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Collab Part II: By Papatia Feauxzar
In part I, my co-author spoke to length about the miseducation of the Muslim woman when education has always been an Islamic right for both men and women. Any subject that is mainly taught in secular schools these days have deep roots in the Muslim world. The faith element has simply been ripped out of it like it has been done with Rumi’s poetry. And guess what, it became popular; it’s bittersweet.
Now, if you don’t believe me let me cite the names of such Muslim scholars who have shaped the world as we know it.
Al-Shifa bint Abdullah was a doctor and a teacher during the time of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu aleihi wassalam). She presented ruqayah to Rasool (sallallahu aleihi wassalam). and sought his permission to continue to practice it after she accepted Islam. She was educated and during the time of…
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Collab Part I: By Saadia Haq
Education is crucial for human development and no one can deny its importance in today’s times. The realm of education not only helps communities to realise their full citizenship in a democratic set up but also acts as a root source for their evolution as free human beings capable of making informed choices.
Sadly Muslim countries lag behind due to the negligence and religious notions attached with attaining the so called westernised secular base education. Muslim women particularly suffer under the complex societal standards under the guide of religious teachings. In current times, millions of Muslim students receive some or almost all of their formal education inside madrasas or religious schools. Typically these informal institutions provide young Muslims with the religious foundation in Qur’anic recitation and Islamic values that supersedes the needs of modern times. Lack of state attention and widespread poverty forces large…
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“Alhamdulillah, “Mommy, Who Is Allah?” is now, translated into Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, German, French and Turkish. Subhanah Allah, I’m so excited that children around the world will begin learning about Allah in a simple manner. I hope they will find it a delightful experience.”— Susan Zainab Jones
Find out more about the author at this link : https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Zainab-Jones/e/B074CRVTRG or on her blog here.
In the US, about 99% of Muslim children attend public schools. However, a great majority of them face identity issues, disconnection from their faith and an erasure of influential Muslim role models to look up to in order to feel normal and accepted in the diversely apparent Western environment.
As a result, Muslims have started to reclaim and assert their narratives. Generation M’s accomplishments and contributions are booming and this helps curate our era’s Islamic history better via art, literature, fashion, food and science to name a few.
Having said that, there are new contributors to this history: the Muslim youth. Indeed, many landslide and prideful moments for the ummah are often achieved by these young entrepreneurs.
Therefore, check out six post-millenniums who are making waves in and outside the ummah by writing history.
1- Aminah Jasmine Rahman
Today, at 14-years-old, Rahman is the author of two poetry…
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Umm Juwayriyah, MA is the:
– 2018 Highlights Foundation Fellow
– #MuslimGirlsReader Founder and
– New England Muslim Sisters Association Editor-in-Chief
She is also the author of the As Sabr Publications Best Sellers: The Size of a Mustard Seed, Hind’s Hands, The Princess and The Good Deed, Yaseen’s Big Dream and the creator of the first Muslim Fiction App: #MuslimGirlsRead App
Below is an interview of her.
·Tell us more about you?
I am American Muslimah, mother, wife, urban educator, creative, and the first author and creator of Urban Muslim Fiction.
·We understand that you’re very keen on Muslim fiction, who or what inspired you into the propagation of Muslim stories and what challenges have you faced in the propagation of Muslim fiction?
I was born and raised indigenous Black American Muslim in Massachusetts. I loved reading and poetry from a early age. My parents are both from Harlem, NY…
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Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi that was once hailed for being the brave freedom fighter that stood against her country’s strong military junta enjoyed the privilege of being an apple of the eye for the west world. Yet today, the pro-democracy leader that faced 15 years house arrest has shown complete disregard […]
In the name of The Finder
I don’t know where my roots are in dunya
Today I’m an American
And a Turkish wife
Yesterday, I was an Ivorian because of the melting pot of African countries found in this unique country once victim of a Clash of Castes
It’s where I’m originally a native from and can at least trace part of my ancestral roots from
I am also an African and not just because I was born in a country within the lines of that continent
Because people have said I look like a Nigerian woman
Many others say I look like a Ghanaian woman
A very closed friend said he saw my veiled doppelganger in South Africa
Why not? You see
I’m a time traveler see history lover
I’m a wayfarer
I’m a solemn sufi
And no, I don’t dance at least not these days
I prefer silent moments of reflection and quietude
So What exactly Am I based on the popular vote?
