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The Size of a Mustard Seed (Umm Juwayriyah)
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Author: Umm Juwayriyah
Publisher: Muslim Writers' Publishing (2009)
Pages: 342 Binding: Paperback
Description from the publisher:
Jameelah Salih is a 27 year Muslim woman born to what appears to be one of the inner city's stronger blended American Muslim families. She works as a hair stylist with her two best friends in the city's only Muslim women's owned and operated hair salon, Covered Pearls. On appearance and material possessions alone Jameelah seems to be doing okay. What most don't know is that she is one traffic jam away from losing control of her life. Post 9/11 stresses seem to be creating negative impacts on everyone around her. Jameelah feels as though she is walking on eggshells and questions her own place in society. She prays for a change, but what will she do if change actually comes?
When a prominent Imam proposes marriage to Jameelah she feels as if it's the blessing that she has been waiting for from Allah. She knows marrying him will change her life, but when unexpected crisis erupts and family secrets are exposed, Jameelah is forced to make hard choices and put her complete faith in the only One unable to break it.
About the Author --
Umm Juwayrriyah is a twenty-something born Muslim woman of West Indian ancestry and a mother of two. She is the former two term assistant director of the Islamic Writers Alliance and the current editor for the New England Muslim Women's Association, a poet and freelance writer. Her work has been featured in print magazines such as SISTERS, Azizah, An Nisaa, and As Sunnah An Nisaa. Umm Juwayriyah was also the 2006 winner of Canada's An Nisaa's Muslim Fiction Writer of the year Award.