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Tafseer An Nabaa Project

The due date for this project was last Friday(this was written a long time ago and I don’t remember which Friday it was anymore). H finished it on time. N didn’t. But inshaaAllah, I hope that they benefited from working on this project.

Ayat 1-5 – scene of the disbelievers asking each other (mockingly) about the ‘great news’

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

78:1
Sahih International

About what are they asking one another?

78:2
Sahih International

About the great news –

78:3
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That over which they are in disagreement.

78:4
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No! They are going to know.

78:5
Sahih International

Then, no! They are going to know.

2nd set of scenes representation

78:6
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Have We not made the earth a resting place?

78:7
Sahih International

And the mountains as stakes?

78:8
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And We created you in pairs

78:9
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And made your sleep [a means for] rest

78:10
Sahih International

And made the night as clothing

78:11
Sahih International

And made the day for livelihood

78:12
Sahih International

And constructed above you seven strong [heavens]

78:13
Sahih International

And made [therein] a burning lamp

78:14
Sahih International

And sent down, from the rain clouds, pouring water

78:15
Sahih International

That We may bring forth thereby grain and vegetation

78:16
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And gardens of entwined growth.

inside the ‘cradle’ (which is earth)

siraaja wahhaaja – actually lit up with one of his contraptions.

how he lit it up

he had put the wheat and lush garden behind the mountain and so we can’t see it after the put the ‘seven strong’ over the head side of the cradle.

3rd set of scenes

78:17
Sahih International

Indeed, the Day of Judgement is an appointed time –

78:18
Sahih International

The Day the Horn is blown and you will come forth in multitudes

78:19
Sahih International

And the heaven is opened and will become gateways

78:20
Sahih International

And the mountains are removed and will be [but] a mirage.

78:21
Sahih International

Indeed, Hell has been lying in wait

78:22
Sahih International

For the transgressors, a place of return,

78:23
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In which they will remain for ages [unending].

78:24
Sahih International

They will not taste therein [any] coolness or drink

78:25
Sahih International

Except scalding water and [foul] purulence –

78:26
Sahih International

An appropriate recompense.

78:27
Sahih International

Indeed, they were not expecting an account

78:28
Sahih International

And denied Our verses with [emphatic] denial.

78:29
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But all things We have enumerated in writing.

78:30
Sahih International

“So taste [the penalty], and never will We increase you except in torment.”

the sky opening up as if they were doors

H’s blueprint of the 4th scene set that he showed me before he started on it

the 4th scene set representation

78:31
Sahih International

Indeed, for the righteous is attainment –

78:32
Sahih International

Gardens and grapevines

78:33
Sahih International

And full-breasted [companions] of equal age

78:34
Sahih International

And a full cup.

78:35
Sahih International

No ill speech will they hear therein or any falsehood –

78:36
Sahih International

[As] reward from your Lord, [a generous] gift [made due by] account,

78:37
Sahih International

[From] the Lord of the heavens and the earth and whatever is between them, the Most Merciful. They possess not from Him [authority for] speech.

78:38
Sahih International

The Day that the Spirit and the angels will stand in rows, they will not speak except for one whom the Most Merciful permits, and he will say what is correct.

78:39
Sahih International

That is the True Day; so he who wills may take to his Lord a [way of] return.

78:40
Sahih International

Indeed, We have warned you of a near punishment on the Day when a man will observe what his hands have put forth and the disbeliever will say, “Oh, I wish that I were dust!”

3 of the 3D rep

 

N made a powerpoint presentation, and it was quite a big file because she drew most of the slides herself. Surah An-Nabaa by NBlog

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Tafseer An Nabaa

We continued our tafseer of An nabaa this morning, after N’s Mammals class. She came to me and said,

“A girl in the class published a book on Amazon.”

I’ve been telling her about this possibility for years to encourage her. Writing, like anything else, requires hard work and persistence.

Anyway, we continued with the surah, and to save time, I’ll just put this in bullet points, just for us to remember.

