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[Guest Post] Helping Those in Need


Helping Those in Need

by Lorna Havell

How Islam Helps Those in Need 1Helping others is a positive trait and something that we should all aim towards. Endeavouring to achieve a state of equilibrium with our friends and neighbours is something to be honoured and respected – only when we work together will we truly be able to create a better society and a brighter future for our children. By following the teachings of Islam and committing to work towards shaping ourselves into better people, we are able to do our bit to help those who are less fortunate than us.

As good Muslims, we must all follow our faith and endeavour to help the people around us as Allah (SWT) has helped us. Luckily, there are many different ways in which you can begin the process of helping the people around you, both in your local community and much further afield. After all, just because we may not be able to personally see the effects of poverty and other situations across the world, it doesn’t mean that these people don’t need our help and assistance. As we are in a position to be able to help, it is our duty to support our vulnerable or less fortunate brothers and sisters.

To help make sure that you are on the right track and to get started on helping others, here are some suggestions for ways that you can get involved and do your bit.

Charity Donations

Donating to charity is an excellent way to make sure that your generosity reaches the people who need it most. Whether you choose an Islamic charity or a local charity, being generous is a great way to share your good fortune with others. In addition, donations can range from monetary funding to donating your time through volunteering or similar schemes. This is great for those who want to do their bit but are limited by a lack of funding.

Even if it is just an hour a fortnight, for example, volunteering and donating a portion of your time can provide a real boost to vulnerable people in need. For instance, taking the time to organise a fundraising event or helping out at a local charity shop can help many people, whereas spending an hour simply chatting to a lonely elderly person can provide a significant benefit to one person in need.

Sharing your Good Fortune

How Islam Helps Those in Need 2In addition to donating your time or money, there are other ways in which you can share your own good fortune with others. Sharing wealth and food are great places to start – whether it is through donating your Zakat or Qurbani at the right time of year or simply helping to feed the hungry, there are always plenty of opportunities to commit to helping out the vulnerable both close to home and across the world.

For instance, even just helping to raise awareness by breaking a world record can provide a real positive impact, not to mention the added boost it can bring to vulnerable people. After all, breaking a world record such as making the largest samosa in the world may seem like a fun way to get involved with charity, but once the record has been broken, this samosa can then help to feed hungry people and the homeless – the people who are most in need of our help and support.

However you choose to help out, the most important thing is that you continue to support the people around you in any way that you can. Islam teaches us to be kind, caring and compassionate, and so, therefore, it is our duty to ensure that we uphold these values as best we can.

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Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #07


Our guest author for this week’s tips is the talented Papatia Feauxzar. She is the author of many books and articles online along with being one of the founders of Djarabi Kitabs Publications.

Papatia’s Tips for successful writing are as follows:

Tip 1: Strive to Get Beneficial Feedback

What am IFind a minimum of six trusted beta readers. They can also be critique partners (CPs). If you pick the right people, you will receive less bad reviews when your book is published insha’Allah. Beta readers and CPs are important because they will help you polish your work before editing. Don’t think, ‘They will steal my work or my ideas.’ If you’re meant to write that story, no one can take it from you.

Tip 2: Watch TV Occasionally

This tip can be a bit unconventional because TV can become a fitna if you don’t have a good handle on it. However, if you think about it, the movie scripts are written by writers. So watch TV like a writer. Pay attention to the major parts of the movie you will watch; the beginning, the climax of the movie, the ending, and everything else in between that got your attention. Later, ponder over it. Think about how it grabbed your attention or not. If it piqued your interest, how did the writer(s) make the movie in a way that it was hard for you to tune out. Then, try to write that way to make it hard for your reader to toss your book the minute they start it. You WANT your reader to keep turning pages. You also want to surprise them and weave in original twists!

Tip 3: Read and Review Books

The NannyYou can’t be a writer if you don’t read. The more you read, the more you stimulate your creative brains cells in my opinion. Reading makes you think of different ways a story line in a book you read could have gone. It also makes you think of other plot twists you would have wanted to read. And this triggers your own positive writing flow.

Reading also leads to reviewing a story mentally. It helps you become more critical of your own work in the process. You will catch yourself thinking for instance, ‘If I write my next story, I won’t write it this way. I’ll be more detailed or not. I’ll use first POV or not. Or I’ll try my hand at third-person close and see how I like it, etc.”

Above all, ask Allah to inspire you to write great stories which will be mubarak and beneficial to you and your audience, amen.

 

You can find Papatia’s books on her website and on Amazon,  both linked below:

www.djarabikitabs.com

https://goo.gl/xzcrRh

Bio: Papatia Feauxzar is an American author of West African descent living in Dallas, Texas with her son and husband. She holds a master’s degree in Accounting with a concentration in Personal Finance. After working as an accountant for a corporate firm for almost five years, Feauxzar decided to pursue Accounting from home while homeschooling her son. You can visit her website at www.djarabikitabs.com.

#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

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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