Monday, October 31, 2011

Muslim Womenpreneurs links.

I picked up some business cards from the extravaganza and thought I would share them with you.

Timeless Modesty -

Khatbah Matchmaker -

 Resolve Dispute Resolution Services-

Nabila's Fresh Flowers -

Yasmine's Fashion -  (women's clothing,scarves and accessories)

NutraBee - (premium honey and organic herbal products)

Mosaic Event and Party Rentals -

Eda's Gifts -

Masrawiyah style - see on facebook (oriental wear and patchwork)

Being Me - (women only conference)

Fatima Omar Khamissa Marketing and Coaching

Zabiha Halal

Eastern Attires -

MinMaxx realty -

Zoha South Asian Boutique -

New Life Fertility Centre -  (Canada's Highest Success Rates)

Licks Halal Homeburger - 5029 Hurontario St @ Eglington, Mississauga

Forever Living Products - (natural bee , personal care and skin care products)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Eid Shopping Extravaganza

Muslim womenpreneurs will be having an Eid Shopping Extravaganza on Sunday October 30. If you're in Mississauga this weekend, check it out.

Friday Nasihah - Striving for Social Change

Living The Quran
Striving for Social Change
Al Hajj (The Pilgrimage) - Chapter 22: Verse 78 (partial)
"And strive (jihad) in Allah's way as you ought to strive..."
The Arabic word Jihad means to strive ones utmost for an objective. In Islamic terminology, jihad refers to well thought-out, strategic and organised actions, guided by Islamic values and principles, taken by an Islamic movement to enjoin good, forbid wrong practices and to remove obstacles in the way of advancing positive social change. These actions, dependant on the context and circumstances, can be either intellectual, social, political or military. In other words, jihad engages a movement directly with the main stream of society and world affairs. This enables it to face the emerging challenges and to influence their direction for achieving an Islamic change. All possible means within the limits set by Islam can be employed for this purpose. In short, jihad aims at:
  1. Striving against the evils within oneself.
  2. Intellectually challenging ideologies, beliefs and ways of life that conflict with God's Way.
  3. Challenging and engaging with societal powers for eradicating social evils, immoral ways, and wrong practices.
  4. Striving to liberate people from oppression and injustice.
  5. Influencing positive social, economic and political change in society according to Islamic ideals.
Jihad is a duty upon Muslims. This duty cannot be ignored or evaded. All the noble Prophets of Allah strove against corrupt powers and unjust practices, and the Muslims are encouraged to do the same. Simply sitting in mosques, meditating, praising God and praying all day long without any practical efforts and struggle, cannot lead to much positive change in social conditions.
Compiled From:
"Building A New Society" - Zahid Parvez, pp. 158, 159

Understanding the Prophet's Life
Ten Greatest Days

Even for those not performing the pilgrimage, Hajj, the first ten days of Dhul-Hijja are considered very sacred and a time for increased reflection, seeking Allah's forgiveness, doing good and various other forms of worship.
Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him) has said about the first ten days of Dhul Hijja: "There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days." The people asked, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah?" He said, "Not even Jihad for the sake of Allah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing (Bukhari).
Ahmad and at-Tabarani recorded from Ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah said, "There is no day more honourable in Allah's sight and no acts more beloved therein to Allah than those done in these ten days. So say tahlil (There is no deity worthy of worship but Allah: La ilaha illallah), takbir (Allah is the greatest : Allahu Akbar) and tahmid (All praise is due to Allah : alhamdu lillah) a lot [on those days]." [Reported by Ahmad]
Abu Hurairah relates that the Messenger of Allah said, "There are no days more loved to Allah for you to worship Him therein than the ten days of Dhul-Hijja. Fasting any day during it is equivalent to fasting one year and to offer tahajjud (late-night prayer) during one of its nights is like performing the late night prayer on the night of power. [i.e., Lailatul Qadr]." [This is related by at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah, and al-Baihaqi]
Jabir reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “There is no day better in the sight of Allah than the Day of Arafah (9th of Dhul-Hijja). On this day Allah, the Almighty and the Exalted One, descends to the nearest heaven, and He is proud of His slaves on the earth and says to those in heaven, ‘Look at My servants. They have come from far and near, with hair dishevelled and faces covered with dust, to seek My mercy, even though they have not seen My chastisement.' Far more people are freed from the Hellfire on the Day of Arafah than on any other day.” [Ibn Hibban]
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) spent the day at Arafah until almost sunset. Then he said, “O Bilal, ask the people to be quiet and listen to me.” Bilal stood up and asked the people to be quiet and listen to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). When the people were quiet, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “O people, a little while ago Gabriel (peace be upon him) came to me. Gave me salutations from Allah and informed me that Allah has forgiven those who spend the Day at Arafah and those who stop at Al-Mashar Al-Haram, and that He has guaranteed them [relief from] debts.” [Ibn Al-Mubarak]
Abu Ad-Darda reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “On no other day does the Satan feel so belittled, humiliated, and angry as he does on the Day of Arafah. The reason for this is the mercy of Allah that descends (this day) and the forgiveness that He grants to people for major sins, except the day of the Battle of Badr, which witnessed a far greater mercy of Allah descending upon people, which caused great sadness to Satan." (Reported by Malik and Al-Hakim).
Generally, all good deeds are rewarded highly at this blessed time. These actions include praying, reading Quran, making Dua (supplication), giving in charity and being good to our families.
Compiled From:
"The first 10 days of Zul Hijjah: why they matter" -
"Virtues of the Ten Days of Dhul Hijjah" - Salih Al Munajjid