  • The surah begins by addressing the disbelievers who were mocking the Day of Judgment
  • it depicts a scene where they were mocking it and the suddenly, Allah interjects
  • Kalla! Saya’lamoon – Stop! Rather, you will come to know
  • He repeats it again for emphasis ;- equivalent to “You’ll find out, you’ll find out”
  • Then begins a passage where Allah talks about the blessings He has given to all mankind;
  • the earth as a comfortable place (the word used for comfortable place is also word used for cradle ; the earth is rotating on its axis but gravity keeps us rooted. We’re able to walk, sleep, jump etc without being thrown off, just like a baby in a cradle
  • the mountains as pegs. Showing how stable and how the mountains are stabilizing and are great structures that are solid
  • And He created you all in pairs – now the focus goes directly to the human beings and living things come into the picture
  • and He Made you sleep as something that cuts you off ; from sleep, day, livelihood, life
  • And He made the night as a covering :- darkness covers you, robberies and bad stuff. private things happen at night, it covers you like a blanket does etc
  • And He made day for you to seek livelihood : lesson – don’t waste your time. Spend your day wisely.
  • And He constructed above you seven strong (heavens understood, but not mentioned). The word shidaadaa used to show that these seven heavens are strong.
  • And He made the blazing sun
  • And He sent down from laden rain clouds abundant water
  • And He takes out with this water, grains and vegetation
  • And lush gardens
  • the sceneries are alive, you have the earth, imagine you’re viewing from space, then you zoom in, you see the mountains, the living things, and their life, and then back at nature, the skies , seven heavens, you pierce through the earth’s atmosphere, reach the sun, it’s blazing fiery, and back down to earth in the atmosphere, the clouds, chock full with water, water comes down, waters the earth, the earth absorbs it, and living things come forth, lush
  • This is how Allah leaves that scene before moving on to another set of scenes ; the Day of Judgment
  • Imagine you’re visualizing all this and the Quran is very descriptive in its description
  • And suddenly your vision is channeled to:
  • Indeed the Day of Separation is already fixed – you can’t escape it, no matter how hard you try
  • The day on which the horn will be blown and people will submit willingly or unwillingly in massive crowds ;- in this dunya, you can control your limbs, but on that day, you cannot. You don’t want to go but your limbs will take you to that gathering place
  • And the skies will be opened like doors :- doors are the loosest construction in a building as it’s used most of the time and those seven strong skies that was mentioned before is now opened up. How scary it would be to see the skies rip apart and you can see the space through it. The listeners’ attention is now directed to the horrors on this Day
  • And the mountains will move easily and it will be like a mirage : previously, the mountains are described as pegs, solid, stable but now, these stable solid structures that we know so well are moving so easily and will disappear as if like a mirage. Everything you know is changing
  • Now the talk moves on to hellfire : The hellfire will be lying in ambush
  • Both the disbelievers and believers are listening now and they are being told that the hellfire is lying in ambush, like a wild beast, ready to devour its prey
  • Allah specifies who it’s lying in ambush for ; for the rebellious :- Allah would have mentioned it’s for the disbeleivers, but He doesn’t. Implication : believers who don’t obey Him and are also rebellious will be included in this
  • They will remain it for periods of time :- the use of ah7qaaba denotes psychological torture. Allah could have said abada (forever) but the usage of ah7qaaba is explained as such:
  • you are imprisoned for 5 years and you look forward to the end of your term, and when you reach 5 years, suddenly you are told you will remain another 5 years. It’s more torturous this way
  • They will not taste in it any coolness of any drink :- hellfire is hot. Now it’s talk of physical torture
  • People in the desert will appreciate this more and so this should send some shockwaves through the listeners at that time and at anytime (no one likes heat)
  • Except boiling water and pus ;- whoa!!!! hold on there! this is too much! PUS??!! Someone might react this way, saying “Hey, okay I did bad but eating pus?! That’s just way too much bro!”
  • Allah says ; An exact recompense :- No, it’s not too much, it’s tit for tat, no more no less
  • Indeed they hoped they won’t be accountable for their deeds :- people were living in dream land, telling and convincing themselves that they can do all they like and not be held accountable for it, or nahhh it’s ok, I’ll worry about that later. Even Muslims may respond when someone talks about death etc “Oh, that’s depressing, let’s not talk about that.”
  • They denied, belied Our signs with vehement denial :- Allah has laid out signs for us, the Quran, scriptures and the creations. Simply looking at the sky, clouds should bring one to realize there is a Creator, and that we owe everything to this Creator, so worship Him, obey Him. But instead, we use our God-given intellect to dispute, argue, bring us to the height of arrogance and disobey Him, even denying Him outright
