Book Recommendations, Muslim Shelf Space, Ramadan Readathon

My Favourite Books By Muslim Authors

I am absolutely loving that there are more books being released by Muslim authors so I thought I would share some of my favourites and ones I highly recommend you all read! They range from non-fiction to fantasy to contemporary books.

This month is also Ramadan and you can also take part in the Ramadan Readathon taking place on Instagram and twitter and these books are perfect for many of the prompts!

1 Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed – a book that I will recommend to every single person until the end of time! I adore this book and it’s written in such a way that it feels like it’s written just for me. This book has gotten me through so many difficult times in my life.

2 The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty – I am completely and entired in love with and totally obsessed with this trilogy! It is absolutely amazing and you all need to go read it. If you want to know more you can read my review here

3 Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin – a Pride and Prejudice retelling with Muslim characters and I absolutely adored it! The banter and slow burn romance was done so well! You can read my review here

4 Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed – a book that deals with a topic I am so passionate about, girls rights to an education. I really loved how Aisha dealt with the issue and highly recommend you all read it. You can read my review here

5 An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – this book is brutal and intense and will keep you on the edge of your feet right until the end!

6 Revive Your Heart by Nouman Ali Khan – a book that deals with many important societal issues faced by Muslims today. Highly relevant and really inspiring.

7 She Wore Red Trainers by Naima B Robert – a halal love story that I absolutely adored! You can read my review here

8 Ayesha Dean – The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum – a Muslim teenage detective who ends up solving mysteries while she is on holiday with her friends. If you enjoy Nancy Drew type books then I highly recommend it! You can find out more by reading my review here

9 Kick the Moon by Muhammad Khan – dealing with toxic masculinity that is still very much prevalent in todays society and that it is okay to be you. You can read my review here

10 Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman – this is a short concise book but full of inspiring duas and how amazing Muslims in the past knew the power in dua. It’s such a great book and perfect as a Ramadan read.

So these are some of my favourite books!

Do you have any favourite books by Muslim authors? Or books by Muslim authors you want to read?

Ramadan Readathon

#RamadanReadathon 2019 – Non Western Setting Books Recommendation

Ramadan is almost here and it’s almost time for the Ramadan Readathon!

For this years readathon there is also a bingo card and there will be several posts over the course of the week sharing book recommendations for each of the prompts! So keep an eye out on the Ramadan Readathons social media page to read them all and help you choose what books to read this month!

Ramadan Readathon Bingo

This post covers the non-western setting prompt for the pilgrimage pillar. So here are my recommendations:

1 The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

2 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

3 The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

4 Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed

5 Ayesha Dean – The Istanbul Intrigue by Melati Lum

6 A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

7 Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

8 Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai

These books are set all over the world from Syria to Pakistan to Afghanistan. I have read most of these and loved them and the others are on my to read pile!

Are you doing this prompt for the readathon? What book have you picked?

Book Recommendations, Muslim Shelf Space, Ramadan Readathon

#RamadanReadathon 2019 – Non Fiction Books Recommendation

Ramadan is fast approaching and that means it’s also time for the Ramadan Readathon! I love taking part and Nadia does such a wonderful job hosting it every year!

For this years readathon there is also a bingo card and there will be several posts over the course of the week sharing book recommendations for each of the prompts! So keep an eye out on the Ramadan Readathons social media page to read them all and help you choose what books to read this month!

Ramadan Readathon Bingo

I am going to share with you some books that I think are perfect reads for Ramadan!

Some are books that help us with our spirituality and connecting with Allah and others are books that give us insight into the lives of Muslims and their achievements.

1 Reclaim You Heart by Yasmin Mogahed – I cannot explain to you how much I love this book. It’s a book that you can read again and again and still benefit from it. I also highly recommend her other book, Love and Happiness.

