Funny or not?

August 31, 2009 § 8 Comments

As a Niqabi myself, when I came across this picture, I didn’t know if I should be offended or not. Although a part of it is funny, the other part is just well – the Niqab has a higher purpose then that.

And it’s Niqaab with an I not an A.

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New Firsts

August 29, 2009 § 16 Comments

I came home at 4:30 AM last night today morning. Yes, I – the one who usually has to be home around 9:30/10 ish. I don’t know if it was an Islamic event or that my brother was there counts, but it was definitely a new first. 😛 I also had the pleasure of witnessing four five shahadahs – new converts to Islam. May Allah subhanna wa ta’ala make things easier for them. Ameen. There is nothing like the feeling you get when you witness new muslims coming into the deen.

I keep on getting watery infected eyes. Usually it isn’t so bad, but today after I woke up i barely open my eyes. And I have a feeling its because of my lenses, i need to change them. On the other hand, glasses and I don’t go well together. [And very few spectacles suit with Niqab] Either I keep on breaking whatever pair i have or they get misplaced and i can’t find them.

Ramadan thoughts 3 – Ramadan around the World in Pictures

August 26, 2009 § 3 Comments

I think it’s beautiful how the Ummah comes together for Ramadaan. So many of us from different cultures and nationalities all doing the same thing, alhamdulilah.

Link

Ramadan Thoughts 2

August 25, 2009 § 5 Comments

I hate stupid Masjid Politics. They make me angry and are evil for your khushoo. Khushoo does not come easily, even if you understand the Qurán and know the verses that are being recited and the dua that is being done. Especially when there are kids running around, mobile phones going off, the ladies section speaker not working too well and the Woman next to you not filling the gaps because according to her its sunnah to keep the saff on the right side. But it’s okay to pray in Jamaah with a huge gap in the middle when the Prophet sallalahu ‘alayhi wasallam has clearly warned against it.

Sigh.

Ramadan Thoughts 1

August 24, 2009 § 11 Comments

I feel restless. Almost if my soul is searching for something more. Yesterday I couldn’t sleep and there was a humming in my mind that I just needed to go and read the Qurán. I ended up sleeping at 3 before waking up for suhoor. It’s amazing that just as the body needs nourishment so does the soul.

Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Ar-Ra’d (13):28]

Ramadaan is upon us and although I’m trying my best, I feel I’m not squeezing out all the ajar of Ramadaan. It’s a scary feeling.

I think once I re-start my course and get into routine again things should be better. [Which is tomorrow inshaAllah]

A Ramadan ahadith:

RasoolAllah sallalahu ‘alayhi wasallam said, “There are in the month of Ramadhan in every day and night those to whom Allah grants freedom from the Fire, and there is for every Muslim a supplication which he can make and will be granted.” [al-Bazzaar, Ahmad, Saheeh]

May Allah subhanna wa ta’ala make us of those he grants freedom from the fire. Allahumma Ameen.

Ramadan Kareem

August 21, 2009 § 3 Comments

Ramadan Kareem to all.  Alhamdulilah, Allah [SWT] has give us the tawfique to enter into this month and that is a blessing in and in of itself. So many people who were there last Ramadan are not with us today so treat every Ramadan as your last one.

This shar – this month is a month full of so many blessings that we can’t even begin to touch upon them. There is a famous ahadith in which two sahaaba passed away, one a martyr and the other next year in his bed. And yet the other Sahaaba [ra] had a dream that the one who had passed a year later had entered into Jannatal Firdaws earlier then the martyr. When asked, RasoolAllah sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam replied that yes, it is because of the upper hand he had on his friend by coming upon Ramadaan and fasting and his Qiyaam he maintained in that year.

So reflect and ponder and try to attain as much ajar in this month as you can. Who knows? This could be your last.

And last but not the least, fasting in this month is not just about refraining from food and drink, but refraining from sinning, for the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wasallam has said, ‘“Whoever does not give up false speech and acting in accordance with it, and ignorant conduct, Allaah has no need of him giving up his food and drink.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari.

TaqabbalAllahu minna wa minkum.

PS – As a Ramadaan objective I will be sending less time online so therefore, less blog posts, inshaAllah. 🙂

Working-Out… Not

August 20, 2009 § 19 Comments

The other day I ran on the treadmill after nearly a month and to my horror I was tired within 15 minutes. The reason why it was such a ‘horror’ was because I could run/jog on the treadmill for about 30 minutes non-stop.

That just shows how un-fit I’ve actually become. Sigh. It’s not just about loosing weight, what concerns me more is about fitness. You could be thin but not fit, if that makes sense.

I feel bad, I used to be involved in basketball, inline skating, horse-back riding, swimming and gymming. And now it’s almost nothing, my body has probably gone into shock.

To make things worse, although this is a Muslim Country, there aren’t a lot of All-Womens gym around because most of the people living in this particular city are Non-Muslims. So when there is no demand, there is no supply. The one I did go to, was crap compared to the mixed one and they were charging extra. I told myself I’d be able to do the same thing at home, but the motivation isn’t exactly there

I trained for horse-back riding for nearly four years. That is something I absolutely love, but back then I was just a Hijaabi, with Niqab it isn’t exactly err possible. Well I’m sure its possibly technically, but it’s not something I would have the guts to do. There is an all-Womens riding club, but its in another city and its going to be difficult getting there, especially with the traffic.

😦

To top it all, I love food.

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