“Alhamdulillah, “Mommy, Who Is Allah?” is now, translated into Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, German, French and Turkish. Subhanah Allah, I’m so excited that children around the world will begin learning about Allah in a simple manner. I hope they will find it a delightful experience.”— Susan Zainab Jones
Find out more about the author at this link : https://www.amazon.com/Susan-Zainab-Jones/e/B074CRVTRG or on her blog here.
In the US, about 99% of Muslim children attend public schools. However, a great majority of them face identity issues, disconnection from their faith and an erasure of influential Muslim role models to look up to in order to feel normal and accepted in the diversely apparent Western environment.
As a result, Muslims have started to reclaim and assert their narratives. Generation M’s accomplishments and contributions are booming and this helps curate our era’s Islamic history better via art, literature, fashion, food and science to name a few.
Having said that, there are new contributors to this history: the Muslim youth. Indeed, many landslide and prideful moments for the ummah are often achieved by these young entrepreneurs.
Therefore, check out six post-millenniums who are making waves in and outside the ummah by writing history.
1- Aminah Jasmine Rahman
Today, at 14-years-old, Rahman is the author of two poetry collections—Poems by Aminah and Soul Change— and a multi-award winner. She is so young and so wise at the same time. Read her poem Glittering Space and perhaps you will come to the same conclusion.
Aminah Rahman is also the winner of the 2015 Young Muslim Writers Awards. This Muslim Youth is inspirational as it gets for folks her age and beyond. She lives in the UK.
Check out her books at major online book distributors.
2- Anwar Diggins
Recipient of the 2018 NAACP’s Rising Star Award, Diggins is an American author of the children’s book titled Game Over : Life Outside of Video Games.
With his book, he aims at raising awareness on fun activities hardcore gamers can do to avoid the depression and loneliness that come with playing video games non-stop based on his own experience. An already aspiring business savvy individual, Anwar Diggins is a philanthropist dedicated to the cure of cancer.
Check him out on Instagram @enterprisesbyAnwar.
3- Amaya Diggins
Sister to the previous cited Top Influential Muslim Youth, Amaya Diggins founded Hijabi Fits.
The 11-year-old became an inspirational entrepreneur and role model when she decided to make the change she wanted to see; designing fitting, stylish and attractive hijabs for her age group. Her contribution to history is unprecedented.
Most hijab designers catered to an older crowd, and when their hijabs catered to younger girls, they didn’t fit right. Kuddos to Amaya Diggins for her brilliance.
4- Stephanie Kurlow
Kurlow is an Australian-Russian convert to Islam. The 15-year-old Muslim Ballerina showed the naysayers that religion is not a barrier to achieve one’s dreams. Anything can be done and one just needs to believe in one’s potential.
As the first Muslimah Ballerina, Kurlow did just that and modestly. She is an inspiration to Muslims of all ages everywhere; especially in Australia, her hometown.
5- Juwayriyah Ayed
Co-author of the children’s book Hind’s Hands and one of the curator of the first Muslim Fiction app by American Umm Juwayriyah, her mother, Juwayriyah’s book helps raise awareness on autism; especially in Muslim settings. These contributions are much needed and pave the way for upcoming Muslim works.
6- Mena and Zena Nasiri
The Nasiri Sisters founded Girls of the Crescent; a NFP organization dedicated to collect books with diverse characters and most importantly Muslim ones to help the Muslim youth relate better to their identity.
The books donated to them are donated in turn to mainstream libraries. With their efforts, they hope that no Muslim Youth struggle to see themselves represented in books written in the West. The 14-year-old Mena and her 15-year-old sister Zena live in Michigan, USA.
Let us introduce these children to our children so that they can be inspired and also make the change they want to see.
Original article at AboutIslam here.
Can YA Muslim Fiction help normalize Islam for teens? I think so. Many young adults readers are already reading tons and tons of secular YA books. Getting them to read a cool and engaging Muslim fiction book with subtle religious hints to it will definitely help.
