Beloveds & Disagreeing Beloveds

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers,

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Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu aleihi wassalam) said:

“Souls are like crowds which gather together. The ones who met before get along well. The ones who did not meet before, cannot get along very well and separate.” (Bukhari, Anbiya, 2) 

This hadith always reminds me of a story a beloved recounted to me alhamdullilah. Let me tell you too. I also don’t have the sources to the story, so if you find them, please share them with me so I can know where it’s written insha’Allah.

Anyway, it’s about Khidr, a believer that Allah has favored with knowledge and mystical powers masha’Allah. He is widely known for his encounter with Prophet Mussa (Moses) aleihi salam.

So, Khidr once went to a mosque, and he saw a believer taking a nap while a sermon or prayer was taking place. He tried to tell the believer who had his eyes shut to pay attention. The believer told him to leave him alone, and he went back to his sleeping. Khidr insisted again that the man stopped sleeping and showed some respect by listening to the sermon or prayer. The believer was aggravated and told Khidr to leave him alone. After several interruptions, the believer got highly irritated and told Khidr that if Khidr didn’t leave him alone, he will tell everyone present about Khidr’s true identity.

Khidr was taken aback. He thought, “Who is this guy who knows me but I know nothing about?” Khidr had a log of names of all the beloveds of Allah and those who are also enemies of Allah. Khidr checked the different books, and this believer’s name, who just wanted a peaceful nap, wasn’t listed.

So Khidr went to Allah and asked for the meaning of this encounter. Allah told him that He, Allah, has a book of Beloved Servants that no-one knows except Him. And that in addition, the believer in that mosque was one of these unlisted Beloved Servants. It’s deep right? It makes one ponder for sure.

So when I disagree with other believers in the ummah or simply find them toxic to my person, I try to remember that we are all beloved to Allah even if we don’t agree with each other. I do me, and I let them do them. I forgive them too but I don’t necessarily interact with them if I still find them toxic to my person. Why do I often stay away from some of these toxic people even after I have forgiven them? Because our souls simply just don’t fancy each other. The metaphysical aspect of it, is the explanation, and I truly believe this deep in my core.

So thank you for reading and stay classy folks! #BeYou

Wa aleikum salam waramatulahi wabarakatuhu!

 

Papatya*— Free-Spirited Thinker, Aspirational Sufi

 

“The way I see it, some of us are friends to the Creator. Some of us are beloved of Him that his friends don’t particularly fancy while He can be our beloved but we (the friends don’t fancy one another). And life goes on. You do you and I do me.” Papatia Feauxzar

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Book Review: A Tight Rope By Sahar Abdulaziz

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I have read a thriller after a long time and it came out to be the right one , to be more precise it is a political thriller. The chapters in book are well divided based on main Characters in book. The plot is well developed , detailed enough and keeps you hooked till the end. The story gives you an inside view into lives of American Muslims post Trump Era , effects of Iraq and Afghanistan war and the rampant racial profiling and growing Islamophobia. It also highlights the flaws within the muslim society and the division which from the outside world seems so homogenous.

The main Protagonist of story is Nour Ibrahim who is a young African American Muslim woman. Nour is honest, dedicated to her work, have a vision in life and is a good speaker . Recently she has been given a task to organise a…

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6 Children Books To Have For Your Young Muslimah

A Ducktrinor Mom

Assalamu aleikum,

I always wanted to have a girl but Allah gave me a boy, and I’m happy with that. He knows best alhamdullilah. I have blogged this topic here too. Now, I have a niece I treasure dear masha’Allah. Here are some books already on the list of books I have lined up for my Yankee muhajaba. Many have already been shipped to her even though she can barely talk. I always believed that we should instill the mean of hijab to our Muslim girls from the get go without necessarily forcing it upon them. So about the list, check it out below.

1. Nanni’s Hijab by Khadijah Abdul-Haqq

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This book will be published by Djarabi Kitabs on January 31st insha’Allah. Keep an eye out for it. To give you more details, Nanni’s Hijab is the story of Nanni, a little girl who loves wearing her hijab…

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Written Vs.Not Written Stuff: A Tribute To Great Muslim Women Leaders Part II

Part II by Moi! Alhamdullilah.

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Part II, Written by Papatia Feuxzar of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing 

“Blindly following ancient customs and traditions doesn’t mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead.” – Ibn Khaldun

In part I, my co-author Saadia Haq highlighted amazing women trailblazers in human history. In this sequel, I will showcase the brave and inspiring women of this age who are anchoring the Muslim woman scholarship and leadership forward. Why? Because we can’t know where we are heading as a ummah if we don’t know our history. It’s about striking balance between the two; past and future since we are in the middle also known as the present. Saadia and I, as curators of our time, we take it upon ourselves to debunk important issues and fight this type of oppression on women where we spot it! Best believe it.

