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Two Years In The Making

I’ve just sneaked off away from my little one to my small work space upstairs, while she entertains herself with a puzzle so I can talk to you guys a little bit about my latest project..

MODESTLY my Book.  Yes Mama I’m officially an author, something I never thought I could say!

Much like now, the last two years or more have involved me sneaking away to write and plan and write and plan, re write, scrap and plan again, contemplate, sometimes cry, sometimes get really frustrated about writing and so on. Until finally about two months ago I could take a huge breath of relief and submit my final write up of the book.

In case you didn’t know, last week I announced the release of my book MODESTLY and after so much secrecy and work behind the scenes, I can finally share it with you all. Although the official release date is not until September 20th 2018.. the support that you guys have shown so far has been actually breathtaking and to say that I’ve been overwhelmed over the weekend is an understatement. It is available to pre order now on Amazon via the below link which is super exciting for me to see!

http://bit.ly/Modestly

Of course come September you’ll be able to pick it up at your local bookstores nationwide as well. There will also be opportunities to get a signed copy and come along to meet & greets / signings and potentially some events but do not fear as I shall surely keep you updated on all of that over the next few months!

MODESTLY is a book about me, my life, from the beginning to now. All of my teenage tribulations, awkward adolescent problems, how I eventually came to blog and create conversation around Muslim women by just living as one myself. Modesty has always been the common factor in certain stages of my life but it’s also about how my perception of Modesty has changed and progressed with my personal journey. My hope for this book is ultimately for it to be a relatable and real experience for the reader, any reader, not just a Muslim one either, with a little bit of fashion/beauty/relationship and family guidance as well…

obvs.

It’s kind of weird but I literally feel like this book is another baby of mine, I guess the two years it took to complete has got me feeling some type of way hey! I just hope that you guys benefit from this and ‘get it’ if you know what I mean, I just want you to get me. Does that make sense? It almost feels like an end of an era, I’ve been blogging and being online or whatever you call it nowadays for close to ten years and this is by far my biggest and most rewarding achievement. Of course I still have ambition for other ideas and goals that I want to work on, I want to keep growing, progressing and changing with you all but, considering that writing a book was never a plan of mine until I was approached to do one… it’s kind of amazing to see the opportunities that life can throw at you. It’s kind of amazing to see how things turn out, no matter how much you might plan or try and control your destiny.

Okay this is borderline cheesy and is making me nauseous (I’m 38 weeks pregnant today so that’s probably why hah).

Anyway I’m going to love ya and leave ya, seeing as it’s you guys that I have to thank for me even getting this opportunity. You guys are the ones who’ve supported and followed and shown your loyalty no matter my changes and growth, even if you haven’t agreed with everything I do, the support is still there. This is a thank you to all of you who enjoy my work and enjoy me for who I am, not for how I look or even for how I dress, but for just being me. Because regardless of everything, that really is all anyone ever wants, to be accepted for who they truly are.

Here are some behind the scenes images of the final cover shoot attempt that we did whilst I was six months pregnant, did I hide it well on the cover of the book?

 

35 Comments
  1. Juzla

    June 26, 2018 9:38 pm

    MaShaAllah Dina, you’re doing great❤
    Can’t wait to have my hands on this beautiful masterpiece woohoo!!!

    • Arshieya Khatib

      June 28, 2018 12:39 pm

      So happy for you!
      Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  2. Tahira

    June 26, 2018 9:46 pm

    GIRL I CANNOT WAIT

  3. Aya Abassi

    June 26, 2018 9:46 pm

    Just by reading your blog posts I can tell how great and mezmerising this book will be, I honestly can’t wait to start reading it, and I will try my best to book a flight to be there when it’s officially published…
    You keep shining girl… Truely success suites you… Much Love from Palestine

  4. Nasreen

    June 26, 2018 9:46 pm

    Well this is just amazing Dina! Youre style is just so down to earth that the ‘genuinity’ of it resonates your every word whether that be written or spoken. Much love Nasreen 💕

  5. Nada

    June 26, 2018 9:46 pm

    I AM SO PROUD OF YOUUUUU GREAT JOB IN ADVANCE CAUSE I KNOW I AM GOING TO LOVE ITTT!! YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!

  6. Wisahl Dulvie

    June 26, 2018 9:49 pm

    Hi Dina,
    Firstly CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
    Thank you for all you have done for us women to come together and support each other. Have to say you are such an inspiration to others.

    Hopefully soon your book will reach South Africa💖

    Keep well and all the best with your last days of your pregnancy journey💖

    Much love
    Wisahl🌸

  7. Ray

    June 26, 2018 9:51 pm

    Congratulations Dina on getting published. I look forward to it! X

  8. Aurelia

    June 26, 2018 9:53 pm

    I’m so excited for this book! I can tell that you put a lot of time into this book- well done, Dina! 👏👏👏

  9. Aya Abassi

    June 26, 2018 9:55 pm

    Just By reading your blog posts , I can tell how great awesome and purely honest your book will be
    I honestly can’t wait to start Reading it …
    and I’ll make sure to book a flight at the time of the official publishing
    You deserve all the best , and you never fail to impress
    keep shining girl , Success truly suites you Dina
    Much Love From Palestine

  10. Yara

    June 26, 2018 10:21 pm

    Wish you all the best dina.

  11. Khaleda Begum

    June 26, 2018 10:29 pm

    Inspirational! Thank you for all the effort you put in to create your content that is relatable by any woman and of course, especially the ‘normal’ Muslim woman. Looking forward to reading your book!

