What are Muslim women's rights? What do modesty, humbleness and fashion have in common? What is halal food? These are all questions asked - and, importantly, answered - by Big Little Steps, the just-released book by Mathilde Loujayne; a French-born, Muscat-raised Dubai resident who converted to Islam in 2002.
With a goal to "empower women with Islamic values," Mathilde quit her job to write the book; a female-focused manual that aims to give us the tools to "become the best version of yourself as you enter a universal family beyond borders called the Ummah."
"The book delves into aspects of how to apply Islam in daily life," Mathilde explains. "It talks about beauty, modesty, fashion, halal food, and all the health and spiritual benefits of fasting. It also covers information about woman's rights. I met a lot of women who were converts. The book has a holistic view of a variety of women from different cultures, nationalities and ages."
Publishers of the book The Dreamwork Collective describe Mathilde as "still on her quest for spiritual knowledge, as we all are," and her idea of writing a book "with a feminine tone of voice which women can relate to is taking shape and leading her through a fantastic journey."
Order Big Little Steps here.