"Islam began as a stranger and will go back to being a stranger just as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers."

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Shorter Posts

Assalaamu 'Alaikum warahmat Ullahi wabarakaatuh,

I realized that most fabulous bloggers type short posts, for wisdom is portrayed in the least amount of words. That made me notice how I must be such a dimwitted person who bores you out with such long posts.
I'll try to make them shorter inshaAllah.

Love for the sake of Al-Rahmaan,
Bint Khaled

I Regret my Mistake

Assalaamu 'alaikum warahmat Ullahi wabarakaatuh,

Sometimes I'd feel that pain in my hand while I'd type, and I'd just shrug it off as I would a fly. (Actually I would scream if it was a fly..but that's another story.. :D). A few weeks ago, I was diagnosed with something called Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which is a result of incorrect wrist or joint movement. For instance typing while sitting in a wrong position, or typing for a long period of time may result in attaining this syndrome. I very sadly have it on both hands from the tip of my fingers to the top of my shoulders..the reason is: I'm a writer, I need my keyboard. :)

Therefore, I apologize that I may not use the computer or blog for about three months..(I know that's sadly my usual amount of blogging anyway 0.0). Keep me in your du'aa' and don't worry much about me inshaAllah. It's not major if I listen to my parents and avoid use of the keyboard or incorrect wrist position. I love you all for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta'aala.

Fear not, for there is always a light at the end of the Carpal Tunnel. ;)

Yep, I did indeed make that up!
Fi AmaniLlah,
Bint Khaled

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Difference between a Student of Knowledge and a Student of the Internet

By Shaykh Abu Malik Abdul Hameed (may Allah preserve him)

A Student of knowledge: He is the one who before doing anything fixes his soul. Then he maintains his soul to upright character. Therefore he becomes an example for others, in his character and manners. The student of knowledge strives for knowledge and benefit. The seeker of ilm does his utmost to sit with scholarly men, people of piety and in circles of knowledge. The person striving to learn his deen constantly equips himself with beneficial knowledge and information. He safeguards his time. Hence you don’t see him involved in things which are useless. The student of knowledge turns away from things that don’t concern him, and busies himself with things that affect him.

Whenever he speaks, he brings benefit to the people, and when he writes it’s beneficial. Furthermore whoever sits with him ,learns something. He gives precedence to knowledge, its people, consequently benefitting from them. As result of this he honors the people of knowledge; he supplicates for them, and asks Allah to have mercy and forgiveness for the deceased scholars.

The Talibul Ilm hates backbiting, abhors the backbiters and detests anyone’s name mentioned in a bad light. Another thing to notice about the student of knowledge is, he’s humble, he doesn’t raise himself above his level. He doesn’t act like he’s loaded with something he really can’t offer. This student isn’t misled by people praises of him, people blowing him up to be a big shot, or their extolment of him.

The student of knowledge doesn’t want to be famous, so he doesn’t seek fame from the people. Reason being, he knows that it’s Allah who raises the people and gives them rank, not such and such. This seeker of knowledge is one who calls to Allah and advises the Muslims. He enjoins what’s right and forbids what’s wrong based on the Islamic principles and guidelines. You will notice that the student of knowledge is always trying to unite the Muslims and their hearts. He can’t stand division between the people of the Sunnah. He is well aware that division is connected to innovation, and unity is connected to the Sunnah. For that reason it is said, “ Ahulus Sunnah wal Jama’a and Ahul Bid’ah wal Farqa”.

Moreover, you will notice that the student of ilm is shy to speak. He doesn’t speak about everything or every affair that happens among the people. He remains silent, because he knows that he will be called to account for his words, the same way for his actions. Hence, he safeguards his own well being in his speech and actions. He won’t open a door to evil for the general masses.

The Talibul Ilm doesn’t embark on issues of falsehood and deal with things he’s unaware of. That’s why; he enters into issues with clarity. He is aware of them inside and out. He is prepared for the meeting with Allah.

These are some of the traits of the student of Knowledge. May Allah give them to us-Ameen

The student of the Internet. First of all, he doesn’t have any of the traits we mentioned, as this is witnessed. The student of the net is shameless in his character. He displays arrogant behavior towards people. The student of the World Wide Web wastes his time in things that are fruitless. He attacks anyone, regardless if they are a minor or senior. He hurls his assault without maintaining the reverence of knowledge, age, or its people.

