Thursday, December 18, 2008

From T.O, ON to Regina, SK


Well here it is, all the pictures of our drive from Toronto (well actually Malton, people just understand T.O quicker. So no offense to Malton, you are still my home!), Ontario to Regina, Saskatchewan that I promised to upload and share

So as I had posted in a previous post, my husband Shaykh Abdullah, got a position as the Imam for the Masjid in Regina, SK, known as the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan (IAOS). We've been here for exactly a month tomorrow. Alhamdulillah we're settled in and getting used to the place. The people here are just wonderful, especially the Muslim community, MashaAllah. There's over 300 Muslim families here as I been told and the community is really growing mashaAllah. A few families moved in after we did from Ontario, especially from T.O. I just heard on the news that Saskatchewan is No.1 in Canada right now with it's economy, because of it's job opportunities. So I guess this is the place to be right now.

Regina's a pretty nice place, they have a science centre, a museum to a man-made lake. The drivers are much more calm then the drivers in ON that's for sure. You'll always see people jogging outside, especially old folks. There's even a lot more Natives then in T.O. We even have a few Reverts, alhamdulillah. As for the weather here, well you're probably hearing about it in the news. We're getting the cold and icy air from the arctic so it gets from -33 to -44 these days with windchill. Oh and we plug in our cars so the oil doesn't freeze at night, cool huh? (no pun intended).

So yeah there's a bit about Regina. I'll probably be sharing a whole lot more over time. There are a lot of interesting stories and what not to share, but for now I think this is a good introduction. I've placed a slideshow of the pics below. However, if you want to view larger pictures, just click on it and it'll take you to the actual album. From there on the right-hand corner click on "slideshow" for easier viewing. Then there are two short video's I took while we were driving. be warned, I'm no good at video recoding.





Ok, so that's all for now folks, remember me in your du'as and keep checking the blog for more updates inshaAllah!


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Video of while we were driving through Berrie, ON.

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Driving through Northern Ontario, very beautiful MashaAllah.

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8 comments:

Lazeena Umm Yusuf said...

Canada, oh Canada, how I miss it's lushious snow! Here in Jersey we still don't have anything! The masjid is a nice size mashaAllah, and the area seems cool... the 3 Walmarts is odd to me haha, but hey, my town has like 3 Dunkin Donuts, which is way better than Tim Hortons might I add.. ahem.

Anywho, I'm totally in love with your place even though all I saw was a blurry picture of the kitchen haha, but seriously it seems so cute and cozy mashaAllah.. wishing you all he best in your new home =) Miss you like crazy!!

~Lazeena

Saskatoonian said...

Assalamaulikum wa rahmatullAllahi wa barakatuhuhu!

Welcome to Regina, and welcome to Saskatchewan! I personally am living in Saskatoon (the old Imam there is now an Imam here) and I was just doing a search online for muslim blogs in Saskatchewan, and yours was the first I clicked.

Anyway, just wanted to welcome you to chilly old Saskatchewan and inshaAllah you enjoy it here. I'm sure it is very different from Toronto, not as lively but definitely there are nice people here alhamdulilah.

May Allah swt bless you.

sumaiya said...

lazeena- Timmies is way better ehem, I bet yusuf would agree with me too, has he had some? Ah, I miss u too! Email me ur # I can call the states for free :)

Saskatoonian- wa alaykum salam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh! JazakAllahu Khair for the warm welcome :) It is quite different from Toronto but alhamdulillah we're adjusting quite well.

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alam said...

Assalamualaikum sister
Sumaiya,
hoping you two coping with the chill alhamdulillah!!
I was just searching for muslinm comm in regina on the web and so happy to find a person like you!!Actually we are thinking to relocate from TO to Regina...but no known ppl to find some inside stories...like how is the muslim/south indian community here, I have a 10 year old going to nuggete school here and a 2 year old...hope we can chat sometimes to know about regina better....Deena Alam

sumaiya said...

Wa alaykum salam sister Deena,

Alhamdulillah we're not popsicles yet! We're just getting used to it so the rest of winter shouldn't be so bad, although I'm always waiting for spring :)

There is an islamic school here in Regina where most of the muslim kids go, it's called Huda Islamic School. It's a very good school, just like nugget, maybe even better. They are one of the best schools in Saskatchewan, mashaAllah. Maybe you can email me your number and I can call you inshaAllah. I can answer any questions you may have. It's good to know where you might be living. My email is sumaiya360@gmail.com

take care,
sumaiya

Anonymous said...

Salaam,

I have just moved here two days back. Don't really know anything about the place except that the first ATM in Canada was deployed in Regina (wikipedia didn't tell nothing about where i could get good food :p)...

Any help will be much appreciated !!

JazakAllahu Khair

sumaiya said...

wa alaykum salam,
Wa eeyakum :)
Welcome to Regina!!
(3273 Montague St in the South)there are a couple of flyers for some places you can eat out at. There's the Shawarma King and the Lahore Kabob House...I recommend these 2 for sure!
Let me know if you need anything else :)