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post #41 of 227
Thread Starter 
Personally I have not yet heard a single good flying-while-Muslim story in the past couple of months. Although I have the feeling flying with kids helps somewhat ... regardless of your dress, insofar as profiling goes a woman with children doesn't match the profile of someone who is immediately dangerous. (Though that may just be wishful thinking ... my husband and I just bought travel tickets for ourselves and my kids yesterday, and I'm really not looking forward to the experience.)
post #42 of 227
assalamu alaykum. as i write this, there is a blizzard outside. may Allah keep everyone safe and sheltered in this bad weather. i am feeling grateful for simple pleasures, like soup and blankets.

slightly overwhelmed by the 198,000 links to Qur'an recitation on youtube (nevermind the rest of the online world). surely this is a matter of personal preference. nonetheless, i would love to hear if anyone here has a reciter you especially like. i am considering purchasing a cd set, too, but can't spend the $ while the selection process feels so daunting. thanks.
post #43 of 227
Thread Starter 
Wa 'alaikom as-salam~

Sheikh Abdur Rahman as-Sudais and ... can't remember his full name, but Sheikh Shuraim at any rate, are both kind of considered "modern classics" among reciters. A lot of people seem to like Abdul Basit. Personally I really love listening to Mishary Rashid al-Afasy.
post #44 of 227
Mahmoud Khaleel Al-Hussary has the best technical recitation (tajweed) and also tends to recite slowly which is helpful to learners.

I have a soft spot for the voice of Abu Bakr Ash-Shaatiri though. My kids like Al-Afaasy and one named Ibrahim al-Akhdar.
post #45 of 227
thank you, liquesce and ummzaynab. i appreciate your suggestions. i had been directed to listening through Islamic finder and liked Mishary Rashid al-Afasy best. when i looked at youtube it was. it is nice to know who is considered a classic....even if i end up choosing another voice.

ummzaynab, as someone who is learning, it is nice to have Mahmoud Khaleel Al-Hussary as a resource--an alternate to the ultra-slow (but necessary) instructional youtube recordings.
post #46 of 227
Assalamu Alaikum:

I really like recitation by women when I can find it. When I lived in Brooklyn, there was a Sister who used to recite in the women's halaqas...and mash'allah...it was amazing.

I don't know if there's much out there formally. I've heard that there's some stuff out of Indonesia and Malaysia, but I haven't run into it yet.

Here's one female qari'ah http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.o...lam/sura.shtml


I also have a CD that has a few surahs in Arabic (male qari) and then translations by Camillle Helminski in English. It's really beautiful. I'll try and find the title. It think BeliefNet has an excerpt...

http://real21mt.audiovideoweb.com/ra...sufi_040514.rm

OK...here's an article on a women Qariah...
http://nhosen.multiply.com/journal/i...ah_Maria_Ulfah

Maria Ulfah
http://www.ummah.com/forum/showthrea...er-Maria-Ulfah


Peace.
post #47 of 227
Asalaamu Alaikum,
Haha Umm Sami you know, I think we both know about the same Yemeni place in brooklyn atlantic ave am I right? I've been trying to get the DH to talk to the Sheikh about it i've asked him a couple of times which means I'll need to ask at least once more before he gets around to doing it. :Hehe: I think maybe I will Insh'Allah try to get one of the moroccan places on Steinway St to do it, as DH is not a fan of egyptian actually it seems DH is really only a fan of Moroccan and med. food. Which makes mexican/ and or indian night at the Bendahmane house an interesting affair. We will Insh'Allah have alot of lamb so maybe i can find someone to make A tagine for me, i've been told it's just not the same. Thank you all for the advice I'm such a slaker about responding though, I will try to be more attentive but since I'm due in a Month I don't know how well that plan is going to go.

As for the flying while muslim, I'm interested to seeing as I am planning Insh'Allah to travel in July yes with a 4 month old, and we are deciding weather to drive take the train or plane, I'm really not a fan of flying these days, but I don't know if I can handle 20+ hours either, Oh well we shall see, maybe I will be sleeping again by that point and it will be better than expected, but I will be going on vacation so I suppose that is a plus.

anyways must go for now TTFN

Salaam.
post #48 of 227

Celebrate Mercy

Wa'alaikum Assalam:

LOL...Probably the same. We used to go there on Eid a lot... and then if it was a weekday, we'd go across the street to Ben & Jerry's for dessert.

