|Maybe these guys picked me up and didn't tell me about it.|
I'll tell you about my excellent adventure down US Highway 169 after the warp.
|Maybe these guys picked me up and didn't tell me about it.|
|This lady would have been disappointed in us. |
And BTW, that new "MyPlate" alternative to the Food Pyramid doesn't make sense in any language.
I tried reading a brochure.
|Please don't ever do this to your child.|
|Let's pretend that dog is Willy the Cat, ok?|
|Maybe these people can come up with something to freshen my blog every once in a while.|
|Walter is not even messing around here. Smokey was over the line.|
|Finding flowcharts for my blog on the googles is my version of drawing a pterodactyl.|
|I'm the skeptical one. Toni's shock-ed. Salihah is very smug about her news.|
|Ironically, you can lose whole days in real life playing this game too.|
|We got nothin' on the East Africans, let me tell you.|
|It looks a little like this except I have red hair and wouldn't be caught dead in a Snuggie.|
|He seems to get the idea.|
|This creepy Monopoly Man is riding a narwahl. That's all I'm going to say about that.|
|After seeing this adorable baby sloth I feel bad suggesting they're lazy. |
In fact, they're just slow. Physically.
Not sure about their mental quickness. No time to do sloth research.
I'm not lazy, just busy. Really!
|This was basically me when I got the news of my new part-time job-within-a-job.|
|I promise this was the first google result for "Oregon Trail Wagon Game". |
The Muslims will totally get the oddity of name #5 in this case,
and the reverts around my age will be like, WHAT?! when they put it with #1.
|I think if a boy somehow made it into camp, he would dissolve on impact with the girl fumes.|
|You want chicken fingers? Ok. We have a cold shrimp salad with boiled egg.|
|This was the first photo uploaded to the BB facebook page today. |
You can guess what the guys were thinking about and it wasn't hot dogs!
Whatever. I am not the power-yoga core-building fat-burning machine "As Seen on TV".
I am also not the dedicated scholar with my nose in two books at all times while listening to a lecture and translating an article from Arabic to English (God help us if anyone ever asks me to do that).
I'm normal and flawed and have countracted Vertigo. I just think it sounds cool to say it that way, don't get all correct-y with me because I am aware that dizziness isn't contagious.
Anyway I am slow to post and when I do it can be a downer to read to the bottom and find out I didn't say anything at all.
Today I am determined to say at least one thing, regardless of the fact that I am using my phone to Swype this and my middle finger is getting numb. I don't know, it's the easiest one for me to use!!!
Anywhoodles, I did go to a youth lecture last night with a friend and her boys and we met up with another lady we hang out with a lot. The lecture will be a weekly talk on manners from an Islamic perspective. They are using a book with 100 ahadith on manners. I didn't catch the compiler/publisher but I am sure someone reading this can help us out.
The talk was good and the brother speaking did a good job keeping the kids in line. He talked about how in order to grow up strong and deal with real life after you leave your mom and dad you need to discipline yourself. Sit respectfully in class, even if it hurts a bit. Show attentiveness to the one speaking. And above all, show the utmost respect to the Creator of the heavens and the earth by worshipping Him alone. Tawhid, the oneness of Allah, is the first thing we need to instill in ourselves and our kids. It's part of good manners!
I took this very much to heart. We fall all over ourselves to talk to a celebrity (traditional or the new kind, the celebrity sheikh) or even our favorite researcher/executive/CEO of [insert company/industry]. But do we humble ourselves in prayer to Allah? Do we even acknowledge He is watching when we go to do a sin? Do we take partners with Him by asking the dead to help us (rampant overseas) or by revering another human being along with him?
Far above these acts is Allah. He doesn't need our worship. We do. He gave us faith as a gift and the least we can do is appreciate it. Alhamdulillah.
No pictures today. No silly quips. Just a reminder for those who reflect.
