Thursday, December 27, 2007
My sister (Believeress) will post the Farm (Eid-ul-Adha) pics soon (ahem ahem!) inshaAllah.
CBC News: Sunday
What is it like for a Jewish woman to convert to Islam and decide to wear the hijab? We follow her journey.Click here to watch the short video on the CBC website.
MashaAllah it made me very happy that CBC had done this, I'm sure it helped a lot of non-Muslims answer a lot of questions regarding the Hijab, especially after the death of Aqsa Pervez.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Description: The video is about those who spend more time trying to find faults in others rather trying to improve themselves. We should not just give the benefit of the doubt, but rather benefit of the trust.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The boys are from the Jaamiah Ajax , and it happened close to the Madresah. The other two boys with him were 15, they died in the crash.
Here's an article from the Toronto Star
Boy, 14, in fatal crash had own car
The 14-year-old got the 1991 Mazda MX-6 on Friday.
Excited but careful to keep it a secret from his family, he drove it up to his private school in rural Ajax to show off to his buddies on Saturday night.
The next morning, he returned to pick up two friends. Speeding down Audley Rd., he crashed the car moments later, killing both 15-year-olds less than a kilometre from their school.
That's the tragic story of an Ajax boy and two schoolmates at Jaamiah Ajax, according to his family and school administrators. The exclusive school of about 80 students is described on its website as a"world-class Islamic institute."
The boy's sister said the family had no idea he had a car or where he got it.
"It was a big surprise to all of us. Someone gave him the car and we're trying to find out who."
She said she didn't know who, if anyone, might have taught him to drive.
The car left the road, rolled several times and landed in a horse paddock just before 10 a.m. Sunday. One 15-year-old, who was from Etobicoke, was ejected. The other, from Laval, Que., had to be cut out of the car, according to witnesses. Both were students who resided at the school, which teaches Islamic studies and academic subjects.
A 14-year-old, who was treated for non-life-threatening injuries, has been charged with two counts of criminal negligence causing death.
"He came here twice Saturday night, saying he just got the car Friday night. I thought he was 16. If I had known (he was 14), I would have stopped him right there and called his parents," Atif Din, general administrator of school, said yesterday.
"We thought for sure his parents had given him money to buy a car," said Abdul Waheed, an administrator and teacher at Jaamiah Ajax, north of Taunton Rd. "When I called his father Sunday morning to tell him about the accident, he said `what car was he driving?' He didn't know he had a car."
Din said students who live in residence need permission to leave the property, but the 15-year-olds left the school undetected Sunday. The 14-year-old has been a day student at the school for two years.
According to Din, the school, which is set on open land, was founded in 1991 and is open to boys 12 and older, including international students. Its main aim is to turn out young men with high morals, founder and principal Mufti Abdul Majid Khan told the Star in an interview two years ago.
"Fee is not a criteria," says a flyer in the two-storey building's modestly furnished waiting lounge.
Police yesterday confirmed the Mazda belonged to the driver but is registered to someone else.
"We have evidence that he owned it," said Sgt. Paul McCurbin but wouldn't elaborate. Speed and driver inexperience were cited as factors in the tragedy.
Sylvia Dietrich and Melvyn Croft, who manage Ajax Riding Academy, said the car flipped over several boulders and through a fence before coming to a rest in a paddock with five horses.
They didn't hear it but went to the scene a few minutes later when emergency vehicles arrived. The car was "so squished" it was unrecognizable, Dietrich said.
Dietrich said that stretch of road, which is flanked by fields and a golf course, is a popular spot for street racers.
"I've said there's going to be a fatal accident one of these days. Who'd have thought it would be in my field?"
-here's another article from CityNews
Monday, November 19, 2007
I'm going to buy this for sure inshaAllah. When you purchase their CD, 20% goes to charity, but the album isn't out yet. So you can go on their site (http://www.nobeatsnecessary.com/) and reserve a CD by adding your name and email, inshaAllah.
Monday, November 12, 2007
As salamu alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh,
Belated Eid Mubarak!!
