The Blessed Bananas – A Review

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Blessed Bananas Front CoverSynopsis: Everyone in the village knows not to come near the cranky, old monkey Rico or his precious bananas. However, after some unwanted encounters, Rico learns a life-changing lesson. Find out how in this heart-warming tale of friendship, kindness and the power of prayer.

Age Range: 4 to 6 years old

Author: Tayyaba Syed is an award-winning author and freelance journalist. Her work
has been featured in numerous publications including NPR, Islamic Horizons, Azizah Magazine, Chicago Crescent, Halal Consumer and Chicago Parent. She also co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids’ series Jannah Jewels. Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a Curriculum Consultant for Whitestone Foundation’s Author Development Program. She also designs unique plots for Noor Kids educational books as their Creative Developer. You can read more about her at her website.

Illustrator : Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of…

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Personal Finance Tips Part 5 – Hayati Magazine



The tips I will share in this post are little things we can often overlook but when tallied add up to a big change alhamdullilah. I have seen a change in my own finances and other people as a result of practicing and paying attention to these minor details subhanallah.

You can read the full post here.

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Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #07


Our guest author for this week’s tips is the talented Papatia Feauxzar. She is the author of many books and articles online along with being one of the founders of Djarabi Kitabs Publications.

Papatia’s Tips for successful writing are as follows:

Tip 1: Strive to Get Beneficial Feedback

What am IFind a minimum of six trusted beta readers. They can also be critique partners (CPs). If you pick the right people, you will receive less bad reviews when your book is published insha’Allah. Beta readers and CPs are important because they will help you polish your work before editing. Don’t think, ‘They will steal my work or my ideas.’ If you’re meant to write that story, no one can take it from you.

Tip 2: Watch TV Occasionally

This tip can be a bit unconventional because TV can become a fitna if you don’t have a good handle on it. However, if…

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Book Review: Surprise


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“Surprise” is a lovely children’s book with cute illustrations, written by Zaheera Jina and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

The story revolves around 3 children, Oomi, Yusuf and Isa. Oomi announces to Yusuf and Isa that there is a surprise for them while they eat supper. Isa and Yusuf guesses that the surprise maybe a new toy or an ice-cream, but Oomi replies with a no and tells them that he’ll tell after they have finished eating.

Meanwhile, they perform different household chores together and at the end, Oomi finally reveals the SURPRISE!

What I really liked about this beautiful book is that the proper brought up of children from a young age is very important which includes helping with the household chores regardless of any gender discrimination, remembering Allah while performing daily activities, taking care of personal hygiene and loving the family members unconditionally.

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Book Review: “Surprise” by Zaheera Jina.

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Surprise” by Zaheera Jina is a feel good book for kids about a Muslim family.
The story is about two boys receiving a surprise from their mother.
The story is engaging and there is a mystery element till the end of the book.
The language is easy to follow and great.

What I liked most about the book:
1. I believe that in children’s books, authors should try to send good messages both directly and indirectly to the readers.

Because, kids are sponges, and they are always absorbing information. And what they read becomes imbibed in them.

I liked few good examples shown by author :

A) Healthy eating habit: Broccoli for dinner.

B) Brushing teeth at night. That too with a catchy song! Extra points for that.

C) Mentioning name of Allah at the time of eating and sleeping.

D) Yousuf helping mom with dishes.

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Review: Surprise!

The Imperfect Muslimah

Surprise! has been authored by Zaheera Jina. It is being published by Djarabi Kitabs and is available here.

The illustrations are beautifully similar to the way that children draw themselves which will no doubt catch both their eyes and their interest.

I particularly appreciated the dua for eating being included. The tooth-brushing song may help your little one to regularly brush their own teeth as well. It’s nice and catchy.

This book is a nice, quick wholesome read that would do wonderfully for both daily reading time or bedtime.

Final rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Surprise! is an original children’s book story based on a real Muslim family.

 DALLAS, TX-August 3rd, 2017DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING will be officially releasing ‘Surprise!’ a new children’s book in paperback format by Zaheera Jina on August 27th, 2017 in the USA and on August 26th, 2017 in South Africa. The eBook version is already available to purchase on all Amazon platforms.

The author shared her reasons and motivations for writing her first children’s book.

“Surprise! is a story about my own kids. It goes through their evening time rituals to get them ready for bed. For me it’s a gift to them, to capture these important moments and treasure them.” — Zaheera Jina, Editor of The Samosa Express.

Surprise! has received a myriad of praises from many acclaimed authors.

“Here is a gentle and touching tale of familyhood; that brings joy to the heart…”— Poet and Author Don Mattera, The Five Magic Pebbles

“The Surprise is beautifully captured in a story of love that will keep every child hooked until the very end!” — Author Dharmisha Cvetcovik, Geza and the Bee, Who am I?

