Assalamu aleikum,

” Allah does not lay a responsibility on anyone beyond his capacity.” Quran (2:286)


I’ve become of Jill of Trades of some sort and alhamdullilah ala kulli haal. A few movie characters (fiction and non-fiction) come to mind and it makes me laugh because they vouch for my African roots. Have you seen Black and White with Kevin Costner or Concussions with Will Smith?

In Black and White, there is  Mpho Koaho, who plays the role of the tutor Duvan to Kevin’s mixed granddaughter after his wife passing. In this movie, Mpho is versatile and has a license or  credentials for anything you can think of. He carries resumes and papers around. Anytime you need anything, he will flash a typed up qualification to propose his services.

In Concussions (based on a real story), the real character that Will Smith plays is about the same. He was asked to come to court to give his professional insight on the risks of  playing Football and he couldn’t help it. He just bragged about his talents during the court hearing here and there; little dropping off names of what he can do besides being a Doctor.

If you haven’t seen them, put these two movies on your  To Watch List. There are must seen.

Changing gears now and now my turn to show off alhamdullilah *hehe*. I hope you don’t mind me selling myself to you *laughs*. I’m now a Muslim Bookseller and Publisher besides an endless list of things I already am. As an amatullah and habibullah, He has inspired and blessed me with more projects and I chose to accept these gifts masha’Allah. While I worried I couldn’t handle the load, I decided not to close the door when these blessings came knocking.

What can one person doInspiration. Pass It On!” — Nelson Mandela

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” — Nelson Mandela

I started Fofky’s : an Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop alhmdullilah and I pray it helps showcase outstanding Muslim Works here on out insha’Allah. The beautiful box I promised will be delayed for now because I’m a little ahead of this time *conceitedmuch* I know *winks* I can’t help it sometimes. Read how I deal about it —>

The designers can’t seem to bring my exact vision to life and I know it’s possible so I’ll put a pin on that project until a much talented designer shares my vision and builds the product I need. The same thing happened with the Fofky’s website ( The intended designers hinted that I was crazy to put a book on a menu and discounted me. So I built the website myself and showed them wrong! #alghurabba.

I mean all there was to do was to replace food items with books. It was simple to me but out of this world to this well-known platform for restaurant designers…

To finally get to the point of this post, Djarabi Kitabs Publishing now offers subscriptions like boxes. Please follow this link for more details —> . These DKP BOXES also make great Eid gifts *wink* .

Full price list below:

  • $10 KID DKP BOX  (Get 1 Bookmark, 1 Sticker Pack, and a 33 Bead Tasbih)
  • $10 DKP BOX (Get 1 Bookmark, 1 Key Chain, 1 Love note, and a 33 Bead Tasbih)
  • $20 DKP BOX 1 (Get 1 Small Rainbow Quran and  1 Tasbih (33 beads)
  • $20 DKP BOX 2 (Get 1 Tasbih (33 beads) and  1 Ramadan Journal)
  • $20 DKP BOX 3 (Get 1 Dua book or Quran diary or Poem diary, 1 Key Chain, 1 Love Note, 1 Bookmark, and 1 Tasbih (33 Beads) )

  • $35 Her DKP BOX (Get 1 Hijab pin, 1 Tasbih (33 Beads), 1 Small Rainbow Quran, and 1 Travel prayer mat)
  • $35 His DKP BOX (Get 1 Keffiyeh or Kufi, 1 Tasbih (33 Beads), 1 Quran, 1 Travel Prayer Mat)
  • $100 His Deluxe DKP BOX (Get 1 In2mate Nights Accessory, 1 Oudlux product, 1 Romantic Book, and 1 Luxurious Watch )

  • $100 Her Deluxe DKP BOX (1 Oudlux product, 1 In2mate Lingerie,  1 Scented Zakiyyah Candle, 1 Islamic Moment Mug, and 1 Luxurious Watch)

My shops plan to be closed from mid-August to mid-September, so place your order now insha’Allah :).

I leave you with this quote:

Creativity is a combination of discipline and childlike spirit. —Robert Green

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading and houb salam,

Papatya aka H.bint.Youssef*

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Ramadhan Mubarak!

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers,


The holy and blessed month is upon us. Have a great Ramadhan and may Allah grant us all the rewards He has planned for us, ameen.

