#Giveaway V – We Love to Play Pray


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🎁🎁🎁 Our next #Giveaway is sponsored by Red Kufi Books. The book ‘We Love to Play Pray’ is up for grabs.
🎁🎁🎁To enter you must be FOLLOWING Red Kufi Books and @islamopedia AND you must tag a friend in the comments (to share the goodness).
🎁🎁🎁 You can enter multiple times by tagging multiple friends, but each tag MUST be in a SEPARATE comment.

🎁🎁🎁 I will randomly choose ONE winner from the comments and they will receive Red Kufi Books ‘We Love to play Pray’

🎁🎁🎁 Please make sure you are following both accounts! Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE and ends Friday 1st September 2017.

🎁🎁🎁 Let the ENTRIES begin. Bismillah!

#giveaway #freebies #islamicpublication #islam #childrensbooks #children #bookstagram #books #instabook #lovereading #share

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Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #06


WLTPP-front-cover-600x677Alhamdu Lillah we are now in the month of Dhul Hijjah and we aim to continue our series on Top Writing Tips for a few more weeks before concluding the series insha Allah.

We will also continue with the #Giveaways and therefore keep your eyes peeled on our Social Media platforms insha Allah.

This weeks top tips has been provided by Zaahied Sallie the co-author of the children’s book ‘We Love to Play Pray.’

Zaahied shares the following writing tips with our readers:

Allah swears by the pen. Expression of this kind in the Quran is called ‘waaw al qasm’. Allah only makes an oath on something that is of great importance.

Therefore, when we write, we are following the best of traditions.

With this in mind, we understand that writing in itself – if pure – is an act of worship.

When writing, bear the following in mind:

  • The first draft should be from the heart.

  • Try to step away from that first draft for a couple of weeks. Put it aside and let it ‘simmer’. When you look at it again, approach it as objectively as possible. Your first draft will most likely be the first of many. Your original draft will certainly not be the final draft.

  • Write every day even if it is only five lines, even if it is only for 30 minutes. Try and set a time for writing when the home is at its quietest. Alternatively find a quiet place to write, outside of the home. A library is usually a good option or a park or cosy spot on the beach!

  • Read every day and read a wide variety of books. The greatest tool for writing is reading.

  • Become intimate with the dictionary and thesaurus. Learn a new word every day.

  • Familiarise yourself with successful books within the genre you wish to write.

  • Quality in the design and artwork is imperative when writing children’s books. Do not compromise on quality in any way.

  • Be brave and think outside of the box.

WLTPP-Back-cover-600x600You can find more of Zaahied’s works on their website for Red Kufi Books. You can read our review of their book ‘We Love to Play Pray‘ here and purchase the book, and others, from the link below:

http://redkufi.co.za/?product_cat=childrens-books

 

JazakAllahu Khair to Zaahied for sharing your tips above. We will be doing a Giveaway of their book this week and therefore keep an eye out for that on the blog and on social media insha Allah.

If you are a Muslim Author who would like to be featured in these posts, please contact us via mail@islamopedia.co.uk

 

The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah


The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

The first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah are of the most blessed days in the entire Muslim Calendar and are on par with the last 10 nights of Ramadan in their importance and virtue. We should all treat these 10 days with the same level of motivation and vigour that we show to the last 10 nights of Ramadan. The following is brief exposition of some of the virtues of these days.

Allah (SWT) refers to these days when He says in His Book:

‘By the Dawn, And ten nights …’ [Qur’an 89, 1-2]

He also mention these as the ‘appointed’ days in the following verse:

‘Remember Allah through the appointed days…’ [Qur’an 2:203]

The Mufassirin (Commentators of the Qur’an) generally state that the above verses relate to the first 10 days of Dhul Hijjah. Continue reading The First 10 Days of Dhul Hijjah

#Giveaway IV – The Muslims


Muslims Giveaway

This week’s #Giveaway is sponsored by the talented Ahmad Philips the creator of the comic strips and cartoon series The Muslims. We will be giving away a print copy of the graphic novel The Muslims by Ahmad Philips to one random winner at the end of the #Giveaway.

It’s very simple to enter the #Giveaway. All you have to do is follow the steps below:

  1. Find @islamopedia , @philz.draws , and @TheMuslimsSeries on Instagram and Facebook and follow these pages.

  2. Find the #Giveaway post on the social media sites linked above and tag one friend in the comments section. If you are tagging more than one friend, then please tag under a separate comment. Each unique tag will result in one entry into the #Giveaway.

This #Giveaway will only be live for a week and will expire on Friday 25th August 2017.

The winner will be selected at random and will receive a print copy of the graphic novel The Muslims by Ahmad Philips

You may also like to read the first of our Writing Tips series where Ahmad shares his top tips for writing:

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2017/07/21/top-writing-tips-by-muslim-authors-01/

Best of  Luck!

