Friday, September 26, 2008
Reflecting on this Ramadaan, I have certainly done more than in past years, Alghumdulillah!! My only concern now is to follow through with my actions throughout the year. May Allah make it easier for all of us to do so Insha-Allah Ameen!!
I'm quite excited about breaking fast this evening. I shall be meeting Iman Rahima and family for boeka. She has requested to meet all the people who had responded to her article about her family reverting to Islam. I'll be blogging about it soon, watch this space!!
I shall be taking leave as of next week Monday, will only return to work and the blogisphere on Thursday Insha-Allah. For this purpose, I would like to wish everyone a joyful Eidul Fitr with family & friends. May Allah shower His choicest blessings on you and may He keep you safe.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This puts SA in a very precarious situation doesn't it??? And as the world looks on, I'm beginning to wonder what happened to the beautiful SA that made headlines 14 years ago when we had our first democratic elections. I think the major rift between the ruling party, the ANC, is being caused by one bad apple, Jacob Zuma.
There are rumours that Thabo Mbeki intends to launch a new political party. My only fear is that Jacob Zuma now has a good chance to run for the President of SA. How can someone who has no moral values lead a country, I ask??? After all the scandal he has brought and is still continuing to bring to the political arena, I shudder to think that Zuma may actually succeed in acquiring the Presidency!!!
Imagine, a man who actually thinks that having a shower after having sexual intercourse with a woman who has the HIV virus, will protect him from contracting the virus!! I am no political analyst but past behaviour is a prerequisite of present and future behaviour. Sound too much like Dr. Phil??? I don't think so!!!
Monday, September 22, 2008
I arrived at the lecture half an hour before the time Alghumdulillah!! I was able to take some pics as well as find a seat right in the front. When Sheikh Faaik Gamieldien arrived he enquired if all the students had received their notes via email. There were a few students who hadn't so he made a note to resend.
The following is what transpired just before the lecture started:
Sheikh: Oh, before I continue with my lesson, who is Shahieda???
Shahieda (looking around the class to see if there was another student of the same name, as luck would have it no one else raised their hand!! By then I was as red as a tomato!!)
Sheikh (repeating himself): Shahieda, you have committed a crime. Who is Shahieda???
Shahieda (wishing the ground would open up and swallow me, but raising my hand very hesitantly anyway!!): My name is Shahieda
Sheikh (smiling): Would you like me to tell you what crime you have committed?? And before I tell you, is there any other person named Shahieda just in case I have the wrong person??
Shahieda (wishing I was a cartoon character and could just slide off my chair and disappear): Yes, is there anyone else named Shahieda??
Sheikh (trying to contain his amusement): Shahieda do you have a blog???
Shahieda (completely taken aback now): Yes I do, why do you ask??
Sheikh (laughing now): You see, I spy on my students!! I happened to read your blog.
Shahieda (laughing nervously): You have??
Sheikh: Yes, and I want to thank you for your comments on my lectures
Shahieda (letting out my breath with a sigh of relief): Oh, oh!! And thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Have you perhaps read my post on the book 'Pawns in the Game' by William Guy Carr?? I'd like your opinion if you have read the book. The author has studied comparative religions.
Sheikh: I haven't read the book, would you like to tell me what it's about.
Shahieda: Well the author expounds on a group called the Illuminati, I haven't completed the book yet. The crux of his writing is that everyone is controlled by these men who want to have everyone believe that God does not exist.
Sheikh: I'm inclined to think that it's a conspiracy theory.
Shahieda: Oh really?? Are those your thoughts on the book itself??
Sheikh: Yes, let's get on with the lecture.
After the lecture I approached the Sheikh to purchase a book he had recommended, Islamic Jurisprudence written by C G Weeramantry. I was just about to ask him how he came about discovering my blog when he asked me if I wanted to know. Apparently the Sheikh had Google searched his name and my name popped up with the rest of the results!! I had used his link in my one of my posts!! How about that!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Oh and I wasn't able to take any pics of the masjid inside or of the auditorium because I arrived late *hangs head in shame*. What made it worse was I had to sit right at the back of the class and I normally take a seat in the front row!! I tried making a video whilst listening at the same time, my attempts proved futile to say the least. The sound quality isn't too good and you can hardly make out the image of the Sheikh in the front. So I'll have to take some pics on the next lecture, I promise to be early, promise, really!!