They say my name originates in Sierra Leone
The resemblance between my siblings, relatives, and people from Guinea, Mali, Burkina Faso, Gambia and America is often shocking and mind-boggling
West African Muslim Clerics say I’m from Mali and before that perhaps Niger
I’m an international foodie with a great penchant for anything Somalian or Ethiopian
So Who Am I?
I’m a wonder-er and a dreamer
I’m passing through this life
I came from far and my soul has traveled for a long time for this divine task
And it’s still trekking a long journey or route ahead back to the eternal bliss to complete the task
I know I have not suffered like many other Africans still trying to find themselves
Yet, my minimal struggle can’t be denied
And He found me lost several years ago and He Guided me
Now my soul knows that one thing is for sure:
I’m a global citizen and I have the blood and imprint of many cultures within me and above all
I’m the daughter of Adam and Eve (May God be please with them).
— Papatia Feauxzar, An Accidental Poet
Open the Door to a Wealthier Life: An Islamic Perspective on Personal Finances and Investing – A Review
Open the Door to a Wealthier Life: An Islamic Perspective on Personal Finances and Investing by Farhan Khalid is in a nutshell a crash course on finance basics to live a more satisfying life wealth wise. Khalid is a Chicagoan business analyst with a MBA. He has authored other books on finance and some children’s books. Khalid is also a designer of creative Muslim apparel at Zazzle; ForksandSpoons.
His book Open the Door to a Wealthier Life is a self-help financial book composed of eight chapters without taking into account the front and back matter of the book. Each chapter goes into concise detail about what you need to know to master finance terms and wealth. Khalid also gives many pointers based on his personal experience so the reader can watch out for curve balls.
His book sets itself apart from other books on finance out there which try to bag you with the ‘get rich quick’ scheme tagline. As a matter of fact, part of his book description goes as this:
What you will learn:
– How to develop the right mindset
– How to enhance your skills
– How to maximize your income
– How to minimize your expenses
– What investment choices are available
– Why to even bother investing your money
– The difference between various investments
– Which investments are considered halal and which are not
– How to get started in investing on your own with minimal cash
– How to finance a home without paying interest
– How to prepare for retirement
A wealth of information awaits. Are you ready to open the door?
What I found more useful is the Islamic Funds section. I say this because I come from a finance and accounting background. So, a lot of the information wasn’t new to me. Moreover, the book explains concisely the available funds in the Islamic world to invest in; short and long-terms. In addition, it gives us options for more volatile and safer Islamic Funds out there and how to get started with halalinvesting. It’s a well-researched finance book that non-finance savvy readers—Muslims and non-Muslims— will greatly benefit from. I recommend it, and I pray the book becomes a source of great charity for the author. Aameen.
I also liked many other things in the book such as the gratitude spirit of the author and his assertion about the power of dua. Having said that, the book is not preachy at all. It’s just the subtle notes I picked up while reading. My favorite quote from the book is, “Maybe you’ve heard the saying: “Have an attitude of gratitude.” It might sound clichéd, but it holds merit. If you sincerely thank someone for giving you a gift or helping you out, you can be pretty confident that he will be willing to do so again in the future. If you thank God for all He has given you, will He not also give you more?”
Support the author and the ummah because 50% of the royalties from the sale of Open the Door to a Wealthier Life is donated to Islamic Relief USA. Islamic Relief has been providing humanitarian relief and aid throughout the world for people of all races and religions for over twenty years.
My Muslim Mums in Business series focus’s on inspirational Muslim women, who are balancing the art of motherhood along with running businesses.
Please introduce yourself and your business.
I go under the pen name of Papatia Feauxzar; a name that embodies my Ivorian and Turkish heritage. I’m now a naturalized American citizen alhamdullilah. Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s are my home businesses. They both compliment each other; one being a publishing house and the other being a bookstore alhamdullilah. The goal is help make quality Muslim contributions seen and curate our Islamic History and contribution to the world.
