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Monday, December 15, 2008

Islamic Survey

Taken from Aalia's blog and originally Lazeena Umm is my answers for the islamic survey

Name: Currently in the process of exploring an Islamic name.

Location: USA

Background: Black,Indian and irish all in 1!

Spouse (if so, name and background): Currently engaged to a wonderful pious muslim man, from the USA, well traveled,educated in the process of going to medical school, speaks fluent arabic and is black and west indian.

How long have you been married? See above

Kids? None yet but very excited!

Are you a revert? Alhamdullilah Yes, I am a revert

Have you been to Hajj or Umrah? No not yet

How many masjid have you been to? Several in ohio

Have you ever been involved with a masjid? Unfortunately not yet

Who are some of your favorite lectures by? Anwar Al-Awlaki, Bilal Phillips, Yusef Estetes, lectures off the Icnyc lecture series via podcast.

Who are some of your favorite recitors? Abd Al Basit Abd As Samad

Some of your favorite Islamic books? Even angels ask: a journey to Islam.Currently reading the ideal muslimah, The Islam guide, and stories from the prophets. And you cannot go wrong with the Quran.

Describe your most memorable Eid:

This was my very first Eid and was symbolic because I am new Muslim and I spent it with my future in laws. His mother, sisters and sisters in law, spoke to me about Islam, gave me advice, we talked about hijab and abaya stores, and it was my first real connection with other muslimahs. It was just us girls, which is the most proper Islamic way. He was not there, nor his father or brothers. We were able to relax our hijabs and they showed me more ways to style my hijab and gave me several abaya’s and shaylas. I was extremely nervous and they were nothing but welcoming, alhamdullilah.

When did you first start fasting? This is my first year being Muslim, so I started fasting September 1,2008 on the first day of Ramadan.

When did you start hijab?

I have yet to commit to hijab full time. I wear it frequently but I still take it on and off. Hijab is very important to my future husband and his family also. His mother and 1 of his 5 sisters wear niqab. They have welcomed me with open arms but I know that I will need to commit to it full time. This is area of extreme stress for me as I struggle with hijab, but my fiancé will not marry a women who doesn wear hijab so…..

What's your usual outift like when you go out?

Jeans, scarf, and cozy cute sweater. Lots of accessories and a cute handbag. In time inshallah, I will incorporate the abaya into my wardrobe. My future MIL and sister in laws ALL wear abaya, hijab and some of them niqab.

What do you like about blogging

I love learning about that others are doing. I love learning about Islam through others and I love the connection I feel with my muslim sisters. Although hijab is something I struggle, I have learned so much through blogs about hijab and how I can learn to incorporate style into hijab, alhamdullilah!!

Describe your first feelings wearing hijab

Hijab: Very uncomfortable, I felt smothered and uncomfortable and I felt like everyone was staring at me.

Abayah: Have only worn them around the house, not yet outside.

Niqaab: I have never worn one and I dont own one, but Inshallah I will. I think they rock!

How do you pin your hijab?

shayla style and I am currently learning many more styles through the use of you tube video. I do not know the names of the various styles I wear.

What was on the last prayer mat you made salah on?

A green and gray one that was given to me as a gift, when I took the shahada,.

What's your ideal iftar? A nice tall glass of juice and a fruit salad.

What type of adhaan really gets to you? Not sure

What's something that annoys you at Jummah: Feeling like your under scrutiny.

What was the last surah you read? (not recited in salah) The prophets

Do you dry yourself after wudu? I always have a towel handy to dry off.

Do you brush your teeth for fajr salah? No, I just make Wudu

Whats the last Islamic thing you've been involved with?

Learning learning and learning! I will take online classed to learn more about starting in january,alhamdullilah!

What was the last convention you went to?

I haven’t been to an Islamic convention yet L

Have you ever been part of an Islamic matrimonial site? No

What color is the rug in the masjid you usually attend?

I don’t remember, I have only been a few times. I make my prayers at home and I can barely attend juma because I am in class during the time of jumah and the nearest masjid from my school is 30 min.

Is the masjid you usually attend separated? yes

Have you ever stood in a minbar?

Not sure what this is.

