Allah Al-Aleem – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

Bismillah,

Allah Al-Aleem Front CoverAge Range: I would say 3+

Author: Bint Abdul Hamid

Illustrator : Zahra Gulraiz

Publisher: Prolance

Price : $12

What to expect: An introduction the one of the many attributes of Allah: Al-Aleem (The All-Knowing)

Summary: The best gift we can give our children is the knowledge of Tawheed, to know their Creator. Knowing Allah by His names will help establish their roots, and help them to attach to Allah out of love of His perfection. May Allah help us to fulfill the responsibility of bringing up our children knowing Allah and worshipping Him alone.

ThoughtsAllah Al-Aleem is a must have for young Muslim readers and young muminun. It exposes them early one to the qualities of their Al-Khaliq (The Creator). Children have so many questions. We try to answer them as much as we can and sometimes we fall short. For instance, “Mommy, why is the…

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Fofky’s – An Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop

Bismillah,

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An Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop

The saying goes as this, “If the mountain won’t come to Muhammad then Muhammad must go to the mountain.” In other words, If one’s will does not prevail, one must submit to an alternative.

The writers of the ummah I’ve come across all agree that we need a Muslim space where Muslim works are shelved/stocked; especially Muslim fiction. So an idea struck me alhamdullilah. If I can’t do something about the brick-mortar way to help the ummah, I will bring it to the comfort of Muslim readers’ homes!

Thus Fofky’s (pronounced Fof-keys) was born. It will be an An Online Book and Coffee/Tea Shop insha’Allah and I’m happy to share this happy moment with you masha’Allah. God willing, you will be able to order a book you anticipate you read, order a drink (a pack of tea or coffee), order sweets (halal marshmallows, halal chocolate dates, halal macaroons, and/or other regular snacks and cookie flavors) you look forward to savor the book with.

After you place your order, you will receive a lovely box engraved with the logo Fofky’s  in the mail. All these goodies to the comfort of your home insha’Allah.

You might ask what Fofky means. It’s simply a nickname I earned growing up. Allah has 99 names and attributes. Even Rasullulah (sallallahu aleihi wassalam) has several names too masha’Allah. Some sources list 99 names for him while others list more than that.

I have several names I like to go by and I’m grateful for the different names I earned as He created us in His image. It’s a blessing from Him to have several qualities and to be versatile. Now, since this online bookstore/drink shop project is mine, it’s Fofky’s. Want to enjoy a nice book written by a Muslim author? Go to Fofky’s!

On a more serious note, everything I have done in my life has prepared me for this all praises to Him. I’ve always enjoyed hanging out at the library as a youngster. My first job was at a library. I discovered and learned a lot about people, American culture, and library materials.

In the next job, I was a Cashier at a grocery store. There, I interacted with a wide range of people alhamdullilah and that sharpened my manners and customer service skills.

After that, I became a Pharmacy Technician. I was already a storyteller because of my grandma and mandigua background but in this job people recounted unbelievable tales so they could abuse medications. It was a stressful job but an hilarious one. The made up stories people will come up with…smdh (shaking my damn hijab 😉 )…Utterly Baloney!

Anyways, then I became an Accountant. There I managed 100s of customers accounts and dealt with concession inventory spreadsheets over 60,000 lines  for the 400 plus movie theaters (the whole domestic company pretty much because international theaters weren’t my duty). It’s less scary than it sounds.

Now, I get to apply all this experience in my business Djarabi Kitabs Publishing alhamdullilah. It almost feels like a fiction book and a hero journey to me. But isn’t what this life is? An illusion of what’s to come in the akhiret? #Pondering.

As a writer, I still enjoy discovering new talents and works because writing is maroof (a good deed). You can’t go wrong if you surround yourself with good vibes. So if you didn’t know my reasons for supporting others, now you know. My goal is especially to take Muslim Fiction and Works to the next level insha’Allah. I dream BIG because our human capabilities are immense if we’re willing to tap into them with a lot of hard work. Don’t put limits on yourselves.

So, I’ll be delighted to share the bigger moment with you once Fofky’s officially launches inshallah. Get notified below by leaving us your email.

Jazakh’Allah for reading and please help me spread the word. And please keep DKP in your duas, ameen 🙂 . Ultimately Allah is my Creator and Protector.