What inspired you to start working from home? Did anyone in particular inspire you?
Many things did. Islamophobia was one aspect of it and I wanted to homeschool my son. I also wanted to witness all his firsts. Nobody in particular inspired me; Allah did. I decided to make…
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The Sandhills of Arabia by American Muslim convert Laila Hasib is a Muslim young adult story of about 100 pages. A quick read, it’s intriguing and to the point. The writing is crisp and witty. Hasib leaves no stones un-turned when it comes to the work of shaitan; greed, propaganda, Islamophobia, corrupt Muslim leaders, white supremacy, enslaved West African Muslims, the Kuwaiti war that I remembered watching new flashes about as a youngster, espionage, and apartheid amongst other things.
The Sandhills of Arabia is also a love story about a young woman and a young man. It got a bit cheesy and corny but in a good way. The fierce and rebellious protagonist Shaheedah has to have some kind of soft point. In addition, the plight of her friend Mary will remind you of what the Catholic monarchs did in Spain by stripping Muslim parents of their children or “adopting” children according to them.
Favorite quote: “Learn from our compassion,” one Muslim character said.
I recommend The Sandhills of Arabia to your youngsters so they can enjoy a quick read about bravery, adventure and the tenets of Islam. They will also catch a glimpse of what an halal romance entails to. I’m also giving my copy away.
After the honeymoon phase passes, it’s hard at times to stay the hopeless romantics in a marriage. Some couples discover there are asexual. Other become obsessed with intimacy and many don’t even bother with it. It has become a chore for them they can do without. And it’s very common to see husbands and wives become ‘roommates’ to one another compared to love-struck individuals who once couldn’t keep their hands off each other. So how do you keep the romance, spark and intimacy from dying? Check out our “couple’s tips.”
1. Stay More of a Mystery
Men are visual but they differ in what they want. Some men love women who expose themselves but quickly get disinterested in what they once found pleasing to their sight. Other men who are more the momma boys types are used to see a motherly figure in their places of comfort; homes. So, when they come home to a wife wearing skimpy clothes, it turns them off. They want something to be left to the imagination. Find what type of man your spouse is and find the right balance between being coquettish and an enticing mystery.
2. Set Boundaries
A healthy relationship needs boundaries to continue growing. For instance, my husband knows not to impede my career choices. I also know what makes him upset or could destroy our love for one another or marriage. So, we stay clear of these topics for the sake of half of our deen. We practice self-control and try not to change each other. We work on improving our individual persons instead.
Get in the habit to look good for yourself and not only for the husband. Your energy and light will shine through you if you pamper yourself for your own sake. This will definitely keep your spouse interested in you and you will have the upper hand in your romantic games. You’re the gatekeeper after all. You can choose to say, ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’
Miss Hayati is a new BellaNaija Style series that explores the mysterious and the seemingly impenetrable world of young West African Muslim women. Headlined by four alternating writers: Fatima Togbe, Papatia Feauxzar, Maryam Salam and Ismath Lauriano, the goal is to inspire young Muslim women to build personal power and live fulfilling lives within their personally defined religious limits.
Bringing up past arguments during a disagreement is not unhealthy. We have to understand why this occurs; the underlying issues and not the specifics brought up during the current argument. If your spouse always accuses you of a certain behaviour, it doesn’t mean that your spouse is unforgiving or won’t get past your shortcomings. What your spouse’s accusations actually show is the lack of security your actions have caused your partner to endure and lash out. Perhaps your spouse is complaining because you don’t show enough compassion, jumps to conclusions, don’t show any sign of vulnerability, and the list goes on and on. Naturally, humans marry because they beseech a strong sense of security whether it be by love, social status, faith or financially. So check out a list of things you shouldn’t do when the past is re-thatched in your marital fights.
