Meet The Three Doctors Who Put Their Lives On The Line To Help In Syria — Hayati Magazine

The civil war in Syria is devastating but I have hope of a better tomorrow because History reassures me. Many other people have hope and they include three brave Doctors of Chicago; John Kahler, Zaher Sahloul, and Samer Attar. Recently named Chicagoans of the Year 2016, they are also called The Combat Doctors who know……

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Eight Children Books I Recommend

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Build Your Arabic Vocabulary series is by Dr. Alia Khaled .The series is composed of four books : Arabic Letters, Arabic Numbers, Colors in Arabic, and Shapes in Arabic.

The One is a 32 page children’s book in The Fundamental Series of Author Manaal 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.

I’m so angry : In the Gulzar’s home, life is beautiful. Huthayfah wants to go to the park alone but wise Mommy wants to bring the whole bunch on this trip and after she is at a good stopping point with her daily homeschooling activities in the house.

I Can Wear Hijab Anywhere is…

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Martin Luther King Day: A Timeless Dream To Keep Alive

Assalamu aleikum, 🙂

Read on MVSLIM insha’Allah here.


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Assalamu aleikum dear African readers,


My books are now available at OKADABOOKS  in Nigeria via the app alhamdullilah. Please spread the word to help a sister out :).

See the list of the books I have out there here. Africa here I come!




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Cure Your Was’was & Weh’m Forever – A Review


Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers and readers!

Long time with no real chat with y’all. Praying that all is well with you insha’Allah. Ameen.

It has been hectic and I’m sure you’ve noticed and you have your own issues too ;). I just reviewed a book about satanic whispers and OCD.

Please check it out here or below!


Cure Your Was’was & Weh’m Forever by Hassan Khalid is a manual I think those suffering from Obessesive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and satanic whispers will find helpful insha’Allah.

The book is about 150 pages and is composed of five chapters. Brother Khalid also has online courses available here. Both (the book and the course) are at affordable prices in my opinion based on the insight and knowledge they provide masha’Allah.

Chapter 1 covers the Introduction and details the Quranic and science perspective of Was’was. The chapter ends with the link made by the author between OCD and Was’was (satanic whispers) which undermine the productivity of many people on a daily basis.

To continue, chapter 2 deals with the Symptoms of Was’was in six scenarios which are:

– During salaat

– While making ablutions or wudu

– Blasphemous thoughts that often occur in our thinking

– The war Iblis declared on mankind

– Feelings of being constantly unclean

– and While dreaming.

In addition to that, chapter 3 depicts Compulsions We Do when afflicted with Was’Was while chapter 4 lays the Remedies available to Cure Was’Was.

Finally, in chapter 5, the author provides authentic hadiths and authentic duas to help with Was’was.

If you know anybody who is in need of this book, please don’t hesitate to share the review and link to Cure Your Was’was & Weh’m Forever and its courses with them insha’Allah. May Allah reward Author Khalid for taking the time and effort to help the ummah in need, amiin.

He has gained a lot of support and positive reviews you can read on his website insha’Allah.

Rating: 4/5

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar

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Illuminating the Blackness : Blacks and African Muslims in Brazil by Habeeb Akande — Hayati Magazine

Illuminating the Blackness : Blacks and African Muslims in Brazil by Habeeb Akande is an account from a British Historian from Nigerian descent who did an extensive research on the contribution of Africans in the spread of Islam amongst other things in a country where the population of Blacks is the highest in the world……

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A Cat and Mouse Pact – A Review

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A Cat and Mouse Pact


Author: Nayera Salam

Nayera Salam has a Master’s degree in Education from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and more than thirty years teaching experience. She is now retired and lives in Atlanta with her husband. She has two children and is the proud grandmother of two granddaughters.

Illustrator: Teresa Abboud

Teresa Abboud is a Georgia-based illustrator and a 2D animator.  She graduated from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts. She grew up in Lebanon in an artistic environment, in an atmosphere of integrity and disorder, war and liberty.  Teresa’s art reflects her inner feelings. Her esthetic choices come directly from this atmosphere that marked her childhood.  Teresa wants to tell stories, share feelings, express ideas, and transmit emotions through her art.

