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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

©Mizan Ahmed Photography

©Mizan Ahmed Photography

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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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.