Jannah Jewels – Book 1 Review

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Author:  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. Hidayah is a skilled archer too. I love that because I did some archery in college.

Jaide is the artist of group. She is a racer and has a skateboard. Jaide like me loves to eat. She is always hungry!

Iman is the walking encyclopedia and also resonated with me. I love her style too; it’s similar to mine with long cardigans and long flowing skirts. I wear glasses when I’m not wearing contact lenses ; ).

Finally, Sara is the environmentalist of the group. She is also a great swimmer. I loved that she is green. Recycling is a big part of my life alhamdullilah.

So all the characters resonated with me and the fact that their deen empowers them to solve mysteries is amazing. There is this idea that in fiction it’s okay to have characters have some mysterious power we don’t know the source of. And that’s ‘okay’ to believe that as long as it’s unknown. Then it’s ‘cool’. But when the source is clearly stated like it comes from Allah and His might allows us to reach more than our full potential, then such powers become scary and even preachy. It’s even considered utterly unbelievable when as believers we know the power of dua.

Anyways, I didn’t find the religious inclusions preachy at all and enjoyed reading the resourcefulness of these four brave characters.

Look out for the reviews of the next eight books in the series insha’Allah.

Our Rating: 4/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

The Beauty of My Hijab

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Author 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, classy, and very smooth. The drawings and the colors are also very beautiful. I have a direct niece and insha’Allah, she will get my copy. You can get yours here on Amazon.

Our rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

 

Raising Young Muslims : Do You Have The Books It Takes?

Bismillah, Raising young muminun is a daunting task. While we need secular books to help with this job, it’s imperative that these young believers are also taught using books that depict sunnah manners. It’s also important that they read books with characters that look like them and have the same faith as them so that……

via Raising Young Muslims : Do You Have The Books It Takes? — Hayati Magazine

Bismillah Little Leyla – A Review

Bismillah,

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Author: 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 ‘Bismillah’ when she wakes up, before she eats, and/or performs other activities during the day.

I liked the soft colors and the simple texts. I also liked the fact that Leyla feels empowered by saying ‘Bismillah’. Insha’Allah, other Muslim children will feel that way too after reading this book.

 

Below is a sneak page : 

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You can buy your copy at Prolance.com or at Amazon.com by clicking on the hyperlinked texts.

Rating : 4/5

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

What Am I ? – FREE For Five Days

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Assalamu aleikum,

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

The direct link is https://www.amazon.com/What-Am-Race-Are-Book-ebook/dp/B01N39Z3X4

– 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.

**Based on numerous authentic ahadith saying that it is forbidden to draw animate beings, the characters in ‘What Am I?’ are faceless.**

– 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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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 a 15 page children’s book aimed to children 3  to 5 years of age. We love that it’s inclusive of all races and a booster read to young Muslim girls who would love to wear hijab. The texts are simple and the illustrations are well done. I recommend it to Muslim parents.

I Can Say Bismillah Anywhere is about 15 pages and it will help children young children get in the habit of saying “bismillah” before any activity. They will come to feel empowered by it and not feel shame insha’Allah.

Sleep in God’s Protection gives both the child and the parent an assurance that God will protect them during the night. About 26 pages, it’s also an interfaith children’s book because the foundation of Sleep in God’s Protection lays upon Abraham’s (aleihi salam) prayers to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) for the safety of his children – Ishmael and Isaac).

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 to solve, lickety letters to unscramble, word searches, mazes with an Islamic concept, number pattern exercises, connect the dots activities, tongue twisters, recipes for food and to make playdough, Arabic sudoku, etc, etc.

A Cat and Mouse Pact : 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 any mouse who sneaks inside the neat red brick house of old Mrs. Krouse. Millie pleads for a slice of cheese. Matt listens and thinks. They make a cat and mouse pact, build a friendship and become pals. From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery. Book’s message: Resolve issues peacefully!

Thank you reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

A Cat and Mouse Pact – A Review

A Cat and Mouse Pact

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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. www.teressala.blogspot.com

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 any mouse who sneaks inside the neat red brick house of old Mrs. Krouse. Millie pleads for a slice of cheese. Matt listens and thinks. They make a cat and mouse pact, build a friendship and become pals.

From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery. Book’s message: Resolve issues peacefully! With attached coloring sheet!

Our Thoughts: As parents who prefer to resolve issues the diplomatic way, this children’s book is the perfect example we can use to teach that value to our child. Though our ABsaurus can’t read yet, he was enchanted by the drawings. But that doesn’t mean, he doesn’t try to read. He opens books on his own and throws random letters of the alphabet at the writings he sees, alhamdullilah.

I had the PDF of A Cat and Mouse Pact opened on my laptop about 20 feet away from his high chair and this child has eagle vision masha’Allah. He kept cooing and pointing at the screen of my computer. He had seen the bright golden cat from his chair and he wanted to get down and get closer alhamdullilah.

I got him closer so he could admire the illustrations as I read in my head. I tried to read for him but he was reading the screen in ‘Martian’ too. So one person had to give in; me. *Laughs*. We also found the story cute and rhyming with a powerful message.

Sneak peek page:

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You can buy your copy here with other children’s books by the same author.

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Our Rating : 5/5

~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review.~

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Sadeeqi 3 – A Review

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Authors:  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 to solve, lickety letters to unscramble, word searches, mazes with an Islamic concept, number pattern exercises, connect the dots activities, tongue twisters, recipes for food and to make playdough, Arabic sudoku, etc, etc.

Below is a sneak peek page: 

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I really liked this activity book except for the swooping assumptions toward the Jews and the effect of watching television.

True, the Jews did Muslims wrong but not all of them did and I think we should teach our children that part. Because many people make swooping accusations toward the ummah when only some bad apples created a huge mess for all of us to apologize for.

To continue, Television is a great fitna for our children but at the same time, there is a way to get a handle on it.

Nonetheless, Sadeeqi 3 is a great companion for children to have. Darul Khair also sells Sadeeqi 1 and 2 for very affordable prices at R10 each or $0.80 each.

You can get your copies by contacting them at:
Tel: 036 635 3136 | Cell: 073 750 0030
Email: darulkhair@webmail.co.za

Our Rating : 4/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

 

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam To America You Should Know — Hayati Magazine

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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……

via 6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam To America You Should Know — Hayati Magazine