Rahma is a self-published author and a mother of three young kids. Noticing a lack of diversity in the market for Muslim Children books and recollecting her own struggles of growing up as an immigrant, she became determined to offer books centered on characters that are Muslim and with African roots.
She released her first picture book title, Muhiima’s Quest, in 2017 and her second book, Little Brother for Sale was released in the summer of 2018. Rahma believes that children need to be able to identify themselves in the books they read to enhance their self-confidence as well as bolster their sense of pride. She juggles a full-time job, her writing schedule and home life, so she knows a thing or two about time management and being productive.
Whenever I think of Ramadan approaching, I get anxious, but I have never told this to anyone. Most people are expressing excitement, and here I am sitting in a pool of dread. So I have kept this feeling to myself for a long time. I know I shouldn't be feeling this way, but I can’t help it: every year Ramadan comes, I begin with anxiety, and I finish with regret.