Footsteps. By Umm Zakiyyah. Ismael and Sarah have what every couple hopes to achieve. Stability, dedication, and a comfortable life. Footsteps by Umm Zakiyyah. 3 likes. Book. Footsteps by Umm Zakiyyah. Book. 3 people like this topic. Want to like this Page? Sign up for Facebook to get. Footsteps: a novel / Umm Zakiyyah. Author. Zakiyyah, Umm. Published. Suitland, MD: Al-Walaa Publications, . Content Types. text. Carrier Types.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Footsteps by Umm Zakiyyah. The journey began in If I Should Speak with Tamika Zakuyyah path of spiritual growth and direction, treaded at the hands of her college roommates, Fotsteps and Dee, two Muslims on opposite ends of their strength in Islam.
Footsteps, the third in a trilogy to follow Umm Zakiyyah’s A Voice, is a story that stands on its own in both impact and inspiration.
At the heart of the The journey began in If I Should Speak with Tamika Douglass’s path of spiritual growth and direction, treaded at the hands of her college roommates, Aminah and Dee, two Muslims on opposite ends of their strength in Islam.
At the heart of the novel is the story of Ismael, a forty-seven-year-old biracial son of a White mother and Black father, and Sarah, a forty-nine-year-old White daughter of the racist South. Married for twenty-six years and having accepted Islam on a journey they took together, the Ali pair has what every partnership hopes to achieve. Stability, dedication, and a comfortable life. As the story unfolds, the hairline fractures in their marriage become visible, and the fractures become splintering cracks as Sarah discovers a detrimental secret her husband has kept from her for four months.
In the face of his wife’s discovery, Ismael is torn between the love and security of his marriage, and the natural inclinations any man must temper in a world full of choices, and devastating consequences. Forming the thread that weaves the characters’ lives together is Alika Mitchell, a strikingly beautiful daughter of a mulatto mother and half-Nigerian father, who is conducting a multicultural research for her master’s, and who inspires in the reader questions that one is left to ponder long after the book is closed.
Paperbackpages. If I Should Speak 3. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Footstepsplease sign up. I know a lot of women may take a certain stance that is footsteps in this book, but I feel that the author did a wonderful job conveying all the characters and their mind set. See 1 question jmm Footsteps…. Lists with This Book. This is a great book with a strong plot that took me with her to the story where each one of the characters tries to understand this life in the best way.
Umm Zakiyyahs books takes me behind my sight to think more about many things that i will face in my life even if I am not with her in some small details. Thank you Umm Footxteps. Feb 26, Hanna rated it liked it. Romance, Fiction Oh and for the people who have issues about reading books by Muslim authors: It’s a fiction book.
You will enjoy it. The best thing about this entire thing was that it was completely untypical fiction. There were so many racially diverse characters, which I have never seen before in any sort of Genre: There were so many racially diverse characters, which I have never seen before in any sort of literature.
And the fact that Umm Zakiyya chooses topics that are interesting to Muslims as well not just a typical story about a Muslim in high school who has the same problems as everyone else but not really zakiytah Muslim.
It’s such a compelling story that I think zskiyyah controversial issues well. My favorite of the three. Everyone seemed like an ideal Muslim, which tinged the story and made it a bit unrealistic.
Anyway my imagination could handle that because if it wasn’t u,m, the story would have been a hundred times more complex than it was.
The complexity of the story was easy to follow, I think even for non Muslims to understand. However, something I had trouble understanding was the divorce process. I think it should footwteps been explained a little more because I didn’t really know the ruling about 1 months or 3 months and I had no idea what was going on or if they really were divorced or what?
Okay and the whole issue of polygamy I understand a bby more why it shouldn’t be as tabooed as it is, but I understand that our reactions are also understandable. Haha okay this zkaiyyah a hard opinion to write about. I would never want to be in a shared relationship of course, but this book makes the readers understand that it is possible and that it is allowed and why it is in Islam. I’m still iffy about the fact that men’s nature is polygamous and woman’s nature is jealous I could see why people have issues about that.
The book not only sakiyyah into the nature of polygamy but also explores the reactions and relationships of all the people involved. I enjoyed how Kate, an outsider and non Muslims was more open to it than any of the Muslims.