While I have you, take advantage of SISTERS’ magazine free issue 74. Yours truly contributed recipes from her birth country 😉 to it *hint to download so you finally know where I hailed from* Click here for your free digital copy of #giftofSISTERS . You can also click on the picture below to be re-directed to the actual promotion page insha’Allah.

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Houb salam,


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Review: Tight Rope by Sahar Abdulaziz

The Imperfect Muslimah

This review was only supposed to go up on the 1st of June but I wrote it far earlier than expected and I thought I’d share it sooner. In fact, I had only planned to read Tight Rope at the end of May. On a whim, I opened the PDF and started reading. Hours later, I’d burned through the entire novel – quite contrary to my initial plans.

Tight Rope is refreshingly real. It paints a worrying picture of the societies that we live in and it serves as a reminder of how lucky some of us are. Tight Rope also reminds us that there are battles being fought every day – people are fighting against prejudice from all corners. And we have a duty to assist them in those fights by acknowledging that they exist and by refusing to let unacceptable behavior continue when we are confronted with…

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Interview with Sahar Abdulaziz, Author of Tight Rope

The Imperfect Muslimah

I had the privilege of getting to read Sahar Abdulaziz’s Tight Rope as an advanced reader and it blew me away. I’ve reviewed itherefor anyone interested. Now, I’ve gotten the chance to pick her brain a bit and get answers to some (hopefully interesting) questions.

What was your motivation for writing Tight Rope?

Allah and His Prophet [PBUH] have instructed that we speak the truth no matter who it offends –

So be it.

Over the years, I have written many complicated, flawed, but Insha’Allah, fascinating characters. Within my pages, they have experienced everything from sexual predators, stalkers, incest, rape, murder–and pretty much everything in-between. Tight Rope is a novel bursting with social commentary and complex characters. Through their voice and actions, decisions and resolutions, they respond to relevant issues inside and outside of American Muslim culture. In staying faithful to this project, I found it necessary to…

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TIGHT ROPE : A Muslim Socio-Political Thriller – An Article on The Novel



PENNSYLVANIA – Muslim fiction despite being around for centuries has not made ground breaking changes. Having said that, Tight Rope might change the status quo. The political thriller has been called a timely piece. It centers on an American Muslim Woman named Nour Ibrahim. She is an activist who has earned the attention of unsavory people while also dealing with personal issues. As she deals with all these tests, she wonders what has been ordained for her; the end game. Will she prevail or will she be another martyr fighting oppression from islamophobes, racists, bigots and what not?


The author, Sahar Abdulaziz, shared one of her reasons for writing the hard hitting content.

She told MVSLIM that racism, bigotry, the normalizing of prejudice and hate played a huge role. She also added that the systemic and epidemic ‘othering’ of anyone deemed outside of the normative, and the trivializing and historical erasure of pain caused by the fostering of stereotypes and racist dialogue also pushed her in penning Tight Rope.

More Valid Reasons

“I wrote Tight Rope because of the way my beautiful sisters’ – day after day, year after year have been forced to face down this dehumanization and disrespect – inside and outside of the masjid by Muslims and non-Muslims … attacked and hurt over and over again by this inexcusable behavior. It’s revolting, inhumane, and haram. Allah and His Prophet [PBUH] have instructed that we speak the truth no matter who it offends – So be it,” Abdulaziz said.

The novel is not a preachy or religious read. It can easily fit in the contemporary fiction genre. The characters just happen to be Muslims facing normal day to day challenges.

In writing Tight Rope, Abdulaziz seeks to denounce the more subtle forms of racism our society often turns a blind eye on. But from full-blown racists’ overt tactics to casual racists’ microagressions, the author leaves no stones unturned to portray that racism is in fact terrorism as it inflicts intimidation and mental trauma on the targeted victims.

The author is also well aware that she wrote Tight Rope from an outsider point of view looking in. But she felt like it was necessary that she denounced the pain and erasure people of color face on a regular basis. Only time will tell whether or not Tight Rope will create a change of hearts in racists and bigots. However, Abdulaziz is sure of one thing. “The fight against racism will be an ongoing struggle, but it is a battle that cannot be ignored away or protected through either erasure or historical revisionism,” she told MVSLIM.

Her purpose as a writer is to fight oppression wherever she sees it. A warrior with a pen, Abdulaziz has already been intimidated by some not so innocent individuals because Tight Rope centers on a touchy subject; racism of all kinds. It’s an epidemic and it has to stop.

