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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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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My Coloring Book of Dua’a – A Review

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Compiler & Illustrator: Meenu Bharadwaj

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Summary: Dua’as for kids! What to say when you wake up until when you sleep! Plus each page is a coloring sheet!

Thoughts: The duas listed in My Coloring Book of Dua’a are very powerful to those who know. I know because my step father is an hafiz who studied at my grandfather’s merdrassa and he taught me several of those duas for my protection. Everyone should know these duas. The coloring pages are a plus to make the learning fun. Coloring is very relaxing to me by the way.

To continue, like the sneak page shows below, first we have the instruction that tell us what the dua is for. Then, we have the Arabic texts which is followed by the English phonetic pronunciation. The transliteration and the source come in fourth and fifth place respectively.

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The good thing about this book is that it comes with a free audio to help with the correct pronunciation. The audio file is listed on the publisher’s site here. Just scroll to the bottom of the page to access it. I highly recommend this book for every day tasks.

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

Our Rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

I Will Not Clean My Room – A Review

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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.

PublisherProlance

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.

Front Cover

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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.

Sneak Peak Page

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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~

Hind’s Hands – A Review

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Authors : Umm Juwayriyah and Juwayriyah Ayed

Illustrator : Emma Apple

Publisher : As Sabr Publications

What to expect: A patient family dealing with a member who has a challenging disability

Summary: From bestselling author and educator Umm Juwayriyah — a story told by a big sister who learns coping skills to befriend and lead her autistic younger sister. “You see, my sister Hind has Autism. And I know that sounds like a really big word, but it’s not. Autism just means that Allah made her to learn and act and think differently than other kids her age.” In the story Hind’s Hands, big sister Juwayriyah learns just how special her younger sister is, despite the challenging behaviors that she often has to deal with. Author Umm Juwayriyah collaborates with her oldest daughter, Juwayriyah Ayed on this book to help spread awareness about Autism.

Our Thoughts: It’s a challenge to have children with a disability and this book gives an Islamic perspective to Muslim families to go about it. Juwayriyah learns to deal with her sister’s disability with a lot a patience. Kudos to her.

Our Rating : 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

The Beauty of My Hijab

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Author and Illustrator:  Fatimah Ashaela Moore Ibrahim

Publisher : Aakifah Multimedia and Mindworks Publishing

What to expect: A poetic empowering message

Summary: This is a special book that shows the beauty of covering by drawing comparisons to things that are cherished and valued all around us, especially in nature. Girls see how they are valued, cherished, protected and beautiful through the fluid poetic verses and captivating illustrations. This book is a must have for all Muslim girls and is also a great learning and teaching tool for people of all faiths and creeds. For girls of all ages.

Our Thoughts: We’ve read many books on the rewards and benefits of wearing hijab. Some were cliche in the way they presented hijab to the young mumina. This one was different. Even though it used elements of nature to pass the message, we didn’t feel the objectification tasteless. It was empowering, classy, and very smooth. The drawings and the colors are also very beautiful. I have a direct niece and insha’Allah, she will get my copy. You can get yours here on Amazon.

Our rating: 5/5

Jazak’Allah khair for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

 

 

A Cat and Mouse Pact – A Review

A Cat and Mouse Pact

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Author: Nayera Salam

Nayera Salam has a Master’s degree in Education from Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and more than thirty years teaching experience. She is now retired and lives in Atlanta with her husband. She has two children and is the proud grandmother of two granddaughters.

Illustrator: Teresa Abboud

Teresa Abboud is a Georgia-based illustrator and a 2D animator.  She graduated from the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts. She grew up in Lebanon in an artistic environment, in an atmosphere of integrity and disorder, war and liberty.  Teresa’s art reflects her inner feelings. Her esthetic choices come directly from this atmosphere that marked her childhood.  Teresa wants to tell stories, share feelings, express ideas, and transmit emotions through her art. www.teressala.blogspot.com

Publisher : Prolance

Summary: When Matt, the orange tabby cat, sees Millie, the little gray mouse, he can’t decide between being mean or nice. After all, he must catch any mouse who sneaks inside the neat red brick house of old Mrs. Krouse. Millie pleads for a slice of cheese. Matt listens and thinks. They make a cat and mouse pact, build a friendship and become pals.