Powerful Questions
Questions are more transformative than answers and are the essential tools of engagement. They are the means by which we are all confronted with our freedom. In this sense, if you want to change the context, find powerful questions.
Questions create the space for something new to emerge. Powerful questions are those that, in the answering, evoke a choice for accountability and commitment. They are questions that take us to requests, offers, declarations, forgiveness, confession, gratitude, and welcome, all of which are memorable and have a transformative power.
Questions that have the power to make a difference are ones that engage people in an intimate way, confront them with their freedom, and invite them to cocreate a future possibility.
Powerful questions are the ones that cause you to become an actor as soon as you answer them. You no longer have the luxury of being a spectator of whatever it is you are concerned about. Regardless of how you answer these questions, you are guilty. Guilty of having created this world. Not a pleasant thought, but the moment we accept the idea that we have created the world, we have the power to change it.
Powerful questions also express the reality that change, like life, is difficult and unpredictable. They open up the conversation - in contrast to questions that are, in a sense, answers in disguise. Answers in disguise narrow and control the dialogue, and thereby the future.
We can generalize what qualities define great questions, and this gives us the capacity not just to remember a list but also to create powerful questions of our own.
A great question has three qualities:
It is ambiguous. There is no attempt to try to precisely define what is meant by the question.
It is personal. All passion, commitment, and connection grow out of what is most personal.
It evokes anxiety. All that matters makes us anxious. It is our wish to escape from anxiety that steals our aliveness. If there is no edge to the question, there is no power.
Compiled From:
"Community: The Structure of Belonging" - Peter Block, pp. 101-106

Thursday, October 27, 2011

All American Muslim

I just love  TLC and this November I know what I'll be watching; All American Muslim. This show was taped in Dearborn, Michigan, a place I've only been to once. This should be interesting. We have Little Mosque on the Prairie which is fictional and makes converts look like twits, so I hope this reality show put Muslims in a better light.

James Yee

Last month's book club choice was by James Yee. Here is a video in which he describes his ordeal. To get a better understanding read his book For God and Country.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Dying Room

Someone mentioned this documentary in their comments on a news story. I've always been disgusted with China's one child policy and their preference for males over females. India is also like this even though they can have as many children as they wish. Females are seen as burdens in both societies just as they were in Arab culture 1400 years ago. Thank God Islam came to change that. But in China where you are basically not allowed to have or practice your religion and in India where the majority are Hindus these practices are still thriving. What sickens me too is that at the beginning of the show they mention how whitey just strutted into China and told them how to live; your population is too big, do whatever it takes to stop it. I feel ashamed to be part of the white race which continues to bully the rest of the world with their so-called superior ways. But of course the blame lands on China as well for holding onto these antiquated ways which in the past led to giving up their girls for adoption or abandonment as well. In Malaysia it is so common to find Malays with Chinese background because the Malays would adopt the unwanted girls from Chinese couples in Malaysia. Poor little girls who will never grow up. Meanwhile the men kidnap women from South-East Asian countries and force them to be their brides!