  • And everything, We recorded and tabulated in a protected book ;- all this is recorded. This should benefit listeners in that it makes them more aware of their speech and actions and thoughts, it’s all on ‘camera!’
  • Then Allah leaves us with the last scene in this passage : They will taste and not it will be increased anything for them except torment
  • Now Allah moves on to happier sceneries : Indeed those who are righteous will have a place, time of success and success
  • the believers who have been listening now are addressed, and the word muttaqeen is used to signify that only those who have this taqwa will carry their feelings into action
  • There are many people who say “Oh I don’t want to go to hell, I’m scared, ‘ but their actions don’t show it.
  • Then there are people who are really touched by it and actually change their bad behaviors to good ones. Which one are you going to be?
  • The word mafaaza used has 3 meanings grammatically : place of success, time of success and succes for sure
  • place of success implies : don’t worry, there will be a place where you will be eternally happy. This dunya is temporary. Sometimes being a Muslim can be restrictive.
  • Analogy I gave to the kids : An adult brings a kid to an amazing park while telling this kid they will go to an even more amazing amusement park later on. The kid sees this park and LOVEs it, and wants to stay there forever. The adult tells the kid, “But, we’re going to the amusement park remember?” “No! I want to stay here and play all day!”
  • The adult tells the kid, “Don’t play in that corner over there.”
  • Kid asks, “Why not? I like it there!”
  • Adult replies, “There is a bush nearby, there might be snakes.”
  • Adult says, “Don’t climb past the second rung of that ladder.”
  • Kid asks “Why?” Adult replies “Because I told you so”
  • The prohibitions that Allah put on us are the same, for some, we know the reason, for others we don’t know, but we are obliged to accept and believe because this is the essence of faith itself
  • Out of His mercy, He makes this world beautiful, but He also puts restrictions so we don’t get too attached to it, because He has prepared Paradise, whcih is even more beautiful and enjoyable than this world
  • The adult tells the kid, “In the amusement park we’re going to go to, there will be slides like these ones, but they’re higher and has water. They have swings too but they spin too.”
  • Kid says, ‘oooh!! I want to go now!’
  • Adult says, “No, not yet. We’ll go but not now.’
  • Kid starts to look forward to the amusement park. He enjoys the current park but knows that there are restrictions and knows there is a better one he is promised and looks forward to go there.
  • As Muslims, especially women and girls, we have to worry about hijab. You can’t just go swim in a pool or the beach, if the place is populated. Life can be hard sometimes as a Muslim, but there is wisdom behind this.
  • If you’re allowed to do everything on this earth and they’re all good things even, you will be attached to it
  • Even if you’re told about Jannah, you think, ahh I’m already enjoying life here, that can wait
  • It is out of Allah’s wisdom and mercy that He has laid things out as they are, and placed prohibitions and commands on us because this life is a test, a transitory place
  • Then, Allah talks about the jannah : private gardens and grapevines
  • Gorgeous women of compatibility :- when you go to a beautiful place, you might enjoy it, but without humans, it can get lonely
  • In ads/marketing they always put beautiful women or men to beautify the place/product etc. Why? There is a psychological effect of that.
  • So, you’re in this beautiful awesome place, and you good looking company, and what’s more, they are compatible with you, maybe same age and same interests
  • You can go to a place and have a nice looking friend but she likes sweet potatoes and you like mangoes – ehh…but in jannah, you both like the same thing and you are just…compatible! cool!
  • And splashing exotic drinks! – not only company, now you have a spread too! Contrast this to the description of no drink and no coolness in hellfire.
  • They won’t hear in it any idle useless talks not any lies/blasphemy/slander etc :- believers in this world have to endure all the lies that are being said or thrown at them by disbelievers or even some believers who choose to mock the religion. Even the prophet saw was told to have beautiful patience. It hurts to hear and see these lies, but we have to endure it. In jannah, you won’t hear anything like this
  • as for idle and useless talk, the analogy of : you go on a wonderful vacation and then suddenly, as you’re lying there joyfully under the sun, someone in your company starts to talk vulgar or just do some nasty convo. Your whole vacation is ruined!
  • In jannah -> utter peace and beauty. None of those bad speech that you had to endure in this world
  • Next ayat : a recompense from your Rabb , a generous gift to the point where you may say “I don’t need anymore”
  • Subhanallah, when Allah talks about the recompense in hellfire, it’s tit for tat, but in Jannah, He gives as H said, “Infinity for tat.” He gives more, so much more.
  • Allah is just and merciful

