Homeschooling Activities (HSA) : Puzzles

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If I had to pick a kunya, I would pick Umm AB. And if I had to nickname my child, I would call this dragon/dinosaur ABsaurus. Seriously, he’s one *Laughs*.

So let’s start! Our Homeschooling Activities are a challenge as they should be y’all. Amonsgt other activities like building blocks, reading letters and words, we’re working on puzzles alhamdullilah.

We’ve first mastered this puzzle below masha’Allah.



Then, in second position we mastered this one because the pieces are bigger and a bit rougher than the previous one. The tiny fingers had a tough time grabbing the knob of the pieces.


We’re currently working on this one; the smallest and the most challenging one by far because it doesn’t have carved spots built into it. The toddler has to rely on his skill of being visual.


We’ll get there insha’Allah *wink*. The first two puzzles were gifted to me by…

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The Writer



The Writer

The writer has the gift of vision

The writer sees the past

The writer lives the present

The writer imagines the future

The writer has the gift of vision

The writer listens to the unsung

The writer hears their voices from beyond

The writer has an indescribable link to all

The writer has the gift of vision

The writer doesn’t treat the voices like little pests

The writer listens to the unheard ones

The writer has the gift of vision

The Writer gives the spark to His scribes in Dunya

The writer gets the gift of vision from Him.

Papatia Feauxzar © 2016


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Spin-Off Cité: A Collection of Flash Fiction Stories (FREE ON AMAZON FOR FIVE DAYS)

Assalamu aleikum bloggers!


If you read all my published stories, 4 out of the 11 stories in this collection, Spin-Off Cité , will make sense to you. The free promotion starts on 10/24/2016 and ends on 10/28/2016

Below is the link:é-Collection-Fiction-Stories-ebook/dp/B01M8LQX0K

The same old rules still apply which are:

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Jazak’Allah khair for peaking here and supporting the work. Please leave a review.

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Nabila’s Garden – A Review — Hayati Magazine

Nabila’s Garden is a 172 page poetry collection by Hawa Fuseini, a 23-year-old Nigerian and Ghanaian Muslim. I found the collection inspiring at times, preachy at times, and a bit naive at other instances. I say naive because even when you marry your soul mate, a person who makes you a better Muslimah, you still……

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Catch Me by Na’ima B. Robert — Hayati Magazine

Catch Me is a collection of poetry I started reading a while back but I had to stop because my emotions weren’t on point. With poetry I have to be in the reflective zone otherwise, the words don’t permeate and resonate in my soul. So, I finally had a chance to tackle the 39% left……

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Deeni Tales – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

deeni-talesDeeni Tales is a 30 page children’s book composed of several short stories by Kadeeja Nourin Ibrahim. It’s the author debut book. These tales are aimed at Muslim children who love stories and can already read.

Pros: These eight stories will keep children’s minds stimulated while teaching them things about Islam.

Cons: It needs more judicious editing. In my opinion, it also reinforces certain stereotypes about certain races and portrays the objectification cliché of the virtues wearing hijab a little bit.

Having said that, children will learn tenets of Islam in these concise short stories. I wish the author growth in her writing career and much success with Deeni Tales. Ameen.

Rating: 3/5

You can follow the author here on Facebook or on YouTube.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

A Ducktrinor Mom

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review~

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Writerly Services — Brooke’s Workshop

Specializing in content for multi-cultural and Muslim audiences Editing By editing I mean copy editing, whereby I meticulously go over your document and make sure your grammar, word usage, sentence structure and punctuation is orderly before you reveal your work to the general public or your target audience. Examples of the documents I am able […]

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Papatia Feauxzar offers translation services  (English and French) for full length short stories and novels. For more details, leave a comment.

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What To Do When In An Asexual Relationship — Hayati Magazine

Bismillah, You will find a lot of information on how to rekindle a romance but very little information on how to deal with asexuality in a Muslim marriage. What is asexuality? Check this post to read more on it. As you can see the reasons for being asexual can differ. For many Muslims men though……

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A Review of “I’m So Angry!”

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im-so-angryAuthor:  Sarah Javed

Illustrator : Yati Yusoff

Publisher : SH Publishing (Sarah’s Homeschool Publishing)

What to expect: Self-reflection, Better parenting tips, Wudu technique, and a Happy family

Summary: Huthayfah is an eight year old boy who struggles to deal with his anger when he doesn’t get his way.

