Assalam aleykoum warathmatullah wabarakatuh sisters
I have been away for long taking care of my baby ma sha Allah!
Being a mother is such a full time job al hamdulilah.
This post is not about kids, it’s about us -mothers.
Being a ummi comes with responsibilities and a huge amount of work, not much time for ourselves and sometimes struggles to strengthen our faith nor keep a good connection with salat let’s be honest. Not for all of us maybe Allahu alhem, But there is a point when things will get better in sha Allah.
I really pray for you to be one of the best mother who manage everything but I am not.
I feel really bad and guilty about that. Well I succeeded with jummah as I have a free nursery for my baby on Friday morning till mid day and it’s a huge relief!
I guess as my baby is getting older things will become easier in sha Allah, I’m not hopeless, I know it’s temporary and pray ar Rahman ar raheem to forgive me and help me following the right path.
With all the good intentions of improvement i started a bookclub ( a craftclub and sisters achieve 365) to get some me time and my mind off everyday routines.
So I will write reviews on the Books we read in sha Allah starting with December ‘s book which was:
I loved it!! I’m definitely going to keep it for my daughter to read it when she will grow up in sha Allah.
Easy to read with some surahs and context of these.
You have another mother. You’ve never seen her. You’ve never heard her voice. You’ve never perhaps even thought of her as your mother. But she is your mother nonetheless. And if you get to Jannah, your mother will be there, waiting to meet you. Her name is Khadijah (RA). She was the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (S), the first to believe in his message and the first mother of the greatest nation history has ever seen. As you work towards reaching Jannah, and meeting your mother Khadijah, it will certainly help if you did a little preparation beforehand and got to know about her story. This book has been specially crafted to help you do that. You see, most of the stories you’ve heard about Khadijah have probably been raw translations from classical sources. While they sound captivating in the original Arabic language, there’s quite a lot that’s lost when they are translated into English. So rather than sticking with a dry narrative, we decided to get to the core of the stories and tell them in a fluid style that the modern reader is accustomed to today. You’ll find that the rich descriptions immerse you within the scenes, the flowing narrative renders a seamless reading experience and since we’ve still stuck to historical sources, the story loses nothing of its original iman elevating inspiration. So get to know you mother, give this book a read, inspire yourself for that meeting in Jannah in-sha-Allah! Author: Fatima Barkatulla Recommended Age: 9+ Format: Hardback Book Pages: 192
We were lucky to have a little chat with the author Fatima Barkatulla.
Most of it is based on narrations with some of the details being imagined
The bits about Abu Jahl are true (that he proposed to Khadijah etc) but the dialogue is imagined. One of the shuyookh we consulted said: Abu Jahl has no honour- you can make up dialogue for him.
It was a difficult book to be balanced with because of course we couldn’t attribute anything blatantly untrue to Khadijah & the Prophet ﷺ. At the same time there is very little detailed info on Khadijah and different aspects of her life. So some artistic licence had to be exercised. But we consulted with scholars and they okayed our approach.
The publishers wanted to present it like fiction books are so that kids would enjoy the read and not feel like it’s a text book or dry read.
I think it took 1 and a half years to research and write the book.