In the Name of Allah, the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful
By the grace of God, we are pleased to announce that LAYLA Journal Volume 3: Companions in Karbala is now available for purchase here! The LAYLA Journal is a literary journal that is composed of artwork, poetry, and stories written by Muslims. The volume highlights the stories of a select few of the 72 companions, who stayed behind when Imam Husayn blew out the candlelight and told them they are free to leave, the night before the battle of Karbala. You can purchase the journal using the links below or in our store. You can also find out more about LAYLA Journal in our projects section.
You can also get our 1440 Calendar and previous volumes of LAYLA Journal in our store here!
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This 1440 Calendar is a 12 month Calendar starting from Muharram to Dhul al Hajjah. Each month features a saying of a Masumeen and has the Wiladat and Shahadat of the Ahl ul-Bayt as well as other significant dates in the Shia Islamic Calendar. The Calendar also features dates when recommend to observe fast in other months than Ramadan. The Calendar is 14.5×9.5 inches, has a metal coli for easy flipping, also has a small hole where you can hang your new Calendar on the wall. You can purchase the calendar here or from our store.
In the Name of Allah the All-Beneficent, the All-Merciful
“The great women of paradise are four: Maryam daughter of ‘Imran, Fatimah daughter of Muhammad, Khadijah daughter of Khuwaylid, and Asiyah daughter of Muzahim, wife of Pharaoh.”
By the grace of Allah, we are pleased to announce that submissions for Volume 4: Fatimah, Lady of Light are now open! Submit, poetry, art, and short stories inspired by the life of Lady Fatimah (a) if you would like to be a part of the next journal.
This volume is part of a series titled Women of Paradise, that will cover Lady Fatimah (a), Lady Maryam (a), Lady Khadija (a), and Lady Asiyah (a). Submission deadline is midnight on January 11, 2019.
Still wondering what LAYLA Journal is? Read about our last issues here! Otherwise, continue reading on below or use the navigation links to get your entry ready!
This volume will focus on the life of Lady Fatimah bint Muhammad (a). She is the daughter of the last Prophet of Allah, the wife of Imam Ali (a), and the Leader of the women of paradise.
In this journal, we are looking for works that focus Lady Fatimah (a)’s perseverance throughout her life. We are looking for works that focus on her perseverance throughout her childhood, her life after her marriage to Imam Ali (a), after the death of her father Prophet Muhammad (a), and her martyrdom. Even in the last moments of her life after many of her rights were taken away from Lady Fatimah (a), her faith never faltered.
In order to help our contributors, we have gathered links to events that we believe are important but not as well known or difficult to find authentic sources on. We are giving extra consideration to works based on one of the following:
- Lady Khadijah’s death (1; pg 18)
- Hadith e Kisa (1; pg 52)
- Tasbih story (1; pg 36)
- Charity to the Poor (1; pg 29)
- Knocking on doors
- Fadak (1; pg 149)
Inshallah we plan to focus on the four women of paradise over a series of journals during the coming years during Rajab.
You can submit art, poetry, or a short story. You can submit one piece to each section. For example, you can submit, an art, poetry, and short story submission, but not 3 poetry submissions. Continue reading “LAYLA Journal Volume 4 Submissions Open!”
By the Grace of God, The Kawthar Project has been successfully running for two years! Here’s a review of what we’ve accomplished!
The Layla Journal – Almost one year ago, TKP announced the first Layla Journal. Since then, we’ve published 2 journals, with a 3rd on the way. We collaborated with over 25 poets and artists for a rough total of 130 pages of unique content.
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Less than a month away to submit poetry, art, and short stories to the Muharram edition of the Layla Journal!! This volume will focus on the companions of Imam Husayn(a) on the journey to Karbala, until the end of the day of Ashura, such as Hadhrat Muslim and Hadhrat Hur. For more information visit thekawtharproject.com Link in bio ••• #Muharram #Ashura #Islam #thekawtharproject #TKP #TheLaylajournal #Alhamdulillah #Shia
Travels – In the past year, we’ve attended two separate Muslim Congress conferences (2017 and 2018) and LIFE 2018. We met so many wonderful people! Thank you to everyone who signed up for our mailing list and stopped by our booths!
