Umm Zakiyyah

Biography

Daughter of American converts to Islam, Umm Zakiyyah, also known by her birth name Ruby Moore, is the award-winning author of the If I Should Speak trilogy and the novels Realities of Submission, Hearts We Lost, A Friendship Promise, and Muslim Girl.

Dr. Robert D. Crane, advisor to former U.S. President Nixon, said of Umm Zakiyyah’s If I Should Speak: “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.”

Umm Zakiyyah’s books have been used in schools and universities in America and abroad for multicultural and religious studies. She writes about the interfaith struggles of Muslims and Christians, and the intercultural, spiritual, and moral struggles of Muslims in America.

She currently resides in Washington, D.C.

Visit ummzakiyyah.com to find out more about the author.

Where to find Umm Zakiyyah online


Where to buy in print


Books

I Almost Left Islam: How I Reclaimed My Faith
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,220. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Islam / Rituals & Practice, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
Your mind, life, and soul are not your own, she was told. Obey scholars because they know Islam better than you. So year after year, she sacrificed “for the sake of Allah” until she felt she could no longer be Muslim. In this book, Umm Zakiyyah discusses ten problems she faced during this time and ten solutions she implemented to reclaim her faith.
And Then I Gave Up: Essays About Faith and Spiritual Crisis in Islam
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,950. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Islam / Sunni
And Then I Gave Up is a collection of some of the most widely read essays on faith and spiritual crisis by Umm Zakiyyah, internationally acclaimed author of If I Should Speak. Of the most famous is “And Then I Gave Up” in which the author reflects on her own spiritual crisis following the death of her younger brother to cancer.
Reverencing the Wombs That Broke You: A Daughter of Rape and Abuse Inspires Healing and Healthy Family
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,570. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / general, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit
Her mother was raped. This is how Melanie was born. Then Melanie’s mother abused her through childhood. In this groundbreaking self-help book for religious survivors of abuse, internationally acclaimed author Umm Zakiyyah shares the true story of Melanie Davidson, whose commitment to family and self-healing offers lessons to us all.
Faith. From the Journal of Umm Zakiyyah
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,330. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Body, mind, & spirit, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Islam / Rituals & Practice
Faith is a collection of excerpts from the journal of Umm Zakiyyah, internationally acclaimed author of If I Should Speak, Muslim Girl and His Other Wife. She says, "When it comes to faith, I'm still learning. So I claim no authority except that I hope to die with more than a grain of it in my heart. This collection is just a glimpse into my world of hope and confusion as I strive upon that path."
The Test Paper: Appreciating Your Unique Life
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 2,870. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Religious / Other, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
The Test Paper teaches children to be grateful for their lives by understanding that getting what you want can come in ways you’d never expect.
Broken yet Faithful. From the Journal of Umm Zakiyyah
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 5,670. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Faith, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Healing
They wanted from me what I could not give. So began the painful battle between my heart and soul, hence the beginning of my emotional breaking. But by God’s mercy, I retained my faith, hence the title Broken yet Faithful. Here I share some of my journal reflections from that difficult time along with abstract art pieces by Cynthia Lyles, which were inspired by my words.
Let's Talk About Sex and Muslim Love: Essays on Intimacy and Romantic Relationships in Islam
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,160. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Sex and Relationships  » Sex and religion, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Islam / Sunni
Sex, intimacy, and love remain taboo topics to many Muslims. This collection, which includes “She Couldn’t Have Sex”, “Gay and Muslim?” and other essays, tackles topics ranging from false modesty that leads to unnecessary sexual shame and the inability to enjoy or have sex even within marriage, to the conundrums of polygamy and divorce, as well as forbidden relationships and same-sex attraction.
Pain. From the Journal of Umm Zakiyyah
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,470. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
Excerpts from the personal journal of Muslim author Umm Zakiyyah. She says, “Here, I share pieces of my heart... You will see my hurt, anger, and confusion. And prayerfully, my faith. I speak of the deeply personal, the profoundly spiritual, and my sometimes frustrating attempts at making sense of the world around me. Read them as I wrote them. With the heart.”
The Arranged Marriage, a short story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,940. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Religious
Mohsina, daughter of Muslim immigrants to America, is a college student who is very vocal in her arguments against her professor’s anti-Islam rhetoric about Muslim women being forced into unwanted marriages…until her parents try to force her into an unwanted marriage.
