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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 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. You can learn more at her Blog 'Ramblings of an Unconventional Muslimah' https://theunconventionalmuslimah.wordpress.com/ .
Misbah Akhtar is a blogger, author, activist and mother of 4. She was born and bred in London and her passions include: photography, 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.
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.
M.K. Johnston is an American-born revert to Islam. She has a B.A. in Studies in Women and Gender from the University of Virginia. Although her career path has led her in many directions: from working as a prison guard, to counseling survivors of domestic abuse, to working with special needs children, to becoming a seller on eBay; M.K. has always had a deep and abiding love for two things: cooking and writing. After spending most of her spare time on one or the other interest, she eventually realized that she should combine her two loves and simply write about cooking. M.K. is the author of Halal Comfort Food: The New Muslim’s Guide to Going Halal, and is currently testing out new recipes for her next cookbook. M.K. lives in Virginia with her husband and two children, who are generally pretty happy to test out her culinary creations for her, and never seem to mind giving their honest opinions about them.
Check out her platform at http://mkjohnston81.hubpages.com/ .
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 the Online Editor at Hayati Magazine. Feauxzar has been featured in DFW Child and Voyage Dallas. She is the Founder of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing and Fofky’s. You can also visit her blogs at papatia.wordpress.com or aducktrinormom.wordpress.com .
Rumki 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 WPUNJ.
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.
Her debut YA novel, ´Her Feet Chime´ is the first and only Bangladeshi version of a Cinderella story written in English.
Her second novel, 'So Complicated,' is a romantic fiction that became the 2017 New York Book Festival honorable mention and the 2015 finalist for The Pacific Book Awards in the Humor Category.
´Unveiled,´ her first published collection of poetry with a purpose, will be released under Djarabi Kitabs Publishing in 2017.
For more details and updates on Rumki´s author life, visit www.rumki.com.
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.
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 six books, But You LOOK Just Fine, As One Door Closes, The Broken Half, Secrets That Find Us, Tight Rope, Expendable and her children’s book, The Dino Flu.
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.
Website : https://www.saharraziz.com/ .
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.
You can visit her website at https://shoohadakhanom.com/ .
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.
She blogs at https://mommywhoisallah.wordpress.com/ .
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.
Umm Juwayriayh (Maryam A. Sullivan) is an indigenous Muslim American woman born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts - the former home of Merriam Webster Dictionary, the birth place of basketball, and the birth place of Dr. Suess! Her love of writing developed early and landed her an internship at the Republican News Paper during her high school day. Her journalism pursuits led her to spoken word, then play-writing, and finally to creating Urban Islamic fiction with her debut novel, The Size of a Mustard Seed. Umm Juwayriyah is an alumna of Bay Path University for women in New England and Regis University in Denver, Colorado where she received her Master's of Arts with honors. Visit her at https://ummjuwayriyah.blogspot.com/.
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 anthologies titled Riding the Samoosa Express: Personal Narratives of Marriage and Beyond and Saffron: A Collection of Personal Narratives by Muslim Women. 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 published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing. She lives in South Africa with her husband, two sons and many in-laws.
Check out her works at https://jozisbbf.com/ .