Ayaatal Kursi

June 6, 2007

Ayaatal Kursi, originally uploaded by asiya2.

 

Allahu la ilaha illa Huwa, Al-Haiyul-Qaiyum La ta’khudhuhu sinatun wa la nawm, lahu ma fis-samawati wa ma fil-‘ard Man dhal-ladhi yashfa’u ‘indahu illa bi-idhnihi Ya’lamu ma baina aidihim wa ma khalfahum, wa la yuhituna bi shai’im-min ‘ilmihi illa bima sha’a Wasi’a kursiyuhus-samawati wal ard, wa la ya’uduhu hifdhuhuma Wa Huwal ‘Aliyul-Adheem

“Allah! There is no god but He – the Living, The Self-subsisting, Eternal. No slumber can seize Him Nor Sleep. His are all things In the heavens and on earth. Who is there can intercede In His presence except As he permits? He knows What (appears to His creatures As) Before or After or Behind them. Nor shall they compass Aught of his knowledge Except as He wills. His throne doth extend Over the heavens And on earth, and He feels No fatigue in guarding And preserving them, For He is the Most High. The Supreme (in glory).”
[Surah al-Baqarah 2: 255]

The first time I read this verse, what struck me was the sense of Allah being outside time. I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of His knowledge and I suddenly ‘knew’ that He existed. I wasn’t just reading words, for want of a better expression, the Qu’ran came alive. Ayaatul Kursi (The Verse of the Throne), is special to me for this reason. And so it is a truly sacred blessing to draw it. I say ‘draw’, because I haven’t yet learned calligraphy 🙂

 

Advertisements

Studio Space

June 6, 2007

Self Portrait challenge, originally uploaded by asiya2.

 

  I have joined Self Portrait Challenge as a means of trying to challenge myself to start doing creative things once more. Yesterday I made myself a studio space in the corner of my bedroom. I am so thrilled with it that I keep just going and sitting there! June’s SPC is to take a photo of yourself in surroundings that express something about yourself. There really could be no better place for me to start than with a photo of myself in my new space.

 

It is a private, peaceful corner where I can dream and start the process of making again. I have missed drawing. Making this space is almost like finding myself again after motherhood. It sounds corny I know!

 

Must stop writing and go sit!

 

 

and a gift for moi

June 1, 2007

and a gift for moi, originally uploaded by asiya2.

 

Sydney Road has long been my favourite street in Melbourne. Although I’m not quite a local, I live on it’s suburban (and more affordable) fringe, I  spend a considerable amount of time there. If I was a street, I would be Sydney Road! It caters to all the sides of my personality. There are arty farty cafes that remind me of my pretentious youth, art galleries, op shops,  antique and bric a brac shops, places that sell designer gumboots, Lebanese bakeries and baklawa palaces, Italian cheese wholesalers, many, many places that cater for the fashionable and not so fashionable Muslimah! There are shops selling beautiful Turkish tiles, Moroccan tagines, bunches and bunches of gerberas and cornflowers.

 

The only thing it lacks in my opinion are bookshops. There are a few second hand places but nothing extensive. It would be the perfect place for a really good Islamic bookshop, not selling the stock standard lay preacher style or Salafi reconditioned texts, but something that reflects the complexity and diversity of Muslim thought and history. But even a standard good bookshop would make me happy, perhaps there is one already and I just haven’t found it. If I had the cash, I’d start one myself.

 

On yesterdays expedition I came home with this lovely hand printed fabric from The Olive Grove. I am going to use it to make a curtain for my kitchen. And since it’s been a very long time since I bought myself a present, I couldn’t resist buying some Jurlique handcream. Oh bliss!

 

Shopping expedition

May 31, 2007

Shopping expedition, originally uploaded by asiya2.

 

This was fun, our first proper shopping expedition all together since Littlest Son was born. We even went out for breakfast on Sydney Rd which my daughter thought was just fabulous and Littlest Son slept the whole time thankfully. And most importantly, we bought new gumboots!

 

Meet me(or other people) in Melbourne!

May 22, 2007

 meet me in melbourne

Come one come all.

If you’re a blogger and in Melbourne on Sunday June 17, would you like to meet a few other bloggers? The (almost) no rule Meet Me in Melbourne bloggers gathering will be in the Flagstaff Gardens in the afternoon from 2pm onwards in the vicinity of the kids’ playground, near the junction of Peel, William and Franklin Streets. You can come in any guise for as long or short a time as you like. BYO picnic paraphernalia if you so desire – perhaps some afternoon tea to share.

The only rule? A name tag with who you are and the name of your blog.

And no excuses, like you don’t know anyone or are worried your type of blog won’t fit in. It’s the perfect opportunity to get in touch with some of your on-line acquaintances and plan to meet up. We all share the desire to connect to each other through our blogs, so I’m sure none of us are too scary in real life.

Of course being Melbourne, the weather is something of a lottery. Please check on the morning of the meet for latest details and weather contingency plans at any of the following blogs:

soozs big adventure

muppinstuff

peasoup

If you’d like to help us spread the word (even if you can’t come in person) please copy and paste this post to your blog. We’re also working hard to bring you one of those groovy badges so stay tuned.

Meetme2

so does this mean I’m going? ehem, well maybe, I haven’t decided!

Journeying in the footsteps of Ibn Battuta

May 22, 2007

Coloured Palace Kataira, Yemen photo from Girl Solo in Arabia

Sunni Sister blogged about this amazing journey that Carolyn McIntyre is making. Ibn Battuta’s travelogue is very interesting and tracing his steps is a wonderful idea.

new haircut!

May 21, 2007

new haircut!, originally uploaded by asiya2.

Little daughter had her first real hair cut at a hairdressers!

Language enables us to know and kill one another

May 18, 2007

I this in an article about the impermissibility of killing civilians in Islamic warfare.

‘Pay heed to the words of Mawlana Rumi (may Allah sanctify his secrets!):

Go beyond names and look at the qualities,
so that they may show you the way to the essence.

The disagreement of people takes place because of names.
Peace occurs when they go to the real meaning.

Every war and every conflict between human beings
has happened because of some disagreement about names.

It’s such an unnecessary foolishness, because just beyond the arguing
there’s a long table of companionship, set and waiting for us to sit down.

Thank God, there is some sense in the world.

Did war begin when Allah swt taught Adam (peace be upon him) the names?

And He taught Adam the names of all things

Qu’ran 2.31

I have often wondered whether “names” means language itself or simply the ability to understand the world through symbols. Language enables us to interpret and learn, but it provides an outlet for miscommunication. We forget the essence of things and become focused on objects and definitions, we forget that some things cannot be defined.

May 17, 2007

As part of the Muslimahs Speak Up carnival, Baraka has written a beautiful post titled Circles of Women.

7 Random Facts

May 14, 2007

Shula tagged me for the 7 Random Facts meme. Let’s see what trivia I can come up with.

1.) I watch television out of the corner of my eye/s although my vision is perfect.

2.) I love polished wooden floorboards and old kitchen tables with carved legs and many dinner stories carved into their surfaces.

3.) I once got suspended from boarding school for gargling loudly in tune with the school orchestra as they were practicing.

4.) I was on the Deans Roll of Honour for two of my years at university. Another two found me debarred for failing due to non-submission of work.

5.) I am ridiculously self-analytical to the point of obsessing.

6.) My favourite place in the world is a town called Chefchaouen in the Rif mountains in Morocco, where all the houses are painted cornflower blue.

7.) My grandfather was in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

So wasn’t that fascinating!

I tag Shaz, Maliha and Suroor.