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Re-opening the Muslim Tearoom?

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perfectlybroken Tue 29-Nov-16 18:07:23

Salaam/peace, I haven't seen a tea room thread for ages. Would anyone be interested in resurrecting it? Perhaps we could redecorate, and have a new range of yummy cakes!
The previous tearooms were places where all were welcome, and we could chat about parenting/marriage/Islam stuff. Visits from those we questions about Islam were also welcome.

mudandmayhem01 Tue 29-Nov-16 18:16:21

I often enjoyed lurking in the muslim tea room, so popping to say hi, I am not muslim but I work in a school with lots of muslim students and found it really useful to find more about some of the issues facing my students and ask the occasional stupid question. After the horrible shock of Trump anything that promotes understanding between different faiths (and those of no faith at all) has to welcomed.

perfectlybroken Tue 29-Nov-16 19:32:35

Hi mud and welcome back to the tearoom, I'm really glad you found the previous threads useful. I agree completely, we are living in worrying times and need to keep lines of communication open.
My DS's teacher is fantastic in regards to consulting with us about religious/cultural issues, it makes it so much easier for us, I'm sure your Muslim students benefit from a teacher who is keen to learn about their faith.
For the record don't believe there are any stupid questions, if you don't know something you don't know.

mudandmayhem01 Tue 29-Nov-16 21:27:15

Ok, here goes I know there are many different branches of Islam and all people are different but I am interested in different attitudes to Christmas. A muslim student was chatting to me about her family buying Christmas gifts for her non muslim neighbours which was very kind, asked me what old white ladies liked, which made me smile, is Christmas a challenge or an issue for muslim families, its so overbearing must be hard to ignore, wish I could at times!

perfectlybroken Tue 29-Nov-16 21:42:03

I think you're right it varies enormously from one family to the next. We don't join in celebrations, though don't have any negative feelings towards the time of year iyswim. We also buy gifts for non-Muslim family members, and they buy us gifts for Eid. I wouldn't say it's a challenge but I was quite surprised at just how much time they spend on it at school. It started at the beginning of November, so basically 2 months of Christmas! But generally people vary. I know people that would not buy gifts like we do, and others that would happily do Xmas day with turkey, which we wouldn't do!

Ilovelearning Tue 29-Nov-16 23:05:21

I used to pop into the tea room now and again and always enjoyed a warm welcome. I'm not a Muslim and grew up in an area with very little multi-cultural experience. However, at the age of 53 I have started University in a Northern town and am experiencing it from every direction smile. Glad to see it's up and running again.

perfectlybroken Wed 30-Nov-16 17:28:07

Hi ilove that's fab! Lovely to have you back.

twirlytwo Wed 30-Nov-16 17:38:50

Salaam , I've been lurking for ages . I've never come a across this coffee shop before .I'm not sure how it works but if I could grab a slice of cake and a nice warm mug of tea, that would be perfect. cakebrewgrin

perfectlybroken Wed 30-Nov-16 21:39:48

smile Cake and tea available any time of the night or day.

LittleTulip Wed 30-Nov-16 22:14:17

Salaam from me ladies.

A new tearoom idea is great smile

grandmainmypocket Wed 30-Nov-16 22:20:16

Assalamu alaikum
Thank you for resurrecting this tea room. I didn't experience it before.

TheMightyMing Wed 30-Nov-16 22:26:37

Non Muslim here, but love reading your thread ladies, good to hear about other cultures and tradition.

perfectlybroken Wed 30-Nov-16 22:46:08

Yippee, getting busy now! Thank you all for dropping in. Can I make us all sit in a circle and say a little about ourselves?
I'm depressingly middle aged with 2 DCs, work full time and am a convert to Islam of around 10 years. Finding Islam was like flicking a switch with me, I suddenly had what I needed and could proceed with life without any of my former angst! Bit hard to explain really. Very much enjoy both motherhood and work, but the two combined can be quite exhausting.

Lipsy234 Wed 30-Nov-16 22:59:40

What are youre thoughts on abortion?

perfectlybroken Thu 01-Dec-16 07:53:09

Are you asking for the Islamic position lipsy, or our personal thoughts?

onwego Thu 01-Dec-16 08:13:49

Can I come in for a cup of tea? I'm not Muslim but I have close Muslim friends (both Sufi) and I enjoy the peace and wisdom they bring. My daughter begins each day at nursery with a song welcoming everyone and includes assalamu alaikum as well as hello. I want my children to be brought up in a world with love and respect between people of all religions.

perfectlybroken Thu 01-Dec-16 08:27:34

onwego you are very welcome. I aspire to Sufism too. Sounds like a lovely nursery.

Lipsy234 Thu 01-Dec-16 10:35:19

*perfectly broken *Both would be nice.

StarrySpace Thu 01-Dec-16 10:58:15

Assalaamu Alaikum everyone!

Never seen a Muslim tea room here before! Hope I can join. I have 3 kids and work part time.

We celebrate Christmas by having a roast dinner. We hang our Christmas cards up aswell for fun. My children give their teachers Christmas presents and that's it really. Religiously, we love and respect Jesus as he's a prophet in Islam. I don't find Christmas an issue; it's my favourite time of year. I love the decorations and Christmas trees, I've grown up with this, so it's another part of my culture i suppose! Religion and culture are very different things imo.

crystalgall Thu 01-Dec-16 11:08:40

Salaams. I've seen the tea room before though not contributed much. It's been a nice safe space when other Muslim conversations have been taking place on th boards.

I like the mood of Xmas. We don't do anything like decorations/presents/cards but I always end up doing a roast dinner and we go to see the Xmas lights in London

perfectlybroken Thu 01-Dec-16 11:23:00

We had brussel sprout curry last xmas day!

Lipsy as far as I understand abortion is allowed if the pregnancy puts the mothers life in danger, but not for any other reason.

More details here:
seekershub.org/ans-blog/2011/10/06/when-is-having-an-abortion-permitted/

While my personal view is the same, I wouldn't stand outside an abortion clinic with a placard. I know through friends and colleagues who aren't Muslim that it is a terribly difficult decision to make, and I don't expect non-Muslims to live according to Islamic law, obviously.

StarrySpace Thu 01-Dec-16 12:13:52

My dad used to make brussel sprout curry! I love brussel sprouts but just lightly fried in butter and onions.

I think abortion is something that only the woman in that position can talk about. I agree with you "perfectly"...I wouldn't judge anyone for any decisions they make and I'm not the type of person to preach. And I hope I'm never in that position either.
What are your views on abortion Lipsy?

perfectlybroken Thu 01-Dec-16 13:08:23

Oh, I didn't realise it was a classic "starryspace*!

perfectlybroken Thu 01-Dec-16 13:09:35

Ooops, I meant to enbolden your user name but it went wrong!

thethoughtfox Thu 01-Dec-16 13:31:55

Friendly atheist here from a vvvvv Catholic family. Want to teach my child about different traditions and don't want her to think this time of year is all about Jesus. Are there any special Muslim celebrations at this time of year?

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