The kids are not the only ones going back to school after Eid…Mommy’s going back to school too! (inshaa Allaah) I took my placement test today and was elated to find that I hadn’t lost that much…I got into the last level I completed, so that wasn’t so bad. Besides, after an almost 4 year hiatus, I could use a good brushing up on grammar and stuff.
I”m so excited I could BURST!
I started studying Arabic at Fajr Center back in May 2004, shortly after we arrived in Egypt, studied a few levels, and then took a break to give birth. I’ve gone back to study a couple times after that, but could never get into a consistent flow with always having a young child, and the house and home just needing so much of my time and attention.
This year all the kids will be in school – INSHAA ALLAAH – which will make it easier not only to be in school, but to actually be able to study and excel.
I have been waiting for this time for sooooooo long. And making lots of du’aa. It’s been hard not being able to have what you want, when you want it, but Allaah has been merciful, enabling me to fill my time with other beneficial things in the meantime.
I absolutely love learning the Arabic language – being able to understand the Qur’an when I read it, or an islamic lecture when I listen to it is a feeling that just sends chills down my spine. My Arabic is ‘good’, alhamdu lillaah, but I have bigger plans for the future and nothing less than complete fluency in Arabic is a must.
So inshaa Allaah classes start a little bit after Eid. Make du’aa that I can see this dream to the end!
In other news, we went over to my sister’s house where she had the kids do the “Suhoor Menu” and “A Day of Fasting” activities from TJRamadan. After that I went to visit a close friend who lives in the same building who had just come back from ‘umrah mashaa Allaah.
Brazened chicken, green beans, rice.
“Then after them We sent Moses with Our Signs to Pharaoh and his chiefs, but they wrongfully rejected them. So see how was the end of the mischief-makers.
And Moses said: “O Pharaoh! I am a Messenger from the Lord of all that exists.
“Proper it is for me that I say nothing concerning Allah but the truth. Indeed I have come unto you from your Lord with a clear proof. So let the Children of Israel depart along with me.”
Pharaoh said: “If you have come with a sign, show it forth, – if you are one of those who tell the truth.”
Then Moses threw his stick and behold! it was a serpent, manifest!
And he drew out his hand, and behold! it was white (with radiance) for the beholders.
The chiefs of the people of Pharaoh said: “This is indeed a well-versed sorcerer;
“He wants to get you out of your land, so what do you advise?”
They said: “Put him and his brother off (for a time), and send callers (men) to the cities –
“That they bring up to you all well-versed sorcerers.”
And so the sorcerers came to Pharaoh. They said: “Indeed there will be a (good) reward for us if we are the victors.”
He said: “Yes, and moreover you will (in that case) be of the nearest (to me).”
“O Moses! Either you throw (first), or shall we have the (first) throw?”
He (Moses) said: “Throw you (first).” So when they threw, they bewitched the eyes of the people, and struck terror into them, and they displayed a great magic.
And We inspired Moses (saying): “Throw your stick,” and behold! It swallowed up straight away all the falsehoods which they showed.
Thus truth was confirmed, and all that they did was made of no effect.
So they were defeated there and then, and were returned disgraced.
And the sorcerers fell down prostrate.
They said: “We believe in the Lord of the all that exists.
“The Lord of Moses) and Aaron.”
Pharaoh said: “You have believed in him (Moses) before I give you permission. Surely, this is a plot which you have plotted in the city to drive out its people, but you shall come to know.
“Surely, I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, then I will crucify you all.”
They said: “Verily, we are returning to our Lord.
“And you take vengeance on us only because we believed in the Ay�t (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, etc.) of our Lord when they reached us! Our Lord! pour out on us patience, and cause us to die as Muslims.” (Al-A’raf : 103-126 )