Sunshine Blogger Award

A Ducktrinor Mom


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Thank you sis at for nominating for this award. I’m honored and I accept.

The rules:

the-rules-of-the-sunshine-blogger-award 2The Questions I was asked are :

  1. Have you ever suffered from depression? Yes, when I was in college. Alhamdullilah I decided to quit cold Turkey a year in because I didn’t want to become a zombie and an object of experiment because I knew they were testing some new ones on me. My boss and friend at the time used to joke, “How is a med with such a copay help you become less depressed?” Mind you she was the Pharmacist and I was the Tech. It still makes me laugh.
  2. What annoys you most? Why? People who are always sniffing and hunting smells. It’s like they make you self conscious.
  3. Have you ever soaked in a hot springs? No, I would love to do that though. It’s on the bucket…

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Djarabi Kitabs Publishing now Publishing Muslim Writers of any GENRE!


Assalamu aleikum!

I’m now traditionally publishing Muslim Writers who want their voices heard. Please spread the word. Click on this link —-> .



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A Gift From Jannah – A Review

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Launch Poster A Gift from JannahAuthorHira Khan is the creator and founder of BirthKeeper, providing Doula Services in the Toronto area and Prenatal Education to the global Muslim community since 2009.

Illustrator :  Jenny Reynish lives and works near Colchester in Essex, in the UK. She works as a freelance illustrator, having produced illustrations for various publishers of books and magazines in the UK and USA, as well as card designs.


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Jannah Front CoverThoughts: A Gift From Jannah is a 34 page children’s book  with wonderful illustrations that helps satisfy the curiosity of children about their birth. It uses an easy to follow theist approach to explain the origin of babies without having to recourse to birds and bees talk yet. It’s ingenious and creative. I recommend it to parents who seek an easy answer to give to their younger children who have many questions. We can all…

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Another review by the lovely Umm Bilal :). Masha’Allah.


Author: Papatia Feauxzar

Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Year: 2015


Papatia as with all her works dared to be different with this one. This book is the first of its kind that I have come across. I cannot place it in any one genre.  It is a sci-fi, YA lit with a deen twist. And Yes! It has clones, teleporters, robots and flying horses. References were made to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry as old school pop stars (Lol!)

The story is set around Hanifa. She and her family are in a new city where religion is banned and secularism is wide-spread. Those who choose to keep at their religion have to practice in hiding. Hanifa finds herself in a new school and like Papatia dares to be different. She is young, courageous, determined and ambitious. She has her eyes on the price and would do anything to achieve her goal – to lead an expedition to tarsus…

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Author: Papatia Feauxzar

Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Year: 2015

Steadfast is a collection of six short stories. It makes for an easy and light read.

– Fixed Up

– Change of Shoes

– The Nanny

– Respect the Letters

– Freedom Fighters

– Zengi Girls

The stories touch everything we can identify with in this time – Islam, love, reverts, patience, racial equality, gender identity, feminism, witchcraft, marriage and its issues. I liked some stories more than others but was hooked by all of them. I found The Nanny a tad scary and surreal 😂. My favourite was Freedom fighters. I did areviewof it too.

One thing I noticed as I read the stories was I could identify bits and pieces of the author in herwork. She is bold and dares to be different.She writes about what people are scared to talk about. She obviously loves love…

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Drum Roll Please….The Blog-aholic Award!

Assalamu aleikum dear readers and bloggers,

blog-aholic award

First, I want to thank my sister in Islam Zara at Zara Writes for nominating me for this award.

“The Blog-aholic Award is an award for bloggers addicted to blogging with creative, ingenious and inspiring posts. They mesmerize their followers with their posts, keep them captivated and riveted to their blog. The Blog-aholic Award is also for bloggers who share and inspire others” – The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy).

So here we go!

My Best Post:

My best post is Nuptial Night!

I was surprised too ;)…Subhanallah, that’s good masha’Allah. People need this in their lives.

