Fasting in the Month of Sha’ban

‘Â’ishah (may Allâh be pleased with her) said:

“The Messenger (peace and blessings of Allâh be upon him) used to fast until we thought he would never break his fast, and not fast until we thought he would never fast. I never saw the Messenger of Allâh fasting for an entire month except in Ramadân, and I never saw him fast more than he did in Sha’bân.”

[Narrated by al-Bukhârî, Muslim]

Salaams and Hasta pronto,
Ines

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The honest scrap tag

I’ve been tagged by Al-Ahzab  and to be perfectly honest I don’t know why I’m going for it but anyways, here it goes…

To do the Honest Scrap tag… Here’s the deal. Tell your readers 10 things about you that they may or may not know, but are true. Tag ten people with the award, and be sure to let them know they’ve been tagged (a quick comment on their blog will do). Don’t forget to link back to the blogger who tagged you.

1. I’m a procrastinator and I hate myself for it but nothing I’ve tried to remedy it works. 😦

2. I have tried all the diets on earth and neighbouring planets and nothing on this front works either 😦

3. I don’t know how to save, the saying about ‘burning a whole in the pocket’ is so true … 😦

4. I’m a ‘homemaker wannabe’ but deep down I hate cooking , ironing, dusting and all other house chores 😦

5. I am always going through a phase or other… When I first embark on something new I’m 100% sure that it is for real but 2 months later ( or even less ) I and others around me realize that it was just another phase 😦

6. Reading is what I love best…and I swear is not a phase…I’ve been doing it non stop since childhood 😉

7. I suffer from pmt  BIG TIME… The mood swings are just unbearable…if you don’t believe me ask my dh 😉

8. I love going to the cinema but unfortunately my dh hates it so most of the time is DVD at home. Anything with a court case will do… 🙂

9. I can’t stand women breastfeeding around me. I don’t know why but I get sick. I am all for it in theory and can see the benefits blah blah blah but I can’t help feeling sick. 😦

10. I’m addicted to Coke, the sugar free version 🙂

Wow , that wasn’t too bad. I feel I could go on and on but don’t want to give too much away either 😉

Oh and now the 10 people I need to tag :

Everyone is been tagged!!!!  Let me have another look…ok

 

Ammena

Sonya

and anyone else who wants to share with the rest of the world a bit of personal honesty.

Salaams and Hasta Pronto,

Ines

I’m officially a kept woman…

I’m finding it quite hard to let go but I’ll get there eventually. I might even enjoy being a kept woman. Alhamdulilah, dh reassures me that we can afford it. Not sure about my naffs but we’ll have to wait and see…
After 5 years of full time employment, I am now entering a new era in my life. I don’t know what the future holds for me and is killing me. I admit it, I’m a control freak and an ungrateful muslimah. Astaghfirullah, I need to work on accepting the will of Allah and not just paying it lip service…

Why is it so hard to accept that Allah is the best of planners and that only He knows what is best for me? Alhamdulilah , sukraAllah I have my faith, my family, my friends, my home, my children are being educated… So why can’t I submit fully to His will ,without falling into the trap of questioning why and without feeling miserable and irritable?

In times of hardship one should conduct oneself with sabr, patience.  Accepting  and fully understanding that every single test is from Allah. Tests are character building. It is in the times of hardship that we come face to face with our weaknesses and limitations. And only when we can identify them we can do something to change ourselves, to become closer to our creator.

So my friends, I am now taking stock of my life and trying my best to renew my intentions. I am going through a ‘crossroads’ phase and inshallah I will get there eventually. Allah will guide me. I just have to be patient and accept that whatever has to happen it will happen in due course by the grace of Allah.

May Allah keep me and you , all my dear sisters, always in His presence , ameen.

Salaams and Hasta pronto,

Ines

P.S  I have added my daughters blog link. If you have any girls of her age, more or less, I would appreciate it if you could let them read it and encourage them to leave comments.

Some pics…

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My friend Noorah and I took the girls to the seaside last Thursday. We were on our way to our favourite spot in Wittering but as the queue to enter the beach’s car park  was quite long we decided to check out another beach nearby. I think it was called Sesley.

In all honesty it is not the best of beaches but it was so quiet, only 4 oldies, that we decided to stay. The kids had lots of fun and they were not too bothered about the lack of sand. They quite enjoyed the seaweed fights and wearing them as wigs too 😆 Oh and I was very happy to sit on my chair with my feet in the water and read.

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The herbs box was a present and I am using all the different herbs in my cooking. I especially adore the little basil leaves in my salads.

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My new garden, my recently discovered new passion…gardening. I wouldn’t say I have green fingers just yet but I can say that I ‘m loving every minute out there. I love coming home in the evening and watering the grass and all the little flowers and other plants I planted myself. I love steppping out first thing in the morning and checking for new  overnight ‘appearances’. Even pulling out the nasty weeds is so rewarding. Mashallah, I have many plans and inshallah I would learn as I go along.

It’s been a while …Part 2

And this time not because nothing much has happened but quite the opposite.

I will not give you an endless list but I will list the main events/changes/dramas in my life in the last few months. In no particular order…

I moved house on the 12th of June. Alhamdulilah we now have a little garden at the back. I never thought I would enjoy taking care of the garden so much. 

On the 24th of June my uni mentor came to school to do a lesson observation, check my folders and other millions of evidence papers  and signed me off. Oh the relief!!!

I was going to list some more but my mindis gone completely blank. Without you noticing (of course!!!) while writing this post I got a call from a very dear friend, who has  just told me that she has ‘swine flu’. May Allah give her a speedy recovery , ameen.

The flu is definitely in the community. My school governors decided to close the school for five days last Wednesday after six confirmed cases. We are due back tomorrow but even then I don’t think lots of the children will turn up. The parents are ‘not taking any risks’ as they put it. A few of them did officially told me the children would not be back to school till after the summer holidays.

We have booked our summer hols for the 2ndof August. We will be staying with my parents till the 19th, inshallah. I can not wait to see my folks and relax, stress free in my little village surrounded by mountains, fresh air, mamas food, clean beaches, eating al fresco ,chilling out in the garden in the evenings,….oh the anticipation is too much.

And now some pics. Actually pics will follow I need to ring my friend first and see if I can do anything for her.

Salaams and Hasta pronto,

Ines