Well I came back about 2 weeks ago... okay, 3 weeks ago (and I wanna to go back!!). Hearing about people going for Hajj just adds to the pain and makes me miss Makkah and Madinah a whole lot more. I would have updated earlier, but my Internet wasn’t behaving well, so it made it harder for me to do so. It was an amazing experience, SubhanAllah. I didn’t think I’d go back there this soon. I went 4 years ago for Hajj, but even then I didn’t think it would have been this year, especially since I just got married. My husband was also very fortunate (mashaAllah) since he’s just been for Hajj (the previous one) and being with him made the whole experience more then incredible (MashaAllah). I guess when Allah (swt) calls, no matter when and how, we end up there, as a guest to the house of Allah (swt) and the resting place of Rasulullah (saw), one way or another.
I thought going back the second time wouldn’t be as affective as the first, both emotionally and spiritually. Boy, was I wrong. SubhanAllah the emotions running through me were probably more than the first time I went and looking at the Ka’bah again was just like seeing it for the first time ever. For those who are going for Hajj for the first time, I can’t even begin to explain what goes on inside your heart when you reach Makkah, the Harem, and the Ka’bah. It’s like you know that your soul knows that you’re getting closer and closer to the House of Allah. Going in for the first time with your gaze lowered, makes your heart tremble with great anticipation, excitement and nervousness (you can’t even breath, think, or walk straight!). Then seeing the Ka’bah, in all its Glory and Magnificence, is so empowering that it pierces your heart and soul at the very core of your faith. If anyone has ever had a single atoms weight of doubt in his or her heart, just looking at the Ka’bah will remove it forever (InshaAllah). It’s a moment where it’s just you and your Lord; you don’t notice anything or anyone around you. Honestly, I can never fully explain exactly how one feels at that moment, you have to go through it to know. May Allah (swt) take us all there, again and again and again…
There were loads of people there this Ramadhan, it really felt like Hajj time. It was because all the locals came and most of Turkey was there (yeah all those little women…you see plenty of them). In the last 10 days it was nuts. We went to Madinah where it’s much calmer but there were still a lot of people there. SubhanAllahi wa biHamdi, SubhanAllahi-l-Atheem, being in Madinah is a whole different experience in itself. Again, I can never fully explain what goes on in the heart and soul when you know, that this is where Sayyidinah Rasulullah (saw) is (the Beloved of Allah, the Final Messenger, just think of Seera!), Sayyidinah Abu Bakr (ra) is (The great companion of Rasulullah (saw), the one who was with him all the way during Hijrah), and Sayyidinah Umar (ra) is (the one that struck fear in those that knew his name and never even saw him amongst the Mushriks, Romans and Persians). SubhanAllah and then there’s Jannatul Baqi, where so many Sahabahs (ra) and righteous people have been laid to rest. So many emotions just overwhelm you. Saying Salaams to Rasulullah (saw) and knowing that he can hear it and knows who we are just makes one feel so unworthy of coming in front of him covered in sins when one went against his sunnahs countless times. But knowing one is visiting Rasulullah (saw) is so…gosh I don’t even know which word to use, it just increases one’s love for him in every way. May Allah (swt) take us to visit Rasulullah (saw) again and again and again…
There are soo many memories, funny, sad, happy etc. I could share them all but I’d rather tell them personally because I’m more of a talker (as many of you know) than a writer. But I guess I could share a story or two.
-I made a friend in Madinah, and she has the most adorable little girl. She has cute, little, round cheeks, and she looks like a baby doll, MashaAllah. In Masjid al-Nabawi she would wait for the domes to slide open after Fajr and after Isha adhan. She’s around 15 months and I can still remember her giggle and the way she’d look up to see the dome all excited. MashaAllah, they came from Egypt, and her mother is such a kind person. May Allah (swt) bless her and her family in both worlds. Ameen
-In Madina, at Asr time they would start putting large dasterkans (big sheets on the masjid floors, inside and outside to sit on for iftar) and they would get covered in plates, drinks, Zamzam, dates, yogurt (their yogurt is yuuuumy, especially the one made by Nadec), bread, Kahwa (strong Arabic coffee), and a whole lot more. And Arab families would come and set their own dasterkans. Then they go around and get people to sit on theirs to break the fast (to attain reward). Ah, it’s so beautiful seeing the hospitality of the people of Madinah during iftar.
