Free CookBook!

Assalamu aleikum!

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Halal Comfort Food’s eBook is  Free for one day. I pray you remember the drill to get it off Amazon. I’ve posted it many times here. If not, please read the link: https://www.djarabikitabs.com/women-2/2017/6/23/halal-comfort-food-the-new-muslims-guide-to-going-halal-is-free-for-1-day

EID MUBARAK!

In peace,

Papatya*

 

 

 

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M.K. Johnston Releases Her Halal Comfort Food Book

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Halal Comfort FoodThe New Muslim’s Guide to Going Halal; for the first time in print with Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

DALLAS, Tx- June 2017DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING is honored to release former 2014’s eBook version of Halal Comfort Food: The New Muslim’s Guide to Going Halal by M.K. Johnston in print. Masha’Allah.

“…following a halal diet seems pretty simple when you look at the guidelines in the Quran. But due to the way foods are processed in modern times, those few simple guidelines can become much more complex when put into practice. To further complicate things, there are a multitude of differing opinions on what is and isn’t halal, depending on what school of thought you belong to. Being a revert to Islam, and not having been raised in a particular school of thought and taught to think and act Islamically, one can feel pretty torn hearing and reading so many different opinions on what is and is not the correct way to eat/dress/think/pray/etc!” says M.K.Johnston.

About 116 pages, in Halal Comfort Food: The New Muslim’s Guide to Going Halal, you will find a wide variety of halal recipes, including old favorites from American cuisine with halal make-overs, plus some “new” favorites to add to your repertoire from the Muslim world.

Some of the recipes you will find include:

*Halal Breakfast Sausage
*Pasta Bolognese
*Beer-less Bread
*Stuffed Dates
*Lasagna with Halal Italian Sausage
*Baked Mac & Cheese
*Biscuits & Gravy
*Hummus
*Red Beans & Rice
*Halal Marshmallow Treats
*Chocolate Chip Cookies
*and much, much more!

Check out Mindy in the video link below with artist Rashidah Mendez:

https://youtu.be/UZkNCu3Q_yE

About M.K. Johnston:

M.K. Johnston is an American-born revert to Islam.  She has a B.A. in Studies in Women and Gender from the University of Virginia.  Although her career path has led her in many directions:  from working as a prison guard, to counseling survivors of domestic abuse, to working with special needs children, to becoming a seller on eBay; M.K. has always had a deep and abiding love for two things:  cooking and writing.  After spending most of her spare time on one or the other interest, she eventually realized that she should combine her two loves and simply write about cooking.  M.K. is the author of Halal Comfort Food: The New Muslim’s Guide to Going Halal, and is currently testing out new recipes for her next cookbook.  M.K. lives in Virginia with her husband and two children, who are generally pretty happy to test out her culinary creations for her, and never seem to mind giving their honest opinions about them.

 

 

ALSO AVAILABLE AT DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING’S E-STORE OR FOFKY’S ONLINE BOOK CAFE

CONTACTS

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

PO BOX 703733

Dallas, TX 75370

USA

Email: editor@djarabikitabs.com

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Book Review: Tight Rope

Another review up! #readon

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Title: Tight Rope

Author: Sahar AbdulAziz

Pages: 350 pages

Genre: Dark, Contemporary Fiction

Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing; 1 edition (June 1, 2017)

This is not usually my preferred genre (but dare to be different right?). 

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Fofky’s…Lauch Date is Here…

Assalamu aleikum,

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http://www.fofkys.com

Here are some of the drinks this barista made herself and you can too.

1.Fofky’s Mocha Frappuccino:

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2.Fofky’s Green Tea Frappuccino :

Green Tea

3.Fofky’s Hot Mocha:

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4.Fofky’s Strawberry Smoothie:

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5.Fofky’s Strawberry Frappuccino:

Strawberry Frappe

6. Fofky’s Caramel Frappuccino:

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7. Fofky’s Cappuccino:

Cappuccino

8. Fofky’s Latte

Latte

9. Fofky’s Chocolate Smoothie and Frappe (Chocolate and Coffee) look about the same. The Smoothie is thicker than the other two. There is also a small difference in taste.

