Interview With Sister Theresa Corbin

Read an interview with Theresa Corbin and comment to enter the giveaway insha’Allah.

Diary of a Revert Muslimah

As Salam Alikum Readers ,
I had the pleasure of doing a interview with sister Theresa Corbin about her new adult Islamic coloring book .

What inspired you to write an adult coloring book?
A: My husband actually had the idea that I take the graphics that I have made through the years for my blog and turn them into a coloring book. The man is a genius. So, I did some research into the adult coloring book market and found that not much was available with an Islamic theme. There is stuff for young kids but not stuff for adults. So, I took my husband?s idea and decided that this coloring book needed to have a wider theme and audience to fill in the gap in the market. It needed to be about the basics of Islam and not just about my blog.

How long have you written on…

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Meet barhoom Brand : The First Modest Styling Service For All Women — Hayati Magazine

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OHIO – A new clothing company, barhoom Brand, becomes the first styling company to accommodate both the needs of Muslim and non-Muslim women who seek modest clothing. It’s ground breaking. barhoom Brand launched April 11th, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio. His founders are Noor Refai and Cassandra Duchan. They both act as Creative Director and Director of……

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Out of Many, One

Thank you for buying my book! Rabbi the Rabbit on Amazon

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The Blue Skater Boy.

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SO this is my last and final cover reveal for this launch. ❤️

I LOVE this story so much MarshaAllah Tabarakallah and I’m so happy it’s found a home with Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

What is it about, let’s go to the blurb!

“When Isa is asked to take biriyani to his Nanni’shouse, someone decides to jump out at him and then tag along. A re-telling of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with many twists.”

Now, doesn’t that sound interesting!

Meet Isa AKA Little Blue Skater Boy.

This next illustration is Isa with his mum. While he’s playing on his console at home, his mum is putting biriyani in a bag for him to take to his nanni’s house.

In the illustration below, Isa is picking daffodils with Mrs.Jinni AKA Mrs.Jinn-eena watching over him. How innocent and frail this old women looks, but is she really that innocent is the real question.

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Fabulous Finds: The Islamic Adult Coloring Book

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Our first review of ‘The Islamic Adult Coloring Book’! #alhamdullilah

Fabulously Liberated

By: Theresa Corbin

Published by: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

I have always been intrigued with colouring. So when the whole “adult colouring” thing started. I was drawn to it. The idea of adult colouring is pretty amazing. Then those who take the time out to add the ‘Muslim-ness’ to it….MashaAllah! 😍 

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Fabulous Finds: The Big Reconnecting Selflove Journal

 

self love 2Oh, check out the review on this journal by Aisha Nana Ahmed I’ve been coloring alhamdullilah 🙂, xx

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Alhamdulillah! I received this journal as a gift. It has a thin paperback and a gorgeous cover, MashaAllah! The size is just perfect – big enough to write comfortably in and small enough to fit into my bag. It contains prompts, affirmations and illustrations that I cannot wait to colour in. 

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Adult Coloring Books Must Have

Bismillah ar-rahmani ar-rahimi,

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My life is very hectic like many people out there. While I enjoy being productive whilst keeping my tongue moist with His remembrance, this lifestyle often gets to me and I crash. Many times, I stay away from the computer for a whole day to re-boot. The majority of the time, I enjoy baking, walking or going to the park to clear my head. There I get some fresh air alhamdullilah. Other times though, I really get a kick at coloring #colormania. Coloring helps me focus. It also soothes me. My favorite time of the day to color is when both babies-Husband & Son- are taking a small nap after fajr prayer. This is my favorite and most productive time of the day alhamdullilah. 

I find pages to color for my son and I in many places online like :

Just because it’s geared to children doesn’t mean adults can’t have fun coloring it *wink* . You want to know a ‘secret’? I still buy clothes in the early teen section at Walmart to wear at home! Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. The casual dresses fit like gloves since I’m small and Texas is really warm. When I go out, it’s a different affair though; I’m thoroughly covered to the toes!

Anyways, I have my personal stash of coloring books I want to share with you.

1. The Big Reconnecting Selflove Journal: Prompts and Affirmations to Love Your Fitra Self by Brooke Benoit and Khalida Haque

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“The Big Reconnecting Selflove Journal features unique writing prompts and loving affirmations, reminders to love yourself as Allah has made you – a unique individual with incredible strengths and talents to use in this life, benefiting yourself and others. The journal’s users can savor its prompts, returning to them from time to time making the entries long and rich, a full reflection of themselves.

