Month: March 2016

Making Moves

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This past week I’ve been reflecting on my life. I know what I like to do and I know what I love to do. While on Spring Break I had a lot of work to get caught up on so I can be on point when school starts back on Monday.

While I love sharing my knowledge with others and learning from them, I’m not too crazy about grading, completing lesson plans and all of the other hullabaloo that goes with being a professional educator. So, I’ve been reflecting on what it is I really want.

I’m a little closer to knowing what I want to do, the uneasiness and uncertainty of the decision is real. But, I did learn that I enjoy writing, reading, editing, and sharing with others. Now the real situation rears its head. How can I do what I love to do and earn the same or more than I’m earning now?

Sometimes I wonder if my thoughts are here because the end of the school year is stressful. In addition to the various tests that have to be administered, students understand the seriousness of the end of the school year. 

But, writing takes me to another world. At the same time, it is invigorating when others read my books and enjoy themselves while doing it. Therefore, I’m still in the realm of uncertainty. But, alhamdulillah (all praises due to Allah), I have a husband that is supportive. Therefore I can begin making moves because there’s nothing that says you can’t do both. 

 

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Women’s History Month 2016 Featuring 12 Muslim Women Authors, Editors, and Reviewers

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There are various women throughout the world and for this year’s Women’s History Month I would like to introduce 12 Muslim women authors, editors, and/or reviewers that have an impact on Muslim fiction. 

 

First, meet Layla Abdullah-Poulos. Words cannot say how much I appreciate this sister. She is working hard on getting Muslim Fiction on the map. She reviews novels written by Native Born American Muslims so people can learn about the nuances within the American Muslim Community. Check out her Facebook page by clicking the link below.

Layla Abdullah-Poulos

NbA Muslims – Creating an Islamic American Culture

Next, meet Zeneefa Zaneer. Zeneefa is a Muslim sister from Sri Lanka. She writes novels in English but let’s us know about the situations within Sri Lanka. She weaves tells about familial and cultural issues. Visit her Facebook page by clicking the link below for more information about Zeneefa and her books.

 

Nothing But Love

Islamic inspiring Words – IiWords

Now we’re going to meet Papatia Feauxzar. If you like risque reading, this is the author for you! Her books are intriguing and thought provoking. Visit her Facebook page by clicking the link below to read her treasure trove of books.

Papatia

Author Papatia Feauxzar

Meet Karimah Grayson, a fairly new author in the Muslim Fiction genre. Her books addresses issues within the African-American community and deals with love and death as well as intrigue and murder. Visit her Facebook page by clicking the link below for additional information.

Karimah & Naimah (2)

Author Karimah Grayson

Fatima Ibrahim is an author that delved into Science Fiction and familial situations from a Muslim’s perspective. Visit her Facebook page by clicking the link below.

Author FA Ibrahim

Author F. A. Ibrahim

Now we come to Hend Hegazi. In addition to her books telling stories of families of different ethnic groups and cultures, she also interviews her characters in order for the readers to know them better. Click on the link below to visit her Facebook page to learn more.

Hend Hegazi

Author Hend Hegazi

Amina Niang is a very new author. However, her book Destiny discusses domestic violence and how it affects everyone and not just the two people involved. Visit her Facebook page for more information about her book.

Amina N

Author Amina N.

Saadia Faruqi opened my eyes to situations within Pakistan and how different people make decisions in their lives. Visit her Facebook page to find out more about her and her books.

Saadia Faruqi

Author Saadia Faruqi

Karemah Al Hark writes children’s books for all children, but specifically for Muslim children. Her books help them develop moral character in accordance to Islam. Visit her Facebook page for more information.

Karema Alhark

Author Karemah Alhark

LaYinka Sanni is an editor and educator. She creates lessons for the youth to learn how to become writers and craft and weave stories that others want to read. Visit her Facebook page for additional information.

LaYinka

LaYinka Sanni Story Weavers

Elizabeth Lymer is an author and rhymer from the UK who writes for children. She creates competitions for children to engage with her books. Find more at her Facebook page.

Elizabeth Lymer

Author Elizabeth Lymer

Author of His Other Wife Series, Umm Zakiyyah writes about polygamy and how it is handled within the Muslim community. Visit her Facebook page below for additional information.

Umm Zakiyyah

Author Umm Zakiyyah

This is just a few of the Muslim authors out there, but let’s celebrate these women.

Review of Her Justice by Nasheed Jaxson

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Her Justice

Nasheed Jackson’s Her Justice spins a riveting story about love, guilt, lust, faith, and murder. When a man works long and hard hours for his family, sometimes the wife forgets and let negative thoughts enter her mind. He reminds the reader to be careful about suspicion because the one you’re the most suspicious of is actually on your side while the one you trust the most will betray you worse than you can ever imagine.

With this being Nasheed’s inaugural novel, I see a successful future for him. If you haven’t read Her Justice yet, purchase your book as soon as possible. You will not want to put it down and you’ll finish reading it in one day.

Visit and like Nasheed Jaxson’s Facebook Page

 

Author Karimah Grayson

The Shoulders On Which I Stand: Daria takes a stance.
Areebah’s Dilemma: Love or Deen

Review of Destiny by Amina N.

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Destiny Amina N

Amina N.’s debut novel Destiny is a must read. Amina wove a story of love and hate. She addressed the issue of domestic violence which prevalent in all communities and needs to stop. Be prepared to get angry. But, she showed through it all, faith helps people persevere. There were a few times in which confusion set in for me regarding characters or locations However, overall a great story and a must read.

While reading this book, I wonder to myself what would make a man want to hurt someone he professed to love? It is sad when a woman is scared to tell her family and friends what is happening in her house. As I read this book, I actually felt the pain and the tears. I look forward to reading more of her novels.

I give this book a 4 out of 5 star rating. Make sure to grab your copy as soon as you can, it is available via #Kindle and on #Amazon.

Visit and like Amina’s Facebook Page

 

Author Karimah Grayson

Areebah’s Dilemma: Love or Deen

The Shoulders On Which I Stand: Daria takes a stance.

 

Review of Nothing But Love by Zeneefa Zaneer

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Nothing But Love

Review of Nothing but Love: Is this love worth fighting for?
By Zeneefa Zaneer

This story is a story that weaves through the lives of two people, Barakah (A.B.) and Amash. At times the story becomes a little confusing because it goes from one scenario to the other without transitionI had to go back into the previous chapter to make sure I didn’t miss a page. However, that didn’t keep me from reading the story.
It is amazing how the characters intertwine with each other throughout the story without them knowing about one another. At times the story lags because of a lot of internal dialogue that the characters have with themselves rather than with each other. The internal dialogue made me wish that they just spoke their feelings to one another.
However, it becomes clear why Zeneefa wrote the story this way. It shows how the Shaitan (the Devil) can and does whisper in people’s heart and guides them to make decisions which are detrimental to themselves.
I really loved reading the story because it’s set in Sri Lanka and I’ve not read anything from that area. Her descriptions of the forests and other surroundings made me feel as if I was there.
Her character development was spot on, she made you hate and love certain characters at certain times throughout the story. I laughed, cried, and was concerned for characters while reading the story. As the story ended, I did not want it to. It would be great if a sequel was written
I give the story 4 out of 5 stars, it is a must read.

Learn more about the author at Zeneefa Zaneer

Karimah Grayson, Author
Areebah’s Dilemma: Love or Deen
The Shoulders On Which I Stand: Daria takes a stance

Watch “Nba Muslim Women Writers: Areebah’s Dilemma Love or Deen” on YouTube

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