My Author Page

Writing is my passion.


I write books centering Muslim characters and Muslim history. I was born in Syria and raised in America, and both my Syrian and American backgrounds inform my writing. I love the blend of my two cultures, and I want to share that joy with my readers.

I also love to show how it is possible to be completely American while also being completely Syrian and Muslim, and I hope that children with blended heritages and cultures and races will feel that they too can belong wherever they decide, and that what looks different to others is also beautiful.

I love writing books with characters that can tug at the emotional heartstrings of the reader, and make the reader FEEL something new and uplifting. 


I hope my books teach understanding and love between people of all backgrounds. Representation matters!

March 14, 2022: I am so honored to announce that I am now represented by Agent Janine Le of Janine Le Literary Agency. I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Check out my books below:

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Spell it Like Samar

Published by Ruqaya's Bookshelf

Samar has recently moved to America from Syria, and everything is new. Even the jump rope games at recess are unfamiliar. It doesn't help that Jenna, the class bully, keeps making fun of Samar's accent.
Samar decides to enter the school spelling bee to prove once and for all that she's smarter than everyone thinks! But learning the words turns out harder than she thought. Can Samar be persistent and compete in the school spelling bee?

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Heaven at Mama's Feet

Published by Ruqaya's Bookshelf

Since Ibrahim's little brother Musa was born, Ibrahim hasn't been feeling very special anymore. At Musa's Aqeeqah, he learns that Heaven is at his mom's feet, so he decides he wants heaven to be at his feet, too! Maybe if he copies what his mom does, he will finally be special again, just like her. Can Ibrahim do everything Mama does or are her shoes too big to fill?

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Pepperoni, Pitches, and Other Problems

Published by Ruqaya's Bookshelf

 Amira used to love eating cheese pizza and playing baseball with her friends. But at her new school, she sits all alone and can't even have her cheese pizza slice because of Olivia!

After hitting a home-run during gym, Amira finally gets noticed by the popular crowd. She's so excited to have friends that she doesn't pay attention to Olivia's tears...or Elena's narrowed eyes.