The inspiring quotes come from a surprising range of sources, from well-known historical figures in Islam to a two-time Super Bowl champion. The journal includes both lightly lined pages and several unlined pages for doodling or bullet journaling, as well as a few coloring projects for your relaxing enjoyment.

Originally these prompts were crafted for the adventurous, fitra-healing sisters who join Khalida Haque and Brooke Benoit at The Big Reconnect Sleepover, a retreat in Morocco exclusively for Muslim women. Stori Dori appreciated the work enough that they have chosen to release the journal as part of their Collaborative Signature Collections. The Big Reconnecting Selflove Journal is also available to purchase as a dori journal insert at storidori.co.uk.”

Below is a page of The Self Love Journal, I’m having fun coloring. I boost my self-confidence and self-love at the same time with the prompts scattered through the pages aH. I ate all the cookies…oops!

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2. The Islamic, Adult Coloring Book who had gotten my attention back in 2016 when the author Theresa Corbin first self-Published is wonderful mA with all bias set aside. The version below is the second edition masha’Allah. Oh! Here are the cookies before I devoured them…

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3. Vibrant Soul – Colouring Inspired By Rumi

I put in an order for this book a while ago and I’m looking forward to receive it insha’Allah.

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“This inspirational adult colouring book will take you on a spiritual journey to a world of swirling darvesh, majestic minarets, intricate floral patterns and wondrous birds.

Thought-provoking and uplifting quotes included inside are inspired by the eastern master poet, Jalal al-Din Rumi.”

Author Roszeen Afsar’s style is more inky than the other two. But I enjoy the creativity and diversity of all these artists alhamdullilah. They achieve the purpose of their art; making the colorer reflect and relax.

Now, all these are available or soon to be at Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s Online Book Cafe where we have themed boxes like Fofky’s Adult Colormania Box 1 and Fofky’s Adult Colormania Box 2. Check them out if you can here!

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Our subscriptions boxes are awesome masha’Allah! Check out some pictures 🙂 from our recipients below!

Fofkys Sahar Box Fofkys Aisha Idris Box Fofkys Layla Box sahar box 2

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

Papatya* aka The Coloring Freak

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P.S. I use markers because there are brighter than regular crayons. One tip; make sure you have/insert an extra page behind the page you’re coloring so that the markers don’t leave spots on your uncolored pages. One more thing, printing label paper works best! Tata! 🙂 xx

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Blog Tour Day 1 : The IACB with The Muslimah Mommy

Blog Tour Day One IACB

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Imagine

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I’m going straight to the cover for this one. LOOK at this COVER! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH, Allahumma barik fiha 😍❤️


Now that the screaming is over LOL, and we’ve all said our Duah. I’ll start on the blurb.

“It’s bedtime! Yunus wants to talk but his sister Saarahgoes on an imagining spree. She talks about animals, anddinosaurs and aliens as friends. She talks about sending
an Eid gift to orphans and cooking extra meals in Ramadanfor the poor, and a whole lot more! A fun and creative
story that also shows a loving sibling relationship.”


I love this illustration of Saarah, it’s so pretty MarshaAllah. Anyone want to take a guess why she’s sprinkling petals? Let me know what you think.


In this illustration, Saarah is taking dinosaurs to her favourite places. Apart from the school, can anyone guess where the other two places could be? Let me know, I look for…

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The Islamic, Adult Coloring Book (Improved Edition!)

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The Islamic, Adult Coloring Book: a tool for dawah, de-stress, & deen

TheIslamic, Adult Coloring Book is 130 pages of awesome

available now on AmazonAmazon UK, & Createspace.

About the Book:

In late 2015, my helper monkey whispered an idea in my ear. From this idea-seed, the first edition of The Islamic, Adult Coloring Book grew. And I–Theresa A. Corbin, queen islamwich bee–self-published The Islamic, Adult Coloring Book in early 2016 in an attempt to help non-Muslims understand a bit about Islam and to combat the rising tide of stress in the modern Muslim’s life. 