All I Want for Eid is...............

Kindlefire! What's not to like for a nerdy bookish person like me? Colour books and magazines,email, wifi friendly,lightweight and it even has movies and shows. Also it would end a lot of clutter since there really is no more room in the shoe for more books and magazines. Actually this will be launched after Eid (Nov 15). Looks like they forgot us and are focusing on Christmas, sob. Anyway it can be a late Eid present, I'm not fussy. My heart's on fire for Kindlefire.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Put Me Where I Belong.

Last night while driving, my daughter (dd3 - 11)  started to read duas out loud from her dua book that the teacher had given her. She was reading in English and then she said one which caught my attention so I told her to re-read it. It was about Allah putting you in the best place and I wondered if it meant paradise or on this earth. So I asked our quran teacher and she told me that it was a dua of Nuh (Noah) alaihi salaam. It was the one he made when entering the ark. She said it was for this earth and it asks Allah to give us the best landing. Its usually made when travelling. I told her why I wanted to use it and she said I could use it for that too. What's my reason? I want Allah to put me in the most righteous place, a place where I belong. Would you like to learn it with me? Its short, don't worry. By the way Noah has always been my favourite prophet and not because of his ark full of animals but because everyone laughed at him and in the end he was the last one laughing.

Wa qul rabbi anzilnee munzalaam wa anta khayrul munzileen.

And say :"My Lord, cause me to land at a blessed landing place and You are the best of those who bring to land."

Monday, October 24, 2011

What is the Librarian Reading?

I have some friends who volunteer at the mosque library in another city and I decided to ask one of them what she was reading. I know my other friend is reading the book I lent her; Just Five Minutes. The title of the book that the other friend is reading is one I haven't even heard of; The Dragon Fighter.     This would have been a great read for my book club but now 2012 is all booked up.

Are you a Muslim librarian or do you know one or a bookshop owner or seller? If so, what are you reading? Or maybe you are a teacher and have something to suggest that your students are reading or you, yourself. Share with us those great titles you've come across and my readers will sure to be grateful to hear some other suggestions besides mine.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Nasihah - No Compulsion

Living The Quran
No Compulsion
Al Baqarah (The Cow) - Chapter 2: Verse 256 (partial)
"There shall be no compulsion in religion. The right way is henceforth distinct from error."
This reflects the honour God has reserved for man and the high regard in which man's will, thought and emotions are held, and the freedom he is granted to choose his beliefs, and the responsible position he is afforded to be judge of his own actions.
Freedom of belief is the most basic right that identifies man as a human being. To deny anyone this right is to deny him or her humanity. Freedom of belief also implies the freedom to express and propagate one's belief without fear of threat or persecution; otherwise, that freedom is hollow and meaningless.
The Arabic text, using a generic negative, imparts a negation of the very idea of compulsion. When it comes to matters of belief, not only should these never be imposed by coercion or compulsion, but there cannot even be an option to use such a means of conversion or persuasion.
Although the meaning and application is general, several incidents are reported to have occasioned the revelation of this verse. Here're a few:
A man's two sons converted to Christianity and wanted to migrate to Syria in the company of Christian traders who had come from there. Their father however embraced Islam and enquired the Prophet (peace be upon him) if he could force them into Islam. Allah revealed this verse (Ibn Jarir, Ibn Kathir).
It was a custom among the Ansar of Madina that if a woman's sons did not survive, she vowed that if the child lived he would be converted to Judaism. There were many such Judaized children in Madina. When Banu Nadir were banished they wanted to carry along those children with them. The Ansar maintained that since it was before the advent of Islam they would not let their sons go with them. So Allah revealed this verse to say that whoever wanted to stay back could do so and whoever wanted to go was free to do so (Ibn Jarir, Ibn Kathir, Abu Dawud, Nasai).
Compiled From:
"In The Shade of The Quran" - Sayyid Qutb, Vol. 1, pp. 325, 326
"Tafsir Ishraq Al-Ma'ani" - Syed Iqbal Zaheer, Vol. 1, pp. 315, 316

