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Alaska, one of the best places for muslims to live

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Topic: Alaska, one of the best places for muslims to live
Posted By: lady
Subject: Alaska, one of the best places for muslims to live
Date Posted: 24 June 2012 at 2:42am

Assalaamoalaikum.  I have been living in alaska for almost a month now.  I just found out that my job will extend my contract to work here until October.  So therefore, I will have to fast for Ramadan in Alaska, inshAllah.  Currently, Maghrib comes in at 1130pm and isha at 1245am.  Fajr 315am.  Ok. I work alot of hours, and I have only attended the masjid once here.  I know that there are two mosque here.  One mosque follows mecca timing with prayers.  And the other mosque which I like to attend more in the future make prayer based on the alaska timing.  So therefore, I pray Maghrib at 1130pm and fajr at 315am.  Al hamduallah, it will be more challenging for me to fast during Ramadan while living in Alaska. 

My question is does anyone know the islamic reasonings for following mecca timing for prayers and fasting?



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Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 24 June 2012 at 7:06pm
http://islamqa.info/en/ref/5842 - http://islamqa.info/en/ref/5842


Posted By: lady
Date Posted: 29 June 2012 at 6:09am
Assalaamoalaikum. thanks so much for this website.  It was really informative and I have already shared this knowledge with some people.  May Allah (SWT) continue to bless you in many ways, and continue to place on your heart to give dawah. 
Smile
lady


Posted By: W.S.
Date Posted: 02 July 2012 at 6:04am
Excuse me lady, but when do you sleep?


Posted By: lady
Date Posted: 02 July 2012 at 10:56pm
hahah.  hush
I work night shift, so I am used to sleeping when there is light outside.  But most alaskans have dark curtains on their window. Really, Alaska is the best place to live in america for muslims or for all people.  You do not need a car to get around in alaska.   You can ride a bike or walk.  There are bike trails in the jungle and they have wide sidewalks also for easy walking and riding the bike.  People are laid back here, and the trees, and mountains are too beautiful.  I look outside of my window, and I see nothing but huge mountains and trees. 
 I really do love the alaskan people. They are too friendly and they seem to be more educated about other people's culture.  I know that I am here when the weather is perfect and I will be leaving in october which would be at the beginning of the cold weather. But for right now, I have no complaints.  It is hard to get used to seeing moose. And I am too scared of the bears, but I have been forntunate enough to not see them YET.  Smile  It is just strange that sometimes there are signs posted on the entrance of the hospital's door stating that a bear was sighted in the area..... so be care...
You know how people are so happy to have signs posted, "american pride?"  If there are any signs I see that says "alaskan pride," then I definetely will be buying a couple of them. 
Smile


Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 03 July 2012 at 10:38pm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qgP-VRhF15A - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qgP-VRhF15A


Posted By: W.S.
Date Posted: 04 July 2012 at 7:32am
Originally posted by lady

hahah. hush
I work night shift, so I am used to sleeping when there is light outside. But most alaskans have dark curtains on their window. Really, Alaska is the best place to live in america for muslims or for all people.
That explains it. But what if you would have been working by day? Where I live in Sweden, this time of year the sun goes up just before 4am and it goes down just after 10pm, so that's a little more than 18 hours. I looked at a website that had info about hours of daylight in Alaska, and it would seem that you have about the same crazy number of hours of daylight that I have. How a skinny guy like me with a sweaty job is supposed to be able to fast in this heat for so many hours, I do not know.
Edit: It's not that I don't want to fast, it's just that I wonder if I will be able to do it, and I worry. Will I be able to do my job properly?
 
Originally posted by lady

You do not need a car to get around in alaska. You can ride a bike or walk. There are bike trails in the jungle and they have wide sidewalks also for easy walking and riding the bike. People are laid back here, and the trees, and mountains are too beautiful. I look outside of my window, and I see nothing but huge mountains and trees.
Wonderful!
 
Originally posted by lady

I really do love the alaskan people. They are too friendly and they seem to be more educated about other people's culture.
 
Since Americans in general aren't necessarily famous for being extremely knowledgeable about other cultures, that must be very nice for you.
 
