Title – Journey
Author – Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed
Category – Fiction
Publisher – Finder Publication (2017)
Samiah Oyekan-Ahmed is a medical doctor turned entrepreneur. This is her first published book were she hopes to share the beauty of Islam with the world.
‘Journey’ is a story that centres around the life and adventures of Zainab – a young Muslimah who learns a lot about herself, her religion and the need to re-evaluate her choices as a result of the events surrounding her life. It is filled with lessons about life, love, Deen, faith, hope, health and even handling bigots 101.
The author is a great storyteller MashaAllah! The language is crisp and easy. It felt like it was all too much for Zainab because she had so much to tell and so many lessons she to learn. When I think about it though, that is the reality of life. So much can actually happen in the life of one person. I, however, wished the book had more pages.
When I read the last page of the book, I felt like I had gone on a journey with Zainab. So yes! The name is quite apt. The look-and-feel is amazing. The little explanations of some Islamic terms make it a good tool for explaining some aspects of deen to the non-muslims. The book was able to evoke so many different emotions – moments of pure joy, laughter, sadness and even tears.
I don’t know whether its because I have listened to her speak and say certain phrases before but I read some portions of the book in her voice. Like “if i say so myself” and “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar”.
It was a light and interesting read with a good mix of humour, suspense, life lessons, and points of reflection. I hope we get to read a sequel, you know. Let’s see how little Fatima blooms and the lessons she absorbs from the life of her mother.
I would recommend this book to the youths, to the mothers of these youths, converts or born-Muslims who need a refresher, and to everyone who needs to let their non-muslim friends understand some basics of Islam.