Then I jumped into a taxi and went to meet Nadia in Woodstock. We browsed around at a glassware store where I spied decorative nozzles for cakes as well as washable cloth piping bags. We then popped in at my mom's place to wish Ansaar for his birthday. After leaving Ansaar, we returned to Sea Point where Nadia was staying for the weekend to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Shireen, Moi, Nadia, Aunty Faeeza & Shaheema
Monday, September 15, 2008
The host couple, Aneesa & Sedick
What a fabulous time we had together!! When breaking fast at home I don't eat much, but I have a tendency to overeat when breaking fast elsewhere!! We each made something and it's not polite to not have of everything!! That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it, ok!! LOL!!
Nevertheless, the conversation was great and the kids had a ball with all the sweets that were handed out!!
There was a little boy who showed his audience how he could contort his body, I forget his name!! I've attached a video clipping of his actions. Please do not try this at home!!
Thank you to all of you, we must definitely do this again!! Check my next post for my continued weekend of caffeine highs!! LOL!!
Friday, September 12, 2008
I also recall a classmate mentioning that she had read a book about this. After having asked about it, Abu Hafidz mentioned as reference a book written by William Guy Carr, Pawns in the Game. I have only recently started reading it and it's caused the hair on my neck and arms to stand on end, to say the least!! The reason for this post, is to get feedback from anybody else who has read this book. If what the author has written is true, then why are we not doing anything about it??? Yes, I am fully aware that all our comings and goings boil down to the strife between good and evil. But if I look at the world today, I tend to think that the scales are tipping and that good is lagging behind dismally!!
I have also realised that I can only make changes with myself first, but how to get people on a global scale to do the same, I have no idea!! I know I must sound like I'm rambling like a mad woman but humour me. I don't wish to mention any details of the book as I don't want to taint any responses I might receive. If you haven't read it yet, please take the time to do so. I'm waiting in angst for any responses!! It will be much appreciated!!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I have 4 posts which I haven't published yet but will do so in the coming days Insha-Allah!! That is if the time will allow me. With Ramadaan on us my time has now become somewhat of a scarce commodity. Take Saturday for instance, my day started at 4:30am preparing something for us to eat. My children are all fasting Alghumdulillah!! After having eaten, it's time to read Quran. I have to finish my ghatam this year for once!! So I'm really pushing myself with regards to that. After Fajr I read again until sunrise. Then I made an order of cake and pies before leaving for a class that I have registered for. I'm very excited about it as Sheikh Faaik Gamieldien is the lecturer. The course he offers this time around is Usul-lul-Fiqh, the method with which our jurists extract law from the Quran and the Sunnah of the Nabi (SAW).
The lecture was very enlightening!! The venue of the course is the beautiful Masjidul Quds. It is such a beautiful mosque, I promise to have some pics of the class as well as the inside of the masjid the next time I do a post. The esteemed Sheikh has a website you may want to visit for notes on the courses he gives. Feel free to do so at http://www.faaikgamieldien.co.za/ The class finished at 12pm and then it was off to a meeting at the school my children attend. Aqeedah and Uthmaan will be going on tour with the school just after the September holidays. So far we've managed to raise more than half the fare for the both of them, Alghumdulillah!! Uthmaan has been washing cars over weekends and Aqeedah has been selling mum's baking at school as well as in the neighbourhood.
After the meeting I returned home and decorated the cake. Read more Quran till about Asr, then it was more pies and quiche to be made, there's certainly no end is there!! Nonetheless, I'm kept very busy and that's a good thing. No time for my mind to wander!! By the time I had finished the orders it was time to prepare for Boeka!! After breaking fast it was more Quran till just before Eshaa. The children and I attend Taraweegh Salaah at the masjid in the area. So off to the masjid we went. By the time we returned home the children were bushed!! Off to bed with the 3 of them. I was left to my own devices, so I, yep you guessed it, made more pies & quiche!! I rolled pastry till about 11pm, read Quran till about 12am. By the time my head hits the pillow in the evenings, sleep comes blissfully!!!