Wednesday, October 24, 2007

what a gift!

Im going for Hajj Inshallah!!!!
who would have ever knew but HIM!!!!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Allah please take me for Hajj :)

We took a chance and registered for Hajj in May with not much of a plan to actually go ahead...Now that its getting closer and we have not been accepted by quota system (due to our age!) its killing me...only now I know how much I really want to go..I can feel it..oh Allah please, please, let me go this year, Inshallah!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Very inspirational - Ramadaan

Inshallah I will take full advantage of this! 
Once Moosa (AS) asked Allah Ta'ala: O Allah ! You have granted me the honor and privilege of talking to you directly, Have you given this privilege to any other person? Allah Ta'ala replied, O Moosa during the last period I am going to send an ummat, who will be the Ummat of Mohammed (SAW) with dry lips, parched tongues, emaciated body with eyes sunken deep into their sockets, with livers dry and stomachs suffering the pangs of hunger- will call out to me (in dua) they will be much much closer to me than you O Moosa! while you speak to me there are 70000 veils between you and me but at the time of iftaar there will not be a single veil between me and the fasting Ummati of Mohammed (SAW).

 O Moosa I have taken upon myself the responsibility that at the time of iftaar I will never refuse the dua of a fasting person!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Covering my Hair- interesting reading


1) When I Covered My Head, I Opened My Mind

As a non-Muslim living in Western society, the idea of modesty was not exactly foremost in my mind. Like all other women of my generation and mind-set, I thought such ideas were antiquated and excessive.

I felt pity for the poor Muslim woman who had to "wear all that junk," or "walk around in bed - sheets" as I used to call it I was a modern woman, educated and liberated. Little did I know the awful truth. I was more oppressed than any Muslim woman in the most culturally oppressive village in the Muslim world. I was oppressed not by an inability to choose my clothing or to choose my life-style, I was oppressed by an inability to see my society for what it really was. I was oppressed by the idea that a woman's beauty was public, and that lustful admiration was equal to respect. It was when Allah guided me to Islam, and I put on the hijab, that I was finally able to step out of the society in which I lived and see it for what it really is. I could see how the highest paid women were those who exposed themselves to public display, like actresses, models and even strip-tease dancers. I was able to see that the relationship between men and women was unfairly stacked in the man's direction. I knew I used o dress to attract men. I tried to fool myself by saying

I did it to please myself, but the painful reality was that what pleased me was when I was admired by a man I considered attractive. I now know that there is no way for a person to know that he is dirty if

he has never been clean. Similarly, I was not able to see that I was oppressed until I stepped out of the darkness of this oppressive society into the light of Islam. With that light shined on the truth, I was finally

able to see the shadows that had been so obscured by my Western philosophies. It is not oppression to protect yourself and society; it is oppression to voluntarily throw yourself into the quagmire while

denying it is dirty. I am grateful to Allah that He allowed me to recognize that when I covered my head, I was taking away from people any means for judging me other than my mind, my soul and my heart. When I covered my head, I took away the incentive for exploitation based on beauty. When I covered my head, I made people respect me because they saw that I respected myself, and when I covered my head, I finally opened my mind to the truth.


2) Teach, Don't Preach

One of the factors which attracted me to this great deen of ours was the fact that so much of it can be understood based on logic and reason. that is why I feel that many Muslims parents do themselves a

great disservice by not explaining more to their children. The old, "Because I say so...", or because you are an Arab, Pakistani, Somali, (fill in your cultural preference)..." never has worked and never will

work. Human beings have a naturaldesire to understand what they do  and why they do it, that is why Islam is such a great religion, because it satisfies all of our basic intellectual and emotional needs; it

does this simply because it is the truth, and the truth is always easy to understand and defend. When we teach our children, we should use the same sound reasoning and logic that we use to

convince ourselves that a particular deed is beneficial. Thus, as we accept it, so, inshallah, will they because it will be understandable. Of course we preface every instruction with the understanding that we do

what we do to please Allah and Allah only, even if we can not understand it, but alhamdulillah we have a means to understand the majority of what we do and avoid as Muslims. For instance, we know that we

don't eat pork because Allah commands us in the Glorious Quraan to avoid it. Then, we know that our beloved Prophet (Sal Allahu alayhi wa salam) commanded us to avoid it. We need to tell this to our kids,

and as they grow and increase in their understanding we need to  show it to them. This teaches them some important lessons. It shows them Allah's commands; it shows them the importance of the

Prophet's (Sal Allahu alayhi wa salam) commands, and it shows them the basics of researching into the deen. Then, once we set this as our base, we need to explain to them the wisdom of this command.

