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Caught on Camera with the CEO kMy motivation to read Love in a Headscarf was pure curiosity I tend to judge people as individuals rather than as part of a group and really had no priornowledge of Islam before 911 Since that terrible day a lot of mostly negative statements have been made about Muslim belief and it seemed appropriate to listen to the voice of someone who actually lives that lifeI thoroughly enjoyed this book The author s sense of humor in finding a husband created a story that entertained while also educating me about the role of women in Muslim culture I was hoping she would address the events of 911 and she did I wondered what drove someone to the point where they were willing to end their own life and create destruction around them What ind of macabre aspiration was that Was it pure hatred Was it an evil mind that had got hold of the means to carry out a bloodthirsty act I couldn t help but think those who committed the acts of September 11 fell into this category although none of us would ever now the truth In my opinion organized religion is at its best a code of ethics Despite the fact that the author was raised as a British Muslim and I am an American Jew I feel that we belong to the same sisterhood This book was helpful to me and I hope it is widely read as rationality needs to overcome fear and distrust and I think people need to focus on what they have in common not on how they are different This review is also published on my blog here in my own words is the underlying premise of Love in a Headscarf It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single practicing devout Muslim woman in possession of intelligence wit and beauty must be in want of a husband who has the same ualities As well as romance Lots of romanceThe novel is an account of the author s search for the One through highly structured and family and community oriented means She also dwells a great deal on how her faith shaped her search for a partner alongside general discussions about Islam and being Muslim in the westOne reviewer called the book interesting but not uplifting Their review is a good way to pave way into my experience of reading the bookFor those single Muslim men and women who are enduring the struggle to find mates or are preparing to embark on that journey this book is not he view spoilerThat one star for mentioning tasawwuf and Compassion and Mohamed Habib and the Greatest Women to influence the world during the Prophets times Asiya Khadijah Hajirah Maryum Safura hide spoiler This is a memoir of a British Indian Muslim woman looking for a husbandThe book started with a very juvenile style The author s Islamic reasoning was a little too simplistic like that of a teenager I actually thought the book was excerpts from Shelina s diary when she was 19The book lacks a clear time frame All I Arabian Nights know is that it started when Shelina was a college student it mentioned half way through the book that the internet was still new and it was published in 2009Also I onlynow the author was 19 at the beginning of the book then she mentioned working and at the end she GOT MARRIEDAT SOME POINT SHELINA SEEMED TO SUFFER marriedAt some point Shelina even seemed to a uarter life crisis like a 40 year old man By that I mean that she just went ahead and bought a racing carDisclosing her age and the date would have helped readers relate to her challengesThe scene with the French tourist was so petty for both sides Again I don t now what year that happened but I like to think that in 2013 people are enlightened and Muslims have better reasoning skills I can only hopeI learned many new things about Indian culture from this book For example biodata I heard about it before But I Thought It Was I thought it was a joke I am surprised to learn that some Indian families are deeply involved in the marriage uest of their daughters I thought only boys had that privilege since they are the seekers For over 200 pages the author was lamenting her fate asking uestions raising her own hopes about love and marriage uestioning herself for a very short time then uickly changing her mind and claiming firmly that no it was not her fault that she d been single for so longIt s only on the last 10 pages that she brings up how she met the one Except she doesn t go into much details as she did with all the rejected suitors You finish the book and you don t even now how old her husband is nor what he does for a living I guess we have the right to that information now don t weI also wonder what happened to Noreen and SaraThe very fact that the author spent most of her time and energy on sharing her misfortunes while looking for love and then she said very little about her happiness when she finally found it is very realistic That s how people are everywhere You ll hear all about your friends problems and misery you ll be up to date with all their drama but as soon as things are well they fall off the face of the earth It s a human thing unfortunatelyI think Shelina is another woman for whom marriage is the end the culmination of her life It s as if her love uest ended with the one whereas it s supposed to only start Since the book s title is love in a headscarf it should rather tell the story of life with the one not end with finding him It should answer some of all the uestions Shelina asked as a single girl not just expose her young dreams and hopesA minor detail but one that haunted me during the entire book Who the heck serves guests suitors or not instant coffee with condensed milk or bagged tea This was such a cultural shock for me I did NOT Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss know you could do that Finally I think A British Indian Muslim marriage uest in a headscarf is a appropriate title Read my full review of Love In A Headscarf at theinspirationtreewordpresscomReading about Shelina s life was a very pleasant experience She began her book by envisaging that she is telling us her story over At the age of thirteen Inew that I was destined to marry John Travolta One day he would arrive on my North London doorstep fall madly in love with me and ask me to marry him Then he would convert to Is. Cup of