 

Houb salam (Peace & Love)

Copyright © Papatia Feauxzar

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The Latest With Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Assalamu aleikum – Peace be unto you,

DKP’s new author Sahar Abdulaziz has written a powerful novel that needs to be read by all. Tight Rope will be released soon insha’Allah. 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?

I hope your interest is piqued. Enter your name below and get notified about the cover reveal and launch date insha’Allah. You could win a free copy of the book amongst the other four prizes.

Houb salam,

Papatya*

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A Small Fortune of Books – Djarabi Kitabs

Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers and readers,

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Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s e-store is now live alhamdullilah. You might ask why I chose to do this when these books can be found at major distributors.

Well for one, mine are tax free***. And two, finding Muslim books in a sea of other books has led many to believe that Muslim voices haven’t been written yet. Yes, we need more voices but writing is not a new thing to us. Many of our works have been destroyed when the House of Wisdom in Bagdad was sacked or by Muslims themselves due to ignorance. Timbuktu in Mali also has valuable manuscripts that are still buried in the people’s homes or in the ground out of trust issues. People are afraid that giving them to the public will cause them to be stolen or misused.

There are MANY, MANY, MANY…books written by Muslims out there. Only the tip of the iceberg shows. Many books by Muslims are either filed under general fiction or literature or not translated from Arabic or French or any other non-English language since English is the current business language of this era.

Anyways, I created a new hashtag ; #buyandreadabookbyamuslim . It’s a bit long but it is what it is. It’s showtime for Muslims. Let’s do this right this time and make sure our contribution to the world is not destroyed out of recklessness. Muslim writers, send your books far and beyond so that they will always be a backup for your works! Your purpose as a scribe of Allah depends on it.

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Books are a fortune if we’re speaking in terms of knowledge they provide and I’ve acquired quite a few alhamdullilah. I’m still waiting on more shipments but the store is live masha’Allah.

If you’re a Muslim writer and have written a good book but you’re having issues getting your book stocked, please contact me. I’ll stock your book and feature it on my website to give you more visibility insha’Allah.

The College book below is my personal research material as you got to stay schooled! 😉

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With that family and ummah, houb salam and jazakh’Allah khair for reading this post,

Papatia Feauxzar

Founder and President of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

***Updates: The state charges me sales tax regardless of the platform I use that contradicts the ruling of sales tax for online business. Therefore, I have to charge a small sales tax! Sorry!

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The Dino Flu – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

Bismillah,

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I finally get to review a book I’ve wanted to read for quite some time now alhamdullilah. The Dino Flu is a Muslim authored children’s book by American Muslim Author Sahar Abdulaziz.

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ILLUSTRATOR :Rashidah Mendez, a New York-native digital artist, and mother of four received her Bachelor’s, Summa Cum Laude, from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. Although she switched her area of study from Early Childhood Education to Media Communication and Technology, she finds it rewarding to integrate the two disciplines. Mendez’s work exhibits her passion for digital art through her graphic designs and visual marketing and reflects her love for early childhood literacy through her children’s books, like “The Dino Flu” and others, soon to be released.

SUMMARY: UGH! Poor Dino is stuck in bed with the flu. Dino doesn’t like being sick at all. But instead of feeling sorry for himself, Dino uses the…

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

Bismillah,

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Author: S.R.M aka Salma Raja Malik is a 29 year old mom of 3 young boys and an Occupational Therapist. She was inspired by her children and her first generation Muslim American experiences to create a holiday toy/book that is relate-able to Muslim children. She also works with special needs children and is training to provide pelvic floor therapy.

Illustrator :  Haleema Tahir Gul

Thoughts: Mr. Ramadhan Moon is one of the cutest and creative children’s story I have ever read. Mr. Ramadhan Moon is also a nice and welcomed change from the assumption that the moon is of female gender. It accompanies children and family in a love and supporting journey.

Check out some pictures below:

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is a reminder of salat and thoughtful play in the pic above masha’Allah.

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Accessories Reviews

🙂 ^_^ (: #alhamdullilah

A Ducktrinor Mom

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Assalamu aleikum,

I received some pretty nice gifts to review masha’Allah. It’s the revival of the Muslim golden era alright! So let’s get to it.

AZYAAN JEWELRY

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The pins are really strong and colorful like I like them. You can get them here. These will make a wonderful addition to my daily hijab assortments. I think I should fancy up a bit going forward just because!

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The blue pin above is my favorite masha’Allah. I can’t wait to wear it on Ramadan Eid if I live to see it insha’Allah! You won’t believe the acrobatics I had to pull to take simple picture! *Laughs* Alhamdullilah, it’s not too shabby.