Tight Rope launches on June 1st 2017. You can buy a copy on Amazon or Fofky’s online book café.

Originally appeared at MVSLIM.

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Tight Rope – Cover Reveal

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Genre: Dark, Contemporary Fiction,
Content/Theme(s): Socio-Political Thriller
Release Date: June 1, 2017
Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing
Content warning: Race discussions, Islamophobia, and xenophobia

In a socially and politically divided country after the presidential election, activist and American Muslim Nour Ibrahim prepares to deliver a speech at an anti-hate rally condemning the surge of attacks against people of color, immigrants, Muslims, and anyone else deemed different or disposable. As her inbox overflows with racist, xenophobic threats, she struggles to remain focused, refusing to give in to the fear. Concerns for her safety during the speech mount as one ruthless stalker escalates his terror campaign. Bitter and blinded by hate, he’s not satisfied with merely keeping Nour from speaking out: he threatens to silence her for good.

Stressed by the impending rally, a stabbing pain in her gut, and an Internet psycho who has her in his crosshairs, Nour begins to wonder—which one will kill her first?

Will be available on Amazon and Fofky’s Online Book Café



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Jasmine in the Wind – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

Jasmine in the windAuthor: Ayesha Desai currently resides in Pretoria, South Africa with her husband and 2 young children. Ayesha is passionate about reading and this has evolved into a love of writing. Whilst this is her first published book, she has been writing for the last 20 years, and blogging since 2013. She is a nature and outdoor enthusiast, but is equally happy baking at home with her children on a rainy day. Currently employed in the corporate sector, she still makes time to indulge her creative nature, by painting, and of course writing. Her bucket list items include being able to travel more with her family, publishing an anthology of her poetry, seeing wild horses in the Namib desert, and eventually when her children are raised, retiring to a small town near the sea.

Publisher: Prolance

Age Range: 4 – 12 years IMO

Summary: ​A story of…

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Tight Rope – Cover Reveal Date Set!

Assalamu aleikum,

The cover reveal date has been set. Jot it down!

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Stay tuned and wassalam,


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New Collaboration With In2mate Nights

Assalamu aleikum,

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I’m happy to announce that Muslims can now order accessories and delicate lingerie in the USA by In2mate Nights.

In2mate Nights is a UK based Muslim business designed for and by Muslim women.


Browse the site today and get yourself a little something. You deserve it 😉

Houb salam,


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Allah Al-Aleem – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom


Allah Al-Aleem Front CoverAge Range: I would say 3+

Author: Bint Abdul Hamid

Illustrator : Zahra Gulraiz

Publisher: Prolance

Price : $12

What to expect: An introduction the one of the many attributes of Allah: Al-Aleem (The All-Knowing)

Summary: The best gift we can give our children is the knowledge of Tawheed, to know their Creator. Knowing Allah by His names will help establish their roots, and help them to attach to Allah out of love of His perfection. May Allah help us to fulfill the responsibility of bringing up our children knowing Allah and worshipping Him alone.

ThoughtsAllah Al-Aleem is a must have for young Muslim readers and young muminun. It exposes them early one to the qualities of their Al-Khaliq (The Creator). Children have so many questions. We try to answer them as much as we can and sometimes we fall short. For instance, “Mommy, why is the…

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Fofky’s – An Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop


An Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop

The saying goes as this, “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” In other words, If one’s will does not prevail, one must submit to an alternative.

The writers of the ummah I’ve come across all agree that we need a Muslim space where Muslim works are shelved/stocked; especially Muslim fiction. So an idea struck me alhamdullilah. If I can’t do something about the brick-mortar way to help the ummah, I will bring it to the comfort of Muslim readers’ homes!

Thus Fofky’s (pronounced Fof-keys) was born. It will be an An Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop insha’Allah and I’m happy to share this happy moment with you masha’Allah. God willing, you will be able to order a book you anticipate you read, order a drink (a pack of tea or coffee), order sweets (halal marshmallows, halal chocolate dates, halal macaroons, and/or other regular snacks and cookie flavors) you look forward to savor the book with.

After you place your order, you will receive a lovely box engraved with the logo Fofky’s  in the mail. All these goodies to the comfort of your home insha’Allah.