Originally posted by lady

I know that I am here when the weather is perfect and I will be leaving in october which would be at the beginning of the cold weather. But for right now, I have no complaints. It is hard to get used to seeing moose. And I am too scared of the bears, but I have been forntunate enough to not see them YET. Smile It is just strange that sometimes there are signs posted on the entrance of the hospital's door stating that a bear was sighted in the area..... so be care...
 
The possibility of a bear showing up should add some excitement to your daily life, and should be seen as something positive, right? It probably won't happen... but it might Cool
 
Originally posted by lady

You know how people are so happy to have signs posted, "american pride?" If there are any signs I see that says "alaskan pride," then I definetely will be buying a couple of them.
Smile
 
I watched a documentary two nights ago about immigrants in the US. getting their American citizenship, with ceremonies and everything, and there was a young Muslim woman from Jordan who wanted to go to Alaska for some reason. Maybe there's just something about that place Wink


Posted By: lady
Date Posted: 11 July 2012 at 3:11am
Abuayesha, that door is the door that I enter and exit for work.Smile
Thanks for the video. That day, the hospital personel posted a sign on the door that read, "moose sighting in the area, be careful..."
 
Assalaaamoaalikum W.S.  Yes, you are right, the fasting hours seem long to us. Smile  Even if you are skinning and work a difficult job, you are still obligated to fast for the length of time required for you.  Read thoroughly what Abuayesha posted here.  Even if people work during the day, I am sure that they sleep after Isha, and then set their alarm for fajr prayer. Smile
 
About the documentary, there are alot of arabs here in Alaska.   I am sure that this Jordanian lady had some friends or family here.  Most people come here for the people and the scenery.  Mainly they like the idea of living without a car, and biking everywhere.  There is a girl I met at work that said the only reason she came here is to be a professional biker.  Smile
I really have no complaints about this place. It seems that I fall in love with this place more and more each day.  I just found out two days ago that pizza is delivered for 24 hours a day.  That is too strange. 
The food here is wonderful.  I am not a huge meat eater, but it is also strange that the people here eat Moose.  I heard that it is not halaal meat. I will find out more about this later, because if not then I want to make sure that I can at least eat it before I leave Alaska.SmileSmile
I really like the idea that some people are chosing not to have running water, or electricity in their homes.   I really like that idea. They usually live in beautiful simple cabins. 
What is surprising here is that the native americans I see are homeless or drunks.  And this makes me sad.  I asked some of my coworkers about them, and they that the reason for this is because the goverment gives them alot of money for their land that they stole many years ago. Also too the government is using their land for oil.  So they are getting paid for that as well.    I disagree with this explanation.    I did not have the opportunity to ask a native american about this. 
Even the people look different here.  Alot of the women look like men here.  Sorry, I hope not to offend any one.  But this is the truth. They talk and walk like a man, and they even have aggressive manly mannerisms.  I can not say most of them because this is not fair, but there are few I see that have mannerisms like a woman.  There are alot of phillipinos here and I noticed that I say in my mind quietly, "wow, you are behaving like a woman." haha
I live 11 hours by plane away from my family now.   But I would really love to live here forever in the future. This is shocking to me because I am close to my family.   If you come to America for a visit then you must make a visit to Alaska.  Smile
 
P.S. One of my coworkers  invited me to go with her on a helicopter ride and  to do many other things with her and her friends.    I had to refused because I had to work.  My coworker travels as a RN like me.  Anyway, what was interesting is that during one of her sight seeings she was talking to another lady.  And that lady invited them to her family's guest house.  And my friend said that their house was strange beause there was so many stuff dead animals on the walls, and everywhere.  Even to the point that they were hanging from the banisters of the stairs. So that lady who invited them was talking about her family.  She started  naming the people in her family from one of the photos that was hanging on the wall. And one of those photos she pointed to her sister Sarah.  Then an hour went by, and my friend kept hearing this lady say Sarah, her sister,....... Then my friend finally said, "you are not talking about Sarah Palin are you?" And that lady said "yes she is my sister." haha
So I asked my friend, well how was Sarah's sister. She said she was so polite and down to earth, and laid back.  Just like the rest of the alaskans.  Smile
 


Posted By: abuayisha
Date Posted: 12 July 2012 at 5:22pm
Wow, really?


