Over the last couple of weeks I have been reflecting on my life and all that I have going on. I am Muslim, Nigerian, a mother, a wife, a sister, a friend, a business owner and much more. I like to think that I am pious, kind, helpful, loving and creative. While being all of these things, I realize that I have a lot going on and I have been neglecting certain important areas of my life, with the biggest being my deen.
Yes I pray, yes I still try to be a good person and practice Islam, yes I still observe hijab but I’ve seriously been slacking. Gone are the days where I spent time before and after each salah reading pages of the Qur’an in Arabic and English. Gone are the days where I regularly listened to a new lecture everyday and pondered about how I could incorporate what I was learning into my life. Islam is definitely still very important to me and I’m always striving to be better. However, part of striving for clarity is the realization that I am failing in some areas and that I need to do better.
I’ve noticed that often, when people mention that they are struggling with their deen, they generally also say that their iman needs work. For me though, that’s not my problem. My faith in Islam- in the Prophets and Messengers(Peace and Blessings be upon them), in the oneness of Allah, in the holy books, my belief and understanding of the day of judgement, the angels and that our destiny is already written- has not changed. My faith is just as strong as it was a few months ago. I am still proud to be Muslim and I am constantly striving to do better. What has changed however, is my commitment and prioritization.
On one hand, I wish there were more hours in the day for me to get all of my work done, take care of my home, take care of my family, volunteer within my community and engage in studies for the deen. On the other hand, I am fully aware that all things are possible through Allah(SWT) and that by taking the time to worship Him, anything good that I want, will happen for me.
Right before I started writing this post, I looked at the date of my last post that I published and I was honestly shocked that the last post was in February. I have posted a couple of recipes since then so I did not realize how behind I was on actual blog posts. There have been a bunch of times where I’ve thought of things to write a post on but I never got around to actually write the post. inshaAllah, I’m hoping to be more regular with posts. So what’s been going on? Why have I been MIA for 8 months?
Here are some updates:
1. I had a baby! Alhamdulilah, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy in April. He is now 5 months and growing so fast. It’s crazy in an interesting sort of way how much being a mother can change you. All of a sudden, with the entrance of a new addition, your fears, dreams, and goals are quickly shifted. I will inshaAllah, be doing a longer post on this in the near future.
2. I moved! Due to my husband’s job, we moved to Abu Dhabi, UAE in July. We’ve been living here for 3 months now and Alhamdulilah, it’s been great. I’m so pleased with our decision to move here. Our family has been so much happier and we’ve adjusted well. We’ve made some friends, I finally have my ladies’ majlis( you can check out the pictures on IG), we’ve been spending more time working on our deen and ibadah and have plans to do a ton of traveling while we’re here.
3. Business. I’ve been working very hard on rebuilding and re-branding Striving For Modesty as well as my makeup business. I’ve also decided it’s time for me to start utilizing my degrees again and get back into political research/development. I’ve enjoyed running my own business from home but I do miss researching. Ideally, I’d like to work for about 2-3 years in a traditional workplace then migrate to freelance political/economic consulting and research or just working as a researcher from home so that I can still utilize my skills doing what I enjoy and also stay home to care for(and inshaAllah homeschool) my son.
That's my update for you! What sort of things would you like me to "randomly ramble" about? Let me know below in the 'comments' section. :D
Sorry! I haven’t written in a while! I’ve been really busy and also been trying to stay away from the computer. I feel like so much of my time is stuck behind a screen, mainly because 95% of my work involves me using a computer or on my phone. My eyes and my brain both need a break so I’ve been trying to keep my screen time to a minimum-I’ve even went and bought a couple of physical books to start reading versus using my Kindle as usual.
Aside from screen time, I’ve been very busy with managing all that I have going on and as well as various family stuff that has come up. Alhamdulilah, Striving For Modesty is still going well albeit it will be running pretty slow starting in October due to some personal engagements but in sha Allah, will relaunch with an all new look in Fall 2017.
My cooking game is still going strong but I have been slacking on posting recipes and pictures here. I recently received KitchenAid Pasta Attachments as a gift from #themister so I’ve been having fun making delicious pasta dishes from scratch.
On the deen level, I’ve been having some internal dialogue with myself about certain things. I’ll expound on this more in a subsequent post.
Alhamdulilah, I am getting ready to begin a new journey this coming September. As usual, I like to keep the details of things private until it commences so I’ll fill you all in on it later, in sha Allah.
In Sha Allah, all is well with all of you!
About "Life Gems"
Welcome to another addition to "Lady_Meansie's Corner". This portion of my corner is essentially my blog. The posts will be short but packed with important reminders for fellow Muslimahs. Remember to leave your thoughts in the comments. I love engaging in dialogue with my fellow Muslimahs.