Monday, August 24, 2009

Beading Frenzy!!!

My girls have a new hobby...

Al Hussein mosque

In the spirit of the holy month I really miss Ramadan in Egypt with my family.I think part of the Ramadan spirit are the family gatherings.
I will try to write several posts of the traditions of Ramadan in my country.Egypt is famous with many Ramadan traditions as the Fanoos & the madfa' el Iftar & mawae'd elRahaman, but that is a whole other post.

In this post I've included pics that I took of the Hussein mosque in Cairo.It is an amazing mosque near Khan El Khalili area(most famous for the silver & Pharoanic souvenirs you can buy there).
It has become one of the many customs of ramdan to eat Iftar there & then pray Maghrib, Isha & Tarweeh at Al Hussein & then maybe go drink tea with mint at one of the million kahawy in the area & stay until you eat Suhoor & pray fajr.

To read a bit more about the history of the mosque you can go HERE

First here are some pics from the outside of the mosque

The rest of the pics were taken inside the womens' section. Needless to say that the architecture of the mosque is breathtaking. take a look:

While I was taking these pics the most amazing thing happened a group of Asian muslim sisters (my guess is that they were Pakistani) were visiting Sayedna El Hussein & they started chanting these amazing words praising the grandson of the prophet peace be upon him. The rest of their group was on the male section of the mosque. A guy was reciting the words while the rest of the group chanted along with him.It was a magical moment.

Sunday, August 23, 2009


may the holy month of Ramadan bring you forgivness from Allah the Almighty.

Joy From Fasting To Feasting (Season-II)

In sha Allah this year too I will be participating in "Joy From Fasting To Feasting (Season-II)"
Hopefully I will try to post as many pics of my Ramadan cooking as possible.
With the 2 Iftar gatherings that I'm planning insha Allah I will have many recipes to share.
Wish me luck with my cooking!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Honest Tag

I was tagged by sister Umm Omar of Just Another Day.

I need to write 10 honest things about me & then tag 10 people...

So here goes..

1) I've always had problems with my self-esteem.Ever since my teen years I've struggeled with low self-esteem & self-image.

2) I am afraid of cats.I adore them but I can never get really close to them.I'm just too afraid.

3)I'm full of contardictions it scares me at times.

4)I'm very good at keeping my friendships alive.I still maintain contact with my very 1st best friend ,we've been friends ever since our 1st day in kindergarten.

5)I can at least name +10 people who I feel comfortable telling them anything. YES I trust people.

6)I really really pray to Allah that one day I can adopt a child & raise him/her as my own .

7)I'm at a very low point of my life a the moment.I have faced alot of challenges & I'm fighting depression.I look at my kids & they are the only reason why I'm still going but I know that I need to do more & regain my positive attitude towards LIFE!!

8)I procarcinate ALOT.

9)I'm very very lazy

10)as a result of numbers 8 & 9 I haven't read a whole book for a very loooong time.

I have been postponing this tag forever now...& it has been difficult to write!!!

I'm very glad I did & near the end I could at atleast add 3 more points but I'm sticking to 10!
I tag anyone who feels like doing this.