The student of the internet learns hatred, he follows the mistakes and slip ups of others. These are the fruits of learning from the internet. The student on this path days and years remain empty. He is unable to relax and the people can’t feel at ease from his harm and evil.

In conclusion, if you want to be a student of knowledge, here you are! Take the path. The milestones have been laid out for you. On the other hand if you want to be a student of the internet, there you are! There is the way. That path is full with filth and rubbish. So disgrace yourself, if you want to be a student of the net, but beware of lying to the people claiming you’re a STUDENT OF KNOWLEDGE!

Taken from the Shaykh’s website: http://abumalik.net/play.php?catsmktba=1583

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle – Adam

Fi AmaniLlah,
Bint Khaled

Monday, October 11, 2010

Remember Me?

Assalaamu 'Alaikum warahmat Ullahi wabarakaatuh,

I was looking through my older posts, and I saw that a lot of them were about me apologizing to you for delaying my publishing of new blog posts. Take my word for it, this post is no different.

My family and I recently got back from Egypt in mid-August. I feel awkward in this cold 91-degree weather. I long to hear the Athaan once again and to see the empty streets during Jumu'ah time. I dream to once again see the 'Abaayahs and Jilbabs and Hijabs in the streets, and feel that, "Yes, I'm finally home." Mind you, I'm a born and raised American. But I feel as close to Arabia as I am to my birthstate.

I'm still glad to be back in America though I was really crying when I left. I loved it there. With all its pollution, cigarettes, crowds, noise, and dirt, I love it. I love it with all its smiles, Qur'aan, Islam, and life. I love it with all its ma7shi, food, tea (shaay), and restaurants. I love its sporting clubs, its sights of interests, its wonders, its magnificence. I love its language and its people. I love its malls and stores and shoes and makeup and niqabs and Hijabs and 'Abaayahs. I love its City Stars and Sharm-El-sheikh, and its pyramids and its Heliopolis. I love its old mosques, and its new mosques. I love its shabab, the young youth who walk in the streets calling and laughing and joking. I love the night-time walks and drives I had with my family and my cousins. I loved it when I'd look around and hear a joke in my language. Arabic. And I'd laugh. Because it actually was funny. I love it, love it, love it.

I apologize for not having written while I was there. I was so lost in my new fairytale of where my real home is, that I forgot about that once-loved object called, "The Internet." In Egypt, I would refer to it as: El-nit. But now, el-nit is not as soothing as it was once before. Now, my time is dedicated to memorizing the Book of Allah subhaanahu wa ta'aala and trying to find ways to get into a program that would help me fly through High School. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that alhamduLillah I made it to yet another year. I am currently a 13-year-old by the will of the Almighty.

Ya Allah, I can't believe it's already been two years since I first made this blog. And yet, here I am, feeling like I've only had it for what? Two months?

Anyway, I'd love to tell you more about my summer. But for now, I have to go study and work on my science fair project. My mother is tapping impatiently..(that's a lie BTW).

Can't wait till I next go to Egypt (Misr), my home.

Love for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta'aala,
Bint Khaled

PS. Check out MLIAR (mylifeisarabic.com). It's really cool..for you Arabs who've been out there waiting for one to be made. Well awesomely, it was recently made by some fabulous people! I was soo happy when I discovered it a few days ago.. May Allah ta'aala reward the admin. Ameen.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Taalibah at Heart

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatu Allahi wabarakaatuh,

Yes, alhamduLillah I am still alive. No, I'm sorry..I do not have time to give out autographs. I apologize for not having blogged for a while now but I have been quite busy. Busier than I would want.

My missions for this Dunya and the 'Akhirah are increasing every second, and at the moment, the internet is not my priority. I still don't know if I will be blogging much during summer time..only Allah subhaanahu wa ta'ala knows. That mainly depends on if we are inshaAllah traveling to Egypt or not.