What did the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) tell us to do when we get angry? Let Huthayfah share how he learns to control his anger.

Suitable as a point of discussion for a variety of ages, however, aimed at ages 5-8 years.

Our Thoughts: The only page that has a face is the front page with the worm. The pictures inside the book are faceless yet we can read the emotions of the characters. It was well done masha’Allah.

In the Gulzar’s home, life is beautiful. Huthayfah wants to go to the park alone but wise…

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Of White Feminism, Hillary Clinton and Muslim Women

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As the American election race is nearing, the world is buzzing with lots of anticipation with the only female Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. This is deemed as the most wonderful thing for women rights across American and the globe, literally. But the reality is that 2016 elections are going to be most divisive as Hillary Clinton’s framing of herself as a white feminist leaves many unimpressed.

American political scene usually has not much to do with women participating within the white dominant male arena, but they enjoy a record of bringing out the guns in face of white women feminists that help America’s foreign policy in third world countries. This sort of hypocrisy is not really a secret because we all pay the prices for their so-called deliberations that are deemed for the “betterment of women of color” in Muslim majority countries that are framed in need of external…

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From East to West: Muslim Feminism Making Waves

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Earlier this week, I wrote “Of White Feminism, Hillary Clinton and Muslim Women” that met with interesting and eye-opening responses but the main debate persisted around the fact that Muslim women lag behind in their Islamic societies and in the west. Let me begin by recapping Islamic feminism and Muslim women activists and feminists powerful work that has been responsible for bringing the greatest change the lives of the millions of Muslimahs.

In the troubled central asian region many conflicts remain dangerously politicized with religious notions, in 1900s a young woman named Hamida Javanshir changed the face of Azerbaijan’s future through her work. Javanshir was an Azerbaijani philanthropist and women’s rights activist. In 1907, while the country was suffering due to full-scale war, the Karabakh famine forced her to take matters into hand, fearlessly Hamida Javanshir distributed flour and millet to starving villagers that were stuck. She also acted as…

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Your Relationship Needs The A²

Assalamu aleikum,

Please read my latest post at Hayati Magazine or here🙂 insha’Allah.


A good relationship needs The A² . What is The A²? It’s short for The Avenger and The Answerer. Nerdy right? I know! So, we know Allah is both plus 97 more names masha’Allah; 100-1 like He says in the scriptures.

To get to the point, we all face these moments in our relationships where no matter what we tell our spouses it falls into deaf ears. Your heart is crushed, you cry perhaps, and maybe mop around for a few days until you move on too. Let me tell you, next time you face such a scenario think of His two names :

  • Al-Muntaqim #81 (The Avenger); the real one by the way *wink* and of

  • Al-Mujib #44 (The Answerer)

Why? Because they will remind you again that it is to Him you need to confide your affairs first. It is to him you need to talk to when things are good and when things are bad. When life is rosy, never fall short of saying alhamdullilah. And when things don’t go your way, implore Him too as He will avenge you and He will answer your wishes subhanallah.

And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ (Quran 14, verse 7)

Now, I didn’t say seek vengeance. I said tell Him to do what’s best for you based on the situation and ask Him to fight for you. Then, be patient because you will come out victorious insha’Allah if it’s mubarak for you.

Why am I saying these things? Because, times and times again, we disagree with our spouses. And it’s normal. However, when it’s a good fight you believe in, don’t try to change them. Ask Allah to intervene and make you see eye-to-eye. If you have a valid point, Allah will certainly come to your rescue and lift you insha’Allah. Bi’idhnillah, each of his 99 names will fix your 99 problems and more.

May Allah protect our unions from Shaytan, the cursed one. Ameen.

May Allah bless our marriages and protect us from the evil eye. Ameen.

May The (A² + 97) always be with you and assist you in anything you need dear readers. Ameen. You can read more on relationships here.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,


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The White Elephant – A Review — Hayati Magazine

The White Elephant is a must read for anyone contemplating the idea of marriage or anyone going through a divorce. As the Love and Relationship Editor for Hayati Magazine, I try to counsel married and non-married folks on the institution of marriage. These tips usually stem from personal experience and/or the realities on the ground…

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The One – A Children’s Book Review

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the-one-2Author:  Manaal Jafrey-Razaque

Illustrator : Tanya Emelyanova

Publisher : Prolance

What will it accomplish? Pious Muslim children who will exhibit taqwa insha’Allah

Summary: The One is a fun-to-read, rhyming storybook about Allah that touches upon fundamentals of His creation, proving Allah’s existence, and introducing some of His attributes for children to grasp from an early age in order to instill awe and love for Him, even though He cannot be seen.

