…dizzying adjusting…

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…sooooo looong since appearing…adjusting from one hemisphere to the distinct seasonal changes of another…from the bliss and serenity of Madinatun Nabi to a lifestyle of abundance of a different hue…oh the colour…akin to wandering in Allah Ta’ala’s Lush and Luxurious Gallery… reflecting myriads of His Subhanahu wa Ta’ala Majesty over and over and over…and over again…yes…a dizzying adjusting on every level of being…which will inevitably continue regardless of where one finds oneself…and yes…the heart knows where it would rather be…and where it is constantly making Dua for a return but, Alhumdulillah, we are slaves, willing to submit to the will of the Most Benevolent Master Who knows exactly where it is best for us to be…

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…after so long of being away from a place where the changing seasons and a rural environment are so pronounced the senses have been treated to unbelievable delights…the bird song is a symphony like no other…the perfumes intoxicating…the subtle changes from an intense summer  scorching the earth to the sublime autumnal chills and shifts embracing and invigorating all in its path…

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…a wild rumpus of summer harvest exploded around us…fruits and vegetables to be preserved, jammed, transformed into winter stocks of relish and chutneys, pickles, sauces…a lemon tree that sagged with thousands of delicious offerings…so many given away…so much yummy lemon butter shining in jars…an ancient apple tree gifting us kilos upon kilos of fruit…even after the cockies partook of their rizq…and figs…the biggest figs I have ever seen…it was a mad dash competing with other fig lovers…including the fruit bats!!…how amazing is Allah Ta’ala’s Makhlooq SubhanAllah…

…and the bees!!! no one was more surprised than us when we weighed the last harvest at 18kg of their golden nectar…SubhanAllah!!!!…we still have one more box to rob within the next week or so before we leave these wondrous creatures at peace during winter where they will use so much energy to maintain the temperature of the hive at a constant 37 degrees…how humbling they make one feel…SubhanAllah…

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…being in a milder climate the ability to return to crafting brings joy…Insha’Allah more details in another post…hopefully not too far in the future…

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…this super friendly alpaca likes to wander to the quirky coffee/mountain bike Corner Shop ‘around the corner’ entertaining with her cheeky antics…she recently became a mama…to a super cute lanky little one…

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…and I have joined the local Country Women’s Association wowie…spent last weekend baking and then serving at a country fair…it was beautiful…all so accepting of an unusual woman in niqab…truly liberating…

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…due to the remote location we are in the internet is woeful…as is evident by the months of silence here…a degree of acceptance is mostly endured…but also times of frustration…plans are in progress at a community level attempting to force the provider into action…Insha’Allah issues are being addressed…Alhumdulillah today the company is giving all subscribers a free day of data due to an outage they recently encountered…hence the ability to post this little update…

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…’around the corner’…SubhanAllah!!!!

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…and without outlining details…medical procedures have been time consuming and are still ongoing…Alhumdulillah for an efficient and caring system…

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…the hysterical chooks…they think they are human…and the friendliest humans at that…so generously presenting us with four eggs a day!!! SubhanAllah…

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…colourful additions to the daily salads…

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…the sunburnt summer harvest from several weeks ago…now Allah Ta’ala is changing the dead earth to a verdant green…though drought conditions prevail…the worst recorded for decades…the evidence of this is not as drastic right here…only a few kilometers away farmers are desperate…Insha’Allah Dua for beneficial rain where it is needed across the globe…

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…’around the corner’…stunning…SubhanAllah…

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…and the greatest tidings of the Dunya kind would have to be that we are to be GRANDPARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! so many little girl creations flying off the sticks…after an eleven year wait this blessed news spins the heart in a spiraling dance…

…so…all in all…these are some of the ‘excuses’ for this dizzying adjusting and a prolonged absence from sitting behind a screen…Insha’Allah your understanding, but more importantly your forgiveness is sent this way…

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…I am still overwhelmed by the love and thoughts so many of you convey…my Du’a will never cease to mention so many of you…Insha’Allah a ‘behind the scenes’ email will be sent soon…

…may whatever dizzying adjusting we experience…or may experience be accompanied with love and gratitude for all the amazing bounties Allah Ta’ala is constantly blessing us with Ameen…

…O Allah Ta’ala, bestow Your Mercy upon our leader Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Your bondsman, Your Nabi, Your messenger, the unlettered Nabi and upon his wives and his offspring and bestow peace, as numerous as the number of Your creation and according to Your pleasure and as limitless as the ink of Your immortal words 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.

