Sandcastles and Snowmen COVER

Sandcastles and Snowmen

I find it interesting when I hear people refer negatively to interested Auntie figures in the Muslim community because I wanted and craved a religiously concerned Aunt when I was a teenager. Someone who would take the time to care about how I was managing with the various issues related to practising faith in the…

She Wore Red Trainers COVER

She Wore Red Trainers

Prior to reading Naima B Robert’s latest young adult fiction She Wore Red Trainers I hadn’t really read much Islamic fiction. But the mere fact that it was a Muslim romance story – the preview of which I had earlier read – increased my thirst to savour the sweetness of its magical lines till the…

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Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook

Learn how to navigate your pathway as a writer with the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. Allah gifts each of us with talents and skills, creative flow, and inspiration. However, it is our responsibility to ground these potentials and cut paths with our beginnings in the physical world. Is it enough to hold a gift, or…

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South Asian Culture and Islam

Uzma Hussain tackles the difficulties of truly practising Islam in contemporary South Asian culture by guiding her readers on a joyful discovery of Allah-given rights from a woman’s perspective. Through looking at the figure of the South Asian Muslim woman and her relationships, namely as a daughter-in-law, as a wife and as a mother, author Uzma…

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Normal Calm

I stared at the title for a few minutes. Normal Calm. The title stirred all sorts of different questions in my mind. What could the story be about? What surprise is in there for me? I didn’t have a paperback copy to read the outline, so I shrugged my shoulders and cuddled myself in my bed.…

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Five Pillars of Islam

A ‘MUST HAVE’ book for every Muslim family library! Dr Recep Dogan has done an excellent job in taking the fundamental pillars of Islam and breaking them down into one concise and easy to read book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to ALL Muslims and especially new Muslims because…

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Interview with Brooke Alam, Creative Etsy Shopkeeper

Masha’Allah you are an Etsy shopkeeper. Please tell us about your shop. My shop name is inspireDeen.  It’s a play on words, similar to ‘inspiring’, but inspireDeen – to inspire ‘faith’. My name is Brooke Alam. I made inspireDeen as a place for me to display and sell my works of art. At this time…