Tuesday, February 24, 2009

What's inside my bag..


The above pic isn't what's in my handbag, it's just a random pic. Seeing as how am a mommy the stuff I'm carrying is going to be little different than what it used to be but here we go:

1) All things baby, diapers, wipes, baby powder, ect

2) Baby food/snack/bottle

3) Spare change of clothes for baby

4) Cell phone

5) Book of dua'a called Muslim Fortress, it's awesome mini sized.

6) Lipglosses n' lipstick..not one bc I love make up way to much to carry one.

7) kohl eye liner

8) blush, although I don't end up needing it most times.


10) pen n notebook


12) toys for my son

13) bottled water, gotta keep myself hydrated.

14)hair ties

15) hand lotion, all fruity

16) sweets or chocolate and gum or ALL!! hehe

Women Driving In Saudi Arabia..


Could it finally be possible that women are finally going to get they're right to drive in Saudi? Or am I living in a dream world? SubhanAllah the last time women in the kingdom brought attention to the issue was in 1990. For so long this thing kept getting side stepped.

Since then a Saudi women Wajeha Al-Huwaider posted a video of herself driving in Saudi on YouTube. She holds a licence, but to her dismay is only allowed to drive to the rural areas. She explains her frustrations and states that this restriction "paralyzes half the population." International Women's Day was on Saturday and in the first four days of having posted this video on YouTube a whopping 19 000 000 have viewed it.

"For women to drive is not a political issue," Wajeha said as she drove. "It is not a religious issue. It is a social issue, and we know that many women of our society are capable of driving cars. We also know that many families will allow their women to drive."

Wajeha, along with 125 other women signed a petition urging Prince Nayef bin Abdel Aziz. She said the women who signed the petition would be "willing to assist the government in training other women and helping them obtain their own driver's licenses." The petition-signers hold driver's licenses from a variety of countries.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How I became Muslim


I thought it would be appropriate to share with you how I became muslim. I am a revert to islam, alhamdulilaah holla!

Throughout my lifetime I was raised as an anglican christian. I grew up in the church the whole shabang. I had a good foundation as a child with my spirituality, I learnt to love Jesus. It wasn't until I got older that there would be certain occassions in my life where I would question my religion. As a child you are told good from evil and your parents are there to guide you along the way. They could tell you the sky rains lollipops and you would beleive it. Why? Simply because you love them and you trust them. So, it's no wonder that the religion that they choose to bring me up in seemed like the perfect religion. And if I found fault with it, it was because there was something wrong with me..at least that what I used to think.

In my teen years, holding on to my spirituality was like holding a peice of thread, you could barely see it. Now in highschool being religious wasn't "cool" so there were things I would downplay. I began to grow further away from the church and just do whatever I wanted, giving into my desires. It can be such a crazy time trying to figure out who you are, who you want to be and what you would like to get out of this life.

It finally hit me later on in University that there is more to life than the life I was living. I was known to party with some of the best of em. Not something I say to be proud of, only to let you know that I'm keeping it real. Life can be unkind when you live it godless. By then I even questioned " Is he really there?" I had really almost lost myself. I was depressed and just sick of the drama. I had many people in my life who supported my non-halal lifestyle. I got the popularity, glamourized it, the whole bit. I couldn't even see the countless blessings that Allah had put in my life. I coudn't have gotten this far in life on my own stregnth. And that whatever I have been given in this life is given to me from Allah. Period.

It took someone from my jahiliyah to make me see. I hadn't talked to this person since highschool and we were at different places in our life. We used to be good friends a long time ago, and between friends we could talk about anything. We began talking about islam. Little by little, I was given loving spoonfulls of dawa'ah (unknowingly heeh). To me the topic, well heck I knew nothing and was open to recieve the message. For christians, I beleive it is only natural to come into islam. It is the next step if you trully want to grow.

As an adult you owe it to yourself to come straight out and think criticly for yourself. I had been having discussions about christianity and islam, and was pleasantly surprised to see the
similarities between the two which resulted in me bridging the gap and taking my shahadah. Allahu Akbar girlfriend hehe!!!!My friend was soooo happy for me and I was excited for my life. I got my life back, alhamdulilalh. I began to learn to pray and learn more about islam and have peace in my heart. I love islam, and islam loves you too! It was a major lifestyle change for me, and to get to where I am now wasn't easy allahu ahnam. I had to fight for what was right. I didn't tell my parents right away. My mother had a hard time, I walked in her shoes I understood what she felt. It was painful for her. How could I just abandon this religion that I spent all my life trying to learn? I took my time with it, alhamdullilah allah made it easier for me. And she loves me as a muslim. (say mashaAllah) I'm fortunate, that is not the case for everyone.

The shaytaan gets to them wispers in their ears, telling nonsense. She got passed it because at the end of the day, I am her daughter. And its just that simple. Who knows maybe one day she'll take her shahadah inshallah. I would love that, so much. For now, I can only lead by example and try to be a better muslim inshallah and "make it rain", just flood it with dua'as that one day my family will be muslims too.

My friend, the one who gave me dawa'ah said they made tons and tons of dua'as for me. In fact it was that they felt compelled to ask Allah that I become muslim inshallah and bear witness that Allah is one. I never mentioned but this friend was a brother in islam. And we prayed our way to each other. What better gift from Allah to have a friend like him. In my life before I had asked god to send me someone to love me for me. To treat me well and make me laugh ALOT! hehe. Well alhamdulilah, I have that now and so much more. We truly, madly, deeply do love each other for the sake of Allah and got married later on within that same year. And that is how I came to islam...

holla, sugarplum*

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Just a simple poem..

Assalaam Akaikum here's a poem I came across on an islamic website, thought I would share with you sisters out there.

Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry

For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day
For poise, walk with the knowledge that you will never walk alone
People, even more than things have to be restored, renewed,
revived, reclaimed and redeemed

Never throw out anybody,
Remember if you ever need a helping hand,
you'll find one at the end of your arm,

As you grow older, you'll discover that you have two hands,
one for helping yourself, the other for helping others,

The beauty of a woman is not the clothes she wears,
The figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair,
The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes,
Because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides,
The true beauty of a woman is not in a facial mole,
True beauty is reflected in her soul,

It is the caring that she lovingly gives,
The passion that she shows,
And the beauty of a woman with passing years only grows!