I had the pleasure (and challenge) of being nominated for the Blue Sky Tag by The Scottish Muslimah. I have only been at this blog for a very short period, but have followed her blog from the start. I find her to be very thoughtful and thought provoking. Please do follow if you do not already.Anyway, as part of the rules I have been given 11 questions to answer:
1. Do you prefer hot or cold weather? Hot by far is more enjoyable. I get to take my time and I get to love the billowing folds of an extra wide abaya, and appreciate those gentle breezes that come just at the time when I sigh that it is so very very hot today!
2. What are you most afraid of? I shudder to think of being 30,000 feet above the ground moving at the speed of 700-800 miles per hour in a metal container piloted by another human being with what(?) on his/her mind? I thank Allah for allowing me to endure this in order to make hajj, and ever since that maiden voyage whenever I think of it I automatically beg Allah for peace of mind should He put me in that position again. ameen (Please make dua for your chicken sister!)
3. What is your favourite animal? The cat. Its purr is so very comforting, and the fur is pleasing to the touch. It is graceful yet comical. My best choice for company when no humans are available
4.What is your favourite smell? Mmmmmm lavender by far.
5.Are you an early bird or a night owl? Early bird. Our blessings are with work done after fajr. (see question 9.)
6.How many people have seen you cry? The two younger girls when I was so very sad that I could not visit my mother. But in time Allah in His infinite mercy allowed her to come and live with us. Alhamdu lillahi. Most other times in my life tears have been between me and my Lord. (except when we watch paulie- see number 8)
7.When was the last time you laughed until it hurt and what made you laugh? I was riding with my husband and eating blue berry cookies with our coffee. He had given me his uneaten cookie and I finished it. Well he did not mean that I was supposed to EAT it, just HOLD it so he could make a turn. What a joke! Sorry….didn’t he know I was the cookie monster? Of course that was the last one and the store was a long way back. Needless to say now all uneaten snacks go on the lap, not to the spouse/ cookie monster. I’m still chuckling now!
8.What book or film made you cry the most? Kiddie movie Paulie. It was about a parrot who could talk., but could not fly. He was given to a little girl with a speech impediment. Even though the little girl, Marie was talking with the help of the bird, her dad didn’t like him, so they got rid of Paulie. The entire movie was about Paulie’s determination to get back to his friend. He overcame his fear of flying to get back to Marie. By the time he did find her she had grown into an adult with a daughter of her own. I was just so touched by the determination of this little bird to reach his goal, and his success at the end that little tears had to come.
9.What is your favourite time of day? Tahujjud until sunrise. The house is peaceful, the neighbors are quiet. There is no need for verbal conversation. Time to pray, reflect, ask forgiveness. This is time to get my next ayat to memorize for the day, and then plan what has to be done that day. Is it just me, or do the birds really sing subhan Allah until the sun starts to rise? I swear I hear them a little at first when it is still dark then they increase in volume by the time fajr is well in. Then just as the sun is about to rise they quiet down until it is all the way up. After sunrise just a few have a little more to say.
10.If you could have any career or job you wanted, what would it be? Dream job: CEO of Justice Incorporated. By the Grace of Allah and with the Permission of Allah al Fattah, al Adl: We Collect taxes from the very rich and distribute it to the less fortunate. We provide shelter for those in need worldwide (translators available), and healthy wholesome food for the hungry that is collected from the excesses of the lavish. We rescue non combatant men, women and children from war torn areas and war torn households (after necessary mediation) and resettle them in peaceful, safe environments. No room in the cities? No problem, we have funds from the very wealthy that is more than enough to BUILD cities in that space that we pass as we drive through the countryside. We negotiate the return of native lands to their rightful owners, and still leave the new “immigrants” with enough land to occupy. We provide salaries to teachers so that everyone in need of education, be it deeni, elementary, or collegiate can get the necessary education to pursue the life of his or her dreams. (applications are available in every language, and are accepted at all times) Our Senior Citizen department handles secure and respectful location services for the elderly so that they can enjoy their years in an environment of dignity that is rightfully theirs after lives of service to their families and communities. (all applications are given the utmost priority.) The Sijjin Department works to free those who are incarcerated unjustly; either political prisoners or those whose incarceration serves the purpose of an elite few. Our legal team is ready to be of service. Operators are working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Again translators are available for every human language. If there is some issue that we have not addressed, as I am sure there must be, feel free to contact us on our toll free line. Although we will do our level best to alleviate the harms of every nation it is understood that perfect societies only do exist in jennah, but as Muminaat our job is to stand for justice in this dunya. Ameen Allahumma Ameen.
11.If you were in a room with Donald Trump what would you say to him? So glad you are not God.