The Muslimah Doll Project
Tuesday, January 30, 2007

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

There is no words to describe the smile on a little girl's face when she receives a doll for the first time. We were all once that little girl, and now Allah Most High has given us the opportunity to be the one giving, rather than the one receiving. AlhumduliLlah.


Details of project: Purchase a doll of your choice and design the clothing for it, using whatever material/method you like, so it is Islamic (ie: modest with her hair covered). You will be sending the doll directly to the orphanage department in that location. Note: when purchasing the doll please take into consideration what area of the world the doll is going to.

Options:
:: You may send dolls to more than one child.
:: You are welcome to give your doll a name.
:: You can email me a picture of the doll/clothing you designed, and I shall put it in an online album.. insha'Allah that will be an inspiration to others.

Islamic Ruling: I have discussed this project with a Shaykh (may Allah preserve him), in regards to the ruling of giving dolls as a gift. He said, "it is permitted to give young girls dolls—even with the full face according to the prevalent opinion."

Participants allowed: International

Ages allowed: All ages. (Note: please, please, be sure you can go through with this.. a little girl is counting on you)

Cost Limit: None.

Rules: Inform ME via email when you have sent out your package.

Sign up due date: Indefinite. When we've reached maximum participants (enough to send a doll to every child), sign up will be closed.
Project start date: As soon as you receive a number and an address where you will send the doll.
Package HAS TO BE MAILED OUT before: as soon as possible, insha'Allah



If you would like to participate, please email me the following questionnaire at amtullah79@yahoo.ca (note: .ca NOT .com)

:: If you would like contribute to this project (ie: pay for shipping), but do not have the time, etc. to purchase a doll (and/or design the clothing) please email me for further details.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER
Name of Project: The Muslimah Doll Project -1
Blog name & url: (if applies)
Email address:
Your real name:
How many dolls will you be purchasing:
What country do you reside in:
How did you hear about this project:
Suggestions for future projects:
Comments:

AlhumduliLlah we have managed to bring a smile to many orphans, from many areas. May Allah continue give us the means and ability to help others. Ameen.

Number of Dolls sent: 86
Orphanage in Ethiopia: 11
Orphans in Bangladesh: 15
Orphanage in Zambia: 40
Orphans in Indonesia: 20

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Purification Of The Heart
Monday, January 29, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

AlhumduliLlah, I have finished reading another amazing, and very beneficial book..not once, but twice! And I'm tempted to turn back to the beginning and give it another read, but I think I shall insha'Allah give it a little time to sink in, and apply what I can to my life.

This book is based on a 204 verse poem (Matharat al-Qulub) by the great scholar Imam Mawlud. Like I mentioned..it's amazing, read it!!



Title: Purification Of The Heart
Author: Hamza Yusuf
Translation & Commentary of: Imam al-Mawlud's Matharat al-Qulub
Available: Starlatch Press

Have I learned anything from it, or was it all review? Humm, I'd like to say it's a 'review'..but that isn't totally accurate. For example, most of us know 'anger' is a disease of the heart, but there is good anger and bad anger. And just because we know what damage anger can do from observation and/or experience, does not mean we know how to treat it. It's enlightening to say the very least.

Does the Imam use Qur'anic and authentic hadith texts? Yes, which are all very, very beneficial.

Is the book easy to understand? It is easy to understand, and the commentary is very thorough. You'll also pick up some Arabic vocabulary, and in my case.. some English words as well! (English is my first language)

Notable pages? That would be an individual thing, as in.. if it is a 'disease' you have to work on..that would be notable to you. Note, this is not a book you can borrow. It's something you will need to refer to, and review every now and again.. as purification of the heart is an ongoing process.

Out of 5: I rate this book 5.

It would be nice to hear from others who have read it, what you thought of it.. or at least what you would rate it.

May Allah make us of those with a pure heart. Ameen.

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Boar-Bristled Paintbrushes
Friday, January 26, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

For those of us who paint, this may be very useful information, insha'Allah. This question is answered by Shaykh Muhammad ibn Adam al-Kawthari (may Allah preserve him).