Don’t argue the accusations
When your spouse grossly starts throwing up accusations heated out of boiling emotions, stay calm and listen to what your spouse isn’t saying. For instance, your spouse said, “You never take me out to eat or don’t kiss me anymore.” You perhaps
immediately thought, “That’s not true, I kissed you goodbye this morning and just last week we ate out.” What your partner perhaps truly meant was, “You aren’t romantic anymore. Your moves are more robotic and out of habit rather than having thoughts and meaning like during our honeymoon phase for instance.” Sure some facts will be utterly misstated but that’s what emotions make people do, exaggerate things.
Listen and Ponder
Just for a moment, take the time to listen and understand why your partner feels the way they feel. Be patient even it kills you inside to gaze into their mind and see the way they see the full picture. It’s rewarding when your partners allow themselves to be vulnerable with you. You must understand that they let you gaze deep into their souls and revealed really personal and intimate thoughts to you that you should value. Why? Because they have totally unveiled themselves to you without reserve and you should be grateful. I mean on a daily basis, we have no idea what our spouses think unless they speak their mind. A free ride into your spouse’s mind is a rare trip one should never pass on! If you act accordingly upon such a generous offer, they will trust you
more. They will also come to rely on you a little more and stop bringing up the past because you would have both grown and understood why you had disagreed in the past and strive to avoid making the same mistakes that caused these arguments going forward.
Don’t Be a Sore Loser
Yes, it felt like pulling teeth to not argue and let your spouse whine on and on and on. Congratulations for being the bigger person and actually listening and making concessions to be better even if you both need work. Also, say it. Yes, say it that you
understood where your spouse’s insecurities stemmed from and why your spouse kept bringing old issues up. In short, the real issue wasn’t properly discussed and resolved. Now, don’t hold a grudge after your therapy session is over because you felt bamboozled or compelled to listen to your half when you had no room to argue your stance. You will have your time to be heard. You can do it after your spouse is done talking by requesting the floor the same way you yielded it without interrupting.
Above all, bringing up past arguments if we really listen to the complaints fosters the beginning of a new era of peace and understanding in a marriage. If you believe your spouse is guilty of always bringing up old arguments, try to be emotionally intelligent with your partner like we suggested in this article and tune out the old details brought up which are truly a distraction. Let us know in the comments what happened when you changed your attitude. Good luck!
Connect with Papatia Feauxzar on Instagram @fofkys
“Could we talk about something interesting?
While we’re trying to get some rest?”
“Okay, Yunus,” Saarah replied.
Plucking something from the top of her head.
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Almost every “blogging blog” out there and about 97% of all blogging guides ever written state that one should always choose quality over quantity; one should write great content.
How does one do that though? What does it mean to write a great blog post? Hmm?
Well, there are a few qualities of great blog posts that set them apart from meh blog posts.
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You can catch the Shoki, the Shaku Shaku, and the Azonto dance crazes on any wedding video on YouTube. Queens are wrapped tight in their Gele headwear. Men are donning their colorful lace kaftans or bubu. Ghana, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mafe or Tigadegenan, Jollof and Black Panther, Africamania is everywhere. The popularity of the continent of Africa has exploded. The riches of the continent of Africa are some of the most well-known secrets on the planet.
For centuries, the continent has been exploited for its blood diamonds and fool’s gold, but the best treasure of all is its food. It has delicious food. African Cuisine is as varied as the continent itself from Moroccan tagines pots of chicken slow cooked to perfection with vegetables to Ethiopia’s Injera—a soft wet bread used to increase the eating pleasure of any meal. Let’s re-mention Jollof rice is also…
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THE FIRST IVORIAN COOKBOOK IN ENGLISH
DALLAS, TX — September 30th, 2018. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING has officially released Fofky’s Kitchen : Easy Ivorian Recipes for Traditional and Street Foods by Ivorian American Author Papatia Feauxzar.
About the Book Fofky’s Kitchen : Easy Ivorian Recipes for Traditional and Street Foods
Ivorian Cuisine has started to gain recognition across the globe. In addition, many Millennium and post-Millennium Ivorians are seeking restaurants to enjoy their favorite traditional dishes and street foods. Others simply want to know how to cook the same dishes their ancestors made. This cookbook is an easy to follow guide to help anyone curious about what Ivorian Cuisine is.
