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

Alma_Al

Ramadan day 9, family and friends 

As this day progresses all I can think about is when I was a child and how every night we pretty much had Iftar at someone’s house OR grandma was entertaining guest at her home. 

EVERYONE wanted an invite to grandmas house. Because grandma threw down in the kitchen. Most of our Arab friends loved my grandmothers southern cooking. Especially the bar-b-que and potatoe salad. They loved it!! She always went all out. She made her bread from scratch and she made her desserts from scratch. They were so delicious. 

As I sit with my family to breakfast and eat dinner I have to smile of these great memories. My grandmother loved to feed people and send you home with plates of food! 

MASHA Allah it’s the small things that people remember. I pray Allah continue to shower her with his love and mercy. Ameen. 

I will leave you with Ayat 9 of Surah Mulk 

قَالُوا بَلَىٰ قَدْ جَاءَنَا نَذِيرٌ فَكَذَّبْنَا وَقُلْنَا مَا نَزَّلَ اللَّهُ مِن شَيْءٍ إِنْ أَنتُمْ إِلَّا فِي ضَلَالٍ كَبِيرٍ

9. Dirán: Sí, nos llegó un advertido, pero negamos la verdad y dijimos: Allah no ha hecho descender nada; no estáis sino en un extravío.

They shall say: Yea! indeed there came to us a warner, but we rejected (him) and said: Allah has not revealed anything, you are only in a great error.
Buenos Noches 

ALMA_Atl

Por Que no habla espanol?

imageOne of the challenges when speaking to others about Islam. Whether the person is Latino or is Non Latino. They become preplaxed at the thought that I am NOT fluent in spanish because for some reason, in the minds of many people, speaking Spanish and being Latino or of latino descent is synonymous; While in reality my generation and younger are NOT fluent in Spanish, although each person is different.

For example, I know a family that was born and raised in PR, but when they moved to the states they were told NOT to speak Spanish; They must only speak English while in America. Within my own family, my aunts, who were born and raised in PR, do not read Spanish although they do speak Spanish. In all actuality, I read and write better Spanish then they do.

When my dad and aunts came to the states they learned to read, write, and speak English in school. At home they only spoke Spanish and Outside of the home they spoke only English. It, unknowingly, created a divide and set the tone for future generations only speaking English.

When I was younger, I began to research my family background and began to understand the life my family left behind in PR. I began understanding who we are as a people. I became very proud of my background and my heritage. I also began to understand that just because I am not fluent in Spanish does not make me any less Latino/a. I realized that further when I was reunited with my family years later and none of them spoke Spanish.

I also know many friends who are in the same boat today. We all agree that now as adults, we are struggling to regain a piece of our heritage by relearning a language that should come natural to us, but is still a struggle. Speaking to older generations, I am not sure why some elders did not retain their language, although I suspect it was because it was easier to find jobs and live life by assimilating into society…… by not speaking Spanish.

However, today, there is a wonderful movement within the latino community to regain and teach the younger generation about their culture and language. The community is teaching them to not be ashamed of who they are and that they can live in both worlds. You can live within an English speaking world and Spanish speaking world. You can belong to both.

As a Muslimah, I have had the opportunity to meet other Latino/a muslims from all over the world. It is such a wonderful feeling to meet people who speak like you, eat like you and now worship like you. The latino muslim community is growing so fast it is mind boggling at times. However, because of this growth, now is the time to educate others about Islam.

We, as Latino Muslims, can and should retain our culture and language while teaching others about our religion. When becoming muslim we do not have to leave that part of us behind. We need to remember The Prophets last sermon. He points out that the Arab is not better than the non Arab. And that the White is not better than the black and the black is not better than the White. We need to remember to  retain our culture  and heritage, while worshiping and remembering Allah..

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Gracia a todos!

Tu Hermana en Islam

Shareefa Carrión

 

 

 

New Shahada to Islam from Mexico

Bismillah

As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu. Alhamdulillah! Alhamduillahi rabbil alameen.

These brothers are doing great things in New Jersey. The latino community is growing and seeking answers. Alhamdulillah these brothers are here to answer the call. May Allah reward them in this life and the next. Ameen.

Nuestro Hermano Isaac de México acaba de aceptar el Islam como su nueva forma de vida, Allahu Akbar!

Brother Isaac from Mexico accepts Islam as his new way of life, Takbeer!#IslamInSpanish #NHIEC #Shahada