Rights of a Writer by Author Hend Hegazi

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writingI was recently scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and started reading a post that one of my friends had shared. As I read it, I recognized it as an article I had written for a magazine many months ago. The post on Facebook, my writing, had already reached three thousand likes. I should have been ecstatic! I should have been celebrating that my words had not only reached so many people, but had moved them as well. I should have been screaming with joy, but instead I was literally shaking with anger. The tiny detail that made the difference? My name did not appear anywhere on the post.

I felt robbed. I felt like someone had stolen something very valuable from me. It wasn’t just my article that had been taken; it was my rights. As the owner of that piece, it was my right to have it attributed to…

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Say “Alhamdulillaah!” by Umm Khadiijah Al Liybeeriyyah

Author: Umm Khadiijah Al Liybeeriyyah
Illustrator: Ke’lona A. Hamilton
Publisher : Umm Khadiijah’s Books & Productions

Say “Alhamdulillaah!” by Umm Khadiijah Al Liybeeriyyah is a children’s book that Muslim children need to remind them of the sunnah habit of saying “Alhamdulillaah” when finishing tasks, eating or anything else they’re supposed to give thanks for on a daily basis. It’s the first book in the series, and I found it cute and concise.

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Say “Alhamdulillaah!” is about 19 pages and the texts are easy to read. I also like that the pictures are faceless. It’s aimed at 3 to 8 years old. Insha’Allah, my son will get the chance to read it on his own one day.

You can get your copy by ordering a copy on Umm Khadiijah’s website. You can also follow her at her blog or on Twitter.

Let’s help Umm Khadiijah Al Liybeeriyyah with her dawah efforts by sharing insha’Allah.

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

Papatia Feauxzar

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Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue

Ayesha Dean: The Istanbul Intrigue is the debut novel of Melali Lum. Melati Lum is a multiracial Australian Muslim Lawyer. Her protagonist, Ayesha Dean, loves good food, solving mysteries, traveling, books, and good friends.

The Istanbul Intrigue is a very fast young adult read I really liked. It was the kind of mysteries you would normally read in a Nancy Drew’s series. I has a lot of cliffhangers and it’s engaging as well. I hardly put it down and I read it in less than 8 hours! It was nice to see such a brave character who loves connecting dots. It also reminded me a little bit of the movie The Librarian with some of the vocabulary.

So what’s this YA book about?


Ayesha and her friends Sara and Jess jump at the chance of accompanying Ayesha’s uncle on a trip from Australia to Istanbul. But when Ayesha discovers a mysterious note as a result of visiting an old bookshop, their relaxing holiday starts to get a whole lot more complicated! Ayesha finds herself trying to uncover a hundred-year-old Ibn Arabi mystery, while trying to avoid creepy villains, and still making sure that she gets to eat the best doner kebab Istanbul has to offer.It’s all in a day’s sleuthing when you’re Ayesha Dean.  Lucky she can count on her best friends to always have her back!

The book is not preachy at all. It has sprinkles of Arabic words that are very common knowledge these days like hijab. Anyone who is still a child at heart can enjoy it because the plot is not religion based but about clues and crime solving. I recommend it to anyone who wants to travel to Turkey without having to buy a ticket to go there. It certainly took me back to my trip there a few years ago. Read it here if interested.

You can find out about Melati Lum on her website.

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Interview with writer and blogger Papatia Feauxzar


As part of this month’s theme, I wanted to interview someone who could tell us their struggle on the path of attaining a goal they had. Last month, we spoke about hobbies; our hobbies can often turn into bigger projects, as was the case for writer and blogger Papatia Feauxzar.

Papatia is a mother of one spirited boy, Alhamdullilah. She is an accountant working from home but also a writer and blogger. She is a self proclaimed hopeless romantic wife Masha’Allah.  A lover of flowers, tea, good food, de-stressing with laughter and animals. Last but not least, she loves Allah immeasurably, Alhamdullilah.

What made you want to be a writer?