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Order your drink today at https://www.fofkys.com/buy-books-coffee-sweets-and-tea . They all go great with our sides of kosher, natural, and organic salty and sweet snacks (halal macaroons, organic popcorn, organic or natural chips, pretzels or even with natural kettle chips and trail mix which are also on our menu).

P.S. Not shown here are the Organic Hot Chocolates (Plain Chocolate and Strawberry Chocolate). Hmmm, yum!

Friendly Ordering Tip:

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There are two menus on our site. One titled ‘Menus’ is just for show, not for ordering. The second titled ‘Buy Books, Savories, Sweets & Drinks’ is the ordering page. If the page where you try to order has no PICTURES, then you’re on the wrong page to order products. Link to ordering page is : https://www.fofkys.com/buy-books-coffee-sweets-and-tea

 

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

 

Papatya* the Barista!

 

 

 

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Press Release: Ramadan without Daddy

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Dallas, TX June 2017 – Book publisher, Djarabi Kitabs Publishing, has released a new book called Ramadan without Daddy

 

It’s Khadija’s Story of Love, Courage and Hope

The concept of Divorce is very challenging for young children. This book is based around a Muslim family and the story of young Khadija helping her mother and brother. The story gives many opportunities for positive discussion for parents and educators wanting to explore this difficult concept with balanced sensitivity from an Islamic perspective.

In this compelling debut children’s book, Misbah Akhtar tackles a difficult issue; divorce. This societal issue can be very challenging for single mothers and their children especially during Ramadhan.

Misbah Akhtar is a blogger, author, activist and mother of 4. She was born and bred in London and her passions include: photography, eating Wispa bars and finding inventive ways to tease her kids. She has a background in Psychology and English Literature, and is currently working towards becoming a life coach. She is the founder of Single Muslim Mums and Editor-in-chief of Mumspiration: her own personal transformational journey.
Check out her blogs at singlemuslimmums.wordpress.com and/or mumspiration.co.uk.

The book is available for order at:

It is a 30-page paperback children’s book intended for children, parents, and educators who want to address divorce with tact.

LAUNCHING SATURDAY JUNE 17TH, 2017!
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Three Ramadhan Books You Should Have and Why!

A Ducktrinor Mom

Assalamu aleikum,

Many Ramadhan children’s books are overshadowed by many popular Muslim children Ramadhan books. While it’s their rizq, I also believe that it’s necessary to showcase other underdogs who deserve the spotlight too.

1. Ramadan Without Daddy by Misbah Akhtar.

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This story revolves around a Jamaican Muslimah mother divorced from a South Asian Muslim brother. It portrays the reality of many single mothers and their children during the blessed month of Ramadhan. Ramadan without Daddy is one of the kind masha’Allah and it will be launching this June 2017 insha’Allah. Keep an eye out for the both the print and eBook insha’Allah. For the full cover, click here. Read more about Akhtar at singlemuslimmums.wordpress.com .

2. Zachariah’s Perfect Day by Farrah Qazi

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This story is equally important for Muslim children during Ramadhan as it depicts a young man helping with daily chores in his household especially during…

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The African Qurʾān: Ramadan Remedies for Racial and Religious Intolerance

Assalmu aleikum, if you’re privileged. May the Quran open your eyes and face the reality.Ameen!

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by Dr. Rudolph B. Ware

—“We tell you the best tales in what We have revealed to you of this Qurʾān ”—

Qurʾān , Sura Yusuf, 12:3

“The night of my Ascent, I saw Moses who was a tall, brown-skinned, kinky-haired man.”

Authentic Saying of the Prophet, Saḥīḥ Bukhāri, 462

The Qurʾān, as a rule, is colorblind. It is the Universal Book. God cares about hearts and deeds, not skin color and hair texture. So the Qurʾān, unlike other Holy books, lacks racial markers. The only partial exception to this is the specification that the first human, Ādam (as)—whose name meant black in old Arabic—was formed from fermented black clay. Given Ādam’s origins maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that many (probably most) of the tales of the Prophets in the Qurʾān take place in Africa, or that Black folks figure prominently even in stories set…

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Fofky’s Launch Date

Assalamu aleikum,

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We’re happy to announce that Fofky’s is officially launching on June 11th, 2017. Mark your calendar.

