Wow, it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything! Time flies by so quickly subhaan Allaah. I pray that Allaah enables me and you, to use the time that He has given us in the most beneficial manner, to ourselves, as well as to others, ultimately seeking His pleasure, ameen.
It’s been non-stop busy around here since towards the end of Ramadan. First we were preparing for Eid, then the Eid came and went. (A very, VERY belated Eid Mubarak to everyone …better late than never, right?) The day of Eid was nice as well as the week that followed, mashaa Allaah. We tried to get in as much family fun activities as possible before school started.
Oh yeah, speaking of school. The school system delayed the start of the school year because of suspected or expected swine flu cases…the last of our kids (a kindergartener and a preschooler) finally started school yesterday…whew! Alhamdu lillaah because I am telling you, it has been a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong summer! It was already long enough and then they had the nerve to lengthen it all the way to October!!!
Anyway, so now the house is empty mashaa Allaah…a first in all my years as a mom! By 8am, everyone’s out the door for at least another 5 hours, and it feels…….GREAT!
One of the things that I was supposed to be doing with all this free time was going back to Arabic…well, ain’t happenin’…at least not right now. Soon inshaa Allaah, make du’aa.
I am however going full speed ahead with the qur’an center alhamdu lillaah. This is my 3rd year there, and I swear by Allaah when I tell you, a muslim really cannot afford to not have the qur’an as a constant in his life EVERY DAY. Be it through memorizing, studying tafseer, or simply getting in a page or two of daily reading. For me, studying and memorizing qur’an on a daily basis has been like a lifeline to me. The year 2008 was a very difficult year for me, beginning with my mother-in-law’s passing on Dec. 30, 2007, and ending with that of my father on Nov. 18, 2008. We had a total of four deaths in the family that year. In addition to that, my mother was ill and had to have surgery, there were problems between family members, and I was a worried, nervous wreck all the way over here away from all my family during these hard times. Having the qur’an, the words of Allaah, as a daily constant proved to be a mercy and a blessing from Allaah. When I would read the verses about patience, it made me feel better knowing that Allaah is with those who patiently persevere through lifes trials. When I read the verses about the hardships the prophets and messengers went through, it made my worries seem so miniscule.
It’s been almost 6 years for me here in Egypt, and I honestly don’t know how or why I delayed taking up courses at the qur’an center for so long. Being there has made such big difference in my life and with my eman. Granted we all have our highs and lows when it comes to eman, but being in an environment where you’re studying the words of Allaah daily…His commandments, His prohibitions, His promises, His warnings….it gives a totally different perspective on life and all the things that life puts us through. Subhan Allaah!
I encourage anyone who has the opportunity and means to enter a qur’an center or even hire a private teacher, to do so…TODAY. You will not regret it. I guarantee it.
In other news, my husband and I took our first vacation, alone that is, in all the 10 years we’ve been married. It was nice, we went to Alex for 2 nights and 3 days. Beautiful weather, lovely beaches, a charming city, and no kids!…mashaa Allaah, a very nice and much needed trip. I’ll post pics later inshaaa Allaah.
What’s new with everyone? Can’t wait to hear from all of you!