“Mommy, Who Is Allah? Al-Khaliq” Has Been Translated!

Between Sisters, SVP!

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Alhamdulillah, “Mommy, Who Is Allah?” is now, translated into Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, German, French and Turkish. Subhanah Allah, I’m so excited that children around the world will begin learning about Allah in a simple manner. I hope they will find it a delightful experience.”— Susan Zainab Jones

Find out more about the author at this link : https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Zainab-Jones/e/B074CRVTRG or on her blog here.

#alhamdullilah #masha’Allah

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Top 6 Most Influential Muslim Youth You Should Know About

Top 6 influential Muslim Youth 

In the US, about 99% of Muslim children attend public schools. However, a great majority of them face identity issues, disconnection from their faith and an erasure of influential Muslim role models to look up to in order to feel normal and accepted in the diversely apparent Western environment.

As a result, Muslims have started to reclaim and assert their narratives. Generation M’s accomplishments and contributions are booming and this helps curate our era’s Islamic history better via art, literature, fashion, food and science to name a few.

Having said that, there are new contributors to this history: the Muslim youth. Indeed, many landslide and prideful moments for the ummah are often achieved by these young entrepreneurs.

Therefore, check out six post-millenniums who are making waves in and outside the ummah by writing history.

1- Aminah Jasmine Rahman

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Today, at 14-years-old, Rahman is the author of two poetry collections—Poems by Aminah and Soul Change— and a multi-award winner. She is so young and so wise at the same time. Read her poem Glittering Space and perhaps you will come to the same conclusion.

Aminah Rahman is also the winner of the 2015 Young Muslim Writers Awards. This Muslim Youth is inspirational as it gets for folks her age and beyond. She lives in the UK.

Check out her books at major online book distributors.

2- Anwar Diggins

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Recipient of the 2018 NAACP’s Rising Star Award, Diggins is an American author of the children’s book titled Game Over : Life Outside of Video Games.

With his book, he aims at raising awareness on fun activities hardcore gamers can do to avoid the depression and loneliness that come with playing video games non-stop based on his own experience. An already aspiring business savvy individual, Anwar Diggins is a philanthropist dedicated to the cure of cancer.

Check him out on Instagram @enterprisesbyAnwar.

3- Amaya Diggins

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Sister to the previous cited Top Influential Muslim Youth, Amaya Diggins founded Hijabi Fits.

The 11-year-old became an inspirational entrepreneur and role model when she decided to make the change she wanted to see; designing fitting, stylish and attractive hijabs for her age group. Her contribution to history is unprecedented. Most hijab designers catered to an older crowd, and when their hijabs catered to younger girls, they didn’t fit right. Kuddos to Amaya Diggins for her brilliance.

4- Stephanie Kurlow

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Kurlow is an Australian-Russian convert to Islam. The 15-year-old Muslim Ballerina showed the naysayers that religion is not a barrier to achieve one’s dreams. Anything can be done and one just needs to believe in one’s potential.

As the first Muslimah Ballerina, Kurlow did just that and modestly. She is an inspiration to Muslims of all ages everywhere; especially in Australia, her hometown.

5- Juwayriyah Ayed

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Co-author of the children’s book Hind’s Hands and one of the curator of the first Muslim Fiction app by American Umm Juwayriyah, her mother, Juwayriyah’s book helps raise awareness on autism; especially in Muslim settings. These contributions are much needed and pave the way for upcoming Muslim works.

6- Mena and Zena Nasiri

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The Nasiri Sisters founded Girls of the Crescent; a NFP organization dedicated to collect books with diverse characters and most importantly Muslim ones to help the Muslim youth relate better to their identity.

The books donated to them are donated in turn to mainstream libraries. With their efforts, they hope that no Muslim Youth struggle to see themselves represented in books written in the West. The 14-year-old Mena and her 15-year-old sister Zena live in Michigan, USA.

Let us introduce these children to our children so that they can be inspired and also make the change they want to see.

 

Original article at AboutIslam here.

Muslim Mums in Business – Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s

My Muslim Mums in Business series focus’s on inspirational Muslim women, who are balancing the art of motherhood along with running businesses.

 

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Please introduce yourself and your business.

