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An ocean trip

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Salaam Aleikum,

We made a really nice little trip to an small island, Bohus Malmön. I really love this place and everything about it. If you live in Sweden you should really pay it a visit. We went there during the last days of August and alhamdulillah all tourists were gone, there are A LOT of tourists there during the summer months. The nature and landscape of Sweden, I cant really think of anything more beautiful mashallah.

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Whoever does right.

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Visited Alfons Åbergs Kulturhus (Alfie Atkins’ Cultural Centre) two days ago with some sisters. Found this paper in one of the rooms with the text -“Whoever does right, does right againts himself. Whoever does evil, does evil to himself. From the Quran”.

Whosoever does righteous good deed it is for (the benefit of) his ownself, and whosoever does evil, it is against his ownself, and your Lord is not at all unjust to (His) slaves.” Surat Fussilat 41:46

Dear sisters.

Salaam Aleikum,

After a real long day with stress, cleaning, much talk and loud noises a feel tired but happy for a lovely day with some dear sisters and all our children. We are a group of sisters living in the same neighborhood who once every week meet, read something related to Islam (reminder or Quran), eat something sweet and talk about everything in life. Sometimes it is not easy and it gets a bit loud and messy since we also bring our kids. But it is worth every minute and every struggle to make this meeting happen.

Living in Sweden as a Muslim, especially as  a convert/revert, is difficult and the one thing Muslims miss here is a jama’ah. We are not very good at creating unity between us, actually very bad at it. We need to creating a social network, a safety net. Yes, the Muslim community here do have some major issues regarding this. Problems with Muslim not trusting the Ummah in situations when you need them the most. And there is non to blame but ourselves…

But, the idea with our little sister-group is an attempt to create a feeling of jama’ah and building up a network, friendships. Some of us have children, some of us are students, some of us are housewives and we come from different countries with different cultures. But alhamdulillah we share the love for and belief in Islam. We are all Muslims alhamdulillah and we have been living in the same small little are for many years (some of us) without knowing each other subhanAllah. When you find a sister within walking distance you truly feel blessed! And subhanallah the Muslim should not be alone, just like it is easy for the wolf to take the lone sheep it is easy for shaytan to take the lone believer than believers who are strong together.

My heart, our hearts, also need some kind of Islamic nourishment right? Like a three course dinner, the first dish is just the simple thing of meeting your sisters in Islam, spending time with Muslims. The main course is of course our reading moment when we either read qu’ran or a reminder. This is where our body gets the real nutrition mashallah. For example, today we read surah al-Waqiah together and afterwards the translation. We have time to talk, contemplate and discuss the surah. And the desert is everything else we talk about and do with the kids. Sharing tips for children upbringing, giving advice and support in what ever we struggle with – both in issues related to deen and dunya. And it’s a comfort to have everyone so close if we one day might need help with a babysitter, company when we are alone, going out for walks together, doing activity with our children together and so on. Today mashallah the kids got creative and painted mashallah.

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This is really not difficult to do and the benefits are many mashallah. This is something I think, more sisters out there could to. Even if you don’t feel like you need this kind of meeting with sisters in your neighborhood there might be a sister there who really really need something like this or in a year or two you yourself might be in desperate need of a strong sisterhood. We got together because we live in the same area but you could really start any kind of sister gathering to create a stronger jama’ah in your community. We have to start somewhere…

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A heart at ease.

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Finally quiet outside, the kids did not wake up alhamdulillah of all the noise. Yes, fireworks are beautiful but there are far more better ways to spend (or waste?) your money. A new year has begun and we have again left one more year behind us. I don’t make promises or any specific goals at the beginning of a new year, but it is a good reminder to think about the year that passed, what we did and did not do. What good deeds did I do? Which bad deeds did I do?

The quote for this poster is not from me originally, I saw it on IG (or was it Pinterest?). I think this is a good message to bear with us this new year. Try to find peace in whatever comes in your way, because this is what Allah has chosen for you.

(Självklart vill jag passa på att göra lite reklam för mina posters som jag säljer där hela summan skänks till sadaqah. Kika in i shoppen, det finns fler posters.)

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