Publisher : Prolance

Summary: When Matt, the orange tabby cat, sees Millie, the little gray mouse, he can’t decide between being mean or nice. After all, he must catch…

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Sadeeqi 3 – A Review

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sadeeqi-3-picAuthors:  The 3rd year female students of Darul Khair – Madrassah Aisha Siddiqah

Description: Darul Khair- Madrassah Aishah Siddiqah is a South African Islamic school whose third year students decided to write fun Islamic activity books to raise money to get books for their library.

This title ‘brings you yet another exciting, stimulating Islamic activity book. It will keep your child occupied while immersing them in wonderful activities. It is a fun Islamic alternative to other less than savoury sources of entertainment, like television etc. and an interesting source of both secular and Islamic Knowledge. It appeals to children with activities like spot the differences, crosswords, mazes and colour-ins…’

Price: R 20.00 or $1.50

Age: 8 years old +

Review: Sadeeqi 3 is a 40 page activity book with a plethora of activities for Muslim children. For instance, it includes insightful stories, coloring pages, some enigma cases…

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Work at Home Worries



Since I can remember, I have met a couple of men (uncles and friends from Africa) who think that women should only stay home and not have a job out of the house. Of course, this opinion never sat well with me. The ironic thing is people with that mentality always crossed my path.  My husband and I had different views on the matter but thankfully this was a good fight I decided I would fight until I see the light at the end of the tunnel. I normally pick my battles to stay realistic and practical. This one was MINE insha’Allah!

So it was a subject we avoided discussing because every mention from my part to make him see my point of view would go nowhere. It was a tantrum free debate I assure you not like in my made up story ‘Mistress of the Spices’. The characters have been dramatized a bit for entertainment. I tried to put myself in his shoes. The women from his culture don’t work and are FULLY provided for. Who doesn’t want that? This girl *laughs*. Working gives me a sense of purpose.

Anyways, I put it in prayers and worried about finding work from home after a baby came into the picture. He didn’t see any issue with me working in the meantime. Besides I was independent in his eyes. When the baby came into the picture three years into the marriage, my worries reached the ceiling. I had three months off for maternity leave to decide what I was going to do; return to work or quit after my 90 days’ rest. I honestly didn’t know what to do. I continued praying. My family came to help me for a few months alhamdullilah so that gave me time to reach a decision.

In the meantime, my husband assumed I was working from home with VPN and I let him believe that because it was a white lie. It was true to some point. My story ‘Oblivion’ is inspired on that. However, it became hard for me to leave the baby with anyone (family members and daycare); separation issues. Almost a year after the arrival of the baby, I had done a lot of gymnastics between work, home, and the daycare. This left me tired, sloppy, forgetful, remorseful, and ambivalent.

I began considering the idea of finding an accounting job 100% from home which is very hard to find. I prayed and asked around. Finally, a co-worker mentioned a company I should try. I applied there and quit my loving job (The environment at work was becoming hard to manage too). About six months went by and finally my prayers were answered; an accounting job from home from that company I had my eyes set on. Alhamdullilah.

It took me a couple months to tell my husband. I actually didn’t tell him. I just took him to my company events at really nice venues that we would have never spent money to attend ourselves. Not that we can’t afford them, it is just because we like to live way below our means; #frugals. So in the end, I kept pushing the envelope until he accepted my wish to work. Alhamdullilah.

