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Year 2011 Resolutions

January 2, 2011

Happy New Year, inshallah!

Though it is a late well wish, it is better late than never. Like most of you, I have been thinking of last year, 2010. It was not 100% happy year as I wished 360-something days ago. I had many bad experiences at home and at work. I was about to experience death one night. I cried like never before in one occasion. I discovered how naïve I was after dealing with real life. My eyes opened wide on the world. There are many things I do not know. Life is worthy of living happily, I was assured. No grudges, only love for life and what it constitutes.

Loving life and struggling to live happy are both two of my 2011 resolutions. I want to remember Allah every time. To love His creations. To be amazed by His produce. To cherish every moment I have been given. To thank Him for being what I am today. If all of those on Earth shared what I yearn for! How sad life could be, then? It must never. That is Paradise, is not it?

I will spend more time with my family. I have not been reading enough. I miss savoring words and daydreaming. I long for those times when I had my own directed wonderful dreams. I was my own heroine. It used to be lovely and I hope I can get back to it.

I hope 2011 is going to be a year of prosperity for the Arab and Muslim worlds. Oh how I wish that those evil people claiming to be supporting Islam by terrorizing the innocent be exposed and cleansed. I also hope that our governments pay more attention to the goodness of renewable energy, and I hope that our youths spend more time in thinking of building their countries by their own hands.

Yes. I have a dream, and I am proud of it.

Inshallah I open a new clean page in my life this year. I hope that there is going to be less red marks in my progress as a Muslim and I hope that I pass my exam. I ask Allah for His support in doing more good deeds and in refusing to do bad deeds. I ask Allah to help in controlling my temper and in thinking good of all the people. I ask Allah to give me the chance to visit Kaaba this year. I ask Allah to help me in my life and that of others around me.

Wishing you a happy 2011.

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A Workaholic?

December 8, 2010

Recently, I have been feeling somewhat depressed and this feeling only comes the strongest when I am at home.

The workload has increased. My manager has ordered me to do, in addition to my original job, four other tasks. He said I have to wait and be patient until they recruit more employees to fill the recent vacancies.

I cannot find a minute of rest, and I am very sad that I miss the noon prayer.

I asked for a week off from work starting next Sunday. I am not that happy. I am really worried about my work. Who is going to do my job(s)? Will I find myself under a pile of files and papers? What is going to happen when I am away?

I cannot relax at home while I am thinking about work. I am like this:

Work vs. Home - © Mitra Farmand

There were times when I wished I was an octopus.

Sensing Patriotism

December 7, 2010

How do you express love for your country?

So, December 2, the National Day of the UAE, has ended. Are UAE locals still showing signs of love and devotion to their country?

— Some do. Some do not.

I know. Who cannot love their countries? Some do not do good to their country unknowingly and this can only show that it is not important to them.

Here is some signs that some locals are not that patriotic:

– Throwing garbage on the street.

– Wasting water and electricity.

– Going to work late.

– Dancing when it is announced that tomorrow is a holiday.

– Calling your teachers names.

– Showing no respect to those who built and shared in building the country, including expatriates.

– Refusing to pursue careers in research, sciences and development.

And the list can be longer, but these what have come to my mind at the moment.

Love your country and show love.

Nomarks Scrub Soap Review

December 5, 2010

Nomarks Scrub Soap

Nomarks Scrub Soap is very good in removing dead skin cells. It is soft on the skin and not harsh when used in cleaning the face. Take a five minute shower under hot water, and then massage the soap all over your body. Wait for a minute and then rinse the soap off thoroughly. As you do so you will notice the silky touch of your skin. Grab a dry cotton towel and work it on your body and you will notice all those dead skin cells being removed.

Compared to normal soap, Nomarks Scrub Soap is the good choice for scrubbing.

If you are a UAE resident, you can find Nomarks Scrub Soap in major hypermarkets, such as the Lulu Hypermarket and Sharjah Co-Operative Society.

It is cheap and one bar costs less than AED4. Buy one and try it.

iKhawla.com

November 26, 2010

Salam everyone.

Finally, I got my own domain name – iKhawla.com.