Three Facts About Me:

  • I like red headed people
  • I can sense supernatural events (metaphysical stuff)
  • I love tea

I Nominate: (you don’t have to take part if you wish not to)

  1. Saadia Haq
  2. Eva Fatmawaty
  3. Felicia Denise
  4. Dpressed Muslimah
  5. Brother Ali
  6. Leyla
  7. Brother Mark Brown
  8. Hijabieck
  9. My Journey With Hijab



  1. Put the above award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog (it can be to the post in which they nominated you or any other post or you can even link to their “About” page.)
  4. Mention the creator: (The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy)) of this award and please provide a link or pingback as I (Esmé of The Recipe Hunter (Cook and Enjoy) would love to meet you!
  5. Write a post to show your award.
  6. Share a link to your best post(s).
  7. Share 3 interesting and different facts about yourself.
  8. Nominate 5-10 fellow bloggers, or more if you wish.
  9. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.


Thank you for reading,


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My Coloring Book of Dua’a – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

dua front coverCompiler & Illustrator: Meenu Bharadwaj


Summary: Dua’as for kids! What to say when you wake up until when you sleep! Plus each page is a coloring sheet!

Thoughts: The duas listed in My Coloring Book of Dua’a are very powerful to those who know. I know because my step father is an hafiz who studied at my grandfather’s merdrassa and he taught me several of those duas for my protection. Everyone should know these duas. The coloring pages are a plus to make the learning fun. Coloring is very relaxing to me by the way.

To continue, like the sneak page shows below, first we have the instruction that tell us what the dua is for. Then, we have the Arabic texts which is followed by the English phonetic pronunciation. The transliteration and the source come in fourth and fifth place respectively.

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I Will Not Clean My Room – A Review

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clean-my-room-launch-posterAuthor: Saharish Arshad is a freelance children’s writer. She has published numerous short articles and poetry for children in Little Explorers Magazine, a quarterly U.K. based publication for Muslim children. She is currently experimenting with worldschooling her own four munchkins and dreaming up new poems and stories with them.

Illustrator : Elsa Estrada has a Degree in Fine Arts from La Laguna University, Spain, specializing in illustration. She is a London-based graphic designer and illustrator, actively working for over twelve years. Her illustrations represent hours of meticulous work, and the fine detail created is an expression of her dedication and passion.


Summary: Musa’s mom asks him to clean his room. Instead, he decides to imagine all the wonderful things he’s going to do in Jannah. Join him as he dreams away and learns that good deeds are really worth the effort. Part of the My Journey to Jannah…

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Bismillah, We marry for different reasons; looks, money, deen, romantic attraction, physical attraction, sexual attraction, etc. While there are good and bad consequences to each of our choices, it’s important to note that some of the choices we make such as marrying based on sexual attraction can become problematic if both partners don’t know themselves……

via A Guide to Asexual Muslim Women — Hayati Magazine

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1001 Inventions & Awesome Facts From Muslim Civilization

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1001-inventionsAuthor: National Geographic

Chief Editor : Professor Salim Al-Hassani

Publisher : National Geographic Children’s Books

Summary: We often think that people from a thousand years ago were living in the Dark Ages. But from the 7th century onward in Muslim civilization there were amazing advances and inventions that still influence our everyday lives. People living in the Muslim world saw what the Egyptians, Chinese, Indians, Greek, and Romans had discovered and spent the next one thousand years adding new developments and ideas. Inventors created marvels like the elephant water clock, explorers drew detailed maps of the world, women made scientific breakthroughs and founded universities, architects built huge domes larger than anywhere else on earth, astronomers mapped the stars and so much more! This book takes the wining formula of facts, photos, and fun, and applies it to this companion book to the 1001 Inventions exhibit from the Foundation…

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Muslim Fiction Chat – Please Join Us Tonight 8 PM EST

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers and readers,

Long time no heartfelt talk. Soon insha’Allah. In the meantime,  please join us tonight for another Muslim Fiction Chat. Non-Muslim also invited as it pertains to Diverse Books as well.


See you there insha’Allah!



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Hind’s Hands – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

hinds-handsAuthors : Umm Juwayriyah and Juwayriyah Ayed

Illustrator : Emma Apple

Publisher : As Sabr Publications

What to expect: A patient family dealing a member who has a challenging disaility

Summary: From bestselling author and educator Umm Juwayriyah — a story told by a big sister who learns coping skills to befriend and lead her autistic younger sister. “You see, my sister Hind has Autism. And I know that sounds like a really big word, but it’s not. Autism just means that Allah made her to learn and act and think differently than other kids her age.” In the story Hind’s Hands, big sister Juwayriyah learns just how special her younger sister is, despite the challenging behaviors that she often has to deal with. Author Umm Juwayriyah collaborates with her oldest daughter, Juwayriyah Ayed on this book to help spread awareness about Autism.

