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Thursday, December 30, 2004

Something very strange has happenned, I can't view my blog - it's just a blank page :( - that's so depressing. I can't believe that the last time that I posted something was 10 months ago !!!!

I've received some good news last month - that I'm pregnant alhamdulillah. It's been really exciting. My mum's ecstatic, hubby's also just as excited. Will keep myself posted as to the developments as I doubt there's anyone out there that even reads this.

Wednesday, February 25, 2004

As Salaamu Alaikum,

It's just over a week that I'm back from my Hajj trip. Actually, we arrived on the 14th and on the 16th I had to start work, which really wasn't very pleasant because I didn't even have any time to rest.

All that I can say about the Hajj trip was that it was simply amazing. I expected it to somehow be difficult. I guess thats because everyone would tell me about their experiences and how they got lost or did something and it sounded like it was difficult. Alhamdulillah, Allah made it really easy for us. Everything from the pelting to the tawaafs, to the travelling.

My best friend was in the same group as I was. Her mum says that I had somehow encouraged her to also go for Hajj :) which is great .. maybe I can get some much needed reward for that. I admire her courage of leaving behind her 6 month old daughter for 6 weeks but it looked like it was really getting to her towards the end. There were quite a few people that couldn't wait to get back home after the 5 days of Hajj.

I didn't want to come back .. neither did Ismail. To be quite honest, I never really missed anyone .. I thought about alot of people while I was there, but I never wished to be at home in my cosy bed or anything as some people longed... I don't know but maybe I just loved the place too much to want to be home.

I pray that Allah takes everyone there at least once during their lifetime.

Monday, December 08, 2003

Time is really passing by so quickly. Alhamdulillah my Hajj package is finally confirmed. I am now waiting for my air-tickets and the visas. As soon as that comes through, I will start getting more excited about this whole trip. It seems unreal and I pray that all goes well.

I attended some Hajj classes during Ramadaan on the basic aspects of Hajj and then on Saturday there were some more classes that were being held in my hometown, so Ismail & I decided to attend these as well. There were a few Muslims lady doctors as well as male doctors that were administering the Meningitis & Yellow Fever Vaccines so it saved us the hassle of going to a travel clinic for these. I can see that I will have to exercise alot of patience during Hajj. There were some people there that were so inconsiderate and pushing their way through etc .. there wasn't enough vaccines for all the people, so they decided to do the out-of-towners first & then the residents of that area could come on another day for their vaccines, but there were still some peeps that didn't consider others first and didn't go away.

I waited patiently even though I was officially an out-of-towner and was told that they would see how many people were there & how many vaccines were available. I guess Allah (SWT) rewarded me for my patience because there was only 1 vaccine left & I was the last person left, so I got the vaccine. Subhan-Allah - Truely Allah does reward the patient, not that I'm always patient but I guess Allah was trying to tell me that if I continue being patient, I will be rewarded.

Ismail's really busy at work at the mo', my mum has my bro's reception coming up on the 16th and then we depart a week later for Hajj, so it has been really hectic and probably will stay this way until just before we leave.

My mind's in a muddle at the moment. At least its starting to quieten down here at work so I can concentrate better on my Hajj preparations.

There are still some crazy clients of mine that still want to make last minute bookings. Most of the places are fully booked and it's a huge stress getting the flights confirmed .. Why can't some people just make up their minds as to what they want. Funny thing is, that some of them actually do get onto the flights with last minute cancellations etc .. so they never really learn to book before hand .. Oh well, I guess that's the joys of being a travel consultant.

Most of the time, I tend to be as bad as my clients especially when it comes to making bookings for myself.

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Hard work never killed anybody"
But why take the risk!(I don't want to be an exception!)

"Work fascinates me "
I can look at it for hours!

God made relatives;
Thank God we can choose our friends.

Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Today's just a crazy day ..

Monday, November 03, 2003

Ramadaan has been going really well so far, alhamdulillah. Saturday, I felt some thirst and as soon as I opened my fast, I drank loads of water, serbet & juice. I think I used up more than the 1/3 of what I was suppose to ...

I don't feel the lameness that I did last year. There's nothing really different from my lifestyle compared to last year, except that this year I am praying Taraweeh in the Masjid as opposed to praying alone .. maybe that's it. Maybe it's the concentration that I have when I'm praying and listening to the huffaz. My cousin prays really well Masha-Allah and you could just go on and on listening to him.

Then when I get home, I've still got about 20mins or so before Ismail gets back .. so there's not so much of a rush. I actually feel quote refereshed after Taraweeh which is brilliant.

Saturday, November 01, 2003

I guess I'm about a week late on the Ramadaan Mubarak .. but it's still Ramadan, so Ramadaan Mubarak everyone.

This is the first Ramadaan that I am praying Taraweeh in the Masjid, there's 2 reasons for it:

1. My house is now right across the Masjid - which is great.

2. My cousin's wife asked me wether I was going to pray at home or in the Masjid. I usually pray at home but I know that she doesn't pray daily and thought that it would be a great idea to go with her to the Masjid, so that we both can get the thawaab and she can pray all of her taraweeh's.

Alhamdulillah, it is going brilliantly so far. The first 2 or 3 nights, I was really necked when it came to the last 6 rakaats, but I've gotten used to it now.

Only problem now is that my Quraan recitation is lagging ... I don't have that much time anymore. I have to check Ismail's Hifz work after Iftaar, before he goes to pray and then as soon as he goes, I've got to leave as well.

I come earlier than what he does, but then I've got to prepare his meals since he only eats after Taraweeh.