I sort of have to get along with typing this post really fast because I have a Tajweed class in and hour and a half, a Qur'aan class in two hours, and I still have to pick up my sister from college and take her out for a late lunch. InshaAllah we'll manage.
The reason I'm not at school right now with my notebook and mechanical pencil (0.5 lead..woot woot) is because I'm currently suffering from the stomach flu which I alhamduLillah caught from the boys who sit across the room from me. While I'd be trying to pay attention, I can hear their beautiful little 'choir' blowing their noses in a coincidental rhythm and then coughing and sneezing.
When I thought I was immune to the disease, I eventually caught it on Friday. AlhamduLillah. =)

So far I've only used about 23 tissues and coughed about 17 times and sneezed 4 times. That's an improvement. I skipped out on my Ibuprofen yesterday alhamduLillah..and just when I thought I'd be headed back to school today, the cold caught me AGAIN at 12:03 am. Allahu Akbar. =P

Anyway, I mainly wanted to write this post as an encouragment for me and you alike. I believe with all my heart that I am a true Taalibah alhamduLillah always armed with my memory of a student and my beautiful yellow notebook and mechanical pencil (0.5)! Whenever I can, I attend to whatever beneficial class I can find. I always make sure that I walk out of that class having learnt something new to add to my list of gems, and pass down my knowledge to other peoples' gems.

One last shout-out: AL-MAGHRIB INSTITUE FTW! (For the world..) =D

Be a taalibah today..learn and pass it on!

Make du'aa' for me and all the Muslims out there,
Bint Khaled

For the sake of Allah.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

La Hawla Wa La Quwwata Illa Bellah

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatu Allahi wabarakaatuh my fellow slaves of Allah!

I hope you all prayed Fajr today! =D (That's what I ask my friends every morning!)
So I was on Google Buzz the other day, and I saw a lot of my friends posting up new posts about life and stuff. Their posts were exteremely enjoyable and were coming together very smoothly until I found myself reading "isA" and "mA" over and over. I was so mad, subhanAllah. It really bugs me to see the new chat lingo our Ummah has been using lately:
  1. InshaAllah to iA or isA
  2. MashaAllah to mA
  3. SubhanAllah to sA
  4. Jazaaka/Jazaaki Allahu Khairan to JAK
  5. Assalaamu Alaikum to AA or ASAK
  6. Warahmatu Allahi wabarakaatuh to WAB or WRB
  7. AlhamduLillah to AL
  8. Subhaanahu wa ta'ala to SWT
  9. Salla Allahu 'alayhi wassallam to S
  10. Peace be upon him to PBUH
  11. Radiya Allahu 'anhu/'anha to RA
  12. And anything else there is out there.

SubhanAllah, I think it's very disturbing and improper when I see people spend so many wasted hours writing random emails, and then when it comes to writing "Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatu Allahi wabarakaatuh", they write "ASAK WR WB". Really, people of the world? Is that what we have come to? That we write so much, but when it comes to the most important sentence of the whole text, we write it in shorthand? Inna Lellah..

Let me know if you disagree, then inshaAllah we can debate this issue later. =D

Love for the sake of Allah subhaanahu wa ta'ala,

Bint Khaled

Monday, February 22, 2010


Assalaamu Alaikum everyone,
I was actually talking to some of my friends about 786, and about hearing that it actually stood for "Bismillahi Al-rahmaan Al-raheem". I wanted to know if this was true, and how the idea behind it came about and how it was calculated. So I did what I always do..I researched about it.

The following aricle is too long. Please consult with the following site:

Jazakum Allahu Khairan,
Bint Khaled QK (that's a sideways ninja)

Saturday, February 6, 2010

My very dear sister

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatu Allahi wabarakatuh,

This post is dedicated to my dear sister, wherever she may be out there in this world full of fitnah...actually, she's right in the room right next to mine, where I sit here blogging, but what difference does it make?! (Trying to add drama here...)

I just wanted to say that very few people ever have such an awesome sister as I do. Though, we have our hard times and our tense fights, there are still these moments where I feel like you're my twin. The two years between us have no effect on our relation. Maybe I yell at you when I'm angry, or I might throw the nearest object I find at you (when I'm really really really mad) and then for the next week, hear you say "Anger issues" when you see me. Other times, I would just play a little prank on you or experiment on you (like that one time when I decided not to talk to you for three days and tested your reaction. Turns out you started crying. I could sense the love. But then when I found out it was because you lost your soccer ball, I felt very discouraged.) But these are just the moments we laugh at later.

You are one of my most inspiring role models in life, and I don't know how I would've ever made it up to the seventh grade I'm in right now without you. When I was down in the dumps, or when I needed some advice and good reminders, I always went to you. I could count on you to make me some shai when I was in the mood for coffee or to get me some cheescake when I wanted soup, but you always made me smile in the end. Your very unique method of humor brightened up my days whether I laughed with or at you. Your writings made me sense exactly what you wanted me to sense, and you taught me the most valuable lessons through them and your few but effective words. You taught me that our mission in life is for the afterlife and that helping others is the key for helping yourself. You are my second mother that I'll never forget. (Don't worry, my room's clean. You can check it now, I swear!)