You might ask what Fofky means. It’s simply a nickname I earned growing up. Allah has 99 names and attributes. Even Rasullulah (sallallahu aleihi wassalam) has several names too masha’Allah. Some sources list 99 names for him while others list more than that.

I have several names I like to go by and I’m grateful for the different names I earned as He created us in His image. It’s a blessing from Him to have several qualities and to be versatile. Now, since this online bookstore/drink shop project is mine, it’s Fofky’s. Want to enjoy a nice book written by a Muslim author? Go to Fofky’s!

On a more serious note, everything I have done in my life has prepared me for this all praises to Him. I’ve always enjoyed hanging out at the library as a youngster. My first job was at a library. I discovered and learned a lot about people, American culture, and library materials.

In the next job, I was a Cashier at a grocery store. There, I interacted with a wide range of people alhamdullilah and that sharpened my manners and customer service skills.

After that, I became a Pharmacy Technician. I was already a storyteller because of my grandma and mandigua background but in this job people recounted unbelievable tales so they could abuse medications. It was a stressful job but an hilarious one. The made up stories people will come up with…smdh (shaking my damn hijab 😉 )…Utterly Baloney!

Anyways, then I became an Accountant. There I managed 100s of customers accounts and dealt with concession inventory spreadsheets over 60,000 lines  for the 400 plus movie theaters (the whole domestic company pretty much because international theaters weren’t my duty). It’s less scary than it sounds.

Now, I get to apply all this experience in my business Djarabi Kitabs Publishing alhamdullilah. It almost feels like a fiction book and a hero journey to me. But isn’t what this life is? An illusion of what’s to come in the akhiret? #Pondering.

As a writer, I still enjoy discovering new talents and works because writing is maroof (a good deed). You can’t go wrong if you surround yourself with good vibes. So if you didn’t know my reasons for supporting others, now you know. My goal is especially to take Muslim Fiction and Works to the next level insha’Allah. I dream BIG because our human capabilities are immense if we’re willing to tap into them with a lot of hard work. Don’t put limits on yourselves.

So, I’ll be delighted to share the bigger moment with you once Fofky’s officially launches inshallah. Get notified below by leaving us your email.

Jazakh’Allah for reading and please help me spread the word. And please keep DKP in your duas, ameen 🙂 . Ultimately Allah is my Creator and Protector.


Houb salam (Peace & Love)

Copyright © Papatia Feauxzar

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The Latest With Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Assalamu aleikum – Peace be unto you,

DKP’s new author Sahar Abdulaziz has written a powerful novel that needs to be read by all. Tight Rope will be released soon insha’Allah. It centers on an American Muslim Woman named Nour Ibrahim. She is an activist who has earned the attention of unsavory people while also dealing with personal issues. As she deals with all these tests, she wonders what has been ordained for her; the end game. Will she prevail or will she be another martyr fighting oppression from islamophobes, racists, bigots and what not?

I hope your interest is piqued. Enter your name below and get notified about the cover reveal and launch date insha’Allah. You could win a free copy of the book amongst the other four prizes.

Houb salam,


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A Small Fortune of Books – Djarabi Kitabs

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers and readers,

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Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s e-store is now live alhamdullilah. You might ask why I chose to do this when these books can be found at major distributors.

Well for one, mine are tax free. And two, finding Muslim books in a sea of other books has led many to believe that Muslim voices haven’t been written yet. Yes, we need more voices but writing is not a new thing to us. Many of our works have been destroyed when the House of Wisdom in Bagdad was sacked or by Muslims themselves due to ignorance. Timbuktu in Mali also has valuable manuscripts that are still buried in the people’s homes or in the ground out of trust issues. People are afraid that giving them to the public will cause them to be stolen or misused.

There are MANY, MANY, MANY…books written by Muslims out there. Only the tip of the iceberg shows. Many books by Muslims are either filed under general fiction or literature or not translated from Arabic or French or any other non-English language since English is the current business language of this era.

Anyways, I created a new hashtag ; #buyandreadabookbyamuslim . It’s a bit long but it is what it is. It’s showtime for Muslims. Let’s do this right this time and make sure our contribution to the world is not destroyed out of recklessness. Muslim writers, send your books far and beyond so that they will always be a backup for your works! Your purpose as a scribe of Allah depends on it.