-In the Harem in Makkah, we were going down one of the escalators, and next to the one going down was an escalator going up. And all I see is a boy hanging on to the railing of the escalator by his hands going up. Man, I felt like trying that too.
-Another time in Makkah, in the Harem escalators we were coming down again, and this time at the bottom of the escalator was a little girl trying to go up…and she wasn’t getting anywhere.
-If you ever go to Makkah or Madinah, try the Movenpik ice cream. And I recommend having the blackberry ice cream in a cup…ohh its soooo good.
-One can never forget the old Turkish women, they’re cute little women but man, they’re tough. One may think they’re old and weak, but they can push through a crowd and get to the other side before the blink of an eye. Okay, that was an exaggeration, but you’d know what I mean if you’ve been before.
So that’s it for now folks or else I’ll go on and on and this will become a very long post, which will bore ya.
SubhanAllah we really, really enjoyed going to the Holy Cities for Ramadhan, it’s just something elsereally enjoyed going there for Ramadhan, its just something elseenjoyed going there for Ramadhan, its just something elseenjoyed going there for Ramadhan, its just something elseenjoyed going there for Ramadhan, its just something else enjoyed going there for Ramadhan, its just something else. May Allah (swt) take those who haven’t gone and take those again who’ve already been. We just have to make du’a that Allah (swt) calls us there, accepts us while we’re there (Umrah/Hajj/all other acts of Ibadah) and calls us back there and perhaps even take our sou enjoyed going there for Ramadhan, its just something elsels there at the time of our death.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
A Muslim man reads the Koran before attending prayers during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at a mosque in Yinchuan, northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region September 16, 2007. Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking and conducting sexual relations from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA) CHINA OUT
Here's a great site to read up on Ramadhan and all it's virtues.
Your complete guide to Ramadan
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Ramadhan Mubarak! Yaaay I'm finally updating, alhamdulillah about time eh? Wow it’s been long since I’ve updated, and many of you probably thought that I’d stop blogging now that I’m married huh?! Well no, I’m actually going to try to continue it, inshaAllah, if I don’t get all lazy about it again.
Sooo I’m married now, it’s been about 2 months since my nikkah and 1 month since my rukhsati. Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah, Alhamdulillah I’ve never been happier in my entire life (Hajj is an exception) it truly is from the Blessings, Mercy and Grace of Allah (swt) and I guess from the many du’as of others (JazakAllahu Khair for those). So the Nikkah took place at the Ijtimah on July 1st and the rukhsati and walima happened at Islamic Foundation of Toronto (Nugget) and both days went well alhamdulillah. Then we went to Panama for a little holiday (1 week) and I really enjoyed it. I’ll just post a few pictures (that many of you keep bugging me about) because it takes too long on blogger these days to upload pics (at least for me they are). They're just few of the many pics I took...This is a view from a house in Panama City. Looks, feels and sounds a lot like India.
here about how it was made and how it works, it's pretty interesting.
This is a view from our hotel balcony at a rainforest...SubhanAllah it was beautiful.
Ok so besides Panama, I'll be going for Umrah inshaAllah on the 23 this month and I'll be back after Eid inshaAllah!!!!!! So you all have to remember this sinful person in your du'as that all goes well and that all my ibadah is accepted. Also forgive me if I've wronged anyone knowingly or unknowingly, life is full of surprises and death is the biggest one...
I still can't believe its Ramadhan, time sure flies. SubhanAllah it feels like yesterday I came back from Madresa and my Nikkah was done and was thinking, "Oh it's still a while till Ramadhan." I just love this month, one feels so much closer to Allah (swt) in this month and does more sincere Ibadah trying to build Taqwa and a stronger Iman. If only we could all be steadfast even after this Blessed month passes. May Allah (swt) accept all our acts of worship, du'as and good intentions during this month. And have Mercy on us, open the doors of Jannah and forgive all our sins whether big as a mountain or small as an atom. Ameen!