coffee and while reading I actually felt like I was sitting with her in such a place listening to her relate her story I laughed at all the right places shook my head sadly when things got a little depressing brooded thoughtfully over her reasoning and rejoiced when she finally met her One What made this book even enjoyable was that was that the author and I share a similar upbringing and cultural and religious experiences I was even able to cringe when reading about her first introduction because it bought up memories of my first introduction buried deep between memories of Horrible Hairstyles and First Days Of School As for her Six Stages Of Self Pity I was shocked at how accurate they were my friends and I can list them off by heartShelina s deep insight into her life and faith encouraged me to probe deeper into my own character and appropriately uestion my ideals as a British Muslim woman within the confines of culture My respect for the author increased chapter by chapter we all now that it takes courage to stand up for what you believe in against what society wants you to believe This theme even extends back to the time of great Romantic authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David ThoreauAt the end I came to the conclusion that I have a lot to learn about myself and about my religion but nevertheless I am optimistic about setting off on my own spiritual journey After I m done with discovering the world and it s hidden secrets maybe then I can write a book about my experiences tooOverall I was very pleased with the book although at times in particular when the discussion revolved around history or philosophy my attentiveness to what was being said burned out somewhat I was interested in reading on and discovering how this analysis related to her life experiences and when I did so I was not disappointed Personally I believe that I have a lot to experience and learn before I can understand and truly appreciate the reasoning put forward in the bookAlso I did wish that the author revealed about the One when he finally made it into the story Having read about all the terrible situations she was put in with Syed Mr Cricket Lover Mobeen Mr Practical Joker and Khalil just Khalil I can t even place a description for that guy I was justifiably eager for details about Mr One I just felt like it was over so uickly but since it was a very happy ending it was still worth it I read this like 3 years ago I think It was one of the reuired novels for my 20th Century Literature subject I usually feel pressured when I have to read novels for my literature class despite my love for reading Because I m the ind of person of who thinks a lot about the workload ie assignments uizzes examsand reading Every semester I have to read 5 8 novels supposedly it was a good thing right but imagine when you have to read book that doesn t strike your interest at all But you can t DNF it because they are subject s reuirement And this has somehow tainted my reading experience Well I might be a little exaggerated It s not that bad actually I enjoyed reading numerous of reuired novels throughout my study haha At first I thought that I would feel pressure when I read this novel but turns out it was such a good read I read this novel like a week before my final exam I now I m a bad example DON T DO THIS But anyway Shelina Zahra manages to deliver serious issues in humorous way I don t remember the story in great detail now But it is about a Muslim girl age 23 I think who lives in UK in search for her soulmate Or rather it was her family who s been egging her to look for one Basically this is what the novel is about But trust me the story is actually much complex than what I just saidIt talks about the culture of Muslim immigrants where majority of them experience the clash of civilization between the East and the West the shift of culture itself I understand that the Muslim in the West has somehow mold their own culture throughout generations Which means there are mixtures of East and West Which is very interesting Not only that it also address the treatment of the non Muslims pre and post 911 If you think this book is preachyI have to say that it is not preachy at all It surely book is preachyI have to say that it is not preachy at all It surely a thought provoking read I mean I read this for my literature class How can it not be thought provoking I need to find some time and reread this For sureFor my 20th Century Literature lecturer I now you don t have a GR account But I want to say thank you for introducing me to this book You re one of my fav lecturers D Shelina is a thoroughly modern Muslim a British Indian Muslim Her ancestors were from India and converted to Islam and moved to Tanzania When Tanzania was granted independence from Britain Shelina s father chose "to take the offer as a British citizen to move to England Moving into that environment has caused " take the offer as a British citizen to move to England Moving into that environment has caused family to closely examine which Muslim practices arewere part of their culture and which were actually a part of Islam This was the second book I ve ever read about Muslim women the first being Princess A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia which could not be DIFFERENT in portrayal of the life of a Muslim woman I think this than anything solidified my Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, knowledge that Islam is uite wonderful and all of the ugly atrocities in Muslim nations come from awful cultural traditions than anything the u ran has ever saidShelina wrote this book about how as a modern Muslim woman she chose the traditional path of an arranged marriage When I read the book blurb I thought it would be crazy tales along the lines of hijinx ensue lol While she did include uite a bit of descriptions in first person voice of her experiences which were funny much of the rest of the writing was expository Not in a bad way I sure do notnow a lot about the Muslim faith I Lucy Carmichael know a little and I ap. Lam and become a devoted MuslimShelina iseeping a very surprising secret under her headscarf she wants to fall in love and find her faith Torn between the Buxom Aunties