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Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #02


Our second post on the Top Tips for Writing comes from the talented Shoohada Khanom.

Shoohada is on her way to releasing four brand new titles in the coming weeks with an online launch of her books taking place on Sunday 30th July 2017.

Reading mainstream picture books was one of the many inspirations for Shoohada to begin her writing career, and she landed herself with not one, two or even three, but four publishing contracts with Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

Kamillah the Butterfly

“Reading tons of mainstream picture books definitely inspired me to write. The more I read, the more I thought about how wonderful it would be to have good, quality picture books for Muslims. Ones that are fun to read and most important look like mainstream books. I never ever in a million years thought I’d be a writer, the urge to write came shortly after, out of the blue.”

Little Blue Skater Boy

On being asked what her top 3 tips for writing are, this is what she had to say:

  1. Just Write – “My first tip would be to write, just write!  When I first started out writing, I preferred to use pen and paper and I still do to some extent. Now, I use my phone for quick write ups and first drafts. So I would say find what works best for you and start writing.”

  2. Read – “My second tip would be to read, read the genre you’re writing for. Read best sellers, visit your local library and talk to the librarian. Find out what’s popular, what are people borrowing. You can also follow reviewers on social media and see what they’re all talking about and recommending. Try and read a book or two on how to write. I’ve read a handful of books on writing and I’m still open to reading more. They will give you a good break down in steps and things to expect on your journey, from writing to publishing.”

  3. Use Beta Readers – “My third and final tip would be to find some beta readers. Preferably some writers, it’ll be nice to share your journey with others on the same path. Beta readers will give you feedback on your manuscript, you don’t have to take it all on board, but do take on the feedback that you feel will make your story stronger. I have been blessed to find people from all walks of life who help me with my stories, Alhamdulillah.”

Who could I be

Today a mother of six, Shoohada lives a busy life, splitting her days between her writing and her motherly responsibilities. Thank you to Shoohada for taking time out of your busy schedule to provide the above writing tips.

You can pre-order Shoohada’s books on Amazon by using the following link:

https://goo.gl/fCz41L

You may also follow her progress on her blog and her social media sites. You can get updates on the book launch at Djarabi’s facebook page linked below:

https://www.facebook.com/DjarabiKPub/

Imagine

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

 

#Giveaways -Let’s Collaborate


IMG_20170724_213318_660.jpgAssalamu Alaykum,
Islamopedia is looking for Muslim Business collaborators to provide products / prizes for our Dhul-Qa’dah and Dhul-Hijjah #Giveaways.
The offer is reciprocal so that for every product offered we will offer a copy of our book for you to #Giveaway on your page.
Please email us on mail@islamopedia.co.uk if you would like to participate.

Let’s #Collaborate

Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #01


Islamopedia has teamed up with some awesome Muslim Authors to bring you their inspiration and top tips for writing.

Each week we will share an author, their books, and their top tips for writing / publishing culminating in a final list of top tips to be published at the end of the series.

We hope that you find these posts beneficial, and perhaps it may inspire you into putting your own pen to the paper.

The Muslims

The first to feature in these posts is Ahmad Philips the creator of the comic strips and cartoon series The Muslims.

Ahmad says, “My greatest inspiration for writing is seeing the materials that are popular but have immoral teachings in them. I don’t want my kids wanting to be gods or magicians or superheroes. I want to create material that can be entertaining, teach Islam, and be an act of ibadah for me.”

So when we asked Ahmad for his top 3 tips for budding Muslim Authors this is what he had to say:

(1) Just write. If you’re to write for 10 or 20 years, for sure your writing will get better. Don’t worry about writing a masterpiece. Just keep writing.

(2) Stay focused. Remove all distractions. Put your phone on silent, and turn off your Wi-Fi. If you have roommates or family make sure they know not to disturb you. Likely they’ll disturb you even more!  Finding those few hours in the day when everyone is asleep might be key.

(3) No excuses. It’s easy to come up with a million reasons why you can’t do something. I have no time, I lack the tools, I don’t know what to write etc.; No excuses, just do it!

You can check out Ahmad’s first Graphic Novel ‘The Muslims’ on the website https://themuslimscomic.com . The book is also available via Amazon and other outlets.

Ahmad’s artwork will also be featuring in our forthcoming title ‘The Young Explorers’ Adventures in Madinah’ 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 – We Love to Play Pray


WLTPP-front-cover-600x677Title: We Love to Play Paray

Authors: Nurah Tape and Zaahied Sallie

Publishers: Red Kufi Books

Pages: 28

We Love to Play Pray is a children’s book about a young boy named Suhaib who is intrigued about the prayer after witnessing his mother on the prayer rug making Salah.

As she finishes the Salah, he begins asking her questions about what she was doing, to which she responds by teaching him about the prayer and Salah.

This gives the boy an idea for a new game which they call ‘Play Pray’ and along with his siblings Yusuf and Maryam, they set up a makeshift Musalla area in their bedrooms to play.

