Update - 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh

Well... I'm not dead.. although my blog speaks otherwise. Sorry to those who have dropped by and see no progress, if it makes a difference.. my non-net life (yes I have one) is busy.

Anyway, I'd like to first thank a few people, forgive me if I missed anyone:
DG Diary, for the lovely post and email.
Roving Soul, (love the name) I did read your post about 'best blogs' and have no words to explain how much it touched me. It came at a very perfect time in my life. You should be 'Roving Angel'.
A Voice In The Clouds, for all the lovely tags - forgive me for not getting to them.
Al-Miskeenah, for the touching email - as always.
Prism of Thoughts, for taking the time to wish me "Salam Maal Hijrah".
Stranger In The Dunya, for 'missing me' - I miss you too, especially when I make basbousa..haha
Making Memories, for reminding me about the good my blog has done - hence me posting today, insha'Allah WE can carry-on helping others.

To wrap up: The Delicioso Swap was excellent! AlhumduliLlah. We didn't have many participants, but some of the most wonderful sisters joined. Here are a few posts on how it went, with pictures!
Crushing Cardamoms
Delicioso Swap & Syndrome Tudung MekTwain
Thank you sisters, for joining and making it possible to bring sisters together.

Warning: Although I usually try and look past things, I'd like to discuss swaps with YOU, (feedback very welcome!). I'd like to tell you every swap has gone as smoothly as the last, and everyone happily receives their gift.. unfortunately I can't! I've been running swaps and projects way before this blog (5 + years).. and I'm still shocked every time a sister gets left out. I'm not talking about, "I sent it, but it didn't make it", "I had some problems, so I'll have to send it later" - that's all fine. Am I missing something? Am I doing something wrong? Do people really have the heart to take something without giving back? (don't answer this one). In the last month, I've already had sisters asking to join a swap - I'm a little lost if it's worth it. It's almost laughable (I'm not laughing) that the main intention for each swap is bring sisters closer, and yet we end up doing the opposite.
------ alrighty my rant is over, I'd still like to hear your thoughts.

This year I'd like to run more projects, insha'Allah. For now, I'm collecting money for milk powder to be sent to Gaza. A brother is going to purchase the milk powder in Syria and take it to Gaza, may Allah make it possible. If anyone is interested - money can be sent via paypal (amtullah79@yahoo.ca) before January 30th, 2009. I don't like projects where I have to collect funds, but this opportunity just came up. Insha'Allah in the future we'll try helping those in Gaza through different projects, in the meantime.. please, please keep them all in your prayers.

Jazaki'Allahu khair for visiting me.


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At 12:45 PM, Blogger Hijabi Apprentice

Asalaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Dearest Farhana,

I was just mentioning you to my step daughter the other day! She was asking me where my "special" green cup and plate went and I reminded her Farhana Aunty got it for me :). I miss you tons!


HA aka Umm Zach


At 10:54 PM, Blogger Ms.Unique

Assalamualikum Dearest Farhana,

Hope U all r doing f9 .... I'm so glad that u r bck to blogosphere .... missed U so much ... tk cr ...

Loads of Luv N Hugs


At 7:41 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Wa'alaykum as-salaam wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sisters,

Hijabi!!! Absolutely wonderful to hear from you, you have no idea how often I think of you :D lol@your special green cup. OH I should have sent her a special green cup too. Insha'Allah one day :D Hope all is well with you.

Ms. UNIQUE! I missed you too! I have been meaning to email you, and thank you for the tags. I am doing great, and pray you are well. Jazaki'Allahu khair for your lovely comments.

Lots of Love


At 10:24 PM, Blogger Hajar

Assalamualaikum Dear Sister Farhana,

Imagine my joy to receive your comment in my blog! Alhamdulillah, glad to know you're well. I'm alright with the tags. ^^ What mattered is that finally, some news from you! ^

Thanks for linking to my swap post. I can roughly understand your predicament. Like always, you're doing a noteworthy cause. Do take care sister.



At 5:20 AM, Anonymous Imaan

as salaamu `alaykum :)

I haven't had much success finding agencies accepting donations in kind for Gaza but I'm asking around... Looking forward to more posts from you!


At 7:43 PM, Blogger Nakia

Asalaamu 'Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,

Good to see you back! I'm sort of back too in a sporadic, typing with one hand, holding the baby kind of way....

take care,
wa salaam,


At 10:55 AM, Blogger Dubai Guy

Welcome back Farhana, happy to see you blogging again :-)


At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Umm Nassim

Assalam Alaikum Farhana,

Don't you dare stopping these swaps! How about a tea-time swap? Here's another one for you: postcard swap for Muslim children and their moms!



At 6:28 PM, Blogger Ms.Unique

Assalamualikum Farhana .... Congratulations U've been awarded on Ms.Unique's Corner pls visit ... :)


At 8:44 AM, Blogger Sketched Soul

Wa'alaykum as-salaam wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dearest sister Ms. Unique,

Tabarak'Allah, so sweet of you. Thank you so much :D

Love Farhana


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