At ten years old, Akram Siddeeq (Umm Zakiyyah's brother), was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, the same illness that their younger brother, Qaadir, struggled with until he passed away at 27 years old due to cancer of the gall bladder in 2008.
Today, at 41 years old, Akram's battle continues as he faces a possible liver transplant. Yet he maintains a positive mindset and remains dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and a faith-centered path of gratefulness. Meanwhile, despite his trials as a divorced, single father, he looks forward to remarrying and finding love again.
In this course, Umm Zakiyyah shares a relaxed chat she had with Akram via Zoom, where he reflects on his personal challenges and triumphs — and ten (10) lessons he learned along the way.
Healing and Living Love (Glimpse Inside)
About Akram Siddeeq
Akram is an IT (information technology) professional currently based in Atlanta, Georgia (USA). He loves mentoring youth, spending time with family, playing soccer, and making music.
He cites his faith and family as the foundation of his life and is deeply inspired by his studies of Qur'an and the life lessons he learned from his parents.
Featured Courses & Books
Join our UZ Heart & Soul Care community as we support you on your journey of nourishing your emotional and spiritual health.
A Glimpse Into the Sweetness of Emaan
An exclusive, one-day FREE pass into Our Beautiful Beautiful Qur’an Journey (Tadabbur) for women
About Umm Zakiyyah
Known for her soul-touching books and spiritual reflections on the Qur'an and emotional healing, Umm Zakiyyah is a world renowned author and soul-care mentor.
Daughter of American converts to Islam, Umm Zakiyyah, also known by her birth name Ruby Moore, is the internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, including novels, short stories, and self-help. Her books are used in high schools and universities in the United States and worldwide, and her work has been translated into multiple languages. Her work has earned praise from writers, professors, and filmmakers.
Dr. Robert D. Crane, advisor to former US President Nixon, said of Umm Zakiyyah, “…no amount of training can bring a person without superb, natural talent to captivate the reader as she does and exert a permanent intellectual and emotional impact.”
Professor K. Bryant of Howard University said of If I Should Speak, “The novel belongs to…a genre worthy of scholarly study.”
Umm Zakiyyah has a BA degree in Elementary Education, an MA in English Language Learning, and Cambridge’s CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).
Umm Zakiyyah studied Arabic, Qur’an, Islamic sciences, ‘aqeedah, and tafseer in America, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia for more than fifteen years. She currently teaches tajweed (rules of reciting Qur’an) and tafseer.