They dress up in thobes and turbans and hijabs and pretend to pray in the Masjid. One sibling calls the Adhan, whilst another sibling pretends to be the Imam and in this way, under the supervision of their mother, they play and learn about the prayer at the same time.

WLTPP-Back-cover-600x600They learn about the names of the five daily prayers, about the timings of the prayers, they learn about the Ka’bah as the Qibla and many other aspects of the Salah.

The book is well written, easy to read, and accompanied with colourful illustrations to engage readers both young and old. We Love to Play Pray is a book that you will definitely enjoy reading with your children.

Next time you want to teach your children about Salah, why not do it via a game of ‘Play Pray.’ 

We love to Play Pray

Play Pray

Play Pray

We love to Play Pray

Every Single Day 

To get your copy, visit Red Kufi Books @: http://redkufi.com/store#!/We-Love-to-Play-Pray/p/60141061/category=16658002

Petition to Preserve Historical Sites in Makkah and Madinah


https://www.change.org/p/king-of-saudi-arabia-custodian-of-the-two-holy-mosques-preserve-historical-site-in-makkah-and-madinah

To King of Saudi Arabia, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques,

Assalamu ‘Alaykum,

I hope and pray that you are well

In recent decades the Expansion of the Two Holy Mosques and the new Property and Infrastructure Developments in Makkah and Madinah has led to the destruction of many of the Historical Sites associated with the early Development of Islam in the region.

Sites such as the blessed House of Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her) in Makkah, the old House of Arqam (may Allah be pleased with him), the house of Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) and the House of Hamza (may Allah be pleased with him) have all been destroyed to make way for the expansion and development of the areas surrounding Masjid Al Haram. Madinah faces the same fate with some of the historical Homes and Mosques around Masjid Al Nabawi either removed or marked for removal under future development plans.

Our request to the King and the Authorities in the Two Holy Cities are as follows:

1) Our leaders and governors from the early Islamic period up to the Ottoman period have all tried to preserve the Historical Sites associated with the early Development of Islam and associated to the Life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). We respectfully request that you do the same and where possible preserve the sites that are known to have a historical significance so that future generation can see where some of the events from the Life of our Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) took place.

2) We appreciate that no every historical site can be saved from destruction and that due to the needs of the ever increasing population of pilgrims to the region that expansion and development have to take place to cater for this. However, we would recommend that where historical sites have to be removed or destroyed to make way for hotels, shopping complexes, roads and infrastructure projects that you place a marker in the place where those sites used to exist so that visitors can at least see where the old buildings stood and appreciate where historical events took place. This is done in many of the western countries where you will see markers on new buildings stating that here stood such and such an historical structure or here lived such and such an historical person. I do not see why this isn’t done as a matter of course in the Two Holy Cities.

There are many eminent scholars in your country that can help to identify and locate these historical sites and make recommendation for the markers.

We thank you for your consideration and pray that you can take seriously our recommendations above. Most modern cities are proud of their historical heritage and try to preserve as much of it as possible. We should be the same and preserve as much of our heritage as possible.

Thanking you in advance for your cooperation.

Abu Zaynah

Ramadan 2017 Day #29


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #29 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Do Something Nice for your Neighbours

“Jibril kept on recommending that I treat my neighbours well until I thought that he would order me to treat them as my heirs.” [Bukhari – Adab Al Mufrad] 

Prophetic Food of the Day: The Fig 

‘By the fig and the olive,’  [Qur’an 95:1]

Charity Spotlight: SKT Welfare

SKT Welfare is a UK-registered charity, founded in 2008, dedicated to the delivery of humanitarian aid and solutions regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief. Its aim is to help relieve the suffering of the world’s poorest communities.

Since its inception, the charity has accomplished several projects in the UK, Pakistan, India, Morocco, Somalia and more recently, Palestine. However, since 2011 and the onset of the crisis in Syria, SKT Welfare has re-oriented most of its efforts addressing the humanitarian fallout from this conflict, and has become instrumental in delivering aid to Syrians in need, both inside Syria and within refugee camps in neighbouring countries. The charity has evolved and adapted itself successfully to what is an extremely difficult conflict zone to function within, operationally and logistically.

The charity operates a 100% donation policy, and all of its work is carried out by experienced and committed volunteers, overseen by trustees, who are primarily from professional backgrounds. SKT does not outsource any aspect of its relief efforts whatsoever, and takes complete ownership for delivering projects itself, end-to-end. Currently, SKT Welfare has offices in the UK, USA, Sweden, Turkey, Palestine and Jordan.

You can support the cause by using the link below:

https://sktwelfare.org/donate/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 29

 

Ramadan 2017 Day #28


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #28 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Avoid Doing Bad Deeds Whilst Fasting

“Perhaps a fasting person will get nothing from his fast except hunger and thirst, and perhaps a person who prays during the night will get nothing from his prayer except sleeplessness.” [Related by Imam Ahmad and Ibn Majah]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Watermelon

A’isha (RA) reports that, “The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) ate watermelon with fresh dates.” [Related by Al-Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: Muslim Aid

Working in over 70 countries across Africa, Asia and Europe, Muslim Aid is striving to help the poor overcome the suffering endured due to natural disasters and lack of life’s basic necessities.