An Afghan boy reads the alphabet of the holy Quran during the month of Ramadan at a mosque in Jalalabad city the provincial capital of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Monday, Sept. 17, 2007. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Anâs (Radiallâhu anhu) states that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallâhu alahi wasallam) saying that Allâh said,
"O son of Adam, as long as you supplicate to me and have hope in Me, I will forgive you whatever the sin be and I will not bother. O son of Adam, if your sins reach the clouds in the sky and you seek forgiveness, I will forgive you and I will not bother. O son of Adam, if you come to Me with so many sins that they fill the earth, and you meet Me without having ascribed partners to Me, I will forgive you with the same great amount of forgiveness."
(Tirmidhi, vol. 2 p. 194)
May Allah (swt) accept our repentance and du'as.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Man, life comes at you fast, and so does all its surprising twists and turns- SubhanAllah. Last year, at this time I would have never thought that I would get the opportunity to go to Madresa. I remember 3 days before the Madresa was opening, Aishah decided to go and for me it seemed like an impossible task to even bother asking my parents. When I did ask, my mum laughed. So it took a lot of convincing and making loads of du’as which also included bawling my eyes out. I REALLY WANTED TO GO. It had been my dream and utmost desire for the past 5 years to study Islam. Alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) gave me the gift of going, staying and studying at JAS. And it was the most amazing experience I have ever been through so far in life well after Hajj of course. I’m saying all this because I won’t be going back, unfortunately so. Every time I think about how I won’t be going back makes my heart ache and fills my eyes with tears. The teachers, the students, my roommates and the place itself were all a great blessing from Allah (swt), and a source of peace. I have so many memories there, especially in the last months that I hope and pray won’t leave me.
I’ve learnt more then I thought I would in the beginning, and more then I’ve learnt elsewhere, especially with Arabic. I wasn’t the brightest student in class and definitely not one of them, but I know personally that I even surprised myself with how far I’ve come. To Ml. Nazim, if you read this, I just want you to know that I’m sorry I couldn’t be the best student and work harder and be less lazy in studying. I know I’m annoyingly forgetful at times, but even then I think you’ve helped my memory become stronger then it was when I first came, alhamdulillah. JazakAllahu Khair for every letter, word, advice and for constantly pushing me to do better in my studies. And I still don’t get how you have such good hearing behind that curtain…mashaAllah. :)
And to Sawdah apa, you are a true blessing for all the girls. MashaAllah you have touched every corner of my heart and taught me many things both in and out of class. Just by looking at how you deal with others and speak to others, I’ve learnt a lot. JazakAllahu Khair for every single bit of ilm that you’ve taught me from the start and for being at my side in both good times and bad. I truly love you for the sake of Allah (swt).
I know for sure, JAS wouldn’t have been the same with out you two, and I know my parents wouldn’t have sent me there if it weren’t you two taking care of JAS. Please, please forgive me for my shortcomings. I’m really going to miss you all, especially Kulthoom and Rayhan. May Allah (swt) accept all of your efforts, make you all successful in both worlds, continue to use you in teaching His deen and raise you and your families amongst those that are most beloved to Him (swt). Ameen.
To all the girls, especially my roomies, I’m going to painfully miss you all, forgive me if I’ve wronged any of you knowingly or unknowingly. Also, remember me in your du’as, make du’a that I continue to seek knowledge and that I get to finally finish the Alimah course. I’ll try my best to visit and keep in touch, inshaAllah.
Okay I’m getting all emotional, now I have to wipe my tears away…okay so for my own sanity let me move on to another topic…
I have to keep telling myself that all things happen for a reason, and InshaAllah whatever comes ahead in life has a whole lot of khair in it. I come home to find out things about my wedding that I didn’t even know before. For example, my little 14 year old sister made my list of friends without me even knowing (she obviously missed out quite a lot of people), I found out 3 or 4 days ago that my nikkah will officially be on July 1st (or so I think) and I found out 2 days ago that my walima will be on the 5th…or 6th of August. Like I said in the beginning, life comes at you fast…it hit me pretty fast. It’s actually hard to keep up with the events going in my life this year, last year I was bored to death and here I am now, having to choose a walima dress (which is such a HEADACHE). I just want things to be simple and Sunnah, no extravagant stuff. InshaAllah, the nikkah will be at the TO ijtimah and the walima at the Masjid…alhadulillah.Moving on again, actually back to JAS...
