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" The originator of the heavens and earth! When He decreeth a thing,He saith unto it only: Be! and it is.
(2:117)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My recent trip to DC-President Barack Obama



Salaams everyone, I have been gone for almost a week but It feels good to be back, alhamdullilah! I had a blast in DC. I went last friday and just returned yesterday. It was soo much fun!!! I took a ton of pictures 571 to be exact!!! I love photography! Anyhow, I had a busy weekend. I did attend a concert at the lincoln memorial and I am doing more research regarding music and if its haram or not. I have heard mixed comments regarding this lately and I need to do my OWN research to come to my own conclusion on this matter. Thanks to all the sisters who have given me insight on this matter. For those who believe music is only haram depending on what your listening to, you will be be pleased with the concert. EVERY song was a positive song about basically working together, teamwork, america and so forth and although it was sung by popular performers such as Beyonce and Bruce Springsteen, it was not thier music. It was songs like My country tis of thee, Lean on me, Change, and a bunch of songs representing unity. There was not a single curse word, sexual implication, or anything else of this sort and I must say if any music is ok to listen to then surely these songs qualify. There were soooo many people at the concert,it was crazy..see below






While I was there I went to the lincoln memorial, the smithsonian museum and Tysons corner ( a HUGE mall, which was my favorite part of the trip). One thing I noticed while in virginia and DC was the incredible amount of hijbabi's!!! Alhamdullilah they were absolutely everywhere and in droves!! I can go a whole week without seeing a muslimah in a hijab at home but in DC and VA, I couldnt go an hour..it was soo unreal and awesome at the same time. I wish I had more muslim friends because these sisters looked like they were having soo much fun hanging out with each other. I didnt see anyone wearing abaya but still these sisters looked soo nice in their hijab. I wondered for a second, is that how I look??? I having been wearing my hijab and I can admit, I am still not all the way use to it, but I know it takes time and I will be patient. Not only did I see many muslims out and about at the malls and stuff, I seen many muslims there at the many events I attended and it was awesome. For all of you reading who are blessed enough to live in areas heavily populated by muslims be happy, it feels sooo wonderful,masha'allah!!




I had already been thinking of moving to DC when I finish with school and after this weekend I am more sure than ever. I really enjoyed feeling like I belonged and I was welcomed. I liked not being stared at because of my hijab. I liked looking around and seeing others dressed like me. Isnt this weird how you usually want to be an individual and stand out but not in this case.?? Above is a picture of my ticket to the inaguration. My sister and her boyfriend sat in the orange section and she sat directly next to Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony and in front of Spike Lee! How cool is that! Also she met Bruce Springsteen and a couple other celebs that sat in her section. She had tickets to the seated area. I was in the standing the area but it was all good. We rode the metro downtown and it was packed with thousands of people. I have never seen anything like it, look below






I cannot describe to you the feeling I had all weekend knowing that Barack Obama was about to become the president. I honestly feel like he is going to be an awesome president and he will do his best to bring everyone together (as much as anyone can do) and start forming relationships between everyone. However, I am not naive, I know this will not happen overnight but seriously after 8 years of bush, he can have a honest chance right? I know so of you are skeptical but everyone deserves a fair chance. To those in other countries that dont understand what the hoopla is all about, I think you would need to live in America to understand honestly, and that is not meant as a diss. If you lived in America...the supposed land of the free...but the land that is known for discriminating against anyone not representing the status quo then you would understand. I do not think being a fan of Barack Obama is harmful and represents worshipping of any way unless you personally let it become that. Anyhow, I had a blast and it was especially interesting because I am big on politics and I felt a part of what was going on here in this country. Its one thing to watch and its such another thing to experience history first hand in person..GO BARACK OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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10 comments:

Malek said...

I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND PICS!!! FABULOUS. I wish I could have been there!!! I too think President Obama will be great and insh'Allah he will make great changes!!!!

Inspired Muslimah said...

Salaams Malek: Thanks sooo much, that feels soo nice to hear! I am glad you like my blog and yes Insha'allah he will make great changes, Yes, sis it was absolutely amazing to be there!

hijabee said...

Glad that you had some fun in my city :) As far as Hijabis go, there are not a lot in DC, I see some but not a lot. You will find most of them in Virginia, the muslim community is huge in Virginia, and maybe you met a lot of them bcoz you were hanging around Tyson's Corner area which is in VA! But I guess compared to other cities, we do have hijabis here, on average I see one a day, depending on the days....

hijabee said...

Oh btw, I send the invitation from the Sisterhood's blog to the email you've provided but you haven't accepted it yet. Was wondering if you received it!

Inspired Muslimah said...

Oh Ok sorry about that Hijabee I hadnt checked it lately. Im checking it right after this and I will accept ofcourse! Yes I was soo happy to see so many sisters but your absolutely right I was in virginia during these times. I will be coming back out that way pretty soon and I think we should plan to hang out!

Inspired Muslimah said...

Oh Ok sorry about that Hijabee I hadnt checked it lately. Im checking it right after this and I will accept ofcourse! Yes I was soo happy to see so many sisters but your absolutely right I was in virginia during these times. I will be coming back out that way pretty soon and I think we should plan to hang out!

hijabee said...

Sure, just let me know :) Glad you had a good time!

M.J. said...

Salam alekium!!! YAYYY PICTUREESSSS!!!! It looks so cool!! MasAllah I hope you keep these pictures and you ticket forever to show your children inshAllah! Such a HUGE moment in history and it's so awesome you were a part of it and all up in the action, hehe. I know what you mean about DC too btw, I used to live pretty close in MD when I wasnt muslim and now all I can think is ugghhhh why didnt i live there when i was muslim?! lol. anyway that's pretty cool about your friend sitting next to all those people, she must have been freaking out!

Inspired Muslimah said...

M.J. Yes sis, isnt it weird the way things work out? I was moving there a year ago for a job before I started pharmacy school. So now I cant wait to finish and move. I think I will be a stronger muslim if I am around more muslims, ya know? Yeah my sis was soo excited, she took pics and everything, which I will get and post. I will definitely cherish those memories and share them with my future children insha'allah.

Inspired Muslimah said...

M.J. Yes sis, isnt it weird the way things work out? I was moving there a year ago for a job before I started pharmacy school. So now I cant wait to finish and move. I think I will be a stronger muslim if I am around more muslims, ya know? Yeah my sis was soo excited, she took pics and everything, which I will get and post. I will definitely cherish those memories and share them with my future children insha'allah.

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