Understanding the Prophet's Life
Pioneer Environmentalist
"There is none amongst the believers who plants a tree, or sows a seed, and then a bird, or a person, or an animal eats thereof, but it is regarded as having given a charitable gift." [Al-Bukhari, III:513].
The idea of the Prophet Mohammed as a pioneer of environmentalism will initially strike many as strange: indeed, the term “environment” and related concepts like “ecology”, “environmental awareness” and “sustainability”, are modern-day inventions, terms that were formulated in the face of the growing concerns about the contemporary state of the natural world around us.
And yet a closer reading of the hadith, the body of work that recounts significant events in the Prophet’s life, reveals that he was a staunch advocate of environmental protection. One could say he was an “environmentalist avant la lettre”, a pioneer in the domain of conservation, sustainable development and resource management, and one who constantly sought to maintain a harmonious balance between man and nature. From all accounts of his life and deeds, we read that the Prophet had a profound respect for fauna and flora, as well as an almost emotional connection to the four elements, earth, water, fire and air.
He was a strong proponent of the sustainable use and cultivation of land and water, proper treatment of animals, plants and birds, and the equal rights of users. In this context the modernity of the Prophet’s view of the environment and the concepts he introduced to his followers is particularly striking; certain passages of the hadith could easily be mistaken for discussions about contemporary environmental issues.
Compiled From:
"Prophet Mohammed: A Pioneer of the Environment" - Francesca De Chatel
Halloween has evolved and been influenced by a number of different cultures and religions, the most important of which are paganism, the Romans, the Celts (the people of Ireland, Scotland, Britain, Wales) and Christianity.

However, almost all of the traditions surrounding Halloween as we know it today can be traced back to the Celtic Day of the Dead, a pagan holiday.
Samhain was the name of the Druid god of the dead. The Druids were a religious order amongst the Celts. On this day, they would try to appease their Lord of Death. These Druids also believed that witches rode on broom sticks and that ghosts were the cause of supernatural occurrences.

The belief was that on the eve of the Celtic New Year (which for them was October 31), the souls of the dead people roamed the land of the living. The Devil, spirits and witches were also believed to be moving about and at the height of their power.

Halloween was also a time for MAJOR Shirk (making partners with God). There were games and rituals which involved fortune-telling. Young people, for instance, would try to see what their marriage prospects were using omens like apple pairings that were thrown over their shoulders, or nuts being burned in a fire.

The Pope, in the eight century, decided to Christianize this pagan holiday since he wanted people to abandon the occult and idolatrous practices associated with it, and made November 1 All Saints' Day or All Hallows' (Holy) Day. This is a day to remember all of the Christians who died for their faith. October 31 was then considered All Hallow's Eve, and this word later evolved into the modern day Halloween.

Following is some advice from the Islamic scholar, Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Quick, to Muslims on dealing with Halloween:
1. Avoid it, it's a night of evil. Satan is our open enemy and we do not play with evil.

2. Trick-or-treating is really kids begging for candy. Prophet Mohammed (peace and blessings be upon him) disliked and discouraged begging.

3. Remember that some Satanic movements have engaged in dangerous acts, like rape and kidnapping on Halloween.
4. Despite our position regarding this holiday, we must respect the rights of those who believe it is a part of their religion or consider it to be just a little fun.
Compiled From:
"Where Does Halloween Come from?" -

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Eid Stamps in Canada This Year!!!!!!!!!!!

United States had them years ago and now finally Canada Post is selling eid stamps. You can also make your own stamps and post cards. Check it out here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Movie Night - Inspirational and Funny

On the weekend I rented two good movies I thought I would share with you. I picked them because they were both inspirational and regarding health matters. First we watched Soul Surfer about a teen girl who wants to compete in a surfing championship but ends up getting her arm bitten off by a shark beforehand. This movie is all about how she overcomes her disability and moves on. The second movie was Extraordinary Measures and is about a father with 2 kids that have Pompe disease, a kind of muscular dystrophy and how far he went to help them by searching for a cure. It was great to see that despite so many obstacles he was able to fight for a chance for his kids. Finally hubby and I had our own movie night at the theatres and watched The Big Year. Its about 3 guys competing to see who can find the most bird species in North America but you don't get a prize! I thought this movie was funny and sweet and original for a change. Its not a, you must go see this movie, type of thing but if you are looking for a new concept then this is it. And is there any movie with Steve Martin that isn't good?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Excuse me, I need to ask you a question.