Now as I go over my blog, I can see how much amazingly wicked comments you left me..lol..and then I think back to all those moments we laughed together, and made fun of each other, and helped one another, and debated and argued just for fun. I don't know what I would ever do when you get married. Please..dude...don't ever leave me and get lost, even when I tell you to. (Never make me mad in the first place! Like..don't take my internet when I'm blogging..ahem, ahem..)I am always your sister and when you're down, you know I'm just a heartbeat away.

So I have to go now and set up the table for dinner, inshaAllah I'll see you there. I mean, I really hope I will or else I'll call you a spoiled, not social person.

May Allah reward you with your patience in having me as a sister (and make me better than you muahahahaaa),
Bint Khaled

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Assalaamu Alaikum everyone,
I am very very very happy as of this moment. In my very personal language, I call it 'feeling AlhamduLillah-ic'. Now, why is that?
  1. I have lived another day in my life with my two parents, my three siblings, my 20+ friends, my four limbs, my working mind, my affectionate heart, my soft eyes---I think I'm over-doing it now, and you probably already get the picture...
  2. EGYPT WON THE AFRICA CUP! (Sorry, people. But as you can see, I'm a great fan of patriotism..only to Muslim countries though. So if a Muslim country had won, I would've still felt very happy. But as being from an Egyptian descent, I gotta be simply P-R-O-U-D..)

I advise you all to be proud of your ethnicities, your faiths, your traditions/culture/heritage, and not ever put your back against them, because they are a part of you and mean a great deal to those who lived with you through it all.

Yeah, so I feel like talking in British at this moment (though I have nothing to do with England..), and go bug my sister with all these different accents. (Random question: What's your favorite accent?!)

Love for the sake of Allah,

Bint Khaled

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Why I use this bloggy thingymabobber (never said I always found words for everything!)

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatu Allahu wabarakatuh everybody,

Bismillah....I'll start off with a very sincere apology to all those who take the time to read my blog, for they are the ones who actually drive me to rant about my life, my faith, and my community. I got carried away with school work, the annual science fair, and a bunch of projects and extracurriculars. I am nothing but a young twelve year old just trying to live her life. I was formed from a rather tiny clot of blood and into the short frame I stand inside of right now. (And now is the part where I blame my messiness on my age..lol)

But..please don't take me wrong! I still am sorry that I let all of you down and ruined my reputation to the whole blogging community as being unprofessional, a time-waster, and a very imprompt person.

But just to let everyone here know..I have faith that I'm more than that. Just because I may be a tiny figure, with a tiny shadow, and a tiny family, I still have a loud voice coming out of my tiny mouth, a massive dream, and the willpower to accomplish it. I may not always have the answer to everything, but I always have the thought of trying to learn about it. I may be "just another Muslim", but I actually do something about it. That's why I have this blog. I want those who think they know everything about Islam to visit my blog, and leave it knowing more than what they had known before.

So inshaAllah...I mean I can't promise or anything..but wallahi (ooh I actually just promised..hehe well..too late!) I will try what I can to help all of you have the awesomest life, afterlife, and middlelife (grave).

I love you all for the sake of the Almighty Lord,
Bint Khaled

Saturday, January 9, 2010

To Do

Assalaamu Alaikum warahmatu Allahi wabarakatuh ma dear sis's and bro's (whether ur black, white, red, peach, brown, yellow, blue, pink, or orange. whether u have model hair or abused hair. whether ur a procrastinator or a goody-two-shoes. whether u like to eat hummus and stuffed grape leaves or ud rather stick to biryani or sushi and ramen noodles. whether ur cool or unfortunately stereotyped)..

Every Muslim person in this world lives to die. (You're probably reading that over to understand it). We have to come and face reality..we all are gonna die somehow..somewhere...somewhy...but our mission is to make sure our death is AWESOME! So don't live this world gaining temporary points for your fashion closet and your earthly remedies..but instead, follow these words of wisdom that a 12 year old like I has collected in these 12 years of life.

