Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
What the heck is this? We have about 10 cm of snow on the ground right now! It has been snowing pretty badly since this morning and it's just too wintery!
Check out this blog for pictures on what it looked like earlier this morning. It's even more snow out there now. It's April 27th and looks like the middle of winter! So weird...
Posted by Candice at 2:08 PM
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I'm excited, I plan on building a chicken coop (very similar to this one) this weekend with a friend! I've never built anything but I bought some plans online and I understand them so that is a good start! Hopefully 2 building newbies like us will be able to build this coop! I will probably be getting 2 chicks soon to eventually occupy the coop! My daughter will have a blast and they should become very docile, friendly hens having been taken care of by hand since a young chicken age!
Posted by Candice at 9:04 PM
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
How does dua work? When you tell somoene you will make dua for them, do you take a moment to do it on-the-spot as you read or comment? Or does saying that you will pray for their situation count as dua since you are thinking about them and wishing them whatever-it-is, even if it's not formulated towards God? Or do you make a point to come back to it later when you are in a more spiritual mood? And if you do feel the need to make a special time for dua, do you make a list of people you want to make dua for? What if you tell someone you will make dua for them but you forget?!
Posted by Candice at 2:03 PM
Friday, April 16, 2010
Nora loved the pool so much that I decided to go again this week just for a free swim. I was supposed to go with my cousin and her daughter but she bailed out on us as I knew she would (I was waiting for her call all day! lol). It's actually really sad for her daughter, but I won't go into it. Maybe another time...
I get to the poolside and start getting us wet and an instructor from the courses that just finished comes up to me. She says, "We're aware that you wear your suit for religious reasons, but the evening lifeguards might not know and might ask, but it's OK and we know you and your daughter take courses here."
It was weird. I guess it was a way of reassuring me that they fully accept my suit, but that I still might get questions because not every employee is aware of it and it's not a regular thing to see people swimming in this. It was nice of her, really. I think she might have been the supervisor from last time, but I didn't see her so I'm not sure.
A big deal for a swimsuit, eh?
Posted by Candice at 9:42 AM
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Posted by Candice at 2:20 PM
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I got interested in Islam after chatting with a Muslim man online when I had just entered college and was living alone for the first time in late 2004. It was a time for me to learn about myself after having been in an all white middle class environment for 17 years. I spent my time thinking about *MORE* when I was a teenager. I kept on changing highschools trying to find something more (4 schools in 5 years). College was amazing and full of diversity and exactly what I had been searching for! Finally I felt like I was becoming ME. At first, it had nothing to do with Islam, really. It was just about discovery from meeting people with different origins, reading, learning philosophy, all that stuff. But when I first learned a bit about the religion from chatting with that person, something about it gave me butterflies. I can't describe it any other way. I was an agnostic atheist at the time. And it was a spark in me that told me there might be a God.
Things with this person I chatted with didn't work out. I didn't really think it would, but I had hopes at the time I guess. After "it" (a friendship that was maybe a bit more than that to me) ended, I continued to have the feeling that I'd want to be with a Muslim. Don't know why!
Fast-forward only a couple months to May 2005 and I met my husband online. Married him a few months after when I went to Egypt and I had my daughter in May 2007. I continued to have periods where I would read everything I could about Islam and feel that it was somehow right, but without getting to the conclusion (of being Muslim).
During my time living in Egypt, I went online a lot and got into the "Qur'an alone" movement in Islam. It gave me huge hopes in Islam because hadiths were something I strugged with and it was reassuring to see that there were some people who felt the same way. What attracted me to Islam was that it seemed to be such an ultimate truth, but if hadiths were a necessary part of Islam, it just couldn't be this ultimate truth I could believe in. So this was one phase I went through in my research (Qur'an only)... With time, I stepped away from it because it was just another extreme... And I find hadiths have their place and are quite valuable (although not for law).
I was also attracted to Islam because of the hijab. This seems to get a lot of women interested, from what I've read on blogs and forums. Learning about hijab, we realize that it's really not about oppression, and it's an amazing thing that works on so many levels! Modesty, being recognized as Muslim and reminding us to act properly. I don't wear hijab, but I wish to, even if I don't believe it's an obligation on every woman.
To continue on now: I discovered a hijab fashion blog, and from it and the blog rolls, got into a lot of different blogs by Muslimahs. I felt I had something to say and I started my own blog... It's what made me continue to think about Islam and learn and ask... I used to block on something and just stop there, but with the blog, everything was out and I was getting feedback too so it's like my journey continued without stopping. I really consider this blog a big part of why I became Muslim when I did. It sped up the process bigtime and for that, I'm thankful! It sucks to be in religion limbo! (someone says this on their blog, and they are so right).
So there you have it. The way I was introduced to Islam and where it went from there!
Posted by Candice at 2:41 PM