These are just some random madresa pics, it's not much but it's a little, tiny preview of how beautiful JAS really is. If you can, try going there and checking out the place, you won't regret it...I promise.
(Click the images to make them larger)
Our beautiful Bowmanville House (BH).
It's the girls dorm.
I just love this tree, it's right in front of the BH.
The trees surrounding BH, right next to the tree in the above pic.
Oh and here's the poor broken chair that was left out side for like 2 months...and is still outside.
The spoiled kitty, she probably gets fed 10 times a day. No joke there.
One of the many beautiful sunsets in front of BH
On the right side of BH.
My roomies and friends had a little surprise party for me (as I had just gotten engaged) and they made me play this game, where I had to figure out riddles, pick up clues and little gifts. In the end it led me to one of the bridges (at the wooden bridge) near the creek where they all were hiding in Sawdah apa's van. I saw the bridge and it was fully decorated with balloons and streamers. I new they were hiding, but I didn't think they were in the van...I was expecting them to be hiding in the bushes. Soon as I got near the van, they honked, I jumped and I was tackled with a whole lot o'hugs.
a black and white pic of tree in front of BH. That road towards the middle goes to the school building, and towards the left, to the BH and beyond that, the caff.
This is from a small stream surounded by trees and flowers behind BH.
Girls where doing some hw underneath the tree in pic 2.
The Qur'an Shelf in the Prayer Hall. I had cleaned it the night before...O the memories.
The 99 Names of Allah (swt) chart.
The Classroom rules, which I noticed was still up.
Ml. Nazim and Sawdah Apa's office, next to our room.
Our food shelf...
Okay, we don't have this dresser anymore, but I just loved our little space which had all our spices...we had turmeric, salt, red pepper, ground cumin seeds, basil leaves, spaghetti seasoning, sugar, black pepper and God knows what else...
That's my Madresa bag on my bed... :(
My room...oh there's more pics of my room on Aishah's blog, I couldn't be bothered taking more of them. Oh and this is all before we changed the room around again.
Our book shelf. But now it doesn't have any of the books on the 2nd shelf, since I had to bring them back home :(
My roses...I had to hang them up to let them dry safely.
My bag.... gosh, I feel like crying
....I can feel my heart beating faster as I look at these pics.
my doodled pencil case...
my bed :'(
The grade 9 girls were making a project for geography class. They had to make the model of the Ka'bah a several years after the death of Rasulullah (s.a.w). It's made from clay that we found in the creek.
Another beautiful sunset
The project again
This is how our curtain (which is used for some classes with Ml.Nazim) is hung...i did it all by myself...after it came out from the proper hooks on the wall. I'm sure the ceiling is strong, I mean it's still hanging pretty nicely.
Our morning and evening du'as
flowers on the back left side of BH
back left side of BH...the path away from BH is another small walkway to the caff.
In front of BH
Oh I just love this tree as well. It's on the far left side of BH. On the other side is the school building. This tree is just HUGE, God knows how old it is. SubhanAllah...
Our fridge...which is now busted and forever gone.
One of there girls got hungry before going to the creek...so she had some yummy baked beans :) mmmm
ah hah...our dirty dishes :)
(my bedside table) a few seconds after the lights had gone out...hah I just noticed the "sumaiya is" just ignore that :D
My roomies trying to be artistic :)
Our bulletin board, which is now bare without my calender.
The libaray, which is used temporarly as our school building (for secular school).
Some of the books there.... :D
InshaAllah it'll be the biggest Islamic Library in North America some day, InshaAllah.
this an old room in the library. It was used for listenting to audio books (I guess..) when it was a college before. The girls now use it to dramatize a scenes from a space shuttle's launch control centre...which includes a very loud countdown. You know, something similar to the following pic:
I was studying for a Nahw test..
