Travellers confusion #Qibla

​Asalam aleikum loves, 

I’ve missed you all .Well there’s been soo much going on I could hardly get time to talk  y’all. Shabaan Mubarak. Wow,Alhamdulillah it’s Shabaan and next month is Ramadhan.Feeling all excited. 

I’ve had a long Rajab honestly. Long because so much as been happening travelling for school and trying to adapt to a new culture. Story for some other day.But I almost hit rock bottom with my qibla direction.Well from back at home qibla was about 5° diversion towards the east and that’s done .Soo close to the North and I was always super accurate.But here…
Definition of qibla : the direction of the kaaba (sacred maside in Mecca )to which muslims turn at prayer.

Important information about the qibla especially when using your prayer mat with a compass.

1.Qibla varies in degrees from one place to another.

Am in Asia,still haven’t swallowed that honestly.But this is how far we go just to get education.I can’t complain I kinda love the place.

So qibla back here is 287° according to my research. Haha.You don’t wanna know how crazy this drove me .How now! …and back home it was just 5°.

Take yo world map and observe the differences.Mecca is towards the North of Nairobi  (home ) and back here  (Thailand ) it’s on the North West.somewhere close to the West North West direction.See attached compass below.

2. The compass will always point North Irregardless of where you are .

Wella compass is designed to always point North.Stuff related to magnetic fieldsstory for some other day.Whatever country you are at it will always point North.

3.What if yo phone has no compass ?

Alhamdulillah with technology this days it’s even easier to have yo qibla directions as soon as you switch  on yo location.I used to think my phone had an in built compass till I travelled and I had a long night trying to wonder where to face  even with no Internet yet on my phone. 

I only knew it was about 287° but how do you get that right.I did it the traditional way..wait don’t laugh at my ways but I was too stranded to think.I noticed the west first. N if west is on my left then east must me on my right hand side and that easily meas my front is North and my back is South.

And 287° is definitely between north and west and was definitely more towards the west.And my gut felt like a genius and I had my udhuu and prayed.

Well as for those with phones that have inbuilt compasses I envy you.Yours is to just place yo phone on the ground and let it keep rotating till it points the qibla directions. With the hundreds of qibla directions apps please have at least two just in case you have your doubts and success at it.

4.Do your research before travelling to a place. 

Most often we research about the weather ,food (halal or not),the people’s culture and other factors we assume important.Make qibla directions one of those important things to know about a plc before travelling. I promise you it will do you good to know.

Please don’t assume you’ll get a mosque nearby. Its not been as easy as I thought in getting a mosque to do my Friday prayers at.Most of all if possible carry a mat with a compass.Alhamdulillah they make like easier for traditionalists like myself.

5. calculating tips for qibla directions

  • Place yo maton the ground and position it on the true North direction.Have the mat direction pointer and the compass direction pointer pointing the same direction. 
  • Confirm qibla directions of the area.well I used Google and muslim pro and they both have me the same degrees. 
  • So take up 360-278°(qibla degrees in thailand Bangkok)=73°
  • Already you know 278 is on the North western direction.so move yo Mat towards the left.
  • Have a difference of exactly 73° between the direction the mat pointer points and the true North maintained by the compass.
  • Straighten yo mat in that direction and wait for the compass to settle so as to have a final confirmation. 
  • And there you go.it’s time to pray.

    Well it’s been amazing trying to figure it out with you all.I hope this was helpful. 

    Al Baqara 2:144

    We see the turning of thy face (for guidance to the heavens: now Shall We turn thee to a Qibla that shall please thee. Turn then Thy face in the direction of the sacred Mosque: Wherever ye are, turn your faces in that direction. The people of the Book know well that that is the truth from their Lord. Nor is Allah unmindful of what they do.

    Always your girl.

    Fatma ibrahim.

    Droplets of emaan

    Bye loves😊

    What are you willing to give up in return for this dua? 

    Asalam aleikum loves 😍😍, 

    Alhamdulillah..thanks  to Allah’s s.w.t blessings upon us all.

    I can’t sleep. ..its been a night of anxiety and distress.I’ve prayed and I’ve released myself from any possible guilt before sleeping but I just can’t get sleep😢.

    I want it soo badly I can’t sleep. I want it since its a very important part of my life’s plan.I want it because am convinced of its goodness to my life and to the ones I love.I want it and that’s why I can’t sleep. ..am anxious. ..I need a way to get it .