Muslim writers agree and Muslim Moms approve. Why? Young Adult Muslims get to read about Muslim characters who face their real struggles. It can help them ponder on how they can carry themselves in the future and learn about Islam in a fun context. Having said all that, I can only speak for my latest YA Muslim science fiction, dystopian book. And the verdict is in masha’Allah alhamdullilah!
- “Reading them all together was more fun and thrilling this time and I would say that The Ducktrinors can serve as a great gift for teenage Muslims and young adults. So grab your copy from Amazon.”— Author Aisha Idris, The Bookish Nomad
Now that we have made a small claim on the impact of YA Muslim Fiction, it’s imperative that we know the distinction between Muslim Fiction, Islamic Fiction and Muslim Authored Reads. Below are my personal definitions of each terms.
Islamic Fiction is a smaller category of Muslim Fiction. However, to this date it does not portray any kind of explicit content. It aims to stay puritan.While I don’t completely agree with that because intimacy and spirituality merge, I leave the subject alone. Moreover, I obviously don’t classify my steamy Muslim fiction romance books in this category unless it becomes more inclusive with explicit content. Either way, that’s a definition you can quote me on! On to the next term.
Muslim Fiction is a bigger umbrella that covers all sorts of fictional material in which Muslim characters are featured and represented.
Muslim Authored Reads are books written by Muslim authors that are more mainstream and often portray non-Muslim characters. Since these characters aren’t Muslims for the most part, there is more freedom to let them act a certain way that would not be approved in Islam. That said Muslim Fiction also portrays real life characters who struggle with being steadfast with the deen.
So to recap:
- Islamic Fiction is Muslim Fiction but Muslim Fiction is not Islamic Fiction. In Muslim Fiction, Muslim characters are real. They are not perfect and they are much like real humans. Subsequently, they don’t always reflect an Islamic way of life.
- Muslim Fiction is also Muslim Authored Reads. Muslims penned that work.
- However, Muslim Authored Reads are normally outside the scope of Muslim and Islamic Fiction.
I pray this tidbit sheds a small ray of light on YA Muslim Fiction, Muslim Fiction, Islamic Fiction, and last and not least Muslim Authored Reads.
Read more on the debate by clicking on the links below:
- The Case For Fictional Islam
- Why We Should Support Muslim Fiction
- What Is Halal and Haram in Fiction Writing? Or Is It All a “Grey Area”?
Now, check out the latest buzz on YA Muslim Sci-Fi Dysopian; The Ducktrinors Book I & Book II below!
- “The book keeps you on the edge – looking forward to the next chapter…Having grown up with the Harry Potter series and knowing the inside-out of the series, I feel the Ducktrinor series will be a similar-themed adventure series for the young Muslim adult…Kudos to the author for being a trendsetter in the world of Muslim science fiction for the young adult.” — By Shahira
- “The best thing I loved about the book is its narration. The book is a great page turner and lures us till the end. Papatia narrates the chapters from different timelines and this leaves the reader curious until the end. The story reveals through various characters and the usage of self-talk is a win-win. The plot is very fast paced and includes so many characters and details. But telling the story through people makes it simple to follow along.” — Farzana Fathima, Reclaiming Heart
- “Everybody [all the characters] brought something to the table.” — Fousia Abdullahi, Naptime is Sacred
- “In a sentence… It was a thrilling and satisfying read…Recommendation? IT’S A MUST READ!” — Rimsha Tanaaz, Be Flawless Muslims
- “…Filled with high-tech gadgets and futuristic concepts, this would be a hit with the early teens who have an interest in this genre… I would definitely say this is a step into Islamic sci-fi. Papatia Feauxzar has taken a bold and brave step into this genre and I am looking forward to more of her creativity.” — The Umm Afraz Muhammed Blog
- “The Ducktrinors is a compilation of the first two books in the Jihad Series. This series is not likely to be one you’ve come across before – Muslim sci-fi novels are few and far between, after all… All in all, a good, interesting read that you’ll probably end up going back to once or twice.” — The Imperfect Muslimah
