July 4, 2010

All things Americana

I've been feeling really nostalgic about the US lately.

Cue "God Bless America"

I was watching a movie the other day and got emotional just watching a short scene depicting a typical tree lined American street as a car pulled into the drive way and kids biked down the sidewalk and played in the front yard.

I miss barbecues/picnics in the park, ice cream trucks, yard sales, public libraries, extended family and about 5,936 other things in the states. I'm slowly allowing myself to have hope of going for a visit some time in the foreseeable future, inshaAllah.

Happy Independence Day!


  1. hmm living here in the USA, i miss egypt, i miss the little shops everywhere you turn, and my family members, the azan, islam all around you.. but ya if i was in ur place i'd probably feel the same way

  2. where would you be visiting?

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  4. Funny how when you're in one place, you miss aspects of the other and vice versa. I guess every place you call home for any time has its own special sights, sounds, scents, and ties.

    A wonderful world we live in.

  5. Aww, I hope you'll get a chance to come visit again soon Insha'Allah!

    @ Muslimah: I am Muslim and American, and I am not ashamed of who I am. Sure, the American government has done things that are appalling, and some aspects of American culture are not so great, but I am still glad that I am American. Despite its flaws, I believe it still has many redeeming qualities, just like every other country on earth has its good parts and bad parts. I take the good and leave the bad, no need for me to condemn everything about it because of some things.
    The USA is an interesting case because it is essentially made up of immigrants and their descendants, i.e. the only "true", native Americans are American Indians (which today only number a few million, sadly). Because of this, many, many people in the USA hold several identities; people feel both Italian and American, or Jamaican and American, or Arab and American. For people whose families have been in the USA for generations, they may very well feel more American than the land that their ancestors came from, including some Arab Americans (who have been in the USA for over 100 years). I am Italian, Irish, and German, but I definitely don't identify with any of these nationalities as much as I do with my "Americanness".
    Sorry for the essay, I'm a total nerd for sociological stuff. :)

  6. @Banana Anne
    I understand what your saying but I mean that If I was from America I wouldn't wave around the american flag and say Woohoooo 4th of July!!! Infact I would not take any part of the Country's Holidays because as a Muslim we do not acknowledge those kind of holidays, unfortunatley people will make exceptions because of they are "proud" of their country when you know what, its not even our country as Muslims. As Muslims our country is Makkah and Medinah. I'm not saying you should feel ashamed or flee the country all im saying is that we shouldnt celebrate the greatness of a country when it stands for many things against our religion.

  7. @ Muslimah: That makes sense. I don't really celebrate 4th of July either because I try to only celebrate the two Eids (which is hard when you live in a secular society and a non-Muslim family). I don't really like the idea of celebrating any patriotic holidays because I think patriotism can easily lead to nationalism and nationalistic pride, which causes so many problems and is frowned upon in Islam.

  8. Woohooo, happy 4th!! :)

  9. Anonymous1:14 PM

    Feel free to light sparklers and have a barbecue in my backyard Mona :o) Happy Independence Day! I don't know how I would do it without yard sales and public libraries.

  10. BubbliMuslimah, I'm sure If I were to go back I'd miss a lot of things about here.

    The Mrs., No plan or anything but I'd go to NJ.

    Muslimah, I don't know why you deleted your comment but you are entitled to your opinion.

    I'm American way more than I am Egyptian, blood aside. I love America and it is possible to love a country and disagree with it's government or politics. I have to say that you can't know what the US is like or if it's better than anywhere else so you shouldn't judge. I am in no way ashamed of my nationality, which is American just to clarify and in no way "showing off"

    As for celebrating, it's not a religious holiday and I don't feel it violates my deen to say Happy Independence Day. To each their own.

    I'm not going to say America is superior in all aspects to Egypt, no way. It's just home and where people can be who they want to be. There are so many converts in the US and N.America, thats something wonderful.

    Lala, thanks! :)

    Lizze, Yay, lol, yea, don't take it for granted!

  11. I hope you get the chance to go to America soon! I'd love to go one day it looks like such a cool and varied country. What state are you from?

  12. Jaz, Thanks! Make Duaa for me. It is, you have so much diversity in cultures and people, and landscapes as well. I'm from New Jersey, but I don't have that annoying accent.

  13. Well, here's to all the tree-lined streets, Mr. Softee ice cream trucks, kids throwing water balloons, girls jumping rope, babies playing in the parks, picnics with family & friends, BBQ's at someone's house out by the pool, and those nice evening drives down to the beach to enjoy the weather with family and friends... yes, all the things I miss about my wonderful home- I AM Muslim but I'm still American!!!!

    Mona, when ya go, pack me and the kidz in your bags!!! I really need a break from here but I don't see one coming in the near future! As soon as we blink, it'll be school time again!!!!

  14. Empress Anisa, Well said! Here here! When I say near/foreseeable I mean in the next year or two. InshaAllah.

  15. mona you know who this was9:02 PM

    @Muslimah. You need to get a life honey.

  16. Sigh, I know one day when I leave NZ for good I'm probably gonna be the same way!

    How long did you live in the States, btw?

  17. Salams Mona..I left a post last night but I guess it didn't go through..anyway I read this post earlier in the day before we went out and I was thinking about you all night as we were bbq'ing and setting off fireworks! Hugs to you I know I would miss this place also and don't know if i could ever leave.

  18. Salaam alaykum Mona! Glad to see a post by you mashaa Allaah.

    I think I can understand the different sides of the issue. On one hand I do admit that growing up in America has its benefits.

    But on the other hand, I do wonder what people in America other than WASP males have to celebrate on Independence Day. It's not like on that day in 1776 everyone was all of a sudden free and liberated. Black people were still enslaved, women were still unequal citizens, etc. So....??????

    And not to rain on anyone's parade, but do Muslims and even Arabs really have anything to celebrate, what with such oppressive laws as the Patriot Act (omg, even the name is crazy!) profiling, and other measures put into effect by the government that essentially take away our freedoms and liberties? To each their own, but I don't think so. Allaahu A'lam.

  19. Commenter #15, aw come on now be nice!

    Shahirah Elaiza, I was born in the US and lived there all my life till we moved here almost 8 years ago, when I was 25.

    Stephanie, Aw, thanks I loved your pics.

  20. Asiya, I see what you're saying. You have a good point. I guess I just miss the little things like I said in my post.


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