Quick Post before signing off

Two days before the month of Ramadan starts In shaa Allah. 

Allahuma Balighna Ramadan!

I have read a lot of beautiful reminders from the blogs I follow and I’m sure they will be helpful for me this coming Ramadan, Jazakum Allahu Khairan to all of you. May Allah reward you for your good deeds. Ya Rabb!

So let me have this last post before I take hiatus from blogging for a month.


I still have one pending Blue Sky Tag from Ashley of Muslimah According to Me (One of the blogs I always follow because she writes beautifully and her blog is so informative!) Thanks for nominating me! And because I know everybody is busy preparing for Ramadan, I will break the rule once again by not nominating anyone. lol

So here are my answers to Ashley’s questions:

1.Favorite breakfast food?

-Pancakes with overflowing pancake syrup! lol

2.Which ayah/surah of the Qur’an really goes to your heart?

-A lot! but I remember when I was new to Islam, I cried a lot when I read Surah Al-Qariah. 

3.Most interesting place you’ve ever visited?

The only places I would like to go back again and again and again, Makkah and Madinah In shaa Allah

4.What are your hobbies?

-reading books, baking, eating and sleeping haha

5.What word/phrase drives you bananas when people use it?

-not a word but this hand gesture the Arabs are using which means wait hehe

Wait

6.When do you do your best writing for your blog?

-whenever something comes into my mind

7.Which of the five daily prayers is your favorite?

-Fajr prayer

8.Where would you rather live, city or small, rural town?

City (City of Makkah and Madina) 

9.Your favorite summer fruit?

-Watermelon, although I get annoyed with the seeds hehe

10.What are you currently reading?

-I’m finishing now the Biography of Abu Bakr RA

11.What was you “dream job” as a kid?

-Doctor


I have decorated our house a little bit for the Ramadan. I bought these lanterns in a cheap shop while the candle holders are from before. Don’t worry, I am not forgetting that Ramadan is not for feasting but more of doing ‘Ibadaah.

Two years ago, I went to a symposium about preparation for Ramadan and I remember one of the things they talked about Ramadan divided into three parts – the first ten days, the middle and the last ten days. I will leave you with this:

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Image from QuranReading.com

Let’s spend this Ramadan as if it’s the last. Let’s give our best shot and aim to collect a lot of hasanats (credit for good deeds) In Shaa Allah!

May Allah accepts our fasting, good deeds and ‘Ibadaah. Ya Rabb!


P.S. I might go to Makkah for Umrah and visit Madina, In shaa Allah. If you have any specific dua you want me to ask, just email me through my contact.

Ramadan Mubarak! ❤️

Giving up is NOT an option!

It’s been quite some time since I started learning the Arabic Language but I’m still having difficulty. I know I cannot perfect it in an instant but sometimes, or should I say most of the time, I am feeling so hopeless already. Despite the fact that I am married to an Arabic-speaking man, we don’t have enough time to sit and discuss every details of the Arabic Language like a teacher does in school. Besides, I feel bad if I will take his time to take rest after his stressful work. But of course, I know he is more than willing to help me to learn. I can feel his support by providing for me books, computer programs and he is  always ready to answer whenever I have questions. Alhamdulillah.

Basicallly, I am learning this language without a formal class. I started watching videos in YouTube and then I tried to complete the Rosetta Stone, a computer program for learning different languages. I liked it at first but eventually I stopped because I thought it’s better to learn the language with the Qur’anic words because my sole purpose of learning Arabic is to be able to read the Qur’an and understand it. In Shaa Allah.

I am not good in online classes. I feel sleepy and bored. I don’t feel the hype or excitement when no human is around me, moreover, my eyes cannot tolerate to stare in the laptop screen for long time. I tried the Madinah Arabic program in YouTube but unfortunately I was not able to finish it.

I looked for a teacher who I can have a one on one class but it’s a little bit pricey that’s why now I’m back to studying myself online. It’s difficult for me but I don’t have other options. I came to the point when I just cried and felt sad. I felt my tongue just twisted and I was mispronouncing the letters.

I have basic knowledge in Arabic, I can read but in a slow pace. I can write as well but I always have the problem in spelling especially in the long and short vowels. I guess because my native language doesn’t deal with that. I want to increase my vocabulary as well so I can understand the Arabic words that I am reading. In shaa Allah.