- “I really got hooked and have gone through the 500-odd pages in just few hours! … The book is filled with Islamic references, cleverly tied into the story through Ducktrinors’ conversations and descriptions of their halaqa sessions. Although we don’t know the specific time setting, there are some strong indicators that the end of times is near: our characters having to hide their religious beliefs, women appearing naked despite being dressed, buildings so tall they seem to never end – to just mention a few. The book is a really engaging way to teach or remind the readers some basic Islamic principles.”— Halal Mama
- “The Ducktrinors is quite long but it’s a quick read – it took me just a few hours to reach the final page and it was nice to have a well tied up ending along with some interest toward the future of the series as well.”— The Imperfect Muslimah
Thank you for reading,
A CHILDREN'S BOOK THAT PORTRAYS THE CLASS AND WISDOM OF A YOUNG HIJABI
The author has penned many stories but her first children’s book naturally took the lead. In her own words, "The socio-political climate called for a book like Nanni's Hijab to be written. I honestly believe Allah gave me the story of Nanni's Hijab because her story—which is the story of many hijabi girls—needed to be told."
Abdul-Haqq's wishes? Simple. "I want hijabi girls and future hijabi girls to be proud to wear hijab, and not to feel like victims if they are bullied for wearing it. I want them to feel empowered to resolve matters such as bullying with critical thinking, prayer, and positive action."— Khadijah Abdul-Haqq
Thankfully, Nanni's Hijab has received a myriad of praises about the design, the content, and the message amongst other things.
"Nanni's Hijab was beautifully written. I loved the story so much. I am thankful that she (Author Khadijah AbdulHaqq) chose to read to our class. I can't wait to see more (books) from her."— Sister Mary Brown, Lead Facilitator for the Mothers Day Out program at Masjid As-salaam
"Nanni's Hijab was a wonderful book filled with lessons suitable for our young children to easily learn. It showed how Nanni was proud to be who she was even when others were putting her down. She showed that there's more than one way to handle a bad or hurtful situation. My kids, even my teen, loved the book! I highly recommend this as a book that goes in every child's personal library."— Sister Gail Fripp, Motivational Speaker
"Nanni's Hijab... is one of the most beautiful Islamic books I have come across... First, the illustrations will enchant children with full watercolor drawings that embrace the whole page. The expressions on the faces of the characters are vivid and get right through your heart. The soft pastel colors seize the innocence of youth. And the range of characters hints at a new generation of children books that take into consideration the diversity of the world. That’s very exciting. The story is well-written with lyrical prose." — Sussu Leclerc, Author of Creating Unique Storyworlds
"The best thing about Nanni's Hijab is that it teaches children how to deal with conflicts by problem solving. There are seven steps to problem solving: 1. Have a calm and clear mind. 2. Brainstorm possible solutions. 3. Make dua (and pray istikharah). 4. Select the best option.
5. Plan the steps needed to carry out the option. 6. Put it into action. 7. Review how it went. Nanni went through several of these steps."— Jameela Ho, Ilma Education
Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING and Khadijah Abdul-Haqq from January 30th to February 3rd, 2018 for the book launch and blog tours.
About the author:
Khadijah Abdul-Haqq 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 Nanni’s Hijab 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 younger 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’.
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NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK SHOWCASES FAMILYHOOD AND GOOD MANNERED MUSLIM CHILDREN
Surprise! is an original children’s book story based on a real Muslim family.
DALLAS, TX-August 3rd, 2017. DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING will be officially releasing ‘Surprise!’ a new children’s book in paperback format by Zaheera Jina on August 27th, 2017 in the USA and on August 26th, 2017 in South Africa. The eBook version is already available to purchase on all Amazon platforms.
The author shared her reasons and motivations for writing her first children’s book.