Bright and early Sunday morning I was up and ready to go to the grocery store. I was wondering if my neighbours were also up and perhaps getting ready for Church. Yes no matter how long I've been Muslim my mind always wanders towards this thought. I also thought to myself, well at least I for one, am wearing my Sunday best! (Nines Widosari outfit). With these thoughts in mind, I made my way to the grocery store. As I went through the doors and chose a grocery cart an older man lingered nearby and I wondered if I was in his way. Suddenly he said "Excuse me. I need to ask you a question." Rapid thoughts went through my mind as I contemplated what the question might be...why are you wearing that thing on your head, what country are you from, why are Muslims terrorists etc. I braced myself for the inevitable. Then he went on to say " I'm sent from heaven. Allah, your God wants you to know that you can pray to Him and He will answer your prayers". At this point I wanted to say Allah is not only my God but everyone's God and Allah is the way you say God in Arabic. However he didn't let me get a word in edgewise. Then he said "Allah bless you. And that's all." Flabbergasted I simply said Thank you. Although I had a million questions like Aren't you a Christian? Why would you say Allah to me since Christians would usually not want to say that? I was really surprised he didn't say Jesus loves you and will save you etc. That has got to be the strangest conversation I've ever had related to religion...err not really a conversation as I didn't even get to talk. I know the Lord works in mysterious ways but all I can say is WOW!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Nasihah - Lordship of God

Living The Quran
Lordship of God
Ibrahim (Abraham) - Chapter 14: Verses 40-41
"My Lord, cause me and my offspring to establish prayers. My Lord, accept my prayer. Our Lord, grant Your forgiveness to me and my parents, and all believers on the Day when the reckoning will come to pass."
Abraham's long and humble supplication, which also mentions a number of God's blessings and expresses gratitude and thanks for them, comes to a close with these verses. It imparts an air of gentle tenderness and care which makes people's hearts long to be with God, and remember His grace and blessings.
Abraham follows his thanksgiving with a supplication to God to make him always thankful. His thanks take the form of prayer, worship and obedience to God. Thus he declares his determination to always be a devout worshipper, but fears that something may divert him from it. Hence, he prays that God may help him to carry out his intention. Abraham, the father of a long line of prophets, is seen as a pious servant who does not forget His Lord's grace, or his duty to be thankful for it.
We note how Abraham repeats several times the addressing phrase, "My Lord" or "Our Lord". This repeated acknowledgement of God's Lordship over him and his offspring is significant. He does not mention God by His attribute of Godhead, but instead by His Lordship. Godhead has rarely been a subject to controversy even in ignorant societies. Nor was it so in the ignorant society of Arabia at the advent of Islam. What people have always argued about is the Lordship of God, and the need to submit to Him in everyday life on earth.
This is in fact the central point between submission to God, and believing in His oneness on the one hand, and the association of partners with Him on the other. People either submit to God, and this means that they acknowledge Him as their Lord, or they submit to others who would become their Lords. This makes all the difference in life. The Quran relates Abraham's supplication to the Arab idolaters, emphasizing his acknowledgement of God's Lordship to draw their attention to the fact that their own way of life was in complete contrast with what this supplication truly signifies.
Compiled From:
"In The Shade of The Quran" - Sayyid Qutb, Vol. 10, pp. 284,285

Understanding the Prophet's Life
The Fast Car
If the life of this world is an illusion, the period of greatest illusion occurs during youth. It is a period of high energy and great enthusiasm, coupled with an air of invincibility and perpetuity. Like the driver of a fast car, one may also develop a disdain for the slower cars on the highway of life. It is difficult to imagine that the car will run out of fuel and that one day the engine will wear out.
For the moment though the car is fast and it can go places!
For this reason there are special warnings for the youth and glad tidings for the person who uses this energy wisely. A famous hadith tells us that on the Day of Judgment no man will be able to move from his place until he answers five questions. "How did he spend his life? How did he utilize his youth? How did he earn his wealth? How did he spend it? And, how did he practice what he learnt?" [Sunan al-Tirmidhi]. While the first question asks generally about one's life pattern, the second especially focuses on the period of youth.
On the other hand, the person who devoted his youth to the worship of Allah will be among the selected seven kinds of people [Bukhari, Muslim].
Hence the profound advice in another famous hadith to value five things: "Youth before old age, health before sickness, wealth before poverty, free time before preoccupation, and life before death."
A fast car is dangerous if it does not have strong controls. And that is where Shaitan targets the vulnerable --- by loosening the controls. It has been his time-tested trick to work through temptations and make desires look irresistible. The path of deviation looks good. It is cool. It is fun. It is endlessly entertaining. The only problem is, it leads to assured disaster.
Compiled From:
"Youth: On Culture, Religion, and Generation Gap" - Khalid Baig