…Rabi’alAwwal 1437…oh how my heart yearns…

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Oh, how my heart yearns

To see the one

Called the Best of Creation!

To sit by his noble feet

And feel the tranquility

That radiates from

His blessed body.

Oh, how my heart aches

To see the one who has saved

Mankind through his intercession

On Judgment Day.

His blessed words

Were like rains from the heavens

His manners were

Absolute and complete perfection.

Oh, how my heart bleeds

For I have this desperate need

To feel his presence and

His blessings, indeed!

Every action of his was filled with Barakah, blessings

Every inch of him shone with Noor, light

A sigh of longing escapes from my lips

How I would love to see this sight!

Oh, how my heart longs

To be near the one

Who brought hope to a place

Where hopelessness reigned.

To his Creator he had

A flawless submission

His perfect existence

Transcends human definition.

Though I, in vain, attempt

To praise him and his perfect behavior

Surely no one can praise him better

Than his own Maker.

Ya Habib Allah, the Beloved of Allah!

Ya Bab Allah, the Door to Allah!

Ya Ras?lAll?h SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, Messenger of Allah! SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.

My eyes cannot help but cry

Bitter tears as I realize

My painful state of love

For the Beloved of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam

 

…photo and words sourced from emails sent to this one in great need…physically so far away and yet a heart so spiritually connected Alhumdulillah…

 

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.

 

…living into answers…

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I beg you… to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke.

…this quote speaks loud and deep…seemingly touching on long absences and a deafeningly silent voice from way down under…

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…where to begin??? too many weeks to untangle and explain away..,the word ‘indisposed’ creeps up from a heart that truly feels sad from deserting this space…but one can only be true to circumstances and perhaps then you will gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer…and yet again the ‘answer’ as such may never be reached in this mortal existence but the journey towards the ultimate ‘answer’ in the Akhirah is saturated with hope Alhumdulillah…

…Insha’Allah…

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…and with each passing moment and every amazing experience the profound and indelible SUBHANALLAH beats an ecstatic rhythm…its been such a heartfelt rhythm that is all consuming leaving no motivation or desire to enter cyberspace…ajeeb how a forced feeble connection weans one from the clutches of this technology…and surrendering to the wondrous splendours of nature and a simple life rivet the being in a totally different manner…Khair Alhumdulillah’ala kulli hal…

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…this humble speck owes hours to too many of you special and dear ones…waves of lament wash over the soul trying to offer apologies…Insha’Allah while submitting into ‘living into answers’…a journey only Allah Ta’ala knows and reveals in small steps, this situation will unravel…this aversion to appearing will pass as does every big and small thing, event, circumstance, discomfort, joy, delight…hope in ‘loving the questions’ inspires…

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…none of you are forgotten…ever…nor the communications received…ever…fervent adiyah continues…love forever flows…and gratitude and Shukr for all Allah Ta’ala has chosen to come into this little realm of cherished encounters with the choicest of souls…SUBHANALLAH SUBHANALLAH SUBHANALLAH…

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…a redwood forest…an enchanting mystical sanctum where mists as soft clouds of muslin gently embrace layers of filtered sunlight creating a chiaroscuro blur…where one hears and feels the earth’s heartbeat…SUBHANALLAH!!!…

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…where ancient indigenous cultures revered and worshipped…and where their spirits still abide…

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…and where man contemplates the mysteries of being through sculptured woven branches…

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…it’s official…a passionate ‘chickenophile’ lurks here…so enamoured of their hysterical antics there is no shame in admitting hours are spent ‘hanging’ out with them…while their daily gift of eggs is the added bonus…

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…and the BEES my oh my…our first mini honey harvest…SUBHANALLAH…a cursory check on how these amazing creatures were settling in resulted in stealing two frames of this golden nectar…maybe Insha’Allah the rather funny story to follow one day…

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…Allah Ta’ala gives and gives and then gives some more…and more…SUBHANALLAH!!!…seriously…what can be unresolved in the heart when we soak in His Subhanahu wa Ta’ala Glory and Magnificence?…

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…I beg you… to be patient towards all that is unsolved in your heart…

…and I beg your forgiveness…and plead for your du’a…Insha’Allah attempts to contact all who have emailed will sincerely be made…

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.