Sahera Patel is not a celebrity, she's a Muslim

Posted 31 Jan 2018 by Guest blog writer in Author blogs

""Sahera Patel – author".  I still have to pinch myself when I hear those words. 

My passion for writing was re-awakened when my brother-in-law asked to look at my university dissertation. Words which I had penned in the last century and words which seemed to be far beyond the capabilities of a busy mother and full-time teacher.  It was this stark reminder of the once academic me that motivated me to search once again for purposeful thoughts that translated in to entertaining and inspirational wordsSahera Patel book cover.

"I’m not a celebrity I am a Muslim" was the first product of this new motivation.  An autobiography, it seeks to dispel the many misconceptions in Islam caused by the confusion between culture and religion.  Through topics such as domestic abuse, cancer and marriage, I attempt to reveal the reality of a loving faith in comparison to the far harsher expectations of a culture carried over from India and Pakistan.  It is a journey of faith, but more than this, it reveals the very human journey of life and how we all seek to find solace wherever we can find it.

Sahera Patel on a diagonalMy recently published book is called Unveiling Arabia.  It reveals the many experiences I had whilst living and teaching in Saudi Arabia.  Any expected political agendas would have to be put to bed by the reader, as my writing reveals the reality of Saudi, not the one presented by the media.  Glamorous, confident women, the freedom to enjoy sun set dinners in breath-taking locations and hilarious interactions with the locals are all comical anecdotes worth exploring.  The book does have a sprinkling of politics, as lack of democracy in Saudi cannot be denied and was certainly one of the most infuriating aspects of living there, however, outweighing this frustration was the spirituality of Mecca, the forming of life-long friendships, embracing new, challenging experiences and confronting one’s own pre-conceived perceptions. 

Sahera Patel unveiling arabiaMy passion in life is my faith, and it is with this passion that I have launched a public speaking venture regarding the understanding of Islam, targeted at high schools, colleges and any other organisations that wish to learn about the everyday Muslim.  From basic beliefs to social misconceptions, I attempt to educate my audiences through my personal journey, providing intimate, enlightening sessions where political correctness is left outside the door.

I have also indulged in a little poetry as a stop gap in anticipation for the next life experience.  Hopefully, it will be an inspiring one, earning itself the right to be transformed in to another book."

Sahera will be appearing in Bolton on 19th February.

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