“Surprise! is a story about my own kids. It goes through their evening time rituals to get them ready for bed. For me it's a gift to them, to capture these important moments and treasure them.” — Zaheera Jina, Editor of The Samosa Express.
Surprise! has received a myriad of praises from many acclaimed authors.
“Here is a gentle and touching tale of familyhood; that brings joy to the heart..."— Poet and Author Don Mattera, The Five Magic Pebbles
“The Surprise is beautifully captured in a story of love that will keep every child hooked until the very end!” — Author Dharmisha Cvetcovik, Geza and the Bee, Who am I?
“A wonderful and heart-warming story with delightful, colourful illustrations. Dr Zaheera Jina s first children s book is a warm and lovely tale of a family going through their daily routine. But there is a surprise in store for Yusuf and Isa, after all ...”— Carol-Ann Davids, The Hair Fair
“This beautiful family story comes to a special surprise at the end! Great bedtime reading with your little ones.”— Award Winning Author and Illustrator Yasmeen Ismail, I m a Girl, One Word from Sophia
Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING and Dr. Zaheera Jina from August 26th to August 30th, 2017 for the book launches and blog tours.
About the author:
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. 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.
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Coloring is a fun way to relax and boost creativity. Below are listed several coloring pages inspired on our recently published children's stories. Download the PDFs here or save the pictures below and print.
And if you liked these above, you can check out a page in our adult coloring book; The Islamic Adult Coloring Book —->The Islamic Adult Coloring Book - Rabbi Zidni Ilma or print the page below insha'Allah.
Jazakh'Allah khair for stopping by,
The DKP Team
NEW MUSLIM CHILDREN'S BOOK FOCUSES ON THE ATTRIBUTE OF ALLAH, AL-KHALIQ
Al-Khaliq (The Creator) showcases a Muslim teaching moment and a loving bond between a mother and her son.
DALLAS, TX-August 13th, 2017. DJARABI KITABS has published a Muslim children's book by Author Susan Zainab Jones. It's titled 'Al-Khaliq (The Creator) and part of a series of unpublished books called 'Mommy Who Is Allah?'
Book 1 of the “Mommy, Who Is Allah?” series focuses on the attribute of Allah, Al-Khaliq; The Creator. Throughout the story, children will learn that Allah has created all that exists. Join the main character AbdulRahman "Dahumie" as he discovers more on the 11th name and attribute of Allah.
The inspiration to start the series 'Mommy Who Is Allah' came for her desire to educate her own children. In fact, Jones said, "...Mom creates that environment at home. So, I wanted to create a story that would fit our Islamic Aqeedah/doctrine while inspiring the love of Allah through a positive playful experience."
Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING on Facebook @djarabikpub for the launch events which will run from August 13th to August 16th, 2017 insha'Allah.
Jones was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1969. She grew up in Houston, Texas, and converted to Islam in 1999. She studied the religion in Dubai, UAE, where she opened a bookstore, providing Islamic material in English. Jones is also an ESL instructor and taught English in the UAE and in KSA for almost 15 years. She enjoys writing poetry and informative Interfaith essays. “Mommy, Who Is Allah?” is her first children’s book series and Al-Khaliq (The Creator) is the first book in the series of 6 other books that are intended to inspire love and appreciation for Allah, The Creator.
'Mommy Who Is Allah? Al-Khaliq (The Creator)' is available in both eBook and paperback forms on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk. You can also purchase the paperback from Createspace and Fofky's Online Book Cafe.
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Little Blue Skater Boy : When Isa is asked to take biriyani to his Nanni's house, someone decides to jump out at him and then tag along. A re-telling of 'Little Red Riding Hood' with many twists.
Imagine : It's bedtime! Yunus wants to talk but his sister Saarah goes on a imagining spree. She talks about animals, and dinosaurs and aliens as friends. She talks about sending an Eid gift to orphans and cooking extra meals in Ramadan for the poor, and a whole lot more! A fun, creative story, that also shows a loving sibling relationship.