MP3 Walking

November 26, 2010

When I was a university student I always imagined that when entering the main building of the campus a music would be played in the background of the scene just like the one when hear in movies about royalty life, if you understand what I mean.

I bought a new SONY USB Walkman MP3 Player:

Sony NWZ-B153 USB Walkman MP3 Player

I know, I rather spend more time with family, friends, and also in learning more about Islam and in reading the Quran.

Cats Do Brighten up My Day

November 20, 2010

Funny Pictures - Cyoot Kittehs of teh Day

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I Believe

November 20, 2010

It would not hurt anyone if I believe in God, would it? And, it will definitely have no harm if someone does not believe that God exists.

Then, I do believe …

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Nothing negative happened.

What is Wrong?

November 19, 2010

Why is there so much hatred in this world?

So, I commented on a video on YouTube about a Pakistani pilgrim who had the chance to perform Hajj this year. I was so happy for him and for all the pilgrims and prayed to Allah to offer us the chance to visit Makkah in this life. One person replied to my comment with what it meant:

May Allah tell him to tell his neighbors to stop bombing themselves, amen.

What do you think? Has not his comment blew it up? Could not this comment get you depressed? It did to me. If he was trying to say something good, he could not have said it in that way. It is mocking me and the pilgrim, is not it?

And I am still wondering why they hate us? Not all Muslims are Al-Qaeda. I wish Taliban and Al-Qaeda be wiped out. They are harming Islam and Muslims all over the world. We are struggling to cure the wounds that they have inflicted by their stupid rampages.

May Allah help us in eradicating the minds of destruction and hate, amen.

Online Religious Intolerance Experiences

November 5, 2010

Have you had one?

I have been a victim of online religious intolerance in more than one occasion. Since then, I have reduced my interaction with the world on the Web, especially on Websites where one can have and share dialogues with people of other faiths and backgrounds. One of those incidents that had nearly got me into a state of complete depression was a conversation on a blog owned by an American Islamophobe called Daniel Pipes, who thinks that all Muslims are brown.

Racial Profiling in America

The Islamophobes on his blog did not believe that I was a Muslim woman who enjoys her life and is proud to follow Islam. They addressed me as a woman who is smothered by Sharia and they accused me of lying when I wrote that I am a young woman who finished her higher studies and that I got a job. They could not believe that a Muslim woman can choose to study and work. More than that was said and accusations against me and Islam were more appreciated than the facts that I presented to them. It was useless to argue. It continued for days and my mental state was getting worse. Later I decided to leave the online world.

But, my love for my religion and my sense for duty to protect it grew and I believed that the efforts of a few can do a great change. No matter what happens, I will use this blog as a window for the rest of the world so people with open minds can settle down and ponder.

Blindness is an enemy to mankind. Let their be light in our lives.

Love Your Parents

October 30, 2010

Allah says in the Holy Quran regarding the treatment of our parents:

Thy Lord hath decreed, that ye worship none save Him, and (that ye show) kindness to parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age with thee, say not “Fie” unto them nor repulse them, but speak unto them a gracious word. (23) And lower unto them the wing of submission through mercy, and say: My Lord! Have mercy on them both as they did care for me when I was little. (24)

Quran 17:23-24

I did the shopping instead of my mother. What about you? What did you do today that made your parent(s) happy?

On the Topic of Taqiyya

October 15, 2010

I have come across the topic of Taqiyya a few years ago when I read an online discussion by a group of Islamophobes about the supposed danger of Taqiyya on non-Muslims. I joined the discussion and explained what Taqiyya is. The discussion took many diversions and the Islamophobes made fun of me and affirmed that I was a pathetic oppressed woman who needed to be rescued from Islam.

Anyway, I have not practiced Taqiyya because I see no need for it. I am not afraid to say that I am a Muslim. I am not afraid of wearing my Hijab. I am not afraid of practicing Islam outside the UAE. If I find that being a Muslim would put my life in an immediate danger, I will hide my belief. Somewhere in this world Muslims may resort to practicing Taqiyya to stay alive.

There is, then, a great distinction between pure lying and Taqiyya.

Read more about the topic on The American Muslim.