Press Release: Ramadan without Daddy

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Ramadan Without Daddy updated 6 9 17

Dallas, TX June 2017 – Book publisher, Djarabi Kitabs Publishing, has released a new book called Ramadan without Daddy

It’s Khadija’s Story of Love, Courage and Hope

The concept of Divorce is very challenging for young children. This book is based around a Muslim family and the story of young Khadija helping her mother and brother. The story gives many opportunities for positive discussion for parents and educators wanting to explore this difficult concept with balanced sensitivity from an Islamic perspective.

In this compelling debut children’s book, Misbah Akhtar tackles a difficult issue; divorce. This societal issue can be very challenging for single mothers and their children especially during Ramadhan.

Misbah Akhtar is a blogger, author, activist and mother of 4. She was born and bred in London and her passions include: photography, eating Wispa bars and finding inventive ways to tease her kids. She has a background…

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Three Ramadhan Books You Should Have and Why!

Assalamu aleikum,

Many Ramadhan children’s books are overshadowed by many popular Muslim children Ramadhan books. While it’s their rizq, I also believe that it’s necessary to showcase other underdogs who deserve the spotlight too.

1. Ramadan Without Daddy by Misbah Akhtar.

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This story revolves around a Jamaican Muslimah mother divorced from a South Asian Muslim brother. It portrays the reality of many single mothers and their children during the blessed month of Ramadhan. Ramadan without Daddy is one of the kind masha’Allah and it will be launching this June 2017 insha’Allah. Keep an eye out for both the print and eBook insha’Allah. For the full cover, click here. Read more about Akhtar at singlemuslimmums.wordpress.com .

2. Zachariah’s Perfect Day by Farrah Qazi

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This story is equally important for Muslim children during Ramadhan as it depicts a young man helping with daily chores in his household especially during Ramadhan when things can get a bit challenging for mothers. He’s an exemplary character, little mumins can take example on insha’Allah. You can buy it here. Read more on the author at http://farrah-qazi.wixsite.com/farrahqazi/about  and please Check out other books featuring Zachariah’s Perfect Day here.

3. Mr. Ramadhan Moon by S.R.M

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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. Read the rest of my review here. You can buy a copy here.

Special mention: The Shapes of Eid, according to Me. Read the full review here.

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

DKP BOXES

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Assalamu aleikum,

” Allah does not lay a responsibility on anyone beyond his capacity.” Quran (2:286)

I’ve become of Jill of Trades of some sort and alhamdullilah ala kulli haal. A few movie characters (fiction and non-fiction) come to mind and it makes me laugh because they vouch for my African roots. Have you seen Black and White with Kevin Costner or Concussions with Will Smith?

In Black and White, there is  Mpho Koaho, who plays the role of the tutor Duvan to Kevin’s mixed granddaughter after his wife passing. In this movie, Mpho is versatile and has a license or  credentials for anything you can think of. He carries resumes and paper around. Anytime you need anything, he will flash a typed p qualification to propose his services.

In Concussions (based on real story), the real character that Will Smith plays is about the same. He was asked…

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Ramadhan Mubarak!

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Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers,

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The holy and blessed month is upon us. Have a great Ramadhan and may Allah grant us all the rewards he has planned for us, ameen.

While I have you, take advantage of SISTERS’ magazine free issue 74. Yours truly contributed recipes on her birth country 😉 *hint to download so you finally know where I hailed from* Click here for your free digital copy of #giftofSISTERS . You can also click on the picture to be re-directed to the actual promotion page insha’Allah.

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Houb salam,

Papatya*

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Jasmine in the Wind – A Review

Jasmine in the wind

Author: Ayesha Desai currently resides in Pretoria, South Africa with her husband and 2 young children. Ayesha is passionate about reading and this has evolved into a love of writing. Whilst this is her first published book, she has been writing for the last 20 years, and blogging since 2013. She is a nature and outdoor enthusiast, but is equally happy baking at home with her children on a rainy day. Currently employed in the corporate sector, she still makes time to indulge her creative nature, by painting, and of course writing. Her bucket list items include being able to travel more with her family, publishing an anthology of her poetry, seeing wild horses in the Namib desert, and eventually when her children are raised, retiring to a small town near the sea.

Publisher: Prolance

Summary: ​A story of the challenges, trials, and unending optimism and strength of a young Syrian refugee. ​This story follows a young Syrian girl named Afraa and her harrowing journey to safety and freedom. Whilst she learns to love her new home, a part of her heart will always be buried in the roots of the jasmine bush outside her parent’s room window in Syria.

Jasmine in the Wind is a 40 page touching tale of a young Syrian girl who has been through challenging times in her journey out of Syria. She eventually makes it to safety but all is not well because she has left a huge piece of her behind; home. There is no place like home. She then vows to be optimistic about her situation and pray for a better tomorrow. She also grateful for her blessings and uses the opportunity out of Syria to enrich herself socially and educationally.

The writer, Ayesha Desai, writes beautifully. The poems sprinkled throughout the story are also simply lovely. I only wished the story had more illustrations to help the reader visualize certain areas of Afraa’s journey better. Perhaps this was done intentionally for a more dramatic effect on the readers. But Jasmine in the Wind is a good read overall and can be purchased on Amazon here or on the publisher website’s here.

Rating: 3.5/5

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

*I received a free copy for my honest feedback*

Allah Al-Aleem – A Review

Bismillah,

Allah Al-Aleem Front Cover

Age Range: I would say 3+

Author: Bint Abdul Hamid

Illustrator : Zahra Gulraiz

Publisher: Prolance

Price : $12

What to expect: An introduction to 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 on 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 sky blue?” The answer to this question will not be a short reply to small minds.

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Allah Al-Aleem Sneak Peak Page

Parents can appease the curiosity of Muslim children by telling them that only Allahu alim (Allah knows best). Insha’Allah, with  Allah Al-Aleem as a supporting teaching aidthe muminun will be satisfied with some of the answers we give them.

Launch Poster Al Aleem

Rating : 4/5

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

*I received a free copy for my honest feedback*

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

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Bismillah,

Fofky’s
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 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…

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The Latest With Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

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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 or 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

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Assalamu aleikum dear bloggers and readers,

Small fortune books.JPGDjarabi 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…

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