Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Preparations for our Permanent Move to Healing Earth

After almost 6 years in Madinah, we are preparing to return to Healing Earth this summer to live there full-time. It is a difficult move in many ways, but for every difficulty there is ease and we look forward to taking our sheep to the hilltops (or in our case, the grasslands). It is a hijrah to Allah, to put ourselves in a situation where sincere and correct intentions with tawakkal (total reliance on Allah) is made real to us every day and in everything we do.

There are so many things to put in place when we arrive. Aside from setting up our temporary housing and purchasing another vehicle, hopefully a 12-15 passenger van with heavy duty towing capability, we have to prepare the following as soon as possible.

- Chicken tractor/housing (egg layers)
- Chicken coops (meat birds)
- Housing and milking shed for cows, sheep, and goats.
- Greenhouse or similar for growing out of season
- Planting immediately for late summer/early fall crops

Once things are in place, we will be going for our dairy cow training and to pick up our dairy cow and a bull calf from Joy and Robert at are making all sorts of arrangements to ensure we will be comfortable and our Islamic faith is respected and catered for during our stay.

We have spent weeks making lists of the seeds to purchase, deciding between heirloom, organic, etc. and the varieties. In addition, we have decided on the various birds we plan to get started with: a mix of laying chickens, meat chickens, ducks, and turkeys inshaa Allah.

Shariyf's resignation was finally accepted yesterday and we are now officially in moving mode! We will keep you posted of the progress inshaa Allah as we proceed on our journey.


  1. May Allaah grant you Tawfeeq wherever you are, and make the move easy for you, Aameen. Please give my Salaams and hugs to Ruqayyah, Khulood, and Ahlaam, and kiss Baby Shu'ayb for me!

  2. Ameen! You have the whole household smiling from hearing your message Baarak Allaahu feekee! The girls all send their salaams and tight hugs back and Shu'ayb has been noisily kissed maashaa Allah.

    Jazaak Illahu khayran and love to you and ALL the family!

  3. Aslaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu! Mashallah, I am so excited for you! Subhanallah a year went by sooo fast!! I pray that Allah allows you to be successful, ameen! I hope you'll be able to update us once in a while inshallah (I am assuming you won't have electricity/internet on your land for a while). I will miss you!!
    Amina Bint Yusuf Knuckles

    1. Wa alaykum ussalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh! Amina, I hope I will be posting regularly and soon after we arrive bi idhn Illah ta'ala. We plan to be off grid , so we will have internet access on our phones as soon as we land inshaa Allah and a solar generator is in place already wa alhamdulillah.

      I actually expect that being there permanently will make it much easier to keep you posted as I won't be rushed trying to do too many things in 2 months.

      Ameen to your beautiful du'a and may Allah bless you with even more than you wish for us - ameen!

  4. assalaamu alaykum, mai what happened to your blog? mai to the extreme

    1. Wa alaykum ussalaam wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh Aamaturraheem.
      My blog was made private while undergoing a review of all the posts and a little "spring cleaning." If you would like access, just send your email address as a reply to this comment and I will not publish it, but simply add you to the readers list inshaa Allah. Barak Allahu feekee ukhtee.


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