Wednesday, July 09, 2008


assalamu alaikum,

My version of sabr has somehow become BK french fries. They crunch so tastily even though the inside is soft and gooey, just like I like it.

Today is the first anniversary of my grandmother's death. I made dua'a, but.

JW has officially lost his mind. I don't want to talk about it.

Fawakih did not come at a great time for me. I have less patience- or access to 'sabr'- than I like.

I'm not married. I'll be twenty seven on Sunday. One prospect 'ahem' let me know he was engaged today.

Somebody pass the ketchup.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Yay, meme love!

Assalamu Alaikum,

Yes, I got meme love from Lucky Fatima:

List seven songs you are into right now. No matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they’re not any good, but they must be songs you’re really enjoying now, shaping your summer. Post these instructions in your blog along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they’re listening to.

WHOOOHOOO!!!! I love this meme because, well, y'all know how I am about music. Because I am that way, I'm counting multiple songs from the same CD as one song. Sorry. Had to cheat, otherwise a 5 minute meme could take way too much time just for making decisions!

Also, I think all of my songs are old because I'm like Fatima, if it rocks it rocks forever.

1. Outlandish, 'Callin U' and 'Aisha'

2. Alicia Keys, 'Unbreakable'(MTV Unplugged)

3. Mateo, 'Tomorrow' and 'Can't Let Her Go'- shoot, the whole 'Human' LP

4. Sami Yusuf, 'Hasbi Rabbi' and 'Ya RasulUllah'

5. Native Deen, 'Life's Worth'

6. Billy Joel, 'Always a Woman

7. Shakira, 'La Tortura'.

Make of that what you will. InshaAllah people actually see this tag: ummmm

Shoot, who should I tag?

You! Also, I'm tagging some people who know me and others who I just love to read, to see who's looking. Shabana, Y at Joy Unexpected, Nzingha, Safiya. Have fun!

People are Hungry. What do I do about it?

Assalamu Alaikum,

First, I said I would talk about Fawakih. It has been hard but rewarding work, with an awesome series of speakers and opportunities. I do want to talk more about it, but I'm crunched for time! Intensive means just that.

And now, promise fulfilled, I have a challenge for every one who reads this.
What I wanted to talk about was hunger. When there are people who are hungry, we have to constantly agitate to make sure that our zakat gets to them.

I read this article, and earlier this year the ones linked inside it, and wanted to cry. I have been hungry in my lifetime. Even during that time I had food to eat once a day.

People are eating dirt in Haiti. Why are we not paying attention?

I know the article approaches from a nationalistic and racial perspective, and I'm ignoring that because the fact is that people. are. hungry. Really hungry. Eating dirt cookies hungry. That's crazy. And Haiti? Is closer to this mainland than Puerto Rico, which is a part of the USA. So proximity shouldn't be dictating things like this.

So. Do something. Small, like find a charity in Haiti (unfortunately mostly Christian) and donate. Or larger, like writing a letter to your congressional representative regarding our policies toward Haiti and countries in similar situations.

I'm sure there are other things to do, so if you have a suggestion, bring it up. But I challenge you right now, while you've already eaten in the past 24 hours and dirt had nothing (inshaAllah) to do with your meal. Do something for those who can't eat.