Tips to Raise an Inspired Child

Assalamu aleikum!


How have you guys been? We have been busy between homeschooling, all my hats (my different jobs), and a lot of etc. alhamdullilah. I have a small list of things that have worked for us alhamdullilah. Check them out.

1. Making Time for Child Play

During the week, we strive to go outside at least three times. There are weeks where we go to outside playgrounds more than three times. Every week brings its own challenges. So, do what works for you but take them out to play so they can bloom and let out that bouncing energy and joy they possess masha’Allah.

2. Going to Creative Children’s Playgrounds

Crayola experience, Children’s Museums and Lego stores are just a few places that will spark your child’s creativity. Watch out for discounts and free promotions. Then, go enjoy a nice time with your family. You will witness a genius in the making just by them being in such colorful environments and brushing shoulders with other wonderful spirits like them masha’Allah bi’ithnillah. May Allay preserve and protect our children, aameen.

3. Freedom

If they mess up the carpet or write on the walls or floors with crayons or paint. That’s fine. It’s not the end of the world. The mess can be cleaned. Let them express themselves but give them limits or where it’s appropriate to let their imagination flourish every now them. That way, they don’t take too much advantage of your leniency. Besides, all this is part of their development.

4. Teach them with Patience

Check yourself often so that your momentary crankiness doesn’t spill over. They will notice that you’re less nice than the people around you if you don’t have an handle on your mood. Also, tell them new words and believe that will absorb quickly and fast! Masha’Allah, they have a computer (brain) that still has a lot of memory. It’s the only way they will learn from you and talk. There is no magic. The vocabulary you expose them to, is what they grasp and run away with. Remember that if you’re struggling to get your only child to speak.

5. Dua

This is everything. Without constantly supplicating, your mental shield will disintegrate. Once they start misbehaving and that you keep your cool while supplicating and carrying on, you will notice that the screams, the cries, etc. will not penetrate and mess with your vibes. You will be like walking in the rain without getting wet. Trust me on that *wink*.

And when they show you an inspired side of them, make dua for them too so that Allah always increase their knowledge, allahumma aameen.

That’s it for now. Thank you for reading.

~A Ducktrinor Mom~


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 .

2. Zachariah’s Perfect Day by Farrah Qazi


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  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~

I Will Not Clean My Room – A Review


Author: Saharish Arshad is a freelance children’s writer. She has published numerous short articles and poetry for children in Little Explorers Magazine, a quarterly U.K. based publication for Muslim children. She is currently experimenting with worldschooling her own four munchkins and dreaming up new poems and stories with them.

Illustrator : Elsa Estrada has a Degree in Fine Arts from La Laguna University, Spain, specializing in illustration. She is a London-based graphic designer and illustrator, actively working for over twelve years. Her illustrations represent hours of meticulous work, and the fine detail created is an expression of her dedication and passion.


Summary: Musa’s mom asks him to clean his room. Instead, he decides to imagine all the wonderful things he’s going to do in Jannah. Join him as he dreams away and learns that good deeds are really worth the effort. Part of the My Journey to Jannah Series.

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Thoughts: I found I Will Not Clean My Room very creative and lovely. Musa is an adorable red head Muslim boy who is a bit on a challenging side. However, he is very aware of the deen for his young age. Masha’Allah that’s good. As I read the things he rather do than clean his room, I thought I better keep this review copy in a secure place to give to my son when he grows up insha’Allah. When do boys willingly go clean their room? *Laughs* Every mother will relate to Musa’s tale and this is why this book is a must have. When our sons or children tell us they will not do their chores or clean their rooms for instance, we can hand them this copy and stop talking. Books have a powerful effect on people especially when they are well designed with colorful and inviting illustrations like this one. And children tend to listen to third parties like their surrounding rather than their parents. If we give them good books as companions, they will learn a lot more insha’Allah without thinking we’re pressuring them. No one likes that. To end, the book is a symbol of a happy family that strives to help all the members of the family. I really loved the poetic texts. It’s rhythmic in my opinion too. Masha’Allah.

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Get your copy on Amazon here or on the publisher website here.

Rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam To America You Should Know — Hayati Magazine


As a Muslim of West African origin living in the United States, my Muslim-ness is always contested by Europeans, Americans, and even clueless Africans. They ask me questions like: “Are you Muslim?” and “Were you born Muslim?” I get asked these questions a lot by Americans because Islam is something that was made to sound……

via 6 African Muslims Who Brought Islam To America You Should Know — Hayati Magazine

Muslimah Media Watch’s Review of THE DUCKTRINORS by Sarabi


When The Ducktrinors first landed on MMW’s virtual desk, I volunteered to read and review it. Feauxzar’s novel is nothing like any of the other books I’ve read recently. These days, I tend to read a variety of nonfiction, but The Ducktrinors is advertised as a Muslim Science-Fiction Young Adult novel. I’ve been meaning to read more science-fiction, and I was in the mood for something interesting and lightweight. As it turns out, the book wasn’t very light, but it was certainly quite engaging.

The opening pages of The Ducktrinors feature a mix of character lists and notes on some of the Islamic concepts mentioned in the book. While the Islamic concepts might be useful for someone learning about Islam, I found the character list long and unnecessary, especially since a number of the characters listed are of little importance in the grand scheme of the story.