Our Thoughts: It’s a challenge…

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Jannah Jewels – Book 2 Review

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jannah-jewels-2Author:  Umm Nura

Illustrator : Nayzak Al-Hilali

Publisher : Gentle Breeze Books

What to expect: Strong Muslim Girls, Packed Action, Adventure, and Lost Islamic History

Summary: In the second book of the Jannah Jewels Series, the girls are caught and thrown aboard the ship of Zheng He, the famous Chinese Muslim Admiral. Caught in a lightning thunderstorm, they must sail in raging waters to retrieve a rare medicine plant. Can the Jannah Jewels escape the fiery arrows of pirates and make it safely back home?

Our thoughts: This one is also a page turner and the Jannah Jewels meet their antagonist finally; Jaffar. The Chase in China is very exciting and the girls grow to be even more fierce. Jaffar shows himself to be rash, impatient, ill-tempered, and a bully. But the girls are up to the challenge.

Look out for book 3’s review in the series insha’Allah.

Our Rating:…

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The Princess and the Good Deed – A Review

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Authors: Umm Juwayriyah & Juwayriyah Ayed

Illustrator : F.A.Ibrahim

Publisher : As Sabr Publications

What to expect: ‘an original Islamic fairy tale of kindness, friendship, and animal rights!’

Our Thoughts: The Princess and the Good Deed is a lovely book about being charitable and expecting our rewards from the Creator. It will teach children to have manners, to be charitable toward humans, animals, and the environment. It also gives a good sense of community involvement. In all, it also shows the elegance of Princess Juwayriyah.

Our Rating : 4/5

Buy on Amazon here.


Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Jannah Jewels – Book 1 Review

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jannah-jewelsAuthor:  Umm Nura

Illustrator : Nayzak Al-Hilali

Publisher : Gentle Breeze Books

What to expect: Strong Muslim Girls, Packed Action, Adventure, and Lost Islamic History

Summary: The Jannah Jewels land in the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali. Suddenly, they are caught in the middle of a mystery. Someone has stolen a priceless manuscript! While following clues, they find the Grand Mosque and discover the Treasure King. Who exactly is the Treasure King and can the Jannah Jewels restore the missing manuscript into a Golden Clock before time runs out?

Our thoughts:The Treasure of Timbuktu is a page turner that entertains readers (young and old) as it sheds lost Islamic history with them.

The main characters include Hidayah, Jaide, Iman, and Sara.

Hidayah can be called the lead of the group. She has good vision and a strong sense of spirituality that helps her guide the Jannah Jewels…

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The Beauty of My Hijab

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the-beauty-of-my-hijabAuthor and Illustrator:  Fatimah Ashaela Moore Ibrahim

Publisher : Aakifah Multimedia and Mindworks Publishing

What to expect: A poetic empowering message

Summary: This is a special book that shows the beauty of covering by drawing comparisons to things that are cherished and valued all around us, especially in nature. Girls see how they are valued, cherished, protected and beautiful through the fluid poetic verses and captivating illustrations. This book is a must have for all Muslim girls and is also a great learning and teaching tool for people of all faiths and creeds. For girls of all ages.

Our Thoughts: We’ve read many books on the rewards and benefits of wearing hijab. Some were cliche in the way they presented hijab to the young mumina. This one was different. Even though it used elements of nature to pass the message, we didn’t feel the objectification tasteless. It was empowering…

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Prominent Americans of Foreign Descent Who Make America Great


greatPresident Trump has tried and still trying to put a visa ban on 7 Muslim dominated countries which are Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Sudan and Lybia.  Priority will be given to the minority faiths constituents of these countries.

We can all agree that family dynamics in the US are VERY complex. Some families have Jews, Christians, Muslims, and non-denominational members in their mix and such measures and restrictions like visa ban would split families, friends, and relatives. A religious test is not acceptable. It goes against the inherent values of the country.

Even the poem inscribed on The Statue of Liberty states:

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

What has been happening since Trump reached the White House suggests that he doesn’t know the US history well perhaps. The origin of USA inhabitants is so broad and even surprising at times. In fact, many prominent and successful US figures were originally immigrants or descendants from the very countries he aimed to put a visa ban on.  These people made and still make America great again and again. America thrives on their contributions and inventions.

So check out these US prominent figures we gathered for you.