Who Could I Be? Through the book, children will learn about animals and their distinctive features, and the repetitive use of questioning encourages them to use the clues to keep guessing and wanting to turn the page to find out what animal it is. Most importantly, it sheds light on and promotes the beauty of our Creator’s creations.
Kamillah the Butterfly : Kamillah is a caterpillar who is struggling to understand life’s changes. With a friend by her side and discovering a beautiful surprise at the end of her cycle, she happily accepts the biggest change. A lovely book any child can relate too. It will definitely leave little ones wanting to read it repeatedly.
When asked what motivated her to write these creative children's stories, Khanom said, "When I had my first child, I started investing in a home library. That's when I realised there was a lack of books for Muslim children that are fun and engaging. I then had an idea for a story and almost dreamed about how great it would be if there was good, quality picture books for Muslims that looked and read like the mainstream books."
Join DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING on Facebook @djarabikpub for the launch events which will run from July 29th to August 2nd, 2017 insha'Allah.
Born and raised in London, children’s author Shoohada was surrounded by love early on, part of a large family and a friend to many. She left her formal education on hold when she was 16, taking a job in retail, and three years later, she had moved up into the management team.
When she was 21, Shoohada gave birth to her first child, and two years after that, she decided to focus on motherhood and family life full-time. She had always enjoyed reading however, and so she began to use some of her free time to write her own stories. Today a mother of six, Shoohada lives a busy life, splitting her days between her writing and her motherly responsibilities. She shares her home in the East End of London with her family, and anytime she has a moment to herself, she reads and writes. Someone who is immensely aware of the world around her, Shoohada maintains an active presence in the community, taking part both in fundraising and charity events. In 2013, Shoohada published her first picture book to great acclaim. Her mission is to inspire love and hope among people through her stories, both those that deal with her Muslim faith and those that do not. She plans on continuing to publish her stories for the foreseeable future.
All of Shoohada Khanom's books are available on Amazon.com, Amazon.uk, Createspace, and Fofky's Online Book Cafe.
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Misbah Akhtar tackles a difficult issue with her first children's book; divorce. This societal issue can be very challenging for single mothers and their childrens especially during Ramadhan. Here is a book you should add to your list of Ramadhan Children's books to foster a genuine dialogue with affected people in the ummah. We hope to get it out this Ramadhan insha'Allah.
Founder & President of Djarabi Kitabs Publishing
allas, TX June 2017 – Book publisher, Djarabi Kitabs Publishing, has released a new book called Ramadan without Daddy
It’s Khadija’s Story of Love, Courage and Hope
The concept of Divorce is very challenging for young children. This book is based around a Muslim family and the story of young Khadija helping her mother and brother. The story gives many opportunities for positive discussion for parents and educators wanting to explore this difficult concept with balanced sensitivity from an Islamic perspective.
In this compelling debut children’s book, Misbah Akhtar tackles a difficult issue; divorce. This societal issue can be very challenging for single mothers and their children especially during Ramadhan.
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.
Check out her blogs at singlemuslimmums.wordpress.com and/or mumspiration.co.uk.
The book is available for order at:
- Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Ramadan-without-Daddy-Khadijas-Courage-ebook/dp/B071JW9WCS for eBook . Free eBook promotion starts on 06/10/2017 and ends on 06/12/2017.
- Djarabi Kitabs Publishing : https://www.djarabikitabs.com/bookstore/ramadan-without-daddy-khadijas-story-of-love-courage-and-hope to pre-order paperback
- Fofky’s : https://www.fofkys.com/buy-books-coffee-sweets-and-tea to pre-order paperback
It is a 30-page paperback children’s book intended for children, parents, and educators who want to address divorce with tact.
LAUNCHING SATURDAY JUNE 17TH, 2017!
A children's book that portrays a positive and real life story of a Muslim Family. Surprise! by Zaheera Jina is coming soon. Heads up!
