The Muslim Bookstagram Awards is an annual celebration of Muslim voices in publishing, from mainstream publishers, Islamic publishers, or authors who self-publish. Hosted by MuslimMatters.org and featuring a panel of well-known Muslimah reviewers from bookstagram, the MBRA takes in nominations from other readers before finally judging the entries and announcing the winners! Muslimmmatters is proud to host the Muslim Bookstagram Awards. Winners will be announced on MM.
What is Muslim Bookstagram?
Muslim Bookstagram is the unofficial name for the niche space on Instagram where Muslim book lovers reside! It is a vibrant community of readers, writers, librarians, bookstore owners, and all those who are bookishly inclined. Book reviews are shared, new and old publications highlighted, and deep discussions about publishing, representation, and storytelling are had. Muslim Bookstagram has become both an amazing space for valuable conversations and a resource for Muslim parents as well as anyone else interested in diverse, representative literature.
Who are the judges of the MBA?
Amire is a Mechanical Drafter by trade and a reader by heart! Her meticulous nature helps her identify quality and assess books. Amire not only helps online viewers with selecting Islamic content but also curates books for her local masjid library. Her background in Islamic knowledge has made her an authentic resource for Muslim parents wanting authentic Islamic books. Follow her on @muslimkidsbooknook
Shifa Saltagi Safadi is the author of three books published by Ruqaya’s Bookshelf and an Islamic book reviewer. She has been an avid book reader as long as she can remember, and in fact graduated with a degree in English literature. She curates a monthly Islamic subscription box for kids called Bismillah Box Kids and is obsessed with Muslim toys and crafts! Find her Islamic reviews of books, products, and more on Instagram: @muslimmommyblog
Kirin Nabi is a former Islamic School Librarian who now hosts (often virtual) story times for the local Islamic school as well as for the larger Muslim community at the masjid. She runs an Islamic middle school book club, stewards two little free libraries, and blogs about children’s and YA books by Muslim authors or books containing Muslim characters at www.islamicschoollibrarian.com. Find her on instagram: @islamicschoollibrarian
Zainab bint Younus is a Canadian Muslim woman who writes on Muslim women’s issues, gender related injustice in the Muslim community, and Muslim women in Islamic history. She also provides in-depth book reviews of Muslamic literature on her Instagram account, covering everything from YA and adult fiction, academic treatises, and Islamic religious literature. You can find her on Instagram (@bintyounus) and support her via Patreon (patreon.com/bintyounus)
Nominate Your Favourites!
Click here to nominate your favourite Muslim publication of 2021 for the Muslim Bookstagram Awards!
Nominations will close on December 1, 2021, and winners will be announced on January 14, 2022!
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MuslimMemories is a Muslim online gift shop based in the USA, selling everything from children’s books, Muslim-themed stationery and decor, Islamic educational toys, clothing, houseware, and more! Featuring international shipping, MuslimMemories has everything you need to create beautiful Muslim memories for your family.
https://www.muslimmemories.com/ and Instagram: @muslim.memories
Happy Street Store is the premier curated shopping experience created for Muslims raising a family surrounded by Western culture. Happy Street believes in living a beautiful and fabulous life surrounded by Islamic values, by solving Western Muslim families’ “Islamic Exposure” problem with quality and beautiful products that help celebrate life’s day to day and special moments.
https://happystreet.co/ and Instagram: @happystreet_store
Days of Eid is an American-Muslim family-owned business that was founded to fill the need for well designed, high quality Eid decorations for Muslim families. Days of Eid believes in the value of nurturing a home that inspires meaning in our children’s everyday lives, and connects them to who they are. For Days of Eid, the future is as bright as that first light as we continue empowering Muslims’ identities everywhere.
https://daysofeid.com and Instagram: @daysofeid
Bismillah Box Kids is the first Muslim kid’s subscription box, curated by the expert in Islamic children’s products, Shifa Saltagi Safadi, and created by Sara Ajabri, CEO of Bismillah Box. Bismillah Box Kids provides busy parents with authentic Islamic products and books that they can trust will benefit their children. Each month will deliver a themed, age-appropriate box of Islamic products sure to inspire imagination and a love for iman.
https://bismillah-box-kids.cratejoy.com/ and on Instagram: @bismillahboxkids
Deen Hubb is a boutique Islamic bookstore located in the USA, featuring books and items brought from Malaysia and Singapore. Featuring everything from stickers, enamel pins, and books to Islamic toys and educational materials, you’re bound to find plenty of goodies to get you excited!
https://www.deenhubb.com/ and on Instagram: @deenhubb
TC Creative Co. is a brand dedicated to helping you create memories with personalized gifts inspired by faith. TCCC offers you high quality, unique, and customized lifestyle products that are made with love and duas. With incredibly unique items such as Ramadan and Eid themed family pajamas, Muslim kitchen decor, wedding gifts, and fun accessories, you’ll be blown away by the creativity of the selections!
https://www.tccreativeco.com/ and on Instagram: @tc.creative.co
Eastern Toybox is the brainchild of a former Montessori teacher, who understood the dire need for high-quality, culturally diverse educational toys for Muslim children. Eastern Toybox offers “Western Treasures, with an Eastern Twist” – a unique product line that appeals to the environmentally and socially conscious consumer, with eco-friendly and fairtrade items.
https://easterntoybox.ca/ and on Instagram: @easterntoybox
Jasmine & Marigold is a children’s clothing store with unique items that celebrate Eastern cultures! Their lush, delectably soft bamboo rompers, PJs, hats, blankets, and more will have your baby cooing in delight while you take hundreds of pictures of your adorable little one.
https://jasmineandmarigold.com/ and on Instagram: @jasmineandmarigold
Crescent Moon Bookstore carefully curates books, toys, games, stationery, and home decor for every Muslim household! Crescent Moon was created for all of us wanting to make our homes and the world a better place. A portion of all proceeds goes to several different children’s charities around the world for humanitarian aid.
https://crescentmoonstore.com/ and on Instagram: @crescentmoonbookstore
Source: Muslim Matters