What about Turkish? There are some great Turkish places... not just Sahara in Coney Island. Also, if you're ever in Bay Ridge, there's this little hole in the wall called Karam at 4th Avenue and 86th Street. The best thing there (IMHO) is the 1/2 or 1/4 chicken with thum (garlic sauce). They give you a ton of bread, and then we'd either buy/make salad...and have tons of shwarma sandwiches. I think they do catering...and if not, the guy who originated it, opened another place like a block away at 85th and 5th Avenue, I think. Also in Bay Ridge, is Tanoreen on 3rd ave..... I think she's near 84th, but maybe further down. Great great food, but a little expensive IMHO. She goes a little parsley happy in decoration, but it looks nice.

For anybody who doesn't know, coming up in a week or so is a special event called "Celebration of Mercy". Tons of people will be speaking... it's all on the web. I'm assuming it's for Mawlid an-Nabi, but I've kind of lost track of time. It's $5.00 to register, but there will be so many great speakers, etc. Registration finally opened yesterday or the day before.

www.celebratemercy.com

Cat Stevens, Shaykh Hamza Yusuf, Sami Yusuf, Dalia Mogahed, Imam Zaid Shakir, Shaykh Nur Keller, etc.

Peace.
post #49 of 227
salaams, everyone.

no way to go to jumah today due to another blizzard. i will miss it, for the chance to pray with others--and of course for talking after, and eating the fig cookies that one sister always brings.
post #50 of 227
what is the reason that some people like to celebrate the prophet's saaws, birthdate?
post #51 of 227
salaam Sister,

I haven't been here in a while. Inshallah all is well with everyone. I am expecting my 7th,Inshallah. Have to get to the Dr ASAP because I think that I might be further along than I thought.

Khadijah12345
, looks like we are both in Brooklyn. I know a lot of Sisters that have used the Yemeni Cafe on Atlantic for their Aqiqahs. I love their lamb,sooo yummy. Mabrook on your pregnancy.
post #52 of 227
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what is the reason that some people like to celebrate the prophet's saaws, birthdate?
I can't speak for all 1+ billion Muslims, but for us, it's about remembering the Prophet (saws). It gives us a chance, especially living in a non-Muslim country, to once again reaffirm our Muslim faith and celebrate our Prophet.

But honestly, I'm sure a big part is because people like to celebrate. It's a holiday in pretty much every Muslim country except Saudi Arabia.

According to wiki, the earliest accounts of it being celebrated go back to the 8th century.

Scholars are mixed on whether or not it is O.K. Personally, if the Wahabis are against it, that's a pretty good endorsement IMHO.

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Most accept that it is praiseworthy as long as it is not against sharia (i.e. inappropriate mingling of the sexes, consuming forbidden food or drink such as alcohol, playing music etc).
I've yet to encounter any celebration involving a pig roast, booze, and wet-t-shirt contest.
post #53 of 227
I dont celebrate it, as I think it is an inovation, bida'a, and an unnaturally focus on a man who asked us specifically to avoid falling in the traps of the Christians and make him like the christians did with Jesus.
post #54 of 227
Yes, the prophet, saaws, did not celebrate it, neither did his companions. He did not order any one to celebrate it, neither did his companions. The two anual of celebrations for Muslim are the two Eids. That's it.
post #55 of 227
Assalaamu-alaikum!
I haven't been on this board for a while! I wanted some advice/insight though. I am now divorced and insha Allah will be working a job nights. I want to homeschool my kiddoes and send them to the muslim school for arabic and islamic studies. I will be essentially working full time but it is nights. Is this totally crazy?
post #56 of 227
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Assalaamu-alaikum!
I haven't been on this board for a while! I wanted some advice/insight though. I am now divorced and insha Allah will be working a job nights. I want to homeschool my kiddoes and send them to the muslim school for arabic and islamic studies. I will be essentially working full time but it is nights. Is this totally crazy?
Wa'alaikum Assalam:

I know there are Moms who do that... you might want to check on the Learning at Home board. Realistically, you only need a few hours for actual instruction, so you could come home, sleep...and then wake up, teach them and go to work. Do you have somebody who will stay with them at night while you work?