Was Salam

Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #05


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Ayeina have been a supporter of ours since the beginning of our book the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah. They carried out a proof read of the initial text, they provided artwork for some of the chapters and even designed the inside cover.

They have provided the top tips for this week’s post on writing tips by Muslim Authors:

1) Utilise the time after Fajr as your mind is fresh and that time is full of Barakah (plus most of the family members are asleep at that time (especially kids *hurray*)). But please make sure you sleep early the previous night to save yourself from poking the pen in your eye while saving your head from hitting the notebook you’re writing on :p

2) When you think you don’t have the time to write even though you have like gazillion ideas in your mind – record it! Record the audio while moving around, cooking etc. (Mundane tasks that you do everyday). It not only saves time but clears your head – without the fear of forgetting all the concepts you had floating in there.

3) Read, read and read. Because readers are writers! It doesn’t mean you plagiarize (plagiarism kills creativity along with your reputation). It means simply reading for the vastness of your mind. For inspiration. For various perspectives. For understanding. For the love of words!

01-8x8cover-paperbackTheir book / journal entitled Alhamdulillah for Series is a great tool to bring positivity, thankfulness and shukr into our daily lives.

You can read our review of their Alhamdulillah for Series here and purchase the book from Amazon and all good bookstores world wide.

Alhamdu LillahThey also run an annual competition called the ‘Gratitude Art Contest’ which brings together people from all around the world highlighting the things in their lives that they are grateful for. Join their social media pages to view the talented entries and look out for future competitions as they run quite a few in the year.

Thank you to Ayeina for contributing your tips. We look forward to working with you on future projects insha Allah.

If you are a Muslim Author who would like to be featured in these posts, please contact us via mail@islamopedia.co.uk

 

Three #Giveaways this Week


Eid Al Adha has come early this year with Islamopedia involved in three #Giveaways this week with a fourth to be announced on Friday.

Please check out the links to the #Giveaways below and share with your friends and contacts.

When I Grow Up Giveaway1) #Giveaway III – When I Grow Up I Want to Be…: We are giving away a print copy of Latifah bint Mohammed’s book ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be… ‘ The #Giveaway is live on our blog, Facebook and Instagram page and therefore you can enter via any one of these mediums. I have copied the links below. Just remember to let us know once entered. Deadline Friday 18th Aug 2017.

https://goo.gl/keDaJK

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXqtrppDLJv/

https://islamopedia.co.uk/2017/08/11/giveaway-iii-when-i-grow-up-i-want-to-be/

Giveaway with Latifah2) Giveaway – Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah: As a reciprocal #Giveaway, Latifah is offering a signed print copy of our book the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah on her social media pages. Please see the links below for entry details. Deadline Friday 18th Aug 2017.

https://goo.gl/RR53HZ

https://www.instagram.com/p/BXq1W7Jgb_V/

Goodreads3) Good Reads Giveaway – Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah: We are also running a #Giveaway on the Good Reads website for 2 print copies of our book the Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah. All you have to do is be a member of good reads and enter the #Giveaway on the link below. Deadline Friday 1st Sep 2017.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/249398-young-explorers-adventures-in-makkah 

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#Giveaway III – When I Grow Up I Want to Be…


When I Grow Up Giveaway

Our third #Giveaway of the season is sponsored by the lovely Latifah bint Mohammed. She is offering her children’s book ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be…‘ to one lucky winner. The book was written to encourage aspiration and ambition in young Muslims and will be an asset in any Muslim Home.

To enter the #Giveaway follow the simple steps below:

  1. Follow @Islamopedia and @LatifahbintMohammed on Facebook and Instagram. 
  2. Share this post on one or more of your social media platforms. Each unique share will result in an entry.
  3. Don’t forget to tag @Islamopedia and @LatifahbintMohammed in your shares.
  4. Let us know you have done the above by leaving a comment on the post or by DM or email. Remember each unique share equates to a new entry on the #Giveaway.

This #Giveaway will be live for one week only and will expire on Friday 18th August 2017 when we will have another exiting #Giveaway to announce.

When I Grow Up

The winner will be selected at random and will receive a print copy of the book ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be…‘ by Latifah bint Mohammed.

Best of  Luck!

Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #04


This week’s author feature is by sister Latifah Bint Mohammed. Latifah is the author of several children’s books and describes her journey to writing as follows:

‘Becoming an author definitely wasn’t on the cards for me. As I grew up I aspired to be different things; first a sweet shop keeper (I never really understood why people laughed when I told them this), then it evolved to becoming an accountant, a business woman and then a Maths teacher, which alhamdulillah I did become.

Sunnah RecipeI was always a writer, I just didn’t know. I’ve always been writing poems since I was a teen, back then it was a coping mechanism for all the whirlwind emotions that I would feel day to day. It was only after I became a mother did I start taking a keen interest into what was out there for young mini Muslims. Every night I would read to my baby of a couple months and ideas would just come surging into my mind, rhythmic, fun, colourful ones! The stuff that children’s books are made of!