Talk about the diseases associated with eating pork. Discuss the unsanitary living/eating habits of this animal. Essentially, teach them those things which help you to avoid this sin. Teach them to use

their faith and their mind in unison as tools towards achieving the ultimate goal of reaching Jannah.

Shariffa Carlo

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

How Allah blessed me this month

Allah blesses us in different ways..My latest blessing is my new work environment
Allah has given me a complete revolution in my work evironment, Alhamdulliah. From a very difficult team and management where I was downright miserable to say the least, I feel like I have a new leash on life now!
I have this wonderful manager who is so calm, understanding,cool , friendly, funny..etc etc, a senior manager who is non judgemnetal, non imposing, fresh, down to earth and has an absoultely brilliant mind and knows whats potting, Im part of  a bigger team who is playful, friendly, sooo easy to get along with and who completely gets me! we have so much fun at work
Alhamdulillah, its sooo wonderful, I laugh so much at work!
Allah had to show me the worst ever to appreciate this wonderful space.If I hadnt been through hell then I wouldnt keep thanking Him so much for this happiness :)
This is how Allah has blessed me this month

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

show offs!

ok. i hope i wasnt like this when i was an old hat in my previous job...this girl here really works on my nerves...bosses everyone around..atcs like she knows everything...but i must look deeper and see if it is that thats bothering me ..or that roles are reversed and im not the most experienced that why im feeling iritated ?or is it uncomfortable with not being the most knowledeable? hmm..
well at least i can learn from her how NOT to be!  yeah, ill observe all her habits and  note what i dont want to be!!

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Affirmations- working!

Im trying this new thing ...saying affirmations to myself all the time even if I dont quite feel like I mean it just yet, it will come in time
So its gotta be present tense, positive, and continuous
like this morning I kept saying " This is a good day", "All my work is getting done", "Everything that I do will have a magical sparkle to it"
Alhamdulillah, in 2 hours I did more work that I would ordinarily do in maybe 1 day!! lol
Allah is with me :)

Friday, May 25, 2007

A nice saying...

Im dying to share this ...
"Dont let yesterdays negative thoughts affect tomorrows experiences"
Louise L Hay
Jummuah Mubarak

Monday, April 30, 2007

Just be...

Oh why cant I be free? Why is it NOT ok to just be?
Why cant we be alone, be crabby, be impossible, be unfair, be quiet, be feeling sorry for myself, be sad, be happy, be doing my own thing, be what i want, be bad, be doing whatever
Why do we have to conform in society? Why do we have to always be smiling, be kind, be patient, be answering peoples questions, be talking,be pretending , be what they want us to be?
I cant take it anymore!
Oh Allah, please bless me with your everlasting Peace and Serenity and Power. Aameen

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

People who dont care

Dont you hate people who cruise through life....This one girl at work is so irresponsible and doesnot complete her work and then when theres a consequence like someone pitching for a meeting at the wrong time because she didnt inform them of the right time, she still has the nerve to walk around aimlessly and do other stuff instead of explaining herself to the person! I was so mad, I made sure that I didnt have to explain because really it wasnt my fault, but she took so long so i called her and told her to hurry up because the poor guy was waiting! So she finally explained but took no responsibility for standing him up 

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

When friendship wanes....

Why is it that some people can decide when THEY want to give up on friendship and others must just accept it? Why is it ok for some people to say what they want and you must just understand and accept it? Thats not fair, Im not afraid of conflict or confrontation when necessary to understand and explain the situation.
It hurts when this happens..but theres only one thing to do and that is to bring it on and face it head on
Wish me luck!  :)