Now my worries include keeping the job long term because it could be downsized and no one sees the future. Another worry is making sure ‘both babies’ still get my undivided attention. I miss driving to work in the morning but hey that is what opportunity costs are. And there are many I face. But that’s a subject for another time.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar

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SISTERS READS: Generation M, New Muslims New Style



Written by Shelina Janmohamed. Reviewed by Papatia Feauxzar. Published by I.B. Tauris

Shelina Zahra Janmohamed, British author of award winning Love in a Headscarf and vice president of the Islamic Branding consultancy Ogilvy Noor, has just released her new title Generation M. Generation M is a textualized documentary, exposing the diverse nature of young Muslim entrepreneurs of the 21st century. We could also say that it’s an exposé by a Muslim insider who knows what it is like to be born Muslim, raised Muslim, and go through life as a Muslim with seemingly limited choices. The book nails the depiction of contemporary young Muslims: innovative, entrepreneurial, trend catchers and setters, steadfast in faith, and very passionate about improving their lifestyle because they believe that faith and modernity go hand in hand.

In my opinion, Generation M, the people, walks the fine line between innovation that adds to Islam and innovation that doesn’t add to our faith. Along the way, the lines get blurred a bit and this is where only the future will tell how Generation M handles these challenges. For now, their achievements are celebratory and really good PR.

Generation M the book is composed of 15 chapters split into five main parts. Part one introduces “Salaam, Generation M.” Part two is about “The Global Muslim Lifestyle” while part three is “Culture: The New Muslim Cool”. Part four is titled “The New Twenty-First Century Ummah” and finally part five is about “The Faithful Future.”

In part one, Janmohamed says, “If publishers are guilty of monolithic misery memoirs, then Muslims must also take some of the blame for not sharing our universal experiences in a language and context that everyone can relate to.” This spoke to me because it’s true. Our narrative is still lacking, and we must all make the effort to be the curators of our time, of our true history.

In Part two, Janmohamed highlights how important halal and tayyab (organic and wholesome) are to Generation M. These concepts are matters that they don’t play with. Be a shady vendor and you will not get away with it when they find out because they always do. We also see that halal and tayyab don’t stop at meat consumption, they cover a wider radius of seeking out ‘good’ things.

In part three, we find out about Donna Auston and the reasoning behind #BlackMuslimRamadan, amongst other interesting Generation M happenings, while in part four, we see that Generation M is dedicated to changing the hijacked Muslim narrative and telling their own stories. They are global citizens and while there are disagreements and minority doctrines within the ummah, Generation M does not despair, they do their part within the community. Finally in part five, we get the full picture of Generation M. For them, Islam is a complete way of life. It’s about living a balanced life that affects the societal, financial, and political sectors. It’s not only about praying five times a day.

A few years ago, when I took a class on International Business as a requisite for my accounting degree, I learned that non-Muslim companies loved to package their products in green if they intend to sell them in Muslim countries especially the Middle East. When I learned that, being an African Muslim, it didn’t bother me at all. It made sense. Muslims love green. I didn’t even think, ‘Wait a minute, this can raise issues of profiling, unintended stereotyping, etc.’ After reading Generation M, I realize that young Muslims will not settle for this ready-made perception of them and it’s their right to want the finer things the world has to offer. There are other colours in the colouring clip board they find attractive. They don’t want just green, yellow or black. And this is to say that we are humans, just like non-Muslims, we aren’t that different from anybody, like many think, and we aren’t monolithic.

Generation M doesn’t chronicle all the building blocks of Generation M, but it certainly snaps an accurate picture of the composition of this generation. In this book, I came across many Muslims changing the world, some new and some I already knew of. Truly, Generation M is so diverse they can’t all fit in one book!

Above all, Generation M are very creative and crafty individuals masha Allah. They give new meanings to just about everything. The Muslim version of sushi was new to me… Start reading the book today to discover new Muslim inventions.

Generation M is available on Amazon and all major book sellers.

Originally published at SISTERS MAGAZINE here.

Bio: Papatia Feauxzar is an accountant, an avid reader and writer living in Dallas, Texas with her nuclear family. She blogs at

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Chains — Hayati Magazine


“One of the Vice Presidents is quite infatuated with you,” the server said close to her ear. “I’m not interested. I’m married,” the ebony girl replied with a haughty air, whipping her pony tail about. The server girl sighed and went up the stairs to relay the message again. During that time, the ebony girl……

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6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam To America You Should Know

Assalamu aleikum, please read an article I wrote for MVSLIM here or below. #Alhamdullilah


As a Muslim of West African origin living in the United States, my Muslim-ness is always contested by Europeans, Americans, and even clueless Africans. They ask me questions like:

“Are you Muslim?” and “Were you born Muslim?”

