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Friday, August 7, 2009

Yesterday's Finds!

As you may know, my mom and brother are in town. We have been busy all around the city, checking out shops, taking walks, and just generally enjoying ourselves. The weather got a really nice too. Its much cooler and overcast, so we won't get overheated while walking.

Yesterday we went to Powell's books, checked out downtown for a bit, then went over to the Hawthorne Dist. I picked up these things:


The Quran translation is Al Quran, A Contemporary Translation by Ahmed Ali.

I looked at it in the store and was pretty impressed. It includes the Arabic text (in very small print), has useful footnotes, and seems to be contemporary without going against traditional interpretation. I was actually looking for the Asad translation, but maybe this was meant to be.
The English is very readable, but seems to be truer to the original.

I picked up the scarf at a place that sold clothes from Tibet and nepal. It is a rougher cotton that seems to stay put and also breathes well.

Just look at how cute Layla is wearing it:


The other book is a children's story in English and Somali. I probably bought it more for myself than for Layla. She seems to get annoyed when I read it to her in Somali.

My mom and brother both really like it here. Now I just need to convince them to move when my dad retires.

15 comments:

NeverEver said...

awww MASHAALLAH Layla!!! lol, so adorable.

She likes English huh? :-P

Fatimah said...

Adooooorable mA :) a little girl in a hijab never ceases to make me squeal in delight lol

Mama Kalila said...

I bought an Elmer baby record book for Kalila! And my reasoning was because I knew the series did bilingual books & I wanted to get her the English/Arabic ones someday. Still haven't done it. I found an all Eng one at Half Priced a few months ago though and she loves it lol.

Laila Of Course! said...

Awww, Mashaallah so adorable!!

Jaz said...

Aww I used to LOVE Elmer. Anyway... lol, nice hijab!

nadia said...

Layla is sooooo adorable in that green hijab, mashaAllah!

ModestJustice said...

Woah there's english/somali books there?! (well duh lol) I need to get me some!!

And awww masha'Allah Layla is s adorable! :D

Nashe^ said...

I have been wanting to get the translation since last year! Sigh. It can be quite expensive here.

I linked you, btw. :)

Skye said...

masha'allah sis nice finds,and layla looks gorjuz masha'allah

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@MamaKalila, I was actually debating between the Somali ones and the Arabic. My arabic reading skills aren't the best, but you gotta start somewhere.

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@ModestJustice, You should definitely get some! I improved my Somali a lot by getting kids books from the library on MPLS when we lived there. They are the best!

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Nashe, My copy was actually used, but in very good condition. I love getting books like that!

Not sure why I never checked out your blog before, I just added you too :)

Candice said...

So cute! I have almost the same picture with my daughter with such a similar green scarf only darker. How cute! :)

cairo, lusaka, amsterdam said...

Layla is soo adorable, mashallah!
Let us know if that translation of the Qur'an is good :) Always looking for good translations...

Stacy aka Fahiima said...

@Candice, I know don't they look so cute in hijabs :) She'll say "scarf" "wear it".