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Apollo Bay

…Allah Ta’ala’s system is in constant transition…seasons…tides…celestial orbs and paths…plant and animal kingdoms…from health and wellness to dis-ease…forth and back…back and forth…calm to storm…externally and internally…old years to new…Allah Ta’ala’s system is sublime and exquisite regardless of where we may be transitioning to or from…cries of adulation and Shukr should be the constants that soar to the Heavens…as we accept all states and all transitions…personally and globally…

…the move from one hemisphere to another…from the supreme blessedness of Madinah al-Munawwarah to country Victoria could not be more contrasted…the intention was to seek medical assistance and Alhumdulillah that is exactly what Allah Ta’ala is presenting us with…procedure upon procedure…time and healing taking longer than anticipated keeping fingers away from keyboards and head space strangely feeling an alienation towards all things internet and its array of media…I seek your understanding and patience…I am not really sure what role this blog has anymore…time to gently and gracefully allow this transition to reveal what is best…I truly appreciate the concerns so many of you have for us and hope to soon communicate personally…meanwhile know that all is Alhumdulillah ‘ala kulli Hal for us all wherever and whatever bounties are bestowed upon us…

…we have been blessed with being placed in an amazing environment…from ocean to forest to lakes and volcanic landscapes…and with space to have bees, chickens, a veggie patch all within a community replete with huge open hearts…

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gums and pasture

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Lake Colac

dappled light


bee hive oak tree

feeding King Parrots

…may your transition to the New Year be filled with gratitude for all that has gone and all that will unfold…may we all strive to improve our relationship with our Rabb Subhanahu wa Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam with every passing moment…make time and effort cleansing the heart of all that prevents proximity…replacing all that prevents us from attaining the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala with only that which pleases Him and is upon the Sunnah of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam Insha’Allah…all transitioning is imbued with peace and calm if we lovingly submit to our subservience and remain steadfast upon the Truth…may we all increase our du’a for each other during these Mubarak days…Ameen…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…down under…bbrrrrrr…

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Two weeks today ‘down under’.

Two extremely busy two weeks: establishing a home in a quaint little house in very small country town, where it has hardly stopped raining, SubhanAllah! The first few days upon arrival were in the minus temperatures! Teeth shattering shivers! Amazing contrast to the high forties we left behind in Madinah al-Munawwarah. Tears are permanently welled behind the eyes. The yearning so many of you used to express when I was there now fills this heart. Khair Alhumdulillah.

Apologies for being so absent, not only from this space but from individual emails and whats app, but we have discovered the location we are in does not have the correct cables for connecting to the net. We are still investigating other options. Meanwhile we are on very limited access.

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The area is stunningly beautiful. Surrounded by forests, bush trails, historical walks, waterfalls, spectacular coast line an so much more. Google Otways Victoria for an idea. The local flora and fauna vibrantly displays Allah Ta’ala’s unique array of artistry. If the wind were not so icy I would be sitting watching the birdlife in the garden all day. The antics of the Rosellas and King Parrots are hysterical. This site calls the area a bird lover’s paradise. The Southern Right whales have been wowing the locals for the past few weeks. Kangaroos, koalas, echidnas are close by. Insha’Allah once almiskeenah has a reliable connection more will be shared. There has been no time for serious photography as yet. The misty mornings creating atmospheric scenery, but so far we have been on various priority missions preventing stops and starts on the country roads. Spring bulbs are bursting treating us to jonquils, daffodils, snow drops, hyacinths and an all time favourite lily of the valley, SubhanAllah!

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The local community is wonderful! We needed a jump start one morning and had no idea what to do as we knew no one. We walked to the local store, which is also the post office as we do not have mail delivery, one of the super friendly staff immediately dialed ‘Sam’ who within minutes was at out car connecting the leads. One afternoon we heard a knock at the door to be met by one of the young locals presenting us with a magnificent hand baked sourdough loaf as a welcome to the area! These are people who probably never seen a niqabi or a man in a dress! Everywhere we go we are met by friendly and chatty people. SubhanAllah! So refreshing and totally unexpected.

Alhmdulillah spinning is back in my life! A beautiful wheel was found, similar to one I used about four decades ago! And a visit to Tarndie last week, where I also used to buy fleece from all those years ago resulted in a gorgeous silvery grey to black fleece. Then looking at the local community notice board the other day I saw a sign saying there was a spinning wheel in need of TLC to be given to one who would use it. Within hours of calling the number a sad neglected wheel was delivered! After a few hours tending to it, it was humming away with wool spun on the bobbin. So for the moment there are two wheels in the house!! Amazing!

JazakumuLlahu khaira for all the previous comments many of you have made. So touching and loving, helping me to submit to this huge change in lifestyle. And as much as Allah Ta’ala has made the transition smooth Madinah al-Munawwarah is Madinah al-Munawwarah, forever calling. Allahu ‘Alum what is written for any of us. Alhumdulillah ala kulli haal.

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…final post from the City of Radiance…


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It’s enough honour, nobleness, eminence and virtue for the Muslim servant’s name to be mentioned in the presence of Allah Ta’ala’s Chosen One SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. This is elucidated in the words of the one who said:

Truly he deserves to rise and go forward

He who is brought to his attention

And another said:

Welcome to the one in whose presence I do not deserve to be

The statement of the bringer of good news,

Foreboding and opening after despair

To you belong glad tiding so cast away that which is upon you

For you were mentioned despite your faults.


Sending prayers upon the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is a means for the name of the person sending them to be presented to the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and having his name mentioned in his noble presence.

I call upon you, O Best of Creation

By whom Allah seated the Prophets and Messengers

The Prophet of guidance: were it not for you

I would not know any guidance

And were it not for you

The lawful and the unlawful I would not know

By Allah! Were it not for you

That which exists would not be

And the Merciful would not have created a part or a whole!


Al-Hafiz Rashid al-Din al-Attar:

O you who hope for recompense and reward

And expiation for past sins that weigh heavily on your back

See that you are assiduous in prayers

Upon Ahmad the Guide, the Intercessor of human kind

The best of Allah’s creation from Adam’s seed

And the purest scion and noblest pride

Authentic it is that Allah, Exalted in His Might

Sends ten prayers for the person who send one

So may Allah send prayers upon him as long as the dark night yearns

And the celestial bodies ascend the horizon at dawn!


O best of those whose bones are buried in the deep earth,

And from whose fragrance the depth

And the height have become sweet,

May I be the ransom for a grave which thou inhabit

And in which are found purity, bounty and munificence

You are the Prophet whose intercession is hoped for

And the Traverse when the feet slip.


Beloved who resides in the heart and is never absent

Your likeness is before my eyes and your mention is on my lips

Your abode is in my heart so to where will you disappear?



Indeed, you reside in a heart

A heart without needs for lamps

Indeed you visit the sick


He is living, filling the heart

I shall not forget him that I need to remember him

Despite his absence from my hearing and sight

He is in my heart, and so I behold him.

…from Sending Prayers Upon the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…


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All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.