Umm Zakiyyah was born in 1975 in Long Island, New York, to formerly Christian parents Clark and Delores Moore. That year, Clark and Delores converted to Islam and subsequently changed their names to Muhammad and Fareedah Siddeeq after spending years in the Nation of Islam under the late Elijah Muhammad.
Umm Zakiyyah spent most of her childhood in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she wrote articles for local newspapers and essays and poetry for college publications nationwide. In college, as a student at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, she wrote editorials for the school’s newspaper and received various awards for her leadership and academic achievements. In 1997, she graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.
Umm Zakiyyah has appeared on radio and television in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia. She has been a guest lecturer at American conferences and youth events. She is the recipient of the 2008 Muslim Girls Unity Conference Distinguished Authors Award.
Umm Zakiyyah is currently an American education consultant in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.