By late summer of 2016, I was approached by Papatia Feauxzar, Founder & President of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing. She wanted to know if I would be interested in publishing a second edition of The Islamic, Adult Coloring Book with Djarabi Kitabs.

I jumped at the chance to be a part…

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Who Could I Be?

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Let’s start with the blurb.

“Through the book, children will learn about animals and their distinctive features. The repetitive use of questioning encourages them to use the clues to keep guessing and wanting to turn the page to find out what animal it is. Most importantly, it sheds light on and promotes the beauty of our Creator’s creations.”

This cover took a little while to design. I knew how I wanted the inner spreads to be, but for the life of me had no idea how I wanted the front cover. After bouncing ideas back and forth with the illustrator we came up with this and it works perfectly with the what’s inside.

In the inner spreads, there are rhyming text to give you clues about what animal is could be, finishing of with the question and a part of the animal. I’m sure you can guess what animal this…

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Kamillah the Butterfly

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Let’s start with the blurb.

“Kamillah is a caterpillar who is struggling to understand life’s changes. With a friend by her side and discovering a beautiful surprise at the end of her cycle, she happily accepts the biggest change. A lovely book any child can relate too.”

Beautiful cover. ❤️


The Blue Morpho butterfly is my favorite butterfly, when I was asked about how I saw the illustrations, this is exactly what I had in mind. The illustrator has done a fantastic job MarshaAllah Tabarakallah.

Below is an illustration of Kamillah as a caterpillar. As you can see, she’s munching away.


And lastly her friend Bilqis, Bilqis is a Birdwing butterfly. I liked the colours her wings bring to the illustrations, it was an easy choice to make to have her as Kamillah’s friend.


Thank you for reading, do keep your eyes peeled for the next book InShaAllah. ❤️

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The IACB – We Have A Launch Date!

7 11 17 The Islamic Adult Coloring Book 2

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Essential Books Teaching His 99 Names To Young Muminun

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Bismillah,

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I thought of writing a children’s book with all the 99 names of Allah in it to make it comprehensive but I decided against it. Why? The book will go over the maximum page requirement for traditionally published children’s books. Besides, it will become very vague and not delve deeper in the meaning of the 99 attributes like I want.

Now, there are other books soon to be published and already on the market to teach our young believers all the Names of the The Creator (Al-Khaliq). Check them out!

1. Al-Khaliq (The Creator) by Zainab Jones

Al-Khaliq (The Creator) will be published soon by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing insha’Allah. The author plans on writing 5 more books in the series bi’ithnillah. Masha’Allah! We pray that Allah fulfill her dreams and make them mubarak for her, ameen.

Susan Zainab Jones’ book 1 will be available on Amazon and here

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Guess what? What time is it?

CHUMP CHUMP CHUMP! 🙂 XX #DJARABIKPUB!

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GUESS WHAT? 😱😱😱

WELL, a few months ago I signed not one BUT four publishing contracts with Djarabi Kitabs Publishing. ❤️

WHAT TIME IS IT?

WELL, I think it’s time I shared what i’ve been working on. Stay tuned and I’ll be sharing bits and pieces about my forthcoming children’s books InShaAllah.

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“Mommy, Who Is Allah?” — A Ducktrinor Mom

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Who Could I Be?  — A Ducktrinor Mom

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Halal Comfort Food by M.K Johnston – A Review

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Assalamu alaikum warahmatuLlah wabaratuHu!
Eid Mubarak folks! TaqabalaLlahu minna wa minkum ❤
I hope you all had a blessed and halal Eid😉😉

P. S – Don’t forget to fast your 6 days of Shawwal.

Abū Ayyūb Al-Ansārī radhiyallāhu ‘anhu narrates that the Messenger of Allāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam said,

“If anyone keeps the fasts of Ramaḍān and follows them up with six fasts in Shawwāl, then it is like a year’s fasting.” (Muslim)

For those who missed some fasts during Ramadan, according to the scholars, it is compulsory to make up the missed fasts before fasting the six days of Shawwal to correctly follow the hadith of the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam)

And Allah knows best.

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Soooo, I got an amazing cookbook to review and I have to say this, I had tons of fun reading and discovering delightful recipes. Yum !😋😋 😋

Okay, so I present to…

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Fabulous finds: Fofky’s Subscription Box

 

fofkys box 3 $50Review of our Goodie Box by Aisha Nana Ahmed :), xx.
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I love the idea of subscription boxes especially bookish-themed ones. I mean, a book or books plus other goodies. Sign me up!

