UMM BILAL READS : BRICK WALLS BY SAADIA FARUQI

To confess, I had this book a little while back but just made the time to read it. When I was at the end of the book, I had only one question. Why did I not read it all this time?

Saadia Faruqi is a Pakistani-American author. I had previously come across some of her work in Sisters Magazine. This, however, is the first book I have read.
Brick walls is a collection an amazing collection of seven short stories. Saadia is a great story teller. Her language is crisp, clear and even though she used local words there is a glossary at the end of the book. She does a good job of bringing her characters to life, she portrays them well. We not only feel them but actually feel like we know them and we do, they are all around us.
She wrote this 198-page book with an aim to bring to life and in the hearts of people the Pakistan, the media does not know. The book was published by FB publishing house. The print is large and easy-to-read.

“It describes the brick walls people face, challenges to happiness and prosperity. Some brick walls come in the form of human beings, others through ideologies and stereotypes. Walls indeed may be events or accident that can be preconceived notions in one’s own mind that form a roadblock to moving forward”.

We, all of us, not only the Pakistanis face these brick walls every day and how we surmount them is called life.
The stories in this book are the type that stays with you. A woman who is in over her head and her son’s life hangs in the balance, she has nothing but hope. A maid was accused of stealing from her master and jailed, turned out wrongful jail time was not the worst thing that could happen. A woman who is reluctant to leave her home even if she has no family. A sad young man who was made into a terrorist so easily. A young girl decides to break stereotypes and play cricket, turns out necessity does birth invention.
Who says fiction is read only for fun. They have amazing lessons. Overall, I took out two main things from the book are; kindness and hope. Almost everyone is finding something hard, if you cannot make it easy, just be kind – even a smile goes a long way.
The book left me wanting more. I was not sure whether I wanted just more of the stories, seems I also wanted more of Saadia Faruqi.
I recommend the book to anyone who feels overwhelmed, wants to read something for fun but still take a lesson from it, anyone and everyone who loves books.
Overall, I rate the book 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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