Sunday, July 29, 2007

Random stuff huit

Tagged by Ali

1)When I'm by myself and in a good mood, I jump up and down, in sort of Tigger bounces. My Mum used to catch me doing it and nearly die laughing because it looks so odd.

2)Chun Li is one of my heroes. I can even remember looking around the games arcade on holiday. The title sticker had come loose on a machine. I stuck it back in place and read Street Fighter 2, I read through the list of characters and was thrilled to see that one was a woman. I can even remember her description: "Chun Li may not be a powerful, she her speed makes her opponents look like slow-moving tree slugs". I like hair buns too.

3)As seen the article above, I have an excellent memory for trivia, especially music trivia.

4)I don't like small spaces. I hate to admit it, as it sounds really weedy.
When I was in Egypt, we got some tickets to go in the second biggest pyramid, I took one look and the small entrance and all the tourists swarming into it and said that I felt unwell. In fact, more shameful then that, I lied and said I had period pains to get out of it.

5)I love to sleep and can sleep almost anywhere, with frequently embarrassing consequences.
I think sleep is one of the best things on Earth. When I can't just drift off to sleep I feel cheated of a great pleasure.

6)The second time I ever saw my husband, as soon as he walked in the room, I knew that I would marry him. I remember examining his face really closely, as I was absolutely certain that her would be my husband. Alhamdulilah.

7)Similarly, As soon as The Friend Who Introduced Me To Islam, gave me a copy of Yusuf Ali's English translation of the Qur'an, I knew that it would provide the answers I was looking for. The only thing I wasn't sure of is if I would have the strength to become Muslim.

8) Although I rarely mention them on here (as they don't know about the blog, so I don't want to write much without their permission), I love my parents so much, I get teary when I think about them. I think it's because I'm worried that they don't know how much I love them. I tell them, and show them, but it doesn't seem enough.

I'm not sure there's anyone left who hasn't done this, the only person I can think of is Warrior Princess.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Beauty, The Beauty, The Beauty

Something that hurts: hearing Muslims insult Islam.

It hurts. Physically. Worse then someone insulting your family.

I know that some people (usually men) have twisted the teachings of Islam, turned it's mercy towards women into chains and insults.

These twistings, they are not in the Qu'ran, nor in the sunnah of our beloved Prophet saw.

We are warned against taking part of a our religion and leaving others, so why allow people to do this? Why not point out to them with patience and manners why they are wrong, instead of condemning Islam wholesale.

Islam is a message for all people, for all times, it belongs to all Muslims.

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I cover. From personal choice. I cover out of religious obligation, not for the pleasure of any man. When I go out, only my hands and face are on show. But, covering is more than just clothes. It is modesty in behaviour too. Still, I walk, I speak, I work, I don't cower. There is no prison for me, just what I choose to show and choose to hide.

I could cover more, wear niqab, leave the house less. I would still be me. My heart would still beat, my mind still active. I would just be choosing a different path.

I don't feel any less of a human for doing this. My humanity is not wrapped in or governed by material. Is yours?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Arrgh! No internet!

Last Monday, the internet died at my house. Much calling of our brightly-coloured broadband company ensued to no avail. We are switching to another company forthwith.

Until then, things may be a little quiet around here and I won't be able to comment as much as usual.

Alhamdulilah, it's not the worse thing in the world, but it is mightily irritating.

Monday, July 02, 2007

I don't know

Why the U.K?

I don't know why. It will be no surprise to regular readers that I condemn the recent events in London and Glasgow. I see them as incompatible with my faith. I do not know, associate with, or go to lectures by any one who thinks otherwise. If I knew anyone planning such acts, I would report them to the authorities without hesitation.

Our mosque is open, with khutbahs given in English and Arabic. Community relations are good and the Lord Mayor is a regular visitor. Alhamdulilah, I am fortunate enough to be able to study with some wonderful shayukh. They are also horrified by these activities.

Life in the U.K for Muslims, despite being disliked by all sides of the media, is generally good. Compared to many other parts of the world, we are able to practice our religion with few restrictions.

This weekend, we've been shaking our heads. This comment on the Alternative Entertainment blog sums up my feelings very well:

# a Says:
July 2nd, 2007 at 5:08 am

subhan allah

what the hell is wrong with these people??

i’m actually seriously scared of them kicking us out of this country. is this what these terrorists want? that we all leave this country and go back to the so-called muslim countries? what? so that my brother has to shave his beard off so he has a chance of getting a job in one of those countries? absolutely disgusting. may Allah save us, ameen.


Ameen