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When my husband and I began our first, tentative inquiries to each other when we were contemplating marriage, one of the things that came up and immediately bonded us was our desire to homestead. We wanted to get some land and raise our family away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We wanted to build a house that was energy efficient and respectful of the geography and climate of our area. We wanted to plant gardens both beautiful and functional. We wanted to learn to be self-sufficient as much as possible, for a number of reasons.

After nineteen years, we still don’t have our plot of land- but we have never given up the dream, nor have we ever stopped striving towards it. We’ve planted gardens, learned how to do many things that most people would call in “experts” to do, and begun to build a library of useful books and references. Khalil has studied alternative energy and building methods. I have studied organic gardening and Permaculture. I have taught myself, and am teaching my girls, to sew, crochet, knit, and other useful and creative crafts. I have homeschooled all of my children, and am still doing so. Mujaahid is done, six are in the process, and one has yet to formally begin. We do our best to read, study, and act upon our knowledge.

Living in Yemen, especially in Damaaj and Ma’bar, taught us a lot about relying on Allaah and ourselves. We learned to live without electricity or phones. We learned to make the best of whatever we had. We learned patience and thankfulness. And with our experiences, we became more and more determined to continue down the path of this dream of ours.

We decided to start a blog directly related to our efforts in these directions. With it, we hope to share our experiences and knowledge, as well as to gather information and ideas from others who are interested in and are actually doing the same thing. We want to present projects, step by step and clearly documented. We want to build a resource that anyone can benefit from, insh’Allaah. We want to follow the advice of Sheikh Bin Baaz, may Allaah have mercy upon him, who stated people should strive towards self-reliance and self-sufficiency.

If you are interested in any of these things, please stop by and visit us at Wide Earth. It is truly in its infant stage, but we are working to grow it with frequent posts and adding useful pages. Please share your advice, ideas and experience. As with many things, the more people contributing, the more beneficial will be the end result.

Yemeni Journey will continue as well, insh’Allaah, as there are many tales to tell and experiences to share. If you are new, please look back through past posts- and, as always, let me know what you think.

 

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11 comments

Oum 'Issa on February 20, 2012 8:14 am

Assalam aleyki wa rahmatulah .

Mashalah ! tabarakalah ! May alah bless your work !

I hope that link will helping you :

http://zera3h.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post_09.html

Hafidhakilah .

Oum 'Issa on February 20, 2012 8:22 am
Khadijah on February 20, 2012 9:09 pm

BarakAllaahufeekee for these- very interesting, mash’Allaah. It’s so amazing how often we find answers for our present matters in the past, alhamdulillah.

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Umm Abdillaah on February 22, 2012 1:51 am

Alhamdulillaah, excellent idea! May Allaah make you successful, and reward you with the best in this life and the next and save us from the punishment of the hellfire, amin.

Khadijah on February 22, 2012 2:49 am

BarakAllaahufeekee! Ameen to your du’as.

Mai on February 22, 2012 8:55 am

As salaamu alaykum wa Rahmat Allah my sister in Islam.

To your post, I can say “us too,” mashaa’Allah.

We lived in the city (Reading, PA) but dug up the little backyard and planted everything we could think of. I cook everything from scratch, grind grains, learned to make yogurt and some cheeses. We live simply, learn new skills (knitting last year, weaving and pottery without a wheel this year inshaa’Allah). We home school and, since coming to live in Madinah an Nabawiyyah two and half years ago, we have finally managed to buy our land (al hamdul’Illah wa mashaa’Allah). We have 51 undeveloped acres in Roy, New Mexico, mashaa’Allah, called Healing Earth.

We, too, are studying permaculture – we have the 70 hour course videos and some books. We plan to build with cob…hoping to have our first workshop next summer for Muslims…natural building, lessons in deen, healing both inside and out bi ithn Illah.

We are on the same manhaj…and understand that going back to the ways of Rasool Allah, salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam, in all things, is the best path for our success – immediate and ultimate.

I hope, and look forward, to get to know you. May we be a source of benefit for each other on our journeys and may our mutual goals be pleasing to our Creator and a testimony for us on Yawm al Qiyamah – ameen.

Khadijah on February 25, 2012 3:41 pm

Alhadmulilllah, so good to hear from you, and happy you found us!!
The children have done some work with cob, making the models for their houses in Yemen. We have a couple of good books on it as well. I lean a bit towards the earthbag building systems, but it will of course depend on where we end up, mash’Allaah. Insh’Allaah I will be posting some pictures from building built with cob we saw in Yemen. Fascinating, mash’Allaah.
We have the North Carolina course on Permaculture, and LOTS of books. The first I read was Gaia’s Garden. It was an excellent introduction to small scale Permaculture.
Insh’Allaah, I hope you will check out our Wide Earth blog (http://www.wideearth.us) and participate!

