Essential Books Teaching His 99 Names To Young Muminun

Bismillah,

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I thought of writing a children’s book with all the 99 names of Allah in it to make it comprehensive but I decided against it. Why? The book will go over the maximum page requirement for traditionally published children’s books. Besides, it will become very vague and not delve deeper in the meaning of the 99 attributes like I want.

Now, there are other books soon to be published and already on the market to teach our young believers all the Names of the The Creator (Al-Khaliq). Check them out!

1. Al-Khaliq (The Creator) by Zainab Jones

Al-Khaliq (The Creator) will be published soon by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing insha’Allah. The story follows little Abdulrahman also known as “Dahumie” as he uncovers that Allah created all that exist. It’s a very cute and fun story showing a love bond between a mother and her son masha’Allah. The author plans on writing 5 more books in the series bi’ithnillah. Masha’Allah! We pray that Allah fulfill her dreams and make them mubarak for her, ameen.

Susan Zainab Jones’ book 1 will be available on Amazon and here insha’Allah.

2. The One  by  Manaal Jafrey-Razaque

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“The One is a 32 page children’s book in The Fundamental Series of Author Manaal Jafrey-Razaque…The One will for sure help us raise young believers by teaching them 18 out of the 99 names of Allah. That said the book is not preachy at all. The drawings of everything Allah created are cute and inviting throughout the book. My son cooed with delight at the illustrations. It was precious masha’Allah…”— Papatia Feauxzar, A Ducktrinor Mom. Read the rest of the review here .

 

3. Allah Al-Aleem by Bint Abdul Hamid

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Allah 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…” — Papatia Feauxzar, A Ducktrinor Mom. Read the rest of the review here.

 

4. Al-Haseeb (The Accountant, the Reckoner, the Bringer to Account)?) by Moi!

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I’ve been working on this story for a while now. Insha’Allah when things slow down work wise, I’ll focus on getting it out insha’Allah. It’s befitting wouldn’t you say so *wink* ? I hope that with this story young muminun learn early on that they need to :

  • Take responsibility for their actions and reflect upon them daily
  • Strive to live an honest life
  • Seek constant repentance
  • Display good sunnah courtesy manners
  • Realize that Allah is sufficient for them and that they should only rely on him. Even though we are their parents, their ultimate loyalty should stay with Al-Haseeb insha’Allah.

 

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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~

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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

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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,

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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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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.

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Rating : 4/5

Jazakh’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

*I received a free copy for my honest feedback*

The Dino Flu – A Review

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 wonderful gift of imagination. Follow Dino through his many adventures of imaginary proportion!

THOUGHTS: The power of imagination allows Dino to see the glass half full and it can help sick children distract themselves when they face an illness by doing the same.

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Below is one beautiful illustration of what he rather do than being sick.

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The Dino Flu is very clever and lovely. I bought my copy on Amazon here. If you get the paperback, you can get the eBook for $2.99 . It’s a bargain.

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon – A Review

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 is a 25 year old fashion designer with the love for illustrations. Other than running her own clothing brand called “Lemon by H”, she works for a known Pret company and loves painting little illustrations in her spare time.

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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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is a reminder to children to brush their teeth with miswak or a toothbrush.

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is also an interfaith activist.

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon is a tea party buddy.

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Mr. Ramadhan Moon embraces diversity alhamdullilah.

Mr. Ramadhan Moon makes a wonderful gift before the Eid and after the Eid. You can buy your copy plus the toy here on Etsy. It’s a bit pricy but Ramadhan is once a year so please splurge a little 😉 insha’Allah to support this small Muslim business. And 10% of the profits go the Syrian crisis aid masha’Allah. This will be money well spent insha’Allah.

Rating: 5/5

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

You can follow the chronicles of Mr. Ramadhan Moon here on Facebook insha’Allah.

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~