Oct 22, 2008

Restaurants...

I will post as is.. I didn't make any additions.. as I have been busy at times.. and at other times... honestly was not even up to blogging about anything... anyway.. I will post as I left it the last time I was working on the list.. So my list is not complete and is farrr from ready- I will try to finish it slowly... and add the restaurants I remember).
I will leave you with a website that will give you all the information needed for many restaurant in Riyadh. They include price range, pics, and more.
(the site is new... and they are adding new restaurants all the time)
Sorry for taking So long to post this....
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In my 4 years here, I have gone to many restaurants. If you ask my husband he will tell you that i am bloody picky, and need to make sure they are clean. I have been known to walk out of a restaurant AFTER being seated after I have noticed the place was not to my liking! Here are the the restaurants I have grown to love in this city is: Middle Eastern Foods- Burj el Hamam - Lebanese Restaurant. I love this place... but its more of a take out place.. I don't believe they have a family section... the prices are reasonable. Baalbak- Lebanese This place has some nice tasty foods... but I am not very fond of their family sitting area.. its a little too dark for my liking... Al-Reef al Lebnani Lovely food.. Lovely atmosphere.. The prices are average AbdulWahab- Lebanese I have yet to go to the actual restaurant.. but the food is Delicious.. and I find they have one of the best (and more expensive) shawarmas here in Riyadh. Mareez I have only ever had take out from here.. and it is quite cheap. Bohsali- Lebanese I am in love with their Cocktail Drink... but the food is OK. The nice thing about this place- for families that want complete privacy- is that you are seated in your own room (with door). Cafeblanc- Lebanese The Atmosphere is pretty nice... (it looks kind of like caves inside).. and the food is OK as well.. not expensive. G-Farah I have only ever eaten sandwiches from them.. and it was take-away. It tasted great.. but Ohhhh so fattening.. lol Shiraz- Iranian Nice food, and Nice atmosphere, Good prices Najd Village- Saudi The atmosphere is wonderful... it takes you back to the old days.. you are seated in traditional seating.. and the food is great! Prices are very reasonable International Cuisine 11-A Rosewood (al faisaliya) Al-Khozama The Grill Roma (Italian) La Campagna Mirage (Chinese) Golden Palace (Chinese) SteakHouse Tony Romas Applebees Chilis Duo Avadh Copper Chende Waterlemon Crepaway Fuddruckers Living Colors Three Amigos the Pizza Company- Not a fan @ all! Pizza Hut
Pizza Amore (Not bad at all!) Mega Wraps Sweets Halab Saadadin Diplomat Kabani Thawag A Lovely chocolate place in Centria Mall (I will add the name, the next time i pass by)
Coffee Shops

Second Cup

Dr Cafe

Starbucks

Coffeeland

Oct 18, 2008

Tagged: When in the Masjid

I was tagged a while back by Stranger In This Dunya, and well here are my 3 topics:
1. I have found that there are many people that come to the masjid not exactly looking or smelling their best. I have on more then one occasion been forced to relocate to a new spot due terribly offensive smells. In Islam we are taught about cleanliness. I just wish people would actually follow the teachings of our Prophet (PBUH).
  • Imams Bukhari and Muslim reported that the prophet (S.A.W.) said: "Who ever eats garlic, onion, then keeps away from our Masjid because the angels get offended from what offends the children of Adam." Imam Muslim reported that Omar (R.A.) used to say while he on the Minbar: "I saw the prophet (S.A.W.) when he found their smell (garlic, onion) from a man in the Masjid, he ordered him to be taken out." then Omar said: "If you must eat them, then cook them well.." 
2. Another thing that bothers me, is when people walk infront of you while youa re praying. I have been taught from a very young age, NEVER to walk infront of a praying person, yet you see people doing that with no regard to the person who is praying:
  • The Muslim should not pass in front of the praying Muslim. Imams Bukhari, Muslim and others reported that the prophet (S.A.W.) said: "If the passer in front of the praying person knew how much sin he committed, it would have been better for him to wait for forty than to pass in front of him."
3. People not keeping not touching feet to feet. I was taught that when you are praying as part of a group, that you should keep your feet at shoulders length and have your foot touch the person next to you. I remember many times that people have followed this il7amdilaah... but I have also witnessed many people moving their feet away and leaving spaces between one another (at times spaces so wide a person could easily fit between them)
  • Al-Haafidh (Ibn Hajr) ascribed this wording to Sa'eed ibn Mansoor and al-Ismaa'eelee. Al-Bukhaaree gave a chapter heading for this Hadith by saying: Chapter: 'Adjoining the shoulder with the shoulder and the foot with the foot in the row (for prayer).' As for the Hadith of an-Nu'maan (ibn Basheer) then it is as follows: The Hadith of an-Nu'maan ibn Basheer. [The Prophet (SAAS) said:] "Straighten your rows (he said it three times), by Allaah either you straighten your rows or Allaah will cause conflict between your hearts."
Sources:

What I am grateful for..

I am grateful to Many people...
I am grateful that Allah has blessed me with a wonderful Jewel of a daughter. "She is my sunshine, my only sunshine, she makes me happy, when the skies are grey.. she'll never know dear, how much I love her... Please don't take my sunshine away...." I love watching her grow, I love the little way she giggles, the little smile that curls up on her face when she looks up at me. The way she copies whatever I do, and tries to mimic an entire sentence I had just finished. I love how jolly she is around other, and how she puts a smile on the face of anyone that see's her. SHe is my Gift from Allah :)
I am grateful for the wonderful husband I have. We all have our flaws, but he is a great man. A loving husband, a loving father, and is always sure to try to make us as happy as possible. The song I dedicate to him is; 
I'll be your dream
I'll be your wish I'll be your fantasy. I'll be your hope I'll be your love Be everything that you need. I'll love you more with every breath Truly madly deeply do..
Truly Madly Deeply, Savage Garden
I am grateful for the most wonderful mother in the world. Our relationship is far more then a mother-daughter relationship. She is my best-friend. She is the first person I want to talk to when anything happens to me (good or bad). SHe has sacrifices so much of her life for us (my siblings) and has gone through hell and back to stand by us at all times. Our relationship wasn't always like this, but for the last 7 years our relationship has only gotten stronger. It has become even stronger after I got pregnant, and had my little Princess. I love you Mommy!
I am grateful to have my Super Dad as my Father: Although he has not always been there, he has always wanted the best for me, he has wanted my happiness, even when it wasn't the decision he would make. He has taught me to be outspoken, taught me not to take any ill treatment from anyone, and has taught me to stand up tall and speak my mind whether or not it was what the majorities wanted to hear. I love you Daddy!
I am grateful to my siblings. We are a unit. We stick together through thick and thin. We may have our issues, but once an outsider tries to come between us, we always remember that Blood is thicker then water. We have our laughs, we have our tearful moments. We have our fights, and we have our shouting matches, but at the end of the day, no matter how far apart we are, we are always there for each other, and love each other more then anyone can imagine!
There are many more people I am grateful to have in my life that truly make me feel complete, but if I sit there listing everyone, I just may continue writing for ever. Allah has blessed me, I, at times forget the good, and dwell on the bad. (Thus the Rants). I have dreams of a bright future, a future that will do good for my Family, my friends, myself, and the Children of Adam as a whole.
Oct 10, 2008

Fire! Smoke!

