Archive for July, 2015

It’s 2015 and I remain disgusted by the use of the n-word; especially by other Muslims

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2015 by amanisma

Yeah this happened. I was debating on whether or not to post this but decided  I should. So I’m in this group on Facebook with mostly Muslim women who discuss random topics and among them is men who can’t seem to take no for answer when asked not to privately contact us. It’s all fun and games; laughs and jokes until this happens. A “sister” decides to spew the n-word.   
  
After I point out it is offensive she offers a half apology “I’m sorry YOU are offended”. Pretty much implying I’m the only one and I shouldn’t be. Soon after she comes back with “ain’t even my Effin problem that u can’t get over history…” WHOA and there is no racism in Islam? That statement alone was loaded with prejudice and insensitivity towards another race. Has it been the black race or not.Imagine someone saying anything close to holocaust victims. No way would that ever fly. Anyway, it’s hard to receive and accept an apology followed by such disrespect. 

It’s interesting that people claim the word is used for “buddy” or “dude” but that was not the context in which is was used but ok “sister”.

Other than feeling totally disgusted,  the even more disappointing part was that no one else came to my defense. It’s not like I was expecting it but dang, there is no racism in Islam. Yeah right. Take away the racism clearly there is no respect for each other when we say something is hurtful and disrespectful and still faced with such negativity. 

Storing fresh herbs

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2015 by amanisma

Does anyone else feel incredibly sad when you buy fresh herbs and less than two days pass and they start to wilt? Well I do. I just read an article about how to store fresh cilantro, parsley, and other herbs so I figured I’d give it a try.  I hope it works!!!!!

  

  
Update: This picture was taken 6 days after storing my herbs. It worked wonderfully. I am currently storing a new set of cilantro, parsley, and this time I have added mint. 

A familiar scene amongst Muslims 

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2015 by amanisma

I am certain this may happen with other faiths but as a Muslims American who has been around both Muslims and those who are not, I must say this happens a lot with Muslims. So we are sitting in a restaurant having an early dinner and there is a family dining close by that consists of 3 male adults, their wives and children are sitting near by at a separate table. All together there about 10 people. The guy on the left gets up to pay and as he is standing at the register a second man races towards the register insisting he pays. Then the third man approaches. All three are reaching over each other to pay the bill. All I could do is look and smile and say “Masha’Allah”(God Willed it). I had to pull out my phone and record so that I could share with you all. I hope you all enjoy seeing this most kind generous act amongst Muslims. I had to blur out their faces as I did not have permission to record them. 

Baby making beats

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2015 by amanisma

I know I’m a little late but how cool is this app VidRhythm? There are absolutely NO InsTruments. Only the voice. 

Posted in Uncategorized on July 20, 2015 by amanisma

This is a reminder to myself first to do all things for the pleasure of your creator because humans can be so ungrateful. You could sacrifice your all and go out of your way to make people happy but they won’t think twice about throwing you under the bus. To avoid any hurt feelings in the future remind yourself to do good for the pleasure of your Lord. Nothing more, nothing less.   

Terrible Customer Service At Party City

Posted in Uncategorized on July 16, 2015 by amanisma

Yesterday I received the worst customer service at a Party City in Virginia by a sales associate we’ll call Lindsay. I walk up to checkout line and Lindsay seemed bothered by my presence. She began scanning my merchandise without saying a word. Lindsay refused to give a simple greeting even after I spoke to her. I told Lindsay that a greeting and good customer service would keep customers coming back. Unfortunately I commonly receive this type of service but once I mention customer service people usually change their tune and try to fix their little attitude but not this time. Lindsay refused to acknowledge I was speaking to her. It was then that I asked to speak to a manager. When the manager arrived I asked if I could speak with her. Lindsay snaps at me saying “You can talk right in front of me”.This was the first time she looked up and made eye contact and it was very rude. I told Lindsay I was going anywhere WILL talk in front of her. This is not the way a sales associate should speak to customers and I am absolutely appalled that the manager stood there and allowed it. I calmly explained to the manager that her associate was very disrespectful and refused to greet me. Lindsay didn’t deny her poor treatment yet the manager immediately sided with her saying she has worked with her for some time and she is always polite to customers greeting them and asking if they found everything ok. I informed the manager that Lindsay was not polite and STILL had not greeted me. I asked “what is so hard about saying hello” Lindsay says to me “I usually greet customers but you’re the only one didn’t speak to”. Only then in a patronizing manner did Lindsay look at me and say “HI” and threw her hands up as if to say “Are you happy now?”. I strongly believe I was treated in this disgusting manner because I am Black and Muslim. Lindsay needs to be trained on how to speak to customers and better hide her dislike for people who are apparently different from. I told the Manager, had I not been so exhausted from a day out with 3 small children I would take my money elsewhere because I absolutely despise bad customer service. A simple greeting will keep customers coming back but that particular Party City has definitely lost a customer. I asked the on duty manager for the district manager’s contact information because it was clear she didn’t care to reprimand the employee. Instead of giving me what I asked for she gave me the store number so I have yet to speak with anyone who will actually do anything about this terrible customer service. I have since emailed the company’s customer service department, Facebook page, and made contact through Twitter. I was sent a message stating I would hear from a customer service representative soon. 
After I left the store a woman who had witnessed the incident approached me. She told me she was happy I had stood up for myself and that the sales associate was clearly racist. She informed me that she was a Christian woman and that all Christians do not think this way. I let her know that I was aware as I have family who are Christian as well. I also told her that it really matters to speak up when these incidents are taking place. Many are in denial that racism and bigotry is “a thing” in current times. Many want to pretend those who complain are doing so because they have “nothing better to do” but it’s clear to the ones being mistreated that there is an issue! The woman promised she would no longer stay silent and speak up when others are being mistreated. I could see tears welling her eyes and believe she is sincere. I gave her my information so hopefully she is reading this and knows that now is the time for ALL OF US to speak up when we see anyone mistreated. Especially when it comes to blatant racism and bigotry. 
Prior to the parking lot conversation as I was leaving Party City I made sure to let Lindsay know I was sick and tired of dealing with disrespect from people like her. I treat everyone with respect regardless of what I THINK I know about them. If you make a decision to work in customer service you better make sure you can provide good service to all and not just those who look like you.  

 

Update: I received a call from who I believe is a district manager with Party City. He apologized for the bad service I received and asked if I had any further comments I’d like to add. He informed me that he had spoken with “Lindsay” and that she did not deny any of the details included in the letter I wrote. Lindsay has since been written up and the report is in her permanent file. Unfortunately, it had to come to this. It really doesn’t take much to give good customer service. Hopefully others like her will recognize that there many of us who will not take disrespect from rude people! 

Heartwarming story of American woman who embraced Islam

Posted in Religion with tags , , , , , , on July 15, 2015 by amanisma

No matter where I am, when I hear a story of how one has embraced the religion of Islam immediately I feel the tears forming in my eyes. Islam is such a blessing to those who truly understand its meaning. A couple of days ago I had a chance to sit with my sister in Islam,Dawn Brookbank, and ask her a few questions about how she came to Islam. Alhamdulillah, her story is so heartwarming. The more we talked the more I felt the need to share what she had to say. 

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