A Muslim Boy’s Guide to Life’s Big Changes, by Sami Khan

Boys Guide to Lifes Changes Book Review
Title: A Muslim Boy’s Guide to Life’s Big Changes
Author: Sami Khan
Genre: Middle Grade, Non-fiction
Publisher: Ta-Ha Publishers Ltd
Released: February 2006
Format: Paperback
Pages: 48
Source: I received a copy from The Islamic Kid Store in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 3.5/5
This book gives brotherly advice on life in general from Islam and friends, school and home life through to the physical changes a boy will experience from the age of 11 onwards.

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Big Little Steps, by Mathilde Loujayne

Big Little Steps
Title: Big Little Steps: A Woman’s Guide to Finding a Balanced Lifestyle and a Glowing Heart in Islam
Author: Mathilde Loujayne
Genre: Non-fiction
Edition: First
Publisher: The Dreamwork Collective
Released: 2018
Format: Paperback
Pages: 245
Source: I received a hard copy from the author in exchange for an unbiased and honest review.
Rating: 5/5
What are Muslim women’s rights? What do modesty, humbleness and fashion have in common? What is halal food?
This book is designed to empower women with Islamic values. You are given the tools to become the best version of yourself, as you enter a universal family beyond borders, called the Ummah. Welcome, sister!

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Interview with Nisha Sulthana

Interview with NS

1. Masha Allah wa Alhamdulillah, I am in love with your memoir. Could you please tell us a little about your journey as an author?
Well, it was a learning experience (in) that I was going to relate my personal experiences and views to an unknown audience, (was) a bit unnerving but I thought I had a powerful story to share. On and off I got bogged down in trying to couch some intimate details of my story with some artistry. As every author would feel, I am quite not happy with my work (as) it could have been better towards the end and could have brought a more sublime conclusions. Continue reading

Simple As That, by Nafla Salahudeen

Simple As That Book Review by Umm Afraz Muhammed

“Learning to be free of expectations and giving our best to the people in our lives will help build strong family ties and will also relieve our stress. Be your best, and do your best, and put the rest into the Hands of Allah Subhana wa ta’ala.”
Simple As That, by Nafla Salahudeen

Simple As That: The Muslimah’s Practical Guide To Building Strong Family Ties by Nafla Salahudeen is a non-fiction bilingual book self-published by the Sri Lankan author, in English and Tamil. I opted for doing a book review in exchange for a soft copy provided by the author, since the topic at hand – specifically the relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law – was directly in line with the fiction that I have authored, Here With You. I dived into the book as a reader, but as a reviewer, I am going to be brutally honest with you. Continue reading

Righteous friends are the rope to help you get to the Rope of Allah

Man is a social animal.

I remember learning this in almost all the subjects in my higher secondary – from Psychology to Political Science to Economics.

I never really understood the full meaning until there came a time when I wasn’t able to socialize much. That was a depressing time. I had everything to keep me happy – a loving husband, a new bundle of joy, a peaceful place to live in – and yet there was a longing in me. It got to a point where my mind couldn’t take it anymore. I HAD to meet people. I HAD to socialize. I HAD to have adult conversation that didn’t involve talking about what the baby did today and what he didn’t do. That was when I truly understood that man was indeed a social animal.

But being social doesn’t guarantee true happiness. What brings true happiness is being with righteous people.
Righteous parents to bestow an upbringing that will continue down the lineage.
Righteous siblings to have a bond that sticks like glue, and not for namesake.
Righteous friends who become the rope to help you get to the Rope of Allah.
Righteous spouse who will become a means of raising your rank in the Hereafter.
Righteous children who are a means of ongoing charity for you even when you have long gone from this world.

It is this righteousness that man needs, to help one another in goodness and God-consciousness.

Man is a social animal whose innate nature is to seek righteousness to live a content and peaceful life.

~ Umm Afraz ~

No human is free of needing help‬ or advice‬

No human is free of needing ‪#‎help‬ or ‪#‎advice‬. Even a ‪#‎counselor‬ needs a counselor, and there is no shame in admitting it.

The best of all counselors, the ‪#‎Prophet‬ (peace and blessings be upon him) sought the advice of his ‪#‎wives‬ and ‪#‎companions‬ (Allah be pleased with them).

And Allah says (the interpretation of the meaning):
1. By the time.
2. Verily! Man is in loss,
3. Except those who believe and do righteous good deeds, and recommend one another to the truth, and recommend one another to patience.
[Qur’an : 103]

~ Umm Afraz ~