Ramadan is Coming!! :-D

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📚🕌🌙It’s almost that time of year again! For Ramadan coloring fun email mindworkspublishing@gmail.com to get a free printable of our coloring books or purchase copies of My Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Coloring Book and Ramadan Rhymes on Amazon.com🕌🌙📚

My Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Coloring Book: https://tinyurl.com/y7dqu797

Ramadan Rhymes: https://tinyurl.com/y8d7pqnt

 

Some pages from Ramadan Rhymes and My Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Coloring Book:

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From Full Circle

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Full Circle

Contemporary Interfaith Fiction

“So, has Abbie already told you about my conversion to Islam?” he asked and drank from his cup.

Corinne almost choked on a partially swallowed bite of sandwich as it almost slid down the wrong way. She coughed and took a sip from her lemonade as Delsin gazed on in amusement. He’d done that on purpose – just to see her spontaneous response.
“I don’t know what I should make of that reaction,” he joked and smiled broadly, revealing the straight white line of his teeth and his eyes sparkled playfully. “That’s the second time in five days that you’ve almost choked in my presence.”
She cleared her throat and replied, “You surprised me, is all.”
And he had. She hadn’t expected him to come right out and mention his conversion to her. In all honesty, she hadn’t really given it much thought, other than to remember that Abbie had said that he doesn’t date because of it.
“Yes, she mentioned it to me,” she replied as casually as she could but her face felt hot again.
His grin broadened and he asked, “And what do you think? Matty thought that I was losing my mind and even my mother wanted me to visit with Billy for a one-on-one.”
Corinne laughed at the image of Ms. Annabelle trying to get Delsin to sit in with the local shaman after hearing that he’d converted to Islam.
“I don’t know, I think it’s good,” she answered and she really did. “Life is complicated, and I’ve heard people say that religion helps it make sense.”
He nodded thoughtfully, as if surprised by her response, and said, “That’s a mature perspective on it. Does religion help you to make sense of the world?”
She shrugged and pushed her plate away, stuffed, and answered, “In theory, yes. I can’t really say that I’ve had any type of personal spiritual epiphany.”
He continued to look at her as he drank from his coffee and she felt as if he were looking right through her. She wiped her mouth with her napkin, suddenly incredibly self-aware, and waited while he finished his coffee. When he was done he placed the cup beside his empty plate on the table and smiled again. . . .
 
 

Black History Month Spotlight: You Are Beautiful

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You Are Beautiful is one of the first Islamic story books published here at Mindworks. Written by Author Robyn Abdusamad, the book introduces the characters Zaynab and Zakiyyah, two sisters who experience their first encounter with racial prejudice and who are saddened by what they hear. Throughout the course of the story they realize the beauty of ethnic diversity, community and true friendship. This book highlights the importance of countering ignorance with knowledge and kindness. In honor of Black History Month, we share this book with you and hope that you will share it with the ones you care about!

An excerpt from You Are Beautiful:

The next day, Zaynab and Zakiyyah were sitting on their porch when their friends, Adam, Yasu and Kelly joined them.

They exchanged greetings and Adam said, “I’m sorry for what I said yesterday about African-American people. I told my parents what I said and they told me that it wasn’t nice for me to say that to my friends.”

“It is okay,” Zaynab replied. “There’s nothing wrong with talking about our differences.”

“Yeah,” Yasu agreed, “We can all learn and grow from our differences.”

“That’s true, Yasu,” Zakiyyah responded. “God created a rainbow of people and He loves all of us equally.”

As the children continued their talk on the porch, Grandma Ernestine, an elderly lady from the neighborhood who was often peeping out of her window to keep an eye on the children, decided to join them.

“My beautiful children, I have enjoyed listening to your conversation. You are so wise at such young ages,” she said.

“There is a history of African-American people having been treated unfairly in this society, and this continues today, but African American people are beautiful just like people of any other race.”

Grandma Ernestine continued, “African- American people have a very rich heritage. Some of our ancestors were kings and queens.”

Yasu eagerly stated, “Yes, like King Mansa Musa and Queen Amina.”

“Yes,” Grandma Ernestine replied and nodded. “African Americans have also made major contributions to this society.”

Kelly politely interrupted to insert, “Like the creation of refrigeration systems, traffic lights, clocks and many other household appliances.”

“Yes,” Grandma Ernestine chuckled in agreement.

“I think the important thing is to embrace who you are and to get to know and understand others too,” Yasu declared.

“That is it,” Grandma Ernestine replied as she left the children to go for a walk.

“You know what would be cool?” Adam suggested as the others listened with anticipation. “We should have a family dinner with all of our families together.”

