Yousra Medhkour is a recent graduate of the University of Toledo with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at George Mason University. She spends her free time reading countless books, a hobby that nurtured her love for words. With this passion of hers, Yousra aspires to become a published author. Yousra serves as Layali's Book Review writer.

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Here’s why Yasmin Mogahed’s ‘Reclaim Your Heart’ isn’t your average self-help book

Reclaim your heart

“Know that transformation sometimes begins with a fall. So never curse the fall. The ground is where humility lives. Take it. Learn it. Breathe it in. And then come back stronger, humbler and more aware of your need for Him.”
— Yasmin Mogahed, “Reclaim Your Heart”

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Q&A with author Saadia Faruqi


Saadia Faruqi is a published author, editor, interfaith activist and teacher. Through her writing, Faruqi has contributed to numerous online publications about the Muslim experience around the world. In the interview below, Faruqi talks to LAYALI about her inspiration for the collection of short stories she wrote in her book “Brick Walls: Tales of Hope and Courage from Pakistan.”  Read More

North and South


“I wish I could tell you how lonely I am. How cold and harsh it is here. Everywhere there is conflict and unkindness. I think God has forsaken this place. I believe I have seen hell and it’s white, it’s snow-white.”

― Elizabeth GaskellNorth and South(BBC series)

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