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Back to school September 27, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in Uni.
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Asalaamu’ Alaikum,
Insha’Allah ur all well,

Well today I started uni for real. Timetabled lessons began (or so I thought). I got up pretty early so after I got ready I was wondering round the house wishing I had slept in – I was so tired. At 10-ish I made my way to uni, hoping to get there early and find where the lecture was located. It didn’t take me long to find the building where I thought the lecture was to be held. I went into the room and this girl was there who I started talking to. She was telling me how she wants to set up her own charity (like me), went to Egypt and worked in an orphanage (which is something I would love to do) and basically she wants to make a difference to the world (Me as well – but my idealist days are slowing coming to an end) Its was nice talking to her, only I realised she was in her 2nd yr which meant I was in the wrong room. Nehow she directed me to another building which found but also turned out to be wrong. Finally when I got to the right place the lecture was just a crappy 15 minute intro – what I waste of time!

So I made my way to the prayer room, which was dead. I sat there reading until a few sisters came in and so I got talking to them. Man if I think about it, uni has got to be the most Islamic environment I have ever been in; it’s so cool being surrounded by other Muslims. It’s nice to be part of something – sisterhood!!

Well my next lecture was at 3, so I had a few hours to kill which was spent chatting to ppl in the prayer room, until one of the sisters told me that the lecture that was at 3 doesn’t actually begin until October… MAN!! So I was there killing time when I could have come home, sheesh. Well I guess I got to meet some more ppl, so that’s a good thing.

So that was my first day, a 15 minute lecture… nice!

Wasalaam

PS- yup u guessed can’t wait till Ramadhan, about a week to go! :woOt:

Preparing for Ramadhan 2 September 23, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Ramadhan.
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Asalaamu Alaikum
Insha’Allah you are all well,

Well Ramadhan is approaching, I can’t wait! Mum and dad are jetting of to sunny Arabia; they are going to be spending the month of Ramadhan in the two holy cities – Makkah and Medina. (I wanna go!) so this will be my first ever Ramadhan without mum.

So yeh that means there’s gonna be no one to feed and look after me. I’ma be living off bread and mouldy cheese – yep that’s ur cue to start with the notes of sympathy! I’m gonna miss mum – or should I say her food? She is the best! During Ramadhan she wakes up before the lot of us and starts preparing food, delicious peranta’s – ahhhh they are gorgeous, but a tad bit unhealthy! And for Iftaar, what can I say mum never fails to cook up a feast.

But I am prepared; before I used to think Ramadhan as a time when mum cooked nice food, but my god my thinking was totally wrong. It actually annoys me now, when I think of how much food ppl make for iftaar. What’s wrong with a simple, small meal? Why do we insist on indulging in a massive feast? So I am going to stick to normal meals, nothing special or extravagant (not that I have the cooking abilities to make something extravagant) but still, I am not going to waste time making food when I can be reading the Quran or praying. During Iftaar I’ma stick to a light meal, I always get drowsy after stuffing my face with all the scrumptious food, so the evening is wasted with me lazing about- not this Ramadhan tho, nope, Insha’Allah I plan not to waste even a second!

Uni timetable rocks, I am free most of the time so I can make good use of that time doing something productive. I was thinking of getting a job, but I might just wait after Ramadhan – we’ll see! What ever does happen I just pray that I make most of the month. Its going to be good – about 10 days to go – cant wait!

Waslaam

Uni September 20, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Uni.
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Asalaamu Alaikum,
Insha’Allah ur all well

I started uni today, well kind of. Today was like an induction day, met my tutors, fellow students, tried to figure my way round my round the MASSIVE campus. Alhamdulillah I figured out where the induction meeting was held quite quickly but after that I got lost a few times.

Its so weird walking onto campus, I’ve been through the uni before, my college is just opposite so I used to go to the prayer room or get cheap food from the union now and then :D but this was the first time I entered the uni as a ‘student’. It felt different somehow (don’t ask how exactly).