“A wonderful and heart-warming story with delightful, colourful illustrations. Dr Zaheera Jina s first children s book is a warm and lovely tale of a family going through their daily routine. But there is a surprise in store for Yusuf and Isa, after all …”— Carol-Ann Davids, The Hair Fair

“This beautiful family story comes to a special surprise at the end! Great bedtime reading with your little ones.”— Award Winning Author and Illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, I m a Girl, One Word from Sophia

Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING and Dr. Zaheera Jina from August 26th to August 30th, 2017 for the book launches and blog tours.

About the author:

Dr. Zaheera Jina holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is also the co-editor and contributing author of the anthology titled: Riding the Samoosa Express: Personal Narratives of Marriage and BeyondZaheera is the founder of the Jozi’s Books and Blogs Festivities (Jozisbbf), a non-profit organisation that projects to cultivate a culture of reading and writing in South Africa through various literary events. “Surprise!” is her first children’s book and will be published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing. Zaheera is presently compiling the second Samoosa Express book which is a Muslim Woman’s Guide to Marriage. She lives in South Africa with her husband, two sons and many in-laws.


Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

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Dallas, TX 75370



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Book Review: Halal Comfort Food by M.K. Johnston


Here’s a first for ayamstuffed; a book review! Alhamdulillah. Djarabi Kitabs Publishing, a Muslim bookseller and publisher, reached out to me on Instagram to help review Halal Comfort Food. It was a very nice surprise for me and of course I said yes! A few messages back and forth, and the book arrived. It came with goodies from Fofky’s too! Please say a prayer for them!

Fofky's Box Free snacks! I enjoyed all of them. There were also macarons, cute blue and pink ones.

Halal Comfort Food by M.K Johnston is a cookbook filled with American comfort foods that have been given a halal make-over. The book was written by a revert to Islam to make it easier for other reverts to make that switch to halal eating.

Without much ado, here are my thoughts.

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What I Liked

The book starts off with the remembrance of Allah, which was…

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Halal Comfort Food’s Blog Tour!

Assalamu aleikum!

Today we stopped at Foodeva Marsay with Marriam Sayed alhamdullilah.

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Here is the link —>

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Jazakh’Allah Khair for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar, Al Foodie

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Interview with Author M.K. Johnston of ‘Halal Comfort Food’ and the GiveAway

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Hello people, I hope you are all good and healthy . Today we have a special guest on our Food Blog, and the post is not a normal recipe post. We are doing a Book Giveaway and interview with Author Mindy Johnston . ‘Halal Comfort Food’ is her debut work which has a guide for Halal Foods for newly reverted Muslims and many of your favorite dishes with Halalified recipes . I have the copy of her book and believe me even as born Muslim they were few things I didn’t know come under the details of Halal food.

downloadTo Enter the Giveaway for getting your copy of the book . The rule is simple , answer the question below in comment box and I will message you to get your delivery address  if you are the lucky winner . There is only one lucky winner. 

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Surprise! by Dr. Zaheera Jina


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Surprise! by Zaheera Jina is the first book signed to Djarabi Kitabs Publishing (DKP). What was supposed to be a fellow author helping another to publish a children’s book in the USA paved the way and basically opened the DKP door to other Muslim authors seeking publishing services masha’Allah. Thus, Dr. Zaheera Jina is the first author that signed with DKP. It has been a little rough journey but alhamdullilah the book is finally available. Zaheera Jina really helped speed up the opening of the door as the founder had wanted to do that but was dragging her feet a bit.

To continue, Surprise! is a bit different than the others books as the author wrote and designed it herself. It’s really original in its own ways and showcases a coloring enthusiast at work masha’Allah.


The font for the texts is called ‘Dyslexia’. It was specifically chosen to assist children with reading difficulties. 20% of USA’s sales will go to a charity of the author’s choosing insha’Allah.

You can buy your copy here on Amazon. Click here for the eBook link. To know more on Zaheera Jina please visit DKP’s website on the page Women Authors.

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Author Interview: Zainab Jones


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Six years ago I wanted to teach my first child about Allah. I didn’t know where to begin. I’m sure a lot of you out there have faced similar challenges. There’s a huge gap in the market for children’s books that explain who Allah is and focus on helping children understand how He effects their lives.
Author Zainab Jones has set out to fill that gap and based on what I’ve learnt, we can look forward to an entire series dedicated to teaching children more about Allah!

Masha Allah! Tabarak Allah!

I’ve had the amazing opportunity to interview her and ask a few questions I’ve had on my mind.
May Allah bless her efforts greatly!
Read on to see what she had to say.
What inspired you to write “Mommy Who is Allah?”

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Three #Giveaways this Week


Eid Al Adha has come early this year with Islamopedia involved in three #Giveaways this week with a fourth to be announced on Friday.

