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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

UAE may anger Muslims.... but...

as-salaam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

You know, there is so much talk about the UAE government and how much they cater to non-Muslim Westerners. I share some of the frustrations as many of you, I do… but you know what??? there is still beauty in living here as well.

there are masjids everywhere and unless you are living in the middle of the desert, or in a low populated area, a masjid is always near wherever you are, Alhamdulillah.

the shopping centers and malls have washing rooms and prayer rooms and some of the places also have loudspeakers indoors to hear the adhaan, Alhamdulillah.

some television channels will pause their programming to notify the viewers that it is a certain prayer time, Alhamdulillah.

and the most beautiful thing of all. getting to hear the Adhaan, Mashallah. for all five prayers, Mashallah. oh, and not to forget Takbir over the loudspeakers from all the masjids in the mornings before Eid prayer, --soooo beautiful, absolutely beautiful, Mashallah. Alhamdulillah.

here you will see a lil video of our Saalah—which is the living room/womens’ room where we were hanging out--and I get to kill two birds with one stone… I get to show off two of our pets (we have another bird and another cat LOL)—and guess what you hear in the background? that is the Adhaan Mashallah :D although you can only hear one voice more distinct than others, the adhaan is coming from the several masjids around the neighborhood. they did try to make only one masjid within a certain distance to be able to do the adhaan, but that only lasted a few days at the most I think... I can't remember for sure because my memory is so bad--but it went back to all the masjids doing Adhaan, Alhamdulillah!


  1. I'll never forget hearing the adhaan over the phone dear Twizzle. I wished I could be right there with you.

    I can't imagine many disadvantages to living in UAE, other then the construction you mentioned and blazing sun. And there's a lot of that here.

    I have the feeling my faith would be increased being around a Muslim environment constantly. Love you!

  2. aaa lucky girlll... I would like to hear a real adhan again and that so true when I was in abu dhabi my faith increase mashallah and I really felt what the word "Ummah" means. aaaaaa wanna go away from franceeee:(

  3. Is that a cockatoo? I love how the cat keeps on running away from it!!! I love birds (and cats). I remember when I was visiting Turkey the thing that was so nice was to hear the Adhan, the first morning in Istanbul I was awake early to see if I'd hear it - sure enough, I heard it from at least 20 different masjids. ;) Where we were staying in Ankara there was a masjid right across the street, so you definitely heard it!!! :D

  4. as-salaam aleikum,

    it is so wonderful to get to hear the adthaan Mashallah Alhamdulillah. although I don't always get the feeling of the meaning of "Ummah" here... it would be a long explanation..inshallah a topic to be written about in the near future...

    the bird in the video is indeed a cockatoo :D an Australian Galah, or rose-breasted cockatoo.

    my brother-in-law found it roaming around a parking lot and when he approached it, it let him pick it up so he brought it home :D

    he (dunno if its a he or she yet) is sooo sweet but he can run FAST so when he doesn't want to go back to his cage he runs!! LOL

    and he definitely isn't afraid of our cats (we have 2) :D

    though Lisa, about your comment... I think it depends on the person whether or not they will feel their faith will increase here... you would have to see it for yourself, but if you go to UAE expecting to see Islam, you would feel disappointment about certain things... but yes, at least I can dress Islamically without being harrassed.