’ That’s part of the strength of a lot of the characters: they know what they want.” Malik hopes that books like hers will continue to increase relatable portrayals of Muslims in popular culture.It sounds simple, but she insists that “having an array of Muslim characters who are just normal” is still a radical proposal.

That’s not because it’s not a reality – it happens all the time – but because it’s shown so much that I was very bored of it.

I thought, ‘What about all those women that actually choose to live this pretty sedate life?

"I've always tried to learn as much as I can about my husband's religion and culture," Mrs. Religion has never been a part of the image Zayn Malik presents to the public.

"I believe that your religion should be between you and whoever your belief is in," he said in an interview with Britain's to task in September for a joke about a member of the band joining a new terrorist supergroup.

But it was important to Malik to focus on this particular romantic experience.

“Before I started writing I knew that it was going to be a ‘clean’ book, because it has a Muslim protagonist, and the one thing I did not want was her ripping off her hijab and finding herself by going drinking and sleeping with people.

In one scene, Sofia is told bluntly by an editor, “there needs to be more sex” so “it’s appealing to a wider readership”. ‘But it’s also a little tricky for people to relate to.

And what readers want is something they can understand.’ She twisted in her chair.

"Just tell me two things, Zayn: Which one in the band were you, and where were you during the Boston Marathon?

" The latter questions was accompanied by a split screen of Zayn and accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The fact that he's Muslim shouldn't get Zayn inserted in any current events story pertaining to Islam, nor should it make him the mainstream celebrity example of someone who is Muslim.