Share your story!

Bismillah! Would you like the opportunity to get published and contribute to a sadaqah jariyah (ongoing charity)? Here is your opportunity to contribute to the My Beloved series!

The My Beloved series is a set of 3 books, each book relating Allah’s Names and Attributes to everyday life. The book series is very unique in that it uses stories (from everyday life!) to relate to and tie it into and explain a Name(s) of Allah. A hadeeth or ayah is also referenced and explained, however the main focus for each chapter is the story. The story will inshAllah help the reader relate to the Name of Allah and understand how to apply it. Each book will only have a set number of chapters which will be contributions from the community. The stories are very simple and to the point and best of all, you don’t need to worry about editing!

At the end of each story there is a “Self-Reflection” section, in which readers are guided on a way to self-reflect on their own personal life. The self-reflection is connected to the Name of Allah mentioned in the chapter. There is also a “I Want to Soar” section in which an action item is suggested to apply the Name of Allah in their everyday life.

If you’re interested in contributing, please review the guidelines for submission below, a list of Names of Allah to choose from, and details of compensation for your time if your story is selected to be featured in the My Beloved book series.

Guidelines for Submission for to the My Beloved book series:

  • A story from My Beloved is a true story from your own personal life in which you relate a Name or Attribute of Allah to a real life incident or moment. It can be inspirational, reflective, courageous or funny.
  • The story must fall into one of the following topics: high school/college years, loss/death, drugs/fitnah, opposite gender, hijab, love/marriage, or rizq/money/career.
  • The story must explain the Name of Allah and tie it back to an ayah or hadeeth in which the Name of Allah is mentioned. You may include one to two names of Allah within the same chapter. If the Name of Allah that you would like to use has an opposite, it would be a great idea to include it in the same chapter. i.e. Al-Fattah (The Opener) and Al-Qabid (The Withholder). If the Name of Allah has another name that is frequently mentioned together in the Qur’an you may choose to include that name as well. But each name must be explained in detail and follow the same guidelines.
  • Each chapter should be between 1200 and 1600 words total (including the “Self-Reflection” and “I Want to Soar”).
  • The beginning of the chapter will have an opening quote. This could be any quote that is related to your story. (If you would like us to choose a quote, we can do that!)
  • The “Self-Reflection” sections: Choose a way for the readers to self-reflect on their own life with regards to the Name of Allah that you chose in your chapter.
  • The “I Want to Soar” section: Choose an action item for your readers to take. Suggest a time frame in which they should get it done. This action item should also be related to the Name of Allah that you chose to explain in your chapter.
  • Include a paragraph description of your background. This description will be included in the book when it is published.
  • After your submission is selected to be included in the book series, we will have it reviewed by an editor. You will be notified of the changes made and will have a chance to review the final version of the story before the book gets published.

Compensation for Published Submissions

  • For each publication, every contributor will be compensated with $250 and 5 printed copies of the book. Both the monetary compensation and printed copy of the books shall be given to the contributors after the first year of publication. 
  • You will become part of the My Beloved contributors and part of the “Project Illumination” tribe. Project Illumination is a group of ordinary people who choose to give back (even if it’s just a little bit) to the overall community. Remember the saying of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ): “Convey from me, even if it be an Ayah…” We may not be scholars or immensely knowledgeable people, but each person has some knowledge which they can share. James Keller once said, “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.” Each of us is a candle that holds some light which can be shared with another person. We believe you have a beautiful light waiting to be shared with the world.
  • Submissions must be received by December 31, 2020. Please email word documents to: projectillumination1.0@gmail.com

Available List of Names and Attributes to Choose from:

  • Al Ahad – The One and Only
  • Al Wahid – The One
  • Al-Malik – The King, The Owner
  • Al-Quddus – The Pure of Defects Possessor of Barakah
  • Al Salaam – The Source of Peace
  • Al-Qahhar – The Perpetual One that Overcomes All
  • Al-Raqib – The Ever Watchful
  • Al-Shahid – The Witness
  • Al-Khabir – The All Aware
  • Al-Sami – The Hearing
  • Al-Basir – The Seeing
  • Al-Wasi – The Boundless / The All Embracing
  • Al-Muhaymin – The Guardian / The One Who is entrusted
  • Al-Muhsi – The Knower of Each Thing Separately
  • Al Hakim – The Wise, The Judge, The Ruler
  • Al-Kabir – The Great
  • Al-Mutakabbir – The Supreme
  • Dhu al-Jalal wa al-Ikram – The Lord of Bounty and Honor
  • Al-Jalil – The Majestic
  • Muta’ali – The Exalted
  • Al-Maajid – The All-Noble One
  • Malik al-Mulk – The Possessor of Absolute Sovereignty
  • Al-Mughni – The Enricher
  • Al-Nafi – He Who Benefits
  • Al-Muqsit – The Just One
  • Al-Adl – The Embodiment of Justice
  • Al-Hasib – The Reckoner, the Sufficer
  • Al-Wajid – The Resourceful
  • Al-Nur – The Light
  • Ar-Rasheed – The Guide to Path of Rectitude
  • Al-Nasir – The Helper
  • Al-Qabid – The Withholder
  • Al-Basit – The Giver of Abundance
  • Al-Khafidh – The Abaser
  • Al-Rafi – The Exalter
  • Al-Mu’izz – The Honourer
  • Al Muzil – The Abaser
  • Al-Muhyi – The Giver of LIfe
  • Al Mumit – The Slayer
  • Al Muqaddim – The Expediter
  • Al-Mu’akhkhir – The Deferrer
  • Al-Muntaqim – The Retaliator
  • Al-Jaami’ – The Assembler of Scattered Creations
  • Al-Maani’ – The Preventer
  • Ad-Daar – The Distressor
  • Al-Haqq – The Truth
  • Al-Mo’min -The Faithful
  • Al-Shafi – The Healer
  • Al-Hayyiyy – The Possessor of Modesty
  • Al-Warith – The Inheritor
  • Al-Ghaniyy – Free of Need & Want
  • Al-Zahir –  The Manifest
  • Al-Batin – The Hidden
  • Al-Hayy – The Ever Living
  • Al-Qayyum – The Sustainer & Maintainer of every soul
  • Al-Awwal – The First
  • Al-Akhir – The Last
  • Al-Baqi – The Everlasting
  • Al-Fattah – The Opener
  • Al-Khafidh – The Abaser
  • Al-Tayyib – The Pure / The Good
  • Al-‘Adhim – The Great
  • Al Khallaq – The Perpetual Creator
  • Al-Mubin – The Evident
  • Al-Witr – The Indivisible
  • Rafi’ al-Darajat – The Exalter of Status
  • Al-Mannan – The Benefactor
  • Dhu al-Tul – The Possessor of Munificence
  • Al-Muhit – The All Encompassing
  • Al-Jawad – The Magnanimous
  • Dhu al Fadl – The Possessor of Grace
  • Dhu al-Ma’arij – The Lord of the Ways of Ascent
  • Al-Subbuh – The Most Glorified
  • Al-Sayyid – The Noble One
  • Al-Waali – The Holder of Supreme Authority
  • Al Samad – The Self Sufficient
  • Al-Hafi – The Most Gracious
  • Al-Sammad – The Eternal
  • Al-Mudhill – He Who Humbles
  • Al-Mu’min – The Giver of Security
  • Al-Fatir – The Bringer into Existence
  • Al-Badi – The Originator
  • Al-Hafiz or Al-Mani – The Preserver or The Protector
  • Al-Rafiq – The Gentle
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