You can buy books, halal macaroons, chocolate covered dates, halal marshmallows, baklava, lokum (turkish delight) cookies, biscotti, frappuccinos, cappucinos, lattes, mochas, smoothies, organic hot chocolate, organic and natural (chips, pretzels, trail mix, popcorn).

You can also buy halal malt, organic tea or kosher coffee. Basically, anything you can buy at a chain brick mortar coffee shop is available at Fofkys here. Our advantage at Fofky’s is that our products are halal and tayyab compared to the chain stores.

We’re looking forward to see your orders insha’Allah as we ship worldwide alhamdullilah.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar

Founder & President

http://www.fofkys.com

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Tight Rope is OUT!

Peace be unto you,

The wait is over. It’s June 1st 2017; the official launch date for Tight Rope.

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Below are links you can follow to get your copy and help us reach best selling goals iA.

Amazon’s eBook linkhttps://www.amazon.com/Tight-Rope-Sahar-Abdulaziz-ebook/dp/B071Z6M86N/

Amazon paperback linkhttps://www.amazon.com/Tight-Rope-Sahar-Abdulaziz/dp/0996709495

Fofky’s Linkhttps://www.fofkys.com/buy-books-coffee-sweets-and-tea

Thank you for reading.

In peace,

Papatya*

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Muslim Author Shares Scrumptious Ramadan Recipes

Assalamu aleikum. Our author M.K Johnston has been featured. Alhamdullilah. Please read.

In addition to spiritual inspiration and communal unity, Ramadan is a time when Muslim kitchens buzz with preparing essential suhoor (pre-fast) and iftar (break-fast) meals.

Many cooks responsible for feeding fasting Muslims revel in the blessings that come with their efforts and decide on traditional meals as wells as search for new ones to that will satisfy.

In anticipation of Ramadan, author Mindy Johnston graciously shared recipes from her cookbook Halal Comfort Food: The New Muslim’s Guide to Going Halal, soon to be released in print by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

Johnston is a revert motivated by challenges she experienced when trying to at halal meals after her conversion to Islam.

According to a Pew Research study, 23 per cent of American Muslims converted to the faith. In addition to learning a new way of worship, converts must also adjust many of their eating habits, and find alternatives can be daunting.

Johnston’s book offers some assistance in making a faith-inspired culinary transition.

Johnston’s recipes include a new take on a suhoor staple, an Italian delight for iftar and a scrumptious dessert.

 

Suhoor

Ful Medames (Rebooted!)

Ful Medames is a delicious and flavorful spread made of fava beans that is commonly eaten for breakfast in Egypt.  Serve with warm pita bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans small fava beans
  • 2 cloves garlic, mashed
  • 1 Tbs tahini
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbs lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Extra olive oil, diced tomato, and diced onion for garnish

Place the fava beans, with liquid into a medium sized sauce pan. Cover the pan and place on the stove over medium heat until the beans are heated through. Meanwhile, make the dressing by whisking together the garlic, tahini, cumin, salt, pepper flakes, lemon juice, and 1/3 cup olive oil in a small bowl.

Drain the beans, and pour the dressing into the pan.  Mash the beans and dressing together with a potato masher.  Alternately you may also process the beans in a food processer for a smoother consistency.

Once mashed, spoon the mixture into a medium sized serving bowl and smooth out the top. Using the back of a spoon, create a ridge around the sides of the beans, then create a shallow well in the center.  Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the top, then garnish with the diced tomato and onion.  If desired, you may add additional garnishes such as chopped fresh parsley, and a sprinkle of sumac or smoked paprika.

Serves 6-8

Iftar

Lasagna with Homemade Italian Sausage

Homemade Italian sausage, freshly made sauce and lots of ooey, gooey cheese…what could be better?  If you’re in a rush though, feel free to substitute the sauce with a commercially available jarred sauce.

