Bilal Cooks Daal — A Review

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Bilal Cooks DaalSummary : Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does?

This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.

Author : Aisha Saeed

Illustrator : Anoosha Syed

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The Gift of Ramadan — A Review

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Ramadan is fast approaching and I finally get a chance to read and review a book I have wanted my hands on for quite some time alhamdullilah.

Summary : Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. She tries to keep busy throughout the day so she won’t think about food. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now?

Author : Rabiah York Lumbard

Illustrator : Laura K. Horton

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company

Review and thoughts : The Gift of Ramadan is wonderfully illustrated with a moving story. My only issue was the part of the salat portrayal on the women’s side. The father’s portrayal was fine with his eyes cast down.
On the women’s side, the neck of Sophia’s grandma is bare. She is basically praying with only her turban and…

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Jumada-I 1441 / January 2020’s Book Club Pick — The Ducktrinors Book I & II by Papatia Feauxzar

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This month The Muslim Bibliophile’s book club discussed my book! Alhamdullilah. Read the transcript on the blog here.

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Check out my other books below on Amazon!

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And the Reader’s Choice Award Winners are….

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Read more on the blog here.

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Review: The Gatekeeper’s Notebook by Sahar Abdulaziz

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*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. Thank you Djarabi Kitabs Publishing 🙂

The Gatekeeper's Notebook - The Imperfect MuslimahThe Gatekeeper’s Notebook by Sahar Abdulaziz is a psychological thriller about a widowed mother who’s on the brink of financial ruin and is trying desperately to claw her way out and make a new start. Every step Kalila Rahim takes towards freedom seems to pull a new secret up from the dirt that she’s left scrambling to bury again.

The plot of this book felt like it could have been a season on Desperate Housewives – a widowed mother who’s being forced to consider any number of distasteful things in order to preserve her lifestyle and the lifestyle of her preteen son, nosy neighbors who have their own secrets hiding in plain sight, and a whole lot of scheming.

One of my favorite things about this novel was…

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The Forbidden Relationship: A Handbook on Love, Lust & Heartbreaks — A Review — Hayati Magazine

The Forbidden Relationship: A Handbook on Love, Lust & Heartbreaks by Mariam Yousaf is a self-help guide of 102 pages geared to any Muslim perusing the idea of dating the opposite sex outside of marriage. The book can also serve as a guide to those who are married in order to help them minimize or……

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She Was The Moon — A Review

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she was the moon front coverSummary : A whimsical illustrated book celebrating both the beauty of the scarf and the imagination of young children.

Author & Illustrator: A.Bilal

Review and thoughts : She Was The Moon is a very artistic self-published picture book. The author, A.Bilal, uses whimsical surrealism as designing style to convey her message to the reader; girls, mothers, and women are nurturing and everywhere if we want to take an abstract view of the world. The words of the book are also metaphorical and poetic. Let me just show you below.

She was the moon sun Throughout the book, the scarf and more women are used metaphorically to denote more elements of nature. On the cover, it’s the scarf that takes the shape of the moon. Simply genius.

She Was The Moon by A.Bilal is available on Amazon here. Read more about the book on social media here.

Rating : 5/5

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Dear Muslim, I beg You

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Dear Muslim, I beg You

I beg you to not celebrate holidays that aren’t yours

I beg you to not justify celebrating these holidays by using the Sunnah or the Quran’s words

I beg you to be more familiar with the historical events around the hijri calendar because every new Gregorian year is not yours to celebrate

I beg you to not justify celebrating Valentine’s Day because it has no spiritual link to Islam

I beg you to not use the notion of love ingrained in our religion to justify your partaking in Valentine’s Day

I beg you to explore and discover real love; the love of your Creator  ﷻ  and of His final Messenger

I beg you to avoid Easter and its events with your family. Nothing on this calendar is harmless to your faith. It goes against your tawheed foundation for one.

I beg you to not use the status of a mother in Islam to justify your celebration of Mother’s Day

I beg you to not use dawah as an excuse to take part in Halloween events

I beg you to not use the principle of gratitude in Islam to justify your celebration of Thanksgiving

I beg you not to use the concept of giving gifts in Islam to justify your participation in Christmas events

I beg you to love adherents of other faiths but to remember that to them their religion and to you, yours

I beg you because we have been told that imitating another ummah makes us of that ummah

Dear Muslim

I love you

I want you to be of the People of the Right

I want you to be of the Forerunners

That’s why, I beg you to please take heed.

© Papatia Feauxzar 1441/2019

 

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Rabi al-Akhar 1441 / December 2019’s Book Club Recap

Bismillah ar-rahmani ar-rahim. Assalamu aleikum!

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Read it at Fofky’s Blog here. And check out the Reader Choice Award, too. #VOTE!

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How Long Should Your Story Be?

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When you set out to write what came to you, how long should it be? The answer is, it depends. Alhamdullilah, I have written :

  • One stand alone flash fiction story and two collection of flash fiction stories.

