Monday, April 30, 2012
This weekend I finished reading Saffron Dreams. Its the story of a Pakistani woman who lost her husband during 911. Its very heartbreaking and the poor woman went through so much. I think the thing that keeps making me scratch my head is why is it that these books whether fiction or non-fiction always have the majority of the people not praying. Are most Muslims not praying and I'm just oblivious or is it that authors themselves usually come from non-practicing families? It breaks my heart to know or think that so many Muslims have lost their connection to Allah.
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Falling Down Laughing is the book I just finished which my mother gave to me some time ago. Its the story of Squiggy and how he got MS and hid it for years. You don't remember him? That means you are young. I watched Laverne and Shirley when I was a kid and he was on it. My mother gave me this book because the neurologist said I have either a virus or MS but she couldn't decide. I've also read Montel Williams' book because he has MS too. According to David Lander who wrote Falling, Richard Pryor also had it. I didn't even know that. There are drugs for MS and he also talks about alternative things he's tried but in the end there is no cure and the drugs help some but not completely. I'm still in no man's land so I will continue the alternative route and try to better my nutrition the way Montel did. Next week, insha Allah I start the Nadoona program I told you about. Insha Allah that will be a help.If you can spare a prayer, I'd be mighty obliged.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Recently my daughter told me about a book she read called Quiet. Its about introverts. I always saw myself as more of an extrovert so I took the test. You can take it here. Turns out I'm an ambivert. I guess that explains all the book reading. I notice a lot of people on the internet especially facebook are actually introverts so if you think you are going to make lots of friends off the internet forget it! That is why I left facebook. People only want to talk to you in cyberspace. They are the type that answer emails at their leisure and take voice mail instead of picking up the phone. That drives me nuts. Not only do I want to talk to you on the phone, I want you to come over and stay for hours. Is that a thing of the past? I need to find some extroverts or some ambiverts. How about you? Where do you fit in? Have you read this book? Do you think introverts need more respect? Or are you a social butterfly living in this new everybody let's hide behind the computer/cellphone world?
Friday, April 20, 2012
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Have you ever heard of cupping? I had, but relegated it in my mind to all things barbaric and backwards and inaccessible anyway. Tsk, tsk, what a way to think of something sunnah. I'm sure I'm not the only one though. Even though I felt this way I kept thinking about it off and on since I got sick and would be reminded of it whenever I went to the Asian food store and saw the box with the cupping set being sold. Then dd1 told me that she knew someone, who knew someone, who did cupping and that she wanted to go. So I jumped on the bandwagon. I started to look up youtube videos about cupping and was very intrigued. I also went to this site and downloaded an ebook. My daughter also gave me the link for the woman who was doing the cupping who was the friend of the friend and I checked out her blog from top to bottom and was very impressed. Even more amazing is that this woman went to Florida to give a talk for Nadoona! Coincidence? Allah was obviously guiding me. Then this past weekend my daughter and I went to her for cupping. I have felt some improvement. I feel more feelings in my feet and toes and felt my toenail for the first time in a year. She told me I need to go again as I have a chronic problem. Have you ever had cupping done? Would you consider it?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
A couple of months ago, maybe less I came across a blog post on Muslimah's Musings about Muslimahs and health. Here it is. I was strangely attracted to the link about Nadoona. Don't ask me why, the Lord works in mysterious ways. I fell in love with their site, just everything wowed me and I wanted in. Watch this video if you have the time...wait for the kiddies to go to bed, its well worth it. If you like what you see, you can sign up for the next round. Its going to start on April 23rd. I think she has a few spots left. I can't wait to get started! I've already learned to count calories. Yeah, I never did that before in my life. Not that its hard, I just never had an interest. You can vote for Nadoona to win in this contest here.
I try to make black seed oil a part of my routine especially since I started having this leg problem. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said that it is a cure for every disease except death. I use it a lot for colds and have used it to treat asthma in my kids a long time ago and also have used it to treat earache. NutraBee the company I mentioned yesterday sells it mixed with honey. Most halal meat stores sell it on their shelves. If you are in the states or are willing to order, Sweet Sunnah is a good company to order from. (see the ad on my site) After reading Healing Body and Soul I found out that Royal Jelly is good for viruses and since the neurologist thinks I might have a virus I started to take that too and once again from NutraBee.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
For the next couple of months I intend on chronicling my health journey. As you may have read from other posts I have hypothryoidism. It started after my third child. After my 10th child was about 18 months I started to have a circulation problem in my feet which then went to my legs. I want to get better and I am taking steps with the help of Allah, believe me the medical community is no help. For my legs I had two MRI's which showed swelling on my spine. No conclusive diagnoses though and no cure or treatment. What have I been doing so far? First of all I started taking NutraBee Be Active honey and herbs. That helped with the numbness in my thighs which had me almost not able to walk and made me quit Tae Kwon Do. I still have numbness from the knees down. This is the first part of my confession. I haven't wanted to talk about this as I find it quite painful but insha Allah I hope that my partial recovery and journey can help someone else. Allah is the healer and to Him we turn and to Him we are grateful. If you find this topic interesting, please comment. May Allah keep us all healthy and able to serve Him. Amin.
Monday, April 9, 2012
I've been reading some very interesting books lately. One is for the book club but later on this year but I grabbed it since my library had it. Its called The Sweetness of Tears and I'm really enjoying it. Another one I'm reading is Ru which is about a Vietnamese refugee otherwise known as boat people who escaped from Vietnam and ended up in the camp in Malaysia and then finally onto Canada in Quebec. I just had to read this one since my ex followed almost the same course only landing in Ontario, marrying me and having two kids. The third book I'm reading is one dd2 lent me called Unplanned. This book is disturbing but well written and hard to put down except at the parts that overwhelm me.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012
An Etsy seller from KL (Kuala Lumpur), Malaysia is selling some lovely maxi dresses. May not fit everyone though so check the sizes. These would be nice and cool under a jilbab in the summer or for around the house. Others might top them with a thin summer cardigan. Check them out here. Kind of makes you long for a private beach.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Saturday started off with a bang. Ds1 started unpacking at his new digs. I haven 't seen the place yet though. Apparently the neighbours are friendly. Ds2 entered an engineering competition and was paired together with two other Asians who were strangers to him and after making an impromptu project, they won! Alhumdullilah. Ds3 decided to volunteer at the mosque and they had him clearing out old stuff and painting. Masha Allah. Ds4 made us pancakes. Ds5 learned how to write tomato. As for the girls Dd1 went to a mother-daughter tea party. Sure wish I was there! Masha Allah. Dd2 was working hard. Dd3 made pound cake and then walked it off with me.Dd4 tried riding her bike without training wheels. Gonna need a lot more practice. Dd5 tried out her new tricycle. How was your weekend with the kids?