Books are a fortune if we’re speaking in terms of knowledge they provide and I’ve acquired quite a few alhamdullilah. I’m still waiting on more shipments but the store is live masha’Allah.

If you’re a Muslim writer and have written a good book but you’re having issues getting your book stocked, please contact me. I’ll stock your book and feature it on my website to give you more visibility insha’Allah.

The College book below is my personal research material as you got to stay schooled! 😉

ordered books

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With that family and ummah, houb salam and jazakh’Allah khair for reading this post,

Papatia Feauxzar

Founder and President of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

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The Dino Flu – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom


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I finally get to review a book I’ve wanted to read for quite some time now alhamdullilah. The Dino Flu is a Muslim authored children’s book by American Muslim Author Sahar Abdulaziz.

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ILLUSTRATOR :Rashidah Mendez, a New York-native digital artist, and mother of four received her Bachelor’s, Summa Cum Laude, from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Although she switched her area of study from Early Childhood Education to Media Communication and Technology, she finds it rewarding to integrate the two disciplines. Mendez’s work exhibits her passion for digital art through her graphic designs and visual marketing and reflects her love for early childhood literacy through her children’s books, like “The Dino Flu” and others, soon to be released.

SUMMARY: UGH! Poor Dino is stuck in bed with the flu. Dino doesn’t like being sick at all. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, Dino uses the…

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom


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Author: S.R.M aka Salma Raja Malik is a 29 year old mom of 3 young boys and an Occupational Therapist. She was inspired by her children and her first generation Muslim American experiences to create a holiday toy/book that is relate-able to Muslim children. She also works with special needs children and is training to provide pelvic floor therapy.

Illustrator :  Haleema Tahir Gul

Thoughts: Mr. Ramadhan Moon is one of the cutest and creative children’s story I have ever read. Mr. Ramadhan Moon is also a nice and welcomed change from the assumption that the moon is of female gender. It accompanies children and family in a love and supporting journey.

Check out some pictures below:

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is a reminder of salat and thoughtful play in the pic above masha’Allah.

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Accessories Reviews

🙂 ^_^ (: #alhamdullilah

A Ducktrinor Mom

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Assalamu aleikum,

I received some pretty nice gifts to review masha’Allah. It’s the revival of the Muslim golden era alright! So let’s get to it.


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The pins are really strong and colorful like I like them. You can get them here. These will make a wonderful addition to my daily hijab assortments. I think I should fancy up a bit going forward just because!

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The blue pin above is my favorite masha’Allah. I can’t wait to wear it on Ramadan Eid if I live to see it insha’Allah! You won’t believe the acrobatics I had to pull to take simple picture! *Laughs* Alhamdullilah, it’s not too shabby.

You can get a discount at Azyaan online which is in Denton, Texas. Expect me one day sis out of the ‘blue’! Anyways dear readers, please use the coupon code below to make a purchase insha’Allah.

Coupon code Azyaan online



These gratitude journals…

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New Publisher Features Muslim Authors

Assalamu aleikum,


Djarabi Kitabs Publishing has been featured on AboutIslam alhamdullilah. You can read here.

To submit your story, go here.

Jazakh’Allah khair and masalam,


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Review of Revive Your Heart by Nouman Ali Khan


written by Theresa Corbin

Brother Nouman Ali Khan has a new book coming out. Are you exited? I know I am. It’s currentlyavailable for pre-order on Amazon. Go, put in your order now. The release is set for May, but I have a strong feeling this one will sell out fast.

Revive your heartYou might be wondering, who is Nouman Ali Khan?

If you aren’t familiar with his work, then you can send me a thank you letter once you find out. According to a bio on goodreads (that I lazily copied and passed here) he is

recognized as one of the world’s most influential Muslims, not only in the West. His deep and profound bond with the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, is at the heart of his work and the focus of his teachings, which manage to reach out to millions of Muslims from many different countries. 


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Tried & Tested – An Interview With The Author Umm Juwayriyah

Papatia Feauxzar: Assalamu aleikum Umm Juwayriyah. Welcome to Hayati Magazine. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Umm Juwayriyah: Wa alykum as salam wa rahmatullah. Umm Juwayriyah (Maryam A.Sullivan) is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts and is a second generation American Muslim international educator, business owner, playwright, and storyteller. She holds a Bachelor’s degree……

via Tried & Tested – An Interview With The Author Umm Juwayriyah — Hayati Magazine

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