Ok.. I know i am behind in my blogging! I need to finish my 'why the hatred' entry... and I need to write a post for the my very first tag  When in the Masjid by Strangerinthisdunya :D... 
Can u imagine how awful I was in University? I was the queen of procrastination! Did it all last minute.. lol.. bes il7amdlilaaaaah I passed :D
Anyway since the title of this post is fire,.. and I have already made it clear that I am a procrastinator.. I might as well let u in on a tiny little secret... I FORGET things... its not like I forget the important things... I tend to forget little things.. its weird I know.. sometimes I will need to go back and make sure I turned off the stove (even after I already turned it off) as I have forgotten whether or not I checked already! This is not something old.. its rather new.. I mean PL (Pre-Lujain) I wasn't like this.. I remembered the smallest detail! Anyway... back to the Fire/Smoke... I was making some sweets earlier today.. and I made syrup (sugar, water, vanilla and a dash of lemon)... when I went to the kitchen (the upstairs one) I noticed it on the stove and saw that it was watery... So i turned on the stove, and was like.. OK a few minutes and it shall be done... anyway.. I went off to my room, got pre-occupied with my baby girl... and got a knock on the door by one of the maids... I opened it.. and that is when I smelt it... and I kinda saw it.. as the place was full of smoke (and this is not a small villa.. its rather huge)... my father-in-law was standing there in the sitting area in front of the kitchen and was like.. you forgot something on the stove... what happened? I of course was in utter shock... was totally embarrassed.. I didn't want my father-in-law thinking I was an incompetent little fool (he just returned yesterday after 3 months vacationing).. a great welcome back....
Never-the-less got the maids to clean up the mess.. (you could see them smirking to themselves... happy that 'madame' had made a big mistake and gotten caught by 'baba').. sprayed the place like crazy... opened the window.. turned on the vent.. and returned back to my room kicking myself in the ars every step of the way!
Now I am officially the forgetful daughter-in-law that burns things.. :D See dear hubby.. if we had our own place... behind closed doors away from watchful eyes....I wouldn't be put in this predicament!
Btw.. I kinda hinted to my FIL that a smoke detecter would have totally made things better... e7m e7m!
Oct 7, 2008

Why the hatred?... Cont...

My stupid self has lost the first part of this entry... so sorry... its gone.. poof... goodbye :(

Been quite a long time... but I am here to finish what I started... (it won't be too long, just taking it to the point enshallah, as I don't know how much time I will truly have to actually finish this post :) This is also my second try at finishing this post, and I will be sure to press the Save Now button every few seconds.. lol

I would like to jump right into the 'Wahabi' factor. I have found many people throw this term around a lot without truly knowing what it means. I have heard it in the media, I have heard it in blogs, I have heard people using it negatively. But let us look at him from the Islamic perspective. 'Wahabi' is not a sect. It is not a new form of the Islamic religion that Saudis and Pro Saudis follow. the term 'Wahabi' comes from Mohammed Ibn AbdulWahab. He was a good man that brought Islam back to this region. Before he revived Islam, people had started to deviate from Islam, There were Idols throughout the region, Although people were Muslim, they had forgotten what the essence of Islam was. Mohammed Ibn AbdulWahab, revived Islam back to how our Prophet PBUH had taught us it should be. He did not add any new elements, but simply brought Islam back to the people of this region.  

Another term I here being thrown around a lot os that of the 'Salaf'. Again people make it seem like 'Salaf' is a new sect in Islam. Again it is not! It is merely those that adhere to what was taught to us by the Prophet PBUH and the Caliphate. it is following Islam as it is meant to be without adding any deviations, taking away beliefs, and in a nutshell practicing Islam in its purest form. Many may say that after 1400 years its time to make changes. But that is the beauty of Islam, the teachings from centuries ago, are still applicable to todays world. And for that reason we have seen a rise in people who Convert (or revert) to Islam, as they find the missing links when they truly learn. Questions are asked, the answer is in Islam... 

Il7amdlilah, I was born a Muslim, but I also chose to remain Muslim. I was amongst people of many different faiths, from Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhist, and even those that have chosen not to believe and have claimed Atheism as their belief. The above comments were my own, and as a human being I can easily make mistakes, and am willing to learn whenever possible.

I have done some quick searches for links that will go into further details on Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahab, and what a Salafi is:



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