Sunday, June 19, 2016

Baseball and Birthdays

We celebrated both Sajid & Azara's birthday this weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan where Zahid was having a Baseball Tournament at Davenport University. It worked out well as Craig's Cruiser amusement center was nearby and our Beloveds had a great time.

Zahid had a great game, although it was very hot and he got injured during the tournament, he hit a .750 batting average. Video on Facebook

Craig's Cruiser! For $24.99, you can get the pizza buffet, 4 attractions, and $5 credit for arcade. Which is what we did and had our iftar there, since we are fasting the month of Ramadan.

We stayed at Hilton's Doubletree and went swimming!

We also visited the May House built in 1908 and designed by Frank Llyod Wright. It was supposed to be open to tour on Sundays from 1-4pm, however it was closed this weekend, so we just looked around the outside and peeked through the windows.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Muhammad Ali's Jenazah

I wanted to go to Muhammad Ali's Jenazah when I heard that there would be a public one, but I didn't want to drive to Louisville during Ramadan by myself. So, I put it out of my mind because I knew there would be no way that I could attend. So Wednesday night, my family decided to drive into Detroit and go to Iftar at the Muslim Center. This was the first iftar we did not have at home and I was excited to get out and be around the Muslim, therefore I took this selfie and posted it on Instagram.

  I was able to attend the Jenazah and this is the post I wrote on Instagram:
On the Muslim Bus from Detroit to Louisville for the Jenazah of Muhammad Ali. There was announcement at 11:15 pm before Tarawih that there was 6 spots open on the bus and the bus would be leaving in about an hour at 12:30. I persuaded my 13 year old Sajid to join me and with no time to go home got on the bus as is... SubhanAllah I later realized I had no wallet in my purse, absolutely no money to buy anything for Suhoor. But Allah is the Best of Providers. The auntie that I was sitting next to gave me half the money she had in her purse and tried to give me more. Who inspires hearts to give all of what they have to others? Then an uncle who saw my son eating the donuts he just purchased with the money, looked as if that wasn't good enough and offered to share his Roti with us. We sat with him eating Roti, chicken and vegetables, the most blessed Suhoor. As I sit on the bus almost to our destination I feel an overwhelming love for our community, there are many nationalities on this bus all for the same purpose to honor the life of a beautiful soul. It's easy to always look at the negative, it takes strength to look at the positive and see the good in people. Muhammad Ali embodied that strength, he was the people's champ 💗

My uncle Bryant met the people's champ in Baltimore when he came to my Uncle's play on HIV and drug use in the early 90's. It's a time life, we are protecting ourselves against AIDs was the theme.

The Jenazah was a difficult and beautiful at the same time, it reminded me of what I imagine Hajj being like. Our expectations should be lowered and we are forced to submit to the fact that you can not keep thousands of people organized or controlled. Allah is in control and you must just go with the flow and appreciate the blessings. 

Without any money and or phone charger, I couldn't buy anything or take pictures, I had no choice but to be in the moment. So I sat, and someone from NPR 89.3 WFPL Louisville took my picture.

and took a picture of some other people from Michigan with Yusuf Islam formerly known as Cat Stevens.

We returned on our bus back to Michigan the same day, again I had no money for Iftar and the brother who shared his Roti bought my son and I some food to break our fast. It was difficult not having my own money and having to depend on other people, asking others to use their charger so I could call my husband. I cried alot on this trip, my ego was taking a beating. I never want to be the person with their hand out, I always want to have the upper hand. It made me contemplate about others who go longer than 24 hours without food or money. It made me more compassionate for others who are forced to beg because they lost their job, but want to desparately keep their dignity. This is Ramadan and it took me jumping on a bus to Louisville, Kentucky to pray for our dead brother Muhammad Ali to learn the real meaning of Ramadan. I thank Allah for this lesson. Ramadan Mubarak!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Reading the Quran

Reading the Quran in Arabic a Juz a day is recommended. Reading the Quran in your first language so that you clearly understand the meaning is wonderful. My favorite Quran with English translation is The Gracious Quran by Ahmed Zaki Hammad.

Is it just me or does Ramadan make everything slow down and things just become more peaceful and quiet. Well it's good to utilize those peaceful, quiet times to meditate or reflect on the Quran, no matter what language you read the Quran in. What I have discovered is the language of our heart transcends the languages of this world. We can clearly understand the inspiration of Allah in our own language. And if our hearts are open we find ways to communicate with others who do not speak our language. The language of our heart is the language of love, the love Allah has for us and the love we have for each other. Take this Ramadan to fall in love with Allah and His Book all over again and may Allah bless you with openings like you could never have imagined.

