Umm Zakiyyah South Africa Tour

In order to promote reading it was felt that focusing on fiction would be an ideal way of introducing the community to read. We identified Umm Zakiyyah from the USA who has written 15 novels. She is an acclaimed novelist. Umm Zakiyyah is the bestselling American Muslim author of the If I Should Speak trilogy, Muslim Girl, and Let’s Talk About Sex and Muslim Love, as well as the internationally acclaimed blogs and stories at

She writes about the interfaith struggles of Muslims and Christians and the intercultural, spiritual, and moral struggles of Muslims in America.Her work has earned praise from writers, professors and filmmakers and has been translated into multiple languages. Her first novel If I Should Speak has been used for multicultural studies in schools and universities in America and abroad, including Indiana University, Bloomington; Howard University; University of D.C; and Prince Sultan University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. It was further featured at Georgetown University and in the publication Multicultural Perspectives through Saint Cloud State University and University of Saint Thomas affiliation.

Umm Zakiyyah holds a BA in elementary education and an MA in English language learning and is CELTA certified. She is an educator with more than twenty years of experience teaching English, writing, and public speaking in the United States and Saudi Arabia. She has worked as a curriculum developer, a guidance counselor, a youth mentor, and a teacher trainer for Macmillan Education. Her volunteer work includes working as a resident advisor in a domestic violence shelter and advising youth and women in spiritual crisis.

She studied Islamic sciences, Qur’an, and Arabic in America, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for more than fifteen years. She currently teaches tajweed (rules of reciting Qur’an) in Baltimore, Maryland. She is also an inspirational speaker at Muslim conferences and youth events.

We have invited her to tour SA to promote her novels and fiction in general. Her latest novel His Other Wife is now a short film which will be screened at the events.

She will conduct workshops for Muslim teachers on the power of fiction and how to get our children to read. She will also conduct a workshop for Muslim novelists, bloggers and budding authors.

She will be accompanied by her manager Khalil Ismail, a nasheed artist who will perform at these events along with guest appearances of Zain and Rashid Bhikha and other local artists.