Sunday, December 4, 2011
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Friday, August 26, 2011
I would like to share a very nice poem on this blessed day! It is called, "Lailatul Qadr," by a poet named Fida Islaih. What drew me to this poem was her description of the evening. By Allah, I felt the same way a couple nights ago! Here is the poem and I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did. May Allah bless sister Fida and continue to bless and strengthen her poetic skills. Please check out her poetry blog.
Last night felt like Lailatul QadrI came home feeling happy and peacefulthe weather just right,not too cold and not too hot
It might be time for bedbut Dhikr plays in my headsome of us sit outsideenjoying tea in the quiet
Looking up at the skyall the stars are outand I notice it alland some in it's constellation
But crickets come callingand so does bedbut it might be Lailatul Qadrand you'd want the blessingsof a night worth more than a thousand months
I wash myselfand dress back into modestyall wrapped upI stand on my prayer matkeeping myself focusedI praise and ask for forgiveness
All this to God.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
1. Peace - It was such a peaceful prayer, no children running around playing making noise. I could concentrate on the prayer and listen to the Imaam as he recited the word of Allah (swt)
2. Security - Just hearing the words of Allah (swt) and being in the masjid with my family gave a sense of security and that Allah (swt) was with us and watching and protecting us with His angels.
3. Unity - I love praying with large groups of Muslims. You get to see old face and new, from a variety of cultures and countries but we all have one thing in common... Allahu Akbar, standing in rows praying to one creator, one Lord, one God, Allah (swt).
4. Nostalgia - Praying at the masjid brought back fond memories of going to do the taraweeh prayers with my mom and family when I was younger and also during my college years and study abroad.
5. Iman Boost - I felt so close to Allah (swt) as I stood in prayer. As it ended and we left, I could not help but feel excited about going again for the next taraweeh prayer insha Allah.
Friday, August 19, 2011
“Maybe a fasting person gains nothing from his fast except hunger and thirst. And maybe a person who prays in the night gains nothing from their prayer except staying up late.”
That made shivers go down my spine. I would hate that my fasting was nothing but hunger and I got no spiritual benefit from it. :( As I continued to read on, the article goes into just what the objectives of fast and Ramadan is. Yes we are fasting, abstaining from food, drinks, relations with spouces, etc, but there is so much more. The article focused on six objectives:
1. Attaining Taqwa
2. Fasting is a Shield
3. Fasting and Patience
4. Ramadan is the Month of Qur'an and Ibadah
5. Ramadan is the Month of Generosity
6. The Importance of Time
I highly recommend you read this article and increase your knowledge of what the objectives of fasting and Ramadan are and so that your fasting is not wasted on hunger and thirst.
We all understand the fast as abstaining from food, drink, and sex during the day…but what are the deeper, spiritual levels of Fasting? Shaykh Muhammad al-Ninowy provides an beautiful, in-depth description of Fasting as we approach the last Ten Days of Ramadhan. Please listen carefully to this wonderful discourse!
Insha Allah, click on this link to find the audio of the lecture.
May Allah (swt) accept your fast. Ameen.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
As Salaamu Alaikum!
I recently found two wonderful blogs that teache tajweed rules to recite Qur'an in a really simple and easy way. :) They are the basic rules for tajweed. I liked that the layout of the blog was very simple, easy on the eyes and easy to navigate. The lessons are good for those who are brushing up on their tajweed. If you have never had a tajweed class, it would be best to have a teacher to help with pronunciation of the different rules.
Here is the blog address again http://tajweedrules.blogspot.com/
The second website, Read with Tajweed, is great for beginners and those who have never had an instructor or tajweed class before. The beauty of this site is that they have audio and visual aides. After learning the rule, they give many examples to see and hear. Again, this site is easy to navigate and very simple layout.
Here is the website address again http://www.readwithtajweed.com/
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Friday, August 12, 2011
1. Keep free from eating high calorie flesh of others (Gossip), no matter how juicy.
2. Switch to fat free Truths.
3. Avoid artificial Tempers.
4. Do voice therapy by reciting The Quran.
5. Purify your eyes by crying in Dua.
6. Do hand reflexology on tasbeeh.
7. Brighten your smile by using Miswaak.
8.Take the weight off your shoulders by paying your Zakat.
9. Shrug off those extra kilos of sins by repenting.
Shared with me by a friend.......
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
The Holy Prophet (peace be upon him and his progeny) has said:
It (Ramadan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (of hell)
I found some sites that had the duas that are recommended to say during each third (ten days) of the month of Ramadan. I will post them below Insha Allah.
1st -10 days of Ramadhan recite dua above for mercy
11th -20th days of Ramadhan recite dua above for remission for Sins (forgiveness)
21st to last ten days of Ramadhan recite dua above for free from Hell recite this dua in plenty for safety from hell
Friday, August 5, 2011
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Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Blessing #6 (yes, I skipped #5 only because these guys are extra special :D but #5 will be posted)
I had a great time with my niece and nephew. It was only a couple of hours and really really late at night, but my nephew had me in stitches. Kids are such a blessing and it is so nice watching them grow up and exceed your expectations (and I have very high expectations :D)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Blessing #1 I woke up this morning listening to birds singing outside my window.
Blessing #2 I was greeted with many smiles from my toddler classroom students. I was told they missed me & asked about me all day yesterday
Blessing #3 Peace and Quiet! You never know just how savory the sound of quiet is until you've left a room of ten energetic toddlers!
