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Love from Mecca to Medina

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The immense stress Zayneb is in which she doesn’t even know how to articulate for fear of breaking down. I am also very curious about my religion and culture and read up on every book available that talked about them. She preferred this trouble—this “Auntie” Hanna—over the turmoil that was waiting on the other side of the door to the bathroom she was in right at the moment. so while I didn’t really find myself emotionally affected by the following points, I was able to consider them from an academic perspective. I appreciated that eventually they both took the time to reflect on their own mistakes and be vulnerable and humble in the face of those realisations.

Zayneb is in Chicago, where school and extracurricular stresses are piling on top of a terrible frenemy situation, making her miserable. Now we get to the controversy that I’ve seen circulating around due to, again, ignorance regarding your own religion. On the trip of a lifetime, Adam and Zayneb must find their way back to each other in this surprising and romantic sequel to the “bighearted, wildly charming” (Becky Albertalli, New York Times bestselling author) Love from A to Z .But it just goes to show that a lot of drama can be avoided if Muslim men and women who aren't mahrams are not unnecessarily "friendly" with each other. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Moreover, Zaynab and Adam's struggle in their relationship worried me so much ngl but, after reading a few chapters they all went away.

Centering whiteness in non-white stories by making everyone who isn't white need explanation is so hurtful.K. Ali does so much more right in terms of portraying characters whose lives are built upon solid foundations of their Islamic faith, which they believe in and live fully and for themselves, not as an unwanted cultural inheritance or a meaningless identity marker. the premise is apparent enough from the title itself, which is why i was so out-of-bounds excited to get to read this!

As one wedge after another drives them apart while they make their way through rites in the holy city, Adam and Zayneb start to was their meeting just an oddity after all?Then a marvel occurs: Adam and Zayneb get the chance to spend Thanksgiving week on the Umrah, a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia, tracing the hijrah in real life, together. I also liked he glimpses into the characters' backstories, which added more depth to their personalities both in this book and LFATZ. The descriptions were so beautiful and detailed that I could both picture the Kabah and the Haram and its surroundings as well as feel the emotions the characters were feeling. And as one wedge after another drives them apart as they make their way from one holy city to another, Adam and Zayneb start to wonder: was their meeting just an oddity after all? Separating the two creates dangerous ideologies that can nudge people towards extremism or complete abandonment of their religion.

anyways head empty just “I just wanted to look at the same sky as zayneb for more than a vacation, a break, a pause in our lives. While reading, I keep getting the feeling that this book is not written for Muslim audiences only but rather for non-muslims. And one seemingly generous gesture from Adam causes her to explode in anger, Adam not knowing why his gift evoked such feelings… girl please this is childish, use your words to express what you feel in a polite manner. Although I understand this social interaction is a normal reality for many Muslims and I wasn’t too bothered by it as an adult reader who knows her own beliefs and limits, when I consider it from the perspective of a book targeted at potentially impressionable young Muslim women, it does raise some alarm bells for me.The journey in Mecca and Medina were captured perfectly, I could almost feel the breeze on my face and sniff Masjidil Haram's heavenly scent on my nose. Meanwhile, Zayneb finds herself focusing excessively on his illness to the point that it affects her worship.

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