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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Tried & Tested Is Published!

Introducing my newest Urban Muslim fiction title, Tried & Tested!

A teenage Iman Johnson left home over a decade ago to follow behind a street loving hustler who promised her the world. When that world became too much for her to endure, mentally and physically, she found herself back in Pittsburgh, PA at her Muslim mother’s doorstep seeking refuge. But will the Muslim family and community that she’d turned her back on years ago be ready to finally accept her or has too much time, emotions, hurt, and secrets built up between them to overcome? Iman will have to find the strength to face her past and relearn the basics if she ever hopes to find the sweetness of faith Allah promises …

Tried & Tested is adult Urban Muslim Fiction. The book is suitable Muslims in puberty and older due to it mature subject matters: domestic abuse, mental health issues, incarceration, family discord, addiction, and family discord. These issues are prevalent in the Muslim community - around the world, but especially within Western Muslim communities. Islam is not for perfect people and I felt a necessity to pen a story about what happens when imperfect Muslims, like all of us, slip, fall, and crash and how they search, stumble, and find their way back to the mercy of The Most Merciful. I hope that this story will make you laugh, cry, smile, become angry, and then renew your hope in the amazing mercy of the Most High - not matter what your race or faith (or lack thereof) is. Iman's story transcends categories and has themes that are universal.....I just want you to get the messages, see the possibilities and hope!

That said, the BIG GIVEAWAY is still going on! Every other week in March AND April, I am giving away some cool books from my author friends (including Her Justice by Nasheed Jaxson, How I Found Myself In Egypt by Subhanah Wahhaj, The Big Reconnecting Selflove Journal by SISTERS magazine editor Brooke Benoit, Adam to ZamZam Islamic Reader by Karemah Alhark and Jamila Alqarnain) and other cool prizes like prayer rugs and hijabs as well. Grand prize winner gets the $25 Amazon gift card, a signed copy of Tried & Tested, and the #MuslimGirlsRead Tshirt! All you have to do is share a copy of the Tried & Tested book cover and the book trailer. The more likes you get, the more chances you have to win! Congratulations out to our first winners Nicole Young of Massachusetts and Zakiyyah Sabir of New Jersey! 

Finally, I am giving everyone a little over a month to get Tried & Tested and read it! April 24th is the BIG LIVE BOOK CHAT

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Umm Juwayriyah's BIG GIVEAWAY!

In celebration of my new novel coming out this April, enshallah, I am giving away some cool gifts this month! All you have to do is SHARE my new novel's book cover and trailer and follow me on ALL my social media accounts (subscribe to my Youtube page, follow me on Instagram and Twitter, and LIKE my fan page: Author Umm Juwayriyah). The more shares - the better prizes -- and the more chances to win BIG! 

But here's the best deal - 1 winner is gonna get a BIG prize at the end of April:

1 signed copy of my new novel
1 $25 Amazaon gift card
1 #MuslimGirlsRead T-shirt or hat

Don't miss out! This is the BIG GIVEAWAY -- and thank you all for rocking with me since 2007 and supporting my work.

Without further ado - check out the new book trailer featuring an original track my by the dynamic sisters: Aginah Monique and Khadijah Tha Poet - check them out on Facebook! - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Be Inspired: Black Muslim Women Shine!

In the world we live in today, making connections are easier online than in real life. Most of us don't know our neighborhoods' names. And admittedly, many of us don't care to know them either. One glance, one size up, or one head nod and we can tell that them folks across the way aren't our type of "people" nor our cup of tea! Sad, yes! But it's real. As a minority within a minority - with a hijab on, it's an everyday occurrence for Muslim women, especially Black Muslim women to be overlooked. But, you know what the elder down State Street and Main say: "You gon' learn today!" No, Black Muslim women didn't just make a come up, #Webeenhere (like, really, Black Muslim women were on  the slave ships sent to the colonies in the 1600's). Furthermore, with African American Muslims still the largest ethnic group of Muslims in the United States, you might want to at least wave at one, if they are your neighbors, - they might just be creating, filming, hooping, or solving cases you are interested in. Check these sisters out - and if you have a dope Muslim sister in your neighborhood, nominate her for our next go 'round! 

1. Mubarakah Ibrahim - (FitMuslimah) &  (ILoveBeanPie) owns multiple businesses, is a licensed fitness instructor and fitness educator/advocate in Connecticut that has been working for over 20 years to help women get healthy and stay healthy, especially in the Muslim community. I've known Mubarakah just about my whole life.  Mubarakah has been married over 20 years and is also a mother of four.

2. Iaesha Prime - ( Iesha PrimeIeasha Prime is a traditonal Islamically trained educator, activist and public speaker.  She studied Arabic and Quran at the Fajr Institute followed by general Islamic studies in Cairo, Egypt.  After two years in Egypt, she moved to Hadramaut, Yemen and enrolled in Dar al Zahra, an Islamic University for Women. There she studied Aqeedah, Quran, Hadith, Arabic, Jurisprudence (Fiqh), Islamic law, Purification of the Heart and other religious related learning.

