Friday, June 29, 2012
Today at Jumuah prayer the khutbah was about Loneliness. In fact the first word he said was loneliness. Oh I thought they are finally going to talk about how all the ethnic groups shun one another and especially the converts. Why do I always get my hopes up? Instead it was about the loneliness of the religious students and how they should be grateful for the opportunity and how they should see the place as a fortress. So wait, the khutbah was only for them? I can understand how they needed a shot of iman in the arm but what about for the rest of us? What was the take home message? Should I consider my house as a fortress and just stop being lonely and be grateful for what? No islamic education at home? Of course this khutbah didn't apply to me and I went home feeling emptier than usual. May Allah rectify my situation and all the lonely Muslims in the world. Amin.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Got no time to read? Try books on cd. I like to listen to them as I fold my clothes and with all these kids I have a ton of clothes to fold. The last title I listened to was recommended by my mother. Its Half Broke Horses and written by the same author as The Glass Castle which I had read before. This is the story of the author's grandmother this time and was very interesting to see how different she was from the author's mother in The Glass Castle. Her grandmother was a person who could really take the bull by its horns! Now I am listening to The Outliers which explains how successful people become that way. The author proves with research that the rags to riches stories are just myths and its more about who you know than what you know and your environment and upbringing and other factors. I've always suspected that and its nice to have my thoughts corroborated with facts. My 20 yr old daughter is getting a kick out of listening to it with me and discussing it as we go through. She can really relate to some parts like the guy in University that no one will listen to. I highly recommend these two books.
Monday, June 18, 2012
My 20 yr old was bemoaning the fact that I never read her a bedtime story or tuck her into bed anymore. Are you kidding me? Well I haven't done that in like forever! She is lucky because there are 4 yrs between her and my son so she got a lot of mommy time. So I got to thinking that maybe I should start reading aloud to my big kids (20,15,14,12 and 11) and not just my little kids (7,5,3). I was also inspired by the story of the women with 6 kids that reads to her kids every night even now that they are big and they all get straight A's. But what would I read to them? First of all at my library book club the women mentioned that teen boys loves the Farley Mowat book; The Dog Who Wouldn't Be. My sons immediately said they didn't want to hear a book about dogs. I tried to understand their point of view. This would be more of a white,Christian boy type of book rather than a Mixed, Muslim guy type of book I guess. I can realize this as a convert but I might try to read it anyway to them to expand their horizons and to better understand their fellow Canadians and hey Farley Mowat is a famous Canadian author. Then I chose some myself that I thought would be interesting; Call of the Wild, (another dog book which they told me not to read, lol), Tom Sawyer which I am reading now and have never read before and only ever knew about the famous fence painting part. From the internet I got some good recommendations mostly from teachers. I couldn't find all of them at my library but from what I could get, here is a list; We All Fall Down- Robert Cormier, The 13 Clocks which I read to them and the teen boys absolutely loved and one keeps quoting from it, Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom which my 20 yr old can't wait for me to get started, The First Part Last by Angela Johnson which is about a teen father ( I was a teen mother twice over), The Color of Water by James McBride ( A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother), and Goodnight Mister Tom by Michele Magorian. I'm really enjoying reading to the kids but they keep complaining that I'm not doing any voices ie make a southern accent when you read Tom Sawyer. Apparently my son's teacher always does accents and different voices for different characters so I just don't measure up. Oh well, I'm having a blast.
Friday, June 15, 2012
I just joined Facebook again last night after a 3 year hiatus. I can already feel my blood pressure going through the roof. I joined so I could join the Nadoona group. I think I will give it a couple of weeks and then maybe quit again. If I don't see any benefit to it this time around then forget it. I've been happy off of it these past years.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Hurray, my library got Visibly Muslim for me through inter library loan. Better late than never; the month isn't over anyway. Has anyone else got a copy or started reading? I laughed when I looked at this book because its filled with pictures.
Friday, June 8, 2012
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Masha Allah I now have 100 followers. I am amazed that 100 people would want to read what I have to write and keep following along. I have even more readers. I still remember my excitement at having 10 followers! Insha Allah I hope you are benefiting from what I have to offer here. Spread the love! I promised myself that if I got 100 followers that I would have a giveaway insha Allah. Now I have to think what I would like to offer. You'll just have to wait and see :)
Monday, June 4, 2012
The Being Me conference in Canada will be held Oct 6th 2012. You can get your tickets now at a reduced price of $20 for the next 4 days. This is a sisters only conference. Have you been to last year's? I missed it since it was so close to the RIS conference but this year its in October which I think is a better date.
Friday, June 1, 2012