So don’t you love the opening quote? It’s a…

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COVER REVEAL : THE DUCKTRINORS

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A Ducktrinor Mom

Assalamu aleikum!

This is coming soon insha’Allah! Keep you eyes out for it!

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Check out what readers had to say on the blog and Amazon here.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

In peace

~ A Ducktrinor Mom

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Muslimah Bloggers Summit – Free Registration

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Muslimah Bloggers is having their first Online Muslimah Bloggers Summit in 2018 and if you are a blogger who wants to learn more from experienced bloggers then you ought to register for this event. You can even join if you are planning to start a blog.

Muslimah Bloggers is a website and a great platform where female Muslim bloggers connect with each other from all around the world. I am a part of their community since 2015 and while I have lost interest in other online blogger communities, this is one community which keeps me motivated to do better.

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The Online Muslimah Bloggers Summit will start on 8th January and will go on till 12th January 2018. You can get more details about the topics of the summit and the speakers from their website – muslimahbloggerssummit.com. Just to let you know, I am one of the speakers…

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Written Vs.Not Written Stuff: A Tribute To Great Muslim Women Leaders

Assalamu aleikum Bloggers!

It’s time for our quarterly collaboration! Please check it out.

In peace,

Papatya*

The Human Lens

Part I, Written by Saadia Haq of The Human Lens 

A topic close to our hearts, the existing cultural baggage in Islamic communities make it difficult for many within and outside the realm of faith to hear about the richness of Islam through Muslim women. The leadership by men and women in Islam has always existed despite the stereotypical narratives prevalent within the Muslim communities and the obvious disdain of the west.

However, attention towards Muslim women leaders has been deliberately ignored and many a times contested across the world. Being born and brought up in South Asia, from early ages girls are given messages and I quote; ‘woman leadership brings upheavals like drought and famine to the country’ or ‘Gods wrath come in form of women leaders’ – both absurd notions having little to do with real life mechanics and more to do with our dear friend patriarchy.

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BO and Covered Muslim Women

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Bismillah,

Body odor (BO) is something any human being has to deal with. Some deal with it better than others. As a result they smell pleasant compared to those who struggle with it or don’t even care about their unpleasant odors. Having been in so many places in life, I must say that a great number of covered Muslim women let themselves go. That and the hadith about a woman that wears perfume outside where other men can smell it cause many women to walk around with unacceptable BO.

When I visited Turkey, I was appalled by the number of covered Muslim women who walked around with rotten teeth and strong BO. Mind you, many of these women dressed very nicely and carried around expensive designer accessories (scarves, bags, shoes, etc.) To not generalize all these women, I asked around about people in my birth country since I have not been there for a while and answers varied.

One person said the great majority of people that she has seen don’t wear deodorants. Another one said, it depends of certain areas. Some mid-income places to high income places usually have people with decent personal hygiene. Testimonials also confirmed that some poor people didn’t always smell bad like we would expect.

This confirms what my father always said. He used to say even if you’re poor, the minimum you could do is to be a clean and neat person with a clean home. He could say that because he had been both very poor and financially stable in his life.

To continue, in Turkey, while many covered women didn’t smell pleasant, I came across a small number of covered Muslim women who actually smelled very nice. I also noticed that secular women (Muslim women who don’t cover) took better care of themselves compared to covered Muslim women in general. They were also a few exceptions about the secular women; some didn’t smell nice at all.

So if you struggle with BO, what can you do to smell pleasant in and outside your home?

1. Take long showers

If you rush to take showers, you will notice that in less than twelve hours, your body odor will start to reveal itself. So, when it’s shower time, relax and enjoy this simple act of pampering. Scrub yourself really good. I mean really, really, really good especially under the armpits with lots of soap and a solid shower sponge.

Another area you should scrub well is your genitalia. Armpits and genitalia are the two main parts of the human body that release strong body odors. Back in College, my Anatomy and Physiology teacher used to say that humans wear so much perfume and deodorants that sometimes their body odors is not noticeable. That’s why dogs often smell crotches because they can distinguish people that way.

On a funny note, if you have been around children long enough, you will notice that they do that too. I’m not sure if they do that because they want to distinguish us or because they are just imitating us when we try to smell them to determine if they did number 1 or number 2. Go figure…

To end here, if you scrub your armpits and genitalia really good daily, you will notice that between showers, you still smell great!