View of the left side of BH
Our room front door
okay, we don't take the shoes, they're taken and given to us by Sawdah apa, we just have to keep them as hostages until their owners come with money.
This is from a big flowery bush (that doesn't have a smell) next to the BH entrance.
another beautiful sunset
The Madresa sign when you enter.
Some storage places around the Caff.
The front gates...
On the way to the Caff. after rain fall.
Returning from the caff., heading towards BH after the rain.
This is one crazy and stubborn raccoon. No matter what we do, or how close we get to it, the darn thing just won't budge.
ohh this was a breath taking sunset...
One of the bridges (the concrete bridge) at the Creek. This one has this verticle gap running down the middle...I think it used to have some sort of canal there.
a pic from the edge of the bridge
flowers around the creek
around the creek...
a little pathway under the other bridge (wooden bridge), along the flowing creek.
I'm actually standing on this..but I cropped out my pic :)
I even sat on that and laid down on it...I'm actually surprised I didn't fall over.
That's the bridge down there...
a beautiful pic of BH from far.
The school building.
We decided to dry our clothes after getting totally soaked in the creek (it's clean flowing water). And that's our room window... :)
Ohh and another breath-taking sunset pic
The famous Caff. :)
another big, perfect looking tree next to the caff.
on a cloudy day in front of BH.
a little girl holding a caterpillar on a leaf. It was last Wednesday, before we all went to the Lake.
the lighthouse at the lake, it's like 10 min away from the madresa. Man, we had an awesome day, alhamdulillah..
I took a bag full of rocks for my little sister...
The pics just don't do justice on how beautiful this place looked that day...
There were some nice looking little houses around there.
yup, that's a dead seagull alright.
Naeema did that :)
Our watermelon mess
A cute spider that the little girls found...it was pretty big so you can imagine the screams.
by Asfa :)
That is NOT a toilet hole! Some girls where digging a hole just for fun, and water came from the bottom of it...seriously :)
My pepsi can got really hot in my bag, so I decided to cool it down by letting the cold waves wash over it for a while.
The problem was keeping it there...but it sure did get cold! Alhamdulillah :)
Our room stuff after we changed it around again
Ahem..one of my roomies (aishah :) ) ran out of money for the dryer, so she took advantage of our beds, the fan and the hot weather.
The next day (last thursday) evening we had the most memorable BBQ ever.
Fried (with soysause) rice (made by Sawdah Apa) mmm is was sooo good mashAllah
and pasta salad
my half-eaten plate
And yes that's tea. We desis just can't resist can we?
Nasheeds blasting outside, with a fire extinguisher just in case...
In the end we had an awesome bonfire. We all sat around it in the dark singing anasheed, laughing and joking around. Finally (I should say unfortunately) Sawdah apa sang a farewell nasheed in urdu for me...I cried and then we all cried even more. They all made me give some final advise (a little farewell speech), which I sobbed through mostly. It was such a heartache for me to say goodbye. I hugged everyone and told them how much they and JAS mean to me and that inshaAllah all of this has good in it, for all of us. It was all such a heartache for me...
I had bought some donuts from Tim Hortons for everyone...which ran out pretty fast.
So no one slept that night, we all just stayed up and talked, since it was our last night before the holidays (official last night for me at JAS). Around 3 a.m. I think, I was in my room and I saw a red glow out side my window. I thought it might be someone's car, so I looked out and what do you know, there was no car. I stared for a few seconds then tilted my head towards the left and saw that the the BBQ had fell over and the big pink lazy-boy chair was on fire. So I ran out to make sure I wasn't seeing things and told Sawdah apa. Basically all the girls ran out with buckets of water, until someone found a fire extinguisher's to put out the fire. What a way to end the party eh? Here are some pics of it the next day...
the chair was dragged out by Ml. Nazim the next day...
I took this pic while I was in the car, leaving Madresa....
It was bright and sunny and I didn't have time to adjust my camera, sorry.
And this is the gate... the final goodbye to JAS.
Wow those where some good times MashaAllah, SubhaAllah, Alhamdulillah wa Allahu Akbar...remember me in your du'as everyone