Book Review: Surprise

“Surprise” is a lovely children’s book with cute illustrations, written by Zaheera Jina and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

The story revolves around 3 children, Oomi, Yusuf and Isa. Oomi announces to Yusuf and Isa that there is a surprise for them while they eat supper. Isa and Yusuf guesses that the surprise maybe a new toy or an ice-cream, but Oomi replies with a no and tells them that he’ll tell after they have finished eating.

Meanwhile, they perform different household chores together and at the end, Oomi finally reveals the SURPRISE!

What I really liked about this beautiful book is that the proper brought up of children from a young age is very important which includes helping with the household chores regardless of any gender discrimination, remembering Allah while performing daily activities, taking care of personal hygiene and loving the family members unconditionally.

I would really recommend buying this book for your children as it will teach good habits to the children without any extra effort and most importantly! If you liked my review, grab the book to know what actually the surprise is 😉

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– Stoori

Understanding The Importance Of Hijab

Hijab is a very important element for both men and women. In the ancient civilization, there was no concept and awareness of “haya” and “hijab.” Males and females used to walk around without a sense of shame or clothing. As the people tend to become more civilized, they started to cover themselves.

As we look into any of the Holy Books, we can find that each one of them teaches the lessons of modesty and hijab. Hijab, not only includes the way a person dresses but also, the way a person walks, talks and acts.

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In the Holy Quran, there are several verses that emphasize on the hijab of men and women and it’s importance for them. It is stated in Surah-Al-Nur:

“Tell the believing men to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts. That is purer for them. Indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what they do.” (Al-Quran: 24:30)

“And tell the believing women to reduce [some] of their vision and guard their private parts and not expose their adornment except that which [necessarily] appears thereof and to wrap [a portion of] their headcovers over their chests and not expose their adornment except to their husbands, their fathers, their husbands’ fathers, their sons, their husbands’ sons, their brothers, their brothers’ sons, their sisters’ sons, their women, that which their right hands possess, or those male attendants having no physical desire, or children who are not yet aware of the private aspects of women. And let them not stamp their feet to make known what they conceal of their adornment. And turn to Allah in repentance, all of you, O believers, that you might succeed.” (Al-Quran, 24:31)

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In Surah-Al-Ahzab, it is commanded to women:

“O wives of the Prophet, you are not like anyone among women. If you fear Allah, then do not be soft in speech [to men], lest he in whose heart is disease should covet, but speak with appropriate speech.” (Al-Quran, 33:32)

And who can ever be better than Mothers of the believers to follow? If such pious ladies were given a command to not be polite in speech to Non-Mehram men, then it definitely is a command to be followed by us too.

The reason why the religion emphasizes on hijab of men and women is to:

• Preserve their chastity
• Prevent them from immorality.

Hence, we can see that the teachings and commands of a religion are only for our personal safety and benefits. May Allah guide us all to follow the teachings of our religion (Aameen) .

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– Stoori

Book Review: Little Blue Skater Boy

“Little Blue Skater Boy” is a Muslim fiction children’s story book inspired by “Little Red Riding Hood” and we can say, it’s Muslim version of it, written by Shoohada Khanom and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

The story is about a little boy named Isa, who lives in a house opposite to the woods and is called “Little Blue Skater Boy” because he always wears a blue hoodie and travels on his skateboard.

One late afternoon, he is called by his mother and sent to his nanni’s (grandmother’s) house with biryani because she is ill.

“The Little Blue Skater Boy” confronts a female jinn on his way and she begins to talk to him, hiding her identity. She convinces him to collect some flowers for his nanni.

I loved how this book teaches young children different dua’s (supplications) and it’s importance. Above of all, the lesson that THEY SHOULD NEVER TALK TO THE STRANGERS.

Once again, a great accomplishment by Shoohada Khanom for writing such a beneficial book for the children.

I will highly recommend buying this book, especially if you love to buy books which helps in good upbringing of the children.

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– Stoori

Book Review: Imagine

“Imagine” is a beautiful children’s book written by Shoohada Khanom and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

This book revolves around 2 children, Yunus and Saarah. It’s bedtime and Yunus asks Saarah whether they can talk about something interesting?

Saarah tells him to imagine and starts to count the things she wish could happen.

The thing I really liked about this book is that it highlights the loving relationship between the siblings.

Secondly, it teaches the young children to adopt an Islamic lifestyle like reading the Quran, doing tasbeeh, feeding the poor and appreciating one’s family etc.

I would really recommend to buy this book for your children as they will learn the Islamic way of living in a fun, easy and effective way.

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– Stoori

Book Review: Who Could I Be?

“Who Could I Be” is a thought provoking children’s book written by Shoohada Khanom and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

The book hints at guessing the animals through describing their features and characteristics in a poetic way and in the riddle form.

What I really appreciate about this book is that it will push the children to think, activate their minds and teach them to solve a mystery through hints.

Moreover, it also teaches the children to appreciate the physical differences that each creature is special in it’s own way and last but not the least, it emphasizes on the gratitude towards the creator (Allah).

So, I will highly recommend buying this book for your children. They will definitely enjoy the bright, colourful and beautiful illustrations along with the amusement of guessing 🙂

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– Stoori

Book Review: Kamillah-The Butterfly

“Kamillah – The Butterfly” is a beautiful children’s book written by Shoohada Khanom and published by Djarabi Kitabs Publishing.

Kamillah is a caterpillar who, when gets hungry, eats different sizes of leaves and continue to grow. As she grows bigger and bigger, she gets very concerned and asks her friend Bilqis that why is it so? And she answers with tiny grin that soon she will be flying.

I loved the lesson this book teaches to little minds that everything happens at the perfect time, neither too early, nor too late. Growing is a part of life. Besides, Allah has created everyone with different looks and specialities so, every single being is special in their own way.

I would really recommend buying this book for your children as they will learn the beauty of growing, being independent and appreciating the looks Allah has blessed them with.

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– Stoori

“Hidden Pearls” Hijabs Review

A few days back, I received the hijabs from the owner of “Hidden Pearls” which are sent to me for an honest review. She was kind enough to ask me whether I adored any specific type of hijabs? As I like the ones with a greater width, she sent me a violet chiffon and an olive green crinkle hijab, which are perfect for wearing in this hot weather and broad enough to cover the shoulders and face as well.

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Niqab is my choice
Jannah is my aim
Islam is my voice
I don’t care for fame.
Mohammad is my guide
Hadith is my say
By his rules I abide
Sunnah is my way.

© Stoori

“Hidden Pearls” has a variety of excellent quality hijabs to offer, whether it be crinkle, chiffon, jersey, silk, simple, floral, glitter or shimmer, multi tone, the miniature hijabs or the ones with a greater width.

If you are a person who adores underscarves and loves to use beautiful hijab pins, then “Hidden Pearls” is definitely your one stop shop.

Above of all, it also offers international shipping with a beautiful packaging which is ideal for gifting to someone you adore whether living within the UK or outside the country 🙂

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In addition to it, “Hijab Pearls” also deals in a variety of Islamic gift boxes, i.e. a regular box and a deluxe box. The deluxe box contains some extra items than the regular box.

To discover the awesome variety, kindly browse through their website 😉

http://hidden-pearls.co.uk

– Stoori