Poem of the Day

August 30, 2014 § Leave a comment

They said blindness is the loss of eyesight
I said it’s the loss of insight,not eyesight
They said love is an ordeal
no good is to be expected from it
and if it continues it doesn’t last,like a house made of sand in the rain
I said:love doesn’t die because of a lover who tripped over it
It’s enough for love that’s it’s name was derived from the core of the heart
I see it is a blessing
Even if we disagree with each other
And why should we be alike?
For unlikeness was there from the time people were created
A point of view
O who sees that love is abandonment,
Tears of awakening nights
Let me tell you that your dread won’t stop destiny
The sweetest of love is the type that burns in the heart with no sparks
And love was kept by the one who called out
in the strings of early dawn
With love the Nasiri come preaching through villages!
With love Dawud whispered to his Lord and invited the rocks
And Ali sacrificed himself for our prophet on the bed in the time of danger
With love has Zamzam poured forth
With love the mother’s breast produced
My friend!If it wasn’t for love
My sins would have never been forgiven!
With the love of the Most Dignified
With the love of the Most Dignified and His slave I escape Hades
A point of view 
Have you realized the meaning of love?
Or shall I give you more examples?
Behold!May Allah preserve you
Perhaps you will reconsider!
I don’t want you to be singled out
as a being bitter and unproductive
I have given you my spindle 
and it’s up to you to choose the wool for it
A point of view. .

Time & Contentment

August 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

Many times a day we ask ourselves many questions. Questions about ourselves, questions about the world, the universe. We wonder, we ponder, we dream.  We lie, we fear, we ask for forgiveness. We do things we don’t mean to, we regret- or we don’t regret.

Our emotions flicker so quickly, like a candle flame in the wind before we snuff them out. We cannot decide what we feel, we change our minds before « Read the rest of this entry »

Scotland: Fort William, Ben Nevis & Stirling

August 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

Scotland:

I went to Scotland few months back, specifically to Fort William which is where Ben Nevis, the UK’s tallest mountain is situated. Unfortunately I never finished the post for this trip, so here is condensed version of what I wanted to write.

My brother had a bike race deep in the Scottish highlands near Fort William, which is a settlement on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Basically next to huge lake.

The journey was about 8 hours by car, needless to say I slept through some it, and I tell you it wasn’t a pleasant sleep. I slept more out of necessity ( I wouldn’t be able to see anything in the dark anyway) because I wanted to feel awake when we arrived to our campsite. I hate to sleep on long car journeys, the idea of missing out on epic scenery is just too sad.

Scotland did not disappoint, I had never been to Scotland before, and honestly I didn’t know what to expect, except of course dramatic landscapes.

I still can’t decide which was more breathtaking: the huge open spaces with river and lakes, surrounded by mountains- or the sheer isolation and barrenness of the beautiful land formation.

When we arrived our accommodation of choice was a static caravan, it really felt like home after a week there. It wasn’t luxury, but we were out most of the day so it didn’t matter. Who needs luxury to have a good time?

Here are some photos from our trip, driving to and from Fort William. « Read the rest of this entry »

Quote of the Day

August 10, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Such is the nature of evil. Out there in the vast ignorance of the world it festers and spreads. A shadow that grows in the dark. A sleepless malice as black as the oncoming wall of night. So it ever was. So will it always be. In time all foul things come forth.” -Thranduil

Quote of the Day

July 25, 2014 § Leave a comment

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. ~Ancient Chinese saying

Nasheed of the Day

July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

I came across this beautiful nasheed for Gaza a few weeks ago. This has no music in it (in fact the channel is solely based on no music nasheeds) The words are beautiful.

Life in the Country: Discrimination

July 23, 2014 § Leave a comment

Most people associate living in the countryside with living in a huge house from a Jane Austen novel. Or living  in a town/ village with a completely white population. If you belong to an ‘ethnic minority’ and happen to be Muslim, people also think you have to deal with the EDL.

Actually, country folk are very polite. In my experience they are very friendly, and if not, they appear very tolerant to other races.

As a Muslim woman living in the country side and adhering to Islamic dress I can say that I have never been verbally discriminated against or endured any racist comments. Okay maybe the next door neighbours aren’t so friendly, and there was that one time someone shouted something as they drove by- but going about daily business such as going to the local shops or walking the local trails, almost everyone has said hello. The people who live on our road are just as friendly.  In fact some lovely people have even greeted me and my mother with ‘As salaamu alaikum’. Yes, WHITE people.

For a lot of Muslimahs I’m sure they have a desire to go out and explore the British country side but feel they maybe discriminated. Don’t let that stop you. If I have ever feel disrespected it is more from the ignorant secondary school kids who swagger around the streets like they own it. They unabatedly stare and whisper… or perhaps I feel self conscious.

For me personally, due to my ethnic origin, I remind myself that I look just as English as they are, after all no one in this country is purely English… after how many foreign kings and sieges from abroad I don’t think ‘English’ as race even exists. They therefore, have no right to discriminate me.

There is no doubt that wearing hijab will draw stares- of course it will, you have come to a country town where sights like you aren’t common. You would stare too if you saw cloaked, hooded figure in black walking down the street.

If people say hurtful comments, remember they have been fed media lies and clearly their education has left them quite ignorant.  If they engage in conversation, calmly speak to them and refute anything disrespectful they say, you educate them.

I think this is more of a problem in the city and low class estate areas. Tourist destinations in the country side are full of a mixture of people, and most highly respected country towns have a well educated population who will most likely be open minded.

You as a Muslim also have a duty to break down stereotypes, consider it Dawah of a sort.

Me and my family always strive to be friendly and extend greetings with our town folk as we walk past each other on the street. We also engage in conversation- we don’t bite, and no we aren’t ‘terrorists’ as the media would like you to believe. We are friendly and love this country as much as you do- that’s why we live in the beautiful English (if not rainy) country side.

Unfortunately some Muslims do not present themselves with manners and respect to local customs, if you are going to be loud, disrespectful of the area, litter and be rude and inconsiderate, the people will apply that judgment to the other Muslims.

Sisters, don’t sit inside a concrete box and breathe in fumes, even little England has a lot of lovely things to offer. For Londoners, the Chiltern Hills is a 45 minute drive, and Surrey Hills for those down in South London. Go to the woods and enjoy it all.

Aaliyah

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