2. Use a mixture of deodorants

What do we know about pharmaceutical – cosmetics companies and the like? They all give you reduced dosages of what is supposed to cure you or work for you. Why? So that you keep buying their stuff while you’re getting nowhere.

Personally, I use an organic lavender deodorant plus an another affordable powder scent anti-perspirant as soon as I get out of the shower. I do it right away because the deodorants go in my clean skin and coat the area for 24 hours or more before I get the chance to sweat. After that, I’m positive that the treated area (which is shaved) is on lock down.

3. Wear breathable material

Polyester and sweat is a mixture of smell that should be punishable by law because it’s aggressive to the senses! So please stick with cotton.

4. Scented Lotion

Occasionally, use a pea size amount of great scenting body lotion to cream your body. Please don’t use the cheap stuff at these known bra shops or chain candle stores at the mall. They smell horrible after a couple hours. If you need some recommendations, leave a comment. There are a few exceptions to these stores I like *wink* .

 

I hope this article is beneficial to you or to a person that you know. Sharing is caring! #conquerBO

Check out also some Muslim Cosmetics here.

Thank you for reading,

Papatya*

Originally posted at Hayati Magazine here.

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PRESS RELEASE : UNVEILED BY RUMKI CHOWDHURY

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NEW ILLUSTRATED SHORT POETRY COLLECTION IS AN EMPOWERING PIECE OF ART

Unveiled is a riveting poetry collection with a short essay on the author’s journey to wearing hijab.

DALLAS, TX – November 26th, 2017. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING has officially released Unveiled a short poetry collection by Rumki Chowdhury. The eBook version is free on Djarabi Kitabs’ e-Store. All proceeds from the eBook and the paperback will go to charity.

Follow this link for free PDF —> https://papatia.files.wordpress.com/2017/11/unveiled.pdf

The author shared her noble reasons and motivations for penning her first poetry collection in a tense climate of Saving Muslimah Syndrome (SMS).

“Debate surrounding the veil/headscarf/hijab has become so prominent that even the European Union has given employers the right to implement a policy, barring religious symbols. This so-called attempt on assimilation is really an annihilation of personal identity. I am a hijabi and I should have the right to create and develop my own, personal identity. The hijab gives me wings so that I can fly!

I aim to contribute to the termination of the misconception of the hijab. My goal is to show hijab as a symbol of freedom rather than the commonly, misunderstood notion of  it being a symbol of imprisonment. “Because of this thing on my head,” I am, indeed, free!  I have decided to write for purpose rather than profit as all proceeds will go to the charity that gives “voice to the voiceless,” Restless Beings.” — Rumki.C

Unveiled has received a myriad of praises from respected sources.

“A richly, imaginative lyrical anthology, which is unapologetic in its prose. And will leave every Hijabi energised for the future! …This collection is a profound meditation on the tempestuous and unpredictable relationship Muslim woman have with Hijab.”— Fatima Shah, SISTERS Magazine.

“Rumki describes the thoughts of a veiled woman in the form of delicate and well-formulated poems, while portraying the daily struggle of a hijabi in the western society. A beautiful, educational anthology, serious in its message with hints of humor. This has to be read by everyone!” — Shama Vafaipour, Svenska Hijabis (Swedish Hijabis)

“A diverse, yet integrated collection of poetry, each told in a very fun and exciting way. Rumki elegantly encapsulates the ideology of wearing the hijab told in a quirky and empathetic manner! She offers food for the mind, body and soul.” — Rima Rouf, BBC TV/Digital Media Producer

“Chowdhury writes about the hijab from her own perspective, as a symbol of choice and empowerment, as opposed to than one of oppression; her writing provides an authentic voice, which is extremely necessary when it comes to the discussion of such topis; we are in desperate need of having more genuine, witty, and sincere female Muslim voices like hers to be at the forefront of our discourse.” — Sadia Ahmed, Sincerely Sadia

“There are several lines that hit me like “WOW” and if I could I’d quote every single line on here but you’d have to purchase it to see for yourself (support the community, thanks x).”— Su’ad, The Millennial Muslim

“Rumki uses poetry and illustrations for readers to easily capture the daily struggles of veiled women while offering words of inspiration to be proud of who you are. I was left empowered and I couldn’t help but smile throughout reading it.” Kaity Assaf, Opinions Editor, Rutgers Observer Newspaper.

Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING on Facebook @djarabikpub for the official launch of Unveiled on November 26th, 2017.

About the author:

Rumki has a Masters in English Literature from Queen Mary University of London and a Bachelors in English Writing from William Paterson University of New Jersey. She is now a licensed English teacher in Stockholm, Sweden. You can learn more at www.rumki.com .

