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Bookclub review: Sophia Khan is not obliged ~ Ayisha Malik.

Assalam aleykoum warathmatullah wabarakatuh.

I just finished the book so I am going to tell you what I do think about it (spoil alert 🚨that I will try to put at the end of the post with this emoticon 🚨).

And ~reminding me borrowing books from my mother as a Teenager~ if I would like my daughter to read it when she will be older.

But let’s first answer the questions at the end of the book 📖

  1. Have you ever read a novel with a Muslim protagonist before ? Do you think it changed the way you read the book ? I guess it’s the first one I read, it may have changed a bit the way I was reading it but I’m very pleased of a strong Muslim character who speaks her mind and is not afraid to be different and do things her way.
  2. Was Sophia what you expected of a Muslim heroine ? In what way was she different? The expected thing for Muslim heroine was that she prays. The unexpected is that sometimes her language is a bit … unmuslim. But the book is realistic because no one is perfect! No one can be ! And I’m very happy she is not ashamed of being a 30 virgin, Hijabi who pray ! Especially in a western country. I think it’s a good role model (would be a very good one if she wouldn’t smoke and sometimes swear). But I don’t think she is that much different of actual living Muslim. I’m French & revert and a lot of Muslim I met in my life are quite like that actually. (Except I don’t know about their privacy including prayers).
  3. What did you think of the title ? In what ways is Sophia not obliged ? Do you think the author meant to use the word ironically ? If so, how ? The way I see the title is that she is not obliged to be like everyone else. She is not obliged to get married if she doesn’t want or is not ready. And it define a bit her mentality in a way I can’t really explain…
  4. 🚨Would you want to read Sophia’s Muslim dating book ? Do you think she was right not to follow through with it ? 🚨 How important do you think it is to share religious beliefs with your partner? Well, I’m not sure if I want to read it or not… but I’m actually reading the following book to know what will happen next !!! I think she was right because Sofia is not obliged! Of course! If she doesn’t feel it’s right she definitely shouldn’t do it ! About the religious beliefs: I think it is one of the most important thing you have to share your partner with! Especially Islam because the practice is daily and if you don’t share it you miss one thing important in a couple which is mutual understanding. Couple relationship is complicated enough 😅
  5. 🚨This question is the greatest spolier ever so I will write it and answer at the very end of the post! 🚨

Now what do I think about the book: I loved it, I love Sophia Khan, she is strong, she is intelligent, a bit crazy (good way). She is not scared to assume who she is, she wear her hijab no matter what people say or think about her, she prays at work, she is great. I would love to be her friend despite of her smoking habits and… language sometimes !

The two only things that I’m not very confortable with.

But maybe is not to have a too perfect Muslim heroine, maybe a too perfect heroine practicing Islam would not have caught the intention of some readers for long.

Would I let my daughter borrow this (these) books. I’m still unsure. In a way yes, a heroine practising Islam, living with her parents, working and still waiting to get married to have intimacy with a man. Who has a strong mentality is a great example for a teenager Or young adult. It has this “don’t be ashamed of what you believe in/ you are/ what you want” thing. So It could be good.

In another way I’m very uncomfortable with the “smoking is ok” thing… and language… still 2 things she will probably face in real life with friends/colleagues/non Muslim family members but These really made me feel SO uncomfortable, I wouldn’t want her to think I am ok with these habits.

But one thing is sure I would be very happy if my daughter turned to be a Sophia Khan. Despite her flaws… as long as she ask Allah for forgiveness. 💕

🚨🚨🚨🚨 spoiler 🚨 🚨🚨🚨

Book 1:

Question 5: How do you imagine Conall and Sophia’s relationship? Did she make the right choice ?

I imagine them praying and fasting together 😊 and quitting their bad habits together!

Is the second question a real question? Lol

Why would it be a wrong choice ? (Yes even after reading book 2 for those who know what happens next).

Book 2: going through the pages I was so disappointed of the cliché of revert who did it for someone and not just by faith. We face it everyday as reverted and I was so happy to think he would not convert for her but for the love of Allah.

And we (reverted) would have needed/wanted a hero that converted for Allah and not for love.

You don’t know how annoying it is when people say to you “oh you are Muslim because of your husband ?” Like you don’t have a brain of your own or you can’t believe in something because that’s not what you have been taught…

but at the end you can clearly understand he really do believe in Allah and he found peace.

Conclusion:

Loved the stories but won’t keep the books In My bookshelf.

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Book club

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.

Description

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.

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My first Qran 

Assalam aleykoum waratmatullah wabarakatuh sisters 

I forgot to talked about the very first book I bought for my baby!

Even if it’s for children older than my daughter I started reading to her (like I start playing Qran or teaching time table with songs) because she may record helpful informations in a corner of her mind in sha Allah ! 

And I think this book is really good ! We gifted it for the daughter of friends aswell as it is a good introduction to the Qran when they will reach the age to learn it in sha Allah.

Every Muslim books is opportunity to learn ~ Rabbi zideni ilma

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Parenting Muslim Books

Assalam aleykoum warahmatullah wabarakatuh !

It’s been long since I didn’t write anything because my baby wasn’t feeling well and then was my turn !

But we are all fine now Al hamdulilah! 

I just bought 2 Islamic parenting books today on eBay 


Raising children by Faramarz bin Muhammad Rahbar 95 pages.
Raising children is a serious responsibility as that of a shepherd. Just as a shepherd must be careful of the well-being of his flock, parents must be constantly alert, taking care that their children do not stray and fall victim to the wolves. Muslim parents face a tremendous challenge to see to it that their children are raised in accordance with the Qur’an and the Sunnah. For only by doing so they can save them from the Fire.


The Muslim parent’s guide to the early years (0-5 years) by Umm Safiyyah bunt Najmaddin. 104 pages.

