Book Review: Two Books by Nurnazida Nazri

Salaam everyone!

So, normally I would be a bit hesitant to do a book review for an author that I know next to nothing about, but when this author contacted me about some of her books providing inspiration for Muslims, I couldn’t say no!

Her name is Nurnazida Nazri, and she is a practising lawyer and a lecturer on law in Malaysia. She has recently started her journey as a writer, and her books are inspired by her experiences with her students and her desire to inspire and encourage others.

The books I’m going to be sharing with you today are called Submitting to Allah and Candle in the Wind, both e-books available on Amazon.

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Book Review: Tight Rope

Salaam alaikum all!

I know, I am breaking my strictly-Ramadan theme for the month, but I agreed to take part in a book launch, and it’s happening TODAY!

For my part in the launch, I just got to enjoy reading the book ahead of time, and to share my review with y’all. If you are trying to keep distractions out of your way this Ramadan, I would suggest saving this post and having a read through after Eid, because today’s book up for review is a work of fiction, not necessarily the resources I usually like to share.

Albeit, it is a very relevant piece of fiction.

So, the book I am going to be telling you about today is called Tight Rope by Sahar Abdulaziz. It tells the story of political activist Nour Ibrahim, but also so much more.

The only real concrete details of the setting that we can glean from the book are that it takes place sometime in post-9/11 New York, during the presidential campaign of some unnamed individual. With plenty of talk of Muslim registries, Jewish cemeteries being defaced, rampant racism, and overt sexism, we can all make the leap as to what this resembles. Continue reading “Book Review: Tight Rope”

Book Review: Ramadan Reflections: The 10 Minute Journal

Salaam everyone!

So, in the next couple of weeks leading up to Ramadan in shaa Allah, I am planning to share a few posts with you with tips and ideas that could be useful during that wonderful month.

Today I have something that I am super excited about, a book review! These have been few and far between lately, mainly because of the lack of English-language book stores here in Algeria. This one, though, was sent over to me from Samira at The Muslimah Guide.

You can read her post all about the story behind this book here , so I’m just going to get straight into my review!

The book is called Ramadan Reflections: The 10 Minute Journal.

I’m sure you’re thinking, well it’s not Ramadan so you couldn’t have possibly used this journal yet, how do you have any opinion on it?!

Yeah, well, no, I haven’t used it yet. But I had a look through and it is something that I think will be very helpful in shaa Allah to keeping my Ramadan on track. And I think it is something that others could find beneficial as well!  Continue reading “Book Review: Ramadan Reflections: The 10 Minute Journal”

Book Review: Amilah

Salaam all!

I am super excited to share today’s book review with you, because it is something a bit more interesting than my usual resources-sharing business. It is a work of fiction!

I took on this book review mostly because I wanted to help out an awesome Muslimah author, and get her work in front of more eyes. And I was sure I would like the book, because I like books (except Great Expectations. I don’t know why that is even allowed to exist.). At any rate, as soon as I got the PDF in my inbox and started reading, I was very, very surprised.

I could not put this book down. Seriously, I don’t think I have devoured a book like that since the Harry Potter days. I am already planning my second reading as I type this now, and I am still a little bit shocked at how much I truly enjoyed this book.

The book is called Amilah by Halima Hagi-Mohammed. She was born in Nairobi to Somali parents, and was raised in Fresno, California with eight siblings. She has been writing since a young age, and this, her first book, has been a long time in the making. I highly recommend you go read more from her and keep up with what she is up to over at halimawrites.com. Continue reading “Book Review: Amilah”

Book Review: 20 Pieces of Advice to my sister before her Marriage (plus a bonus!)

Hello all! Today I have two books I want so share with you: 20 Pieces of Advice to my sister before her Marriage plus Fatawa, Essential Rulings for every Muslim Woman . I am grouping them together in one day because they both deal with topics specifically aimed at women, and I read them both pretty much within a month of one another.

So to begin: 20 Pieces of Advice by Badr bin Ali Al-Utaybee. I was recommended this one by a friend who read it and loved it, and in general it has pretty great reviews from women in general. In reading it I found that the layout was good and easy to follow, and the advice given was generally pretty sound advice, but for some reason I didn’t really like the book as much as I thought I would.

I think this may be from the fact that I have read two or three other books on Islamic marriage before I was actually married, so maybe I was feeling that the advice given was slightly redundant. I have found that in general I have a hard time relating to marriage books as a genre, perhaps because I feel that often times the advice given does not actually match my real-life marriage. Continue reading “Book Review: 20 Pieces of Advice to my sister before her Marriage (plus a bonus!)”

Book Review: New Muslims Mini Library

Salaam y’all! So, for today’s book review I want to write about some books that I don’t actually know much about: a series called the New Muslims Mini Library compiled by Mahmoud R. Murad.

While packing up to leave London and join my husband in Algeria, I came across a couple of these books in a random old box. No one knew who they belonged to; none of my flatmates were “new Muslims” or even that proficient at reading English, and I am pretty sure that the woman who had lived in this house before me was an older English woman. None of my friends are new Muslims, or had any interest in the books, so they by default fell to me. Continue reading “Book Review: New Muslims Mini Library”

Book Review: Hadith Course by Sameh Strauch

The book I have for y’all today is one of my favorites, as far as book that help new converts really learn the faith go.

Hadith Course is another International Islamic Publishing House one written by Sameh Strauch who is, himself, a convert who studied at Madinah Islamic University.

The book is specifically designed to help English-speakers better understand some of the hadith and traditions of our Prophet (pbuh). Continue reading “Book Review: Hadith Course by Sameh Strauch”

Book Review: The Ideal Muslimah

So, I think the book I want to review today may not exactly be everybody’s cup of tea, but I myself did enjoy it for the most part and I think there are a lot of good things that can be taken out of it.

The Ideal Muslimah, by Dr. Muhammad Ali al-Hashimi is a relatively well known book. You can find it in pretty much any Islamic bookstore and on popular sites like Amazon.  It is published by International Islamic Publishing House, and for some reason, I really, really like reading their hard cover books, because I just like how they feel in my hands.

But I digress… Continue reading “Book Review: The Ideal Muslimah”

The Serenity Scarf

Image courtesy of Serentiy Scarves product page.

Ok y’all, I am doing something a little bit different today!

A little while ago (ok, a long while ago) my mom ordered me a prayer gown from Serenity Scarves and had it shipped to me in London for my birthday (so June, 2016). I was super impressed with everything about this prayer gown, but I wasn’t able back then to find a site where I could review it. I was pretty bummed about this, because I love, love, love to write good reviews of things/places/people that go the extra mile, have great service, or in general just make me happy.

So today I am going to write that review for you guys. Continue reading “The Serenity Scarf”

Book Review: Rising Soul, A Guide to Personal Development

So, I have been on a big personal development and/or feminist reading kick lately, so I decided to bring this one back off of the shelves for a review!

Rising Soul, a Guide to Personal Development by Muhammad Mansur is obviously a personal development book,  but it is written through an Islamic lens. What more could I ask for?!

A friend of mine bought this for me back when I was still living in the States, and when I need a good kick in the pants I still like to read a chapter or two sometimes. Continue reading “Book Review: Rising Soul, A Guide to Personal Development”