 

That was where we stopped this morning. I had recorded our discussion yesterday with Sound Recorder but because I had to keep pressing record each time it reaches the max, it was just a hassle so today, we didn’t record our discussion, so I thought I’d just write it up ASAP before I forget.

InshaaAllah, tomorrow we will finish surah Nabaa and I can give them the test. Though, from our discussion just now, it seems like they need more reinforcement and studying to do so they really get and can internalize this surah with new understanding. Dua time!

 

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Your God Is So Vengeful

We continued with our Tafseer of surah Al Ma’oon this morning. As usual, after the session, we had a discussion based on the notes they are able to get from it. Before I get on to that, I just want to say that mashaAllah, the effort put in by the brothers and sisters towards Linguistic Miracle is amazing. May Allah reward them abundantly in this life and in the hereafter! AMeen.

Everyday (well, almost everyday) we listen to Ustadh Nouman’s Tafseer podcast for about 30 min max, the kids take notes, I use the notes on Linguistic Miracle, and then I ask them to share their notes. As they share, I would ask them what it means, how that would apply to our daily life or with people we encounter, or just go off tangent and do a whole other discussion. It’s all impromptu. I wish I can document or record these discussions because some of them are really good mashaAllah.

So I thought I’d document today’s discussion.

We were discussing the word da’a in Fazhaalikalazhee yadu’ul yateem (ayat 2).

This is part of the notes in Linguistic Miracle:

Da/’a push someone far away, without expecting that they will push you back. Push someone afar.

to intimidate someone by ‘kicking them out’ of a gathering. I.e. “get out of here!” = da/’a.

Surah AL Ma’oon ayat 2

107:2
Sahih International

For that is the one who drives away the orphan

Then I asked for specific examples of how someone would behave like this towards an orphan. Think Oliver Twist.
H’s example: An orphan is eating a cantaloupe rind and the person takes it away from him, reprimanding the orphan for it. So this person even deprives this orphan of a fruit rind.
Or in the case of the Arabs at that time, treating the orphan like a slave.
I also asked H to recite that ayah that has da’a in it. For a while, he couldn’t recall it, but I know he had gone over it in hifdh. I remember it because Sh Waleed had explained it in one of the AlMaghrib classes, and I remember because he was explaining that the sound of the word even indicates a violent and forceful pushing, subhanallah.
H couldn’t recall it, so I just explained that ayah as, “The people will be pushed into the hellfire with a forceful pushing.”
And all of a sudden, H recalled it,
Yauma yuda’oona ilaa naari jahannama da’a.
On that day, they will be pushed towards the hellfire with a definite pushing.
He still doesn’t remember which surah it came from.
Then I asked them,
“Hmm…so what if someone tells you, ‘Your god is so angry, so vengeful, all He talks about is hellfire!’ what would you say?”
Their replies (I forgot who said what, so it’s easier to just put it in bullet points like this)
  • He talks about rewards too
  • He gives you warnings so you won’t go to hellfire
  • He doesn’t want you to go to hellfire so He warns you

“So how can you explain that He is actually Merciful through His warnings?”

I asked them to explain it. Then I asked for examples.

“You need to know this. You have to give your explanation and then give examples. Explanation and examples are two different things, okay?”

Their examples:

N: Your mother tells you not to touch the hot pots on the stove because she doesn’t want you to burn yourself.

H: a person is running towards a cliff, and someone trips him. He is blind. He trips but is saved from falling off the cliff.

