Monthly Archives: April 2010

Introducing Ayoub!

When Farhan held Ayoub for the first time this morning he said “he just fits in my arms”.  And that’s how it feels…just the right fit at the right time for our new family, Alhamdulillah!  We’re pretty exhausted from the journey.  But what a wonderful day, Alhamdulillah!  We are truly blessed.  Please keep us all in your duas.

Will write more soon, iA.  Enjoy the photo for now, more coming!

Step 9: Check

**5/6 Update:  We’ve removed the photos after receiving some good advice (legal issues).**

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Thanks for the love

Just wanted to thank you so much for your love and support.  We appreciate that each of you wrote to us with your best wishes and duas.  I apologize for not writing back individually yet but hope to soon, inshaAllah.  Please accept this little note as a big thank you!

We leave tomorrow morning for Tangier and will meet baby Ayoub on Friday morning at 8am inshaAllah.

Wow.  **big sigh**

Until then….

What do Ibn Battuta and baby Ayoub have in common?

They’re both born in Tangier, Morocco!

Ibn Battuta (February 24, 1304–1368 or 1369), born in Tangier, was a Moroccan Berber Muslim scholar and traveller who is known for the account of his travels and excursions called the Rihla (voyage in Arabic). His journeys lasted for a period of nearly thirty years and covered almost the entirety of the known Islamic world and beyond, extending from North Africa, West Africa, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe in the West, to the Middle East, Indian subcontinent, Central Asia, Southeast Asia and China in the East, a distance readily surpassing that of his predecessors and his near-contemporary Marco Polo. With this extensive account of his journey, Ibn Battuta is often considered as one of the greatest travellers ever.  He is said to be buried in Tangier.

Read more about people who were born, spent time, and settled in Tangier.

Source: Wikipedia

Countdown: 3 days until we meet Ayoub, iA!

About the name Ayoub…

Just a few days ago we had a poll on the blog asking for people’s opinions of different names we were considering for our baby.  We want to thank everyone for taking the time to vote!  It seems that Ibrahim and Yusuf were the most popular among the voters.  We were kind of leaning toward Zakariyya 🙂

Well, when we got the call from La Creche, the ladies told us that they had named him Ayoub but we could change it if we wanted.  We thought about it for a few hours and decided that we liked it!  Some things are just meant to be.

Here’s a little background:

It’s pronounced ah-Yoob.

In Islam, Ayoub (know as Job in the Bible) is a prophet. In the Arabic language the name is symbolic of the virtue of patience, though it does not mean patience in itself. Prophet Ayoub (peace be upon him) was one of the descendants of the Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham, peace be upon him) and a nephew of Prophet Ya’qub  (Jacob, peace be upon him).  He was sent as a prophet to the people who lived in the desert situated in the north eastern corner of Palestine.

Prophet Ayoub is best known for being patient, steadfast in his belief, and thankful throughout his trials of poverty and illness and is praised in the Qur’an:  Truly! We found him patient. How excellent a slave! Verily, he was ever oft returning in repentance to Us! (Ch 38:44)

His story is inspirational.

Interesting tidbit: Last year we visited Prophet Ayoub’s tomb in Salalah, Oman.

About La Creche (the orphanage)

I added a page to the blog that talks a little about a normal day in the orphanage and includes some pictures. I also added a page “How to Donate” that describes their needs and how/what you can contribute.

Please take a minute to check it out, thanks!

Getting Ready

Ayoub's first load of laundry

Ayoub's first load of laundry

We did a little shopping yesterday for Ayoub. So we decided to wash everything in anticipation of meeting him later this week, iA.  Here’s a pic of his clothes drying on the line (after they were ‘dried’ in our dryer, lol!).  Everything is so little and cute.  We did a few other errands but, by far, this was the best one yet!

Countdown: 6 days until we meet Ayoub, iA!

Tangerines originated in Tangier

Neat Fact: The name tangerine comes from Tangier from which the first tangerines were shipped to Europe.

The adjective tangerine, “from Tangier”, was already an English word (first recorded in 1710).

Source: Wikipedia