Growing up in as multicultural place as the UK I became aware from a young age of the importance of claiming your identity. As I matured I realised that this was equally true for the Muslim community. We seem to have become uncomfortable with expressing ourselves through our faith, and I feel that this is a real shame. We have so much to offer society, especially as followers of Islam. Writing has always been my outlet for expressing myself, whether with poetry or prose, and I often weave the key theme of reclaiming our identity as Muslims in the West throughout my work.