Sunday, July 31, 2011

Ramadan Mubarak!!!

Wishing you all a Ramadan full of blessings, forgiveness, charity, soul-fulfillment, Taqwa, and Success in this life and the Hereafter.  Let's try to make this Ramadan the best one yet through our deeds, Ameen!!!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Preschool and Pox

Assalam walaykum!

It's been a while for me Subhan Allah!  Lots of news, the most important is that I started working, woohooo!  My first job since I moved to Egypt (some 7 years ago mind you).  But I couldn't be happier- I'm working as a preschool teacher at a very nice nursery, Alhamdulillah.  My boss is an English convert herself, and my coworkers are really some of the nicest people you'll meet.  Not to mention my cute little students!  (My class is the 2-3 year olds)  As much as I've run from thinking that English is my only strong suit here, I really, REALLY enjoy teaching.  I love everything about it, from caring for the kids, to watching their progress, to thinking up crafts and activities, masha'Allah, it really is SO rewarding!  I love being that goofy teacher who makes them smile!
Anyway, so that's why I've taken a hiatus from the blogging world.  I've also recently had to take a hiatus from my job because my 4 yr old son has the chicken pox.  :(  Alhamdulillah it's a rather mild case so he should be back in business soon.  I keep telling him this bedtime story about a boy who got the pox and kept picking and scratching at his spots until he turned into a chicken.  My son yells, "I'm not a chicken boy mom!  I'm not going to turn into a chicken!"  LOL

Monday, March 21, 2011

I Won Something!

Subhan Allah! I received a blog award from Froggy Hijabee sister Um Zakarya! Jazak Allahu Khair! Wooohoooo ALhamdulillah! Check out her very cool blog here.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

What would you be? (from Sarah Bint Muhammad's blog)

If I were a month, I’d be November
If I were a day of the week, I’d be Friday
If I were a time of day, I’d be 8 am
If I were a planet, I’d be Saturn
If I were an animal, I’d be a Tiger
If I were a direction, I’d be East
If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a Cozy Armchair
If I were a liquid, I’d be Water
If I were a gemstone, I’d be a Diamond
If I were a tree, I’d be a Neem Tree
If I were a tool, I’d be a Hammer
If I were a flower, I’d be a Sunflower
If I were a kind of weather, I’d be Crisp and cool like autumn in the north
If I were a musical instrument, I’d be a 'Ud
If I were a color, I’d be Purple
If I were an emotion, I’d be Hopeful
If I were a fruit, I’d be a Mango
If I were a sound, I’d be Childrens' laughter
If I were an element, I’d be Oxygen
If I were a car, I’d be a Mercedes
If I were a food, I’d be Honey
If I were a place, I’d be Medina
If I were a material, I’d be Silk
If I were a taste, I’d be Spicy
If I were a scent, I’d smell like a New Book
If I were an item of clothing, I’d be an Abaya
If I were a body part, I’d be a Right Hand
If I were a facial expression, I’d be a Smile
If I were a song, I’d be the Nasheed "Kalimatan"
If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be Stilletos
What would you be?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Niqab Inquiry

I liked this post so much masha'Allah on Ummi of Aami's blog that I copied it but changed the questions about hijab into niqab.

1. How old were you when you started wearing the niqab?

I was just shy of turning 20.

2. What or who influenced you to become a niqabi?

I had been in Egypt for about 3 months and I admired the women in the street wearing niqab. Masha'Allah they looked so pious and respectful and beautiful that it made me want to research niqab in Islam. I took to the books and the internet and found wonderful information about how it is mustahab (pleasing to Allah) and part of the Sunnah. So I prayed istikhara (asking guidance in a matter from Allah) if it was meant for me. I had been reading my English translation of the Quran, it was on my bed, and (no joke) when I came back to it, a breeze blew some pages so that the first thing I saw was Surah Al-Azhab, ayat 59 "O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves [part] of their outer garments. That is more suitable that they will be known and not be abused. And ever is Allah Forgiving and Merciful." I took this as a sign that I was ready for niqab, alhamdulillah.

3. How has niqab changed your life?

Alhamdulillah, it makes me more confident when I wear it. I feel protected, and I feel that when people listen to me, they're really listening to what I have to say, not examining what I'm wearing, or how I look.

4. What does niqab mean to you?

It means modesty in all ways, not just covering my face, but thinking before I speak, about how I deal with people, and reminding me of Allah SWT so I behave in a way becoming of a modest muslim woman, insha'Allah.

