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ASIILA IMANI

Asiila Imani is an American convert of 37 years. She has a BA in Communications from Washington State University and has done some graduate work in Linguistics at the University of Arizona.  Asiila currently works with pregnant and laboring women as a doula/traditional midwife, specializing in birth center and homebirths. She has a few articles and short stories floating around on the internet, with plans to pen more, as soon as she reconnects with her muse. Her essay, “Three” is in the 2012 anthology, The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women.

She is married, the mother of two men children, finally entering the realm of “grand mamahood” when her eldest made her a G-Ma in 2016. Her current hobbies are gardening, reading, yoga, walking, and happily spoiling said grandson.

 

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KHADIJAH ABDULHAQQ

Khadijah AbdulHaqq is married and a mother of five. She is a lover of the creative arts including literature as well as her new love, painting. She has written four books, yet Naani’s Hijaab is the first to be soon published by DKP. Khadijah is a teacher as well as a student of life. She has taught English, beginners and intermediate Arabic, as well as acted as a homeschooling consultant. Khadijah has homeschooled all five of her children for the past twenty years; with the eldest graduating Summa Cum Laude from Lasalle University. Khadijah is also a co-organizer and facilitator of the GEM program for mentoring teenage girls. She is currently pursuing her own Bachelor degree as well as homeschooling her youngest children. She is originally from Philadelphia, PA, but presently living in Memphis, TN with her husband and three of her five children.

 

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MARTINA HUSSEIN

Martina Marie Hussein is a proud American born revert to Islam. She was born and raised in rural Oklahoma. She attended several Universities and holds a Bachelors of Science in Human Services and a Masters Degree in Special Education from Eastern University in Pennsylvania where she now resides with her Husband and children.  Martina takes great pride in working with both Muslim and Non-Muslim students with disabilities in an Inner-city School system.  She believes that by engaging in the public and developing strong inter-faith relationships we can empower our young Muslim students and communities. It is her lives work to help mold young minds and develop our children as active participating members of society: our future leaders.

 

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MISBAH AKHTAR

 

Misbah Akhtar is a blogger, author, activist and mother of 4. She was born and bred in London and her passions include: photography, arguing, eating Wispa bars and finding inventive ways to tease her kids. She has a background in Psychology and English Literature, and is currently working towards becoming a life coach. She is the founder of Single Muslim Mums and Editor-in-chief of Mumspiration: her own personal transformational journey. She loves horror and all things gory and even has a few horror tales of her own to tell! Check out her blogs at singlemuslimmums.wordpress.com and/or mumspiration.co.uk.

 

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M.K.JOHNSTON

M.K. has always had a deep and abiding love for food--both eating it, and cooking it. As a child, the kitchen was her favorite room in the house, and she loved to spend her time dreaming up new recipes, mostly involving Velveeta.

Raised in the South, where pork is considered a major food group, M.K. realized that she would have to make a lot of changes once she reverted to Islam and adopted a halal diet. But far from limiting her choices, M.K. found that cooking halal opened up a whole new world of culinary adventures.

The kitchen is still M.K.'s favorite room in the house. Now she likes to spend her time coming up with halal makeovers for all of her old favorite dishes, and exploring halal cuisine from around the world.

And when she gets the chance, she writes it all down.

 

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PAPATIA FEAUXZAR

 

Papatia Feauxzar is a Djeli (Storyteller) and an American author 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. You can also visit her blogs at  papatia.wordpress.com or aducktrinormom.wordpress.com . Feauxzar also does book reviews. Just send her an email via the CONTACT tab.

 

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RUMKI CHOWDHURY

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Rumki Chowdhury was born in Bangladesh and raised in the Bronx, New York and Paterson, New Jersey. 

At just the age of sixteen, she attained a paid internship at The Herald Newspaper and a workshop at The Record Newspaper in NJ. 'The Significance of Henna Artistry' in The Herald Newspaper was her first major publication. She was also the Editor-in-Chief of her high school newspaper at JFK High School in Paterson, NJ.

She went on to achieve a BA in English Writing from William Paterson University, but not before she interned at Simon and Schuster Inc. and was accepted to intern at W.W. Norton at the same time. She was also the Editor-in-Chief of The Beacon Newspaper at her University. 


After having graduated from WPUNJ, Rumki began working at Pearson Higher Education Publishing in NJ. She even released her debut novel, Her Feet Chime. After a few months, she began MA studies in English Literature at the Queen Mary University of London. While in London, she participated as one of the celebrity authors to read at 'The Big Read' in 2010, a successful attempt to break the world record for 'Most Children Reading with an Adult' when 3,234 children listened to readings of Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

After having achieved her MA, she attained a job as an English Teacher in Stockholm, Sweden. She lives with her husband and two daughters. She also works as a magazine journalist for Hayati Magazine and contributer to ShaadiBaji. Her Second novel, 'So Complicated' was released in April, 2015 and a finalist for The Pacific Book Awards 2015, in the Humor Category. 

Rumki´s hobbies include reading, drawing, painting and creative DIY projects.

She has recently teamed up with Djarabi Kitab Publishing to publish a collection of poetry with a purpose.

Her quotes are ´´Always have hope´´ ´´If you believe in yourself, the world will believe in you´´ and ´´Writing requires diligence.´´

One of her favorite quotes are, ´´Raise your words, not your voice, it is rain that grows flowers, not thunder´´-Rumi.

Her inspiration is her supportive family.