From beginning to end, children and adults will be intrigued by the book’s message, the enchanting creatures, and the vivid imagery. Book’s message: Resolve issues peacefully! With attached coloring sheet!

Our Thoughts: As parents who prefer to resolve issues the diplomatic way, this children’s book is the perfect example we can use to teach that value to our child. Though our ABsaurus can’t read yet, he was enchanted by the drawings. But that doesn’t mean, he doesn’t try to read. He opens books on his own and throws random letters of the alphabet at the writings he sees, alhamdullilah.

I had the PDF of A Cat and Mouse Pact opened on my laptop about 20 feet away from his high chair and this child has eagle vision masha’Allah. He kept cooing and pointing at the screen of my computer. He had seen the bright golden cat from his chair and he wanted to get down and get closer alhamdullilah.

I got him closer so he could admire the illustrations as I read in my head. I tried to read for him but he was reading the screen in ‘Martian’ too. So one person had to give in; me. *Laughs*. We also found the story cute and rhyming with a powerful message.

Sneak peek page:

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You can buy your copy here with other children’s books by the same author.

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Our Rating : 5/5

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

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

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The One – A Children’s Book Review

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Author:  Manaal Jafrey-Razaque

Illustrator : Tanya Emelyanova

Publisher : Prolance

What will it accomplish? Pious Muslim children who will exhibit taqwa insha’Allah

Summary: The One is a fun-to-read, rhyming storybook about Allah that touches upon fundamentals of His creation, proving Allah’s existence, and introducing some of His attributes for children to grasp from an early age in order to instill awe and love for Him, even though He cannot be seen.

Our Thoughts: The One is a 32 page children’s book in The Fundamental Series of Author Manaal Jafrey-Razaque. It’s definitely about fundamental education to inculcate to our Muslim children the presence of Allah even if they don’t see Him. The book strives to show children that the signs of the Creator are all around us and that is enough to take heed and believe in His ubiquitous presence.

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.

Allah’s Attributes are used in English so they can appeal to non-Muslims who believe in The One as well. It’s at the end of The One that we get a summary of the 18 Attributes of Allah used through this rhyming read. And that’s a good way to start teaching children about Islam without overwhelming them. I recommend it to all Muslim parents.

There are also sprinkles of beautiful Quranic verses and one hadith on the rewards of learning all 99 names in The One.

Now, here is a sneak peek page of this wonderful children’s book:

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A few things on the Writer and Designer:

  • The Author Manaal.J.R is a Muslim-American born and raised in Southern California. She attended the University of Southern California for her Bachelor’s Degree.
  • The Illustrator Tanya.E is Russian and has a studio in Saint-Petersburg. Follow them on Facebook.

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Finally, buy your copy here! I received a free copy 🙂 #alhamdullilah

Our Rating : 5/5

Thank you for reading,

~A Ducktrinor Mom~

Going to Hajj: A Book of Transport

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Author: Jameela Ho
Ilustrator: InikamiEDU
Format: Kindle eBook
Age: 1-4 years old
Available on Amazon here
Summary: Learn the different types of transportation with Fatimah and Hamzah as they find ways to go to the Ka’bah.
Our thoughts: Going to Hajj: A Book of Transport is a fun children’s book that satisfies children’s curiosity about means of transport, especially the ones that can be used to go to Hajj. By teaching them about transportation vehicles, we also get the chance to teach them about a major pillar of faith in Islam. It’s a must have. You can get more tips about teaching Hajj to children here on the author’s website with free coloring printables and activities.
~I received a free copy for my honest opinion~
Rating: 5/5
Thank you for reading,
A Ducktrinor Mom
P.S. Also in the series these below:
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