3. Zakiyyah Muhammad - Zakiyyah Muhammad is the founding director of the Institute of Muslim American Studies - IMAS, a non-profit organization established to research, analyze and disseminate scholarship on the Muslim American experience. Muhammad previously worked as director of education for Clara Muhammad Schools and has lectured and presented across the United States. A weekly contributor to Muslim Journal, she has published in Muslim Education QuarterlyJournal of Negro EducationJournal on Religion and Education, and the Encyclopedia of African American Education.

4. Asma Hanif - (Muslimat Al Nisaa).  In 2005, co-founder Asma Hanif recognized the need to  start a shelter program in Baltimore, Maryland geared towards battered Muslim women in that would be sensitive to their religious needs, dietary restrictions, and culture as well. Muslimat Al Nisaa was founded. Asma Hanif is also a nurse.

5. Zara J - Zara J. is a multi-talented business woman. She has published six Amazon Bestselling novels along with four short story fiction titles. She is the owner/publisher of University Publications, a niche publisher company for modern American Muslim Fiction. While Zara J. Services provides professional matchmaking for serious, successful marriage minded adults looking for monogamy or polygyny. This service provides a private and personal outlet for introductions with adults who share compatible values. also hosts bi-weekly webinars with various business and relationship experts, catering to her professional clientele.

6. Kameelah Mumin Rashad - ( Muslim WellnessKameelah is the Founder and President of Muslim Wellness Foundation (MWF), she also serves as the Fellow for Spirituality, Wellness and Social Justice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).Kameelah served three years as the Muslim Chaplain at UPenn and continues to facilitate discussions on religious identity development and challenges faced by American Muslim youth.  In addition to Kameelah’s involvement in mental health advocacy and religious life, she is a proud social justice activist. Kameelah is an advisory board member of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) and the Husayn Center for Social Justice,  a Muslim-run social services and advocacy center that promotes health and wellness for the residents of Trenton, NJ. 

7. Jenny Triplet  - (RufusandJennyTriplett) One half the Muslim media power couple, Rufus-Jenny Triplet, sister Jenny (and her husband Rufus) is an author, business owner, and TV/radio hosts. Sister Jenny has appeared on CNN, TLC, HuffPost Live, and in print magazines such as Ebony and Redbook (along with her husband).

8. Tahirah Amatul-Wadud - (Attorney Tahirah) is a litigator licensed to practice in Massachusetts state and federal courts, as well as the federal court in the Northern District of New York. Her practice areas are civil rights and domestic relations law. She is general counsel for a New York Muslim congregation, regularly develops and chairs continuing education courses for legal professionals and members of the non-legal community, sits on a panel for her local bar association, and has served on boards for Western Massachusetts non-profit organizations. Ms. Amatul-Wadud is also an appointed volunteer commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

9. Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir - (Muslim Girls Hoop TooBilqis Abdul-Qaadir is a young Muslim woman who lives in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bilqis has loved playing on the court ever since she was a little girl. She is a graduate of New Leadership Charter School. Following her high school career, Bilqis attended Memphis and Indiana State University, graduating from the University of Memphis with a Master's Degree in coaching. 

10. Latifa Ali - Roxbury Community College alum, community activist and Boston, Mass native Latifa Ali works hard to bring the community together for healing, understanding, and knowledge with an original plays about the history of Black legends and Muslims. - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Friday, February 24, 2017

Novel Soon Come!

The behind the scenes for this book have been absolutely bananas but I feel blessed as always to have written a book that is representative of Urban Islamic Fiction! I finally have dates, Alhamduleelah! And that means it is time to drop the book cover, the book trailer --- and give away some goodies! March 3rd 2017 I am going live on Facebook to chat about everything and tell you how you can get some cool books and other items in this giveaway. Stick and Stay -- Share this with your sisters and brothers. They'll want in too. - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Thursday, February 9, 2017

15 Black Muslim Poets You Should Know

Have you seen those  "Best of" list or "Get to know" list that are constantly put out by well intended non Muslim publications  websites serving up the type of Muslims that they want other Muslims and non-Muslims to  be impressed with or follow/buy from/support, etc as the next big thing? Yeah, I am not too cool with selection or representation that is chosen from outside of the community. Don't get me wrong now,  I love supporting and cheering on Muslims who have earned acclaim.  You will often see me using my own platforms to push other Muslim writers/artists/filmmakers because support is needed and is important to give. However, I truly believe that it's important that any Muslims who are looking for the community's support - should also support the Muslim community! If you're a Muslim artist and your only fans are outside of the Muslim community, something is a little off with the tea. No, a Muslim artist's work doesn't have to be solely attached to or rooted in  Islam or in Muslims to be valuable or noteworthy.  Buut, we should see you in the community, helping the community, praying in the community, building in some meaningful way with the Muslim community that you want to support you in return. 

