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The Jinn: A Quick Guide On Writing Jinn Characters

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ The Jinn:A Quick Guide on WritingJinn Characters Western pop culture and media have misrepresented another non-western topic, the jinn, to the point where they’ve been romantasized and even fetishized. And due to their disbelief in things that aren’t “visible” jinn are considered “mythological” or “supernatural” beings (and as Muslims, it’s a […]

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How to Write Muslim Characters

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ The Ultimate Guide on Writing Muslim Characters In the last decade, there have been a great number of fiction books with Muslim characters. I appreciate that the media is trying to be more inclusive and diverse, but what they (still) fail to do is portray Muslims accurately (or they limit what’s

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Inspiration Behind A Thousand Silver Crescents

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Inspiration BehindA Thousand Silver Crescents Back in 2012, there was a fantasy short story contest hosted by SFF indie authors (it’s not around anymore). I don’t remember what the prompt was, but I wrote a story called “The Sacrifice” loosely inspired by 1001 Nights and the Maldivian legend of how Islam

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Islamic Writing Prompts

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Islamic Writing Prompts A few years ago, I taught at a non-profit Islamic school. But I didn’t teach about Islam. I was an academic teacher—my job was to teach Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. But when it came to writing, I had no idea how to come with ideas to

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Dear Muslim Writer: Things to Keep in Mind When You Write

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Dear Muslim Writer:Things to Keep in Mind When You Write As Muslims, we need to remind ourselves of our purpose in life (dunya). It’s the reason why Allah SWT created us. And what will become of us once this life is over (akhirah). Oftentimes, we Muslims lose sight of what we

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We Need More Muslim Novels

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ We Need More Muslim Novels This week’s post is all about diversity—or the lack of it. The first book I read that had Muslim characters was “Shabanu” by Suzanne Fisher Staples. I was in sixth grade and my English teacher, Ms. Nana, recommended this book since I was visibly Muslim (hijabi)

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