Blessed With Brothers

A Muslimah’s Day to Day Life

Hasan February 26, 2009

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Alhumdulilla, I’ve been blessed with living in a close knit family. Our house is always lively Mash’Allah, especially because of the latest addition, my nephew, Hasan. 🙂 Time flew by quick and I’m surprised at how much he’s learned in 6 months. He can sit (kinda), clap, say “come” with his hand, and even figured out how to work a light switch pad, and turn it on, Mash’Allah. He puts EVERYTHING in his mouth, so we have to watch out for that 🙂 Subhan’Allah it’s amazing to see how babies are able to learn so fast. He’s starting to become very mobile. He’s in the beginning stages of crawling and Mash’Allah his crawling style is SUPER cute!! 😀

I made a video of him ‘crawling’ and thought everyone would enjoy it 🙂

May Allah bless him, protect him and make him a strong and pious Muslim. Ameen.


My Random Checking February 23, 2009

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I’m sure you’ve heard about how Muslims have a hard time with security when they go on flights. Personally I HAD never experienced any discrimination of any type. Maybe it’s because the flights I’ve gone on have been international with Muslim airlines 🙂 I think Baba Ali does a good job at explaining what happens. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re pretty much pulled out of line “randomly” and checked by an officer; a pat down.

Recently, me and my family did take a domestic flight and I got a first hand experience of the “random checking.” I was wearing a beautiful black abiya with a pink design on it, and a pink hijab. I thought I looked friendly. I walked through the metal detectors, no sounds, no beeps. The security guard asked to see my boarding pass, then asked me to step into this clear box, essentially four glass walls. There was a chair in there, so I sat. I asked the officer if I had gone off in the detector and he said no. Actually I loved his response. He made is sound like I won a contest 🙂 “No, you’ve just been chosen for random checking!” like with the announcer type voice. It was weird, kinda embarrassing. I mean people are walking by and just looking at you, like as if you’ve done something wrong. You were standing there with no shoes and being patted down, the lady even had to pat my hijab! I had heard Imam Siraj’s lecture about this and never fully understood the experience. Also, my brother was “randomly” chosen; how random.

I understand the situation and the circumstances; I mean I don’t see why they would pull a little old lady out of line. But still, it’s not as random as they want us to think.


Milk, it does a body good. February 17, 2009

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Milk I’ve tried to make it a habit to drink milk on a regular basis. I’ve done pretty well with maintaining it. There are plenty of reasons why you should drink milk regularly. 🙂

1. It helps in avoiding diseases like osteoporosis, colon cancer and hypertension.

2. Milk can help protect your teeth from tooth decay and cavities.

3. Milk doesn’t put on extra pounds! In fact studies have shown that it can help you to stay slim!

4. For strong bones, teeth, nails and good hair, drink a lot of milk as it is loaded with calcium that helps your body grow strong and flexible.

5. Drinking a hot glass of milk before bedtime can soothe your nerves and relax your tense muscles putting you off to sleep immediately.

yummmm…..i love milk 🙂


Muslims in China February 16, 2009

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I’ve always had an interest with the Muslims in East Asia. If I could travel anywhere in Asia, I would love to go to visit China or Japan. My dad lived in Japan for a few years, during his elementary and middle school years and my uncle lives there now. I really want to see the place he lived and the masjids there. East Asia is just so interesting. 🙂

I wikied Chinese Muslims just to get some history (I know, not the best source) and it turns out that Muslim convoys went to China during the rule of Uthman (ra) under the leadership of Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (ra). Muslims live in almost every region of China. The highest numbers are found in the northwest provinces of Xinjiang, Gansu, and Ningxia, with significant populations also found throughout Yunnan province in southwest China and Henan Province in central China. Here’s a map, just to put things in perspective. BBC gives a large range of the number of Muslims living in China; between 20-100 million.

When we went for Umrah 7 years ago, our hotel clerk was Chinese. My dad said that some Chinese Muslims came to Saudi Arabia for Hajj and stayed there on political asylum. The clerk spoke fluent Arabic and had never been to China.

I think the architecture of there masjids are amazing. This just proves that Islam doesn’t disregard culture, as some people claim. Their masjids are full of culture! The style and design of the masjids are so unique! Some aspects of culture go along with the deen, and therefore can be kept. When an aspect of culture goes against the deen, then that part should be dropped and avoided.

I also find the East Asian Muslim’s appearance amazing. Mash’Allah, they’re just so unique, because they don’t look like the “typical” Muslim (Although I’m not sure if there is a “typical” Muslim anymore). The universality and vastness of Islam is clear. Just google Chinese Muslims, Muslims in China, etc. and see the awesome diversity of the Muslim Ummah. 🙂



Railway in Mecca February 11, 2009

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I found this story on BBC: China to Build Mecca Railway System

I’m glad to see that Saudi Arabia is finally investing in building a railway system between the major hajj sites. After my parents came back from Hajj, that was our main conversation for a long time; why aren’t there railways built between Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifa!?! Alhumduillla. I can only think of one question about this article…should China be the one building the railway? Does it matter?