Growth – The Kawthar Project was started by one individual, ran by two, and is now on track to growing further! We recently added a new social media manager and found two supervising ulema. Additionally, we are working on putting together a new editorial team for The Layla Journal Vol 4.
The Kawthar Project was started with the following in mind:
- Providing education on Islamic concepts in an easily understandable manner, distributed across social media and in print
- Encouraging art and creativity in the Islamic community
- Identify and create content for under-served needs in the Islamic community
Our target audiences are creative Muslims living in the West, people seeking English resources on Islam, and women.
In line with these goals, here’s what we have planned for the future:
The Layla Journal – We are now switching to a 6-month schedule, one in Muharram and one in Rajab. Starting from volume 4, we will also be using a brand new editorial team!
Upcoming Projects – We have several unreleased projects in the works, including smaller print projects.
In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
By the grace of Allah, we are pleased to announce that submissions for Volume 3: The Companions of Karbala are now open! All entries must me submitted using this form
The initial submission period is NOW CLOSED! Rolling submissions are now open.
What Are Rolling Submissions: LAYLA Journal editorial team does not begin reviewing and accepting submissions until AFTER the submission period closes. Every entry goes through an extensive review process, for quality and Islamic review. In case of leftover space and to give rejected submissions a second chance, there’s rolling submissions. Rolling submissions are:
- Considered ONLY IF there is leftover space in the journal and have no guarantee of response from TLJ editorial team
- Initial submitters resubmitting with the TLJ editorial team’s suggested edits are given higher priority
- Rolling submissions typically last 1 -2 weeks after initial submissions close, but can close at any time
Confused about what LAYLA Journal is? Read up here! Otherwise, continue reading on below or use the navigation links to get your entry ready!
This volume will focus on the companions of Imam Hussain on the journey to Karbala, until the end of the day of Ashura, such as Hadhrat Muslim and Hadhrat Hur.
Inshallah we plan to focus on different personalities that were important helpers of the Imam during this time in each Muharram issue in the coming years. For this reason, all works must focus heavily on the companions of the Imam, not members of the Ahlul Bait.
You can submit art, poetry, or a short story. You can submit one piece to each section. For example, you can submit, an art, poetry, and short story submission, but not 3 poetry submissions.
The Layla Journal
“O you who have faith! Prescribed for you is fasting as it was prescribed for those who were before you, so that you may be Godwary.” (1:183)
By the grace of Allah, we are pleased to announce the release of Layla Journal Volume 2- Ramadan edition!
Submissions for Volume 2 of the Layla Journal are now open! Submit art, poetry, and short stories to the Ramadan edition of the Layla Journal. Your work should be inspired by Ramadan (ie about Ramadan events, fasting, Quran, self-struggle.) Fill out this this submission form by April 25th. For questions email email@example.com
Salaam everyone! The Kawthar Project is excited to announce that LAYLA Journal Vol. 1 is OFFICIALLY available for purchase on the Kindle Store! The ebook is $3, with $1.60 going towards the Kawthar Project and the rest to Amazon. Please share this link with your friends,family and community.
We’ll have physical copies soon! Physical copies will be sold for a minimum donation of $5 (+ shipping) Get the ebook AND the book for $8 (you save $1) For Questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out some sample pages here!
Did your children use our Ramadan Booklet this Ramadan? Did you like it? Dislike it? We want to hear from you!
Give us your feedback on our survey: https://goo.gl/forms/2y5eKKljUxOH0IZn2
And send us photos of your children’s artwork on the survey and we will update it on social media! All names will remain anonymous on the survey and on social media to protect you and your children’s privacy.
Have more feedback? Email us at info.thekawtharproject.com or on our contact page.