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A Quranic Odyssey: Towards Juz ‘Amma

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QuranicOdysseyA Quranic Odyssey is the first book in the Quranic Odyssey series by Author Umm Muhemmed and our very first publication in the Islamic chapter books genre at Mindworks Publishing. The story centers around Ibrahim and Amna, age five and two, as they embark on a journey of hifdh (Quranic memorization) with their parents, Khadija and Abdurrahman. Emphasis on love for the Quran is a central theme and it is presented in a thoughtful manner that brings the learning and understanding of the meanings of the Quran to life in the most unexpected ways. We learn about courage and patience as we get to know this young family while experiencing the “living” aspects of the Quran in their day to day challenges and joys.

The second book in the series, Ya Seen: a hifdh journey in America, continues their story but now the children are a little older. Both books are a perfect companion for any family’s hifdh journey, especially during the month of Ramadan. The books are also a great resource for anyone seeking to get a glimpse of life for a contemporary Islamic family living in the West.

 

Teranga means Hospitality

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Teranga means Hospitality

From the Mindworks Publishing travel guide book, Return To Glory: A Travel Guide for African Americans Returning To Roots by Queen Sheba D. Cisse: 

Inshaa’Allah you will experience a spiritual and physical journey like no other in the country of Teranga – Senegal. I am happy to guide your journey to the Motherland and wish for you what I wish for myself – sheer joy! I will share common-sense information to help with the practical aspects of your visit in the hopes that it will ease your arrival and welcome your long-awaited journey to a place where you once called home, and yet, still.

Senegal is a semitropical land, hot in the summer, with cool temperatures in the winter season. The women dress in exquisite fabrics and what I call “big style” on the head in enormous geles, elegantly balancing babies on their backs, and carrying bags of merchandise in two hands. It was a real wow moment – an absolutely eye-catching view – when I initially arrived to Senegal years ago. The men are often seen in long flowing garments called boubous (pronounced boo-boos) and they normally wear skullcaps upon their heads.

The French influence in Senegal is seen in some of the structures of the buildings in Dakar and in several other areas throughout the country . Senegal was part of French West Africa until 1960 when the country gained its independence.

I am also happy to say that the cuisine of the region is strictly Senegalese, meaning that it is a no-pork Teranga country, as the majority practice Islam and eating pork is forbidden. Fish is a major component of

Senegalese cuisine as are sweet potatoes, lentils, and peanuts, the primary crop of Senegal.

Benefits of expiating or visiting the Motherland  . . .

Respecting that the cradle of humanity  began in Africa,  we shall give honor.

We owe it to our ancestors to give back, affirm and acknowledge them; and we must educate our children and generations to come about our history.

To invest in the land and become an example of the change we want to see in the world .

To eat real, whole foods for improved physical health as many of the foods grown here are done so without chemicals, pesticides, hormone injections, etc.

To invest in and influence agricultural trade, education, philanthropic efforts and entrepreneurship among start-up businesses – this is something to investigate before you travel abroad.

Finally, the air is un-polluted and fresh here and the people are easy-going, friendly, and welcoming. The culture is very family oriented, and if you are Muslim like myself, you get to live Islam every day, all day, and are often involved in the traditions , wedding engagements, baby ceremonies, spiritual gatherings and funerals which are a huge deal to me!


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Return to Glory: A Travel Guide for African Americans Returning to Roots is a book that has been written with joy because it acknowledges our ancestors that have played an important role in our spiritual growth as a people. We believe that the ancestors are alive in another dimension and that they play an important role for us, whether it be through angelic mentorship or as spiritual advisors. It was important for me to honor the souls who have paved the way for me to return to the African continent.

Much more than a mere travel guide, Return to Glory offers a wide range of information about travelling to the African continent, particularly to Senegal. You can learn about Senegalese culture and cuisine, get advice about what to pack and how to prepare for the journey, and receive a first-hand account of what it is like to return to the Motherland. 

An Excerpt from Full Circle

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From Chapter Eleven

“Daddy said to pray for Lindsey to be safe and to ask Allah to bring her home quickly,” Leotie whispered with her eyes lowered.

Corinne blinked away tears and stroked Leotie’s hair.

“That is a very nice prayer,” Corinne replied and allowed Abbie to light her candle. “I’m going to pray that prayer too, if that’s ok.”

Leotie nodded and held onto Corinne’s raincoat. Once the small tea candles were lit, people began releasing them to float upon the surface of the pond. Corinne walked over to the pond’s edge and crouched down to release her candle to float across the pool’s dark surface. A full moon hung high. Partially obscured by streaks of gray clouds against the blue-black sky, and Corinne was reminded of the majesty of the Creator – the Great Spirit – Allah, as Leotie had referred to Him, and she offered the supplication that Leotie had shared with her.

