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I tried knitting with plastic bags today. Just to see how it’ll feel like. The first bit I did was with some Sainsbury’s carrier bags using a size three and three quarters needle.

I must have cut the bags too thin because they kept snapping and I had to keep tying the ends… let’s just say it wasn’t fun. So I rounded it up and went to get bigger needles.

Using size five needles, I was cut the bags a little thicker so they didn’t snap as easily. I’m using white and blue plastics for what is (hopefully) going to be the stap for the first bag I knit.

 Yeah, it’s going to be a big bag!


I still have a looooong way to go… meantime, I’m off to bed. I can’t feel my legs; to be honest, I’m wondering how I’ll make it the room.


Well, these few days are going to be mad. So, in case I’m not able to blog, I’ll be back in two – three weeks, God willing.


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June 18, 2008 at 1:56 am

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June 13, 2008 at 2:27 pm

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M did something yesterday that totally blew me away. He came home from work with a little treasure that went a really long way for me; he walked into the house and deposited a bag full of books in my hands and I promptly deposited a kiss on his lips as soon as I realized what it was *I screamed like a mad woman and jumped up and down too* That guy just kills me. He’s a gem!

Some good folks from a publishing house came by their office with promotional offers. He bought me eleven books in total, ten of which came in a cute little pack. A great deal too, because the ten were sold for just £10, originally £70.90. I just pity those who bought it at that price, if they know how much it costs now they’ll weep!

I’ve already tucked into ‘Blood River’. That was the logical thing to do, it being solo and all. It’s about Timothy Butcher’s -a correspondent for the Telegraph – journey through the Congo. A non-fictional piece, I might add. Non-fiction is not my thing. I’m not too keen to sit down to a slice of reality when I’m already living it, but BR has been interesting so far. I’m past page 20 and don’t plan on putting it down anytime soon. Think about it, when a book reads:

Stanley’s Congo expedition fired the starting gun for the Scramble for Africa. Before his trip, white outsiders had spent centuries nibbling at Africa’s edges, claiming land around the coastline, but rarely venturing inland.

It would be sheer madness to put it down! One one hand I want to strangle that Stanley fellow, on the other hand, if he hadn’t opened up Africa, someone else would.


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June 13, 2008 at 3:52 am

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I hope to introduce a dua (supplication) every friday to be memorized and put into practice. This way I’ll be motivated to get off my lazy behind and add some spiritual value to my life.

Muslims are advised to ensure their tongues are moist with the remembrance of their Lord because it keeps them away from sin and mischief. The Prophet (saw) was recorded to have said: He who remembers his Lord and he who does not remember his Lord, are like the living and the dead.

All invocations are from my little black book.

In the bok, there are a total of 132 situations that warrant a form of supplication or another. There is a supplication for almost every imaginable scenario. From what to do when you fear you’ve commited a sin to what to say to one who offers you food while you’re fasting. I’ll begin with those I’m ashamed not to know because I think they are essential in my personal development and day to day dealings. 



Normally I begin eating with the name of Allah by saying ‘bismillaah’ and conclude with ‘alhamdulilah’ – praise be to Allah.

‘Allaahumma baarik lanaa feehi wa ‘at’imnaa khayran minhu’

Meaning: O Allah, bless us in it, and provide us with better than it.

This is to be said before eating. Other acts of sunnah before/while eating include:

1. Washing of hands

2. Sitting down to eat (not to eat standing)

3. Eating with the right hand

4. Eating with three fingers, if possible

5. Eating in moderation filling a third of our tummy with food, a third with fruits and a third with water.

6. Cover food, not leaving it open and exposed

Insha Allah (by Allah’s will) if one strives to practice the sunnah of eating, one would be rewarded for remembering Allah and His Rasul (pbuh) at least, three times a day!


Well, I’m off to do my assignment!


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June 13, 2008 at 3:31 am

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