    Finally I give up on sleep and I grab an article online about working hard in everything we want.Ever read those articles that you feel like the author had you in mind while doing them 😂😂. ..yes…it was one  of those.

    So am done reading the article and jotting down points but still…I can’t sleep. I can’t read anymore and I can’t just sit here staring at the walls at 3am.No way. 

    So I decide to talk to Allah and actually explain to Him why this is important. ..I know. .I know He knows what’s best for me….but I still wanna do this explaining thing and thus is when it dawns on my nafs. ..

    Are you sure you deserve what you asking for? ?

    And what wring can you give up just to have this in return? 

    What wrong would you quit for Allah? 

    What if you had to exchange a good deed for that dua??

    What would you do girl??

    What?

    Why?

    Always your girl

    Droplets of emaan 😍 

    Fatma ibrahim 

    Manage the damage! ! (Journey back to Allah )

    A.a

    **I believe in jannah series **(Journey back to Allah)

    It’s Tuesday evening and I sit on my bed trying to gather enough inspiration to get me to my prayer mat….sadly …there’s none…

    I have been feeling too sinful to do this.Am scared of making more promises to My Rabb about fixing me.

    It’s been months of trying and out of nowhere…am back to square zero and I hate it here. ..

    But today. ..instead of escaping to bed…I want to sit up late trying to refix me…”I can’t just watch my heart harden just like that,”  …a famous quote I use on myself. 

    I come up with a strategy, …a plan I hope that will work…”insha’Allah insha’Allah. ..” I tell myself. 

    I feel empty. ..I feel lost. …I feel pressured by the world…unhappy. ..depressed. ..uninspired  ..and sick of myself .

    But I noticed one thing for sure…I believe in jannah…I believe in Allah s.w.t. ..I believe in Muhammad s.a.w.w….and this alone..is enough reason for me to keep trying. 

    I make a sound decision start fixing me…starting now…no more tomorrows …no more ‘in an hours’…it’s now that I’ve got. ..and I’ll use now to fix what’s fixable..

    …an hour later. ..

    I smile as I completed my ish’a prayer. …alhamdulillah.  .to new begginings….

    . “O my sons! go ye and enquire about Joseph and his brother, and never give up hope of Allah’s Soothing Mercy: truly no one despairs of Allah’s Soothing Mercy, except those who have no faith.”
    Surah Yusuf verse 87

    Allah is merciful try Him today,tonight and right now.He got you!!

    Always your girl 

    Droplets of emaan. .

    Fatma ibrahim 

    Cheers 😘 😘 😘 

    Jazakallah khair 

    Success duas in the Qu’ran 

    Asalam aleikum loves..

    Apologies for the silence but am back.And am definitely here to stay insha’Allah. 

    Ever thought of success and anything taht would bring it to you.

    Someone shared verses that touched my heart.and I figured why not touch yo heart yo today…

    Its jumuah…

    26.Quli allahumma malika almulki tutee almulka man tashao watanziAAu almulka mimman tashao watuAAizzu man tashao watuthillu man tashao biyadika alkhayru innaka AAala kulli shayin qadeerun

    Say: “O Allah! Lord of Power (And Rule), Thou givest power to whom Thou pleasest, and Thou strippest off power from whom Thou pleasest: Thou enduest with honour whom Thou pleasest, and Thou bringest low whom Thou pleasest: In Thy hand is all good. Verily, over all things Thou hast power
    27. Tooliju allayla fee alnnahari watooliju alnnahara fee allayli watukhriju alhayya mina almayyiti watukhriju almayyita mina alhayyi watarzuqu man tashao bighayri hisabin
    “Thou causest the night to gain on the day, and thou causest the day to gain on the night; Thou bringest the Living out of the dead, and Thou bringest the dead out of the Living; and Thou givest sustenance to whom Thou pleasest, without measure.”

    Al-imran 26-27

    Always your girl

    Diary of a Muslimah

    Fatma Ibrahim 

    Ya Allah. …save me…save me from my soul

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    Assalam aleikum warahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
    It’s been ages . Apparently I didn’t wanna blog this ramadhan. I wanted to try different routines so as to change something about me that I can’t stand. (Ain’t telling though )

    With no special story in mind. ..today am the topic.,you are the topic.

