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.


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.


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.



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.


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. ♥

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


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. ♥

Asha

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.



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