Dependence Day!

One year ago today, I proposed to my darling Farhana Ali.

Alhamdulillah! Things went so quickly after that… We married in late August and it’s been happily ever after ever since.

I am so blessed to be able to share my life with this wonderful woman. May Allah Azza wa Jall bless her for putting up with me.

Surah Al-Furqan contains an excellent dua for anyone looking for a spouse or currently married:

Rabbana hab lana min azwajina wa dhurriyatina qurrata a`yunin wa’j`alna li’l muttaqina imama

(Our Lord! Grant unto us spouses and offspring who will be the comfort of our eyes, and give us (the grace) to lead the righteous.)


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Naps are Sunnah?!? Brilliant!

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Take a nap, for the Shayateen do not take naps.” (At-Tabarani, Al-Sahihah, no. 2647)

Alhamdulillah! I needed that…

After a wonderfully enjoyable (and delicious) iftar at Amma’s with a few other reverts and some friendly neighbors last night, I had a bit of trouble getting to sleep… too much excitement.

But thanks to an office policy that lets us out 2 hours early on the eve of holidays, and thanks to the aforementioned Hadith, I had a lovely (if a bit long) nap this afternoon. Alhamdulillah!

InshaAllah we’ll have the energy and focus for tarawih tonight.

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Wasps are in the what now?

I didn’t expect to see any pollination going on today… after all, this neighborhood is very new, and I’ve not seen anything in the way of bees around.

Imagine my surprise when I saw this little guy happily munching on this onion flower.

Did you have any idea that wasps are competent pollinators?

Who knew?

And did you know onions put out these crazy flowers?

SubhanaAllah! Alhamdulillah! Allahu Akbar!

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Not quite.

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I intended to capture something of ayat 57 of Surat Ghafir, and in some ways I did, but I have some misgivings about this picture:

  1. The very idea of this picture, maybe not this picture, but the idea behind it, the way I decided to try and capture it, is contrived, overdone, unoriginal. Do we need another picture to remind us that Allah’s creation is much more beautiful, more powerful than anything we could ever come up with?
  2. The Petzval, while a fine lens, is not quite the lens to use for this, at least not at this aperture. Maybe something like f/8 would’ve been better. Also, the framing could’ve been wider (but not with this lens at this position), with more street at the bottom and less sky at the top. It’s also a bit dark.

That said, in some sense, this picture can be seen as a success: after all, could a digital camera capture the power and majesty of Allah Azza wa jall’s creation? And if it could, could a hack photographer like myself wield the tool appropriately? Allahu Alim.

La hawla wa la quatta illa billah.

InshaAllah, I’ll try again. There’s a specific spot on the drive to work that I want to try to capture, and that might work a bit better for this theme, even if the subject and method seems a bit hackneyed.  Continue reading “Not quite.”