What Readers say

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I could not put it down…I was fascinated not only by the plot of the novel, but especially by the brilliance of the writing itself. As a life-long, professional writer and editor, I can say that I have never encountered Umm Zakiyyah’s equal in portraying the nuances of encounters between persons at all levels from the most superficial to the most profound. She is a clear example of a person who has natural talent. A person can be trained to write well, but no amount of training can bring a person without superb, natural talent to captivate the reader as she does and exert a permanent intellectual and emotional impact.

Dr. Robert D. Crane
advisor to former US President Nixon

about If I Should Speak

Umm Zakiyyah’s deft representation of reality in this fictitious novel is astounding

Gena A. Chung
The American Muslim Magazine

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“…a refreshing exploration of the unavoidable interaction between Muslims and Christians. The novel belongs to…a genre worthy of scholarly study.”

Professor K. Bryant
Howard University