  12. Dina

    June 26, 2018 10:38 pm

    Congrats! That’s a huge step! You’ve been an inspiration for me since like forever basically and I can’t wait to read your book. Knowing you and your energy and wit I can tell it’ll be a great read. Thanks for taking the time to write! Looking forward to it and your next projects InshAllah! Alf Mabroooook! 🙌

  13. Najray Nishat

    June 26, 2018 10:38 pm

    Yess girl you did successfully hide your baby bump lol. I am so proud of you Masha’ALLAH ALLAHUMMA BARIKLAHA may you continue to achieve success in both worlds ameen. Lots of love! Good luck!🎈

  14. bushra ceylan

    June 26, 2018 10:39 pm

    this is so exciting Dina!! reading a book that you wrote is going to be everything (cheesy aha). the launch will be amazing, everyones already pre-ordered (me too obvs). wish you more success. hope your pregnancy is going well and inshaAllah youll have a smooth delivery and a healthy little babyyy.
    love from londonnn you already knowww😁 x x

  15. Amal

    June 26, 2018 10:51 pm

    Wohooo who needs humongous fashion house or interior design coffee table books anymore when there is something more “modest” that will be available now as an interesting conversation piece! 😁👏👏 Many congrats, sending well wishes your way!

  16. M.

    June 26, 2018 11:56 pm

    Yasss gurl I’m so proud of ya. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on your book.
    Keep doing you and good luck with the final days of your pregnancy. Insha’Allah everything goes well and good!
    Much love from the other side of the world, South Africa.

  17. M.

    June 27, 2018 12:00 am

    Yasss gurl I’m so proud of ya. I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on your book.
    Keep doing you and good luck with the final days of your pregnancy. Insha’Allah everything goes well and good!
    Much love from the other side of the world, South Africa.
    (Had to add my country cause lowkey tryna get you to come visit us because you have tons of supporters in SA 😂❤)

  18. Zahia

    June 27, 2018 12:19 am

    Salaam Dina! Wish you all the luck and best of everything, you are amazing and an inspiration and I believe you’d an incredible author and I can already feel my self smiling while reading your book ❤️.

  19. Lamya

    June 27, 2018 1:59 am

    Such a powerful woman ma sha Allah. I looked up to you for so many years as a young muslim woman struggling with daily problems, finding myself in different ways, changing my style as you did etc… and even now as a young married lady – i look up to you like the older sister I never had. Your achievement is mine, your laughter makes me smile and I wish you nothing but whatever makes you happy in sha Allah. ♡
    Can’t wait to read your book !
    Xoxo♡
    Love, Lamya

  20. Rrozeh

    June 27, 2018 2:07 am

    Will be available in the Middle East?

  21. Hanae

    June 27, 2018 5:33 am

    I can’t wit to read your book, I think it will be very interesting💕

  22. Husna

    June 27, 2018 7:14 am

    Congratulations Dina!!!!
    Am supper excited ,cant wait for my payday and purchase your book.
    I Know its going to be a good read because I have not but enjoyed all your You-Tube content.I have no dought that I will truley enjoy the read.

  23. Zafiirah

    June 27, 2018 8:21 am

    We all cant wait to get the book! knowing how interesting you are, your vlogs..am sure the book will be too… Wish you all the best and keep up with the good work x
    Not long to go for your new arrival now..Give us the good news soooon and obvs a vlog update x
    Good Luck with everything x

  24. Gkhodr

    June 27, 2018 9:59 am

    So excited to read it! Lots of love from Australia!

  25. SobriSaid

    June 27, 2018 11:33 am

    Congratulation!!

  26. B

    June 27, 2018 12:46 pm

    Yay congrats! Can’t wait to read it!

  27. Nuraan

    June 27, 2018 12:56 pm

    Hi Dina…
    I am Soooo excited about your Book…really cannot wait to read it… I’ve been an avid follower of yours for a while now and LOVE LOVE LOVE your content as well as finding so many relatable things in your videos and blogs.
    Once again, Mubarak on becoming an Author… Very awesome accomplishment.

  28. Maram

    June 27, 2018 12:59 pm

    MASHAALLAH Congratulations Dina! Can’t wait to read your book!

  29. Ghadir

    June 27, 2018 8:24 pm

    I will be so excited if it will be available in the middle east specifically Egypt …
    Allah bless you and bless your upcoming steps with your little cute funny family❤❤❤

  30. Ingie

    June 27, 2018 10:21 pm

    Dearest Dina,

    I am so happy and proud of all your achievements – hard work always pays off.
    You have a true connection with your viewers and this alone is a great accomplishment. Super excited to read this piece.

    Ps: Love alllllllllllllll the way from down under… thats Australia Mate! 🙂

    Wishing you’re sweet family all the health, happiness, and love.
    xo

  31. NOOR

    June 29, 2018 10:47 pm

    SO happy for you DINA, You deserve all the best <3

  32. Salima Arrassi

    July 2, 2018 12:11 pm

    Alf mabruk girl… Whooo so proud of you! As a bookseller I am getting an advanced copy and seriously, I’m not trying to make anybody jelly however, it’s the first time I ever used this privilege (usually I just read what is sent to me or when it’s released)! Only for you, Dina!

    PS : I had a great time helping our random house rep, cause she wanted some insider’s info (as if) in order to recommend it to other booksellers who don’t know you! So, you can thank me in your next book! 🤗😁

  33. Mira

    July 4, 2018 12:56 pm

    Will the book be available in egypt on September?

  34. Farzana Malick

    July 8, 2018 12:21 pm

    Congratulations Dina. I’m sure all your hard work will pay off! Just keep doing what your doing. best of luck xx

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