Be You by Kulsoom Kazim

Title: Be You: A Journey to Self Transformation
Author: Kulsoom Kazim
Genre: Non-fiction, Self-help
Publisher: Iron Heart Publishing
Released: 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Source: I received a soft copy from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Rating: 4/5
Related Links: Amazon | Publisher (e-book) | GoodReads

To help you climb the Mountain of Life. To help you reach for the sky. This book will take you by the hand and the heart along a marvelous journey to attain your best self. outlines the importance of Allah, vision, relationships, self-care, and confidence. It is about the common struggles of women all over the world, and stories of inspirational people to help motivate and bring out the inner you. It has exercises and reflective questions, so you can begin embarking on the journey of ‘being you’ today.

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Reflections from the Lives of Umm Musa and Hajar (peace be upon them) as Mothers

Reflections from the lives of Umm Musa and Hajar (peace be upon them) as mothers

Mom Guilt.

What does that mean to you?

Does it mean feeling guilty when you are not there for them?
Does it mean feeling guilty when you think you could be a better mother?
Does it mean feeling guilty when your house is a mess, and your mental state is not at best?
Does it mean feeling guilty when you sneak into your room for some mental peace, or to enjoy a chocolate or two, away from the turmoil of stress?
Does it mean feeling when you acknowledge YOU need time-off from the chaos in your life?
Does it mean feeling guilty that you are doing everything you can, yet there is no peace?

Motherhood – a part of life that may seem to take away a part of you.
And with most mothers, they lose their identity as themselves as they take on the identity of a mother.

Looking at the lives of Umm Musa and Hajar (peace be upon them) as mothers, a major lesson I learnt from them was that they were brave mothers who took efforts and did their part by trusting their gut instincts from Allah, whilst having firm reliance on Him. 

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Resilient Rida and the Cochlear Implant by Manal Wazeer

Title: Resilient Rida and the Cochlear Implant
Author: Manal Wazeer
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Illustrator: Tahira Rifath
Editor: Umm Marwan Ibrahim
Released: 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Source: I borrowed a copy for reviewing purpose.
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon | Author

Rida loves helping people. However, this time the process is long, and the results don’t come immediately. Rida learns of a valuable tool that gives him the motivation to persist event through setbacks. Learn about Allah’s Names through Rida’s story. A story aimed at inspiring young readers to love Allah.

“Ya Allah, You are Al-Razzaq, the Provider of all things, and Al-Mujib, the Responder to every prayer. Please help us raise the money for Karim.” Rida and Panda repeated after UmUmmah.
– Resilient Rida and the Cochlear Implant, Manal Wazeer

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The Crown And The Robe by Nafla Salahudeen

Title: The Crown And The Robe – A Quran Memorization Journey
Author: Nafla Salahudeen
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Illustrator: Harry Aveira
Editor: Umm Marwan Ibrahim
Released: 2019
Format: Paperback
Pages: 28
Source: I borrowed a copy for reviewing purpose.
Rating: 3.25/5
Purchase: DeenSquare

Quran Memorization/Hifz is a wonderful gift that that parents can give their children from a young age. This colorful book of illustration is written and designed to reach young minds to provide a positive mindset and motivation towards Hifz/Quran Memorization and the rewards that can be achieved throughout, beginning from the materialistic rewards and towards greater rewards from Allah.

“…If you can memorize a rhyme by listening to it many times, you can memorize a Surah too by listening to it many times. Beside, Allah will help you in your efforts.”
– The Crown And The Robe, Nafla Salahudeen

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Mommy’s Khimar by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Mommy’s Khimar
Author: Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Genre: Children’s Book (4-8)
Illustrator: Ebony Glenn
Publisher: Salaan Reads
Released: April 2018
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 40
Source: I borrowed a copy from Abu Dhabi Children’s Library 
Rating: 4/5
Purchase: Amazon | GoodReads | Salaam Reads

A young Muslim girl spends a busy day wrapped up in her mother’s colorful headscarf in this sweet and fanciful picture book from debut author and illustrator Jamilah Tompkins-Bigelow and Ebony Glenn.
A khimar is a flowing scarf that my mommy wears.
Before she walks out the door each day, she wraps one around her head.
A young girl plays dress up with her mother’s headscarves, feeling her mother’s love with every one she tries on. Charming and vibrant illustrations showcase the beauty of the diverse and welcoming community in this portrait of a young Muslim American girl’s life.

