I first met Sister Queen Sheba D. Cisse nearly eight years ago through Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA), the internationally based group for Muslim women writers that we both belong to, and I use the word “met” loosely since it was more of a virtual meeting than an actual physical meeting. Nevertheless, the connection was immediate and strong. Sister Sheba, who I affectionately refer to as Umi, is a beautiful force for good in this world, and Allah Ta’aala knows best.
Her work with Queen Sheba Village Inc. (QSV) was and remains inspiring. It was uplifting to hear about the works, services and goods that she and her organization provide to villages throughout Senegal. For this reason she often travels between the U.S. and Africa, transporting goods and visiting with her large, global family, and in accordance with her very nurturing spirit, she came up with the idea of writing a travel book. Needless to say, when she approached me for help in publishing, I was all for it! And al-hamdulilah, the book is now a reality!
Return to Glory: A Travel Guide For African Americans Returning To Roots is more than just a travel guide, it’s an invitation to African Americans, the descendants of the displaced by the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, and to all people of various cultures and ethnicities, to return to their place of birth – the cradle of humanity. Sister Sheba extends her hand, and shares her experience with the readers, leading us along the journey home with wisdom, humor, expertise and warmth.
In this introduction to the country of Senegal, you will discover the language, food and culture of the land while receiving a crash course in travel rules and etiquette. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the trip!
From the book description:
Return to Glory: A Travel Guide for African Americans Returning to Roots is a book that has been written with joy because it acknowledges our ancestors that have played an important role in our spiritual growth as a people. We believe that the ancestors are alive in another dimension and that they play an important role for us, whether it be through angelic mentorship or as spiritual advisors. It was important for me to honor the souls who have paved the way for me to return to the African continent.
Much more than a mere travel guide, Return to Glory offers a wide range of information about travelling to the African continent, particularly to Senegal. You can learn about Senegalese culture and cuisine, get advice about what to pack and how to prepare for the journey, and receive a first-hand account of what it is like to return to the Motherland. The travel guide is also filled with vibrant photographs and beautiful illustrations that transport the reader to a land that he or she may not have had the opportunity to see before.
Queen Sheba D. Cisse believes that humanity is Africa and invites the readers to join her in respectfully glorifying our humble beginnings. During these challenging modern times, many are struggling with race relations and identity, and large segments of people of African descent are seeking solutions to the particular challenges that they are experiencing. The topics presented within the book propel individuals to look within: until you know where you come from, there is no way of knowing where you are going. Return to Glory fulfills a sense of purpose.
Queen Sheba D. Cisse is often asked about her travels to Africa and what’s it’s like there. Her response is to plan to visit for yourself, without hesitation or fear. She hopes that Return to Glory will inspire many to embrace a homeland that is welcoming and spiritual fulfilling.
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