 

Unveiled is available for FREE here. You can purchase it here , here, and here so we can donate all proceeds to Restless Beings.

 

CONTACTS

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

PO BOX 703733

Dallas, TX 75370

USA

Email: editor@djarabikitabs.com

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Review: ‘Unveiled’ by Rumki Chowdhury

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Sincerely Sadia.

Rumki Chowdhury’s Unveiled is an amazing piece of work; it succeeds in conveying the complex nature of the lives of Muslim girls in Western society, attempting to carve out their own identities against a backdrop of confusion, prejudice, and paranoia, especially in the wake of terrorist incidents. The book is a statement of defiance against ignorance, as well as an emblem of reassurance and hope for Muslim women everywhere. 
In the first three parts, Chowdhury skilfully explores the three separate but united components of being: the mind- and its barriers to achieving freedom, the body- as well as social pressures pertaining to outward appearances, and, finally, the soul- and creating a sense of inner beauty, strength and peace. 
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‘Unveiled’ by Rumki Chowdhury

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Assalamu aleikum!

‘Unveiled’ is an illustrated poetry collection on hijab by Author Rumki Chowdhury . It also includes a short essay on the author’s touching journey to wearing hijab. Official release date : November 26th, 2017. The eBook will be free for life. 🥁🥁🥁😊😊😊😍😍😍🎆🎆🎆 . All her proceeds are going to charity🎈🎈🎈🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊🎇🎇🎇🎆🎆🎆 . #Unveiled #PoetryCollection #HijabStories #LetUsBeModestInOurWays #MuslimLiterature#CommingSoon #DKPAuthor #DjarabiKitabs

Get free eBook here —> UNVEILED

Thank you for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar

Muslim Publisher, Book Manager

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Confessions of a Domestic F…

A Ducktrinor Mom

Bismillah.

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It has been a long time! I pray this finds you well, ameen. November 2015-November 2017. Subhanallah, it has been two years since I’m making a living from home while trying to homeschool my son. It has been challenging to say the least. Many days I question my choices of wanting to be home with him. Please put your feet in my shoes haha! I’m human, and I can’t escape the doubts or whispers at times.

That said, it has been a humbling and rewarding experience for me. The stress is still present in my life but at least I get to see how my son is blooming into an intelligent human being masha’Allah. I love the priceless moments I can’t explain, and I make a mental snapshot of them for the future insha’Allah.

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The Blessed Bananas – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

Bismillah,

Blessed Bananas Front CoverSynopsis: Everyone in the village knows not to come near the cranky, old monkey Rico or his precious bananas. However, after some unwanted encounters, Rico learns a life-changing lesson. Find out how in this heart-warming tale of friendship, kindness and the power of prayer.

Age Range: 4 to 6 years old

Author: Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her work
has been featured in numerous publications including NPR, Islamic Horizons, Azizah Magazine, Chicago Crescent, Halal Consumer and Chicago Parent. She also co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ series Jannah Jewels. Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. She also designs unique plots for Noor Kids educational books as their Creative Developer. You can read more about her at her website.

Illustrator : Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of…

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Personal Finance Tips Part 5 – Hayati Magazine

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Bismillah,

The tips I will share in this post are little things we can often overlook but when tallied add up to a big change alhamdullilah. I have seen a change in my own finances and other people as a result of practicing and paying attention to these minor details subhanallah.

You can read the full post here.

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Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #07

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Our guest author for this week’s tips is the talented Papatia Feauxzar. She is the author of many books and articles online along with being one of the founders of Djarabi Kitabs Publications.

Papatia’s Tips for successful writing are as follows:

Tip 1: Strive to Get Beneficial Feedback

What am IFind a minimum of six trusted beta readers. They can also be critique partners (CPs). If you pick the right people, you will receive less bad reviews when your book is published insha’Allah. Beta readers and CPs are important because they will help you polish your work before editing. Don’t think, ‘They will steal my work or my ideas.’ If you’re meant to write that story, no one can take it from you.

Tip 2: Watch TV Occasionally

This tip can be a bit unconventional because TV can become a fitna if you don’t have a good handle on it. However, if…

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Book Review: Surprise

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“Surprise” is a lovely children’s book with cute illustrations, written by Zaheera Jina and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

The story revolves around 3 children, Oomi, Yusuf and Isa. Oomi announces to Yusuf and Isa that there is a surprise for them while they eat supper. Isa and Yusuf guesses that the surprise maybe a new toy or an ice-cream, but Oomi replies with a no and tells them that he’ll tell after they have finished eating.

Meanwhile, they perform different household chores together and at the end, Oomi finally reveals the SURPRISE!