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SAHAR ABDULAZIZ

 

Sahar Abdulaziz, originally from New York, moved to the Poconos in 1993 with her growing family. In 1988, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of New Rochelle. In 1995, she received a Certificate in Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention Counseling and shortly after, in 1996 as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Counselor/Advocate. In 1997, she received a certificate from PCADV and volunteered for many years as a hotline worker and counselor/advocate. In 2003, she co-facilitated a domestic violence/sexual assault group, Un Lugar Seguro. There she provided direct client contact, and counseled within individual and group settings with victims culturally or geographically isolated. In 2003, she returned to college earning a Master’s of Science degree in Health and Wellness Promotion and Administration, as well as a certification in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion.

AWARDS

2016 Monroe County Image Awards winner of Community Written Expression [Individual]

2016 Media Communications Sistah Chat Radio. [group]

2016 Sister Chat Radio Women of Distinction Award from AAN [Group]

Among her many interests, Sahar is the author of five books, But You LOOK Just Fine, As One Door Closes, The Broken Half, Secrets That Find Us, and her children’s book, The Dino Flu. Her two new novels, EXPENDABLE and TIGHT ROPE will be released in 2017.

Abdulaziz covers a wide-range of hard-hitting topics using her writing, and voice to advocate for the underrepresented, the disenfranchised and maligned. Her multidimensional characters have been described as having “substance and soul”, while demonstrating that those who have suffered abuse are not victims, but survivors. She and her husband presently reside in Pennsylvania–the proud parents of six grown children and the mega-proud grandparents of seven beautiful grandchildren.

 

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SHOOHADA KHANOM

Shoohada was born and raised in London U.K, where she spent the early years of her life surrounded by a large family and a broad network of friends. Leaving education at the age of 16, she found herself working full-time within a retail environment. By the age of 19, she became a member of the management team. Married at the age of 21, she had her first child at 23 resigning from work to embrace the joys of motherhood and her family life. Having a love for reading, made her lift up a pen to write her own stories. Now a mother of five, her time is spent nurturing her children. She has settled with her family in the East End of London and continues to devote her free time to reading and writing. She is an active member in her local community with a passion for supporting fundraising and charity events. She had her first picture book published in 2013 and hopes more will be published soon.

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SUSAN JONES

Susan Jones is a Muslim American wife, mother, teacher, home-schooler, writer, poet, and international cook. She was born in New Orleans, La. and raised in Houston, Tx. Susan reverted to Islam in the summer of 1999, when she was 29 years old. Afterwards, she moved to Dubai with her husband and daughter. She attended Islamic Hadith and Fiqh classes at Discover Islam with Dr. Bilal Philips. Susan, went on to open an Islamic bookstore and library in Sharjah, with consultation from Dr. Philips and in accordance with Al Qaf Dawah and Islamic Affairs in Dubai. Al Shamilah Books offered Islamic books in English from a wide range of scholars and publishers.

Growing up in the "The Bible Belt," and in a conservative Presbyterian church, Susan was greatly affected by the teachings of the Prophets and inclined towards learning "scripture." Therefore she has an in-depth knowledge of the Bible and has studied Ancient Hebrew and Palestinian Aramaic. She enjoys writing comparative religion essays that point out similarities between text in the Torah, Gospel, and The Holy Quran. She also writes poetry and is now trying her pen in the genre of Islamic children's stories.

Susan is a certified ESL/ TEFL teacher and has also taught English in the Middle East for over 15 years. She has taught both privately and at language centers for all ages and levels including IELTS/and TOEFL examination testing preparation. She home-schooled her oldest child for eight years and finds her greatest joy in being a wife and mother.

 

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TAYYABA SYED

Tayyaba Syed is the author of the award-winning children's story The Blessed Banana Tree. As a journalist, her work has been featured in numerous publications including NPR. She has co-authored four chapter books in the popular kids' series called Jannah Jewels. Tayyaba works as the Research Specialist for Daybreak Press and a curriculum consultant for Whitestone Foundation's Author Development Program. She recently joined Noor Kids as a Creative Developer designing unique plots for their educational books. In 2016, she was selected to present a biographical paper on Fatima al-Fihri at Georgetown University - Qatar's Writing Women's Lives Conference. Tayyaba travels extensively to share her passion for reading and writing by conducting literary seminars for all ages. This year, she led a writing intensive at Zaytuna College for Muslims Write Now. Tayyaba volunteers with the youth and is pursuing her Islamic Studies certification through the Ribaat Academic Institute. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three young children and enjoys baking sugar-free desserts in her free-time.

 

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THERESA CORBIN

Theresa Corbin is a New Orleans native and Muslimah who converted in 2001 after many years of soul searching and religious study. She is a writer, editor, and graphic artist who focuses on themes of conversion to Islam, Islamophobia, women's issues, and bridging gaps between peoples of different faiths and cultures. She is a regular contributor for AboutIslam.net and Al Jumuah magazine. Her work has also been featured on CNN and the Washington Post, among others publications. Visit her blogging home, islamwich, where she discuss the intersection of culture and religion.

 

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DR. ZAHEERA JINA

 

Dr. Zaheera Jina holds a PhD in Mathematics Education from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She is also the co-editor and contributing author of the anthology titled Riding the Samoosa Express: Personal Narratives of Marriage and Beyond.
https://www.amazon.com/Riding-Samoosa-Express-Personal-Narratives-ebook/dp/B00ZZ97Q80
Zaheera is the founder of the Jozi's Books and Blogs Festivities (Jozisbbf), a non profit organisation that projects to cultivate a culture of reading and writing in South Africa through various literary events. "Surprise!" is her first children's book and will be published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing. Zaheera is presently compiling the second Samoosa Express book which is a Muslim Woman's Guide to Marriage. She lives in South Africa with her husband, two sons and many in-laws.