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

 

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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

 

 

 

 

 

#Giveaway II – Ramadan without Daddy


Giveaway with Djarabi

🎆🎉 For our second #Giveaway of Dhul-Qa’dah, Djarabi Kitabs are offering the new book by author Misbah Akhtar ‘Ramadan without Daddy.’

To enter the #Giveaway follow the simple steps below:

  1. Share this post on one or more of your social media platforms. Each share will result in one entry. So for example if you share on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, then this will equal to three entries in the #Giveaway. A reblog of this post on your wordpress account will also result in an entry.

  2. Tag @islamopedia and @DjarabiKPub where possible (don’t worry if the tag doesn’t work, we won’t disqualify you).

  3. Send us a screenshot of all your shares via DM or on mail@islamopedia.co.uk , remember each unique share equates to a new entry on the giveaway.

This #Giveaway will only be live for a week and will expire on Friday 11th August 2017.

The winner will be selected at random and will receive a print copy of the book ‘Ramadan without Daddy’ by Misbah Akhtar.

Best of  Luck!

Top Writing Tips by Muslim Authors #03


We got 5 tips for the price of 3 with our next author, the wonderful Misbah Akhtar. She has the debut Blog Tour of her book ‘Ramadan without Daddy’ taking place from 7th Aug – 11th Aug 2017.

Misbah states on her website that: “My passion is to inspire others through real life experiences; humor and lessons learned; but perhaps best of all, by just simply caring.”

RWD cover

On being asked to provide her top tips for writing, she came up with the following:

Tip 1: Make Time – Make time for your writing. Even if it’s only a paragraph, write something every day. This will get you in to the habit of writing. As long as you are writing, it doesn’t matter what it’s about.

Tip 2: Write from the Heart –  Don’t worry about what you think others want to read; write what YOU would want to read. You are more likely to be passionate about your work and that will reflect in its quality.

Tip 3: Read – Read, read and read some more. This broadens your vocabulary and enables you to study other texts even if you think you’re just “reading”.

Tip 4: Active voice – Use the active voice and not passive. It took me a while to get the hang of it but it makes for better writing. The passive voice is when something is being done TO the subject rather than the subject DOING the action.

Tip 5: Show emotion –  Show emotion and tell feeling. If everything you write is all about showing, you’ll end up with more descriptive words than anything else!

Mother of four, Misbah, tackles the very serious and sometimes difficult issue of divorce and single parenthood in her latest work ‘Ramadan without Daddy’.

“The concept of Divorce is very challenging for young children. This book is based around a Muslim family and the story of young Khadija helping her mother and brother. The story gives many opportunities for positive discussion for parents and educators wanting to explore this difficult concept with balanced sensitivity from an Islamic perspective.​”

We will be doing a review of the book to be published soon insha Allah. In the meantime, you can enter our #Giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of the book in our next post on the blog.

You can order a copy of the book for yourself from the Amazon link below:

https://goo.gl/kPUwvW

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

#Giveaway – ‘Young ‘Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah’ on Kindle


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🎆🎉 For our first #Giveaway of Dhul-Qa’dah, Amazon are offering the #Kindle edition of our book the ‘Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah’ for FREE.

This #Giveaway will only be live for a day or so therefore please order your FREE #Kindle copy ASAP.

https://goo.gl/qcLemR

#Share this post with anyone who might benefit from the book. Especially those going for #hajj this year or #umrah soon. 🎆🎉

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/

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