I Am Thunder And I Won’t Keep Quiet is written by Muhammad Khan and published by Pan Macmillan
I promised myself this time would be different.I would stand up for myself.
Muzna Saleem is used to being invisible. So no one is more surprised than her when Arif Malik, the hottest boy in school, takes a sudden interest.
But Arif is hiding a terrible secret and, as they begin to follow a dark path, Muzna faces an Impossible choice: Keep quiet and betray her beliefs, or speak out and betray her heart.
After ages, I have enjoyed a book so much, I was not ready to keep it down until I finished the last line. There is only one word for this book “MARVELLOUS” and it is bang on time. When the world is filled with Islamophobics, this novel highlights the regular Muslims plight, who at times we all conveniently ignore. Muhammad Khan has written a beautiful story, kudos to him. He has thrown light on radicalization, the plight faced by immigrant children, teenage problems, insecurities face by a normal girl, nowhere he has minced the words. It is so disappointing but a bitter truth, people leave their motherland and migrate to the west, in lure of good life. But they are never able to accept west and want to keep their children away from all the openness of western society. Why can’t we accept a place as a whole? Why do we have our barriers? Isn’t it tad unjustified for the kids, who were born and brought up there, have to imbibe culture and values of some remote Asian country? We humans are really selfish, we want only best and cannot accept imperfections.
Another point highlighted by the author, that Muslims are equally affected by terrorism. These terror attacks have killed, displaced more Muslims than any other religion. The author has raised valid questions, why do we segregate any person on the basis of hijab or particular dress code? That’s quite true, if someone can wear cross then why wearing a hijab is an issue?
I loved those lines, where the chief character Munza says, that probably whoever is handling Islam’s PR need to be fired, he/she is not doing his job right. We only see negative news and not good examples of Muslims who are making it big in a different field and positively touching people’s life.
And Yes, we want more Muhammad Khans, who can change the image of Islam.
Muzna Saleem has Pakistani parents, who are obsessed with “Izaat”. They want their little girl to behave like a proper Pakistani girl and not like whites. Muzna had some hormonal problem, due to which she had enough growth of hair on her chin, but her mother was not ready to take her to a doctor or allow her to bleach that facial hair. My heart went out for the poor thing when she was made a laughing stock and was bullied by a group of girls. She had one friend Salma, whom the parents not much approved. Due to turn of circumstances, Muzna and the family had to leave the city and the school. It was not a simple change of place, it was a change of destiny. In her new school she met Arif, the hottest guy and not before long, he also started taking interest in her. Was it pure love or some dirty ulterior motives, which made Arif interested in Muzna? And not before long Arif led her to dark path, where Muzna can either keep her mouth shut or fight for the right.
Why, pick up the book:
Throws light in the world of Jihad.