Book Review: Deep in the Sahara

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Muslim Kid Lit

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Author: Kelly Cunnane
Illustrator: Hoda Haddadi
Publisher: Random/Schwartz & Wade
Pages: 40
Level: Picture Book
Recommended for: K-5

Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane is a picture book about Lalla, a young Mauritanian girl fascinated by the malafa, the word for hijab in the Hassaniya language.

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Children’s Books on Ramadhan and the Holidays of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha

Great books list about Ramadan and Eidul Fitr by The Somali Literacy Project.

The Somali Literacy Project

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Children’s books on Ramadhan and the holidays of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha

Here are a list of children’s books, which address Ramadhan (Islamic month of fasting), and Islam’s two holidays of Eid ul Fitr and Eid ul Adha. All of these books are available through Amazon, and may be available in your local libraries.This list is likely not exhaustive, so if you notice books we have overlooked, please let us know and we’ll add them on.

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LIEBSTER AWARD!

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A thank you to sister The Indian Revert Muslimah!  for nominating me 🙂  I don’t think I can even come close to how awesomely you answered your questions, but I’ll definitely try!

The Official Rules Of The Liebster Award 

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

  1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

 

QUESTION TIME!

 

1) The one thing that you wish to achieve in your life? What is stopping you from getting it?

Finish and memorize the entire Quran! What’s stopping me is not being committed and utilizing my time wisely 😦

2) Who is the person closest to your heart and what is that one quality in him/her that you love the most? (Living person preferably) 

My mother is the person that’s nearest and dearest to my heart. It’s hard to just choose one word but I guess since I must, I would say her forgiveness. She’s one to forgive easily and that is one of the best qualities a person can have.

3) One skill you wish you had and one thing you already have in yourself that you are proud of. 

I wish I was a good creative writer because I’m not. I’m not  oneto give up easily and I’m so proud of myself for being that, Alhamdulilah!

4) Do you consider yourself spiritual or moderately spiritual or not spiritual?

I’m definitely spiritual!

5) Your favourite blogger and why? You may name two so that I fit in too 😉

Haha! Indian Revert Muslimah, I love what you did there.  My favorite blogger as of now are many but a sister I just respect and admire so much for her great writing skills and strength is Asmaa Hussein of Ruqaya’s Book Shelf. MashaaAllah she’s awesome! And of course you Mis Indian Revert Muslimah! 😉

6) One thing about your country that you would like to change.

I would definitely change the violence. I hate it. I wish it was peaceful.

7) Your thought of an ideal life in this dunya.

For me, my children and my entire family to be well-mannered, strong, active, productive and dedicated Muslims and having a great successful career which I love.

8) Would you forgive someone who has immensely hurt you in exchange for him/ her being your neighbour in jannah?

Wow! This is a tough one. Well, if that’s someone that has qualities to enter Jannah, then I will definitely forgive them.

9) The three most beautiful names that you have heard.

Allah, Muhammad, Ibraheem

10) What is the genre you like to read?

I like to read creative non-fiction, or anything that’s written well.

11) The One question you hate answering. 😉

I really can’t think of one but in general , I just hate any question that’s too personal or evasive.

Now the hard part… I have to write 11 random facts about myself. I don’t think I have 11 but here it goes. 

1) I’m planning to give my blog, Muslim Mother Source a makeover by having someone redesign it and have it on a self-hosted site (I hope you all will follow me there too!)

2) I was extremely shy as a child and I kinda still am

3) I’m the only woman/girl in my home, everyone else is a little boy or a man, haha! I’m happy to be queen and princess of the family  🙂

4) I don’t know how to properly put on a full face of make up…I just know the simple stuff like putting on a lipstick/lip gloss and eyeliner! That’s why I’m always amazed at how some of the women on YouTube can transform themselves with makeup :0

5) I’m terrified of posting pictures of myself or children on social media.

6) I have over 20 nieces and nephews! May Allah protect each and every one of them.

7) I was confused as to what career to choose in college and it took me a very very very long time to finally just choose a major; I majored in writing. But now, alhamdulilah I know my most important career, one that will never change and that is being a mother; best career in the world!

8) My least favorite season is the summer season. I hate the heat!

9) I’m not living close to any family members…to have such a big family and not live close to any of them just makes feel so 😥

10) I used feel old when I was actually young and now that I’m getting older I feel young…strange, I know!

11) This is such a bad habit, but I eat really fast…whether it’s a small snack or a full meal, I eat it fast! I’ve been working on eating slowly and I’m improving.

QUESTIONS From ME

1) Do you have a unique talent? feel free to tell what it is!  but you don’t have to. 

2) What is your favorite surah in the Quran?

3) Which Prophet’s story do you love the most and why?

4) Do you have any children? 

5) Your favourite blogger and why? You may name two so that I fit in too 😉

(I just had to leave this question the way it is!)

6) Where are you originally from? 

7) If there’s one advice that you would give to everyone in the world, what would that advice be? 

8) What do you enjoy doing the most? 

9) What is the number one quality you admire in a person?

10) Are you serious or silly/carefree person?

11) What book have you read recently that you absolutely love?!

 

I nominate the following:

https://ishlahii.wordpress.com/

https://randombytesfromlife.wordpress.com/

http://www.yezarck.com/

https://impeccablemua.wordpress.com/

https://gemsforjuniors.wordpress.com/

Na’ima B. Robert Interview

NaimaShe’s a busy woman because she’s a writer, editor and mom of five, mashaaAllah. In her interview with Productive Muslim last year, Na’ima B. Robert discussed how she balances being mother,  Muslimah and a working woman. She truly gives mothers like myself who want to be more than just mothers motivation and inspiration to chase their dreams and do what they love while still being great Muslim mothers and wives. May Allah bless sister Na’ima and Productive Muslim for conducting and sharing this great interview with us!

To read the full interview,  Click here

Where Is The Time Going?!

First week of April is already gone! I can’t believe it. I’m not the only one who seems to be in shock about how fast time is flying by us these days, subhanalaah. Almost every day or every other day I hear someone mentioning something about how fast the time seems to be going. Just recently, I heard someone say “it’s like February and March didn’t even happen!” That’s exactly how I feel too. Any way, are you wondering yet why I’m going on and on about how fast time seems to be going by?

As time goes or rather zooms by us, our babies are like wise growing up really fast too. It seems like it was just yesterday that my baby was a newborn, and now he’s already seven months old! My point is, they’re not always going to be newborns, toddlers or kids. It is then important that we truly enjoy our children in their baby and toddler stages because before we know it they will be all grown up and out of our homes, busy with their own lives.

Educational website

Whether you are a homeschooling mom or a mom who wants to advance her children’s education, this website is filled with helpful information for young children, from ages three and up. It has free Arabic and English alphabets worksheets, math, flash cards, videos and so much more! In fact I just printed two different Arabic alphabets worksheets for my son who’s three. May Allah reward sister Rahmah, creator of this website for putting together so many helpful and great educational information! Click here to go to the website.

Free Course on Positive Behavior Support for Young Children

For anyone who is interested in learning more about positive behavior support for children, there’s a free course on this topic by the University of Washington via Edx. I just recently learned about Edx through my sister.  After browsing some of their upcoming courses,  I saw that they were having this course. I registered for it a while ago. The course started just today. If interested in registering for this free course, I think you will still be able to register for it. Click here to learn or register.