This blog aims to be a contribution, an outward reflection of the world, religion, culture, academe, and much more. The posts are meant to be educative, engaging, reflective, but enjoyable at the same time. I want to be a part of a Muslima blogging community where we build each other up through our posts.
There are several categories in this blog: 1000 Aisha, Reflection, and Noteworthy. 1000 Aisha is about Muslimas contributing actively to society. Reflection simply contains contemplations on whatever topics that come to mind. Noteworthy includes recommendations on items, be they books, places, dining, products, etc.
Exploring a better way to present and exchange ideas particularly around issues of religion through collaborative and individual essays, addressing discrepancies thoughtfully as a method of learning to display unity within our contrasting dispositions.
This space is called Black Seedling, simply because our black children are blessings that need to be fertilized with affirmation, self-appreciation, and self-respect in a safe environment to grow.
It is a space, community or village and not a personal blog for only me to share my parenting journey. I would like it to feel like a group of like-minded folks sitting in a room helping and learning from each other. It is a community because I believe in the village approach to raising children. It is a community because I’m not arrogant enough to pretend I have all of the answers. It’s a community because we need to learn from others who are living this duality. This community will be a place where we can exist without explanation. It will be a place where we can share resources, questions, concerns, and tips.
DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING was founded by Papatia Feauxzar in May 2013. Djarabi means Love in Mandinga, her ancestral tribe.
DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING therefore promotes love books and books that promote justice, freedom of speech, peace and understanding in the community.
DJARABI KITABS PUBLISHING is now a leader in publishing books written by Muslims for both a religious and mainstream audience.
The blog is a space for me to articulate my thoughts and feelings about society, the world, my identity and so on.
Mostly these are my own writings that consist of short stories on various themes and poetry. Apart from that, I talk about the events I attend and issues I have strong opinions about.
I have recently (not that recently) started a series called Zoe Chronicles. These chronicles are mostly true stories of incidents that have happened with me.
Soon, there will be entries on Travel on the blog as well.
There used to be a time when our ummah was at the apex. We were a force to be reckoned with. We stood tall and resolute, because we lived by the Qur’an. Let’s bring back those days. Let’s spark a revival.
Throughout the dozens of conversations I’ve had with women in the past few months, there has been one common theme in all of their stories; their struggle. I hope to bring stories of women like my grandmother, who have lived lives worth documenting. Women who have fought their battles with grace. Through their narratives, I hope to cultivate in us the habit of resilience rather than that of defeat.
Shireen is the award-winning author of “Rabbi the Rabbit,” from Southern California. Find my work on MuslimMatters.org, Muslim Vibe, and Islamic Online University.
Find me at the cat cafe.