Bayyinah Institute February 9, 2009

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Alhumduilla, Bayyinah Institute will be offering a course called: Divine Speech: Literary Characteristics of the Qur’an.

If you’ve ever taken a Bayyinah course, you’ll be familiar with the gems Br. Nouman Ali Khan gives out at the end of the class. The gems were actually my favorite part of the entire class 🙂 Grammer is fun an’ all, but can get complicated. The gems are SOOO amazing! They leave you like “woah.” Speechless.

One gem that has been engraved in my mind deals with the amazing style of the Quran. Br. Nouman mentioned to us aya 3 of Surah Al Muddathir:

وَرَبَّكَ فَكَبِّرْ

“And magnify the greatness of your Lord”

For this verse Br. Nouman asked us to disregard the “waw” (which means and) and look at the remaining letters. If one were to disconnect the letters and list them seperateley, they would notice something interesting:

ر ب ب ك ف ك ب ب ر

What you see in front of you is a palindrome. Palindromes are words that are spelled the same backwards and forwards. Examples include: mom, dad, and wow. The amazing thing about this Quranic palindrome is that it is such a POWERFUL statement. “Glorify the greatness of your Lord.” How does the word mom or dad compare in meaning? Also remember that the Prophet (s) did not know how to read and write. He didn’t write out the verses and check for palindromes, etc.

Br. Nouman gave us other palindromes and many more examples of the amazing miracles in the Quran; and not the scientific kinds. I’m extrememely excited for this class!! Can’t wait until it comes 🙂 Don’t miss this opportunity to better get to know the Book of Allah!! Register

Wow…what a way to procrastinate homework 🙂


D.E.A.R February 6, 2009

Since I’m a wanna-be-teacher, I couldn’t help but make “D.E.A.R” my title for this blog. D.E.A.R stands for: Drop Everything And Read. 🙂

In our house, we have one blessing which I doubt anyone I know has. Alhumdulilla, my dad is an avid reader. He’s been collecting books since before his marriage, until today. Alhumdulilla, we have a pretty large library in our family room 🙂 All of his books are on one subject: Islam. Ranging from Aqeedah to Islamic History, you can find a book on almost any Islamic topic you need.

When this semester started, I began with reading my textbooks for class. Slowly I began to feel guilt creep into my heart. Why am I so determined to read these books for school? So I don’t get behind in class? Well, what about my deen? Shouldn’t it be of concern to me if I get behind in that!? I read books on Islam, but it takes me forever to finish one book because I’m so irregular in reading! I decided that I need to keep a set schedule when reading about Islam too.

The book I chose to read is called: Companions of the Prophet by AbdulWahid Hamid. It’s an easy read in two volumes, each book giving the story of thirty companions. The one thing great about subbing (especially at middle school) is that you usually get off periods (PE, Music, Planning Periods, etc) and have an about an hour to yourself. Also, you can’t use the internet because you have no access to it. 🙂 Alhumdulilla, on Thursday I got to read 56 pages while subbing. 🙂 (of course the kids weren’t there)

The book gives really short concise stories of different companions, some who are commonly known and some who are not. Each story doesn’t last more than about 10 pages. Subhan’Allah reading about the companions is moving. They were so dedicated to this deen and never let the dunya get in their way.

The story about Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf was amazing. When he came to Medinah he was poor; he didn’t have any material possessions. The companion he was paired with was Sa’id ibn ar-Rabi’ah. Out of Sa’id generosity he was willing to give Abdur-Rahman one of his two orchards and even one of his two wives! Abdur-Rahman declined his offer and instead set up shop in Medinah. He became one of the wealthiest Muslims in Medinah. He never hesitated to donate out of wealth Fi Sabilillah and his wealth never corrupted him. The Prophet Muhammad (s) had made dua for Allah to bestow barakah on Abdur-Rahman’s wealth. He would literally just give and give and give and his wealth would never deplete! Ayah 245 of Surah Baqarah comes to mind when you hear about Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf’s story:

“Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times? It is Allah that gives (you) want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return.”

One day a loud rumbling sound was heard coming from the outskirts of Medinah. Aisha (ra) heard the commotion and asked what the noise was. She was told it was a caravan of Abdur-Rahman ibn Awf’s; a caravan of 700 camels! At this moment she remembered a hadith of the Prophet which said the Abdur-Rahman would enter Jannah creeping. When Abdur-Rahman was reminded of this Hadith he became saddened and yearned to enter Jannah standing. So he donated the whole caravan Fi Sabilillah.

Besides reading books about people and places of Islam I want to make sure I read about Islamic beliefs. I’ve been reading a book written by Bilal Phillips, The Clash of Civilizations. It’s about Islamic history in the beginning, but then talks about Islamic beliefs in the end.

Insha’Allah I hope I can keep up on the reading 🙂