Peace with you all!
recently I am totally taken by all the different duties around here, mashallah, and with our slow internet connection it actually is extra hard to find time to respond to mails or to blog here. I beg your pardon and hope to find soon more time and space to come back here more often and also to write private mails, inchallah. Until then I wish you blessings, light and love. xxx
“Oh Allah I seek refuge with You from distress, grief, incapacity, laziness, miserliness, cowardice, the burden of debt and being overpowered by men“
(a supplication from the Prophet (sas) reported by Al Bukhari)
trying to be in the flow of life, to swim with the rhythm of the everyday, to balance all the different roles, the “must’s” and “have-to’s” in a healthy way, to completely trust and surrender in Allah’s will.
beautiful fish-mobile made by my au pair girl Elisabeth – good bye dear!
…hope you had a nice end of Ramadan, a blessed Id
and may the peace of this month accompany you throughout the year!
Ramadan is the month of prayer and invocation.
There are always so many things to ask and to pray for, and there are always a lot of things we wish for, problems we want to be resolved, needs we have…
But before wishing for something, before thinking of all the things we would like to get, it is always best to praise Allah first and to thank Him for all the mercy He already showered us with. Because truly, subhanallah, there are so many things to thank for.
Whenever I begin to think about all the blessings in our life, the list goes on and on and doesn’t end and I could continue to thank Allah. I become quiet fulfilled and satisfied until I nearly have forgotten what I wish for…
Alhamdulillah, I am so thankful that there is….
…peace and the life we are gifted with,
…delicious food and pure cold water,
…warm sun and beautiful nature,
…the natural smell of our newborn
…a brain to think and a body to work with
…the relaxed laziness of hot summer days
…pacifiers (Schnuller) to calm a crying baby
…the beautiful butterfly that cross-flight our garden yesterday
…my washing machine
…children, family and friends…
Allahu akbar! Life is so good.
Happy ‘Id moubarak to all!
Peace and love, xxx
Salam aleikoum and peace be upon you.
Happy Ramadan moubarak to all out there!
Half of this holy month is already over and I am still on baby-vacation, neither fasting nor praying due to breastfeeding baby and the forty-days-after-birth-time (Nafás).
The sacred atmosphere of this beautiful month is not really reaching me at the moment, mashaallah, because it is true: if you do not fast you cannot really feel the beauty of Ramadan.
It slightly helps me to make Tasbeeh (praising Allah) and Dua` (invocation), to remember Allah, to read prophetic stories and to prepare and participate at the Iftar (meal to break the fast) with other family members who do fast – all of this makes me feel at least a bit the spiritual vibes of Ramadan and increases my Iman (faith), inchaallah,
but most of the time I am still in a baby-blur, trying to adjust to my new role as a mother of four, dealing with hormonal and mood-changes, with after-birth-issues, trying to slowly find a new routine and getting back to normal work and duties, inchaallah.
I am very thankful for the help of my parents and girl-friends who so gently support me in managing the daily-craziness of a big family, alhamdulillah.
Until soon so, – May Allah bless this month for you as a time full of spirituality, love and peace. May He accept your fast, increase your Iman and shower the whole world with His mercy. Xxx
The weather got very warm now and the air smells like summer, the nature is in full bloom, the sacred month of Shaâban is here (last month before Ramadan) and we are heading this weekend into three months (!!!) of holidays, inchallah.
Now, alhamdulillah, that most of the important work is done, that things are prepared and time is nearly due, I feel able to centre myself. Baby feels already like a member of our family and has already his place in our hearts, alhamdulillah, being talked and touched to through the skin of my belly. And day by day there is more and more excitement about meeting and caring for him, inchallah, but also many questions arising:
When will baby come, tomorrow or in three weeks ? Am I ready to free this little being to the worlds? How will the birth be? What surprises does this hidden secret inside of me hold for us? How will baby look like? How will he be and how will he change our life ?
Allah alone knows the answers and only He knows what will happen, how things will turn out.
I try to relax and to fully trust in His quadr‘ (divine destiny).
And I wish you a blessed month of Shaâban, a lovely early summer, good preparations for Ramadan and jumuah moubarak! Salam aleikoum friends.
(do you see the little spots on my dress? Sorry for that, but I really do not see the front and below my belly anymore and sometimes things just drop in an uncontrolled way on and under this big womb, mashaallah).
Yesterday I received from different people greetings of congratulation because of the international women’s day – I have to confess that I didn’t even know that this day is now.
And our neighbour’s son just came to tell me, that they don’t have school today, because of “women’s day” – it brought a silent smile to my lips. Alhamdulillah.
You know, I am not a feminist at all and I do not see myself as a “fighter for women’s rights”. These things just do not appeal to my point of view and I really see no need to call out a single day per year “women’s day”.
It rather makes me sad to realize that still the world sees the need to do so.
I chose to become a Muslimah, alhamdulillah, because in Islam every day should be a women’s day.
In Islam women are considered as gifts from Allah and are always cherished.
If Islam would be properly lived by a society, all women would get the rights and status they deserve.
The pure teachings of Islam and the example of prophet Mohammed (sas) call to treat women with dignity, honour and fairness, yes even with equality in all spheres of life: in basic humanity; concerning religious obligations, rewards and punishments, ownership and financial transactions, regarding honour and nobility, education and social responsibilities.
And in Islam women are especially given high ranks and the best rights in terms of being a mother.
But unfortunately these aims are rarely reached and in most societies (Muslim and non-Muslim societies as well) the man-made culture, old traditions, also modern permissiveness and personal interests refuse women their natural and God given honour and rights, mashallah.
Instead of party a single day per year I would love to call out to all of us to strive together for a more friendly and respectful world towards everybody.
Not by organising sex-strikes, violent revolutions and the call of hate against men, but by living every day at our best, both sexes following God’s orders, being the most caring and loving towards each other and ourselves.
Hugs and peace and bless you, inchallah!
We spent ‘Id el adha at grandpa’s home with the whole family, as every year, alhamdulillah: doing the community prayer in the open air, eating traditional porridge, slaughtering the sheep together, enjoying the good food, visiting friends and praising God.
The next day we already left the celebrations and drove away on a little holiday, subhanallah, first towards Marrakech, meeting dear ones, and then up and away to Europe, where we’ve spent the last week.
happy blessed ‘Id to all the Muslim ummah
and hugs to all our friends and families on this special day!
(chocolate mud cake with halal marshmallows and sweets, bismillah)
Blessed day of Arafa to all Muslims and may Allah accept the hajj of all the pilgrims in Makkah.
Salam aleikoum and peace with the worlds!