Fofky’s Kitchen : Easy Ivorian Recipes for Traditional and Street Foods is available in paperback at Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s Online Book Cafe‘s websites. The book is also available on Amazon on eBook, hardback and paperback formats. Don’t miss the official book launch interview at Fofky’s here.
«Félicitations Fofky! Fofky’s Kitchen est gourmand et fidèle à notre culture. Merci d’avoir faire voyager la cuisine Ivoirienne! » — Cheffe Prisca Gilbert
“Congratulations Fofky! Fofky’s Kitchen is a food lover and reflective and accurate of our culture. Thank you for sending Ivorian Cuisine overseas!” — Chef Prisca Gilbert
“As I read through this cookbook, Fofky’s Kitchen, by Papatia Feauxzar, I found my thoughts adrift to a distant place where food and family seamlessly intertwine. Each shared dish, whether simple or complex, conveyed a human story, a history, and a taste that clearly reminded the author of home. She presented each recipe in support of the connectivity between food, culture, history, and family… Fofky’s Kitchen is a lovely taste of home, shared with love, enthusiasm and humor. Well done.” — Sahar Abdulaziz, Author of EXPENDABLE
“… Fofky’s Kitchen brings us some new and exciting and not to mention easy to make meals from the Ivory Coast. Included in this awesome cookbook are some of my favorites such as Ginger Juice aka Ginger Beer and Bissap (Hibiscus) tea…The one that peaked my curiosity is the Fried Yams! Yes, you can fry yams. I never knew that, but now I do, and I will. But wait! You can boil them too! That along with some braised beef and grilled chicken recipes will be sure to enhance your food repertoire… Go ahead and enhance your palate with Fofky’s Kitchen: Easy Recipes for Traditional Street Foods by Papatia Feauxzar.” — Khadijah Abdulhaqq, Author of Nanni’s Hijab
“This is a Kitchen I want to step into — and one we all need to step into — to learn about (halal) West African cuisine. The immaculate, mouthwatering photos are almost enough to satisfy my appetite.” — Shireen Hakim, Author of Salternatives: 25 Natural and Flavorful Alternative Seasonings to Salt
“I was so excited to have the opportunity to read Fofky’s Kitchen. I love to try out new cuisines and was not at all familiar with Ivorian cuisine… I was also pleasantly surprised to find some dishes that are very familiar to me. Many Americans forget about how African flavors have influenced our cuisine. But ingredients such as okra and grits (corn porridge), or recipes like beignets and boiled peanuts (my personal favorite!) are very common and well-loved in the American South. I love how beautifully this book is laid out, with photos and insights into each recipe. The majority of the recipes have very simple instructions and seem like they will be very easy to make… I definitely recommend this cookbook, not only to Ivorians looking for a taste of home, but to anyone who would like to try out a new and delicious cuisine!”— M.K. Johnston, Author of Halal Comfort Food: The New Muslim Guide To Going Halal
About the Author
Papatia Feauxzar, also known as Fofky, is an Ivorian American author, barista, and publisher living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. Feauxzar blogs here at Between Sisters, SVP! or A Ducktrinor Mom.
TO BUY IN BULK CONTACT :
Djarabi Kitabs Publishing
PO BOX 703733
Dallas, TX 75370
Summary: An easy-to-use journal to keep track of reading. With 115 pages to make note of books being read, there’s space to write the date, title, author, number of pages, and new words. 5 bonus pages are featured at the back to write a list of books to read. Suitable for all ages.
About the Author’s Name: Shoohada Khanom was born and raised in London. She is a writer and a children’s books author Shoohada Khanom who has authored and traditionally published four children’s pictures books. Today a mother of six, Shoohada lives a busy life, splitting her days between home educating her children and her motherly responsibilities. She shares her home in Bolton with her family, and anytime she has a moment to herself, she reads and writes. Visit her website.
Illustrator’s Name: Reyhana Ismail is a graphic designer specializing in book and magazine design, including children’s book illustration…
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