His example didn’t really answer my question but it led to another discussion and another concept that I went ahead and discussed with them anyway.
“Your example is a very good one. It actually gives an example of another concept though. What is it?”
“Punishments.”
“Well, yes, but I’m looking for another answer.”
“Tests.”
“So why are we tested?”
“So we can grow stronger, to strengthen us.”
I wanted to explore this topic a bit further, so I said,
“Ok, you have two people. One person is doing good, and obeying Allah, then Allah tests him. For what?”
“To make him stronger and rise to a higher level/status.”
“Ok, this other person, he is not obeying Allah, then Allah tests him. For what?”
“So, he would do good and be saved.”
I then said,
“So sometimes, this test is like a wake up call. Sometimes it’s just a nudge, like when you get sick. At other times it may be a vigorous shaking, like maybe an accident. But through these tests, we are being called to Allah. Because He wants us to succeed. Allah wants us to go to Jannah. He doesn’t want us to go to hellfire, that’s why He warns us about it.”
I gave an example of my own,
“For example, let’s say H is going to participate in a marathon and I’m one of the organizers and I don’t really want him to win the race. So I will just let him practice without giving him tips and warnings. He does the race and realizes the difficulties at this corner or that corner for the first time and gets stuck or struggles and gets over it but he will be behind by that time and doesn’t reach the finish line in good time. If I want him to win, I’d give him warnings and tips, this corner is dangerous so take extra precaution, do some more extra stamina building training, slow down on that corner etc, and then he wins. I can’t actually just pick him up and put him at the finish line, I want him to win but I can’t do that. He has to do it himself. Same thing, Allah wants us to go to Jannah, but we have to put the effort ourselves, so He gives us tips and warnings. He’s actually rooting for us, cheering us on.”
Then I went to another issue,
“So, He gives us tips and warnings so we don’t end up doing them. We’re not supposed to even go near them. As a parent, I tell you not to do this, do your homework etc etc because I know my mistakes, others’ mistakes and I don’t want you to have to make those mistakes and then struggle through them yourself and then figure it out. I want you to be better than me than other people who have made mistakes. So Allah gives us tips and warnings too so we don’t fall. It’s actually out of wanting so much good for you. It may seem hard to you now, but it’s actually for your own good.”
It’s hard for me to blog about this because in the time between after our discussion and the time I begin to write this post, I had forgotten the minutes of our discussion. So this is like some of it or the gist of it. I wish we had recorded it. Maybe I will do that next time. It would be nice for the kids to be able to listen to it again in years to come.
I think these discussions actually help train critical thinking, as how it’s also done in learning literature. But with these topics, it’s even more, because they relate to us as Muslims living in the west where we are always bombarded with these types of questions. Listening to Ustadh Nouman is a good way to also train our critical thinking as he does a lot of it and shares it with his listeners, mashaAllah. I also want the kids to really have a good grasp on the Quran, because that really is our book of guidance. Without it, we’re like floating dust particles in the air, blowing wherever the air carries us to. Helpless.
Sometimes I feel like our Tafseer sessions are boring for them, but I do hope that at least, if not all of it, they would at least take some things out of it to benefit them long term. It’s easy for me to think that ahh, maybe I should just stop this since they look so bored anyway, but with Allah’s taufeeq, they can benefit from it. I just have to remember to say my Rabbish Rahli dua before I start our discussion. I really need to treat it like a proper halaqa. Sometimes, it happens ‘on the run’ because I want to get the tafseer session in for the day, and sometimes our schedule is chaotic.
Like today, I had hifdh right after Fajr, so we didn’t have our tafseer at our usual post Fajr-before-we-get-up-from-our-sitting-position time. I had gone downstairs and then I called them to do tafseer. The ideal time would be right after fajr. They would bring the Mac upstairs and we would do it where we were sitting. But some days, I have group meetings/hifdh on Skype right after fajr, like today, so then we have to kind of adjust. May Allah keep us steadfast and istiqamah on this and other good things we do. Ameen.
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Meaning of Samad

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AMAZED By the QURAN in Dallas

We’ve been looking forward to this since it was announced. Hubs had planned it ahead of time and booked our accommodations, which even triggered a hilarious email conversation:

Father : The rent is not bad, $65 for a room with 2 double beds
Son: What are double beds?
Father: I guess Queeen but ….. actually they’re 9 minutes apart, driving. [referring to the distance between where the convention is held and the hotel]
Daughter 2: Are the double beds bunk beds? or trundle?
Son: I would think they would be normal.
Daughter 1: The beds are 9 minutes apart, driving. I wonder how long it would take to walk.
Mother: [spent about a few minutes laughing her guts out with tears streaming down her face]

So when June 30 finally came, we were already in Dallas. We set out on June 29, the day S turned 15. It was a well-spent weekend Alhamdulillah.