I get asked these questions a lot by Americans because Islam is something that was made to sound foreign to them.

“I’ve never seen a Muslim from that country wear Hijab.”

Believe it or not, many Africans ask this question as if they are well-travelled.

Is your country predominantly Muslim?”

I get this question from European Muslims as if they had just discovered ‘water on Mars’. In their minds, Black Muslims are an oddity. Because I have been around many of them, I now know the reasoning behind asking such questions. They have the idea that All of Africa is uncivilized and only non-Muslims live there.

The strange thing is many of them have heard of Mansa Musa, the Malian Muslim King. Why they won’t add two and two together to infer that Islam has always been an old religion in Africa and in the USA, I don’t know. In addition, the US census has a record of approximately 300 slaves that had a Muslim surname who fought during the Civil War for freedom.

Throughout all these irritating questions, I try to keep my cool. I keep the frustrated comments, I want to utter, in my head, smile, and move on. However, what I want to tell them is Islam came to West Africa not too long after the 10th century. My ancestors were traders and this was how Islam came to us Mandinga. Islam has always been a religion of business. Furthermore, this also means that many West Africans were exposed to Islam before it was spread to Europe during the Ottoman empire and America via the Moriscos and the Transatlantic slaves.

According to Lost Islamic History, one example of an African Muslim who brought Islam to America is Bilali Muhammad. There are also others like Ayub Job Djallo, Yarrow Mamood, Ibrahim Abdulrahman ibn Sori,  Ummar ibn Sayyid,   (Omar ibn Said) and Sali Bilali.

Bilali Muhammad

Born around 1770 in the area of Africa which are known as Guinea and Sierra Leone today, Bilali Muhammad was an elite of the Fulani tribe. He knew Arabic and was knowledgeable in hadith, tafsir, and shariah matters. Because he was educated, he was allowed to rise in status in the slave community. Bilali Muhammad even wrote a 13 page manuscript on Islamic law from the Maliki Madhab called the Bilali Document that he gifted to his friend before his death. The manuscript was thought to be a diary until it was deciphered at al-Azhar university in Cairo. His manuscript is also known as Ben Ali Diary or Ben Ali Journal. Read more here.

Ayuba Suleiman Diallo

Ayub Job Djallo was born in Senegal from a respected Fulbe Muslim family. He was also known as Job Ben Solomon. He wrote some memoirs and was a slave in Maryland for a couple years. Sold into slavery as a result of a confusion, he eventually returned home in Senegal to his aristocratic roots still a Muslim. You can read more on him here.

Yarrow Mamout

Born in Guinea, Yarrow Mamood was born in 1736 and died in 1823 a free man. He arrived at the age of 14 years old in Maryland with his sister. Knowledgeable in Arabic, he practiced Islam openly until his death. Read more on him here.

Abdulrahman Ibrahim Ibn Sori


Ibrahim Abdulrahman ibn Sori was born in Guinea. He was also known as The Prince Amonsgt Slaves. Son of King Sori from the village of Timbo, Abdulrahman was a military leader. He became a slave as a result of an ambush and sold to a slave owner by the name of Thomas Foster in Mississipi. Ibn Sori got married and had children. Abdulrahman worked for 40 years before his release. He died during his trip back. He had even wrote a letter to his family in West Africa in Arabic which was read by the Sultan of Morocco Abderrahmane who found it deeply touching and petitioned U.S. President John Quincy Adams to release him.

Omar ibn Said

Ummar ibn Sayyid was born in Fuuta Toro, Senegal in 1770. Captured in 1807, he became known as Omar Moreau and Prince Omeroh according to Muslimofusa.Though there are reports that say he converted to Christianity later in his life, many sources say that there was more than met the eye in his situation. Nevertheless, he was known to be an Islamic scholar, knowledgeable in many fields from arithmetic to theology who wrote several Arabic texts.