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Author Shoohada Khanom's children's book titled Who Could I be? is launching this July insha'Allah. Please keep an eye out for it and support the work.
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Author: Yasmin Ibrahim
Illustrator : Azhari Zulkifli
Publisher : The Islamic Foundation
Distrubutor: KUBE PUBLISHING LTD
This is one of the I Can Series of books that introduces and illustrates some basic yet important concepts and terms for young Muslim children. These are explained with reference to their everyday life and in the settings with which children are familiar. In simple, easy-to-understand language the series presents Islam as a living reality to be experienced in daily life. It answers many questions about Islam as faith which arise in the young, curious minds. For ages 3-5 years and the young at heart. How do we learn to remember Allah when we start to do something? We say "bismillah" when we wake up, wash, dress, play, or eat to remember our Creator and thank him.
Our Thoughts: I Can Say Bismillah Anywhere is about 15 pages and it will help children young children get in the habit of saying "bismillah" before any activity. They will come to feel empowered by it and not feel shame insha'Allah.
For instance, the book highlights that any fun activity should start with remembering our Creator like below :
In our opinion, I Can Say Bismillah Anywhere will aid children recognize the basmala in Arabic anywhere as well. It's a great teaching resource for Muslim families.
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Our Rating : 5/5
Jazak’Allah khair for reading,
~A Ducktrinor Mom~
*We received a free copy*
Author: Dr. Alia Khaled
Format: Paperback and PDF
Age: 3-6 years old
Summary : This book aims to introduce the Arabic alphabet to non-Arabic-speaking children age 3 – 6. It uses animal theme with 28 coloring pages for the 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet.
We enjoyed coloring outside the lines too. It was a fun activity. When the kiddo starts talking, we will revisit it for sure as a teaching Arabic aid.
Get your free copy here.
Thank you for reading,
Author: Fawziyyah Folasade Emiabata of Muslim Teen Reads
Ilustrator: Kaltrina Ferizi
Editor: Lateefah Binuyo
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 thoughts: Though our son is too young to take part in the activities of this book, it was a fun challenge for our family to partake in. The brain busters definitely kept us challenged. And the good thing about this book is that it has religious tones interwoven in normal fun activities we often choose to entertain ourselves with in our down time with games such as Sudoku, puzzles, quizzes, mazes, link ups, riddles, secret messages to unlock, and many more fun things to decipher and answer. It’s very comprehensive and inclusive of the Muslim heritage. I truly recommend this for both adults and children.
Sneak peek page
Originally posted at Hayati Magazine.
When I Grow Up by Sundus Iraq is a children’s book that has become my favorite! Why? Because it has Arabic writings. It’s perfect to instill the language to children. Arabic seeds indeed I’ll keep iA.
The Author Sundus Iraq is also the Illustrator. This preschooler’s book teaches our children to dare to dream to become or do anything they put their minds to.
The book is realistic because I remembered my son who doesn’t speak English yet wanting to be very independent and do the same we do.
For instance, he wants to drink in regular glasses and use normal spoons instead of children’s eating ware. I drew parallels with my son and the protagonist of When I Grow Upand smiled cheerfully.
Now, here is a sneak page. Lovely isn’t?
Thank you for reading,
~I received a free copy for the purpose of this review~
Fitra Journal: The Muslim Homeschool Quarterly: Getting Started is a nice collection of testaments by Muslim Homeschoolers, a few of which are men masha'Allah. I loved this free treat because the contributors provide many resources and some of their opinions mirror my current state of mind. I'll not impose anything on my son. I'll continue to let him roam free and discover things on his own and intervene when he needs me. This was reinforced by the scripture which says that for the first seven years of a child’s life, play with the child. In the next seven years, teach them, and in the last seven years (by 21 years), be a friend. So I plan to do just that because I have a full load of tasks already.