No, it's not too much to ask for Muslim artists to lend a hand - however they can, whenever they can. Many Muslim artists are doing just that and they still manage to put out dope works, stay fresh,  and make connections across platforms and demographics. They don't forget us, even as they shine! Which is why I choose these 15* Plus*  Black Muslim Poets/Artists that you SHOULD know and SUPPORT because they put in the work in and outside of our community:

1. Najmah 53 -  Nicole Najmah Abraham ( is 1 hard-working sister. A native of Brooklyn, NY, she is a mother, a spoken word artist, a business owner, a photographer, a youth worker, a radio host, and motivational speaker. She is always making moves in the community and beyond! Check her out.

2. Youssef Kromah, b.k.a Seff Al-Afriqi, is a Muslim first, published poet, author, entrepreneur, humanitarian, activist, HUDATV host in Egypt. His catchphrase is: "DoItFortheDeen"! 

3. Amir Sulaiman ( is a poet, recording artist, Harvard Fellow, actor, screen writer and producer born in Rochester, New York. His poems cross subjects of love, tragedy as well as what it means to reconcile humanity with the unprecedented trials of modernity. The Jalaluddin Ar Rumi of our generation - his poems are master classes not just in writing, but in emotion, activism, love, faith and sight! I could on, he does so much ....blessed to have shared the same stage and opened for him at Mount Holyoke College.

4. Ibrahim Jaaber ( is a third generation American Born Muslim, a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, a basketball player, spoken word artist, published author, a husband, a father and the Founder & President of Color Me Muslim which is an identity based organization that focuses on the advancement of Muslim Youth. He puts in a lot for the community and is always willing to give back! 

5. Asmaa "Bee True" Watts is born Muslim American poet and spoken word artist, business owner, and mother originally from Philadelphia, PA currently residing in Houston, TX. I had opportunity to see the sister perform in person last year and she was phenomenal! 

7. Aginah Monique & Khadijah - sisters, by blood and faith, they are teachers, community workers, mothers, always smiling, giving and helping. I've seen them perform live in Boston and the chemistry is wonderful.

8. Tyson Amir ( from the Bay, he is a published poet, a rapper, and an educator that has been putting in work over a decade. His book, Black Poems, on October 15th, 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party.

9. Bonaa Muhammad ( is a Canadian poet that has been called the voice of our generation. Reppin' Canada, Boona is spoken word artist, motivational speaker, TedEX speaker, youth worker and a community activist. In the last five years, Boona has been every where blending Islamic history and poetry and hip hop seamlessly. There is probably not a week that goes by that I don't use something by Boona in my classroom.....

10. The Legendary  Wilmore Minkah Sadiki ( - I had to do it! I had to put  our elder on the list because brother Sadiki has been writing and singing poems for Allah my entire life and he is STILL going, Alhamduleelah! If you were born Muslim in the United States in the 70's or 80's - you had his cassette tape or your parents had a record or two by him or you borrowed his tapes from somebody and dubbed it! Brother Sadiki taught us how to spell Allah (Capital A.L.L.A.H - Alhamduleelah!) and that one day the "Muslim Child" will shape the world. He taught us that: "Allah did" and that being "Covered all over" was beautiful and that everything that we as Muslims go  through  is because "It's Him" and He is worth it. *Honorary!*

11. Alia Gabres ( is a Melbourne based Poet and Storyteller. As Creative Producer in Arts Programming at the Footscray Arts Centre and also Undertaking Victorian College of the Arts Masters research, her main interest is in using arts practice as a site for knowledge generation and cultural transmission. She was part of the Global Poetics Tour 2011 with New York slam champions Mohagany Brown and others. 

12. Poetic Pilgrimage ( is a female Hip Hop and spoken word duo from London who express the world as they see it through the art of rhyme for over a decade. These sisters have had such amazing careers and they always with a new project supporting the Muslims worldwide. Much respect. 

13. Brother Dash
Brother Dash is an Author and Poet. He has been featured on BBC World Television, BBC Radio, Al-Arabiya, The Islam Channel and a variety of other media outlets in the U.S., Canada, England, Africa, and The Middle East. He is the author of the novel, The Donor: When Conception Meets Deception, a play (Black Mirrors), has released three spoken word albums, performed throughout the US, the UK and Canada and is currently working on a second novel and his first series of non-fiction books. He is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in English and Sociology and resides in New Jersey.

14. Muslim Belal  is an English actor, screen writer, spoken work artist of Jamaican descent. 

15. Miss Undastood - Brooklyn's finest and one of the first Muslima MC's, mother, youth worker, and independent artist. This sister has been hustling for over 15 years spreading her words and uplifting her sisters. I remember when I called her up for an sisters' Eid event in Western Mass and through a -----blizzard-- she showed up and entertained and shared a different 

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Bonus: Asim Sujud

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