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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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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Little Muslimah – A Review

Little Muslimah is a 32 pages Children’s book by Umm Sumayyah and designed by Hillary Scott. It depicts the love between a mother and a daughter.

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The illustrations are rich and colorful. The faces of the characters have wittingly been covered with objects surrounding them.

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In this book, Little Muslimah asked her Mom why she is loved and her mother told her the reason as a bedtime story. I enjoyed the story as it makes us realize that we need to be grateful for our children too. Children rely on us, yes. But we need them too in order to have clarity of mind and stay happy.

Thank you for reading,

Papatya*

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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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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Jasmine Falling – An Interview with Shereen Malherbe

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SHEREEN 1Papatia Feauxzar: Assalamu aleikum Shereen. Welcome to Hayati Magazine. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Shereen Malherbe: Shereen Malherbe is a writer, author & speaker who spends her time in the U.K and the United Arab Emirates. She is an advocate for diverse narratives in literature and a mother of three. She also writes for Muslimah Media Watch about the representation of Muslim women in the media and pop culture. Her work also features in various newspaper opinion columns, magazines and has represented non-profit organisations.

PF: Congratulations on your novel, Jasmine Falling, being published! Masha’Allah. I have to say that at first, your main character came off as a Muslim person to me. So, some of her choices made me ponder for a moment because my subconscious played the haram police a bit. *Laughs.* Was your intention to put a little doubt in the…

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The Broken Half- A Review

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Sahar book coverSahar Abdulaziz is a resident of Pennsylvania. From her website, Sahar Abdulaziz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology before going on to earn her master’s degree in health and wellness promotion and administration. Also holding a certification in community health, she has answered hotline phones and worked as a domestic violence counselor/advocate. Abdulaziz, as a staunch advocate for mutual respect and acceptance, currently acts as a speaker and writer dedicated to helping those with hidden and painful disorders cope more successfully.

Her BookThe Broken Half is a tale about domestic violence and how if left unchecked causes a lot of collateral damages. The story saddened me on numerous occasions because of the trials her characters went through; especially Zahra Evans. The assaults on Zahra traumatized me for a few days until I decided to make an effort to turn the page. I have to applaud the author Abdulaziz…

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