I need to organize myself and put more effort in studying the Arabic Language. I feel guilty that I have wasted a lot of time already. I want to know which class best suits me. I have to step my foot forward and stop procrastinating because Allah will question me at the end. Astagfirullah . May Allah forgive me.

I will be so happy to know your studying tips for learning Arabic Language. I know each of us are different but who knows, maybe it will be good for me as well. Guess I have to try and try until I succeed. In shaa Allah.

May Allah increase me in knowledge and make it easy for me in learning the Arabic Language. Ya RAbb!

P.S. Can you mention some fatwa regarding reading the Qur’an along with the reciter from my ipod (a recorded audio) with the intention of getting used to the  words and as a reading practice? Is it permissible or forbidden? Jazakum Allahu Khairan. 

Have you?

AsSalam Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu my sisters and brothers in Islam!

Have you ever tried the Islamic Online University of Dr. Bilal Philips specifically the Free Diploma? What do you think of it and the courses in it?

Jazakumullahu Khairan!

A glimpse

Today I was clearing up my phone’s photo albums to save up some memory and I came across with these precious photos. It was indeed a blessing that Allah عز و جل facilitated for me an opportunity to visit the Holy Masjid of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Please don’t think that I am showing off for posting this, instead, I just want to share the experience I had and I am asking Allah to bring all the Muslims in the Holy City of Makkah and Madina. Ya Rabb!

I will not tell much details about our trip but if you want to ask some things, it will be my pleasure to answer you if I can. In shaa Allah.

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The beautiful view from my hotel room.

My husband and I went here last year during the holy month of Ramadan. Personally, I would like to live here. The surrounding is so serene and it keeps my heart at peace. SubhanAllah!

Luckily, there was an exhibit going on there last year when we went. I don’t have any idea if it is still open nowadays but I hope it is because it is so beneficial.

They had an exhibit of the 99 Names of Allah, The life of the Prophet Muhammadﷺ and the Holy Qur’an.

We were able to see the old hand-written Qur’ans with pure gold used as ink, written in deer skin and in different sizes! Here are some of the snaps.

I’m sorry my photos don’t give justice to the beauty of the Qur’an. They are so magnificent when  you will see it for real. Ma shaa Allah!

 

 

The Blue Sky Tag!

 

I am so happy that I have been in this community of Muslim bloggers for quite some time now . I am learning a lot through reading the blogs I follow, most of them are enlightening and they remind me of the things to be a better Muslimah.

I want to thank Shukrallah Blog  for tagging me! I love her blog a lot and it is one of the few I am always looking forward to visit. She writes incredibly and everything is just so interesting! ( I have started reading from the old posts as well 😉)

The rules for the tag are as follows:-

* Answer the 11 questions given to you.

* Nominate and tag 11 people.

* Give 11 questions for your nominee.

Here are my answers to here questions:

1. Who inspires you?

A lot of people inspire me. My family, my husband and all the people who deal with hardships with beautiful patience and never losing trust in Allah.

2. How do you feel about Ramadan approaching?

I am so excited for Ramadan! This is will be my third Ramadan In shaa Allah. I can feel the hype of everybody here in KSA because Ramadan is just around the corner.

Alahumma ballighna Ramadan.

Oh Allah let us reach the month of Ramadan.

3. Where is your favourite place to go on a weekday afternoon when you have no plans or obligations?

Basically, living in Saudi Arabia restricts me from going out alone whenever and wherever I want unless my husband is available to drive for me. (I’m afraid of taking taxi alone and my husband will not allow it either.)

I prefer to stay in the park with my husband chitchatting and having a cup of tea while watching the children play or sitting along the Corniche looking at the sea. (if the weather permits!)

4. What is your talent?

This is a difficult question for me! Haha. I’m still in the process of discovering my “hidden” talent I guess. 😅

5. Choose an inspiration quote that always picks you up.

There is a verse in the Qur’an that I always keep in mind.

InnAllaha Ma’ As’sabireen

“Verily, Allah is with the patient” [2:153]

I chose this because life in this world is not a resting place, it is a testing place. May Allah grant me and all the Muslims patience in everything. Ya Rabb!

6. Which would be harder to give up, tea or coffee?

I kinda gave up drinking coffee after being married to an Arab who prefers tea and hates coffee! Now, I’m in love with tea though I will still drink coffee once or twice a month. (from twice a day!)