UZ Short Story Collection
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 22,920. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
UZ Short Story Collection is comprised of 10 short stories by Umm Zakiyyah, including newly released The Arranged Marriage: Mohsina, daughter of Muslim immigrants to America, is a college student who is very vocal in her arguments against her professor’s anti-Islam rhetoric about Muslim women being forced into unwanted marriages…until her parents try to force her into an unwanted marriage.
His Other Wife
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 290,950. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Religious, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Jacob and Deanna are a power couple. Aliyah is Deanna’s best friend…whom Jacob wants to marry. Expanded and continued beyond Umm Zakiyyah’s popular online series by the same name, His Other Wife is a story about love and betrayal, faith and personal crisis, and withstanding deep emotional wounds.
The Day Jessica Left Islam, a Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
In this short story, Jessica, an American convert to Islam, attends a dinner party, and the hostess’s underhanded scheme and troublesome comments spur Jessica’s decision to give up being Muslim.
From the Diary of an Extremist
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Women's fiction » Feminist
In this short story, an American college student converts to Islam and makes the decision to wear all black and cover her face. But she faces opposition from where she least expects.
He Asked About Islam
Price: Free! Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Islam / Theology, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
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An American boy questions a strange faith. He was given the homework assignment to interview someone from a different religion, and he chose Muslims. In this short book, internationally acclaimed author Umm Zakiyyah candidly responds to the boy’s questions.
The Invitation, a short story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,740. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian, Fiction » Inspirational
Faith and Paula are childhood friends who accept Islam just as Faith’s relationship with her boyfriend, John, becomes serious…and just as Paula comes out as gay. With their newfound Muslim identity, must Faith sacrifice John, and Paula her sexuality?
The Friendship Promise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,710. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Maryam is the daughter of strict Pakistani-American parents who decide to bend their rules to help a divorced American convert to Islam, whose free-spirited daughter Samira is in need of "good" friends. But when Samira convinces Maryam to disobey their parents, Maryam is worried they may have gone too far.
Hearts We Lost
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 137,500. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Inspirational
After religious studies in Saudi Arabia, Sharif returns to America doubting his engagement to his childhood friend and how he should practice the Islamic faith. As he searches for answers, he finds guidance in a dream that is made all the more perplexing when it manifests itself in real life.
Realities of Submission
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 136,910. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Renee's story tells of a stringent childhood in her father's church and her ultimate submission to the religion of her nature in young adulthood. As Renee embraces Islam wholeheartedly, the spiritual tranquility of her initial conversion begins to wane as she faces the often painful realities of navigating the terrains of the Muslim experience itself.
Footsteps
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 131,210. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General, Fiction » Inspirational
Ismael and Sarah have what every couple hopes to achieve. Stability, dedication, and a comfortable life. But Sarah discovers a detrimental secret her husband has kept from her for four months, a secret second wife. Now, 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.
A Voice
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 199,410. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Now Muslim, Tamika must face her Christian mother who instilled in her a love for Christ and made church the heartbeat of the family. Torn between her dedication to Islam, the longing of her soul, and her mother, the longing of her heart--her "lifeline," Tamika struggles to find peace somewhere in between. But she finds that something must give.
If I Should Speak
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 78,860. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Christian » Contemporary
Tamika’s new college roommates are Muslim, and Tamika is immediately drawn to Dee, who shares her love for singing and her frustration with an overly religious, unsupportive mother. As the seeds of friendship are sown between them, the doors of fame are beginning to open. But Tamika is unprepared for the one obstacle that stands in her way to success...
Muslim Girl
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 45,030. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
Inaya was only nine when her mother converted to Islam and moved the family to Saudi Arabia. Now, at sixteen years old, Inaya returns to America and decides to remove her Muslim clothes and hide her religion at school… And she hopes to get the attention of a boy she likes. But she has no idea how to hide this double life from her mother—and from everyone who admires her strong faith.

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