I go under the pen name of Papatia Feauxzar; a name that embodies my Ivorian and Turkish heritage. I’m now a naturalized American citizen alhamdullilahDjarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s are my home businesses. They both compliment each other; one being a publishing house and the other being a bookstore alhamdullilah. The goal is help make quality Muslim contributions seen and curate our Islamic History and contribution to the world.

 

What inspired you to start working from home? Did anyone in particular inspire you?

Many things did. Islamophobia was one aspect of it and I wanted to homeschool my son. I also wanted to witness all his firsts. Nobody in particular inspired me; Allah did. I decided to make the change I wanted to see when I saw many Muslim writers complain about the erasure and lack of support they faced. Finally, I have always wanted to be a writer and a female scholar. So, I’m doing my part to see these dreams to come life insha’Allah.

 

Is your family supportive of you being a working mother?

Yes, they are now. It was with a lot of conflict and keeping my grounds though. Alhamdullilah ala kulli haal.

 

What are the main challenges you face as a mum and an entrepreneur?

My main challenge is to force myself to enjoy my personal time and my family. One should always cherish one’s family first and before everything. Tomorrow is not guaranteed, and I’m glad I didn’t learn that the hard way or lived to regret not giving them the attention they deserve. Keeping my stress levels low too are also a challenge but with dua, I manage to obtain sakinah of mind, body, and soul through constant dhikr and listening to the Quran.

 

Describe a typical working day. Are there specific times in the day that you work on your business? You have a number of businesses/projects running together. Does it all sometimes become a bit overwhelming trying to manage them all.

A typical day starts after tahajud. Often times, it’s hard for me to sleep until after fajr prayer when I pray it. But on days I don’t pray tahajud, the day starts after fajr. I look at my list of things to do and start planning mentally. I get my son and my husband out of the way by attending to their needs. Then, I start cooking, cleaning, checking emails while listening to the Quran. By noon, I’m usually done with my chores and to-do list of things set for the day. I do all this while interacting with my son and checking on him periodically as he plays or teach him a couple things here and there. I also teach him new words, manners, I hug him, I kiss him or I scold him nicely if he is being naughty. Then, we pray and get ready to go outside so he can get another kind of interaction; children’s play. I do dhikr while he plays with other children. I’m more productive with my remembrance of Allah when he plays. I understood that children’s play actually is a blessing on Moms to help them relax. So, I take fully advantage of my child’s plays. We both benefit from this activity alhamdullilah. While we are out, I also run errands, mail packages, etc. When we return, he eats and naps, and I pray. I get dinner ready and when the hubby gets home, I get to perform some self-care and/or complete more things on my to-do list alhamdullilah. All this seems overwhelming at times but I calm down and do one thing at a time while supplicating and before I know it, I have had a productive day alhamdullilah.

 

What are the pros and cons about being a working mum from home?

Cons: It’s more than a full-time job. It can be stressful just thinking about it.

Pros: It’s rewarding and you realize that there is ease with hardship. I witness so much by raising my son myself. I have become a little more grateful for any small to big blessings bestowed upon me and us. I have learned not to take anything for granted.

 

On your toughest days, what helps keep you motivated?

Filling my book of deeds with good deeds always keeps me motivated. I try not to loose sight of Jannah al-Firdaus. I’m not saying all this to come off holier than anyone or calmer than anyone. I say this because it has taken me a lot of practice and a lot of patience to reach this level of self-motivation. Having said that, bad moments in a day happen, and I try not to capitalize on them. I let them go and refocus on positivity alhamdullilah.

 

Where would you like to see your business in the future?

I would like it to be seen as an accredited House of Wisdom type of historic contribution insha’Allah.

 

What advice would you give to mums considering taking the step of being a working mum? 

Children are the joy in the journey. Children are the comfort to the stress you will face as a working mom. Embrace the challenge. Working moms can do it and Allah didn’t burden us. He knew we can handle the load with true dedication to a well-balanced lifestyle. Let’s be Khadijah al-Kubra radiallahu anhu; business-savvy woman in a tough and restricting society, modest, knowledgeable, respected, mother of believers, garment to a spouse, and all the great things she is known to have done or been insha’Allah. Age was just a number.

