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She Wore Red Trainers: A Muslim Love Story

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At the end of the day, you can read this story, and you can enjoy it, but it will also raise a lot of questions about love, Islam, identity and culture. Robert: Na'ima B Robert is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. Why do we see nothing wrong with 13-year-olds having sex — which they do — but have such a problem with the idea of an 18 or 19 year old getting married? This inspirational collection of prayers and reminders is the perfect companion for anyone who wishes to connect to the Divine.

Chaperones, suitors, and arranged marriages aren't only reserved for the heroines of a Jane Austen novel.Amirah feels, ‘If there is one thing I’ve learnt in my short time on earth, it is you don’t have to look, behave or think like everyone else to achieve. Soon, their father’s business got into trouble which made them move from a country in south England to London temporarily, and rent out their house till their father’s business picks up again. Eighteen-year-old Muslim neighbors Ali and Amirah surprise themselves and each other by falling in love at first sight. A full-fledged adult in the eyes of society, but not in the eyes of her mother, who follows the norms of their culture blindly. The book shows how the groups of Muslim girls, who come from different backgrounds, are unique in their communities, and how they can work hard to be integral members of it.

For Amirah and Ali, it is not easy to fall in love while still being loyal to their own values related to spirituality and religion. For me, the best part of the book was not actually the romance between Ali and Amirah; it was rather the little details that the author, Nai’ma B. Robert is descended from Scottish Highlanders on her father's side and the Zulu people on her mother's side. The book is divided into chapters; every other chapter is told from the perspective of Ali or Amirah, so, for example, we start with Ali talking about his life and what is going on with him, and then in the next chapter, Amirah talks about her life from her own perspective. A character can’t be an intellectual, reflective, strong female, without also embodying sexual purity and morality.When Ali first meets Amirah, he notices everything about her—her hijab, her long eyelashes and her red trainers—in the time it takes to have one look, before lowering his gaze. Amirah faces similar problems: her mother's depression has taken hold after her husband abandons the family, leaving Amirah to care for her younger siblings. So the challenge that the author faces here is to try and present such a love a story in a context that is challenging for both Amirah and Ali, in which they have to hold on their desires and needs, but at the same time, to create a story that is both appealing and exciting for the reader. Robert, was able to highlight in the relationships between Ali and his friends, and Amirah and her friends.

Until then, she is happy to be a mum to her four children and keep reading and writing books that take her to a different world each time. When sixteen-year-old Amal decides to wear the hijab full-time, her entire world changes, all because of a piece of cloth. Ali, Amirah, and their communities look like they are living on an island away from their surroundings. One day Ali sees Amirah, and although she's wearing a hijab, he notices her lovely face, defiant chin and her red trainers, just like his. Amirah’s aunt, Azra, is a very important member of her society, who takes initiative in holding parties and banquets to benefit those in need.Under federal law, if you knowingly misrepresent that online material is infringing, you may be subject to criminal prosecution for perjury and civil penalties, including monetary damages, court costs, and attorneys’ fees. Roberts has been criticized for drawing a limited picture of Muslim women; she tends to list some characteristics for Muslim women, and only if a woman fits these characteristics is she a “real” Muslim. The arena is a Muslim community that is closely knit and believes Islam to be the saving grace in a world devoid of morality, where only married love is ‘ halal’ and therefore acceptable and 18-year-olds are encouraged to succumb to their ‘emotional’ needs and tie the knot. In this novel, we see Amirah and Ali flying together to Mexico after “getting married in an airport,” to start a new life where Ali could pursue his dream, while Amirah has left all her dreams of studying arts behind. Alternating between Amirah and Ali's perspectives, Robert (Black Sheep) teases out the subtleties of young romance and the confounding pull of mutual attraction.

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