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.

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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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE : THE DUCKTRINORS BOOK I & BOOK II BY PAPATIA FEAUXZAR

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A MUSLIM YOUNG ADULT BOOK CENTERED AROUND THE DEEN

DALLAS, TX — March 28th, 2018. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING officially released  The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II by American and Black Muslim Author, Papatia Feauxzar.

The author has written in many genres but she still feels like a child at heart. “I wrote ‘The Ducktrinors‘ to inspire the Muslim Youth so that they realize that they have more than enough Muslim heroes to fashion themselves after.” — Papatia Feauxzar

DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING is republishing tome I titled Hanifa with the much awaited tome II titled Malik with this edition.

“Papatia’s work is addicting in that love of the craft is immistakable through her skill. I’m seriously enraptured with the level of detail involved with everything from content to technical aspects of The Ducktrinors and as a word nerd myself I now aspire to the honor of reviewing all her works… Papatia’s world is one of style. May it be laced with Divine grace…it is as Allah wills…”— Maryam Miller, Maryam Miller Writes

“Finally! Papatia Feauxzar has tapped her distinct noveling style into a fast-paced, futuristic novel with a decidedly Muslim flavor. As one of Papatia’s editors, I think that I’ve read almost all of her stories, and Ducktrinors is definitely my favorite, so far. Although it’s written mostly for a younger audience, Papatia has crafted another fun, slightly-awkward, but smart female protagonist in Hanifa Ducktrinor, and I enjoyed watching her problem-solve to save the world (and her own behind!)… I’m also excited that this is a series, as we just don’t get enough of them! Looking forward to more and more from Papatia, insha’Allah.”— Brooke Benoit, A Clichéd Life

“This book is a mixture of sci-fi, futuristic, and it also has a strong Islamic theme. Hanifa and her team have surely grown on me and I can see them being likable amongst the teens. The good versus evil reminded me a lot of the end of times.”— Mrs. Shoohada Khanom, Children Book Author of Kamilah the Butterfly, Imagine, Who Could I Be, and Little Blue Skater Boy.

“… Unique – in a great way. It blends sci-fi, futuristic, and dystopia pretty well. Neat gadgets – mechanical horse and some other tech ideas were pretty neat. Sylas is a bad guy people can hate. Dawud is a great side character. Jihad gets a bad rap these days because of the crazy people running around with suicide bombs. It’s interesting to see the Secular sect portrayed as the bad guys.”— Julie C.Gilbert, The Collins Case (Heartfelt Cases Book 1)

“…This is a wonderful story, written beautifully and filled with great Islamic historical references. It was breathtaking to read a story so relevant today. From the outset you are deeply connected to the main character and her struggles and you’re gripped to read on and discover what will be of her and her family. Such a great, exciting read, with highs and lows and a story that really does take you on a journey of what it means to be Muslim for Hanifa.”— Sarah Javed, Author of I’m So Angry!

The Ducktrinors was an awesome read from the beginning; an absolute page turner. I loved how the sci-fi wasn’t so surreal that it was like to actually happen in the future.I was actually scared of how real it could be. There were some topics that made me blush a little to be for Muslim children then I remembered the book was for teens, although not only teens. The Ducktrinors was adventurous and, Hanifa was a smart intelligent girl with a grand love for the religion. It was a vibrant mix of Islam and scifi( which wasn’t too unrealistic)…” Khadijah AbdulHaqq, Author of Nanni’s Hijab

The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II additionally received several acclaimed feedback and critics from editors. Feauxzar shared one with us.

I love that you feature a Muslim protagonist whose faith is important to her, and this aspect of her life is a huge part of the story, yet the genre itself is a poignant (and timely) sci-fi/dystopian. So cool! …One of your best writing assets in this draft is your ability to write engaging, authentic dialogue (yay!). This is no easy feat! “— Kate Angelella, Angelella Editorial. Experienced YA/MG editor, formerly of Simon & Schuster Children’s Books.

Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING from March 31st to April 4th, 2018 for the blog tour.

About the author:

Papatia Feauxzar is an American author, barista, and publisher of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. She is currently working toward obtaining her CPA license. Feauxzar then plans to obtain her PhD in Accounting.

She also blogs at Between Sisters, SVP! or A Ducktrinor Mom . She is the Love and Relationship Editor at Hayati Magazine. She has written for AboutIslam, MVSLIM, and SISTERS Magazine. You can visit her websites at www.djarabikitabs.com or www.fofkys.com.

The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II is available on Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s website , Amazon on eBookhardback and  paperback formats, and Fofky’s Online Book Cafe.

CONTACTS

Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

PO BOX 703733

Dallas, TX 75370

USA

Email: editor@djarabikitabs.com

Originally published at Djarabi Kitabs Publishing‘s website here.

Review of ‘Muslim Girl-Growing Up – A Guide To Puberty’

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Summary: “How can I prepare her for this new phase? I wanted to find a resource that can explain the details of this special stage while also integrating the important aspects of it from the Islamic religion. Being from the West, most books I found only explained the physiological changes. But I found that Muslim girls, especially ones from Western countries, need to know more about the religious implications of this stage. So I decided to write this guide to help young girls understand the basic things a Muslim girl should know about puberty, including the religious aspects that come along with it. However, this guide is just a starter to the journey ahead.  I encourage parents to talk with your teens and pre-teens about this important stage of life to have a full and thorough understanding.” – Natalia Nabil

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About the Author: Natalia Nabil is a mother of two girls. She was born and raised in Egypt where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communications from Ain Shams University. Shortly after she began working in public relations and marketing. After marriage, she moved to the United States and is bringing up her daughters in, what she calls, unfamiliar territory. That is why she wanted to write this book, not only as a resource for her growing girls but for the many Muslim girls growing up who could use a guidebook on all things puberty-related.

About the Illustrator: Melani Putri is an illustrator based in Jakarta, Indonesia. After finishing her visual art education at Bandung Institute of Technology, she has been focusing on children’s book illustration and has won the National Folktale Illustration award in 2016. Her illustration works include children’s books, greeting cards, posters and stationery. Please visit her website at www.memels.com.

Thoughts: Muslim Girl, Growing Up is a good start point to use in helping a Muslim girl transition into adolescence. It covers topics of puberty, stages of puberty, menstruation, what a girl needs to know before, during and after puberty, hygiene, and privacy. Like I said, it’s very solid and succinct. Masha’Allah.

Now, just be aware that based on your madhab (Islamic doctrine or school of thought), you might not completely agree with everything from the scholars’ point of views (e.g. the steps of ghusl part) or even the author at times (e.g. braids and ghusl). Nonetheless, the book has a solid base on how to instruct Muslim girls from start to end about menstruation. Check out the sneak peek page below.

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I received a free copy for my honest opinion. You can buy Muslim Girl, Growing Up: A Guide to Puberty on Amazon or at the publisher’s website here.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~