We ended up staying at Extended Stay because it has a kitchenette, so we were about 15 minutes away from the Convention Center. We set out on Friday, a 10 hour drive, and if you add getting lost despite a GPS, it’s about 11 hours of driving. We bought raw chicken to cook and some groceries from the halal store, and some briyani. Whenever we buy cooked food like Briyani or Somali food, we always only need to buy 3-4 even though there were 5 of us who are eating, because the portion of meat to rice is such that we could cook extra rice and the amount of meat they usually put suffices. As usual, of course, I brought along the rice cooker which can also steam and this time, cooking oil, garlic and onion, since we knew we were going to have a kitchenette. But the most amazing thing is, the raw chicken that we bought. It’s Crescent Halal Organic chicken and subhanallah it tastes SO good! People who have eaten the non zabiha chicken and then the zabiha chicken have commented that the zabiha chicken tastes so much better than the non zabiha, subhanallah, but imagine this, the organic zabiha chicken tastes MUCH better than the non organic zabiha chicken. What’s more is that Wal Mart carries it, but only the one in Dallas, so when we went back to LC, hubs asked one of the brothers here who is working at Wal Mart, to suggest them carrying it here. So far no news. I hope they do!

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I cooked the chicken the next morning though, after Fajr, before the convention. We ate our lunch in the morning and only brought food for Z inhis tiffin carrier, along with chips for ourselves. We had some trouble finding the convention center, and even saw a van with plate from Maryland (yes, people cross states to attend this convention!) looking for it too. By the time we found it there was a long line of cars waiting to get into the parking garage. It was nice to see thawb-donning men walking around and a lot of hijabis.

Getting our paper bracelets was a muddle, but eventually we got them, and we sent Z to babysitting on the 3rd floor. At first he didn’t want to go but he didn’t really put up a strong resistance so alhamdulillah. In fact I think he had a good time, except for once where they called us during the convention and I rushed downstairs to see what was wrong. Well, he wanted to pee, but I didn’t figure that out immediately. They said he suddenly didn’t want to them when he was talking with them fine before. I walked around with him, got him to drink from the water cooler and asked him if he needed to go potty and he said no, but I insisted that he go. Turned out, he needed to go. After that, he ran back into the babysitting room without even looking back at me. All in all, I think he’s getting okay with babysitting now Alhamdulillah.

Nouman announced Bayyinah’s new projects and one of them is Bayyinah TV, which has been a boon for me! The kids now watch Arabic With Hosna on Bayyinah TV after fajr. I love the way it is taught, mashaAllah. The kids get it too. So Alhamdulillah. As we were walking around outside the hall we saw a bunch of Malaysian students and saw a Malaysian family. We got to talking and they invited us over to their house. About 2 cars of Malaysian students were also there. They had driven from Indiana, Tennesse to the convention mashaallah. All sisters.

So we had initially planned to go to the masjid that evening but we ended up spending time at the Malaysian family’s house till Isha. The next day we explored Dallas and looked for Sh YB’s masjid. We also ate at Chilli Pepper. Hubs had done his research on halal restaurants in Dallas before we went, and asked the kids where they want to eat. They chose Chilli Pepper, whereas I would have preferred the Thai food. But we went to Chilli Pepper as the kids don’t really get to eat halal burgers much here in the US. Which I think is a good thing health-wise. Alhamdulillah.

H had a blast eating his burger. N destroyed part of the property but resting her arm on the head of the seat and inadvertently sending a plank of wood clattering on the floor, much to the owner’s embarrassment, and ours too! But we got into a fit of laughter over it, so much so that S had to step out to laugh. Hubs and I went to the Indian grocery store a few offices away and we set out to find Sh YB’s masjid. I love Dalas. It’s greener than LC, and the community is active. Subhanallah, my heart is so inclined to move there. There are two Islamic schools up to high school there, and they have hifdh programs too of course. Though the Malaysian sister said the waiting it is pretty long for the hifdh.

For some reason I felt in my heart that we would move there. Hubs wasn’t so sure, due to his the nature of job and the job opportunities in Dallas. But he loves it too.  Well, we’ll see I guess. As always, when we left Dallas, I felt a yearning for it. Alhamdulillah ‘alaa kulli 7aal. I’ve been reminded with several random reminders recently and one of them is:

Allah always leads us to where we need to be, not where we want to be.

Subhanallah. There is some purpose to us being here and until we fill that purpose we’re not budging from here I suppose. And there must be good from it. One that I can think of is the opportunities to travel to seek knowledge, seeing as LC is devoid of any ‘ilm-seeking activities. Were we in a city that has such things, we wouldn’t get as much opportunities to travel long distances to seek knowledge. After reading some biographies of past scholars, I realize what a blessing this is. Subhanallah, so Alhamdulillah. May Allah accept it from us. Ameen.

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