Oh, and may Allah bring refuge to the people being murdered in their homes by the Syrian government, led by a man so cowardly in the Face of Allah that he claims he isn't killing these kids in Houla and elsewhere. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raj'oon. To Allah we belong and to Allah we return. If you don't know about this crisis please look it up. It's one of the few things that everyone is in agreement upon right now, despite party lines. That the bloodshed must stop. 15 months is 15 too many.
Personal plea: Please don't see "The Dictator" and support the parody of what's actually happening right now at the hands of a true dictatorship. How can people laugh at such atrocities?
May Allah make me among those who speak out for justice and humanity.
|This guy got way too many chances though. But that's like, my opinion, man.|
|You had me really worried when this happened last spring but we got through it together.|
|I'm totally getting a bike. A cruiser like this one would be perfect.|
|His entire prayer took less time than the introduction of one speaker (There's a video on YouTube).|
|Stay hydrated, Barack!|
Here are some of the tweets I knew would come in overnight (see last post). This class is going to be so good! If there's no one quoted, ot was the instructor, Omar Suleiman who said it last night:
"The good deeds of the normal people are the bad deeds of the righteous people."
"Instead of suppressing our desires, we have to conform them to the Sunnah (example of the Prophet, salli Allahu alahi wa sallam)."
"Sins need to be burnt through the pains of the Dunya (this life) or through the fire of the Hereafter."
"How could you enslave a man that's already free?" -Umar bin Khattab" (this is in the UN Charter!)
Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, "Shaytan would rather get you with innovation, instead of sin." Because with innovation, you will never repent since you think you're doing good. WHOA!!!
"Believe it or not, Fitnah is a gift from Allah (swt)."
I know, I have been remiss. I knew this would happen at some point but it's a little too soon for my liking. Also I apologize that this post is picture- and humor-less.
This head cold has been kicking my butt all week, but the old me (well the new me from last month) would have found a way to exercise anyway. I didn't!
Don't worry though, I am not finished with this project. I just need to figure this out. I'm still dizzy from the sinus stuff, liquids are draining from my nose when I bow in prayer (dang you neti pot!), and I have a full-weekend class with AlMaghrib, which started tonight and is awesome so far. I cried twice which is rare, even for Free Friday.
What I will do for you dear reader is find good tweets from my classmates and paste them here with some of my notes. I can't commit to much more than that at this point.
Since I left my notebook in the car and everyone who would tweet about class is probably still getting home, praying ishaa, and eating dinner after class, I will wait until morning when there will be tweets galore. Here's a great GEM (Genuinely Enlightening Moment) for now to get you through the night:
"Your nafs (soul) is like a strong horse. The goal is not to kill it, but to tame it." -Hasan Al-Basri
This class, on tazkiya (purification) is all about using practical strategies to come closer to Allah in worship and daily life. May Allah purify our hearts and bring us closer to His mercy.
If I don't get a chance to walk over lunch tomorrow, I will make time after class. Insha Allah (God willing).
|I don't know what they're doing up there, but it's pretty funky.|
|Take THAT, winter!|
|Savor it, people—I am not this chipper often. |
But isn't this beautiful? I'm on a muted aqua and red kick, if you didn't notice.
|I don't even have a DVD logo to watch or anyone at work that would get this joke.|
|White people and their girlfriends love a good street fight.|
|It's fun getting new stuff.|
|I lasted about two minutes before posting something weird.|
|I'm totally Jennifer. Mandi's Mallory. |
I guess that makes Bobbie Alex P. Keaton. Now it's funny.
|When's the last time I just watched planes??|
|Hit the snooze, mom!|
|Their love is fake. Unlike my feelings for the washer and dryer in my apartment.|
|Coulda used one of these on Lexington Avenue today.|
|I don't get why she took the free hug from Darth. I think the clone is just dreamy.|
|I get to be Lily Tomlin.|
|This was me at 11:30 p.m. last night.|
|I should get her pharmacist's number.|
|Name the movie reference and get a free Slurpee coupon to use in another state.|
|I don't think armpits are awra for men.|