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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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 reflection day 16 and 17


Surah Mulk 67:16-17

أَأَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاءِ أَن يَخْسِفَ بِكُمُ الْأَرْضَ فَإِذَا هِيَ تَمُورُ

16.Are you secure of those in the heaven that He should not make the earth to swallow you up? Then lo! it shall be in a state of commotion.

16. ¿Es que estáis a salvo de que Quien está en el cielo no haga que la tierra se hunda con vosotros en un temblor?

أَمْ أَمِنتُم مَّن فِي السَّمَاءِ أَن يُرْسِلَ عَلَيْكُمْ حَاصِبًا فَسَتَعْلَمُونَ كَيْفَ نَذِيرِ

17.Or are you secure of those in the heaven that He should not send down upon you a punishment? Then shall you know how was My warning.

17. ¿O estáis a salvo acaso de que Quien está en el cielo no envíe una pedrisca sobre vosotros? Entonces sabríais cómo es Mi advertencia.

Today was a special day. Alhamdulillah. I was able to see a friend I have not seen in a long time. Not only was I able to see her I was able to see her children as well. The reason why it was so special is because we all have known each other for more than 20 yrs. Our children grew up together. I have known her children since birth. 

And now to see her oldest is 16 yrs old and will be a junior in high school. Is amazing! I wanted to cry. I remember chasing her around the masjid when she was young trying to get her to sit down. SUBHAN Allah it was so funny. And not to see grow into this beautiful young women is a blessing. As we all sat there and laughed at the memories. It was time to clean up the masjid. We all laughed as the young girls got up to clean and we sat there. WE are the elders now. And our children are the ones cleaning and reaping the barakat for cleaning the masjid. 

Yea it was a special night because Allah allowed us to see the day when our children would do the thu HS we did in the masjid for the sake of Allah. 

May Allah allow us to see another year and fast another Ramadan. Ameen 

Tu Hermana en Islam

Alma_Atl 

Ramadan day 15-The full moon marks the half way point

Surah Mulk 67:15

هُوَ الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الْأَرْضَ ذَلُولًا فَامْشُوا فِي مَنَاكِبِهَا وَكُلُوا مِن رِّزْقِهِ وَإِلَيْهِ النُّشُورُ

He it is Who made the earth smooth for you, therefore go about in the spacious sides thereof, and eat of His sustenance, and to Him is the return after death.

15. Él es Quien ha hecho la tierra dócil para vosotros, caminad pues por sus confines y comed de Su provisión. A Él es el retorno.

Monday 6/20 was the 15th day of Ramadan. As I was driving to the masjid (Mosque, Mezquita) for prayer. I happened to look up and see the moon. It was so full and so beautiful and bright. It was almost as if I could reach out and touch it. It was just amazing, Subhan Allah. When you are in a spiritual state of mind you really take time to stop and smell the roses and really look at the beauty in your surrounding environment. It is truly amazing.

It was funny thought, one day I was looking at my calendar prior to seeing the full moon and I thought wow time is flying by we have out 2weeks to go. Then I saw the moon and it all clicked. WE ARE HALF WAY DONE!

At that moment I had to check myself right then and there. What have I been spending my tie one? have I been doing enough for the sake of Allah? and for myself spiritually?

By the half way point, one should be well adjusted to their fasting lifestyle. Usually, around this time in the morning I am not really hungry. A couple of dates, fruits and water I am good for the day. Around this time as Muslims, this is when we dig in and do more!. We do more praying, we give more sadaqah, we do more good deeds, we make extra duas.  Around this time we realize our special friend is leaving, because at this time we have made this connection with Allah (God, Dios) because of our lifestyle change and in our hearts we are happier, we are at peace, we have more energy and we feel more fulfilled. It is such a wonderful feeling and knowing Ramadan is ending we become very sad and push ourselves to do more.

Have an awesome day and Thank You for allowing me to share my fasting day with you.

Tu Hermana en Islam

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Ramadan Day 8- Mercy for all 

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 Day 8 was hard. My weekend sleeping schedule is way different than my weekday schedule. I felt very sleepy it was still a good day. The hardest part is being thirsty. All I could think about are those in the world that will go without water and food. As I broke my fast I was very thankful for the small blessings in my life. 

I pray Allah gives those who are homeless and without ease in their hardship Ameen

This is what Ramadan is about! Mercy for all. 

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Ramadan day 5, a day of Mercy 

Another day has passed and I find myself wondering if I am doing enough with my time during the day. 

So many people look at me funny when Ramadan comes around. They cannot understand or maybe comprehend going all day without food and water. It really blows their mind.  BUT as I was looking at the calendar we really do not have a lot of time left to really find our connection with our soul and with Allah. 

Now is the time to dig deep and recommit ourselves to our relationship with the creator. With Allah. 

With the passing of Muhammad Ali and so many others. We do not know if we will be here in 30 days let alone know if we will see another Ramadan. During this time we have to ask ourselves are we doing enough?

On day 5 I pray Allah accepts our fast and accepts our duas. And increase our love for him and allow us to reconnect with him. Ameen. 

Have a good day of fasting familía 

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Ramadan day 3

Day 3 is here! Each day as Muslims we read the Quran. Some people read each section or juz a day. There are 30 juz in the Quran. I decide along time ago that was to stressful for me and it was stoping me from enjoying my Ramadan. So I decided that I will only read what I can. This year I set my timer and I read for 15mins. Usually in the morning. 

Today as I was reading. My mind began to think about how quickly my life has changed, for the better that is. Last year it was just me and my kids. Last year after Ramadan I was blessed with a husband and additional family members. So we are a blended family. Even though there has been some challenges I am so blessed and happy to be with a wonderful and have more beautiful children to spice up my life. I was thinking how our lives change from one Ramadan to the next. 

We are still in the first ten days and during these 10 days we ask for mercy. 

I pray Allah continues to shower me and my family with his love and mercy and continue to bless us as a family. Ameen. 

Thank you for sharing this day with us. 

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