Wide Earth Smallholding

Wide Earth Smallholding

And Allaah has made for you the earth a wide expanse.(Qur'aan- 71:19)

I Can Write…

In her wonderful book, Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing Karen Benke asks, “What if you could write with anything today? What if you could wedge between the fingers of your left or right hand, a memory? Your infinite imagination? The power of creativity?”

I asked my children this question, and here’s a bit of what they came up with.


I can write with a whip of happiness.

I can write with a swirl of beautiful scent.

I can write with a wash of inspiration.

I can write with a tint of objection.

I can write with a flying of cool wind.

I can write with a storm of anger.

I. Can. Write.

-Nusaybah, age 11


I can write with sunflowers dancing in my eyes.

I can write with the ivory pages of life spread across the skies.

I can write with blushing crimson roses dancing in my head.

I can write with golden, glorious sunshine inspiring my thoughts.

I can write with the dew sprinkled gossamer of quiet voices long forgotten.

I can write with flowery memories of happiness gone by.

-Juwairiayah, age 13


I can write with sun glowing golden on my back.

I can write with daisies filled with joy in my hand.

I can write with bouncy balls bouncing in my head.

I can write with garden leaves all fresh and green.

I can write with clothes all over the floor.

I can write with kids sitting on my legs

I can write with rain falling from the sky.

I can write with yellow dandelions’ first morning bloom.

I can write with bright green tree below the sky.

I can write with a twinkling star bright in the sky.


-Maryam, age 6


How about you? Share with us what you can write with…

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  1. As salaamu alaikum mashaa’Allah that is so exciting. I too have been wanting my own lil farm. Alhumdulillah may Allah grant you much success with your homesteading adventure. I love the idea of have having chickens and bees and goats can’t wait for your updates come spring inshaa’Allah!

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullah! Ameen! It is always good to find others who have some of the same ideas and hopes as we do, mash’Allaah. It seems like most people think we are just a little bit odd for wanting to live in the country and work towards a sustainable lifestyle! May Allaah grant you success in all that you do seeking His Face!

  2. Ameen! I know what you mean my hubby use to think I was weird too for wanting a farm but now he is all on board alhumdulillah lol. We live in a rural type area now with only enough room for a small garden and maybe a couple chickens but inshaa’Allah we can find something that will allow us to do more. And with 6 kiddos the more we can grow/provide for ourselves the better (and by that I mean not needing the grocery store so much especially with all the GMO and other things going on with our food here) and success is only with Allah!

    1. Anything you can do, mash’Allaah is something, alhamdulillah! We have seven children at home now, and alhamdulillah, they are all totally on board with all of this, which is a blessing. Even baby Asmaa does her part, alhamdulillah!

  3. Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh. Masha Allah, this looks like a dream come true. May Allah bless you in it. ameen. My 7 year old son really wants to have his own bee hive and make honey “just for mummy and the baby bees.” I will show him this article in the morning in sha Allah to show that it can be achieved alhamdulillah! My eldest son wants to learn how to make a solar powered house, so in sha Allah…I pray Allah takes the three of us out if the concrete jungle we are in at the moment alhamdulillah. Please keep us updated on the bees!

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu, Ameen! Yes, it is actually pretty easy to start with bees, but as with anything, if you are in town you have to check out the rules about them. Hudhaifah, my middle son, is our whiz kid, alhamdulillah, he has come up with some pretty neat ideas for small solar arrays, possibly for electric fences and outbuildings to start, insh’Allaah. Insh’Allaah Allaah will make it easy for you to get on out of the city, but while you are there, just do what you can do, insh’Allaah, as every step is a step, alhamdulillah!!

  4. As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuh

    Umm Mujaahid, tabarak-Allah, this is so nice. May Allah subhanahu wa ta’aala bless you and your family and grant you success. My eldest is going to love reading this. She’s into these things too and loves reading your posts, masha-Allah. Baarak-Allahu feeki.

    1. Wa Aleikum Assalam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
      Alhamdulillah, Ameen! I am glad she enjoys them! Tell her to write and let us know how some of her ideas and projects are going, insh’Allaah. Feekee BarakAllaah!

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