They are Bionic Romance, and Spin-Off Cité ,  …Centric : A Collection of Flash Fiction Stories . These can go from the length of a tweet to one thousand words. Don’t buy these three. The price is unreasonably high for a reason. There are set at $200 because there is a paper version of them and to stop eBook abuse. Or you can read them in Eclectic. This collection of flash fiction and short stories has 30,160 words.

  • One collection of short stories

Steadfast

This is a collection of several of my short stories including the novelettes Freedom Fighter and Respect The Letters. I have two other novelettes L’Américaine and The Cursed Bride not included in this book.

  • One memoir

The Dreams—A Family Biography

  • Four romantic novels

You can get away with writing around 40,000 words on those.  However, my book BLOOM is 119,613 words for the three books; Mistress of the SpicesThe Hazardous Life of Nilüfer and Oblivion. Oblivion can be considered a novella since it’s not quite 40,000 words.

The Library Clerk’s e-Shop is about 47,000 words. It includes an extended version of my novelette L’Américaine.

  • One Thriller/Suspense

The upcoming The Certified Accountant falls in this category. Books in this genre should be around 80,000 words.

  • Several poems
  • Three children books
  • Some personal narratives
  • One Ivorian Cookbook
  • One Muslim Journal/Planner/Notebook/Calendar
  • One YA Fantasy Series

The Ducktrinors Book 1 and Book 2 . This epic tale is 83,483 words

  • One ethnic and epic short story fantasy and one short epic fantasy story.

Clash of the Castes is the ethnic one and is available in The Dreams in print format. The other is Fiqh Tsion’s Tells of Faith.

In conclusion, perhaps in the moment you get inspired with a new story, it’s only a flash fiction, a short story, a novelette, a novella or a novel. It depends on how much “meat” you have on the story that’s nagging you and wants to come to life. Below is a graphic to guide you. It’s taken from here if the question has ever crossed your mind.

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I hope this helps. And remember, each story can be extended and fleshed out over the years. It’s up to you to stop or expand the story.

Thanks for reading,

 

Papatya*

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Muslim Readers Choice Awards!

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Find out more here and vote!

The nominees for best childrens book The nominees for best MG book the nominees for best fantasy book

the nominees fr best fiction and sf The nominees for best poetry The nominees for best memoir or biography

The nominees for best mystery or thriller The nominees for best ya na romance the nominees for best satire

the nominees for best self help

Thanks for reading,

Papatya*

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Rabi al-Awwal 1441 / November 2019’s Book Club Recap & Awards

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Read it at Fofky’s Blog here. And check out the Reader Choice Award, too. #VOTE!

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Assalamu aleikum! Rabi-I Mubarak!!!

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Muslimah Bloggers Awards 2019 – Time to get Nominating — Muslimah Bloggers

Alhamdulillah it is that time of year when we hold our annual awards. You can find a reminder of last years winners in our 2018 Muslimah Bloggers awards winner post. This year we have an amazing set of sponsors who have offered up their products/services to the winners. Details of all the sponsors will be…

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The Proudest Blue — A Review

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the proudest blue 1Summary : With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Authors : Ibtihaj Muhammad & S.K.Ali

Illustrator : Hatem Aly

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Review and thoughts : The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family is a lyrical account of a kind-hearted black Muslim character called Faizah about her older sister’s hijab on the first day of school. Her older sister’s name is Asiya.

Faizah and Asiyah are the actual names of Ibtihaj’s sisters. I briefly met the author…

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The Library Clerk’s e-Shop

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How is it like for a Black immigrant Muslim woman to navigate life in the US while trying to stay legal? In The Library Clerk’s e-Shop, you get an idea.

The Library Clerk’s e-Shop is set to be released in June 2020 insha’Allah.

Summary : Qari D. Fofana–– known as “Kerry” by her American friends, is a twenty-three-year-old Ivorian girl living in the United States. Dallas, to be precise. As a bit of a social introvert, Qari has always wanted to open an online book-coffee-tea shop. She has visions of living “the glamorous life,” which consists of reading books and working in her pajamas all week long. And for a short while, it seems like Qari’s dream of opening up that shop––as farfetched as it feels at times, will come true––until her work visa and I-20 expire. Afraid of being deported and disappointing her family back home, Qari comes up with a scheme to marry her American Muslim hot, handsome landlord––a kind man who has made his feelings for Qari known to her. However, soon enough, this too backfires.

Faced with deportation, Qari packs her meager belongings and returns home to Ivory Coast, determined to make at least some of her ambitions materialize. Still, however, she soon realizes that a huge piece of her broken heart and deferred dreams remain back in the United States.

The Library Clerk’s e-Shop is a story about friendship, lost and found love, the hardships of immigration, the love of books and culture, and of course, self-determination. Most of all, it is a tale about following your dreams, no matter where in the world they take you.

Find it on Goodreads here.

Thanks for reading,

Papatya*

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Safar 1441 / October 2019’s Book Club Pick — Unlikely Friends by Sahar Abdulaziz

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Read it at Fofky’s Blog here.

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