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Saturday, June 23, 2007


Well, quickest of updates as we have been ignoring the blog for more pressing matters over the last month. I finally left the job on Monday the 18th, and if all continues well we plan to leave tomorrow (June 23rd) for Seward. Everything is very hectic, we were up till one last night working on the boat, but we've also taken time to socialize with friends in the evening. My apologies to those who came by the boat during the day in recent weeks and found that distracted, unfriendly people had taken our place, but we have really had to focus to pull this thing off.

We took a three-day trip last weekend, basically just anchored five miles out of town and worked on the boat and got the sails up on the way back to make sure everything was led correctly. We were tempted to head for Seward instead of returning to town where nothing but more work awaited us!

We think, inshallah, that everything is reasonably organized and shipshape for us to leave. And we're really very ready, as it has been hard to say such a prolonged goodbye to Kodiak and the people who are dear to us.

And this is the way a much dreamed-of day arrives, as a day like any other. Tomorrow we set sail for Australia.

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And when thy Lord said unto the angels: Lo! I am about to place a viceroy in the earth, they said: Wilt Thou place therein one who will do harm therein and will shed blood, while we, we hymn Thy praise and sanctify Thee? He said: Surely I know that which ye know not.

And He taught Adam all the names, then showed them to the angels, saying: Inform me of the names of these, if ye are truthful.

They said: Be glorified! We have no knowledge saving that which Thou hast taught us. Lo! Thou, only Thou, art the Knower, the Wise.

He said: O Adam! Inform them of their names, and when he had informed them of their names, He said: Did I not tell you that I know the secret of the heavens and the earth? And I know that which ye disclose and which ye hide.

And when We said unto the angels: Prostrate yourselves before Adam, they fell prostrate, all save Iblîs. He demurred through pride, and so became a disbeliever.

And We said: O Adam! Dwell thou and thy wife in the Garden, and eat ye freely (of the fruits) thereof where ye will; but come not nigh this tree lest ye become wrongdoers.

But Satan caused them to deflect therefrom and expelled them from the (happy) state in which they were; and We said: Fall down, one of you a foe unto the other! There shall be for you on earth a habitation and provision for a time.

Then Adam received from his Lord words (of revelation), and He relented toward him. Lo! He is the Relenting, the Merciful.

We said: Go down, all of you, from hence; but verily there cometh unto you from Me a guidance; and whoso followeth My guidance, there shall no fear come upon them neither shall they grieve.

But they who disbelieve, and deny Our revelations, such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein.

Verses of the Qur'ân

Surah: 2/30-39