I’m very fond of storytelling. I excitedly listened to elders tell me stories when I was a child. Now, I’m all grown up yet still a child at heart, I wanted to tell my own stories. So, I started writing and publishing them. My latest one, The Ducktrinors, is a mixture of a dream I had, past oral stories, Sunnah traditions, and historical Islamic reference.

Talk us through the process of putting a story together

First I take notes of any instant inspirations I get. I write them down quickly because if I do not, I forget. Then, I write a one page synopsis based on the notes and the story develops around that skeleton. I do not always stick to the skeleton. I often add or delete to it. But – I always know how my stories will end.

What struggles have you encountered during this process? How did you overcome these?

Sometimes, I struggle to make a story believable so I have to do a lot of research. For instance, if you are going to talk about whichcraft and that you set the story in Texas people will look at you with googly eyes. On the other hand, if you set such a story in Louisiana or perhaps Massachusetts. Readers might actually believe you because it will make sense because of the history of voodoo in Louisiana and the witch hunt in Massachusetts. But you can set a spy story in Dallas and be okay.

Also, when I face writer’s block. I watch a movie or read a story and I get more ideas.

Have you always read books?

As a matter of fact, yes! I have read academic books, entertainment books, science books. You name it. What I notice from all these diverse writers is that they used humor to make a boring subject interesting. For instance, my accounting books were always easy to read because they included jokes, anecdotes etc. It helps the reader learn and relax.

What advice would you have to sisters about making reading a habit?

Just don’t read one genre. Broaden your experience and enrich your world with a diversity of genres. It trains the mind to unlock itself. It’s also inspiring. He who has knowledge is respected for its power.

Read also: 7 tips to develop a habit reading

Any final words?

Thank you for having me. You can find me on my website. My latest book can be purchased through amazon here.

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SISTERS READS: Jasmine Falling

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Written by Shereen Malherbe | Reviewed by Papatia Feauxzar | Published by MB Publishing

SHEREEN 1Jasmine Falling is a contemporary women’s fiction novel by Shereen Malherbe, a British Palestinian writer based in both the UK and the United Arab Emirates. Malherbe is also a writer for Muslimah Media Watch, a forum for critiquing the images of Muslim women in the media and pop culture.

Mainly told through the eyes of the main character, Jasmine Falling also dabbles into the unseen – the Djinn and human connection to be precise. The first mentioning of the Djinn in this book rather unsettled me because I didn’t read what the book was about before diving in or I thought that I had an idea of how it would be, it came to me as rather a shock. But as the story unravels with the author’s great narrative and descriptive skills of creating the setting…

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Unleashing Your Creativity by Majid Mahmood

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MajidUnleashing Your Creativity: A Short Guide to Becoming More Creative is about 37 pages and a quick read. We all at some point in life find ourselves giving advices to others about different life aspirations but in the end the desire to materialize dreams and aspirations into reality comes down to the people seeking help and guidance’s ability to see their goals through.

I’m not much of a life coach but I can be an alright booster for some and this is where Unleashing Your Creativitycomes in. It motivates the reader seeking guidance with inspirational quotes and methods to unleash his/her call.

It’s short and concise and will perhaps help you tap in your reserve of creativity because we’re all creative and Majid Mahmood strongly makes that point. (And seriously, there is a lot of inspiration around.)

To end this review, I’ve always believed in that motivational quote that…

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Riding the Samoosa Express: Personal Narratives of Marriage and Beyond

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SamosaRiding the Samoosa Express is a metaphor to refer to the process of courtship, love, marriage and beyond. It’s a well written tale sampling the diversity and the different faces the Indian Muslim women contributors experienced.

These personal narratives range from very funny tales like Farhana Ismail’s father’s izzat (honor) demands and Somayya Hansrod’s mishaps in the kitchen to soul searching and self actualization stories such as the ones of Yasmin Denat and many other anonymous and non-anonymous contributors.

A very thought provocative compilation, Riding the Samoosa Expresstell us that what may be true for one Muslim woman is not necessarily true or the norm for another Muslim woman. Each Muslim woman has a different life and a different culture. So some of these stories mirror the lives of other Muslim women around the globe while many don’t.

Many of the stories spoke to me. For instance, I felt…

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