My Quran/Corán Challenge 


I was challenged to post for 7 days a Quranic verse and nominate 2 people everyday. Here is day 1. This is my favorite verse from the Quran. It has gotten me through many hard times. As a reminder, it kept me aware of my environment and constantly reminded me whatever I am going through. It will pass. The blessings will come.  How do I know this? Because Allah has told me so. “With every hardship comes ease.”

Alhamdulillah!

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Short, sweet and to the point. Surah Asr


One of the shortest surahs in the Quran but one of the prolific. In tafsir Ibn Kathir it is said that the sahabah/ companions would not leave each other until they recited Surah Asr and gave Salaams (the greetings) always reminding each other to enjoin the good and forbid the evil and to have patience Alhamdulillah. 

Surah Al Asr 

وَالْعَصْرِ

إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ

إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ

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1.I swear by the time,

2.Most surely man is in loss,

3.Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience.

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1. ¡Por la tarde!

2. En verdad, el hombre camina hacia su perdición,

3. Excepto quienes crean, obren bien, se recomienden mutuamente la verdad y se recomienden mutuamente la paciencia.

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The last day of Ramadan, my Eid reflection 

Bismillah

As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu

Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah…

You know the feeling you get as an athlete or runner, when you cross the finish line and you crushed a new goal or time? Yupe that is what I am feeling right now. I am so full of joy and happiness. We have completed 30 days of fasting. Alhamdulillah!

I feel like I just ran a marathon and I came in first place.

This Ramadan was very different for me. I had several commitments that I wanted to keep. Personal, spiritual, and business. Family wise I have additional people in my home and dealing with blending two families into one. That is a task in itself, but trying to get everyone on the same page as far as fasting and the rituals of fasting is even more of a daunting task. Keeping 10 people on task is a challenge. Alhamdulillah we made it. 

Last year for Ramadan I decided I would post a dua every day for 30 days. I think around day 10 or 15 that idea fizzled out and I never completed the task. THIS year I decided to give it a go again and post for 30 days. Wow, talk about hard! It was a serious challenge for me. My goal was really to share with my readers and followers my daily experience with fasting and to give non Muslims the insight of a Muslims life. Seperate from what the media televises to the world. There was days I wanted to give up because I was late with my posting or I simply got caught up with my daily life and just forgot, but I did not  give up. I persevered and I posted anyway. Some days I combined 2 or 3 days or combined the weekends into one post.  The whole point was to stay committed to the task at hand, which was post my daily dua and experience for the month of Ramadan. 

Another new experience for me this year was my business, Siri2Siri. My clothing line has been flourishing which is a good thing. When Ramadan started I realized even though I wanted to commit more time to my relationship with Allah (God ,Dios) I did not want to lose my momentum with my followers and sales.  I have to say usaully when I fast I fast from tv, music and social media. However, the majority of my sales come from social media. So I decided to do very little sewing. More brainstorming for blog ideas, content and new designs. I realized with Ramadan being here the hustle does not stop. Life does not stop, business does not stop. You have to find the time and energy to make it work and keep going. And I did, I made it a point to carve out small bits of time to, post, blog and all things social media. 

Even though I did not spend slot of time in the masjid. It was nice to be at home with my family. It was an awesome feeling for us to wake in the morning to begin our day together worshipping Allah and then to come together at night to break our fast as a family. I made it a point to take time to reflect on my life and how I am living it. What do I need to improve. It was a time to recommit to myself and my projects. It was a time to discipline myself and control my spending and coffee addiction. 

There were days that was more challenging than others. But I persevered and kept my eyes on the prize.  And now that Eid is here I truly feel the spirit of Ramadan in my heart and soul. And now I hate to see it go! 

Eid Mubarak everyone. And thank you for allowing me to share this experience s with you! 

Tu Hermana en Islam

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Ramadan-My Reflection for day 23

Surah Mulk 67:23

قُلْ هُوَ الَّذِي أَنشَأَكُمْ وَجَعَلَ لَكُمُ السَّمْعَ وَالْأَبْصَارَ وَالْأَفْئِدَةَ قَلِيلًا مَّا تَشْكُرُونَ

23.Say: He it is Who brought you into being and made for you the ears and the eyes and the hearts: little is it that you give thanks.
23. Di: Él es Quien os ha creado y os ha dado el oído, la vista y el corazón. ¡Qué poco es lo que agradecéis!

Wow today I thought it would never end. I really thought I would not make it to maghrib. I was so sleepy at work and so hungry. I really thought I was going to pass out. But Alhamdulillah I made it to 5:30pm Yay me!

Yesterday I the pleasure of breaking fast (Iftar) with a wonderful sister. She is actually my sewing student. At first I did not want to go. I was just exhausted and really just wanted to go home and sleep. BUT then I remembered reading some where about keeping your word and keeping your promise. So I changed my mind and decided to go to my friends house to break fast (Iftar).

It was the best decision I made that day. I was so happy that I went. It was nice to pray with a wonderful group of women. It was nice to feel at ease and just relax. We all knew what we were there to do. Worship Allah (Ala, God, Dios) and fellowship.

The food was good, the atmoshphere was awesome. It was the perfect ending to a long day. Alhamdulillah! At the end of the day, breaking fast with friends made realize how important it is not to lock yourself off from the world. We has humans need to interact with others. It does something wonderful to your soul. And you can feel the re awakening of your soul. It is such a wonderful feeling.

Remember, when someone invites you over do not hesitate to accept. That interaction may be the thing your soul needs to wake up!

Thank you again for allowing me to share my day of fasting. Until next time have a wonderful night.

