I had the pleasure of participating in the “Alhamny Zayed” initiative at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2018 and to present 'Big Little Steps' for the very first time. The late Sheikh Zayed continues to serve as an inspiration for all generations!
It was also a great opportunity to speak with Khaleej Times. Here's what I told them:
"I have seen many women encounter information that centres on what they cannot do anymore when they become a Muslim. This can be discouraging in the early stages of their journey. The purpose of this book is not to highlight what is forbidden in Islam but rather illustrate how Islam as a religion is a complete way of life that reaches out to your mind with logic and to your heart with reason.
"The book delves into aspects of how to apply Islam in daily life. It talks about beauty, modesty, fashion, halal food, all health and spiritual benefits of fasting. It also covers the information about woman's rights. I met a lot of woman, who were converts. The book has a holistic view of a variety of women from different cultures, nationalities and ages."
She noted that Muslim woman have excelled in various fields and broken barriers. She pointed out Halima Aden being the first hijab-wearing model to be featured on British Vogue Magazine cover.
"I am highlighting all these aspects as nowadays there is so much negativity about Muslims. I want to break the misconceptions regarding Islam and especially when it comes to a woman. I have illustrations by Hatty Pedder, who brought life to my stories."
You can read the full interview HERE.