Overall, I was satisfied with the conclusion of the story that while polygamy is allowed, a truly understanding person people is are needed to carry through and shouldn’t be attempted with any doubt in the heart. Race is honestly something I knew was an issue but never imagined it to be explored in fiction and I am satisfied with the result. Honestly if there wasn’t any Pakistani character, I might not have payed as much attention to it as I did when Zaid’s cultural views came into place.
I could see inadvertent? I love that Umm Zakiyyah allowed us glimpses of all the families, which really helped us to imagine an established Muslim society and how everything affected many families not just one. Of course I enjoyed the romance between Tamika and Sulayman and especially Aminah and Teddy this guy killed me ahaha he’s perfect Also: No romance is complete without a love triangle.
Jan 02, Sabrina rated it really liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you don’t plan on reading this book anytime in the next few years for example, because you are too young ; please DO NOT continue to read this review. I know you are really curious now, so all I will say is that a lot of the book covers an adult topic.
Just from reading the back of Footsteps, I knew the topic of polygyny was going to be part of the book. I think anyone can figure that out.
Footsteps focuses on Aminah and Sulayman’s parents and while I don’t like perfect characters, reading about Sarah and Ismael’s thoughts and feelings about polygyny was frustrating at times.
My opinion of polygyny changed since high school when I first learned about the subject and even before reading Imm, but I think this book is good for those adults who have feelings for or against it just because Footsteps provides different perspectives on the subject.
I footsfeps think married and soon to be married people should read Footsteps for the same reason. Besides polygyny, marriage is also brought up in Footsteps a lot a subject that is becoming more and more relevant in my life I liked how the Nation of Islam was also brought up because it was explained and the difference it has to Islam which many people don’t know.
The characters of Nusaybah and Alika were interesting to read about and good choices for Footsetps Zakiyyah to include. I really wish that I had someone like Nusaybah in my life because of the way she explains things and Alika, although not so “innocent” was a wise character for the most part. This book was a little emotional, definitely interesting, and compared to the first two books in the trilogy, I enjoyed reading Footsteps more because this was the first time I read it and not rereading it like the other two.
View all 4 comments. Mar 28, notRahimeanymore rated it it was amazing. A continuation of the stories of the characters from the first two books – and this one deals with polygamy. It was a compelling read, although at times I felt like I was being hit over the zskiyyah with a ‘women are jealous by nature, men are polygamous by nature’ stick.
Considering the stance at the end of the book that seems to be the author’s I’m wondering if that zakiyysh supposed to be Ismael’s thought process? I felt uncomfortable at times, since it felt like the author was advocating polygamy f A continuation of the stories of the characters from the first two books – and this one deals with polygamy.
I felt uncomfortable at times, since it felt like the author was advocating polygamy for everyone, but by the end it’s clear that her stance is the same as mine: When I reviewed ‘A Voice’ I said I thought it felt like the author’s writing style had matured, and that’s definitely evident in this book. This time I was able to be totally absorbed in the story without being distracted by anything clunky. I know some reviews mentioned being frustrated by hearing so little of some characters, but I really enjoyed all the glimpses of the different families and how they live – I can’t get over how thrilling it is to read a book and EVERYBODY’s Muslim!
I’m hoping for some more about Omar and Khadijah in a future book, I just have a feeling zakiyyahh are some interesting stories there. Apr 29, Ammena rated it liked it. So, I have to say I was not zakiyyzh impressed as I was with the first 2.
Yes I cried a little in places but it didnt hit home as much as the others, maybe zakiytah I had grown used to getting to know Tamika rather than her husbands parents. The general overview footsreps this book is that it follows Sarah and her husband Ishmael as he looks into finding himself another wife in the eyes of a late 20s new muslim, masha’allah.
It talks alot about the struggles that women go through to understand this and it also So, I have to say I was not as impressed as I was with the first 2. It talks alot about the struggles that women go through to understand this and it also has a character that is the second wife of a man who is friends with Sarah. There are a few surprises and Im glad Ive read it but I would definately not add it to the list of my best books: Nov 06, Chey rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Oct 24, Hamidah rated it really liked it.
Nusaybah’s comment about not minding the “other” zakiyya business reminds me of a friend’s similar sentiments Aakiyyah 12, Audrey rated it it was amazing. Qurat-ul-ain rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Abeer Mirza rated it it was amazing Mar 05, Haleemah rated it liked it Jul 22, Raheemah rated it really liked it Oct 24, April rated it it was amazing Sep 02,