The Stories-of-Light Website http://maryamsinclair.com/ is finally in its last stages of completion! Alhamdulillah even with no promotion or announcement, the moment the ordering process was put into place, orders for CD’s started coming in. And thanks to CD Baby, the CD as digital downloads are now available through them, though iTunes, and in a short while, inshaAllah, from the Stories-of-Light site too.
For now, following this link http://cdbaby.com/cd/mehdedmaryamsinclair2 will take you to the Bowing of the Stars order page, where you can hear a sample from each track and order a download! And clicking on http://cdbaby.com/cd/mehdedmaryamsinclair will take you the the page featuring A Mercy to the Worlds.
My new book, When Wings Expand, is in its final stages of revision now and will be published early next year by Kube Publishing UK. I am fortunate to be working with a brilliant and very patient editor, Yosef Smythe, and fortunate too that my mentors Pattie Gauch and Kim Griswald, with whom I worked in two amazing Highlights Foundation Founders Workshops, have read generous parts of the manuscript and have made their considerable experience and expertise available to me, alhamdulillah.
Here’s an excerpt from When Wings Expand, the journal of a 12-year old Muslim girl living in Toronto:
Monday July 14, 2008
I walked through the house this morning before everyone got up and the silence really scared me. Mehmed woke up next, calling out for Mama. When I went into his room he just turned away from me and stuck his head under the covers. I felt so hurt, especially after last night. I ran back to my room and threw myself onto my settee. My throat was aching and I just started to cry and cry like I would never be able to stop. I didn’t know how to be different, to be strong. It was all just a bunch of words, Buraq. I was remembering the butterfly on the sunflower, and the feeling that Mama was soaring away somewhere, and that I had wings beginning to grow, but none of that was real! It was just all my imagination! Why couldn’t she just have beautiful wings in this life here with me? Why did she need to die?? When I saw the butterfly fly away, I saw my mother and her beauty and her grace flying away from me. I wanted her here with me! I cried harder and harder and harder but I began to see that no amount of crying would change anything, and finally I felt Baba sit on the floor beside the settee. “I’m here, Nur. I love you.” Buraq, it was amazing. He didn’t have to say anything…I just felt the pressure leave me slowly, and I actually started to feel almost like peace come into my heart. Mehmed came in and crawled onto my bed, and we all just stayed there together, me and Mehmed on my bed, Baba on the floor, for a long time.
Then suddenly Baba jumped up. “Right!” he said. Grab the grapefruits and let’s go!”
“Where?” Mehmed asked.
“To the waterfall!”
It really helps to be in the woods, you know, Buraq?
The waterfall crashes
And yet within the roar
There is silence.
This is what
Takes me into itself
And I go, leaving behind the sadness
That roars in me.
Then I remember
What Mama always said to me,
Wait. You will see. Allah is cherishing you...
How does Baba know that bringing us to the waterfall is the best possible medicine? Even Mehmed was smiling sometimes by the time we got into the car to come back. In the afternoon Baba took us back to the cemetery. We lay down together on the grass near Mama’s grave and Baba asked Allah to reach into our hearts and heal the wound that her dying is for us.
Through light-hearted and gentle storytelling that inspires love and longing for Allah and His Messenger, Ms. Sinclair introduces children to Muhammad, may Allah bless him and give him peace. She verifies for them, in a way appropriate to their needs, that Islam is the culmination of the Message of Allah, a message that opened with Adam, peace upon him, and was sealed with Muhammad, may Allah bless him and give him peace, renewed through time and purified from human alteration by the prophets in between, peace upon them one and all.
Sheikh Nuh al-Qudat, former Mufti of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
My daughter can now act out entire scenes from A Mercy to the Worlds. She loves it so much, it’s the only CD we’re allowed to play in our car! I even feel her English has improved because she now uses words like ‘surely’ and ‘alas.’
Rohi Padela, New Jersey
Give a listen!
My 6-year-old granddaughter Halima spent several weeks listening daily to The Bowing of the Stars. Then she put it aside. Two days ago she was revisiting it for the first time in a couple of months. When she came to the scene with Yusuf, peace upon him, in the bottom of the well, she ran into my kitchen. Grandma! I just remembered something! I fell down in the garden, like this. She threw herself on the floor. And when I was laying there on the stones I remembered Prophet Yusuf in the bottom of the well, how he was making dua, and I made dua! Halima bint Ibrahim
YES!!!!! We LOVE LOVE LOVE her stories – ‘when I grow up’ I want to tell stories like her too. In fact, she has inspired me to try a little more with my own storytelling to children, but her CD’s never fail to give even me goosebumps as the story unfolds and carries you to a time and place as if you were to almost witness it. I could rave a long time masha’Allah. We have the Bowing of the Stars and the Year of the Elephant. The Qur’an recital is superb masha’Allah too. I forget who recites, but it’s beautiful. From Mothering Magazine Forums
My four-year old son Dawoud and I were spellbound by this telling, dazzled by the grandeur of the story. For the first time I felt the beautiful reality of the Prophet Yusuf, the magnificence of his personality. The next day, Dawoud retold all of the part we had heard to his father. He still wants to listen again and again and his understanding grows each time. Heba Salem, Jordan
I’ve been playing Miraculous Happenings for a few days straight and noticed that my daughter has actually memorized parts of the story, and she is only 18 months old!! I was doubtful at first so I’ve kept playing it every day so I could pay attention. I can tell she has memorized parts of the story because her actions usually precede the sound effects/dialogue that she seems to be imitating rather than afterwards. Muna, Kuwait
Miraculous Happenings in the Year of the Elephant book $15US
A Trust of Treasures book $15