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.