 

JazakAllah Khair to sister Papatia for taking the time out of her busy schedule to answer my questions! You can connect with her further at: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s.

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If you are a Muslim mum with a business and would like to feature then drop me a message in sha Allah.

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Phonic Time!

Assalamu aleikum bloggers!

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So the kiddo is quite chatty these days alhamdullilah. I taught a small human being how to speak English! Yay, me. I know, it’s giving me a little of a big head I must admit. Anyway, it’s time for phonics which of course he doesn’t care much for. He throws any letters at me that he has heard from alphabet songs…laughs.

The Islamic reader depicted above is the one we are using. You can get it on amazon or here along with other Muslim homeschooling tools.

Hoping y’all are staying warm! Thank you for reading,

~ A Duckrinor Mom ~

Reading Journal by Shoohada Khanom – A Review

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Summary: An easy-to-use journal to keep track of reading. With 115 pages to make note of books being read, there’s space to write the date, title, author, number of pages, and new words. 5 bonus pages are featured at the back to write a list of books to read. Suitable for all ages.

About the Author’s Name: Shoohada Khanom was born and raised in London. She is a writer and a children’s books author Shoohada Khanom who has authored and traditionally published four children’s pictures books. Today a mother of six, Shoohada lives a busy life, splitting her days between home educating her children and her motherly responsibilities. She shares her home in Bolton with her family, and anytime she has a moment to herself, she reads and writes. Visit her website.

Illustrator’s Name: Reyhana Ismail is a graphic designer specializing in book and magazine design, including children’s book illustration. She has been designing since 2001, working both freelance and as an employee and consultant for various companies.  Using high quality, beautiful imagery as her foundation, Reyhana’s minimal style reflects her belief that when it comes to design, less is more. She is also a firm believer that if you love what you do, it will reflect in your work – and in this regard she is one of those rare people who has successfully combined her career and passion. Visit her website.

Review: I have always wanted a neat reading journal a little more private than Goodreads and receiving one from Shoohada Khanom to review was just perfect. It’s very creative and cute. I love the cover too; especially the two girls at the bottom, masha’Allah. While my son sat on my lap to take advantage of his allotted screen time, I filled the journal with children’s books on hand that we read alhamdullilah. I’m not sure if I filled it the right way but this works for us for now.

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My son suggested that we color the stacks of books; I’m still entertaining the idea of letting him pilot this reading journal alone *haha!* I can’t blame him; we are color-maniacs around here.

Anyway, if you run out of pages, you can select from many other designs with the same contents that the author also has in her repertoire. See below.

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I plan to get the one below for myself insha’Allah. It’s befitting.

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Merci to Shoohada Khanom from sending us a reading journal for our homeschooling activities purposes all the way from the UK!

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Reading Journal with Over-Caffeinated Pumpkin Spice Latte and Chocolates

To close, check out these journals and Khanom’s other works on Amazon here. They are a must-have. I almost never log the books we read. This will definitely help us keep track. Who knows? Perhaps, we will know if we read thousands of books before the normal age for kindergarten like one of my friend bi’ithnillah. *winks*

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom aka The Unicorn-Alien Mommy ~

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Library Fun and Different Foodies…

Assalamu aleikum!

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My son and I love to go to the library. It’s in walking distance but we drive due to the heat these days…Lazies…We know.

Today, he did the most peculiar thing or not! He picked up a book on food! He is a picky eater, and I was too. But we both love tasty foods. To back up a little, I say peculiar because my upcoming book is a cookbook! I pray it can be of use to him insha’Allah when he grows up, aameen. I also pray Ivorian students find it useful. Please make dua for us so that the book also be sadaqah juwayriyah, allahumma aameen!

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Anyway,  Eat, Leo! Eat! is a fun and smart story where Leo always hides when it’s time to eat. To make him eat, his Nonna started telling him a tale with multiple parts to it. She stops at a cliffhanger and prods the boy to eat. And he does. His hunger of stories led him to be hungry for food. What a smart grandma!

Children are the best business people you will ever meet! You always have to give them something in exchange for a good behavior until they start doing it on their own. At least my son and Leo are!