What I really liked about this beautiful book is that the proper brought up of children from a young age is very important which includes helping with the household chores regardless of any gender discrimination, remembering Allah while performing daily activities, taking care of personal hygiene and loving the family members unconditionally.

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Book Review: “Surprise” by Zaheera Jina.

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Surprise” by Zaheera Jina is a feel good book for kids about a Muslim family.
The story is about two boys receiving a surprise from their mother.
The story is engaging and there is a mystery element till the end of the book.
The language is easy to follow and great.


What I liked most about the book:
1. I believe that in children’s books, authors should try to send good messages both directly and indirectly to the readers.

Because, kids are sponges, and they are always absorbing information. And what they read becomes imbibed in them.

I liked few good examples shown by author :

A) Healthy eating habit: Broccoli for dinner.

B) Brushing teeth at night. That too with a catchy song! Extra points for that.

C) Mentioning name of Allah at the time of eating and sleeping.

D) Yousuf helping mom with dishes.

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Review: Surprise!

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Surprise! has been authored by Zaheera Jina. It is being published by Djarabi Kitabs and is available here.

The illustrations are beautifully similar to the way that children draw themselves which will no doubt catch both their eyes and their interest.

I particularly appreciated the dua for eating being included. The tooth-brushing song may help your little one to regularly brush their own teeth as well. It’s nice and catchy.

This book is a nice, quick wholesome read that would do wonderfully for both daily reading time or bedtime.

Final rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE : SURPRISE! BY DR. ZAHEERA JINA

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NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK SHOWCASES FAMILYHOOD AND GOOD MANNERED MUSLIM CHILDREN

Surprise! is an original children’s book story based on a real Muslim family.

 DALLAS, TX-August 3rd, 2017DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING will be officially releasing ‘Surprise!’ a new children’s book in paperback format by Zaheera Jina on August 27th, 2017 in the USA and on August 26th, 2017 in South Africa. The eBook version is already available to purchase on all Amazon platforms.

The author shared her reasons and motivations for writing her first children’s book.

“Surprise! is a story about my own kids. It goes through their evening time rituals to get them ready for bed. For me it’s a gift to them, to capture these important moments and treasure them.” — Zaheera Jina, Editor of The Samosa Express.

Surprise! has received a myriad of praises from many acclaimed authors.

“Here is a gentle and touching tale of familyhood; that brings joy to the heart…”— Poet and Author Don Mattera, The Five Magic Pebbles

“The Surprise is beautifully captured in a story of love that will keep every child hooked until the very end!” — Author Dharmisha Cvetcovik, Geza and the Bee, Who am I?

“A wonderful and heart-warming story with delightful, colourful illustrations. Dr Zaheera Jina s first children s book is a warm and lovely tale of a family going through their daily routine. But there is a surprise in store for Yusuf and Isa, after all …”— Carol-Ann Davids, The Hair Fair

“This beautiful family story comes to a special surprise at the end! Great bedtime reading with your little ones.”— Award Winning Author and Illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, I m a Girl, One Word from Sophia

Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING and Dr. Zaheera Jina from August 26th to August 30th, 2017 for the book launches and blog tours.

About the author:

Dr. Zaheera Jina holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is also the co-editor and contributing author of the anthology titled: Riding the Samoosa Express: Personal Narratives of Marriage and BeyondZaheera is the founder of the Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festivities (Jozisbbf), a non-profit organisation that projects to cultivate a culture of reading and writing in South Africa through various literary events. “Surprise!” is her first children’s book and will be published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing. Zaheera is presently compiling the second Samoosa Express book which is a Muslim Woman’s Guide to Marriage. She lives in South Africa with her husband, two sons and many in-laws.

CONTACTS

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

PO BOX 703733

Dallas, TX 75370

USA

Email: editor@djarabikitabs.com

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Book Review: Halal Comfort Food by M.K. Johnston

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Here’s a first for ayamstuffed; a book review! Alhamdulillah. Djarabi Kitabs Publishing, a Muslim bookseller and publisher, reached out to me on Instagram to help review Halal Comfort Food. It was a very nice surprise for me and of course I said yes! A few messages back and forth, and the book arrived. It came with goodies from Fofky’s too! Please say a prayer for them!

Fofky's Box Free snacks! I enjoyed all of them. There were also macarons, cute blue and pink ones.

Halal Comfort Food by M.K Johnston is a cookbook filled with American comfort foods that have been given a halal make-over. The book was written by a revert to Islam to make it easier for other reverts to make that switch to halal eating.

Without much ado, here are my thoughts.

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What I Liked

The book starts off with the remembrance of Allah, which was…

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