The people on my course are alright, they seem pretty much friendly and decent. I didn’t think there would be much Muslims (one of my mates who is in her 2nd yr of the course said her class was full of yahouds) but it’s all good, there are plenty of hijaabis around- even a niqaabi (sooo cool!) Nehow I got talking to a few girls, they seem alright, I’m yet to make proper friend friends, but once we get started I should be alright. After the induction meeting we just went our own ways, there was introductory meeting to the student union that was held in a bar (sheesh!) went to that and got talking to some girls from my course, tagged around them for a bit (I was a loner u see :D) and then I got bored so I went to find some more muslimahs and so made my way to the prayer room. I had forgotten how much of a long walk it is to the prayer room, I was out of breathe and the place was so packed I thought maybe they have moved the prayer room to some other place, so I asked around but it turned out to be the same place.

Prayed Zuhr, hung around outside the sisters area for a bit cos I didn’t no anyone, then I walked into the room where all of em hang out, gave my salaam (salaam is so useful when meeting new ppl) and got talking to a few sisters. They seem like a lively bunch, some really helpful sisters there. Nehow I got talking to this girl who apparently was doing the same course as me, so I was like ‘oh so did u go to the induction thing, I didn’t see u’ and she kind gave me a weird look and told me she had. Later on as I was talking to her I saw a niqaab next to her. She was the niqaabi in ma class, I even spoke to her in the morning LOL.

So yeh, that’s about it. Oh yeh I got kinda lost looking for the library (was supposed to meet ppl there for a tour) I asked a sister in the prayer room and she spent ages telling how to get there and I was like :$ but it turned I actually knew where it was, I just didn’t no the name of the building it was in, so when she goes u no where so and so building is I was like ermmm no :$ which ended up her giving me big long directions.

Well I think I better shut up, haven’t half gone on, just I’m excited to get started, it sounds really interesting, Insha’Allah I’ll enjoy it!

Wasalaam

PS- counting down the days till Ramadhan, 13 days to go!!!

Preparing for Ramadhan… September 15, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in General, Islam, Ramadhan.
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Asalaamu Alaikum, Insha’Allah you are all well.

O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint. [2:183]

I love the blessed month of Ramadhan, it’s such a peaceful time of year. For some reason when Ramadhan comes I forget all my worries and stresses, I forget about work load and other petty stuff, I just concentrate on Ibaadah, cos nothing else seems to matter anymore. Which fool would waste their time during Ramadhan when the Prophet (Peace and blessings of Allah SWT be upon him) has told us that it is the month when the devils are chained and gates of Paradise are open?

Narrated By Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Apostle said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of the heaven are opened and the gates of Hell are closed and the devils are chained.” [Sahih Bukhari] Subhan’Allah, its amazing how at rest I am at that time of the year, I love waking up at in the early morning for sehri while the rest of the world sleeps, I feel so close to Allah SWT. My Imaan is way up there, its like I’m on a spiritual high, knowing that I can go without the bare essentials- food and water, makes me feel invincible, yet at the same time it humbles me as its then when I learn to appreciate how much Allah SWT has blessed me with.

I really can’t wait! Insha’Allah we will all have the opportunity to make the most of Ramadhan, to occupy ourselves with the remembrance of Allah SWT and not waste even a second of the beautiful month!

All praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds

Wasalaam

Tranquility September 9, 2005

Posted by Muhajirah in Heart Softners, Random Musings.
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Asalaamu Alaikum
Insha’Allah u are all well,

I had forgotten how serene it is in the early morning. The silence (minus the birds singing), the calmness, the tranquillity.

Before when I used to wake up for Fajr, I was half dead, never used to take a notice of anything, just make wudhu, pray and go back to bed.

But the last two days I have been waking up quite early, so I have had time to appreciate the beauty of the early morning. No sound of cars, no people, nothing except for the birds quietly singing and the tree gently swaying in the morning breeze. I dunno it just has a ‘feel’ to it that makes me feel happy. It would be a nice time to take a walk, just around my house, but I am too lazy and a tad bit wimpy. Instead I just observe the beauty of Allah SWT from the comforts of my bedroom, glancing out of the window, watching the sun rise.

Wasalaam