What is the ruling regarding using paint brushes made of boar bristles? It is very difficult to find any other and what if one has to buy it for someone who is in one's employ as a painter and you don't actually use it yourself?
The reliable opinion in the Hanafi School and that which is considered to be the established narration (dhahir al-riwaya) is that pig hair is filthy (najas); hence it will not be permitted to use, buy or sell anything made out of pig hair.

The great Hanafi jurist (faqih), Imam al-Kasani (Allah have mercy on him) states in his renowned Bada’i al-Sana’i:
“As far as a pig is concerned, it has been narrated from Imam Abu Hanifa (Allah be pleased with him) that it is considered to be essentially filthy (najas al-ayn), due to the fact that Allah Most High described it as being “filthy” hence it will be unlawful (haram) to use its hair and all other body parts, except that there is a dispensation given for shoe-makers due to need. And it is narrated from Imam Abu Yusuf, in another narration, that it is prohibitively disliked for shoe-makers also. It is unlawful to sell pig hair as mentioned in all the narrations (related from the Hanafi Imams)….” (Bada’i al-Sana’i, 1/63)

And, as Imam Ibn Abidin (Allah have mercy on him) explained:
“According to Imam Abu Yusuf, which is the established narration in the Hanafi School, the hair of a pig is considered filthy and impure. This is the position chosen by Imam al-Kasani in his al-Bada’i and Imam al-Mawsili in his al-Ikhtiyar. Thus, if one prayed with pig-hair more than the amount of a dirham, one’s prayer would not be valid…” (Radd al-Muhtar ala al-Durr al-Mukhtar, 1/206)

Thus, although some Hanafi Fuqaha did permit the use of pig hair out of need, the reliable and mainstream opinion is that it will remain unlawful. The established narration mentioned by Imam Ibn Abidin (Allah have mercy on him) is that pig-hair remains filthy, and this is the position chosen by most other Hanafi Fuqaha.

Based on this, it will normally not be permitted for one to use paint brushes made of boar bristles. Indeed it may be difficult to find paint brushes that do not contain boar bristles, but it is not impossible. Paint brushes that do not contain boar bristles can and may be found. And, as Imam al-Kasani, pointed out in the above text, all the narrations from the Hanafi jurists state that it will not be permitted to sell pig hair.

However, one should remember that the above-mentioned ruling is in the situation where one is relatively positive of the paint brush containing boar bristles. If one is uncertain, it will not be unlawful to use it.

Some contemporary Ulama state that if finding paint brushes that do not contain boar bristles is difficult, one may use a paint brush that contains boar bristles provided two conditions are met. This permissibility is based on the position held by some Hanafi jurists that it will be permitted to use pig hair in cases of extreme need, as mentioned in the above text of Bada’i al-Sana’i.

The two conditions are:
1) One ensures that the bristles do not become detached from the brush and fall into the paint, hence becoming attached with the paint onto the wall.
2) One ensures that the bristles are scientifically dried in such a manner that its wetness and moisture is not transferred into the paint.

If one cannot be certain of the above-mentioned two points, it will remain unlawful to use such a paint brush. (See: Nizam al-Fatawa, 1/40)

And Allah knows best

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Nanaimo Bar
Friday, January 19, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I think it's about time for a new recipe. The Nanaimo Bar is a famous Canadian cookie/bar. It's extremely easy to make since it's a no-bake bar, I love how it tastes; rich and wonderfully chocolatey... but like most Canadian chocolates and cookies they are a little sweet. So you could either cut down the sugar or cut down your snacking time!




Makes 25

Bottom Layer:
1/2 cup (4oz/8 tblsp) unsalted butter - room temperature
1/4 cup (2oz/4 tblsp) sugar
1/3 cup (3oz/5 tblsp) unsweetened cocoa
1 large egg - beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (16oz/455g) graham cracker crumbs
1 cup (8oz/227g) coconut
1/2 cup pecans (4oz/114g) (or walnuts) - coarsely chopped

Filling:
1/4 cup (2oz.4 tblsp) unsalted butter
2 - 3 tblsp milk
2 tsp vanilla custard powder (or vanilla pudding powder)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups (16oz/455g) powdered sugar
optional: green food colour

Topping:
2 oz milk chocolate (or mint chocolate.. great if you use green food colour in filling)



:: Butter a 9" x 9" pan.