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Of Eid and Ummah

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers and ummah,

Eid mubarak! Yup, that’s me below. I finally decided to show my face as an Eid present. Alhamdullilah for the fact that I felt ready at last.

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****Updates****

On 7/11/2017, a trucker chased me on the road and I swerved and sped in by the gate of our apartment complex almost running over a neighbor. I slammed on the breaks the minute I realized it was the husband of my Muslim neighbor. I apologize to the husband and told him why this had happened. Then I seized the opportunity to ask about my Fofky’s box. They received it and they were grateful alhamdulilah. May Allah forgive me if I overreacted here or misunderstood anything, ameen. It’s not uncommon for me to overreact lol…

So I gave him our apartment number on a Fofky’s business card and we chatted a bit. He told me their names, what he does for a living (Finance) and where they are from; Pakistan. All is forgiven on my end and I hope they forgive me if I put them on blast unnecessarily. The wife called me right away a few minutes after we got home alhamdulilah. She’s a recruiter and she seemed nice masha’Allah. I’m hoping and looking forward to interact with my new Muslim neighbors insha’Allah!

In the end, the whole ordeal made me think of this quote, “Just because you have to wonder what someone means doesn’t make them fake. Be easy. Just ask. Or let it flow. The meaning may come.” Maryam Miller—@be_loveletters

Tata!

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Eid in our household was not too different than the previous years. If you read my past posts, you know that I still haven’t quite adjusted when it comes to celebrating Eid in the USA. I’ve just decided to start new traditions with my nuclear family that aren’t biddah. This is me in my ancestral clothes. I’m a hoarder and a penny pincher as the the good accountant that I’m alhamdullilah. The outfit is over 15 years old and it was a gift from a distant cousin. I wear this outfit once or twice a year these days so it looks like brand new. Another thing Eid in the USA has taught me is that you don’t need to tailor new clothes every year and that your old clothes will just work fine!

Having said that, my African family members are a bit different. They splurge EVERY YEAR. It’s their pocket and I laugh at them when they say they have no money. I have two other sisters who are like me. We have the means of our politics and we keep it at the minimalist level. Often times people think we are very poor and we let them believe that. My nuclear family and I live wayyy below our means and that’s what has helped me become a traditional publisher as I put my money where it’s more beneficial alhamdullilah. Pray for me that Allah purify my intentions, increase my rizq, and put barakat in it, ameen. We (my sisters, hubby and I) aren’t billionaire but we know how to handle our money and only spend money on what’s necessary. And fancy stuff just for the heck of it is not our style.

To come back to Eid, I made the usual big breakfast, showered the kiddo and I, and got us dressed. We took pictures, called relatives around the globe, revealed myself and the kiddo on FB (Yea, I went there again because I had no choice. Djarabi Kitabs business …smdh) and IG, argued a bit with the hubby as that’s marriage, and ate in silence and gratefulness. Alhamdullilah.

Later in the day, I decided I would fulfill a promise I made to myself during Ramadhan; send a Fofky’s gift box to a Muslim family I had noticed in the apartment complex. See, the first time I spotted the hijabi chic sister of that family it was about exactly six months ago when we moved to this place because we needed more room.

It was after 4:30 pm as that’s when I log off work and take a stroll around the neighborhood with the kiddo to check the mail, check out the library and the mailbox for a minute and walk to the park to get more fresh air. She had just arrived from work. I could tell because she had a lunch bag, a corporate access key card, and was dressed professionally. I tell you this sister picked up the pace so fast so that we don’t strike a conversation or the sunnah salam we could have least extended to one another.

I sensed she was avoiding me so I slowed my pace with the kiddo behind her and let her be. I saw the building she went up to but not the door. As we crossed the road to get to the library, an older Muslim man was walking back from the grocery store which is five minutes down the street by foot with bags. He seemed nice and smiled to us. He might have salamed us but I don’t remember.

I thought, “Here is a Muslim to restore my faith in the Ummah.” I also suspected that he was related to the hijabi chic earlier and he was (They looked South Asians). I saw him enter the same building and as we reached the other side of the road I turned and saw him enter the door. I knew where they lived now.