My husband inspired me to write…. But it was actually two years later when baby number two came along did I finally take the plunge into this wonderful world. Even then I needed some coaxing by my wonderful sister who was my cheerleader, alhamdulillah! (and her husband. I just picture him sulking if I don’t mention him here).’

When we asked what tips she had for budding writers and her top 3 tips, this was her response:

When I Grow Up‘How can I become a writer? ‘ I hear you say?

Well anyone and everyone is a writer in their own right. Everyone should have a vision for themselves, a goal that they can work towards and push themselves towards and that too with tons and tons of dua for Allah to pave a way for you, in sha Allah.

If I had to simplify and pinpoint three ways to become a writer, they would be:

1) Read lots and see what is already out there.

2) Find your inspiration and your own style

3) Keep sharing your work with people who can give you honest feedback and then keep refining.

I’ve only just started my journey as an author and I am loving every moment of it. Alhamdulillah. :)’

Sunnah FoodsThank you to first time author, second time mom, third time sister, fourth time teacher Latifah for contributing your story and sharing your journey with us.

If you would like to check out any one of Latifah’s books then you can purchase them directly via her social media pages on Facebook and Instagram or through the Darussalam website linked below.

https://www.facebook.com/people/Latifah-Bint-Mohammed/100016774879100

https://www.instagram.com/latifahbintmohammed/

http://darussalam.com/catalogsearch/advanced/result/?author=Latifah Bint mohammed Anwar

Latifah has also kindly offered her book ‘When I Grow Up I Want to Be …‘ as a #Giveaway on Islamopedia. Please keep an eye on our social media pages for the #Giveaway which will be launched later in the day insha Allah.

If you are a Muslim Author who would like to be featured in these posts, please contact us via mail@islamopedia.co.uk

 

 

Book Review – Ramadan without Daddy


Title: Ramadan without Daddy

Author: Misbah Akhtar

Publishers: Djarabi Kitabs Publications

RWD coverRamadan without Daddy is a story of a young family who learn to live without Daddy around because Mummy and Daddy have separated and divorced.

The book brings to the forefront the emotional struggle and the changes that a family go through when a couple separate and it tries to deal with them in a child friendly manner.

The book begins with Danyal, the younger of the two children, asking where Daddy is. His sister Khadija explains that Daddy no longer lives with them because Mummy and Daddy are divorced. Mummy then explains that sometimes it’s better for Mummies and Daddies to live apart because living together makes them sad and unhappy.

There is a striking imagery about how if you try to place the right puzzle piece into the wrong hole, then it will never fit, no matter how hard you push it. And the harder you push you will not only be hurting the puzzle (metaphorically speaking) but you will end up hurting yourself too.

The story then develops into how the children cope without Daddy and how Mummy is coping, or not coping in some cases, without having Daddy around.

The book then ends with how Ramadan comes round and it is their first Ramadan as a family without Daddy at home. It’s sad because Mummy and the children miss having Daddy around but they make a promise that even though Daddy is not here, all will be ok and that they will deal with it as a family and become happy again.

Ramadan without Daddy deals with the very difficult issue of divorce in a Muslim family, which seems to have remained a taboo subject, even though the rate of divorce among Muslim families is steadily on the rise.

It’s a good book to teach Children that not all families have two parents and that sometimes parents do separate and things in the home can change. You can speak to children about friends and neighbours that may have faced divorce in the family and how they should be sensitive towards them if they are a bit down or sad.

Through the book you can also teach children about single parent families, step families, and even some families where grandparents or others are the primary carers of children. Although this book deals specifically with divorce, there are other reasons why children may only live in one parent families, for example the death of a parent, or a parent living abroad and so on.

Having said all of the above my only concern with the book is that it focuses a little too much on the negative impact that divorce can have on the family and how sad it can make everyone in the home.

Although in the end it gets to the part where things are starting to look better, I would have expected another page or two dedicated to how Mummy becomes Mummy again and cooks nice food for Iftar, and how Daddy starts to visit again and take the children for visits a few days a week. The father rarely features in the book other then in what Mummy says about him or in the children’s imagination of him in far away adventures.

A little more focus on the outcome and how things get back to some sense of normality would have left a more balanced message from the book.

Maybe it’s because I am a man that my judgement is slightly clouded, or probably because I have never had to go through the ordeal of divorce in my life.

Giveaway with DjarabiYou can judge for yourself and see what you think of the book. Get a free copy of the book by entering our #Giveaway on the Blog, Facebook or Instagram. It’s very simple to enter:

  1. 1. Repost our #Giveaway post
  2. 2. Tag @islamopedia and @djarabikpub
  3. 3. Let us know via a comment, DM or email that you have done the above.

Simples!

You can also purchase the book from Amazon using the link below:

https://goo.gl/fpHzgo