You can get a discount at Azyaan online which is in Denton, Texas. Expect me one day sis out of the ‘blue’! Anyways dear readers, please use the coupon code below to make a purchase insha’Allah.

Coupon code Azyaan online

AYEINA

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These gratitude journals…

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New Publisher Features Muslim Authors

Assalamu aleikum,

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Djarabi Kitabs Publishing has been featured on AboutIslam alhamdullilah. You can read here.

To submit your story, go here.

Jazakh’Allah khair and masalam,

Papatya*

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Review of Revive Your Heart by Nouman Ali Khan

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written by Theresa Corbin

Brother Nouman Ali Khan has a new book coming out. Are you exited? I know I am. It’s currentlyavailable for pre-order on Amazon. Go, put in your order now. The release is set for May, but I have a strong feeling this one will sell out fast.

Revive your heartYou might be wondering, who is Nouman Ali Khan?

If you aren’t familiar with his work, then you can send me a thank you letter once you find out. According to a bio on goodreads (that I lazily copied and passed here) he is

recognized as one of the world’s most influential Muslims, not only in the West. His deep and profound bond with the Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, is at the heart of his work and the focus of his teachings, which manage to reach out to millions of Muslims from many different countries. 

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Tried & Tested – An Interview With The Author Umm Juwayriyah

Papatia Feauxzar: Assalamu aleikum Umm Juwayriyah. Welcome to Hayati Magazine. Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Umm Juwayriyah: Wa alykum as salam wa rahmatullah. Umm Juwayriyah (Maryam A.Sullivan) is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts and is a second generation American Muslim international educator, business owner, playwright, and storyteller. She holds a Bachelor’s degree……

via Tried & Tested – An Interview With The Author Umm Juwayriyah — Hayati Magazine

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Written Vs. Not Written Stuff: Divorce Rights and Muslim Women Lives Part II

Part II of our quarterly collab by moi :). Wassalam.

The Human Lens

Part II Written by Papatia Feauxzar

Bismillah,

If we pay close attention to the media of many Muslim dominated countries, we will notice a very disturbing trend. In fact we will see women battered in films; fiction or not. We will also see the femme spectrum being degraded to sex trafficking, used like cheap property and worse, called very degrading names. This is a huge blow to women’s self-esteem. Many start to internalize this constant sentiment toward them as normal. And it’s disappointing. What’s more outraging is the fact that Muslim parents in those dominated Muslim countries will not pause and think, “Wait a minute, we need to censor or monitor this type of behavior in films because it might negatively pave the way our young children, especially young boys look at women.”

The irony is that these same people and parents would click the TV off the minute they…

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Written Vs.Not Written Stuff: Divorce Rights and Muslim Women Lives Part I

Assalamu aleikum! Our customary quarterly collab part I by the lovely Saadia Haq. Massalam :).

The Human Lens

Part I, Written by Saadia Haq of The Human Lens

When two people marry each other, it is usually expected to last a life time and as a couple they work together in the good and the bad to prosper this relationship. However not every marriage lasts forever and many times couple part ways. Marriage and divorce are two realities of life. In Muslim communities across the globe, the issue of divorce is quite a stigma and cause of human rights abuses.

In particularly, Muslim women seeking divorce and Khulla (separation) from their spouses face a combination of both societal prejudice and legal issues.  Islam teaches Muslims to not opt the way of divorce and work to rebuild the relation between husband and wife. But let me make it clear that Islam doesn’t expect Muslims to put up with any form of violence and abuse within marriages. For this, you…

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Sunshine Blogger Award

A Ducktrinor Mom

Bismillah,

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Thank you sis at Bipolarchasosblog.wordpress.com 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!

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Assalamu aleikum!

I’m now traditionally publishing Muslim Writers who want their voices heard. Please spread the word. Click on this link —-> http://www.djarabikitabs.com/submissions/ .

Massalam,

Papatya*

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A Gift From Jannah – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

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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UMM BILAL READS: THE DUCKTRINORS 

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

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Author: Papatia Feauxzar

Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Year: 2015

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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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UMM BILAL READS: STEADFAST

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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,

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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

 

Rules:

  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,

Papatya*

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My Coloring Book of Dua’a – A Review

A Ducktrinor Mom

dua front coverCompiler & Illustrator: Meenu Bharadwaj

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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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The good thing about this book…

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