Yo, yo, yo oh sistas and brothas from otha fathas and mothas, if you want to have a high position in all kinds of good deeds, to be a devoted slave of Allah and to honor your parents, and you are seeking Paradise, then you have to do the following:

Basic TO DO:

  1. KEEP QUR'AN IN YOUR HOUSE ALL the time, don't just keep it there, but hear it. Read it. Beautify your voice with it.
  2. MAKE DUAA'. IT's THE STRONGEST WEAPON YOU CAN EVER HAVE. And it's one weapon that can never be taken away. Whether Islam's enemies like it or not, they can never interfere between you and Allah.
  3. DON'T SAY THAT YOU CAN'T CHANGE THE WORLD. That's what people say when they don't want YOU to change it.
  4. WHENEVER YOU HEAR OF A NEW HADEETH OR AYAH, START DOING IT. That's the key to becoming a better Muslim.
  6. FIND TRUE FRIENDS. They really pay off on the Day of Judgement.
  7. DO FOR THIS LIFE AS IF YOU WILL LIVE FOREVER, DO FOR THE NEXT LIFE AS IF YOU WILL DIE TOMORROW. So live, laugh , love, but remember that you will die.
  8. REMEMBER ALLAH EVERY SECOND IN YOUR LIFE. These will be the only seconds you truly cherish forever.


1 – You have to revive the faith in your heart. Faith is what will bring the Muslim everything he seeks in this world and in the Hereafter. Faith is the key to all goodness and locks the door to all evil. The means of reviving and strengthening faith in one’s heart are many and varied, including doing a lot of acts of worship and righteous deeds.
2 – You must turn to your Lord sincerely, as it says in the report: “If My slave turns to me inwardly and outwardly, I will turn the hearts of My slaves to him with love and mercy.” Allaah has made worship the ultimate aim and loftiest purpose of man: “And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)”[al-Dhaariyaat 51:56 – interpretation of the meaning)]
3 – You should always set your sights on the highest degrees, and make your goal in life to earn the pleasure of Allaah, and strive to attain the victory of Paradise, or to attain the highest Firdaws. You should strive as hard as you can to achieve these lofty aims.
4 – You should follow the example of historical Muslim figures such as the Sahaabah, Taabi’een and righteous forebears (the salaf).
5 – You should make the most of every minute, every moment and every heartbeat to use it in such a way as to increase your faith.
6 – You should try to keep company with righteous people, because the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “A man will follow the religion of his close friend, so let each one of you look at whom he befriends.” Narrated by Abu Dawood and al-Tirmidhi with a hasan isnaad. Good friends are one of the best means of helping you to obey Allaah and to avoid sin and error.
7 – Doing a lot of righteous deeds which will bring you happiness in this world and in the Hereafter.
8 – Praying qiyaam al-layl, making du’aa’ in the time just before dawn. The feet of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to swell because of his desire to be a thankful slave, even though Allaah had forgiven his previous and future sins.
9 – Persisting in reading a portion of Qur’aan daily, and other dhikr that helps you to think and ponder the meanings of the Qur’aan.
10 – Striving to spread the word and make da’wah for the sake of Allaah, and working for Islam as much as possible.

11- Wear the hijab, and increase your hayaa'. It's only for the benefit of you.

12- Accept criticism, especially if it's from those that you love. Without realization, there lies no change.

13- Be strong in your faith. Don't let a rude comment allow it to waver.

14- While being strong, have some fun! No one said it was ever haraam!

15- Work hard to get knoweledge. Whether it's from nerdy novels or just the Qur'an, it's gotta be great. Knoweledge is the best weapon against your enemies.

16- Don't think you'll ever have lost your money when you give it away to Sadaqah.

17- Have a blog. Spread your thoughts through the web! (another excuse to go online...)

18- Always help others. It really, really pays off when you least expect it.

19- Have the best of intentions in every choice you make. Pray istikhaarah.

20- Always use halal money for EVERYTHING. It's the only type of blessed money.

21- Love ONLY for the sake of Allah. Trust me, I had experience and those are the only relations that EVER stay..

22- Know that your community is only your sisters and brothers, so if you ever need anything, they're there. Always call them sis and bro, that keeps ties stronger.

23- When in doubt, read the Qur'an.

24- When in doubt, ask the Shaykh!

25- When in doubt while driving, press rear. LOL! nah, that's my personal inside joke..

Live life L*O*U*D! Die death serene.