Friday, January 16, 2009

Jumuah Mubarak

I said that i was going on a little hiatus but I just felt like giving everyone a little update on whats going on with me. Alhamdulillah Im enjoying my time here in Atlanta. Its been fun and exciting. Seeing new things, meeting new people. I like it except for the traffic and I thought NYC traffic was bad. I guess its that way since the only way to get to anyplace here is on the highway. Atlanta, the city of highways, thats what it should be called. Anyways Im having a good time. I miss home just a tiny bit but its always good to get away for awhile especially with everything that is going on at home. I went to Jumuah today. I always like to visit other masjids. It was quite small and cramped. There wasnt a separate section for women, they just sat right behind the men which is a bit uncomfortable for me. Everyone alhamdulillah was friendly, a sister helped me take off my coat, but I think they were apprehensive towards me since I was the only niqabi among all these women. They probably thought me as extreme but hey to each his own. The good thing is that when me and my friend were going out the door (there's one entrance for the men and woman), there were a bunch of men standing right outside the door. When they saw me they immediately jumped outta my way. They probably figured this woman is really serious so move. Im not saying that woman who wear niqab take their deen more seriously than anyone else because I know many non-niqabis who act more islamic than some niqabis I know, but a lot of people are under that impression that we are. But anyway it was a good experience overall. Insha'Allah I plan on going to this masjid that was a block away from this restaurant I went to. It was one of the most gorgeous masjids Ive seen. It had these huge golden-copper domes and tall minarets. can't wait to see what the inside looks like.
Yesterday I went to this really good halal restaurant here. It was so beautiful inside, so chic. They even had an Islamic store in the back, so you can shop and eat all in the same place. I had chicken shawarma and boy was it good. It was a huge plate and I ate ALL of it plus had some of my friends fries. I was starving. Usually I can only eat half of my plate and Ill save the rest, but it was too good to stop lol. When there is good food around, I am there with fork ready lol. Im silly. Then I saw they had baklava, my favorite desert. They were nice and sweet and fat, just how I like it. I absolutely love baklava, now I need to learn how to make it but I dont think that'll be a good idea because I'll be making it all the time and I'll need to be working out 5 hours a day hehe.
So Im enjoying myself. There's still a lot to see and a lot to do. I'll keep you updating on how my little vacationing is going, insha'Allah. See you all later, masalaama =)

5 comments:

Malek said...

ASA
Hi Sister I am glad to see that you are in good spirits and hope you are having a great time. I just got a new calendar that had different pictures of mosques in it and they had one from Atlanta that sounds like the one you plan to attend next week. The most beautiful mosque that I have ever been to is in Casablanca Morocco. I wish he had some like that in the Philadelphia area. Have fun!!!!Insh'Allah

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*~Ange~* said...

stop talking about yummy food!! im hungryyyyy

Lazeena Umm Yusuf said...

Aww sounds fun mashaAllah!! And I'm sooo craving Shawarma now, mmmm. Dont get me started on baklava, I'm already a fattie as it is LOL. There's a masjid I got to, but not that often, theres a curtain separating men and women but only 1 entrance,s o whenever a sister is on her way out and whoever the first brother to see her is, he shouts out MAKE ROOM FOR THE SISTA!/SISTA COMIN!/MOVE IT AKHI! lol its so funny! but mashaAllah its as if Musa (AS) split the Red Sea himself haha, they part instantly and give the sister room to leave, holding doors open for her and all mashaAllah, theyre very courteous there alhamdulillah!
hey sis, btw- I'm selling some halal skittles and other candies, get at me if you're interested i can send you the photo album with pics of what i have =) ughh now i want some candy too hahah

Diali said...

Sister, It's good to see you are enjoying your stay.I have been to this halal restaurant, it's the Mosaic Cafe. The hubs and I were in Atlanta in Dec and we ate there, we loved it. It's right by the new masjid.
Take care

Muslimah2Muslimah said...

As-Salaamu-Alaikum,
The masjid I this you are referring to is called Al-Farooq Masjid of Atlanta. This Masjid just recently opened and it is quite gorgeous. It has separate entrances and prayer areas. Also it has television screens so that the sisters can easily follow the Imam. Insh'Allah let me know if you have went yet.
MaSalaama,