Bliss­ful gath­er­ing at the book club

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Live -

EVEN with the ad­vent of dig­i­tal me­dia, books al­ways have its way of form­ing re­la­tion­ships un­til now.

It’s one of the best ways to pick up con­nec­tions from other peo­ple.

Aim­ing to start a bond among Mus­lim women, Cheema Es­pañol, owner of Darus­salam Book­shop in Davao City, or­ga­nizes a book club and plans to host a monthly gath­er­ing in her store in Roxas Av­enue.

In an in­ter­view, she shared, “it was just a spur of the mo­ment when we hosted our first meet-up on Novem­ber and I am de­lighted that ev­ery­one who went re­ally shared a lot about them­selves even if we are from dif­fer­ent walks of life.”

Mus­lim women heard of her event from her Face­book page, and went from as far as Mati City, Davao Ori­en­tal and Cota­bato to Davao City just to join the in­ti­mate meet­ing.

“The dis­cus­sion be­came very fruit­ful and the at­mos­phere was very wel­com­ing as well. It was turned to a sup­port group and we were happy about it,” she said.

This De­cem­ber 10, she’s once again invit­ing Mus­lim women to join the gath­er­ing in­side her store over cups of tea and cup­cakes.

“We wanted to do it again be­cause it was as if, ev­ery­one needed some­one to talk to and dur­ing the gath­er­ing- we be­came what ev­ery­one needed,” she added.

Since it’s open­ing on July 16 last year, the book­store has since been or­dered by Mus­lims around the Philip­pines. They al­ready have buy­ers and dis­trib­u­tors from Marawi, Gen­eral San­tos City, Man­daluy­ong, and other parts of Lu­zon.

Darus­salam book­shop is a mul­ti­lin­gual in­ter­na­tional is­lamic pub­lish­ing house with the main head­quar­ters in Riyadh, Saudi Ara­bia. It has branches in dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents like United States, United King­dom, Aus­tralia, Canada, France, and South Amer­ica. Asian branches in­clude United Arab Emi­rates, Pak­istan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and In­dia.

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