5. How do you deal with the rude comments/stares you get due to being a niqabi?

Alhamdulillah, I'm not a person to notice other people, especially watching their reaction to me. I may be a bit oblivious, LOL. I try to concentrate on what I'm doing and that's it, but I know people look and comment. When I was back in America, I had one instance where I was in the grocery store and a little girl and her brother were running through the aisles, and when the girl saw me, she stopped dead in her tracks opened-mouthed and shouted so seriously, "LOOK! It's a real LIVE NINJA!"

6. What is your favorite thing about wearing the niqab?

I love how it makes me feel nearer to Allah (SWT). Keeping Allah on my mind.

7. What is your niqab must have accessory?

A little black pair of gloves, with embroidered flowers on them :)

8. What advice could you give a newbie niqabi?

Try not to take any negativity to heart. Remember, it's Allah's opinion of you that counts, perhaps your commitment to niqab will be that little thing that tips the scales on the Judgment Day.

9. What is one niqab trend you never understood?

I don't understand niqab being used as fashion, with full eye makeup, exposing the entire forehead, etc. It's ok for playing around with your husband, but niqab in the presence of non-mahrams is supposed to be more concealing, not inviting fitnah. Of course I say this to myself before anyone else. May Allah forgive us and guide us all to His straight path, Ameen.

10. What question do you get asked the most due to wearing the niqab?

A lot of people ask me why? And then tell me I don't HAVE to do it, hijab is sufficient. I say to them, what is sufficient for one woman, may not be sufficient for another, and if I have the ability to do more, for the sake of Allah, then I want to. May Allah accept it from me, insha'Allah.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hamdilah Salama!

Salams Sisters! It's good to be home. I've been back in Egypt since EID, alhamdulillah. This was the first time since I've moved here where I felt like I was coming home. Surprisingly so. I had a nice vacay in the States, don't get me wrong. But I didn't feel I accomplished much of what I expected to. Making Dawah, getting to the gym, tutoring the kids, etc. etc. Time seemed to fly by and then I spent most of Ramadan alone, (hubs was away on business). Where I didn't really "feel" Ramadan, astagfirullah. I live far from the Masjid and don't really know anyone in the Islamic community there, so Ramadan was kinds of a blur. And I didn't have the motivation to write. But now that I'm back things are kind of feeling more normal. My daughter is in school alhamdulillah, and my son will soon be back in pre-school insha'Allah. Anyway, this was a quick, "hello again" to my sistas whom I've missed in the blogosphere. I hope to get re-acquainted soon insha'Allah. May Allah bless you and your families, Amen.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Losing Yourself

Salam Walaykum sisters! Sorry haven't posted in a while, just settling in here on my summer vacay. I have a little food for thought and a question for you all. Do you ever feel as if you've traded your identity for Islam? I myself feel this way occasionally, however Allah chose for me to convert early, alhamdiullilah, before I had really established my "western identity". I found Islam during my more formidable teenage years, where it really saved me from some going down a dark path. But I'm seeing a pattern with some of the sisters who are close to me, that they feel they've crossed the line of sacraficing into total anonymity. Who are you? And does it really come down to an either/or decision? Your identity or your Islam? I'm talking about the halal stuff, accepting Islam means you choose to abandon sin. I mean your hobbies, interests, aspirations, careers? Do you still know who you are as a muslim? Or do you spend your time depressed over what you used to do, who you used to be? Where does the line of sacraficing for Allah end and losing who you are begin? IMHO, a positive attitude can greatly lighten any load, religious or otherwise. It's easy to get wrapped up in the daily load than it is to remember the reason why we're sacraficing. This life is a test, and like any test, we can work hard to pass or put forth no effort and fail. No one said the road to Jenna would be easy, in fact Allah made it hard for a reason, so only the best believers would enter. We need to keep Jennah in our mind as our ultimate goal, even when times are tough, so we won't be discouraged or think that our hard work is for naught. That's number one, number two, remember that the only one who can truly change us is Allah. Pray for patience and pray for ease, and as long as your fullfilling your obigations, He will grant you what's best for you insha'Allah. Number three, why not trying to reinvent ourselves in Islam? Establishing an Islamic identity? Instead of mourning the characters of the past, what about reinventing yourself as a muslim? Conversion is all about rebirth, Allah has erased the bad stuff we've done before Islam, and given us a new start. Without any outside influence, who would you want to be if you could be anyone in the world? What would you spend more time doing and what would you stop altogether? What would you improve, phase out, change, revamp, etc? What would your personality be like? WOuld you be more patient, kinder, less of a perfectionist? There's no reason we can't begin now. If you look at it from a more porisive and inspiring angle, you might find that your true goals lie deeper in Islam than you think. These are just some of my thoughts, I'd love to hear yours, dear readers. Salams to all!