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We have an anthology review this month for a recommended read. Please check it out!



NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN: MUSLIM WOMEN WRITERS ON LIVED

EXPERIENCES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC


A Review by Musart Ellaahi

The Covid-19 Pandemic was a big scare for many of us. Some lost lives, some lost jobs, and some gained. The hardest part of the Pandemic was the fear of the unknown. Whilst reading Not To Be Forgotten it was beautiful as well as the opposite in some of the stories highlighted. It was comforting to read how the world was brought together in different ways to help, feed, and to just "be" for each other. But the heartbreaking part was reading the sudden lives lost of loved ones which nothing can replace. And worst of all was the fear of the unknown once having to be admitted into hospital although not for covid but other medical reasons and the fear of wonder if you will be able to see your family again. Covid created a scary blackout in a sense for us all and Not to Be Forgotten beautifully expresses that. How some of us were lucky to have enough to eat or learned new things and were able to deter ourselves from the reality around us.


Some of us kept ourselves busy with Netflix, took a long-earned break of not having to compete for once and to just rest. Well, that's what I did anyway. A few stories hit me hard and one of them was of Sarah Musa, Hope is a Flickering Light. Her story was of Hanadi losing her husband to covid in a space of a week because of his lack of oxygen. The reason it hit me hard was because my own mother passed away because of lack of oxygen, not because of covid but because she couldn't breathe properly due to water entering her lungs. Hanadi's faith restored her calm and at the end of the day life is basically inna lillahe wa inna lillahe rajioon, we belong Allah and to him we shall return. This mere sentence changes everything and is used whenever a distress is upon us. It's a beautiful reminder that life exists for Him and we must learn to detach ourselves. The title of this story made me wish it had a better ending. But it was in the way of the will of Allah . I could empathize with Hanadi, feeling hopeful and honestly looking for the best. As her story finished, I just wanted to know how she got on and the story to continue. I'm grateful she had some great souls around her to help her through this tough journey.


Not to be Forgotten will definitely teach us a lot of things that maybe we already know but need reminding of. Like how life is actually precious, and we may easily forget those hard months. Many are still suffering due to their financial losses and much more. I highly recommend this beautiful compilation of stories that will leave you loved, astounded, triggered, and more so in peace.

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Our Usual Book Club Questions Are:



1. What did you like most?


2. What gave you pause?


3. What didn't you like?


4. What are your other thoughts?


5. What question (s) do you have for the author(s)?


6. What questions about the book(s) do you have for the moderator or other members of the discussion(s)?



Thank you for tuning in and reading. Dear Readers & Members, see you in Next Year, in Jumada-I 1444 AH insha'Allah. We look forward to hearing from you.



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Until next time, subhanaka Allahumma wa-bihamdika ash-hadu anla ilaha illa anta as-taghfiruka wa atoobu ilayka. (O Allah, You are free from every imperfection; praise be to You. I testify that there is no true god except You; I ask Your Pardon and turn to You in repentance.) Aameen.


Masalam,



The Fofky's Book Club Team

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