"There was for Saba, aforetime, a sign in their homeland [Yemen] two gardens to the right and to the left . . . be grateful to Him[Allah] . . .But they turned away, and We sent against them the flood released from the Dams [Maarib dam]" (Qur'an. Saba:15-16)
Jazaakom Allah Khayr (a.k.a “Thank You”) for visiting my blog. Insha Allah (God Willing) you find what benefits you, and if not then let me know and if I can help I will.
A little bit about me :
Originally from Yemen but born in China (Peking) and currently living in the USA–Montgomery/Alabama to be exact [just moved from Minnesota]
Eldest of four siblings: Arwa (born in India), Mueen (born in Yemen), and Liza (born in England).
Lived in Yemen, China, India, England, Germany, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Djibouti and the USA. My father was an ambassador to Yemen from the years 1970-2001.
Fluent in Arabic and English. Reading ability in German–without much practice my oral abilities in German, which were excellent, have dwindled.
Married to Khaled , also from Yemen. But we met and married in Minnesota. I must say, the best career of all is being a wife !!!!
Inherited my mother’s passion for cooking–she is still, to me, the most wonderful cook in the world. All of my dishes are either hers or are inspired by her. I will be sharing my recipes.
Ph.D. holder of English Literature from the University of Minnesota. The title of my dissertation was: “The Women of the Turk and Moor Plays” in which I discussed early modern (16th and 17th century) English representations of Muslim women on the English stage.
M.A. in English Language and Literature from Iowa State University. The title of my thesis was: “Early Modern English Understanding of Islam trough the 1649 Alcoran of Mahomet.” I attempted, through close study of the very first translation of the Qur’an into the English language, to speculate on some of the reasons that may have led to the anonymous writer’s misinterpretation and mistranslation of Muslim Doctrine, which in turn shaped early modern English minds about Islam.
B.A. in English Language and Literature with a minor in Education from Aden University/ Faculty of Arts, Science and Education in my home city Aden/Republic of Yemen.
Recipient of Fulbright Scholarship in 1997.
Recipient of Myron Allen Fellowship from the University of Minnesota in 1999.
Previously edit and wrote articles for Hiba Magazine, which attempt to bridge the gap between Quran and Sunnah and our Muslim Ummah and spread and cultivate true and inspirational knowledge to promote peace and harmony. It also aims to provide families with insightful, informative and decent reading material all under one cover.
Offered weekly Circle of Light halaqa at Masjed Al-Huda in Minneapolis/MN 2007-20011 . Currently Sisters Inspiring Sisters Halaqa in Montgomery/AL 2011-current.
Currently Assistant Professor of English at Alabama State University.
So much yet to learn so feel free to teach me. There are two things that have caused the loss of knowledge and they are “arrogance and bashfulness” according to our Islamic scholars. Knowledge humbles for as Frank Herbert (1920-1986) said, ” The beginning of knowledge is the discovery of something we do not understand.”
All discussions and dialogs are open Insha Allah. Feel free to correct me, advise me, and offer constructive comments. I will respond as soon I am able to.