Tafreeh in Tehran 

Tafreeh in Tehran 

We went to Tehran for tafreeh, or fun, the other day with some friends and enjoyed exploring the Aab va Atash Park in Abbasabad. 

The park has a food court with about five restaurants, including a cafe and a dessert place. We had lunch together, prayed Zohr and Asr and then went towards Tabiat Bridge.

The park is on one side of the bridge, which has three levels, a restaurant, reading room and a beautiful view of Damavand Mountains. 

We crossed the bridge with the kids and went to Taleghani Park on the other side, where we were greeted by the Iranian flag flying gracefully in the wind. At the park we let the kids play and enjoy the wonderful weather. 

From Taleghani Park we went down to street level to visit the Holy Defence Museum. But we just stayed outside. Outside the museum were pictures of soldiers going to war. We saw beautiful young faces smiling and it made my heart hurt. I was reminded of that passion one feels for striving in the way of Allah. How could they leave their families? How could they take on this responsibility? I only pray Allah gives me such faith. 

Soon the weather became cooler and we started back toward our cars. On the way back through Aab va Atash Park, we stopped at Gap Noosh at the food court to have ice cream. It was like a Dairy Queen Blizzard with pieces of (real) Kit Kat, Oreos and M&Ms. A generous cup (two could share easily) cost about 10 tomans. 

Looking forward to discovering more interesting places around Tehran!

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Shahrak Mahdiye life 

Shahrak Mahdiye life 

After a few years of living in the “city,” we have now moved to the outskirts of Qom. To a shahrak, or small city, if you will. It’s called Mahdiye, and many Iranian and foreign students live here.

Although the shahrak itself is not new, the student complexes are now more populated and slowly the shahrak is bustling.

I was a little worried about moving out here. For one we were in the midst of it all – everything seemed relatively close, or at least a short taxi ride away. Now going anywhere close to the haram takes about 20-25 minutes. 

And what about a social life? Living in Dor e Shahr and Somayeh, I got used to walking to class or being able to easily grab a bus and go to the haram. Plus I had a couple friends literally a hop, skip and a jump away. 

But Alhamdulillah, it’s been a wonderful transition for our family. Because of our move here, we ended up buying a car to help us offset taxi costs (6-7 tomans one way?!) and traveling with kids. And we have been blessed to be in the company of great friends, who are neighbors! That means playdates in walking distance!

In fact the Western ladies in Mahdiye have started a Dua Tawassul night. We rotate the gathering of dua and Quran every week at each other’s homes. We talk, share food, and enjoy each other’s company. 

My kids also enjoy the shahrak life. They like running outside the building and we like not worrying about cars zipping by. They like to take adventures around shahrak, and it’s a nice change from being cooped up at home or always dealing with a taxi or a ride.

And did I mention Bustan Alavi is right next door? It’s a great, large park and perfect for those quick trips to alleviate boredom.

It’s interesting how we react to life’s curveballs. And how everything can change for the better simply by having a positive outlook.

Back to school 

Back to school 

It’s been a while since I last blogged, and I apologize for that. But we moved to a new place, had some Internet issues and I started school! All in all it’s been an interesting, albeit busy, time for our family.

So I have started part-time classes at the ladies campus of Amir-ul-Momineen Islamic Seminary, and I’ve been putting my other two kids at the mahd koodak, or daycare, next door. 

I’m taking Farsi classes, and I’m only in class for 3 hours, 3 days a week. I’m blessed to have my kids taken care of while I attend classes. It’s nice to be in a routine, and while Marium and Musa still don’t know Farsi, they’re learning and I’m glad they’re just a couple doors away.

Now our whole family is “in school.” That means free time is now homework time. And I can’t count how many times I’ve fallen asleep with the kids during their bedtime. While our week is really busy, it makes the weekends all the more sweeter. 

I plan on blogging more regularly now, and inshallah I hope to also bring more guest writers on board to offer more views on living in Qom.