2 Revive Your Heart by Nouman Ali Khan – another wonderful book that covers so many issues we deal with in today’s society

3 Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman – this book released recently and it has 30 duas (supplications) to help us and it’s perfect for you to learn one everyday in Ramadan

4 Muhammad: How He Can Make You Extraordinary by Hesham Al-Awadi – this book is really unique in the sense that it is not only a biography of the Prophet (pbuh) but how we can learn from the way he lived and incorporate it into our lives

5 The Productive Muslim by Mohammad Faris – this book navigates all aspects of our lives and helps us to better ourselves and develop good habits and break bad ones.

6 It’s Not About The Burqa edited by Mariam Khan – this book is so needed and I absolutely loved the essays in this book.

7 Lost Islamic History by Firas Al-Khateeb – this book covers a lot of Islamic history and is a really interesting read

8 When the Moon Split by Saifur Rahman Mubarakpuri – a biography of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and one of my favourites

9 Women in the Quran by Asma Lambert – it’s really great reading about these inspirational women that are spoken about in the Quran

10 Al-Muhaddithaat: The Women Scholars in Islam by Akram Nadwi – such a wonderful book filled with some amazing women throughout history

So these are some of my favourite books I highly recommend reading them and if you want any other recommendations for any other type of book please do ask! I have A LOT more books I could recommend!

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Ramadan Readathon 2019 TBR

Can you believe it’s almost Ramadan again?! The year has raced by! And of course, it’s time for another Ramadan Readathon and this year is going to be even better than the last!

This year there the reading challenge has a bingo card with prompts to help you choose books to read. Nadia, who runs the readathon, also has a spreadsheet of over 400 Muslim authored books to help you if you’re stuck for books to read.

There is also a weekly Instagram photo challenge based on the bingo card prompts. There will be a twitter chat during the month with Yasmin Rahman, the author of All the Things we never Said. There is even a book tag which you can all take part in!

Here is Nadia’s blog post with all the details and links and the sign up form.

Ramadan Readathon Bingo

So the pillar I chose is Shahadah (Faith) and these are the books I chose to read:

Free Space – Light Upon Light by Nur Fadhilah Wahid
Non-Fiction – Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman

Historical Fiction – The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
Recommended to You – Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson
Multiple Points of View – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

And if I finish those then I will try to complete the Sawm (Fasting) pillar and read these books:

MG/YA Fiction – Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
Sci-Fi or Fantasy – Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
Involves Food – Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin
Free Space – Reclaim your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
Read in one Sitting – Yes, I’m Hot in This by Huda Fahmy

So these are the books I will read during Ramadan Readathon!

Will you be taking part? What books will you be reading?

Ramadan Readathon

Ramadan Readathon Wrap Up

So I took part in Ramadan Readathon again this year where I focused my TBR during Ramadan on books by Muslim authors or had muslim characters and I also took part in the photo challenge over on Instagram. And I really enjoyed it! It gave me a chance to share books that I may not share as often and talk about Ramadan with fellow bookstagrammers.

So the books I read this Ramadan are:

  • The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • When Wings Expand by Mehdad Maryam Sinclair

I also read sections of:

  • Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed
  • A Treasury of Ghazali by Mustafa Abu Sway

Not as much as I had hoped but I had a really busy Ramdan! So I think I did quite well!

I thought I would also share the photo challenge on here too as I had such fun choosing the books for the prompts!

1 Ramadan Readathon TBR – So these are the books I originally chose for the readathon but I am the worst at sticking to my TBR!

ramadan tbr

2 Spell Ramadan with book spines – I actually managed to use all books by Muslim authors!

spell ramadan

3 Muslim character you want to befriend – I adore Samirah from the Magnus Chase books! She’s such a badass and so unapologetically Muslim and I just loved that about her!

samirah

4 Books you shouldn’t read while fasting – Oh man there’s so many food references in these books that will leave your mouth watering!

ramadan books with food

5 Favourite Muslim authored book covers – Just look at how pretty these covers are! I completely fell in love when I saw these covers!

fave covers

I would definitely recommend you all check these books out too! I’ve read most and loved them and the rest are high on my TBR!

So that’s another Ramadan over! I cannot believe how quickly it’s come and gone again for another year! I hope you all had a wonderful Ramadan and Eid Mubarak!