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Monday, June 6, 2016

Ramadan Books

There are many classic Ramadan stories we love to read out loud every year. Eid Kareem Ameer Saab! is a classic tale of a man who learns to not be miserly similar to Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol.

I have this small sling bookshelf that I use to display our current topic we are studying for homeschool. Now it is filled with Ramadan & Eid books.

Our Current List~
Eid Kareem Ameer Saab!
The Lost Ring
Rashad's Ramadan
The Three Muslim Festivals
The Islamic Year
Eid & Ramadan Songs
Eid Songs
Moon Watchers
Under the Ramadan Moon
The Best Eid Ever
Ayat Jamilah
The Blessings of Ramadan
Zaki's Ramadan Fast

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Ramadan Decorations

Ramadan Mubarak!

We are excited about Ramadan this year as we are every year. Our move to Michigan will make Ramadan very different for us. Ramadan has always been a community event where we would eat iftar at the Masjid a good 80-90% of the time. This year we will have iftars at home 80-90% of the time. The long days will give us more time to reflect on the Quran and other Islamic topics, but we will also spend more time resting. With the new changes, we will learn to adapt to still try to gain the most benefit from this blessed month. ♥

We kept our Decorations simple this year utilizing our shelves and wall space.

We didn't want to spend alot of extra money, so we only spent a total of $4 on Scrapbook Paper to make these beautiful Paper Lantern Stars. All of our other Ramadan decorations are kept in a large plastic storage box to use every year.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Mother Goose

Our favorite visitors: they eat our food, bring us beauty, let us know that Spring will "eventuallly" come even when it's still feels like Winter here in Michigan. . .

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

2007 -2015 Covers Slideshow

We added a new cover title to our blog which is not mobile friendly, yet. They are a slideshow of our Beloveds from the birth of Azara in 2007 to 2015. Insha'Allah, we will add more covers to cover Asha's birth in 2000. Here is what we currently have, just in case you only log on our blog from your phone...

School Pictures ~ 2015-2016 year

Better late than never. . . with our new move to Michigan, there are alot of things that have fallen behind.  I took these pictures of my oldest two on Eid al Adha Day 2015 and the youngest two pictures were taken at our cousins wedding this past December 2015.  

Taking "school pictures" on Eid  has been an unplanned tradition because Eid al-Adha has been in the Fall season and they already look their best, masha'Allah. ♥


Monday, April 25, 2016

When Doves Cry

I didn't realize how much I was attached to the death of Prince until two doves visited me this morning on my back deck. One flew away but the other one stayed on the railing for a long while, constantly turning his head my way.  Coupled with the purple azaleas that are growing in front of our house, I decided to share my reflection using Instagram.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

First Spring Outing

Saturday is family day. I don't like to schedule anything on Saturdays but prayer. So when we have a beautiful Spring day like it was today,  we can pack up the car with balls, food, and lawn blankets and drive to one of our favorite scenic places.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

On Turning 40- Contentment

On the first day of March, I was born into this world 40 years ago in 1976. Do I feel any different after my birthday??? In the age of Forever 21, there is a push to stay young, dress young, act young, and do whatever it takes- even going under the knife to look young. It wasn't always this way, there used to be a time when turning 40 meant spiritual maturity and wisdom. And there used to be a time when the wise were valued and sought after, not put away in a home to be visited once a month.

Surrounded by Love, Cake decorated by my Beloved Asha & Azara,
while Zahid is lighting the candles.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sick Days

I took a sick day yesterday. Although, many in our family had flu symptoms over the weekend, I am the only one still sick. What starts as a virus always turns into bronchitis for me, so I let my Beloveds play. And this is the result: a knight's armour made out of aluminum pans.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Flint Water Crisis

If there is any legacy that Noor Janan Homeschool wants to leave behind is that we were known for serving others. Not just in the curriculum that we offer for free and the homeschool support that we give. But also how we served our neighbors and people in our community. Flint is an hour drive from our home and it is important for us to go there because Children being poisoned by lead in the water is a serious matter. It will have long term affects on their brain and their ability to learn.  The least we can do is give clean water.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Memory Work Board

I love our new Memory Work Board! Masha'Allah. It's wonderful to have everything we want to memorize for the week in one place. We had a few bumps in the road in getting started with Classical Conversations. . . like moving to a new State and a broken labtop. However, all Praises is due to God- better late than never.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Meal Planning Success

Balancing cooking and homeschooling has been a challenge for me. Both take up alot of time and they compete for my most energized self. Neither one works out very well when I am tired :)
Therefore, finding a menu plan that works for my family was top priority for our new home. Alhumdulillah, we have had some success with our Taco Tuesday night which we have been very consistent with so far.

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