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Shawwal Book Club Recap and Picks

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  • Meadows of the Divine

Summary: 40 prophetic traditions of the virtues & rulings of the Quran Allah’s speech and mighty revelation is replete with wisdom, truth and justice. Its verses are perfected by one who is perfect; it guides those who lend their ear to it from utter darkness to the full glory of its light and guides them along and towards a straight path. It is indeed the everlasting miracle.

Thoughts: Though some ahadith are well known, several are new.

Rating: 5/5


  • The Chance

Summary: ♥ He was her forever guy, her eternal muse who rocked her world. She turned his world upside down... After a whirlwind romance and a quick marriage, Razia and Danyaal thought nothing could tear them apart. But when the pressures of life set in, the cracks start to show, and Razia is left picking up the pieces. After some time away Razia is determined to start a new life without Danyaal. But Danyaal isn’t ready to let her go, just yet. ♥

Can he convince her that their marriage is worth another chance? Or have they reached the end of the road?The Chance is a romance novella with steam. No cheating, no cliffhanger, guaranteed HEA★


Review: The Chance is such a beautiful and steamy romance. The story is also very realistic and relatable. Married Muslim couples face these types of disagreements on the regular. So, it dispels the argument many non-romance readers have against the romance genre; it's often unrealistic and misleading. It's so realistic that the main character pauses her career for the man. That was the only hiccup we had with it. It's very common to see women do this. Sometimes, we wished women didn't do this based on personal experience. Sometimes, it works and sometimes it doesn't. It works for Danyaal and Razia. Alhamdullilah. Above all, well written.

Rating: 4.5/5


  • Not Without My Hijab

Summary: In "Not Without My hijab," Halimah walks you through her personal journey to self discovery while navigating College, Corporate America and relationships. Halimah guides you through 11 Steps to Reclaiming Your Faith.

Status: Still Reading

Rating in Progress: 4/5

  • The Broken Kingdom

Summary: For weeks a dream has plagued the mind of the most powerful person on earth, the Sultan and Caliph of the Islamic Empire. Scenes of destruction and pain continue to visit him regarding a strange land, a city that he has never seen before. In his heart he knows that a strong connection exists between this hidden city and the Empire.

The Sultan entrusts the mission to a former soldier and close friend of the royal family, Adam ibn Mustafa. Over sea, deserts and mountains the reinstated soldier of the Sultan must venture to discover this city and save it from annihilation. But his journey is not an easy one as Adam must overcome natural disasters, wild beasts and a hidden enemy that seems connected somehow.

But all these trials are nothing compared to what awaits Adam at the end of his journey, a new threat or a forgotten enemy?

Status: Still Reading

Rating in Progress: 4/5


  • Rekiya & Z

Summary: When Rekiya and Zaynunah met as teenagers, neither had any inkling this would be the start of a lifelong friendship. That the bond they formed as friends would see them through the best and worst times…

Rekiya & Z explores the themes of Time and its fickleness, trauma, loss and the varying realities of Muslim Womanhood against the backdrop of Africa’s most populous country.

“A balanced rhythmic voice… gripping in its emotions, compelling in its ease… An absent narrative has finally found its medium…”

-Prince Adewale Oreshade, Author, 18th and 19th Century Afro-American Poets and i.

Status: Still Reading


  • We Free The Stars

Summary: Darkness surged in his veins. Power bled from her bones.

The battle on Sharr is over. The Arz has fallen. Altair may be captive, but Zafira, Nasir, and Kifah are bound for Sultan’s Keep, determined to finish the plan Altair set in motion: restoring the hearts of the Sisters of Old to the minarets of each caliphate, finally bringing magic to all of Arawiya. But they are low on resources and allies alike, and the kingdom teems with fear of the Lion of the Night’s return.

As the zumra plots to overthrow Arawiya’s darkest threat, Nasir fights to command the magic in his blood. He must learn to hone his power, to wield it against not only the Lion but his father as well, trapped under the Lion’s control. Zafira battles a very different darkness festering in her through her bond with the Jawarat―it hums with voices, pushing her to the brink of sanity and to the edge of a chaos she dares not unleash. In spite of everything, Zafira and Nasir find themselves falling into a love they can’t stand to lose . . . But time is running out, and if order is to be restored, drastic sacrifices will have to be made.

Lush and striking, hopeful and devastating, We Free the Stars is the masterful conclusion to the Sands of Arawiya duology by New York Times–bestselling author Hafsah Faizal.

Status: Still Reading

Rating in Progress: 4/5


  • A Sky Beyond a Storm

Summary: Picking up just a few months after A Reaper at the Gates left off...

The long-imprisoned jinn are on the attack, wreaking bloody havoc in villages and cities alike. But for the Nightbringer, vengeance on his human foes is just the beginning.

By his side, Commandant Keris Veturia declares herself Empress, and calls for the heads of any and all who defy her rule. At the top of the list? The Blood Shrike and her remaining family.

Laia of Serra, now allied with the Blood Shrike, struggles to recover from the loss of the two people most important to her. Determined to stop the approaching apocalypse, she throws herself into the destruction of the Nightbringer. In the process, she awakens an ancient power that could lead her to victory--or to an unimaginable doom.

And deep in the Waiting Place, the Soul Catcher seeks only to forget the life--and love--he left behind. Yet doing so means ignoring the trail of murder left by the Nightbringer and his jinn. To uphold his oath and protect the human world from the supernatural, the Soul Catcher must look beyond the borders of his own land. He must take on a mission that could save--or destroy--all that he knows.

Status: Still Reading

Rating in Progress: 4/5


  • A Match Made in Mehendi

Summary: For fans of When Dimple Met Rishi comes a lighthearted novel about tradition, high school social hierarchy, matchmaking, and swiping right (or left!).

Fifteen-year-old Simran "Simi" Sangha comes from a long line of Indian vichole -- matchmakers -- with a rich history for helping parents find good matches for their grown children. When Simi accidentally sets up her cousin and a soon-to-be lawyer, her family is thrilled that she has the "gift."

But Simi is an artist, and she doesn't want to have anything to do with relationships, helicopter parents, and family drama. That is, until she realizes this might be just the thing to improve her and her best friend Noah's social status. Armed with her family's ancient guide to finding love, Simi starts a matchmaking service-via an app.

But when she helps connect a wallflower of a girl with the star of the boys' soccer team, she turns the high school hierarchy topsy-turvy, soon making herself public enemy number one.

Status: Still Reading


Thank you for tuning in and reading. Dear Readers & Members, see you in


Dhul Qadah 1442 AH insha'Allah.


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)?


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

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