7. Is there a book or documentary that really changed the way you thought about something?

After reading the stories of Prophet Muhammad SAW, the stories of the Prophets AS, The biography of Umar Ibn Al Khattab RA and Abu Bakar RA, I realized who am I to complain of petty things and whine over nonsense stuff. I am far from being like these righteous people, but knowing their lives made realize that the challenges I am facing now are nothing compared to what they’ve been to. Their stories are reminding to have patience, never to loose trust in Allah and to bear a good character always.

8. What’s more important to you, your home or your career?

I gave up my career and I miss it sometimes (when I feel bored haha) but I am happy giving my full time to my husband. Alhamdulillah for everything! ❤️

9. How long have you been blogging for?

I used to blog nonsense things 10 years ago when I was still studying but I have forgotten about it. Recently I decided to start blogging out of boredom! Eventually, I became always eager to read new posts from the blogs that I follow because they are helping me with my religion and inspires me a lot.

10. Which country are you from?

Pearl of the Orient but I am living now in Saudi Arabia (for 6 years).

11. What du’a do you seem to make the most?

I am asking a lot of du’a but most of the time I am asking Allah not to let my heart deviate from the truth after He has guided me and all the muslims.

Also the du’a of Prophet Zakariyah when he was asking a child:

Rabbi hab lee mil-ladunka thurriyatan tayyibatan, ‘innaka Samee’ud-Dua.

Oh my Lord, grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-Hearer of invocation.

Thank you for reading! I want to break the rule by not nominating 11 people (because I only know a few and I guess everybody has answered questions already.) HAHA.

I will just post my 11 questions here and it will be my pleasure to be reading your answers!

  1. What are you currently reading now?
  2. How are you preparing for Ramadan?
  3. Where is your ultimate dream place to go?
  4. What is your favorite food?
  5. What is your favorite dessert?
  6. Do you have a pet?
  7. What is the first thing you do in the morning when you wake up?
  8. What do you think about wearing black abayas?
  9. What kind of hijabs do you wear?
  10. Have you experienced or seen a sandstorm?
  11. Where are you now?

 

 

In my arms, In shaa Allah

These past few days, my brain is not cooperating with my hands. I attempted so many times to blog and write about something but my brain just refused to work. I was feeling so down and I felt my bed has a gigantic magnet under it that keeps on pulling back my body towards it. My sleeping pattern is altered, waking up with headache and clogged nose. Thanks to my allergic rhinitis.

Recently, I’ve been thinking of my career. As you all know, I’ve been working as a pediatric nurse in PICU or the pediatric intensive care unit. The job is not easy, I must admit. I experienced 12-hour shift, four times a week forgetting to eat, holding my pee, being shouted at by some inconsiderate doctors, and having inadequate sleep. There are times that the area is idle, but most of the time it is busy.

What’s fulfilling in my job is to see our patient get well and be discharged from the hospital and be one of the reason behind how did they get well and treated, when we see them achieve their optimal health and when we see the smiles of their parents.

I saw children suffering because of their illness as well as those children with disabilities that need long term care. And the most heartbreaking is to see dying children.

It is too painful to see a child taking their last breath.

They have more to see in the world out there.

But Allah is All-knowing and All-aware.

He knows the best for all of us.

Divine Destiny. Qadr.

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This is the part I am thankful for when I left my job. I am not seeing sick and dying children as often as before. But since my husband is also in the medical field dealing with children, we still have conversations about his sick patients, we share ideas and knowledge about the preventive measures and treatments we can give to the parents.

Sometimes I would think, it is so ironic. My husband and I are both in the medical field specialized in children and yet, we don’t have our own to take care of. SubhanAllah! 

Who am I to question my Creator’s destiny for us? I should be thankful because we may not be  the parents of these children but at least we had an opportunity to take care of them through our jobs.

I trust Allah.

Patience. Sabr.

I am not losing hope that one day, I will be able to hold my own child in my arms.

In Shaa Allah.

Here is a beautiful dua of Prophet Zakariyah Alayhi Salam:

{رب هب لي من لدنك ذرية طيبة، انك سميع الدعاء}

Rabbi hab lee mil-ladunka thurriyyatan, ‘innka Samee’ud-Dua’a

“O my Lord, Grant me from You, a good offspring. You are indeed the All-hearer of invocation.

Surah Al-‘Imran 3:38