2021/1442 Second Annual Fofky’s Book Club Reader Choice Award

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Check out the nominees and shortlisted below.

Don’t forget to cast your vote here.

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Papatya*

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Dhul-Hijjah Book Club Recap and Picks

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DKP’s 2nd ANNUAL VIRTUAL BOOK FESTIVAL & BOOK FAIR — DHUL HIJJAH 1442 (SUMMER 2021)

Direct Link: https://youtu.be/ItpHEFfjiG8

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This Dallas writer started a publishing house and festival to spotlight Muslim authors

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So this happened alhamdullilah. Read full post here.

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Papatya*

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Written Versus Not Written Stuff: Muslim Women and Hajj Pilgrimage Part II

The Human Lens

Part II: By Papatia Feauxzar

Bismillah,

First, I would like to expound on some points that my co-author brushed on. The first is about the weight of a woman’s testimony and the second is the fact that only men are allowed to marry non-Muslim women.

On the weight of a woman’s testimony, the male’s take has been widely incorrect. A woman testimony is not half of a man. From a seerah class I took and other female halaqas I have attended, the teachers said that the ratio is 2:1 to suggest that in a case that a woman is testifying, she needs another woman with her in order to deter the opposing parties from intimidating her. The second woman is merely there as moral support and to prevent common gender micro-aggressions or misogynist behavior to occur.

Now, based on my own analysis of things, we see that Islam once again…

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Written Versus Not Written Stuff: Muslim Women and Hajj Pilgrimage

The Human Lens

Part I: By Saadia Haq of The Human Lens

Within the Muslim community, there has long been the debate over Islam’s gender discrimination and oppressive take on women’s roles. That being said, during the founding stage some 1,400 years ago Islam was revolutionary and feminist in its approach towards inclusion of women in the society.

The first person to embrace Islam after Prophet Muhammad received the decree from Angel Gabriel was his wife Hajrat Khadijat Bint Khuwaylid. At the time, Hajrat Khadijat was also the top merchant trader in all of Arabia who travelled across the lands for her work.

But today’s reality is completely different and mind boggling. What troubles me most is the prevalent day-to-day gender roles followed in Muslim communities. For instance, women’s testimony in some Islamic courts counts as half that of a male witness, men can take four wives and pronounces verbal divorce whereas women…

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Dhul-Qadah Book Club Recap and Picks

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Papatya*

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Review: Fighting the Mental Health Taboo with “Queenie”

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Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams, is a must-read that not only reflects the reality of police brutality toward Black boys and men, it also reflects the sexual brutality many Black girls face. The book also touches on mental health and finding one’s confidence and footing after a great deal of trauma. 

One sad thing about the book is the way Queenie settles for things. For instance, she settles for men who don’t satisfy her physically because she gets comfort or escapism in return. She eventually snaps out of this unhealthy phase with the support of her folks, friends, and her own comatose warrior spirit.

Author Candice Carty-Williams
Author Candice Carty-Williams

The book also delves into the reality that when strong women are not careful with whom they give their hearts to, their whole being and spirit is shattered by careless and manipulative partners. Putting the pieces back together or trying to piece things back to the way they were or better than before usually takes up an immense amount of willpower. Queenie’s mom and Queenie herself share this experience, although as an abandoned child, Queenie raised herself mostly.

Queenie’s grandparents stepped in her upbringing at one point. Her family are tough people, but mental health is taboo for their generation. They deal with their issues by working hard, sticking to weekly routines, and by avoiding psychologists. The irony is that her family still puts family practice doctors on a pedestal regardless of their staunch stance of not talking about mental health. 

Heart or blood pressure problems? Sure, let the good doctor tell us what needs to be done–even if he no longer practices medicine and has become a restaurant owner. Anything else? Forget it. Their attitude leads me to believe that they only put on a strong façade regardless of what life throws at them. However, they soon realize that they don’t have to act tough. They start accepting Queenie’s choice to seek mental health help. Her progress in therapy and recovery change her grandparents’ perspective a little. And that’s a start.

Overall, Queenie is a great read a four out of five stars. Add it to your reading list today.

QueenieBy Carty-Williams, CandiceBuy on Amazon

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About the AuthorPapatia Feauxzar is an Ivorian American author. Her recent books are titled The Library Clerk’s e-Shop and The Certified Accountant. She loves tea, coffee, and comfort food. A mother of one, she lives with her family in Dallas, Texas. Visit her at www.fofkys.com.
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Shawwal Book Club Recap and Picks

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Papatya*

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The difference between being busy and being efficient… — Time To Do Good Now

Bismillah We always say “I am too busy” but have we paused to think and ask ourselves if we are busy with the right things? Are we busy doing something and nothing at the same time?! I mean, are we busy doing things that in the long run will not make a difference in our […]

The difference between being busy and being efficient… — Time To Do Good Now
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Ramadan Book Club Recap

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Ramadan Mubarak!

