Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Eid Adha...2008

It was while he was in a taxi with his bro Selim that day..a father..shocked to hear of his daughter's emergency operation.. praying hard for her........
*Ya Allah.. Please save my daughter. I will slaughter a sheep in place of her life*...
And so... this eid adha.. one sheep was for her...
As parents..we were not careful with the *aqiqah* of our children.. where it is in Malay.. *sunat muakkad*..where it is a advisable to slaughter a sheep (for girl) and 2 sheeps (for boy) particularly on the 7th day of the child as a form of protection for the child from the devil etc..etc... Of course.. in those days..we were not able to do so... and so last year.. we did the aqiqah for hatice and this year... one aqiqah for baddin and another one sheep for him next year....with hope that... Allah will protect them all from the stray path...
It is sort of a common thing as well for the husbands in the Zaim family to have one sheep cut for their wives for eid adha... and so..one for me...
And naturally..one for him...
I am Thankful to Allah for giving me a soulmate who is everything i have ever wished for...

Normally... a person can go and choose his own sheep to be slaughtered like what the Zaims do every year... normally... they get a few sheeps slaughtered at eid dawn... The rest of the Qurban..we normally give the money toorganizations to be distributed to the needy all over turkey as well as to other countries where famine spreads..

This eid Adha.....is a mixture of many things..of feelings and personal realizations......
It is before and during the celebration that i realise that... God! It is always great to have someone ..or should i say people who originated from the same homeland visiting us...

I was happy indeed to have the honor to be a host to this family...
who basically made eating a dangerous thing to do as you avoid urself from choking on ur food as u try to eat and not laugh at the same time!!

;Indeed...to have Arif...Kak Lil and their lovely kids around was a real pleasure indeed...If you need entertainment.. just call this family! they r sure to put a smile on your face!! What a nice family indeed....THANK YOU For coming to our humble home...May the friendship formed not be forgotten...:0)

Due to having to eat *Kavurma* (the eid adha traditional food cooked from meat etc)... cooked with meat bought from the shop... i think all of the Zaim family agree that *Kavurma* should be cooked with the fresh meat slaughtered from the animal that eid morning itself! The taste is simply like none other! İ suppose this is the *bereket* or the blessings of the whole thing... even the meat tastes good!

Kerim and Mıstık deboning the meat while Meşe.. Halil n i were cutting the meat for the kavurma..Hatice wanted to do too but we only let her cut a slice or two...

Hatice n her Meşe hala...

It is also a fun realisation that.. no matter how old u r.. be it 30 or 40...or 50? hehehe the pleasure of learning something new can be really exciting even for a proffessor!

And Yes.. we see an excited Selim helping out with the making of the Helva...we await u for meat cutting next eid adha!! Sorry Funda! Ur beloved may be late a bit for ur family eid breakfast! hehehe

It is also this Eid i see how a simple visit can mean a lot to a heart...




Just look at the old lady (Afa) chatting with Selim (my bro in law)...

She was the babysitter of all the Zaim siblings...Meşe..Selim...kerim... halim...halil...working for my beloved's grandma for years....And even until now... she n her daughter never fail to send us home made jams... home made tulum peyniri (chees made of goat).. and many more.. and at this age... to have a visit from those precious to her....was enough to put a smile on her face...

I think a visit to her place is also important for the younger generations as well...esp for my kids to see how people who r in need live (though u hve to bear in mind Afa is not poor.. she chooses to live like a oor person since she is very thrift)...small space... cold spaces (pls note we were wearing winter jackets in the house n were freezing still)... etc..etc..Yes... the terrible flu i was having intensified there n then... but it was a visit worth making...Afa was very happy indeed!

a photo with a memory...

afa with the zaim kids and a niece i think..

The last bayram... the headstone was smashed into pieces due to strong wind... and to see it full standing this bayram....

Yup... two couples...
Mehmet and Saime...
Ülya and Sabahattin...
May u rest in peace.. Al fatihah...
This 2nd day of eid was baba's first year anniversary of his demise..

I have also realised that this cat...Pakize..is here to stay..i will never let her go ever anyway...ii love her too much just like hatice..baddin n my beloved...... and here she is...

her first Eid picture as part of the family with my angels.....
And most importantly....
The new motto...
*Aynı fikirdeyiz!!*
wink wink to the Zaim Family!
hahahahahahahahaha


Here are more pictures of the eid adha this year...The good quality pics r from Funda (thanks sis!) while the not so good ones r from my camera... my beloved camera needs to see a doc soon coz the flash is not working...:0(

posing in front of our matrix

a daughter clearing off the weeds at her beloved parents' grave...

2 generations... father n son... with Sabahaddin Jr wearing the cap similar to the one Sabahattin senior used to wear...

3 cousins...
ilayda, zeynep,hatice

The Zaim kids
A family photo..without pakize..Pakize was playing hide n seek at that time...

The Zaim family 2008

Mahture Yenge as the head in the Helva making...

Mıstık pouring the hot milk into the helva..
Afife teyze cooking the rice...

Thank You for hopping by. Hope to see you again soon... :0)

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good coverage, sister! Carry on! F.

December 14, 2008 at 12:14 AM  
Anonymous lahpunya said...

