Beyond The Castle sets out bold to seize the modern Muslimah by the wrist and in servitude lead her to her
divine throne long hidden away from her. Mubeenah, a wordsmith and the heroine of the story, wrestles with the ambiguities of her Islamic faith but safely under the watch of her erudite mother, Sister Nabeelah.
A big threat is thrown at Mubeenah’s growth as a Muslimah by Sister Nabeelah’s sudden demise. Can Mubeenah swim against the tide or will she be tempted to drink from the same potion of ‘izms’ Muslimahs her time drink from?
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Bello Fatimah, MA English Language
From its beautiful blend of the mundane affairs with the Islamic credo to the re-sensitization on who an ideal Muslimah should be, 'Beyond The Castle' x-rays Islamization of knowledge in a captivating and engaging way cleansing the girl child of the bizarre anti Islamic ideologies with which our society has been besmeared. Many thanks to the sense of humour that keeps you enamoured as you read on.
Ameenah Adams, MPAC Nigeria
This book is sure to boost the morale of your girl child, give her a sense of belonging, demonstrate to her that she can be all she wants to be while proudly upholding the virtues of her Deen.
Kareemah Oladele, Lagos State University, Lagos Nigeria
It made me think of my purpose in this life as a Muslimah. Such a good work. Thumbs up!
Lekan S. Adedokun, Erstwhile Vice President, Nairaland Poetry Club
This is probably the most real a story can get. Bello has created a sincere story for us to be the characters, rather than the readers. A fresh read, without fanfare.'
Aaminah Yousuf, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife Nigeria
I loved the contrast in the two sisters and the leadership abilities the elder one showed. I also love how non Muslim cats were included, it signifies that we include them in our living...All in all, it's very well written an thought of, Masha’ Allaah!