Ingredients

Sausage:

  • 1 pound halal ground lamb or ground beef
  • 1 ½ tsp dried anise
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ – ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • 3 Tbsp. ice water

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1 14.5 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Filling:

  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp Italian seasoning
  • Dash nutmeg

Casserole:

  • 1 lb lasagna noodles, prepared according to the directions on the package
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella
  • Nonstick spray

To prepare the sausage, add all of the spices into a medium-sized bowl and mix together with the ice water.  Add in the ground lamb or beef and mix with your hands for 2-3 minutes to ensure that all of the seasoning is fully incorporated into the meat.

It is best to make this as far in advance as possible to allow the flavor to develop.  Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for an hour or two, or even overnight if possible.  You can also make the sausage well in advance and freeze it for up to 3 months.

To prepare the sauce, brown the sausage in a large pot, then drain off the grease.  Add 2 Tbs olive oil to the pot and place over medium-high heat.  Add the onions and saute for about 3-5 minutes, or until the onions become translucent.  Add the minced garlic and saute for a minute longer.  Add in the whole tomatoes, breaking the tomatoes apart with your hands, and the tomato sauce.  Stir in the Italian seasoning, oregano, salt and pepper.  Bring the sauce to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer.  Allow the sauce to simmer for an additional 15-20 minutes.

To prepare the filling, thoroughly mix together the cottage cheese, ricotta, eggs, salt, Italian seasoning and nutmeg in a medium-sized bowl.  Set aside.

To prepare the lasagna, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Spray a deep 9”x13” pan with nonstick spray.  Spread ¼ of the sauce evenly over the bottom of the pan.  Layer ¼ of the lasagna noodles over the sauce.  Spread another ¼ of the sauce over the noodles.  Cover with another layer of lasagna noodles.  Spread all of the filling evenly over the noodles, then top with another layer of noodles.  Spread ¼ of the sauce over the noodles.  Top with the remaining noodles.  Top the noodles with the remaining sauce.  Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella evenly over the top.  Cut a piece of aluminum foil to fit over the top of the dish and spay one side with nonstick spray.  Place the foil, sprayed side down, over the dish and secure (this will help prevent the cheese from sticking when removed).  Place on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 1 hour, removing the foil during the last 15 minutes to allow the cheese to brown.

Serves 6-8

Dessert

Basbousa

This traditional sweet is quick and easy to whip up as the perfect ending to any iftar.  It is an especially good accompaniment to hot tea or coffee.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cups semolina
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavoring
  • 1/3 cup raw or blanched almonds

Syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 Tbs rose water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Butter an 8” square baking dish and set aside.  In a large bowl, mix together the semolina, flour, coconut, sugar, baking soda, and melted butter until the butter is thoroughly incorporated and the mixture resembles damp sand.  Stir in the yogurt and vanilla.  You will be left with a very thick batter.  Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and press the mixture down with your hands.  Using a damp knife, cut the mixture into serving-size squares.  Press an almond into the top of each piece.  Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 30 – 40 minutes until browned.

While the basbousa is baking, prepare the syrup:  Mix together all of the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan and place over medium heat.  Allow the mixture to simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened.

Remove the basbousa from the oven and re-cut the slices.  Immediately pour the hot syrup evenly over the top of the cake.  Place on a rack to cool.  Serve warm, or at room temperature.

Serves 16

Originally appeared at AboutIslam  here.

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“Who Could I Be?” by Shoohada Khanom

A Ducktrinor Mom

Bismillah,

Author Shoohada Khanom’s children’s book titled Who Could I be? is launching this July insha’Allah. Please keep an eye out for it and support the work.

Wassalam,

Papatia Feauxzar

Founder & President of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

www.djarabikitabs.com

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DKP BOXES

Assalamu aleikum,

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

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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 —> https://goo.gl/NWcOUI.

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 (www.fofkys.com). 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 —> goo.gl/mqnbgG . 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,

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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,

Papatya*

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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

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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
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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,

Papatya*

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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,

Papatya*

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