Please read -> Ramadan Book Club Recap (fofkys.com)

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Papatya*

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Three Ways to Have a More Meaningful Experience with The Quran During Ramadan — Hayati Magazine | EN

Bismillah, There is no telling that reading the Quran is healing and purifies the soul. Here is three ways you can connect better with the Quran daily and especially during the Sultan of hijri months. 1. Niyyah Make a realistic intention to read the Quranic amount you can handle whether it is a page, a……

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Author Interview: Know Your Author Series Episode 3 with Papatia Feauxzar

A Day Dreamer's Diary

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Papatia Feauxzar is the Founder of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s. An American author, online barista, and publisher of African descent.
Feauxzar is also a practicing accountant who holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. She is the Online Editor at Hayati Magazine and has been featured in DFW Child and Voyage Dallas.
Visit her blogs at papatia.wordpress.com or aducktrinormom.wordpress.com
You can find her on Instagram handles : @fofkys, @djarabikpub
Publishing house website
:https://www.djarabikitabs.com/

She has written more than 20 books and The Certified Accountant is her latest thriller book.

Author Interview

You can watch the interview on my youtube channel Talk with Sana on link below.

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Shaban Book Club Recap

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Papatya*

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Rajab Book Club Recap

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Please read here -> https://www.fofkys.com/post/rajab-book-club-recap

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Single & Searching and The In-Law Factor — Hayati Magazine | EN

Bismillah, When searching for a spouse, the family one is marrying into should also be looked into. For instance, there is an adage in Africa that says, “If you don’t know the village, you will marry the witch.” Upon closely analyzing at this statement, we realize that the meaning is much bigger than that. It……

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Jumada-II Book Club Pick & Another Anticipated Read

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Written Versus Not Written Stuff: COVID-19, Muslims & Islamic Perspectives

The Human Lens

Part II, By Papatia Feauxzar

Bismillah,

Islamic History tell us of many teachings to take away when facing a plague. The first and widely known hadith from our Prophet (ﷺ) said, “If you hear of an outbreak of plague in a land, do not enter it; but if the plague breaks out in a place while you are in it, do not leave that place.”— (Sahih al-Bukhari 5728, Book 76, Hadith 43.) In other words, we must practice social distancing.

When the outbreak of covid started early past December 2019, I witnessed many religious leaders in the US also say that the enemies of Islam were preventing believers from performing religious rites. Hajj rites to be precise. Whether or not this theory is right remains elusive to the general public since much of covid intel is classified. Thankfully, the reality of the outbreak made the same religious leaders…

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Written Versus Not Written Stuff: COVID-19, Muslims & Islamic Perspectives

The Human Lens

The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is the latest humanitarian crises that has united our world and countries are battling this new threat to human life and our survival. This is a special feature to highlight the Muslim communities reactions towards the coronavirus particularly the measures undertaken by many Islamic countries for its containment and spread.

Since the initial days of the pandemic outbreak, we have observed mixed reactions from Muslims worldwide, ranging from the total denial of the health risk to distorted arguments void of religious perspectives.

In many Muslim countries, there was social unrest and protests against the closure of mosques and restrictions from holding the religious events. The anger of Ummah was fueled further by prominent religious personalities for instance, in Morocco the Salafist preacher Abu Naim published a video on social media condemning the policy measure of mosques closures. However, he was arrested on charges of…

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In Conversation with Papatia Feauxzar: Author, Barista and Publisher

The Muslim Write

Papatia Feauxzar is the Founder of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s. An American author, barista, and publisher of African descent, she lives in Dallas, Texas with her family.

Feauxzar is also a practicing accountant who holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance.

She is the Online Editor at Hayati Magazine and has been featured in DFW Child and Voyage Dallas. Visit her blogs at papatia.wordpress.comor aducktrinormom.wordpress.com

Interviewer: Simbiat Odunuga


THE WRITER

Assalaam alaykum warahmatullah wabarakatuh. It’s nice to have you here. Tell us a bit about yourself. Who’s Papatia?

Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu Brother. Thank you for having me. In a nutshell, I’m an author and a publisher. Papatia is a pen name and a name my in-laws use to refer to me. It’s convenient because in this digital age, we need privacy; especially from social engineers.

Have you always been…

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