In the first few chapters, we learn the premise of the narrative: Hanifa Ducktrinor (the protagonist) and her family are pious Muslims who are hiding their faith because the Seculars (the ruling power) are persecuting anyone who openly practices their faith. Religion is banned, and education is discouraged because the leaders know that those with education have the power to overthrow the government. Despite her situation—and her parents’ explicit orders to keep a low profile—Hanifa attends all of her classes and finds a way to fulfil her religious obligations during the day. Eventually, the rebellious young woman decides to stage an uprising.

Because I haven’t read a YA novel in many years, I’m not quite sure how to critique The Ducktrinors. At times, I found the dialogue to be a bit forced; there were moments when the characters didn’t seem genuine. Rather, they seemed to be not much more than vehicles that move the plot along. Seeing as Feauxzar’s novel is meant for younger readers who might need a little more guiding, I forgave the painful dialogue. The plot, however, was an even greater disappointment.

In the beginning, the plot was exciting enough to keep me interested, but after a certain point, I could guess what would happen in the rest of the novel. Granted, part of this guessing was so successful because I know that The Ducktrinors is the first book in a series. Still, I was hoping for something that surprised me. Even though I feel like I can probably guess how the series will end, I’m willing to continue reading to see if my suspicions are confirmed. I’m also still holding out hope that something interesting will happen along the way.

The abovementioned criticisms are by no means intended to discourage anyone from reading the book. Actually, I’d recommend The Ducktrinors, simply because of the feeling I had when I finished the novel: I felt good. Sure, I was upset by the way the novel ended (Hanifa’s reaction to the turn of events seemed extremely uncharacteristic), but overall, I felt like I’d just read something good. Perhaps I found the Islamic influence that seeped through the novel refreshing, or maybe I was glad to read about another strong, smart, female protagonist. Whatever the reason, I’ve been thinking about the book since I finished it several days ago, and I’ve recommended it to a friend or two.

Although Feauxzar classified The Ducktrinors as a young adult novel, the somewhat graphic violence, coupled with the suggestions of sexual activity (I think there’s even a suggestion of sexual assault in the novel, but it isn’t stated explicitly enough for me to say for sure) make me shy away from recommending this novel to anyone under the age of 14. While I’m not one to shelter children from the realities of the adult world, there are situations that might potentially be confusing for a younger audience.  Parents who monitor what their children read might want to glance through the novel before handing it over.

The aspects that give me pause, however, are the very aspects I find endearing. Hanifa’s character handles quite a lot. Her relationship with her parents grows increasingly more strained as she struggles to keep her plans secret from them while maintaining their respectful relationship. In addition, she’s experiencing lust, loss, anger, and determination—in other words, she’s a teenager coming to age while trying to save the world. She gives off a strong Katniss Evergreen vibe, though I wouldn’t quite describe the book as a halal version of The Hunger Games.

After reading The Ducktrinors, I’m curious as to what else Feauxzar has in store. She has a number of books available on amazon but at a glance, The Ducktrinors appears to be the only young adult novel. Feauxzar’s current book list gives me a Judy Blume vibe; it seems like she’s going for a mix of young adult and adult contemporary novels. This mix is part of what interests me about Feauxzar, and I’m curious to see whether her writing voice changes depending on the age group of the novel. I hope to see a more complex plot and more refined dialogue in her adult novels, but I enjoyed The Ducktrinors despite its flaws.

Originally posted at Muslimah Media Watch here.

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

A Review of “I’m So Angry!”


Author:  Sarah Javed

Illustrator : Yati Yusoff

Publisher : SH Publishing (Sarah’s Homeschool Publishing)

What to expect: Self-reflection, Better parenting tips, Wudu technique, and a Happy family

Summary: Huthayfah is an eight year old boy who struggles to deal with his anger when he doesn’t get his way.

What did the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) tell us to do when we get angry? Let Huthayfah share how he learns to control his anger.

Suitable as a point of discussion for a variety of ages, however, aimed at ages 5-8 years.

Our Thoughts: The only page that has a face is the front page with the worm. The pictures inside the book are faceless yet we can read the emotions of the characters. It was well done masha’Allah.

In the Gulzar’s home, life is beautiful. Huthayfah wants to go to the park alone but wise Mommy wants to bring the whole bunch on this trip and after she is at a good stopping point with her daily homeschooling activities in the house.

Huthayfah is not pleased with Mommy’s reply because he didn’t want a crowd. So he throws a fit and breaks a few things. Mommy could have hit him for his behavior but she didn’t. She sent him to his room instead to reflect on his behavior.

In his room, Huthayfah reflects and remembers several religious scriptures that help him calm down. After trying very hard to get Shaytan away from him, our protagonist succeeds and comes back down.

Buy your copy today on Amazon here to find out the rest of the story :). I ordered mine there and it came within a week! Alhamdullilah.

You can follow the author’s homeschooling journey and tips on YouTube  or in Instagram @sarahijaved.

Our Rating : 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~


‘Islamic Fun Brain Busters for Kids’ by Fawziyyah F. Emiabata — Hayati Magazine

Title: Islamic Fun Brain Busters for Kids Author: Fawziyyah Folasade Emiabata of Muslim Teen Reads Ilustrator: Kaltrina Ferizi Editor: Lateefah Binuyo Format: Paperback Age: 7 years old + Description: An excellent fun way to challenge your brain with lots of fun Islamic themed puzzles even if you are an adult you can enjoy them… Our…

via ‘Islamic Fun Brain Busters for Kids’ by Fawziyyah F. Emiabata — Hayati Magazine

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.

Little Muslimah

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,


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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