To get back to the review, Fitra's first issue is divided in five chapters. Chapter 1 deals with 'Where to Start'. Chapter 2 with 'The Fundamentals', Chapter 3 talks about 'Socializing, Support and Self Care', and Chapter 4 is 'Further Outside The Box'. Finally, Chapter 5 is about 'Resources We Love'. Each section is exactly what it sells. It's on point.
Now, preparation is the key and this issue is very helpful and resourceful because I tell you homeschooling information can be draining and overwhelming! While I have to get the man of the house to agree to homeschool when the kiddo reaches 7 years old, the testaments of Karima Heraoua titled 'How I Got My Husband To Homeschool' in particular gives me hope. We have plenty of time to see eye-to-eye on this issue insha'Allah. The kiddo is such a social butterfly and socialization is the main concern. And contributor Jamila Alqarnain addresses this issue and ways to counteract it. Besides, I try my best to make sure the kiddo doesn't become sheltered.
Klaudia Khan and Saira Siddiqui's point of views were also very valuable as I felt like they were talking to me in 'Learning to speak their language' and 'Understanding Child's Play' respectively.
Now, I need to get my copy of Miraj Audio because I use an eclectic source with morals from traditional story books which is fine but I want religious tones instilled in my child as well as we ride this homeschool journey we started in November 2015. I've always wondered if there was such a thing like Miraj Audio or if it was something I needed to design for the needs of my child. And there is. Alhamdullilah for the help of all these homeschoolers trying to make it easy for us.Jazakh'Allah khair to y'all!
My rating: 5/5
Earlier this year, I declared that I wanted to sell 20,000 copies of my young adult book The Ducktrinors : Hanifa Book 1. We're half way through the year and to be honest, I have not sold landslide amounts. However, I have six more months to make it happen if it's meant to be insha'Allah! And if I do sell that many copies, I'll reveal my name insha'Allah to y'all :) .
Futhermore, the praises for Hanifa Book 1 have been included in the reprint of the book's early pages:
“...The Ducktrinors is a bit of a mix; sci-fi, romance, crime. I have read many sci-fi books over the years and always found them very imaginative. Papatia has brought in many believable but imaginative futuristic elements to the novel...” — Muslim Mummy
“...Though at times I felt that the things moved ahead too fast and that the author should have warranted us some more details, it was nevertheless a page turner till the end. It was an enthralling read and I would definitely recommend it to all the Harry Potter and Hunger games fans out there! ...” — Munna, Baba & Me
“... The novel is fast-paced and simply yet well written which are plus points for gripping attention of young adult readers.
Enjoyed the character of Dawood and Ali… Hope she won’t leave us hanging for so long to read the next volume of Ducktrinors. Recommending the book for teenagers and readers who never grow old …” — ThinkalolicMom
“This book is one of the most original works of Muslim fiction I have come across. Veering away from the usual, it’s set in a time that is almost the end of the world. It reads very much like a sci-fi novel, with futuristic gadgets and gizmos and incredible technological advances, however there is still a heavy dose of Islamic references. It’s a first book in what promises to be an interesting series. It dares to imagine what Islam might be in the faroff future… — Raising Young Believers
“...THE DUCKTRINORS” combines two powerful genres; the school story and the scientific fantasy. And to a great extent, the author depicts reality by demonstrating an advanced version of the occurrences of this present time. I must confess that I really enjoyed reading this book as I impatiently await the next part. This is definitely a keep for the pleasure of my future adventure – thirsty children. I highly recommend this “must read” for every teenager, young adult and adult alike. I must say that this is the very first attempt at producing an intriguing Islamic science fiction as the book spells utter creativity and ingenuity. I won’t be surprised to see a motion picture of it in future.” — The Rose's Pen
“...The imagination of writer is good and has done quite well in describing the scene for your mind to imagine well. Reading some chapters will remind you of Harry Potter book. I feel the novel is for teenagers and younger audience but I still loved reading it to the child inside my heart...” — A Day Dreamer's Diary
The back cover
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