Bayram Mubarek! We had a good bayram this year too :)Alhamdullilah

December 14, 2008 at 12:36 AM  
Blogger cikMilah said...

professor pun turun padang masak turkish delights ya...family tradition.
Tersentuh hati bab korban untuk Hatice. Happy living, Simah.
Love and hugs...

December 14, 2008 at 3:07 AM  
Blogger dith said...

Simah,

Happy to know that you had a meaningful Eid Adha with your family and making a qurban for Hatice. Alhamdulillah. I always mention to friends that I know of a Malaysian lady who is lucky to be married to a wonderful Turk! :p

Btw, I had to only look once and I know it was Arif and his family though I havent met him nor do I know his real name coz he goes by many, hehe. Bila lah saya nak sampai sana eh?

December 14, 2008 at 3:55 AM  
Blogger teachersally@sic said...

suka sgt tgk ur "cinta 2 benua " ni..my brother inlaw's sister pun kawen dgn org Turki jugak..

its ok..drop by at by blog when u hv d time..

December 14, 2008 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger MULAN said...

wah wah waaaahhh.. tumpang seronok tengok semuanya seronok di istanbul sana.. dengan tetamu2 itew & eid adha celebration.. bila la dapat rasa masakan simah ni ek.. huwaaaa, nak pi turki gak..

December 14, 2008 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Hazia said...

Belated eid adha... interesting celebration there. One sheep for a wife? Wow!:)

December 14, 2008 at 10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assalamualaikum Simah,
Slamat hari raya. lama tak dengar khabar. (Sebenarnya lama tak visit blog simah) meriahnya sambutan raya kat sana. Kitorang sume balik kampung. Malam raya buat BBQ. Siangnya dah puas masak memasak lemang rendang dsb. Mak insist nak kami buat lemang jugak. lecehnya nya mak dah on the wheelchair. So dia hanya jadi director je. mana nak sedap lemangnya.
Boleh email akak address simah kat turkey? mana tau kalau tersesat kat sana. Entah bila lah tu.
InsaAllah akan ke London in mac next year jalan2 kacau Alia.

Ok. salam to All
kak Kiah

December 14, 2008 at 2:00 PM  
Blogger Pp said...

Simah...:-) the whole family in dubai says "The pleasure and honour were ours!"
Kami mengucapkan terimakasih banyak2.....sungguh seronok sebenarnya dapat bertemu simah dan keluarga, dan lagi seronok bila mendengar simah cakap Turki.

Kami sekeluarga ni 'hyper' sikit ...hehehe...jika orang tak memahami boleh take offence dengan jenaka2 dan cara kami itu. hehehe
syukurlah simah dan family so very understanding.

Anyone looking for direction on how to get to simah's residence can call me ....hehehe.....free service as long as you can buktikan sudah di jemput. :-)
I remember the details to get there now....

ps: to DITH....hehehe, my name is Ariffin. ada yang call me pakpayne. and ada juga yang masih call me idham. a few call me Arif.
I answer to any name as long as ada sicerity dalam niat. hehehe

Pp

December 14, 2008 at 6:13 PM  
Blogger Pp said...

meriah eid adha simah dan family di sana!
so thoughtful of the family to visit lady Afa!

To the two couples, Al Fatihah and may they be placed amongst the pious!
Mehmet and Saime, and
Ülya and Sabahattin.

God Bless.

Arif

December 14, 2008 at 6:21 PM  
Blogger silversarina said...

salam,

salam eidul adha buat semua di sana, bestnya , meriah raya di sana apatah lagi dengan gang dubai ada sekali dan tak lupa kucing ahli baru dalam family :)

December 15, 2008 at 5:19 PM  
Blogger Mama Rock said...

simah, hope it's not too late to wish you eid mubarak. great to see that you guys had a fun time over the holidays :)

December 16, 2008 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger aNIe said...

Dah lewat rasanya akak nak ucapkan SELAMAT HARI RAYA AIDIL ADHA....

Gambar2 tu begitu cantik...especially gambar simah & family serta gambar Zaim Family...you have such a beautifull family Simah....

December 16, 2008 at 5:53 PM  
Blogger sue said...

meriahnya raya kat sana..seronok tengok part masak2 ni..anyway, do u miss rendang and ketupat simah?

i still do coz sebelah hubby makan idiapum di pagi raya :-O..(amboii mcm la aku ni dok obersea)

thanx for the wish masa raya tu Simah

December 17, 2008 at 8:26 AM  
Blogger Kak Elle said...

Simah sori I miss this entry so historic entry ni....
alfathiha to those who had left us.

December 19, 2008 at 4:01 AM  
Blogger Zakiah said...

simahhh...lama tak jenguk hang. Sehat kaaaaaaa.....sori la lama tak hai hai. Happy New Year!

December 26, 2008 at 4:40 AM  
Blogger arsaili said...

Salam Maal Hijrah, May Allah crown us with the best of iman, health, wealth and peace of mind in the New Year.

December 30, 2008 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Alinlai said...

wah ada tetamu jauh sempena raya korban bestnya :) apa2 pun hang ready la tetamu yg ni nak pi sana lagi ke ke ke

January 1, 2009 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger zino said...

salama maal hijrah dan selamat tahun baru 2009

January 1, 2009 at 7:11 PM  
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