Have you ever washed a dead body before? No

What's the last thing you ate in the masjid?

Food that my future MIL prepared

Where's the strangest place you've seen a Muslim working?

In sams club in the meat department, only strange because they sell pork and I wonder how that works for him

Have you ever posted a flier in the masjid? no

Rate your masjid's bathroom: NA

Have you ever used a bidet for istinja?:

Don’t know what a bidet is. I have my own instinja bottle I carry.

What's the weirdest thing that happened to you in salah? Nothing yet I pray alone at home primarily.

Isn't it annoying when the imam tells everyone to shut off their cell phones and someone's phone rings in the middle of salah? LOL

What's some of the best halal food you've had (from a non Muslim country)?

The food at my future inlaws house!! She is an amazing cook and only cooks with all halal meats and ingredients. She wont eat anywhere not halal so I am learning a lot from her alahamdullilah.

What was it like when you found out skittles were haram?

Still sad over it. I was a big candy person and since my conversion to Islam, I have found out that all my favorite treats are haram…

What's something haram that you think most people don't know?

I am not sure. I find out something is haram everyday…and its discouraging,

What's the craziest hijabi fashion you've seen? Not sure

What did you like about this survey??

I learned a lot of about myself and I know somethings I need to learn and work on.


Anonymous said...

MashAllah great survey and answers. Mabruk! I'm so happy for you girl (You're engaged!) InshAllah things are working out for me too so I'm so so so SO excited. I'm in the process of buying lotsa clothes and perfumes, inshAllah!:D Alhamdulillah, Allah has given me some small tests in all of this, but inshAllah things are going well now..and I'm still making lots of duaa:).

Haniyya_Sturm said...

mashallah!!! Nice knowing you through this survey ,sis. =) I started wearing hijab two years back. Took me two years to finally put it on fr good. lol ! But i am grateful i waited and did not put it on due to pressure. Just like you my zauG then wanted me to put it on. But alhamdullilah he was patient when i explained, i want to do it on my own accord without being forced. He understood my point, as i have seen sisters who put it on due to pressure and in the end take it off. Its good you are making small gradual changes...thats how i started out too. =)

M.J. said...

MasAllah, I really enjoyed reading this. InshAllah hijab will get easier and easier for you, sis. Congrats on the engagement :)

Inspired Muslimah said...

Halal Honey: Thanks soo much sis! We will definitely need to talk about some things, I will probably email you.! and alhamdullilah I have been wondering how things were but didnt want to ask so I am sooo happy for you sis!!!

Haniyyah Sturm:Thanks for lovely comment! I hope he is as understanding regarding hijab as your habibi is. Its not that I dont think I should wear it.I know i should. It just takes some getting use to. He was born and raised muslim so he doesnt see the big deal. insha'allah he will understand where Iam coming from. Thanks sis for the encourgaement

M.j.: Salaams sis, i am glad you enjoyed it. I was nervous about being so honest, but its the truth. Thanks for the congrats.

Anonymous said...

Yea girl, email me:). And thanks so much! I'm really happy for you too.

Inspired Muslimah said...

Thanks so much sis. we need to catch up via email. When my exams slow down I will email you :D

Anonymous said...

InshAllah, anytime.

Zaenab said...

aww bless you, i liked reading this lol :D

Inspired Muslimah said...

Zaenab: Thanks sis! :D

Lazeena Umm Yusuf said...

as salaamu alaikum, I see you filled out the survey my friend sent to me =) i enjoyed reading the answers. your future inlaws seem sooo sweet mashaAllah, I wish you all the best! and niqaabs are awesome =P and im sorry you feel under scrutiny at jummah!! can you imagine people go there for blessings and wind up making people there feel this way, i wonder what happens to their good deeds? =/

Yasmin said...

Tag, you're it!!

Anonymous said...

you've been tagged!

Inspired Muslimah said...

Lazeena Umm Usef: Thanks so much sis. Yeah I actually felt bad about saying that, although it was true. But then again, those may be my insecurities Iam dealing with as a new muslimah, ya know??

Yasmin and Halal Honey: Salaams girls, so I was going to tag you both back and then I realized it wouldnt be a point since you both had done it already, but thanks for thanking of me! :D

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