Peace.
post #57 of 227
And yet, there are numerous scholars who not only disagree with your view.. .but have for centuries. That's one of the beauties of Islam--that there can be two different opinions, both based on itjihad, both having merit... and we can use our own reasoning to decide what to follow.

Remember not all innovation is bad in Islam. There are both good and bad practices. From Sahih Muslim, "He who innaugurates a good practice (sanna fil-Islam sunnatun hasana) in Islam earns the reward for it, and for all who perform it after him, without diminishing their own rewards in the least."

Ibn Kathir wrote about celebrating the Mawlid.

Imam Al Suyati wrote about it being good.

Ibn Tamiyaa wrote about it as well being about "love and veneration of the Prophet."

And it goes on and on and on.... you can read more here: http://www.slideshare.net/johnycage45/mawlid-new

They also mention accounts (see pp. 24-25) of very early celebrations of the Mawlid. It is in Ibn Jubayr's "Travels" (540-614). It is in the 7th century historians Abul' Abazz al-'Azafi and his son's work. It is in the 8th century work of Ibn Battuta.

It is celebrated by millions and millions of Muslims--and it is not viewed as bad or against Islam by millions and millions. If their intention is to remember and love their Prophet, do you think Allah(swt) judges all of them negatively? Alhamdullilhah, that I believe in Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim... a God of Mercy and Compassion. A God who loves and honors good intentions.

I'll also add... that we have more than the two Eids. We also have 52 Fridays to celebrate. (Of course, not with balloons... they didn't exist in 7th century Arabia. Evil innovation! )
post #58 of 227
UmmSamiyah, it is totally doable. I know a sister who homeschools 5 children and works nights. Maybe I can connect you with her. Can you PM your email?
post #59 of 227
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Originally Posted by umsami View Post
And yet, there are numerous scholars who not only disagree with your view.. .but have for centuries. That's one of the beauties of Islam--that there can be two different opinions, both based on itjihad, both having merit... and we can use our own reasoning to decide what to follow.

Remember not all innovation is bad in Islam. There are both good and bad practices. From Sahih Muslim, "He who innaugurates a good practice (sanna fil-Islam sunnatun hasana) in Islam earns the reward for it, and for all who perform it after him, without diminishing their own rewards in the least."

Ibn Kathir wrote about celebrating the Mawlid.

Imam Al Suyati wrote about it being good.

Ibn Tamiyaa wrote about it as well being about "love and veneration of the Prophet."

And it goes on and on and on.... you can read more here: http://www.slideshare.net/johnycage45/mawlid-new

They also mention accounts (see pp. 24-25) of very early celebrations of the Mawlid. It is in Ibn Jubayr's "Travels" (540-614). It is in the 7th century historians Abul' Abazz al-'Azafi and his son's work. It is in the 8th century work of Ibn Battuta.

It is celebrated by millions and millions of Muslims--and it is not viewed as bad or against Islam by millions and millions. If their intention is to remember and love their Prophet, do you think Allah(swt) judges all of them negatively? Alhamdullilhah, that I believe in Ar-Rahman Ar-Rahim... a God of Mercy and Compassion. A God who loves and honors good intentions.

I'll also add... that we have more than the two Eids. We also have 52 Fridays to celebrate. (Of course, not with balloons... they didn't exist in 7th century Arabia. Evil innovation! )
Alhumdulailah, I hadn't realized there were so many scholars in favor of the mawlid. A group of muslims here go every year to south carolina to observe the holiday. Unfortunately they are a closed group and are not keen on teaching. But it is refreshing to remember that Allah judges us on our intentions.
post #60 of 227
There's a great letter by the founder of Sound Vision in their newsletter this week. It's called, "Where are the women?"

Short excerpt...

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I began to notice the painful ways that Muslim women continue to be ignored and excluded in the community...On the other extreme, it is in the way sisters who are highly educated professionals are relegated to “kitchen duty” during events and project meetings, their talents relegated to a kind of pink collar ghetto. The exclusion is also evident in the way women who do choose to volunteer for tasks like cooking or cleaning up after events are never acknowledged or recognized while male speakers and fundraisers are fawned over and sought after.
They also have an article on 10 ways to empower women in the masjid http://www.soundvision.com/info/women/empowerwomen.asp

SoundVision was one of the first resources for Islamic materials out there on the web. While other sites have passed them by, I still have a soft spot for them.
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