Blessing #4 Sweet parents. Just before I left work, one of my toddler parents gave me a bouquet of flowers & thanked me for my hard work :)
Monday, July 18, 2011
Gratitute - (n) the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful:
Grateful - warmly or deeply appreciative of kindness or benefits received; thankful
Sometimes, as we go through life's many changes and challenges, it is so easy to get caught up in regret and remorse over the lost of opportunities, lost of loved ones, lost of wealth, lost health, lost of status and so on. I have to realize that these 'regrets' and 'remorse' is nothing more than the ingratitude of what is not meant for me. It is my inability to be thankful for what I DO have as oppose to what I DON'T have or perhaps WANT to have. So what exactly is being grateful? Does it mean that I should not strive for those things that makes me happy, like finding true love, finishing school, finding a great job, going after my dreams or making my hobbies a reality?? By all means no!
“So remember Me; I will remember you. And be grateful to Me and do not deny Me”. [Quran 2: 152]
Gratitude is the acknowledgment that all things good come from Allah (God) and it is also the realization that when things don't happen the way we plan, or we don't see the blessing that we are trying to attain, that it is His plan and will to withhold that blessing. Thus, being grateful means to accept the blessings He gives with praises and humility and being patient when the Almighty denies.
This challenge will focus on all the favors and bounties we are blessed with, the good, the sad, and even the hurtful. It is my hope that all who participate, including myself, will learn to focus on the favors of our Lord has blessed us with, not the everyday struggles that make us forget just how truly blessed and loved we are.
Saturday, July 2, 2011
A delicate sphere of gas, photographed by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, floats serenely in the depths of space. The pristine shell, or bubble, is the result of gas that is being shocked by the expanding blast wave from a supernova. Called SNR 0509-67.5 (or SNR 0509 for short), the bubble is the visible remnant of a powerful stellar explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small galaxy about 160,000 light-years from Earth. The bubble-shaped shroud of gas is 23 light-years across and is expanding at more than 11 million miles per hour (5,000 kilometers per second). The bubble-shaped shroud of gas is 23 light-years across and is expanding at more than 11 million miles per hour (5,000 kilometers per second).
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The morning was gray. Rain-filled clouds hung over the city threatening to unleash their contents. An almost autumn like breeze pushed the seawater onto the docks with forceful ease. Despite the cool, calm and clearly efficient workers, the boat left a few minutes late. What started off as an average voyage turned to anything but that. A sudden gale blasted through the islands defenses and rocked the waters. Turbulent, violent and free, the waves crashed about, rocking the small vessel and her load. As sudden as the gusty winds appeared, they disappeared. Vanished in the cool crisp air, relinquishing their grip on the sea and the boat. Sailing, sailing she went on the calm open waters like a hot blade through butter. Not a splash or wave. Silent waters. Eerily quiet waters reflecting large gray clouds shutting out the day. Still waters; waiting for the coming storm.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
This photo of the Milky Way Galaxy has been feeding my muse for the past couple of days since I found it. What I find so amazing about is that it was produced by a amateur photographer, Nick Risinger, who spent an entire year photographing the night sky in various regions. It took him over 37,000 exposures to complete this beautiful masterpiece of our night sky. For someone like me who lives in a city where seeing a star in the night sky is rare, this photo reminds me of my early childhood when I could stare up at the night sky in awe at the sheer beauty and mystery of the universe. Forget counting sheep, I counted stars! ( I miss those days.) Check out Mr. Risinger's website, Photopic Sky Survey. An awesome feature of the website is you can actually zoom in on different areas of the picture (I mean reeeally zoom in) without losing the clarity of the photo. This picture will be feeding my muse for a long time!
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I have been on a book binge these past few weeks. The problem is I work one minute's walking distance from a Barnes and Noble. :D While my paycheck does not allow for me to shop till I drop but they have bargain prices, sales ( I have a B&N rewards card) and publisher remainder sales that make buying often affordable for me. My latest adventure into B&N came as I waited for my younger sister to get out of class and pick me up from work. It was a late class so I had a good hour kill. There are a ton of eateries in the shopping center but I was not hungry so naturally I found myself surrounded by books. I started off in the science fiction section, found a few interesting titles but decided to pass since I had just finished reading a SciFi book. I wanted to explore other genres. So, I went down stairs to the bargain shelves and spent almost forty minutes picking up books only to find something more interesting. Now, I am a bit weird when it comes to shopping for books. I actually have way more fun book cover shopping (as in window shopping but with book covers instead) then actually buying a book and taking it home to read! But tonight was not the night for book cover shopping! I found some interesting non-fiction books that peaked my curiosity. The first book caught my eye when I entered the store. It is called, "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Herbs." Now, I got this book because I love knowing what different herbs are good for whether for cooking or healing purposes. I love how this book is compact but has really nice illustrations. You also get little tid-bits of historical facts about herbs and natural medicines.
The second book I got was, "Children's Amazing Places Encyclopedia." I am a sucker for great photograph and quick facts about geography. I love learning about new places, people and cultures. The photographs in this book are just breathtaking. With each turning page I say, "I want to visit here next," "This is my next destination!" or, "I'm adding this to my Bucket List of places to go before I die."
The third book was another reference book. I live in the NorthWest and there are a lot of Native American Cultures here. I recently went to a Pow Wow and was wowwed! So when I saw this book, I really wanted to get it and learn more about not only just the tribes in this area but Native American History as a whole. The Historical Atlas of Native Americans fit the bill.
Now, a trip to B&N would not be complete if I did not find at least one fiction tale to tickle my imagination. I have had my eyes on this book for a while. "Among the Mad," is detective novel and the main character is a female psychologist/detective. So I am really excited to get into this story
So there you have it. I am a bookaholic and I am proud of it!