outside of the Beresford Hotel , which is housing asylum seekers.

The protest conflicts are not the core concern in this interview subject. That is another review, for another time. The purpose of this video presentation will become clear when you listen to a concerned British Patriot.

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Note on this interview, a Local British Patriot reveals the People are Worried Parents that their daughters are not safe. He said, “School Girls are now being given defence lessons and are told not to walk anywhere alone.” Such is the danger of Asylum Seekers . And the British Home Base, ignores the danger and does nothing to protect the British People and thus even School girls now live in fear .

A.I. comments… If I worked for Home Base, I would be hanging my head in shame . In fact, I would publicly resign in protest.

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He told the reporter Jeff Moody, that he witnessed two events of women being harassed by refugees from that Hotel, i.e., Beresford Hotel.

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“Their Worried Parents, their worried parents, their worried parents” the concern British Patriot citizen said as he walked away from the interview.

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The UK Migrant Accommodation Plan Exposed

A scary list of regions planned for takeover by Muslim Refugees.

It is up to the British people to do the detailed homework at this urgent moment of time.

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Feb 21, 2023

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Aussie Allan Ivarsson remarks…   Jacob Rees-Mogg comments about Councils acquiring houses for refugees. Jacob reveals he is for Democracy and the British Peoples rights. Of course, what Jacob really does in corrective action is another event for down the track. But it is up to the British People to lift their game and fight for their rights over the demands of Refugees.

Jacob Rees-Mogg discusses councils acquiring houses for Ukrainian and Afghan refugees.

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Feb 21, 2023.

Jacob states… “ Whether you’re a refugee or not, it shouldn’t change your place on a waiting list . You shouldn’t be disadvantaged by not being a refugee if you have a need for social housing.”

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Feb 22, 2023

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‘I promise you; “these protests have only just begun.” Nigel Farage joins Dan Wootton to discuss the mainstream media’s attempt to shut down the debate on immigration by branding those concerned as ‘Far-right’.

Allan Ivarsson concludes as Nigel Farage identified… “These Protests have just begun.”

And A.I. has drawn a ‘British Freedom Line ’, the next stage of the fight for freedom has just begun, too late, but now must be fought head-on , the ‘True British Patriot People’ have the right to reclaim their country to stop the invasion oppression of anti-freedom Islamic Domination. The fight for freedom shall continue… and the essential danger of ‘Civil War’ against Home Base British Traitors may become a sad necessity.

Till next time, I an Aussie and am loyal to genuine ‘British Patriots’ that have rightly become fed-up with the forceful Islamic Invasion of their Nation.

This fight for Freedom for all British Patriots is not over and those on the left who encourage Islamic Invasion must be stopped by whatever degree of ‘Civil War Force’ becomes sadly necessary.

The British Fought for their Freedom against the threat of Nazi invasion during World War II and now it is time to fight for freedom once again. Head-on.

All Muslim Fanatics must be arrested and permanently expelled. And the EU must be overruled without hesitation or compromise.

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