Our Thoughts: The One is a 32 page children’s book in The Fundamental Series of Author Manaak Jafrey-Razaque. It’s definitely about fundamental education to inculcate to our Muslim children the presence of Allah even if they don’t see Him. The book strives to show children that the signs of the Creator are all around us and that is enough to take heed and believe in His ubiquitous presence.

The One will for sure help us raise young believers by…

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Goodreads’ Book Giveaway For BLOOM

Assalamu aleikum,

If you live in the USA, here is your chance to enter a book giveaway for a collection of three of my sultry reads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

BLOOM by Papatia Feauxzar


by Papatia Feauxzar

Giveaway ends October 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

Thank you reading,


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Sambè Sambè 2016 (Eid Mubarak 1437)

Assalamu aleikum ummah,

sheep-1649212_1920In Mandé which is the main classification of my tribe, we add ‘Sambè Sambè’ after wishing you a happy Eid. There are two more specific classifications of my tribe but I won’t disclose that today  ( Mandé > ? > ? ) .

So ‘Sambè Sambè’ stems from a dua which is ‘Allah san gbrê daah man’. It means , ‘May Allah give us next year.’ We usually utter ‘amiin’ at this dua, and we make subsequent duas. To continue, ‘Sambè’ is a variant of  ‘san gbrê’ in our dialect; next year.

Normally, on the afternoon of the Eid, children get dressed and go see the parents of their moms for gifts or Eid money by saying and chanting ‘Sambè Sambè’  at the doors of these maternal relatives. These days, the custom is a bit perverted. Children (Muslim and non-Muslims) go to anyone chanting ‘Sambè Sambè’ during the Eids (Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, First Day of Muharram- New Years).

So without any further delay, I’ll make the duas in order for you and translate them insha’Allah.

“Bonne fête de Tabaski. Eidhul mubarak. Allah san gbrê daah man. Allah san chaya. Allah sini ni kênêya daah man. Allah kanan mro djrou blah an yêh. Allah an dé ballo. Allah lamon o si danh manh. Aminan.”


“Eid al-Adha mubarak. May Allah give us next year. May He give us many more years. May He give us a long life in health. May Allah protect us from evil people who want to divide us. May Allah bless our children. May Allah let them live long to reach their full potential in this life. Ameen.”

Depending on the person, it could be shorter or longer than mine. Elders tend to be longer than us younger folks and we never mind because duas are awesome masha’Allah🙂.

Bonne fête de Tabaski again!




~La Scribe Africaine (The African Scribe)~

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Arafat Mubarak!

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Assalamu aleikum ummah,


I hope it’s not too late to wish you a great Arafat. May Allah accept our fast and acts of ibadat, amiin.

I remember the old days when we used to travel to my grandfather’s (May Allah grant him jannat) on the day of Arafat. Each year, we looked forward for the day of Arafat so that we could be reunited with the big extended family in another town we would drive up to. We would cook plenty of food and take it with us. After we’d broke the fast, my uncle (legal guardian) whom I call Dad, would take us to the glacier (the ice cream boutique). Our joy was indescribable. We also loved that time of the year because it was the only time I think we got to stay in a nice and fancy hotel (we were prisoners as kids, lol! We were always…

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Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

paralympicRio Paralympic Games is the next wave of Olympics in Brazil this year. The games began on September 7th and will end on September 18th. Not really advertised like the main Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games started in an effort to include a wide range of disabled athletes in sports competitions. This is the reason it is also held in Brazil and not too long after the main Olympic Games have ended.

What started as an event for World War II British veterans who found themselves with disabilities after fighting the war became an international event. It’s not as funded like the regular Olympics and there is a lot of noise going around for the blatant favoritism. That said, the Paralympic Games are only subsidized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). As a matter of fact, they are governed by International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Read about the athletes to watch for on my website here and the rest of the article too there. You can also read it at MVSLIM here.

Thank you,


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Personal Finance Tips Part 3 — Hayati Magazine

Bismillah, Thank you for tuning back in for more Personal Finance Tips. I have five tips this time around. So here we go. 1.Decrease your recurring expenses Your recurring expenses can include rent, food, utilities, etc. Try to find ways to decrease these expenses on the regular. Shop around for rent specials, food coupons, utilities…

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