Signs of an Abusive Man
1. Jealousy and Possessiveness
Becomes jealous over your family, friends, co-workers. Tries to isolate you. Views his woman and children as his property instead of as unique individuals. Always asks where you've been and with whom in an accusatory manner.
2. Control
He is overly demanding of your time and must be the center of your attention. He controls finances, the car, and the activities you partake in. Becomes angry if woman begins showing signs of independence or strength.
3. Superiority
He is always right, has to win or be in charge. He always justifies his actions so he can be "right" by blaming you or others. A verbally abusive man will talk down to you or call you names in order to make himself feel better. The goal of an abusive man is to make you feel weak so they can feel powerful. Abusers are frequently insecure and this power makes them feel better about themselves.
4. Manipulates
Tells you you're crazy or stupid so the blame is turned on you. Tries to make you think that it's your fault he is abusive. Says he can't help being abusive so you feel sorry for him and you keep trying to "help" him. Tells others you are unstable.
5. Mood Swings
His mood switches from aggressive and abusive to apologetic and loving after the abuse has occurred.
6. Actions don't match words
He breaks promises, says he loves you, and then abuses you.
7. Punishes you
An emotionally abusive man may withhold physical or emotional intimacy, or plays the "silent game" as punishment when he doesn't get his way. He verbally abuses you by frequently criticizing you.
8. Unwilling to seek help
An abusive man doesn't think there is anything wrong with him so why should he seek help? Does not acknowledge his faults or blames it on his childhood or outside circumstances.
9. Disrespects women
Shows no respect towards his mother, sisters, or any women in his life. Thinks women are stupid and worthless.
If you continue to stay in an abusive relationship because you think he will change and start treating you well, think again. An abusive man does not change without long-term therapy. Group counselling sessions are particularly helpful in helping abusive men recognize their abusive patterns.
If the abusive man is not willing to seek help, then you must take action by protecting yourself and any children involved by leaving. By staying in an abusive relationship, you are condoning it. If you are scared you won’t be able to survive because of finances, pick up the phone book and start calling family, friends, shelters and associates and ask them if they can help or know of ways to help.
Compiled From:
"Top 10 Signs of An Abusive Man" - Stephany Alexander

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

More 2012 book club choices.

I've come across some great titles I would like to add for next year's book club.

JUNE - Visibly Muslim
JULY -  Moon Over Marakech
SEPT - The Hidden Face of Eve
OCT -  Children of Dust
NOV -  The Sweetness Of Tears
DEC -   Extraordinary Women from the Muslim World

So this now completes my choices for 2012.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Nines Widosari Boutique

I ordered some items from this company whose importer in Malaysia is Najmi's Candi Bar Hijab and no I don't know why its called that. Malaysians do seem to have a penchant for whimsical names. My hubby was just there, so he picked them up there. A lot of the fabrics were out of stock I think due to Eid just happening, so I was a little disappointed that two of the outfits I wanted were not in stock. I did buy some others though. Although my items were made in time for my hubby to get them they were actually late for the date of pick up and had to be mailed to my husband's address there (no we do not have a vacation home there, just his sister's place). I love the outfits but if you want more selection, order them when there is less business. I noticed the shipping though as I thought it would be, coming such a long way, is sky high...the price of the shipping is as high as the price of the outfit! One of the outfits I bought was black and I hate black but that's what comes with the particular hijab I wanted. However it is very nice as its metallic. Most of the outfits look better in real life than on the site. I love Indonesian fashion as its so different from the rest of the Islamic world and in many people's opinion it is the Paris of the Muslim fashion world.