Ameen to your du’as!

Dounia on March 2, 2012 10:54 am

as salamou ‘alaykoum wa rahmattoullahi wa barakatouhou

oukhti je suis de France et nous avons les meme reve j’ai étudiée la permaculture aussi, et l’agriculture biologique nous avons expérimentée des façon de cultiver la terre avec un minimum de travail (labours) et avons réussi à creer un équilibre qui consiste à respecter differentes chose par exemple

faire des buttes recouvertes de paillis (comme dans les forets)
mettre des plantes de divers familles sur chaque buttes
mettre des légumineuses qui permette de fixer l’azote de l’air et le transformer en nitrate pour le sol
mettre des plantes herbacées (légumes, céréales etc)
des plantes médicinales qui vont attirer les abeilles polinisatrice et autres insectes pollinisateurs

et surtout oukhti e pas oublier les arbustes et les arbres

ne jamais déraciner les plantes mais laissez les racines (sauf pour les plantes comme carottes, navets etc) ce qui permettra au vers de terre laboureurs d’avoir “à manger”

désherber juste en coupant les fleurs pour éviter qu’elles ne grainent

au fur et à mesure des années oukhti plus besoin de désherbage car pas de labours qui remet les graines enfouis dans le sol au dessus

j’ai oubliée oukhti mettre des canards poules qui vont également se charger de manger les limaces etc etc

j’ai pleins de choses à te dire tellement c’est interessant

ce que j’ai compris c’est qu’il faut qu’il y ai un équilibre surtout pas de MONOCULTURE surtout pas mais une harmonie comme dans ce qu’ALLAH SUBHANNAH OU TA’ALA CREE

Observons les forets ? ne sont elles pas les milieux les plus riches des arbres poussent énormes sans aucun travail du sol ???

malheureusement nous n’avons pas de terrains non plus mais nous avons eu la chance al hamdoulillah de faire des essais qui étaient concluant

je ne sais pas si tu connais emilia hazelip qui était pour l’agriculure naturelle elle avait de bonnes idées vraiment nous nous sommes inspirés en partie de ses travaux ainsi que masanobu fukuoka

j’espère que tu comprendras mon message inchaa ALLAH j’aimerai bien communiquer avec toi en privée oukhti j’ai des choses à te dire et à te demander

ta soeur qui t’aime en ALLAH OUKHTI FILLAH

Dounia on March 2, 2012 11:00 am

as salamu ‘alaykum wa wa rahmattoullahi barakaatuhu

oukhti I’m from France and we have the same dream I have also studied permaculture, organic farming and we have experienced of how to cultivate the land with minimal work (plowing) and have managed to create a balance that is different thing to observe such

make mounds covered with mulch (as in the forests)
put plants of various families of each buttes
to pulses, for determining the nitrogen from the air and the nitrate into the ground to
to herbaceous plants (vegetables, cereals etc.)
medicinal plants that will attract bees and other pollinating insects polinisatrice

and especially e oukhti not forget shrubs and trees

Never uproot plants but leave the roots (except for plants like carrots, turnips etc.) which will allow the worms to have laborers “to eat”

weed just by cutting the flowers to prevent them grainent

As the years oukhti need weeding because no plowing which puts the seeds buried in soil above

I forgot to oukhti ducks chickens will also be responsible for eating slugs etc etc.

I have many things to tell you it’s so interesting

what I understood is that there must have a balance above all no MONOCULTURE but certainly not in harmony like this that Allah Ta’ala SUBHANNAH OR CREATED

Observe the drills? Are not the richest environments of enormous trees grow without cultivation??

Unfortunately we did not land either but we were fortunate to al hamdoulillah tests that were concluded

I do not know if you know emilia Hazelip was natural for agriculure she had really good ideas we were inspired in part of its work and Masanobu Fukuoka

I hope you will understand my message inchaa Allah I will like to communicate with you in private oukhti I have things to say to you and ask you

your sister who loves you in Allah OUKHTI FILLAH

Khadijah on March 2, 2012 8:49 pm

Alhamdulillah, so many good ideas in your comment, Barak Allaahu Feekee for them! I am not familiar with Emilia Hazelip, I will look for her works, insh’Allaah. I do know of Masanobu Fukuoka, though, mash’Allaah. He has many good ideas! We have also studied bio intensive gardening, through the works of John Jeavons, very good as well, mash’Allaah. My introduction to Permaculture was through Geoff Lawton, mash’Allaah. I liked that he and his wife are Muslim, alhamdluillah.
Insh’Allaah I will contact you privately, may Allaah bless us with a beneficial friendship, Ameen