The pond gradually filled with lit candles, illuminating the surrounding bushes and trees and creating an atmosphere of calm serenity. The essence of sincere prayers was almost palpable as Corinne sat down upon the pond’s bank and reflected on the fleeting nature of existence. Minute by minute, day by day, with each passing season and every passing year, she – everyone here – inched closer and closer to the end. Life was too short to take for granted. Leotie climbed into Corinne’s lap and laid her head back against Corinne’s shoulder as she gazed out at the brightly lit pond. They sat like that for several minutes, with everyone quietly watching the candles ripple over the surface of the water and Corinne was so absorbed by her thoughts that she didn’t hear Delsin’s approach. He stepped into view at the corner of her eye and crouched over the edge of the pond to release a candle before sitting beside Corinne and Leotie on the damp grass.

“Daddy,” Leotie murmured sleepily when she saw him and climbed over into her father’s lap.

She held onto him tightly, resting her head in the crook of his neck, and didn’t let go. He and Corinne exchanged a sad smile before he looked away to stare into the trees beyond the water.

For more of Full Circle, Book One, email mindworkspublishing@gmail.com or place your order on Amazon.com. 


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Full Circle is the first installment of The Yellow Butterfly book series, a work of contemporary fiction written about three Native American sisters. Full Circle, Book One, centers around the youngest sister, Corinne Shelton, and the challenges she faces upon returning to the reservation in Havenwood, WA after being away for college and graduate school. Like many young women today, she has to learn how to navigate life after being sheltered by the world of academia, and its not as easy as she expected it to be.

Islamic Nursery Rhymes by Elizabeth Lymer

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frontrevisionIslamic Nursery Rhymes is the top seller of all of our Mindworks Publishing books. Children and parents alike can delight in these beautifully crafted Islamic nursery rhymes with ease as they are designed to follow many of the familiar melodies of nursery rhymes that many of us parents grew up listening to.

The rhymes in the book are traditional nursery rhymes reworded with timeless Islamic meaning. For example, ‘Oranges and Lemons’ is an historical rhyme about ringing the bells of East London churches – and the version here, entitled ‘Assalam Alaykum’, is about mosques in East London spreading salaam (peace) and news of prayer time.

The illustrations by Fatimah De Vaux Davies are attractive and highly detailed to delight children and engage their interest in the actions of practicing Muslims. One illustration depicts Muslims gathering around a large Qur’an that is spilling out light. In another, Muslims are performing ritual prayers upon the earth, while boats sail, and airplanes and rockets fly.

These beautiful Islamic nursery rhymes can be used as remembrance of Allah and as a resource for developing pre-recitation skills before reading the Qur’an. An example of one of the rhymes is provided below and you can listen to author Elizabeth Lymer singing it and others here on her YouTube Channel.

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Fiction and Non-Fiction Books at Mindworks Publishing

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Winter-reading-yes-752x500In addition to our collection of children’s books, Mindworks Publishing has also produced Fiction and Non-Fiction Books. The titles and purchase links are provided below.  📚📚📚


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Give the gift of reading this holiday season!

It’s that wonderful time of the year again 🙂 I’ve been a Muslim for almost 20 years and I still get all warm and fuzzy once December rolls around. I may no longer celebrate the Christmas holiday personally, but I can appreciate the best of what Christmas has always represented to me: family, kindness, generosity, joy and good-will towards others. You can support Mindworks Publishing this year by giving the gift of reading through sharing our books with your loved ones – books that I believe represent all those things – family, kindness, generosity, joy, good-will towards others – and much more.

All of our books are available via Amazon and through Paypal at https://www.paypal.me/mindworks.

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MW Accepting Poetry Submissions

Peace and blessings! Mindworks Publishing is initiating a new project. The past year has been a difficult one, personally for me and for Mindworks, and after getting through this tough time, thanks and praise be to Allah (God), I wanted to put a project together that may help others who may be going through difficulty. Having faithful, loving women around me who prayed for me and gave me advice through my hard times was a key factor in my ability to stay hopeful and I believe even more in the power of community when it comes to supporting one another. This poetry anthology will be published, God-willing, with the intent to pass on the blessings that I received to others. Here are more details:
 
Submission Deadline: January 1, 2018
Themes: Faith, hope, patience, and courage
Description:
My goal for this anthology is to share poetry that can help people, specifically women, when they are going through difficult times in their lives, or when they are in need of positive advice/inspiration. All poetry should include at least one of the above mentioned themes. There is no restriction concerning length but all poems may be subject to editing (you will have a say in that process) and not all poems are guaranteed inclusion. Some of you may be familiar with our previous anthology, The Muslimah Speaks, which was very close to my heart but we had to retire the manuscript because it didn’t do well with sales. For this reason there will not be any payments involved if you submit your poetry. I will shoulder all costs for its printing and any money generated from sales will go towards supporting Mindworks Publishing. You will, however, be able to purchase printed copies at a reduced cost and you will receive a free e-book copy.
 
I haven’t had the chance to read through all of the poetry sent just yet but I will get to it this weekend and will reply to everyone via email.Thank you again for your support and may God accept this effort towards earning blessings for us and our families, amen. ❤️🙂
Email your submissions to mindworkspublishing@gmail.com and please share!
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