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Love in Ramadan by Maitha Al Khayat

Love in Ramadan

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Love in Ramadan
Author: Maitha Al Khayat
Genre: Children’s Book (3-6)
Illustrator: Maitha Al Khayat
Publisher: HudHud Publishing
Released: January 2016
Format: Paperback
Pages: 32
Source: I borrowed a copy from Abu Dhabi Children’s Library
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon | GoodReads

It’s the month of love, caring and giving.
How does this loving family spend their time in this beloved month?

My mother Sarah bustles around in the kitchen in search of something she loves. She stirs the pot and says, “I love cooking yummy and healthy dishes during Ramadan. And I love making bassboosa, for it’s my husband’s favorite dessert. But most of all, I love giving out food to friends and neighbours.”
Love in Ramadan, Maitha Al Khayat

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Reflections from the life of Usamah ibn Zaid radiAllahu anhum

Reflections from the life of Usamah ibn Zaid radiAllahu anhum

Usamah ibn Zaid radiAllahu anhum was the son of the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam‘s adopted son, Zaid ibn Harith radiAllahu anhu who had the blessed opportunity to have his name mentioned by Allah in the Qur’an (Qur’an 33:37). When I had first read about the young sahabah, Usamah ibn Zaid radiAllahu anhum, I was amazed at his bravery and at his leadership skills–to have been granted the honor to lead an army at an age when youngsters are generally caught between immaturity and lack of wisdom (speaking from personal experience 🙋‍♀️). Reading a bit more about him from Darussalam’s Child Companions Around the Prophet (peace be upon him), increased my admiration and love for the young sahabah for his character, his faith in Islam, his love for his father, his love for the Prophet salAllahu alayhi wa sallam, and most importantly, his devotion to Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.

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Dawood Loves His Books, by Umm Marwan Ibrahim

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Dawood Loves His Books 
Author: Umm Marwan Ibrahim
Genre: Children’s Book
Illustrator: Nolitri Devi
Publisher: Djarabi Kitabs Publishing
Released: August 2020
Format: Paperback
Pages: 25
Source: I received a soft copy from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. 
Rating: 5/5
Purchase: Amazon | GoodReads | Djarabi Kitabs Publishing

Dawood loves his books a lot. One day, he comes across a book unlike any other he has seen and is intrigued. When he asks his mom about it, he discovers interesting facts about the Book, explores all the things it talks about, finds out why it’s so special, and learns about the Speaker of the Book too. Dawood Loves His Books introduces children to the concept of the Qur’an, the role it plays in the life of a Muslim, the things that Allah has talked about in it, and also gives a description of Allah Himself using Surah al-Ikhlas as a base—everything a child would need to know about the Qur’an and Allah in the early years of his life!The rhyme scheme of the story makes it pleasant on little ears, and easy for little minds to follow.

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A Different Kind of Hajj Reflection

A Different Kind of Hajj Reflection

July 25th, 2020. If it weren’t for the Covid-19 travel restrictions, today we would have been on the airplane on our way to Makkah for our very first obligatory pilgrimage.

Hajj. One of the pillars of Islam. A pillar upon which Islam is built. A pillar that is to be upheld if one has the means to do so.

We had been planning for Hajj since 3 years:
2018/1439 – An unexpected commitment prevented us from going.
2019/1440 – Happy occasions and once-in-a-lifetime family festivities held us back.
2020/1441 – The year that brought the whole world to a standstill. Continue reading