Posted By: W.S.
Date Posted: 15 July 2012 at 3:35am
Originally posted by lady

About the documentary, there are alot of arabs here in Alaska.
 
Oh, I didn't know that. 
 
Originally posted by lady

The food here is wonderful.  I am not a huge meat eater, but it is also strange that the people here eat Moose.  I heard that it is not halaal meat. I will find out more about this later, because if not then I want to make sure that I can at least eat it before I leave Alaska.SmileSmile
 
I read somethere that it is halal but I can't recall where.
 
Originally posted by lady

I really like the idea that some people are chosing not to have running water, or electricity in their homes.   I really like that idea.
 
Me too! 
 
Originally posted by lady

What is surprising here is that the native americans I see are homeless or drunks.  And this makes me sad.  I asked some of my coworkers about them, and they that the reason for this is because the goverment gives them alot of money for their land that they stole many years ago. Also too the government is using their land for oil.  So they are getting paid for that as well.    I disagree with this explanation.    I did not have the opportunity to ask a native american about this.
 
 
Maybe you'll get the opportunity to talk a native american or two? Could it be segregation? Unemployment? Having been treated like a 2nd class citizen?
 
Originally posted by lady

If you come to America for a visit then you must make a visit to Alaska.  Smile
 
The fact that you seem so fascinated by it and that you like it so much there is inspiring Smile It seems very nice. Well, expect for the women...
 
Originally posted by lady

P.S. One of my coworkers  invited me to go with her on a helicopter ride and  to do many other things with her and her friends.    I had to refused because I had to work.  My coworker travels as a RN like me.  Anyway, what was interesting is that during one of her sight seeings she was talking to another lady.  And that lady invited them to her family's guest house.  And my friend said that their house was strange beause there was so many stuff dead animals on the walls, and everywhere.  Even to the point that they were hanging from the banisters of the stairs. So that lady who invited them was talking about her family.  She started  naming the people in her family from one of the photos that was hanging on the wall. And one of those photos she pointed to her sister Sarah.  Then an hour went by, and my friend kept hearing this lady say Sarah, her sister,....... Then my friend finally said, "you are not talking about Sarah Palin are you?" And that lady said "yes she is my sister." haha
So I asked my friend, well how was Sarah's sister. She said she was so polite and down to earth, and laid back.  Just like the rest of the alaskans.  Smile
 
Funny story! Palin's sister seems nicer than Palin then.


Posted By: lady
Date Posted: 18 July 2012 at 12:16am
To be fair about Sarah Palin, I am sure that there were lies told about her making certain comments about alot of things.  I did not think of her much until coming to alaska.  For example, one of the many rumors was that she made the comment that "she could see russia from alaska."  Even if she was not geographically aware of russia, it would be difficult to make this comment as an alaskan.  The reason for this is because there are alot of orthodox russians here, and alaskans know that the US bought alaska from the russians.  I really have more respect for Sarah now that I am in alaska. 
 


Posted By: W.S.
Date Posted: 19 July 2012 at 12:07pm
Maybe there have been lies told, I don't know. But I was thinking more of the fact that she's a Republican and a prominent member of that horrid Tea Party Movement.


Posted By: azzim izhwan
Date Posted: 10 August 2012 at 4:05am
assalamualaikum, greetings from Malaysian muslim.
its sound so nice and tempting to live in Alasca, US. maybe i should pay my visit here if i want to continue my study in Us. :)


Posted By: lady
Date Posted: 12 August 2012 at 7:07am
Walaakum Salaam. 
Yes, you should come to visit.  Right now the weather is in the lower to mid 60's.  Come before the winter starts.  It can get to -10 degrees here for the winter, but in some areas it gets -30 degrees. Winter months last for 8 months. I hear that by October darkness begins at 3pm, so make sure you come soon.  Just stop by the masjid, I am sure that there are men here who will open their door for you to show you some alaskan hospitality.  Smile


Posted By: lady
Date Posted: 06 September 2012 at 7:09am
Alaska is not at all a boring place. There are many physical activities that a person can find himself enjoying.  The people here are really gentle and kind, and so personable.....Smile Alhamduallah.



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