Friday, August 31, 2012

My Daughter Started KG

It's quite a week with my oldest starting KG! She was so excited about it and she's really enjoying it so far. Even in advance she was initiating conversation in English, it was adorable. For those who don't know, we speak French in the home but she is going to English school so her English is not bad for understanding but not yet fluent at all for speaking. Everything will flow right out within a few months I'm sure especially with her willingness to learn.

Here she is in her school uniform. :D

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fran Fine (The Nanny) in HIJAB

Who else likes the show The Nanny with Fran Drescher???

I just love her and this show and we've been watching it on Netflix recently. She went to a fictional Muslim country in an episode called "Not Without my Nanny" and this was one of her outfits (this was the only one fully hijab appropriate). I LOVE this! I'd wear this if it wasn't weird to. I like the dangly things on the forehead, the chest-covering but dress-showing hijab draping in the back and the jilbab is gorgeous.

What do you think?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Eid Mubarak!

I'm a bit late with this but still, I do wish everyone a blessed Eid and I wish you all continued blessings post-Eid. I hope you had a lovely time with friends and family today and that you were able to make the best of this wonderful time.

To all, Muslim and not, a very blessed EID :) 

May Allah reward all those who do good, directly an indirectly. To those who make efforts towards anything good, generous, kind, positive, loving. Towards Allah in any way that you are able to. May you get your just blessing. :)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Keeping myself in check

For the past few months, I've become more interested in beauty (as in, physical beauty.. skin care, makeup, fashion). I don't believe there's anything wrong with beautifying ourselves and having beauty as a hobby. It's something fun and it increases self-esteem to feel good about the way you appear. No wrong there.

However, I do want to make sure that I'm not feeling the need to apply makeup every time I go out while not caring about it when I'm in the home. This would indicate that I want people outside the home to look at me and find me beautiful and that it's not just about my own sense of beauty. And of course, it's not exactly compatible with Islam to want to look good for strangers outside the home.

I believe in looking professional and presentable outside the home and not needing to look that way inside the home but when the actual "attractive" factor becomes more important for strangers than for yourself or your husband, as a Muslim woman, you are going in the wrong direction. And this is a message to myself in the second person first and foremost. lol

I've started applying makeup every once in a while and I feel good and beautiful. I am being careful that I don't feel a greater need to apply it when I'm going out shopping or in public versus when I'm going to my girl friend's or even just when I'm staying home because that will be my indication that my reasons are becoming wrong and my intentions not pure and this will be the time when I lay off and do something different.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I don't understand

I've never understood Christianity... I was a Catholic by name for most of my life but that's what it is to us here. Catholic is who we are by name and the actual teachings are not important, it's just part of our culture to identify as "Catholic". So I don't know much about Christianity but I can understand some basic things. For Judaism, I can't understand even the most basic things that they believe in. Like:

Why is it so hard to become Jewish? Why don't they want others converting to their religion? Do they believe that you can only really believe in the truth if you were born into Judaism?

What do they believe about Christians? Do they see them as people who would be Jewish if they had not believed in something that is false? Is that why they have some sort of respect for them, or do they maybe not have the respect I seem to feel they have? The relationship between Jews and Christians should be similar to the relationship between Christians and Muslims but somehow I don't feel like it is.

What are the criteria they are waiting for to accept the next prophet? Why didn't Jesus satisfy them? Do modern Jews even think about these questions and find answers that make sense or is it a cultural identity and the truth doesn't matter so much as their identity as a Jew?

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Quran notes: Surat Al-Baqarah

As I read the Quran on the awesome app iQuran on the iPhone, I make little notes on how I understand different verses and notes on what I'm wondering about certain verses. Here are a few. 

PLEASE give me your thoughts and give me any relevant information or where to find it. THANKS! I'd love any comments, even if you only read a couple of them and have something to add. You don't need to read the whole thing :)

O MANKIND! Worship your Sustainer, who has created you and those who lived before you, so that you might remain conscious of Him (2:21)

This feels like it's telling us that remaining conscious of Allah is the reason for our existence.

and remain conscious of [the coming of] a Day when no human being shall in the least avail another, nor shall ransom be accepted from any of them, nor shall intercession be of any use to them, and none shall be succoured. (2:48)

Basically: No human over another, no sacrifices are of any use, no intercession. It's all you and Allah in determining your destiny.

Excepted, however, shall be they that repent, and put themselves to rights, and make known the truth: and it is they whose repentance I shall accept-for I alone am the Acceptor of Repentance, the Dispenser of Grace. (2:160)

It's interesting to me that we need to "make known the truth". Especially as someone who is a closet Muslim and can't seem to find any desire or motivation to get out of that. This is good inspiration.

In this state shall they abide; [and] neither will their suffering, be lightened, nor will they be granted respite. (2:162)

This state sounds like it's a state of rejection by God, which is the suffering that they will have to endure. At least, this is the way that I've always seen Hell and Heaven. Heaven as a state of closeness to God and Hell as the opposite end of a spectrum. And I feel like this supports my view.

IT IS ordained for you, when death approaches any of you and he is leaving behind much wealth, to make bequests in favour of his parents and [other] near of kin in accordance with what is fair: I this is binding on all who are conscious of God. (2:180)

Must make a will and we can use our own knowledge and reasoning to figure out what is fair, though there are rules in the Qur'an for us to follow in the case that there is no will when a person dies. Right?

If, however, one has reason to fear that the testator has committed a mistake or a [deliberate] wrong, and thereupon brings about a settlement between the heirs, he will incur no sin [thereby]. Verily, God is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace. (2:182)

Again about making a will. And again the idea that a person would use his judgement (in this case, his judgement if he or she believes that the person who made the will made a mistake). Basically: we can use our own God-given judgement. I believe this applies to a lot of other things.

AND IF My servants ask thee about Me - behold, I am near; I respond to the call of him who calls, whenever he calls unto Me: let them, then, respond unto Me, and believe in Me, so that they might follow the right way. (2:186)

Relationship with Allah is a give and take. You cannot expect to get everything by doing nothing.

AND FIGHT in God's cause against those who wage war against you, but do not commit aggression-for, verily, God does not love aggressors. (1:190)

I think this means that we cannot start a war, only defend ourselves if someone wages war against us?

FIGHTING is ordained for you, even though it be hateful to you; but it may well be that you hate a thing the while it is good for you, and it may well be that you love a thing the while it is bad for you: and God knows, whereas you do not know. (2:216)

I don't understand this one... People were disagreeing or not happy about having to fight and are told that they must because it's better for them? HELP

God will not take you to task for oaths which you may have uttered without thought, but will take you to task [only] for what your hearts have conceived [in earnest]: for God is much-forgiving, forbearing. (2:225)

What I understand is that what is in our heart that counts and that we won't be punished for things we say accidentally/without thought.

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