Please check out the links to the #Giveaways below and share with your friends and contacts.

When I Grow Up Giveaway1) #Giveaway III – When I Grow Up I Want to Be…: We are giving away a print copy of Latifah bint Mohammed’s book ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be… ‘ The #Giveaway is live on our blog, Facebook and Instagram page and therefore you can enter via any one of these mediums. I have copied the links below. Just remember to let us know once entered. Deadline Friday 18th Aug 2017.

Giveaway with Latifah2) Giveaway – Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah: As a reciprocal #Giveaway, Latifah is offering a signed print copy of our book the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah on her social media…

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Please select the hyperlinked texts below to download : Surprise Mommy Who Is Allah Ramadan without Daddy Little Blue Skater Boy Kamillah the Butterfly Imagine Who Could I Be ~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Book Review – “Mommy Who is Allah?” by Zainab Jones.

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“Mommy who is Allah?” by Zainab jones is a wonderful book for Muslim kids explaining the attribute “Al Khaliq” – the creator.

It’s a story of a Little boy called Abdul Rahman who asks his mother about who is Allah and her mother replies him explaining that He is the Creator of every single thing in the universe.
It is perfect for kids as the language is colorful and lively. I simply loved how the mother explains to her son about various things. The book will be loved by kids, as mothers can use actions used in the book. That is how kids need to be taught, using variations in voice, change in tone, using colorful words, hand motions and animated style.

The illustrations are beautiful, colorful and sure to attract and interest young readers. I also like how the mother is wearing a hijab, a full muslim dress.

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Review: Mommy Who is Allah

The Imperfect Muslimah

Mommy Who is Allah is a children’s book written by Zainab Jones and illustrated by Vicky Amrullah. It is being published by Djarabi Kitabs and is available here. It will be released on the 13th of August.

This book is aimed at children of perhaps the age of five and upwards. Its aim is to explain about some of the miracles we see all around us and it slots in a little bit of learning about nature as well.

Mommy Who is Allah is a wonderful teaching tool which can be used for active or passive learning.

The illustrations are wonderful and detailed They’re beautifully polished.

I think that purchasers of this book will get a decent amount of use out of it – it seems like one that children will request over and over.

Final rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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Mommy Who Is Allah? (Book Review)

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Mommy Who Is Allah? [Al-Khaliq(The Creator)]

Author : Susan Zainab Jones

Age Group : 3+

Illustrations : Vicky Amrullah

Publisher : Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

ISBN-13 : 978-1-947148-92-5

About the author:

Zainab Jones is a Muslim American wife and mother. She has taught English as a second language in the Middle East for over 15 years. Besides teaching, she writes informative essays and poetry. This is her first children’s story.

The Story:

The story is of a little boy named “Abdulrahman ‘Dahumie’ Al-Husain” who was mommy’s darling. A little guy with a big name and curious nature !

Mommy and Dahumie pray Salah together and ‘Dahumie’ notices her mommy counting on her fingers, doing zikr. When he asked mommy, what she was doing? Mommy answered that she was remembering Allah, and then came the obvious question from him  “Mommy Who Is Allah?”

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Susan Jones (Author Interview) – Mommy Who Is Allah?

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As-salamu-alaikum pretty people! Hope you all are doing well! I’m here with a special post today, the very first time on my blog.. an author interview. … ta da.. ! And the author is “Susan(Zainab) Jones”. This is an interview conducted through email.  The review of her book and her interview are in collaboration with “Djarabi Kitab Publishers”.

I reviewed her children’s book, “Mommy Who Is Allah?” in another post and hope you’ve read it! If you haven’t then go read it here. And this post is an interview of sister “Susan(Zainab) Jones”.

Who is Susan(Zainab) Jones?

Zainab Jones is a Muslim American wife and mother. She has taught English as a second language in the Middle East for over fifteen years. Besides teaching, she writes informative essays and poetry. “Mommy Who is Allah?” Is her first children’s story.

Let’s roll in to the interview..

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Al Fattah (artwork)

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Spent the evening, coloring. Al Fattah.

First I printed out Al Fattah in Arabic to fit the size of letter paper. I then cut out and traced the Arabic onto another piece of white letter copy paper. I improvised with some of the articles as they were to small to cut out. I then drew a door behind the name and began coloring.

Enjoy the craft yourselves.

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The Muslims: A Graphic Novel (Volume 1) – A Review — Hayati Magazine

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Bismillah, The Muslims is a new Muslim graphic novel aimed at young Muslim children. Author : Ahmad Philips is an author, illustrator, and animator. Raised in Michigan, he graduated in animation and worked as a video editor, illustrator, animator, and game designer. He’s traveled to different countries such as Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, and……

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