    Sitting in the office, late morning and as usual am struggling to be awake. Most of the time remedy for this is sleeping, but my boss is around hence I decide I’ll distract myself. I go to a colleague and I pretend to have a question for her.
    You must be wondering why am asking her…well am still on that 3 month probation before you get your long awaited job opportunity. And Mrs Boss had insisted I could always sort help from anyone but mostly her.

    Automatically, as we women something gets us together. We all know if you wanna know if someone is your true girlfriend. .on the vetting list…her gossip must be tasty. And at this I gave her a 9.
    So back at it.She gives me that eye that she has something she’s hiding and immediately we start a mini – war with me trying to convince her to spill the story.
    But just before she did…inside me I really didn’t want to gossip today. Not in ramadhan. ..no not this month…I don’t want to spoil my slate. …
    (Still inside me lives a devil that flourishes with gossip. )And clearly that devil never gives in easily.

    As we know we all have this weakness we can’t stop….so I let her spill even with all the fear inside me.I tried to act like I didn’t want more but I did..more and more and more.
    In no time,it was lunch hour and I sat hopeless on my praying mat trying to compose a prayer that can make my Rabb forgive me. I was embarrassed of myself and felt soo unworthy. ..I just needed my Lord.

    And my Rabb tells us

    “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.”
    Az-Zumar 39:53

    It’s hard to convince yourself that there’s forgiveness but there is. ..And he can forgive all of us …provided you regret, admit and promise never to do it again.

    More than anything I’ve learnt this ramadhan is my soul is my enemy. My soul  makes the devil accomplish things.My soul. ..my soul. ..my nafs. ..my nafs.

    Ya Allah save me from my nafs…save me Lord save me…

    Saum maqbul sweeties,
    always your girl
    Diary of a muslimah
    Fatma ibrahim
    Cheers 😘

    From the girl you trying to impress 😞😶

    Assalam aleikum warahmatullahi taala wa barakatuhu .
    I hope this blog finds you in best of health by Allah’s mercies. I’ve missed you ..I really have even though you believe not…alhamdulillah am back 😊

    I don’t know,  they keep saying 21st century men are loosing it.Well others seem to have it together but damn..I see and hear things sometimes and I come back home wondering what ‘pleasure’ lays in some actions they do.
    And who would speak to them for them to get the message?

    To adam,(a character from an islamic book am reading on wattpad;changed)

    Back to my letter;

    To adam,
           I know you are about to freak out on receiving this letter but eazy man,I had to.
    Well ,from at the back of the class where weirdos and shy people sit at in class sit at.I always notice how you once in a while steal glances of me.And I don’t blame you,I also find myself soo pretty  (on a lighter note😛).By the way, thanks alot ,through your expressions I can tell how good I look sometimes. Haha..

    Before you get me wrong,this ain’t a love letter .I wish it was but no way…serious matters first.Well,am nervous. ..I don’t know how to start but I have to dare my guts on this.No matter how bad the outcome might be.

    Masha’Allah you have one of the most adorable  eyes I’ve seen.I like how how your complexion just compliments the eyes. (All girls in school go nuts about you , you know ).I totally pray to have you in future but in a different state.

    I know I got you mixed up on what I mean. Well, that day I caught up with you in the washroom with a syringe and I could already see how  often you do it through the scars…that day man, I didn’t sleep.Been trying to figure out how long you’ve been doing this?and how I could help you stop it ?what makes you do that?

    By now I know well how good you are at avoiding this questions.So I’d rather not start.Today in this letter I want to let you know that whateveryou going through, it can always be solved using the Qur’an and ways of rasul (s.a.w.).I doubt you are the first in anything you going through. And trust me you’d never be the last. Sit and seek help through ways that will bring healing to your soul.
    Drugs just give us temporary solutions that are always  hurtful and regrettable.Look at everything situation as a test to bring you close to Allah s.w.t and not further.
    I can tell you are a kind soul through small acts I see you doing. And I can’t relate how this soul that’s kind to others can’t be kind to itself.
    Seek Allah s.w.t. ..seek Him when in need and seek Him when contented. Happiness of the soul comes always from the connection with our Creator.

    Enough lecturing ; Please pass me your history book.I need to counter check my notes before the exam.

    Al baqarah 2:45
    And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]

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    Always the girl you admire secretly ,
    Sophia the wierdo

    Btw ramadhan kareem in advance sweeties.

    Fatma ibrahim
    Diary of a muslimah
    😚😚