 The late Steve Jobs

Co-founder of Apple Inc, Jobs’ father Abdulfattah Jandali was a Syrian immigrant. Nowadays, Apple is a multi-billion revenue worldwide company. Every year, Apple fans impatiently await the latest model of phones and electronics. They even stay in line for hours just to acquire them. Wouldn’t you say, it would have been somewhat different for Apple users if Jobs’ father hadn’t emigrated from Syria?

Hamidi Ulukaya

Of Turkish citizenship, Ulukaya’s company, Chobani is the most popular Greek yogurt brand in America! Valued at about $2 billion, Chobani fly off the shelf. I know because my sister buys them on a regular basis. She loves the packaging and the different flavors.

To continue, Hamdi Ulukaya is the CEO and owner of Chobani.  He is also very generous because on top of paying his employees, he also gives them extra benefits. Read more on the philanthropist here because this is what I call making America great; spreading goodness.

Abdullah Hammoud

Hammoud is a Democrat and the first Arab American Muslim to win a seat in the State House of Representatives in Dearborn, Michigan. Congress is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives. While there are only 100 senators, 2 per state, there are 435 House of Representatives and the population of each state plays in the number of these representatives. Dearborn, Michigan being a state with a high numbers of Muslims, it’s groundbreaking and amazing that the citizens in that state now have a voice via his election. Kudos to him!

Tariq Farid

Founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements, Farid is a Pakistani immigrant who became naturalized in 1986. Edible Arrangements are crafty fresh fruits arrangements. Recipients of his invention get a bouquet of fresh fruits. He started his business in 1999 with a $5,000 investment and today his company beloved by foodies worldwide is estimated at $480 million. You can read more on him here.

Saadia Faruqi

Faruqi is a Pakistani-American Muslim author of the acclaimed short story collection “ Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan”. Born in Karachi, Pakistan she is also an interfaith activist who trains a wide group of people including police personnel on Cultural Sensitivity. Her efforts are have been lauded and we definitely need more people like her especially in these times. She lives in Houston, Texas with her family.

Fayez Sarofim

Also having ties with Texas, Sarofim is a co-owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans. Originally from Egypt, he became a US citizen in 1961. He is a wealthy fund manager from aristocratic roots. To end here, American football would have been different without his contribution.

Shahid Khan

Owner of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars, Khan emigrated from Pakistan when he was 16 years old and did a lot of small jobs before making it to the top, Today, the billionaire contributes to America’s number one sport too; American Football. The NFL generates a lot of revenue and is a favorite pass time for a great American majority.

My article was originally published at AboutIslam here.

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Bismillah Little Leyla – A Review

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bismillah-little-leyla-launch-posterAuthor: Qura Abid  is a second generation Muslim-American, born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and a mother of an incredible energetic toddler. Read more about her here.

Illustrator: Mona Ismail

Publisher: Prolance

Summary: Mommy and daddy are so proud! Little Leyla knows so much now. Join Leyla as she goes through her day and scores big goals! Leyla knows we start everything with Bismillah to show that we know Allah is watching and waiting to help. Leyla knows and we should know too, Say Bismillah and Allah will always help you!

Bismillah Little Leyla is the second children’s book that I came across which teaches young Muslim children the benefits and rewards of praising the Creator before we start anything.

Leyla turns out to be a happy young Muslim girl. She is also outgoing and playful. In all that, she remembers her parents’ advice to utter…

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What Am I ? – FREE For Five Days

A Ducktrinor Mom


Assalamu aleikum,

My first children’s book‘What Am I?’ is out! Alhamdullilah.

The direct link is

– Click to buy at no cost to you with ‘1 click’ once on Amazon.

The paperback on the other hand is not free so make sure you pick eBook for a freebie.

– If you live in a country or zone where the title is not available, please change your address to a USA address and your country to USA. Then, you can download the story. When you are done, you can change your address back to your actual address.

– If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the app for your device.

  • You can read here on amazon’s cloud here

– Please tell a friend!

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

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15 Beautiful Churches and Synagogues in Muslim Countries You Should Know About

From the time of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to his rightly guided Caliphs to the Ottoman empire, the tradition of coexistence with other faiths has been passed down from generation to generation to these days. The idea that non-Muslims living in predominantly Muslims countries are persecuted is far from the truth. In fact, many non-Muslim……

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