The Muslim Paren’t Guide to the Early Years is an invaluable aid for parents to help bring up their pre-school age children in an Islamic setting. It offers advice from the Qur’an and Sunnah to the busy parent about a variety of issues from how to create a child-friendly, Islamic home environment right through to how to deal with a disruptive child. It is packed full of ideas and activities that will keep children from the ages of 0 to 5 stimulated in all areas of their physical, mental, emotional and religious development, with sample daily activity plan, themes and observation chart.

I may talk about these books later on in another posts in sha Allah.

Do you have any book to advice ? 

Do you read Islamic parenting books ? 

We can discuss about it on my Facebook page

Have a nice day !

Allah hafiz 

Fi amanela 

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Do you know Owh so Muslim (OSM)? 

Assalam aleykoum warahmatullah wabarakatuh  !

Do You know OWH SO Muslim ? I dont remember exactly  how I found their page but I like it a lot ! 

They are based in Malaisia.

I asked their permission to share their catalogue and  some pictures with you.


I haven’t order yet, but I will! 

They have booklets, notebooks, badges, page markers, magnets and car stickers.
Follow on Instagram 

Tell me which one is your favourite? 

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Princess series inspired by the Asma ul Husna- the 99 names of Allah

Assalam aleykoum warahmatullah wabarakatuh,
I start all post apologising if my English is not perfect but I’m French living in UK for a year and a half.

Today I’m going to talk about books I bought for my daughter.

Even if these books are for age 3-6 I already started to read them to my daughter since  she is born.

Maybe because I like to read and I hope she will too and also because my English is not that good and I want to read in English so we both will learn more vocabulary. 

As I presume she will like princesses (well I like them !) I found this collection of princesses stories.

It’s a collection of 8 books. We have 6. 

It’s not that I didn’t find all of them but I chose not to buy 2 of them : One is about a circus (and I don’t like circus because of the way animals are treated to learn some tricks so I kind of boycott it), and the second one about a spider … And I am arachnophobiac … 

Astaghfirullah 


Each book start with Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim (in the name of Allah the most beneficient the most merciful) and finish with Alhamdulillah Rabbil Aalameen (praise to Allah the Lord of all the worlds).

Each book tells a story about a Princesse whom name is inspired from Asma Ul Husna and each princess show us a Muslim value. 

Al-Nur ~ The light = Princesse Noura who cares for the environment (plants & animals)…

Ar-Rasheed ~ The guide = Princess Rasheeda who is very smart and likes To read and learn…

Al-Karim~ The Generous = Princess Karima who helps people in need…

Al-Aziz~ The Mighty = Princess Aziza a nice person who cares a lot about her family…

Al-Shahid~ The witness = Princess Shahida , very curious who wants to know about the world…

Al-Haleem~ The forebearing = Princess Haleema who is very loving and caring… 

What I like about these books ? 

First we are learning about Allah’s names and their meanings (they should definitely edit 99 books !), second these Princesses are actively doing things for the ummah. 

In occidental princesses stories the princes do all the hard work ! In these Princesses are not waiting for someone to change their life, they do their part ! And I like it ! This is what life is about! Our own good deeds ! Because in theses books it’s all about it ! 

I think it’s good for my daughter to hear stories about Princesses who do Good deeds for the others, hope it will encourage her to do the same ! I will always encourage her to do it anyway 😊

Where to buy these books

At the back of each book there is the name of this website but I found mine on eBay.  

I post when my baby is asleep and I finished my chores, so be patient it’s sunnah ❤️

Fi amanilah!

Allah hafiz!

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Islamic nursery rhymes

Assalam aleykoum warahmatullah wabarakatuh,

I start all post apologising if my English is not perfect but I’m French living in UK for a year and a half.

I’m going to talk about nursery rhymes. 

When I was pregnant I start thinking, what can I sing for my baby? Because baby like rhymes and it’s the way they start focus on voices and words. 

I’m not a big fan of French rhymes and I wanted to introduce Islamic values since birth with them.

So I started looking on Internet and I made a pretty nice discovery! 

Elizabeth Lymer

First I heard the songs on YouTube and I bought the book straight away! 


The good thing is when you are French and don’t know any of English rhymes the YouTube video is a great help to learn how to sing them! 

under each rhymes it’s written the tune

Plus I like her Facebook page and Instagram, and thank of that I discovered a lot of good pages & websites ! 

Al hamdulilah! 

With The Muslims round the world your child will learn that there is Muslims everywhere, that we pray 5 times a day and the steps for salat.

With Helpful Hannah your child will know some of the Muslim’s qualities.

With we gather altogether, your child will learn about generosity.

With wudu, your child will know about how to do it long before starting to do it.

With worship Allah there, your child will learn about Allah ‘s omnipresence.

With Muhammed peace be upon him,  your child will learn about our beloved prophet.

With Bond,bond,with all your kin,your child will learn about family value.

With Assalam ‘aleykum, your child will learn about Muslim’s greetings and prayers.

With After ‘Isha’ we can sleep, your child will know about what to do and say before going to bed. 

With the five prayer times, your child will learn about salat.

With tired Muslims, your child will learn about remembering Allah an on which side they should sleep.

Conclusion: with these rhymes your child will learn a lot at an early age in their language. Because it has been proven that babies learn fast and when you repeat the same rhymes every day it’s he best way for them to learn and when they will start talking they will sing along with you ! In sha Allah!

What a nice way to start learning! Al hamdulillah ! 

Sometimes I read surras and duas aswell to my baby but I will talk about it in a next post ! In sha Allah ! Don’t hesitate to comment and tell me what do you think about this!

I post when my baby is asleep and I finished my chores, so be patient it’s sunnah ❤️

Fi amanilah!

Allah hafiz!