 

Tu Hermana en Islam

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Ramadan day  21 and 22- we are on the count down 


Surah Mulk 67:21-22

أَمَّنْ هَٰذَا الَّذِي يَرْزُقُكُمْ إِنْ أَمْسَكَ رِزْقَهُ بَل لَّجُّوا فِي عُتُوٍّ وَنُفُورٍ

21.Or who is it that will give you sustenance if He should withhold His sustenance? Nay! they persist in disdain and aversion.

21. ¿Y quién será el que os provea, si Él retiene Su provisión? Sin embargo persisten en la insolencia y en el rechazo.

أَفَمَن يَمْشِي مُكِبًّا عَلَىٰ وَجْهِهِ أَهْدَىٰ أَمَّن يَمْشِي سَوِيًّا عَلَىٰ صِرَاطٍ مُّسْتَقِيمٍ

22.What! is he who goes prone upon his face better guided or he who walks upright upon a straight path?

22. ¿Acaso quien camina cabizbajo y tropezando de frente es como el que camina derecho por un camino recto?

The days are winding down and Eid El Fitr will be here soon enough. Everyone is scurrying around to finish up any shopping. And preparing for the feast. 

It has been an interesting month. It amazes my how fast the month goes by. In the beginning we as Muslims are like aw man and WHOLE month of fasting. And then by the end we are like aw man a whole month has gone by already. 

At this point of time. I am asking myself have I done enough. Have I done enough good deeds? Have I done enough ibadah? Have I fed enough people? 

Ramadan is a time to reflect on you as a person and your spiritual being. This is the time to beg for forgiveness and ask Allah All that your heart desires. 

It’s time to ask some hard questions. Are you doing enough? And you feeding enough people? What other good deeds can you do? Take a few mins to sit and ponder this. I pray you find the answer you are looking for. 

Thank you for sharing another awesome day of fast with me. 

Tu Hermana en Islam

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Ramadan Day 20- Iftar Spanish Style ¡Bon Provecho!

أَمَّنْ هَٰذَا الَّذِي هُوَ جُندٌ لَّكُمْ يَنصُرُكُم مِّن دُونِ الرَّحْمَٰنِ إِنِ الْكَافِرُونَ إِلَّا فِي غُرُورٍ

20.Or who is it that will be a host for you to assist you besides the Beneficent Allah? The unbelievers are only in deception.

20. ¿En quién tendréis un soporte que os auxilie, sino en el Misericordioso? Los incrédulos no están seducidos sino por un engaño.

After a long day of fasting it was nice to break fast with family and home made #arepas #tacos y #guacamole. And even though we are #boriquen we definitely love eating food from other Latin cultures.

 We had a good chuckle when I told her I am constantly telling people, No I am not Mexican, Yes I am Boriqua, No tacos are not part of my culture. BUT I am from California EVERYONE eats tacos. Lol

My grandmother started off the taco craze! Then it was passed on to my mother. Or maybe vice versa. All I know is that Growing  up we ate tacos, arroz con gandules y Maduros. That was dinner for us. It was a staple! 

My sister in law made the arepas and I finished making the tacos. So basically  arepa is a flat bread made from cornmeal. Water, salt , butter is added and then mushed together into a dough. My sister in law formed them into circles and grilled them until brown and then fried them. Usually people fry them. Then you cut them open and stuff them with whatever toppings you have. We had chicken, cheese, tomatoes, lettuce. They were so good! Alhamdulillah. 

As we continued to cook and eat. I kept having the same thought. This is what Islam is about. Appreciating other people’s culture and food. And not losing who you are as a person. In Islam I can be Muslim and retain my culture and food. This is who I am and I am proud of it!

Now that I am talking of food I cannot help to think about my friends chicken and Molé. Que Rico! 

Thank you for allowing me to share another day of fasting with you. I hope you enjoyed! 

Tu Hermana en Islam

Alma_Atl 

Ramadan Reflection days 18&19- The Last 10 days 



وَلَقَدْ كَذَّبَ الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَكَيْفَ كَانَ نَكِيرِ

18.And certainly those before them rejected (the truth), then how was My disapproval.

18. Ya habían negado la verdad los que os precedieron. Y cómo fue Mi reprobación.

أَوَلَمْ يَرَوْا إِلَى الطَّيْرِ فَوْقَهُمْ صَافَّاتٍ وَيَقْبِضْنَ مَا يُمْسِكُهُنَّ إِلَّا الرَّحْمَٰنُ إِنَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ بَصِيرٌ

19.Have they not seen the birds above them expanding (their wings) and contracting (them)? What is it that withholds them save the Beneficent Allah? Surely He sees everything.

19. ¿Es que no han visto las aves sobre ellos y cómo mueven sus alas? No las sostiene sino el Misericordioso. Realmente Él todo lo ve.

Bismillah

Wow two more days gone. We have entered the last 10 days of Ramadan. During these last 10 days we ask Allah azzawajal (The Most Exalted) protection from th hellfire. 

By this time of the month. We are exhausted mentally and physically, BUT spiritually we are awake. We spent 30 days praying everyday. We spent 30 days reading Quran and making extra prayers. Some days we stayed up All night as a family praying and spending time with each other. Seeking the love and mercy of Allah. 

I am really impressed and happy about my children and their dedication to Ramadan. Not breaking their fast nor sneaking to eat food. Kids will be kids and right now this is training for them. 

I pray we are able to see another year of Ramadan and Insha Allah as a family we can do even better. 

Thank you for sharing another day of Ramadan with me! 

¡Disfruta!

Tu Hermana en Islam

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