The Story Behind Iman
As a Muslim growing up in America, I've experienced many beautiful things, but I've also struggled. Why is that some people look at me like I'm some exotic foreigner? How come I always find articles of "Islamic terrorists" every time I open a newspaper? How come a classmate is so surprised when I tell her I don't date?
These are just some of the questions that have gathered in a very large pool. The most obvious answer is that people are unaware of Islam, of Muslims, and assume they know very well about the religion based on the media and others' misconceived notions.
What can I as an ordinary Muslim do? I feel it is my duty to do something, anything to make people more aware of the beauty of Islam. But, I'm no public speaker and it's difficult to start anything as a single person.
So, I started to think of what I can do. Ever since I was young, I have been a bookworm. Reading novels provides an outlet to release yourself into another story, in a different world. And that's when it clicked to me. I would write, and I would write exactly about Muslims.
The story of Iman is a simple one. She is an American Muslim teenager. She struggles between the influence of the American culture while attempting to stay firm on the path of Islam. She has a life, she has a personality, and most importantly, she believes in justice and peace.
Although my blog posts may not seem fluid and wholesome like a novel, I am experiencing creative writing in a different way.
I hope you continue to experience this journey with me. :)