We work with all in need, regardless of their race, religion, gender, nationality or political opinion.

Whilst responding to emergencies is one of our major priorities, we also work on strategic programmes to eliminate poverty that focus upon:

  • Education
  • Skills training
  • Provision of clean water
  • Healthcare
  • Income generation projects

These projects ensure that individuals can have access to basic necessities and the skills necessary to generate an income so that they are not permanently dependent on aid agencies for food and shelter.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://www.muslimaid.org/donate/

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 28

Ramadan 2017 Day #27


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #27 bi’iznillah.

Deed of the Day: Visit a Sick Person

“The person who is strong is not strong because he can knock people down. The person who is strong is the one who controls himself when he is angry.” [Bukhari – Adab Al Mufrad] 

Prophetic Food of the Day: Vinegar

It was narrated that Jabir (r.a) said: “I entered the house of the Prophet with him and there was some bread and vinegar. The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Eat; what a good condiment is vinegar.’” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Charity Spotlight: Walou

Walou is a British registered charity (No. 1128951) and a member of the Consortium for Street children. We are dedicated to helping protect and care for children living in precarious situations in North Africa, through rehabilitation, reintegration and outreach programmes. Our current projects are in Morocco.

You can support the project by donating using the link below:

http://www.walou4us.com/page-donate-5.html

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 27

Ramadan 2017 Day #26


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #26 bi’iznillah

Deed of the Day: Be Good to Your Parents

Ibn ‘Abbas (RA) said, “If any Muslim obeys Allah regarding his parents, Allah will open two gates of the Garden for him. If there is only one parent, then one gate will be opened. If one of them is angry, then Allah will not be pleased with him until that parent is pleased with him.” He was asked, “Even if they wrong him?” “Even if they wrong him” he replied. [Bukhari – Adab Al-Mufrad] 

Prophetic Food of the Day: Dates

“Break your fast with a date, or with water because it is pure.” [Abu Dawud and Tirmidhi]

Charity Spotlight: National Zakat Foundation

Every Muslim community in the world needs a mechanism to uphold the pillar of Zakat, just as our mosques uphold the pillar of Salat. This is what we tasked ourselves with in 2011, when we launched the National Zakat Foundation (NZF) in the UK.

NZF is now the premier Zakat institution for the UK Muslim community, serving Zakat payers and recipients nationwide. By providing a complete Zakat service within the UK, NZF aims to achieve its vision of a faithful, confident, selfless and self-sufficient Muslim community in the United Kingdom.

It is the only organisation providing an end-to-end Zakat service, encompassing Education, Calculation, Collection and Distribution of Zakat funds for the benefit of local, deserving recipients. This group includes some of the most vulnerable members of the community, including the homeless, refugees, asylum seekers, single parents and the elderly.

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://www.nzf.org.uk/Donate

Lessons from the Qu’ran: Juz 26

Ramadan 2017 Day #25


Assalamu Alaykum,

This Ramadan I would like to share a brief post with you every day asking you to do three things in the day as part of our 30 Day Ramadan challenge.

  1. The first will be a ‘Deed of the Day’ highlighting a different deed that you can do each day.
  2. The second will highlight a specific Prophetic Food that you can eat to incorporate a Sunnah Food item in your diet.
  3. The final will be a charity spotlight recommending a specific charity for you to donate a small sum to in order to support their work.

Let us begin below the actions for Day #25 bi’iznillah.

Deed of the Day: Read!

‘Read with the name of your Lord who created (every thing), He created man from a clot of blood. Read, and your Lord is the most gracious, who imparted knowledge by means of the pen. He taught man what he did not know.’ [Qur’an 96:1-5]

Prophetic Food of the Day: Grapes

‘He is the One who sent down water from the heavens, of which you have your drink; and with it (you grow) plants on which you pasture your cattle. He causes the crops therewith to grow for you, and olives, and date palms, and grape vines, and all the fruits. Surely, in that, there is a sign for a people who ponder.’ [Qur’an 16:10-11]

Charity Spotlight: Muslim Hands

In 1993, a community in Nottingham, moved by the devastation of the Bosnian war, sprang into action. A small group of volunteers began collecting money, clothes and medicine for the people of Bosnia.

Muslim Hands, an international aid agency and NGO, grew from this grass roots movement and since these first efforts, we have responded to countless more emergencies, as well as establishing long term projects such as schools, healthcare clinics and livelihood programmes worldwide.

We are working in over 50 countries and have field offices in over 30 of these. By working closely with our partners and offices on the ground, we are able to distribute aid in an effective, efficient, transparent and wholly accountable manner and to make a lasting difference to the communities we work with.

Dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty around the world, Muslim Hands is passionate about working beyond the provision of immediate relief, towards supporting communities over the long-term. – See more at: https://muslimhands.org.uk/about-us#sthash.ifjRNTFc.dpuf

You can support their work by donating using the link below:

https://muslimhands.org.uk/donate

Lessons from the Qur’an: Juz 25