But for many more afternoons, the same scenario happened and that hijabi never extended me a salam from a few feet ahead of me. It’s like when I come out from my building, I can see her parking her car and she can see me from afar. So I’m always behind her but we both know I’m there. A couple times when I was with the hubby, I saw her walk around (for exercise, there is trail there) the library with another man which I assumed is her husband.

We each went our ways. See, this is sad. Instead of us trying to know each other, we avoid each other. It could have been many things like mahram issues when we both had our husbands next to us but I’m going to say it wasn’t. If the hijabi and I had exchanged salamed once maybe, it could have been a different ball game. I met another South Asian down the street with a lovely name masha’Allah and she is much nicer and reached out to me first when she saw me the first time at the park. It was a breath of fresh air!

Anyways, so one day I  saw all three family members together and this time, the Dad whom I thought was so much nicer, gave me the stink eye while the hijabi chic finally smiled to me. You think they need to read ‘Tight Rope‘ by Sahar Abdulaziz? Yes! I’ll come back to that insha’Allah.

So, as Ramadhan drew to a close, I decided I will send them an Eid present even if we have not been much of Muslim neighbors to each other. I made a box for four people when I only saw three people or a least to my knowledge. ”You never know who else lives with them,” I thought. It’s sunnah to have more food for musafeer.

Then I went and knocked at their door with my present. At first noone was home. So I went back home and returned later. Allah was with me when I returned because their White tatooed neighbor from downstairs came up behind me and said that he was returning a plate of food they had given him for Eid. He also brought a small spice present in exchange. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions on how we treat people in the ummah. One ummah, one goal? Hmmm, idk…

Anyways, he also said he knew for a fact they were there. After I knocked a couple times and noone answered, I left the box in front of their door step as my eyes burned with tears. My heart was crushed. I tried to compose myself. I wasn’t trying to invite myself in their homes. I was just delivering a box and leaving. The neighbor went back downstairs with the two empty plates that belonged to them plus his gift a bit embarrassed too of the situation.

He even asked me my name which I gave him. Then I said, “It doesn’t matter. Just tell them a Black Muslim woman came and left the box for you when you see them. They will get an idea.” In the box, there was a wrapped copy of ‘Tight Rope‘ by Sahar Abdulaziz and a note where I said something along the lines of  “…may the book give you ilm and the snacks shifa that is mubarak for you, ameen…” and I meant those words. If they failed to open the door because of our racism issues in the ummah, may Allah open their eyes, ameen.

This is why Sahar’s book is important and why I was not afraid of publishing it. These issues are rampant in the ummah and many people will pretend we are all happy Muslims who don’t discriminate. Many people have a lot of deen -I saw the father go to the mosque many nights- but they have an immense amount of jahil (ignorance). May Allah make us all better Muslim, ameen. Hide the sins of your ummah, you might say to me? Hmm Hmm, we can’t hide such behavior, it needs to be corrected.

In this post, the talented and appraised author Umm Juwayriyah masha’Allah said this statement below. I completely agree with her.

“In the world we live in today, making connections are easier online than in real life. Most of us don’t know our neighborhoods’ names. And admittedly, many of us don’t care to know them either. One glance, one size up, or one head nod and we can tell that them folks across the way aren’t our type of “people” nor our cup of tea! Sad, yes! But it’s real. As a minority within a minority – with a hijab on, it’s an everyday occurrence for Muslim women, especially Black Muslim women to be overlooked.”

I went to their door late at night after we came back from eating more at the Middle Eastern restaurant where I saw more disturbing things I will point out in another post and realized the box was gone. I hope a deserving person appreciated it. If they return it to my PO Box as I had my business cards in them, oh well! I tried to be a good Muslim neighbor. That’s life you know. For every snooty Muslim I meet in Dallas, there is also a nice Muslim to compensate their behavior alhamdullilah I noticed. I actually became friend with a mean looking hijabi but our friendship didn’t flourish as she wasn’t reliable. C’est la vie! And she lives close by too. You think old people in their 60s who look like teenagers would have more sense and wisdom? Nope! And that’s all I’m going to say on this matter.

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I hope this rant wasn’t too bitter and long to read. EID MUBARAK :)!!! May Allah accepts from you and us, ameen.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

H. bint Youssef aka Papatya*

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