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.

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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

BLOOM

by Papatia Feauxzar

Giveaway ends October 15, 2016.

See the giveaway details
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Thank you reading,

Papatya*

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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.”

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“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!

Wassalam,

 

Papatya*

~La Scribe Africaine (The African Scribe)~

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Arafat Mubarak!

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Assalamu aleikum ummah,

Arafat

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,

Papatya*

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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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Writing Tips and Some

notebook-1209921_1920There are many things you will read online about writing or even blogging but what these tips don’t always tell you is what I’m about to share with you. This is all by trial and error by the way.

#1 Close your story while you’re still ahead

This is important because you want to leave your readers wanting more. If you keep writing just for the sake of writing, they will get disinterested and bored at one point. It becomes a TV soap…keeps foaming and getting out of hands until it gets cancelled.

#2 Buying a domain won’t always make you known

Sure it makes you look more professional but perhaps start with a website first and not the other way around (a third party hosted blog). What I see happening is that bloggers will be popular when their platform is hosted by a third party. The minute they switch to their personal domain, all these followers disappear along with the shares. I keep my blog because I actually get more traffic on it than my personal website. The politics of SEO and visibility are somewhat random in my opinion like probability (Statitistics). It’s not always technical…

Now, shares don’t always translate into sales. How I know? This post went viral but I guarantee you none of us sold thousands of copies. So when you write, write because you love it and not because you want money out of it. We are curators of our time and history. Think of writing that way. *wink*

#3 Read a lot and take a break to smell the roses

Many of my stories come to me because I stimulate my brain by reading. Challenging things also will always inspire you. When I’m at a dead end, I take a break. Fresh air and looking around me usually help me bloom back into a germinating writer. So R3...Read. Reboot. wRite. (Sharp foreign accent here with the Rrriiiteee)*laughs*

#4 Seek inspiration

If you believe in a higher force, ask Him to bestow upon you the inspiration you need. Don’t forget to ask for what is beneficial and mubarak for you too. There is no need to have that inspiration if it is going to land you in serious problems.

#5 Seek new markets

Advertise your work (not necessarily monetarily) with other readers outside of your normal scope of interaction. Because trust me, it will get saturated. Share your work with people of different groups or who speak different languages. I’m starting to reach out to my French folks because I realized that many can’t read my works which are mainly written in English. After that, I’ll try German insha’Allah. I was top of my class back in the days. Sigh…I forgot most of my German though. It will come to me again God willing.

That’s it for today. I hope these help! I’ll leave you with this below:

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Papatya*

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#RioRecap : Is Dalilah Muhammad Less Muslim Because of Her Choice Of Clothes?

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In French, they say ‘L’habit ne fait pas le moine. It means, ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’. If you translate it literally, you get ‘Your clothing doesn’t make you a monk’. I like this version better because it’s befitting to this post.

Team Muhammad (Dalilah and Ibtihaj) won medals for the Unites States of America at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. You will think that these two athletes will be celebrated the same way because they are triple minorities; Black, Muslim, and Women who performed outstandingly for their country despite some of their fellow compatriots that treat them like second class citizens.

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L’Américaine – Part 9 — Hayati Magazine (The End!)

L'Americaine 5Obê looked for the right words to answer his wife as she was removing their shoes by the main entrance door. Femta left them on the brown mat by the spiraling stairs in the living room adjacent to the front door then walked towards him on the beige carpet while he was serving himself a…

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Moon Wars…Welcome!

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Assalamu aleikum dear ummah and bloggers,

Zhul Hijja Mubarak. This year Eid-al-Adha will be around September 11th or 12th. See picture below…

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All jokes asides, if you want to know more about moon wars, read this post. It’s very detailed.

 

eid moon war

 

 

 

Sorry, did I say all jokes aside? My bad. But it’s the reality. Almost Eid Mubarak y’all!

Papatya*🙂

P.S. You can get free eid banners here and here . Just don’t use Ramadhan in this case😉 for the second link.

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Going to Hajj: A Book of Transport

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Author: Jameela Ho
Ilustrator: InikamiEDU
Format: Kindle eBook
Age: 1-4 years old
Available on Amazon here
Summary: Learn the different types of transportation with Fatimah and Hamzah as they find ways to go to the Ka’bah.
Our thoughts: Going to Hajj: A Book of Transport is a fun children’s book that satisfies children’s curiosity about means of transport, especially the ones that can be used to go to Hajj. By teaching them about transportation vehicles, we also get the chance to teach them about a major pillar of faith in Islam. It’s a must have. You can get more tips about teaching Hajj to children here on the author’s website with free coloring printables and activities.
~I received a free copy for my honest opinion~
Rating: 5/5
Thank you for reading,
A Ducktrinor Mom

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L’Américaine – Part 8 — Hayati Magazine

L'Americaine 5Femta phone’s rang and she eyed it suspiciously before picking it up. She could guarantee another lecture from the caller. “Wa aleikum salam Cuz, what’s up?” Femta said, lazily. “What did you eat today?” the male voice asked. “I don’t know, ask your Mom. She cooked,” Femta replied as lethargic as a chubby cat yawning.…

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Kariman Abuljadayel : The First Saudi Arabian To Compete in the 100 meters

Read Post here on MVSLIM🙂. Thank you

Kariman

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Zulaykha : Wife of Prophet Yusuf (AS) — Hayati Magazine

vintage-140573_1280Zulaykha is the beautiful and infamous Egyptian socialite who tried to seduce Prophet Joseph also known as Yusuf (AS). So who was she besides that? A loving landlady Her first husband was Potiphar. And it was him who bought Yusuf (AS) for Zulaykha when he was about 10 years old in the slave market…

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L’Américaine – Part 7 — Hayati Magazine

l americaine 3Femta had been naive about love in the past so she recognized the signs. Uthman wasn’t being realistic and she had to make him understand that. They were from different background. They barely knew each other. His family would never forgive him for not going with their choice. He could stray of course since he…

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Meet The Woman Who Won The First Bronze Medal in Fencing For Africa

Read on Inès Boubakri  at MSVLIM .

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Meet Sara Ahmed: An Egyptian Winner at the 2016 Olympics

Read my post at MSVLIM on her🙂 .

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Kianoush Rostami: The Iranian Gold Medalist and Weightlifter at the Olympics

Read my post on him at MVSLIM .

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3 Years of Blogging!

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers,🙂

three years

(Image by Quotestagram)

Can you believe it? I can’t. All I can say is alhamdullilah for a very expressive and therapeutic journey. I would go crazy if I couldn’t say my silent thoughts out loud.

Thank you to my followers and fellow bloggers for being a part of this journey too!

Wassalam,

Papatya*

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