Thursday, February 24, 2011

Libya, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia, and a Little Life Update

Salaam alaikum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh everyone,
insh'Allah you're all doing well, and are in the best of health and the highest of iman today. I know I haven't been updating as regularly as I would like to be, but as always, I have an excuse! For about a week and a half my husband and I were visiting my in-laws in Ain Chok (another neighborhood in Casablanca), and because my FIL ALWAYS rushes me when he comes to pick me up (I understand that he hates to wait, but there is little I hate more than being really stresses me out...and also, seriously, I would think he would be able to wait for about 10 mins and sit and talk with my MIL's side of the family (his khalla and khal, or "maternal aunt and uncle" by the way...yes my husband's parents are cousins!)...but he's not really the type to "shoot the breeze"...anyways) and in the rush, I forgot to bring my laptop with me. So, couldn't update. I didn't really have that much time to myself there anyways, because I was kept busy with making preparations, along with my MIL and SIL, for T and myself to move into our own appartment next month. Alhamdolillah I'm so excited that we're finally going to have a place of our own! There are still a few things we need to get, but insh'Allah next month we'll be moving out of his grandparents' appartment and living on our own. It's not that I haven't enjoyed staying here, mash'Allah everyone has been really warm, welcoming and's just that I think it's time that T and I move out and establish ourselves insh'Allah...because, well, we're going to have to do it at some point anyways! Please keep us in your du'ahs that the move and transition goes well for us!

Also, in the interest of not making this post all about me, cause, well, you know, there are a lot more important things going on in the world right now...I know that just by looking at my blog, it may not seem like I have been following the situations in Tunisia, Bahrain, Egypt, and Libya, but I have. I watch the news pretty much every day, and the images that have been, and still are, coming out of those countries are heart-breaking and powerful at the same time. Alhamdolillah things in Tunisia and Egypt have died down for the most part...but remember that the people in these countries now have to deal with the aftermath of the revolutions there...something that is NEVER easy. Since I only get the chance to watch the news in Arabic, I'm not aware of all the details and minutia of the situations, all I know is that people have, and are dying and suffering because their own governments were, and are using violent force to quell the uprisings, and that is enough for me to say that we should keep all of our brothers and sisters there in our du'ahs insh'Allah. May Allah(swt) ease the suffering of our brothers and sisters in these countries, and may He(swt) grant them sabr (patience), ameen!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Qur'an Recitation: New Video

Salaam alaikum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh everyone,
as usual I hope that insh'Allah you're all in the best of health and the highest of iman!

Anyways, I've finally gotten around to making videos and posting them to my YouTube channel again. Little did I know that it would take so long for them to upload, subhan'Allah O_o Just this simple Qur'an recitation video that's under two and a half minutes, with a file size of around 16MB took six hours to upload! Perhaps I should start compressing the files when I publish the video in Movie Maker so that I'll have an easier/quicker time uploading them? I don't know. Insh'Allah I will continue to post videos, but I hope that they don't all take as long to upload as this one did. It's a recitation of Surah Al Aala by Mo'eed al Mazeen. Please enjoy, insh'Allah ^_^

Monday, February 7, 2011

Doctors in Morocco: My Experience

Salaam alaikum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh everyone!

Insh'Allah you're all in the best of health and the highest of iman ^_^

I appologize for going a week without posting, but last week my mind was kind of all over the place. I had to go to the doctor last Thursday because I hadn't been feeling so hot...including nausea and migraine headaches...ugg...I had one that was so bad Wednesday night I was convinced that my head was going to split poor husband and I didn't get much sleep :(

So I went to the doctor, and alhamdolillah it wasn't really anything serious, I just had an old infection that I was begining to get over anyways, but she put me on antibiotics just to speed up the healing process inshallah. Mash'Allah she was really nice...she's an older German lady, and I was happy to know that she could speak English. I still don't know what's been causing the nausea and migraines (she couldn't fully examine me...she just did the basics); she said I should go to a specialist to get further examined because she didn't have the necessary tools in her office. Lol when my husband heard this he asked, "is it really necessary for you to go to a specialist? That's always what private doctors say! It's so that they can get more money from referrals, that's all they want! On the other hand...if you had gone to see a public doctor, even if there was something seriously wrong with you, they'd tell you that you're perfectly fine...that's why I HATE doctors here!" I should mention that this is just my husband's opinion, and might not actually be the husband has had a few bad experiences with doctors here before...and that's why he generally tries to avoid them like the plague. I had to explain to him exactly WHY I need to go to said specialist, because they have to do x,y and z...and alhamdolillah he understood that it was a legitimate need and not just a way for the doctor to make money. So, I'll be going to the specialist sometime next week and hopefully insh'Allah everything will go well, and there won't be any problems. Hahaha I should also add that I got weighed at the doctors...I've gained 15 pounds since I came here, and I'm the heaviest I've ever been...perhaps I should ease up a bit on the delicious food/try to get more exercise :P (the weird thing is that all my clothes still fit...strange...well, I guess that's the danger of elasticized waists and wearing pj pants almost 100% of the can't really tell when you've gained weight until it's way too much).

Also, the picture doesn't really have to do anything with the post, but it's my wedding henna. One of my husband's aunts is rather artistic and she did it for me, isn't it pretty, mash'Allah?