October Book Club Pick Reminder

The pick for this month is Wandering Lonely. Has anyone read the last two picks? There are too many things going on in my life right now so I have not. Here is the old link. I can't seem to get my amazon thing to work so please refer to the link.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Nasihah

Living The Quran
One Community
Al Anbiya (The Prophets) - Chapter 21: Verse 92
"Surely, your community is but one community, and I am your only Lord. So, worship Me alone."
Having discussed many Prophets with the suffering each had to bear and of which they were then relieved by God, and by discussing the distinguished aspect of the character and mission of each, the Quran declares that the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, did not bring a different religion: and, thus, all the Prophets and their followers, from the first day of human history on the earth to the Last Day, constitute a single community with God being their Lord, Who alone must be worshipped.
The basic foundation of this faith and the basic point of unity among the believers, which is also the main dynamic against disunity among them, is believing in God as the only Deity, Lord and Sovereign of the whole creation, including, of course, humanity, and worshipping Him alone.
This is the community of Prophets: a single community, sharing the same faith, following the same course, and turning to God alone. Thus we have a single community on earth, and a single Lord in heaven.
Compiled From:
"The Quran: Annotated Interpretation in Modern English" - Ali Unal, p. 678
"In The Shade of The Quran" - Sayyid Qutb, Vol. 12, p. 70

Understanding the Prophet's Life
Perfect Muslims
Bukhari records that God's Messenger, peace be upon him, said: "The Muslim is one from whose tongue and hand Muslims are safe. The Emigrant is one who emigrates from what God forbids."
This hadith describes the ideal or norm by beginning with the Muslim, as opposed to a Muslim. In this way, our Prophet draws attention to the qualities of perfect Muslims, not to those who are only nominal Muslims.
Our Prophet mentions the tongue before the hand, for slander, gossip, and insult often do far more damage than physical violence. If people can refrain from verbal assault, they can more easily refrain from physical assault. Moreover, self-defense against physical violence is often easier than that against gossip and slander.
Emigration means more than leaving one's family, house, possessions, and native land for the sake of God. To be capable of the latter, one must emigrate from the material to the spiritual dimension of his or her being, from worldly pleasures to an altruistic life, and from selfish aims to living for a Divine cause. Therefore, obeying Divine prohibitions is directly related to being a good Muslim and to sacrificing one's life in the service of people purely for the sake of God.
Compiled From:
"The Messenger of God: Muhammad" - Fethullah Gulen, pp. 104, 105
True Love

What is Love? Perhaps it cannot be defined in terms which adequately reflect its nature and importance in a person's life. It is not possible to define it by a formula in a manner we define a scientific fact. But still each one of us knows what love is and can tell from our experience the powerful force that it is. It is the overpowering force in life. It captivates you, it grips you, it moves you and you are prepared to do anything for the sake of it. Once love is there, what you do is not something which has to be imposed upon you, because you need imposition only for things you do not love.
Iman (faith) is something which must penetrate deep into your heart and generate an intense love for Allah and His Prophet (peace be upon him), more than anything else. Unless this happens, you cannot experience the real Iman. To develop this love for Allah does not require us to retire to or seclude ourselves in a monastery. This love makes us do our duty to Allah, as His representatives, while we are out in the street, at home or in the office. With this love, we live as servants of Allah, everywhere willingly making every sacrifice required of us. In fact, it propels us to share actively in the service of Allah's other creatures. True love of Allah makes one care for people and their needs.
Compiled From:
"In the Early Hours" - Khurram Murad, pp. 63, 64

Thursday, October 6, 2011

StyleIn Winners

The winners have finally been announced. None of the designs were the one I pick but they did pick one designer I love...Amna from Russia. Here is the link.

Son of a Muslim

Today my daughter (dd2-19 yrs old) told me, Mom, Steve Jobs' father is a Muslim. Are you scratching your head? Well Steve was adopted and his biological father is a Muslim. Steve though died as a Buddhist.  Read the story here.  From God we come and to God we return.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Leaving So Soon?

Its only been a year and I had the feeling it would happen. My quran teacher is moving away. Why do all the good Muslims leave? Whenever I meet one I know how fleeting our relationship will be, like two ships passing in the night and then they are gone. And why would they stay? They have better places to be and yet what of us the stragglers, the onlookers, the wanna-be's ? Like pathetic fans left behind amongst the lawn chairs, we wait for a new person to climb up on the stage. How long must we wait this time? Trying to find another quran teacher in a small town is like trying to find a needle in the haystack. Perhaps this time I will be the one to move onto a better venue, insha Allah.