romantic comedies and mosue Imam. Preciated the explanations It seemed like those were the driest parts of the book though What I do now about the Muslim faith was reaffirmed It is a loving peaceful family based religion They adhere to a high standard of strict moral conduct no drinking immorality immodesty etc The sanctity of motherhood and children is tantamount and life and society should be built around the traditional family unit Listening to Shelina describe her standards you could almost see her living in SLC and being mistaken for a Mormon although the headscarf would be a dead giveaway In fact there were so many similarities I was only left to one conclusion whether you are an American Mormon or a British Muslim we are all children of the same loving God whether you call him Allah or Heavenly Father he has the same standards and laws and loves us all the same There were times when the similarities were uite striking When Shelina went on her Hajj her pilgramage to their sacred Kabaa in Mecca which they call the house of their God they all dress in white to remove materialism and individuality so they all stand before Allah as eual spirits They then perform symbolic rituals HmmmmThere was part of the book she spoke about her spiritual journey From blind obedience to actively choosing conversion to following the letter of the law to following the spirit of the law after that there was a little journey into mysticism I started feeling a little nervous about that part our LDS Mormon religion discourages delving into the mysteries of God as most assuredly there is much our human comprehension is not up to the task and stick to what we have been given as the path back to our Heavenly Father that after all the good works we can do we still stand sinful and must accept the Savior as our mediator through Grace to gain admittance into Heaven But the I thought about it the I saw the similarities of her journey with ours In our religion after living the spirit of the law we are most assuredly encouraged to continue on our spiritual journey one of stiriving to be like the Savior and to literally develop a personal relationship with Him This is a deeply personal and intimate spiritual journey that I could euate to that stage in her life Where she discovered LOVE God is LOVE This is a beautiful story of discovery both self discovery and spiritual discoveryI wanted to end my review with an explanation of my fourstar rating Is the writing such that it s artistic and destined to be a classic in the auto biographical genre No Lively and beautiful at times yes Dry and a little slow sometimes yes But there was one part of the book where she described her grandmother her angel grandmother Her grandmother who married a man of her loving father s choosing who raised 10 faithful children of her own and who rises every morning at 3 am for her daily prayer with Allah I felt this woman s spirituality her closeness to God I envied it What a beautiful example This WOMAN WAS GEOGRAPHICALLY RELIGIOUSLY AND GENERATIONALLY was geographically religiously and generationally from me and has inspired me to be a better woman A better Mormon A better Daughter of God And to be inspired in such a manner well was rather shocking for me in a good wayps I think Shelina and I were spirit sisters separated at birth i call myself a feminist mormon housewife in call myself a feminist Mormon housewife in positive connotation of the word and well I think we may have been cut from the same cloth A highly educated faithful woman who defies cultural traditions to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and become one of the most influential Muslim women in British society You go girl One book thousand feelings About soulmate love god religion Islam racism About a Muslim girl who lives in London and tries to find god herself her soulmateand love Throughout the pages she discovers herself and her religion and the meaning of patient in her research Because searching for a husband had distracted her from exploring her own inner worldThis book what I needed to understand that as a human being my focus should make my spirit blossomOne day maybe if I fell depressed about finding my soulmate or I give up about life and love I ll return to this book again this book took me on a journey i would never have experienced anywhere else it spoke out my unspeakable troubles calmed my frayed nerves and most importantly it led me on a journey to find the one the great one Almighty Allahi love this book a lot thanks to my friend bilkis begum for recommending it to me xx It was fun to read this Muslim woman s memoir and marvel about the similarities between her dating experiences and the courtship system in my culture The parallels were striking even in small ways The involvement of the entire family the priorities the traditional values the power of the aunties middle aged women who may or may not be relatives and may or may not be nice people who serve as the gatekeepers between the seeking woman and possible guys and must be hud at all costs and Having said that a number of flaws interfered with my enjoyment I wasn t crazy about the writing which I often found irritatingly sophomoric and distracting Focus was lacking as somewhat repetitive ill fated blind date woe is me memoir sections alternated with didactic and sometimes preachy Islam for dummies sections I suppose both aspects of the book were arguably necessary but I would have preferred a seamless transition between the two and better editingFinally though reading about the author s reaction to 911 as a Muslim living in London was certainly enlightening I found much of what she said apologetic and one dimensional as she denied any pro violent sentiments in the Koran or in Islam I m sure I m not the most objective person on this topic but I found some of what she said difficult to swallow Still a fast and enlightening read I d be curious to hear a shidduch dater s reaction to the book. S she decides to follow the arranged marriage route to finding Mr Right Muslim style Shelina's captivating journey begins as a search for the one but along the way she also discovers herself and her fait. ,


Love in a Headscarf

Shelina Zahra Janmohamed ¿ 1 DOWNLOAD