For the rest of the books we picked together, while all don’t have the best of illustrations, the creativity is on point, and the quality of the books are great.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Believe – A Journal Review

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Summary: …a raw list…of the rules, obligations, guidelines, regulations, orders, directives, instructions (or however you’d like to perceive them) derived from the 114 chapters, 6,236 verses and 77,449 words in the Quran – the Holy Islamic book.

Author’s Name: A.E.

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Review: Believe is 34 pages long. I thought it was about what to do and not do with the Quran. But Believe is a simple journal filled with Quranic verses to help the believer live and act by golden rules.

It can definitely be useful when looking for a quick Quranic verse to support a point because the book is divided into 5 easy categories:»»worship »»character»»giving & taking»»relationships »»eating & dressing. In the last section, I found it a bit peculiar that there is a lot of stress on Quran (24:31); I mean the verse is mentioned three times. It would have been better if Quran (33:35) was also added to balance out things. Even adding Quran (24:30) would have worked too. That said, the »relationships » part before the last part helps into smoothing things out because men’s duties are also highlighted.

Moreover, Believe can be used as a reflective tool. Having read the whole transliterated version of the Quran myself and working on reading the whole Arabic version, I recommend using Believe in addition of this short guide titled The 5 R’s of Tadabbur al-Qur’an: A Family Halaqah Guide by Umm Afraz Muhammed. Muhammed’s short guide is about sixteen pages including front and back covers. It’s also an easy and simple read. Check it out here.

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Below is a sneak page for Believe. Each of these pages is followed by a page to jot down thoughts or ideas.

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You can purchase Believe here.

Thank you for reading,

~ A Ducktrinor Mom ~

The Ducktrinors I & II – A Review by The Tsundoku Chronicles

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“I really enjoyed this book. It was so nice to see Muslim characters and I love that more books are coming out with Muslim rep. When I first heard of the book I was really intrigued as it was a science fiction book and I don’t really see that in Islamic fiction.
I enjoyed reading this from the first page. I really liked how brave and courageous that Hanifa was as she lived in a world where any small indication that you practice and religious activity is punishable by death. So no one can pray, fast or anything else that shows you practice a faith. It’s a world where technological advancement is the most important thing. She eventually becomes the leader of a rebellion in which people seek the freedom to practice their religion and she goes in search of the people of cave.
She also gains the support of her siblings and grandfather. I also liked her brother Malik who also plays a main role. We see everything happening from both their point of views.
I loved how the history of the world is shown to us with memories and flashbacks. The plot is great and kept me interested throughout and i loved the build up. It’s definitely worth reading especially for teenagers and young adults.”— The Tsundoku Chronicles

Rating: 4/5

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Meet Yasmin | REVIEW

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Art by: Hatem AlyNote: Review of Advance Reader Copy Provided by Capstone | Book Releases August 1, 2018Tales With Mimi Book Rating:

Four Story Titles-

Yasmin the Explorer: After reading about explorers with her Baba, Yasmin decides to become one herself! Now all she needs is a map for her explorations. Find out what adventures or misadventures await her.

Yasmin the Painter: An art competition, a special prize, and Yasmin, the Painter. Time for some creativity! Join Yasmin for her artsier pursuit!

Yasmin the Builder: Building a city for a class project, sounds exciting! With a lack of ideas, will Yasmin be able to pull through this time?

Yasmin the Fashionista: Grandparents…

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It’s Jummah! |Review

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It’s Jummah! The SUNNAH AND ETIQUETTES OF FRIDAY!

Teach your child about the Special Sunnahs of this Extra Special Day.

Written by: Najia Rastgar & Lyazzat Mukhangaliyeva

Illustrated by Zainab Irshad Recommended Ages:Birth-2 Rating- [4/5] Available for purchase at the following links, 2 CURIOUS HEARTS and AMAZON We all know the lifelong benefits of early literacy and the pivotal role they play in a child’s scholastic achievements. Furthermore, the efforts done by these remarkable ladies in their joint venture, 2CURIOUS HEARTS  is admirable & is a project that aims to fill in a large literature gap for little Muslims. (Read into their STORY and find out more about their vision and more board-book wonder). REVIEWA colorfully fun, sweet and straight-forward board book, perfect to teach your lil’ ones about the etiquettes of Jummah. My first thoughts when I glanced at the cover & book title? How wonderful!…

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