Tuesday, January 31, 2006

All is quiet on New Year's Day.

Happy New Year to everyone. May Allah bring you all blessings and guide us on the right path. Ameen.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Try to hitch a ride on the turning tide

I've just finished reading Turning the Tide by Suma Din. It describes the stages of a woman's life, from birth to death. I initially thought it might be a bit New Agey but it is beautifully presented and a very inspiring read.

Each life stage is compared to a type of water (rivers, oceans e.t.c). There is a selection of women's thoughts on these stages, then appropriate ayahs from the Quran and hadith, dua's to help you through these stages and then finally, the story of a great woman of Islam.

In fact my only complaint about this book, is that they should publish a handbag-sized version to make it easier to carry around with you, as it's the sort of book that is great to dip in and out of.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

I've used up all my tissues..

... as I have a cold. Today has been mostly spent on the sofa. Watched Unleashed
on DVD. It was a lot better than I expected, with Jet Li really getting a chance to show off his acting skills for once. The fight scenes were really well choreographed, but that's to be expected as Yuen Woo Ping was the choreographer.

I read a really good post on UmmZaid's blog about adaib. She compares learning the intricacies of adaib to the traditional ways martial arts masters trained their students. This is a really interesting metaphor and has given me a new way of looking at this. Insha Allah this will help me improve my adaib in the future.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Just leave out the reasons

Why must we Muslims be so negative?

Reading an article in The Muslim News with the headline "No Muslims Knighted in New Years Honours".

The article starts by saying

"A total of 19 Muslims (4 OBE's, 14 MBE's and one overseas MBE) have been included the New Years Honours List."

This is good news, right? No because:

"Notably no member of the Muslim community was knighted or awarded a CBE.
However five members of the Jewish community are to receive Knighthood"

The article continues by listing exactly how many Jews, Hindus and Sikhs (what, no Buddhists!) got which Honours.

I'm not sure why an article, which should be about celebrating the achievements of our brothers and sisters, has to have such undertones of victims of Zionist plot/Islamophobia to it.

Anyway, I've decided that Ayesha Qureshi MBE is the person I'd most like to go clothes shopping with. She always looks so well turned out.

A New Day

Salaam Alaikum

After spending far too much time looking at other people's blogs, I thought I would start my own.