March 31, 2011

A day at the library and blog privacy

Outside the library. She found a stick! :-)
A'salaamu alaikum ya'll! We have a great little library here in Hudson. The kids section is awesome, there are lots of imagination-inspiring toys such as puppets, a kitchen, "little buddies" (what Aaminah calls the guinea pigs!), a magnet-track track and multi-cultural doll house are just some of the objects for play. I don't take Aaminah as often as I should however; just kinda get caught up in the daily routine.

What girl doesn't need a pink coupe?

Anyway we went to the library a few weeks ago and I wanted to share the pics with you. Oh right, I wanted to touch on this issue. A couple of beautiful sisters I "know" through the blogosphere have posted recently about their thoughts regarding online privacy and photos. I totally respect their decisions as well as their reasoning. Both sisters are against showing their photos and especially those of their children online. Here's my take:

Obviously I do post pictures here. Yes, I will admit I am proud of my children but that isn't why I show their photos. I just love to share my life with others. When I was a new Muslimah I reallllly wanted to know how Muslims, typical Muslim families, lived. What they were like, what did they eat, how did they spend their spare time. Yeah it might sound crazy but believe me there is a lot of interest in this. :-)

Aaminah talking to the little buddy.

I also love developing relationships with other Muslimahs who live near and far. When I see a glimpse of their world, and they of mine, it makes me feel closer. Also my Muslim sisters who live far away can keep up with Aaminah here; I don't have the energy to make a separate blog!!! ;-) Abu Aaminah (her biological father, NOT to be confused with A, her Baba!) has this blog address so he has the option to view her photos and accomplishments.

She realllly loves the guinea pigs!

As far as safety issues are concerned I am not worried about any repercussions from showing photos online. We go places; the bank, the library ;-), the grocery store. I have actually had someone snap my pic before with their camera phone. :-( Yeah, right? I didn't say anything because I couldn't be 100% sure but from the way they were staring, whispering, laughing, and pointing and clicking in my direction... yeah. lol Pretty sure.

Everyone loves bead toys!
Anyway I guess my point is that we do not live sheltered lives. We go places where unfortunately there are probably sick, diseased individuals. We know from the media they exist even where we don't expect; in churches, in schools, in hospitals. Even in Muslim-majority countries, authubillah. I don't have to go into details, we all know the horrific things which can happen.

One sister pointed out she tried to protect her photos and yeah, it's almost impossible. Plus time-consuming. I don't like the idea someone might take my photos (especially of my family) and do something... unsavory with them. However, I don't feel I am endangering myself or my family by posting them.

Love her little fake smile. lol

May Allah protect us all from the shaitaan and the evils in this world, amin. 


HijabiMommy said...

Salam Sis! Everyone has their own reasons for doing things differently. I respect and support your views on blog privacy. To each their own, as they say!

There are so many good things about blogging. Like you, I really like reading about other people around the world and seeing what their lives are like. And sharing my life with others. And keeping my family updated. And recording memories for my children. And the list goes on.

Anyway, love the pics of your little Aaminah. Masha'allah, she looks so stylish and darling in her sweater dress and hair band!

And loving the new layout!!

Umm Aaminah said...

Salaam sis. You and Sr. Mona inspire me to "spruce" up my blog sometimes. I love how classy ya'lls look!

Aaminah's dress AND hairband both came from Target clearance. I know how you love it. ;-)

Ma salaama....

Texan, after UAE said...

salam Umm Aaminah.. :) :) :)

I'm sooo with you on the way you think. :) I post pictures of my son and it's convenient, because Abo Azooz reads my blog and he lives in UAE. :)

So, your take on this... I agree one million percent.. :D:D:D:D


Mona Z said...

I am on the same page as you on this issue. I don't like living in fear and I put my trust in Allah inshaAllah. I too love Aminah's outfit, very sweet mashaAllah :)