Salih Bilali


Salih Bilali was born in Mali and captured in 1782. It was reported that his last words on his death bead were the shahada according to the Abolition Institute. Robert Abbot, founder of the Chicago Defender, is his descendant.

In conclusion, all the continents contributed to the spread of Islam, Africa included. So how can they deny such a legacy?

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,


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…Centric — Hayati Magazine

“Yacüb,” she said to him calmly as she paused her series on TV, trying not to loose her temper like nth times before when this topic was back on the table. “I told you, in our culture, we address people by their middle name,” he told her. She winced and the previous night’s events flashed……

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Muslimah Capsule Wardrobe Winter 2016 — Hayati Magazine

Assalamu aleikum, It’s that time of the year where the cold wind is making itself acknowledged to remind me that my Muslimah Capsule Wardrobe for the Winter is in order. Down here in Texas, it’s certainly not 86 Fahrenheit anymore. So I got my Fall-Winter clothes out to replace my Summer capsule wardrobe alhamdullilah. In West……

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The Revival of The Muslim Golden Age : Generation M

Assalamu aleikum ! Please share 🙂



Jazakh’Allah khair,



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Sleep in God’s Protection – An Interfaith Children’s Book Review

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God protection 1.JPGAuthor:  Elizabeth Lymer

Publisher : Aneesa Books

Description: A bedtime book for young Muslims, Jews, and Christians, in which flowers close their petals, plants close their leaves, and babies close their eyes. ‘God’s peace be with you. God made the night. It is time to close your eyes tonight.’ It includes the prayer of Abraham for his sons (upon them be peace). This title was made specifically as a gift for a baby’s special religious occasion, and generally for interfaith Abrahamic families and friends, and it is only available via Amazon.

Review: Behold, the latest addition to our children’s books collection: Sleep in God’s Protection. I ordered this a few weeks ago, and it was sitting at the leasing office all along unbeknownst of me. Subhanallah…the things I do sometimes.

Anyways, when we finished reading Sleep in God’s Protection, the hadith “When the wings of the night…

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Personal Finance Tips Part 4 — Hayati Magazine

Bismillah, Islam advises us to be moderate in all things we do. One such important aspect is financial security. The Sunnah tell us that being too rich is a test to our faith while being extremely poor can do the same thing and make us wallow in self-pity and bitterness. “When they spend, do so……

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Flash Fiction Stories — Hayati Magazine

upRoots Mansa wanted his kingdom to remain prosperous and powerful so he had to act fast. The depopulation of the area was quite alarming. Becoming a slave or a slave seller were out of the question. Depleting sources of gold weren’t an option either. After a long night of thinking and listening to Mansa Mousso,……

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Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work — Hayati Magazine

Assalamu aleikum, I stumbled on a manual I used during counseling class before I got married, and thought I would share some of the wisdom I learned in this class with you insha’Allah. They are based on John M. Gottman’s observations and works. He actually published his thoughts recently in a book. To continue, the……

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We are bringing it…, Change.

We’re the rightful vicegerents by the scripture words. (Al-Baqarah: 29-30) (Al-An’am:165)

my sXy specs!

If you are an Indian reading this, then stop to whatever you are doing and pat yourself thrice, because we have again held ourselves high.
Reason …….??/
It’s not about the recent Olympic medals brought to India and nor about the G-SAT 18 satellite hopefully  which will leave Earth tomorrow,  but it’s all about us, India submitting  Instrument of Ratification.

This was done by our UN Ambassador Syed Akrabuddin submitting the documents signed by the President of India on October 2nd 2016 at a special event to commemorate the Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary.

And later Ban Ki Moon thanked Indians, by saying “Sabhi Bharatiyo ko dhanyvaad”.
Below is his Vlog.

And not to forget another Important man, Obama. We all know about Modi-Bama relationships…

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