“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.
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
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The giveaway will run from May 20th to June 2nd. Hurry and enter it here where you can get more details on these prizes insha’Allah.
Description: Islamic Nursery Rhymes is an endearing collection of nursery rhymes for young children to learn about the beautiful ways of Islam in a lovely experience of singing with their parents and elders. The rhymes in the book are traditional nursery rhymes reworded with timeless Islamic meaning. For example, ‘Oranges and Lemons’ is an historical rhyme about ringing the bells of East London churches as a man made his journey to his execution – and the version here, entitled ‘Assalam Alaykum’, is about mosques in East London spreading salaam (peace) and news of prayer time. The illustrations by Fatimah De Vaux Davies are attractive and highly detailed (yet faceless) to delight children and engage their interest in the actions of practicing Muslims. For example, one illustration depicts Muslims gathering around a large Qur’an that is spilling out light. In another, Muslims are performing ritual prayers upon the earth, while boats sail, and airplanes and rockets fly. These beautiful Islamic nursery rhymes can be used as songful remembrance of Allah as a resource for developing pre-recitation skills before reading the Qur'an.
Author: Elyzabeth Lymer
Illustrator : Fatimah De Vaux Davies
Publisher: Mindworks Publishing
What to expect: Easy rhymes to keep your young children alert and focused
Why do we need nursery rhymes and Islamic rhymes for that matter? We need nursery rhymes because it has been proven that rhymers are readers and help children in five ways summarized below:
- Language development
- Reading skills
- Math Concepts
- Creative Dramatization
- Comfort and Support
As Muslims, instilling an Islamic foundation to our children would be the sixth reason why we would want to teach them Lymer's rhymers. They are indeed a good way to teach Islam to youngsters in my opinion. My son loves sounds and I don't let him listen to regular rhymes with instruments so this collection is truly a blessing. He gets excited and jams to it. Alhamdullilah for an halal alternative.
I also like the fact that each nursery rhyme in the paperback indicates which traditional children song to rhyme it to. But if you want to buy the the actual MP3 songs to know how the author actually made it work, you can purchase yours on Google Play, Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and/or many other places where tunes are sold. I definitely recommend it to Muslim mothers.
*I received a free copy PDF and a free MP3 soundtrack for my honest opinion.*
I received three free PDFs to review from Author Jameela Ho for my honest opinion. And the verdict is that this collection is a compelling parenting guide. Because I’m also a Love and Relationship Adviser, I think the methods laid out by sister Jameela Ho can also be applied to our marriages insha’Allah.
I started my review backward. By that, I mean I started reading the workbook first. Then, I read the Muslim Parenting Journal. And finally, I read the actual book. Normally, people read these the other way around. It doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that this method worked for me and I was able to get the benefits of the knowledge she passed down to me alhamdullilah.
So the Workbook is about 27 pages and it will give you many tips before you resort to corporal punishment if must go there as a parent.
The Journal is about 42 pages. It includes plenty of space for you to write down the way you will implement your parenting skills after it gives you hadiths sherif, quotes or proverbs for each of the 19 strategies of better parenting. This is also a great writing prompt for parents to reflect on past and future actions.
Below is the summary of the 19 techniques for better parenting.
Finally, the actual book ‘How To Guide Children’s Behavior (From an Islamic Perspective)’ of about 37 pages goes deeper and coaches us on how to act and say things to our children. It makes us realize that it’s not what we say that have an impact on our children. It’s how and the way we say it.
I definitely recommend it to any parent who needs a fresh start with challenging children.
Thank you for reading.