Bottom Layer:
:: In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter.
:: Stir in the sugar and cocoa powder and then gradually whisk in the beaten egg.
:: Cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (1 - 2 minutes).
:: Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, graham cracker crumbs, coconut, and chopped nuts.
:: Press the mixture evenly into pan.
:: Cover and refrigerate until firm (about an hour).

Filling:
:: In your electric mixer cream the butter.
:: Beat in the remaining ingredients.
:: If the mixture is too thick to spread, add a little more milk.
:: Spread the filling over the bottom layer, cover, and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).
:: Cut into 25 squares.

Top Layer:
:: Melt chocolate in double-boiler (ie: in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water).
:: Drizzle over each square.

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My Cupcake Creation
Thursday, January 11, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

This must be the first time I am so ahead of getting my swap package together.. it could be because I was so eager to get my ideas rolling. After narrowing it down.. I decided to make a bag for my wonderful swap partner. It's a little difficult making something for someone you have absolutely no knowledge about. Insha'Allah I hope she likes it.

For the cupcake pic on the bag, I first drew out some ideas, then stencilled on the one I liked. Insha'Allah I would like to do a tutorial in the future so others can take a try at stencilling, the easy way. I am very happy with the results, and had a blast making it, so I'm thinking of maybe sewing a few more to sell with the cupcake pic or similar.



The rest of my package includes:
:: A blank handmade card.. that was also just as fun, don't be surprised if you see more posted, one of these days
:: A recipe for some Vanilla Fairy Cakes, insha'Allah I shall also post that recipe up one day


How is everyones cupcake creations coming along??

Please remember to email me a picture of it before you mail it out, so I can put them all together in one photo album for everyone to check out, also let me know if it is okay to add your blog name (and link)/or name to your pic.

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The Lives Of Man
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

For such an excellent and short book it has taken me a while to complete.. but alhumduliLlah I am done. And an excellent book it is! The 'lives' here refer to the different stages in a persons life. The first stage being when God created Adam and the last stage being the abode of permanence (ie: Heaven or Hell) We are all going to die one day, this books gives you an idea of what awaits you, what you can do at this stage of your life to prepare for your perminant residence, and much more.


Title: The Lives Of Man
Author: Imam 'Abdullah Ibn 'ALawi AL-Haddad
Translated By: Mostafa Al-Badawi
Available: Fons Vitae

Have I learned anything from it, or was it all review? AlhumduliLlah, I found a mixture of both. I came across information I had never read before, and other sections were a much needed review. It's the kind of book you can benefit from by reading over and over again.. as we all need the reminders it holds.

Does the Imam use Qur'anic and authentic hadith texts? Yes.

Is the book easy to understand? Not only is it easy to follow, its explainations are brief yet enough to benefit from.

Notable pages? If anything, purchase the book to read the hadith on page 11-13! Definitely a powerful hadith.. that has sooooo much we should be grateful for.

Out of 5: I rate this book 5.

It would be nice to hear from others who have read it, what you thought of it.. or at least what you would rate it.


Before you leave (this world and reading this post)... please pray Surat al-Ikhlas (sura 112 of the Qur'an) and send it for all those who have died and ask Allah to forgive them and have mercy on them. Jazak'Allah.


For the one who remembers is remembered, and the one who forgets is forgotten.

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Maariyah's Mop Hat
Monday, January 08, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Here it is!! My first official crocheted piece.. and a useful piece at that, insha'Allah. I made it for my niece, I think it might be a little big for her, so I may just make her another one or wait until she grows into it. The pattern looked as cute as her (masha'Allah) and I am pretty happy with the results.


I would have loved to share this pattern with everyone, but I think there is a copyright on it, since it's not a 'free' pattern. It can be found in the book Baby Talk, a publication by Coats and Clark. (they have lots of wonderful free patterns, check out their site) It's one of those thin books you can find at Wal-Mart. I shall check into the copyright, and if it isn't I will post the pattern, insha'Allah.


Jazak'Allah Umm Layla for helping me to be able to make something like this. I don't think I would have got any where this quick, had it not been for the book you sent me.

For those who have never tried to crochet.. give it a try!

I would love to hear how other sisters crochet and knitting projects are going.

(edited: 17/01/07 I checked into the copyright of this pattern, and I unfortunately can not share it with you, even if it's just online. But insha'Allah I shall post other patterns I can share.)

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