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

Alma_atl

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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

Day 4 of Ramadan

Day 4 of Ramadan is here….I have the sweetest daughter ever. She really loves to cook. She has been getting up for the last 4 days and cooking for everyone.  Which is awesome for me, since I have been sick. It’s one less thing I have to think about in the morning. Hopefully tomorrow I will share a few recipe’s we have been using for our fast.

I have really enjoyed our early morning family get togethers. This time gives us the opportunity to share our thoughts on fasting, life, things we have read in the Quran. The family time is priceless and so memorable.  As we spoke about our fasts today I realized that maybe I need to do some teaching at home about Ramadan to my children. We all need a refresher course once in a while and today right before breaking our fast we will discuss some facts about Ramadan. As I was thinking of what to discuss  made a short list of facts I wanted to share with you as well.

10 things about Ramadan

  1. Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar
  2. Ramadan is named after the word Ramda. Ramda are stones heated by the sun during summer.
  3. Ramadan is generally the hottest month out of all the Islamic months
  4. Ramadan starts at the sight of the new moon and ends at the sighting of the new moon.
  5. Ramadan can generally run from 28-30 days depending on when the new moon is sighted
  6. In Many parts of the world some people are fasting 20+ hours per day.
  7. Fasting is an ancient practice round in most ancient religions
  8. During Ramadan we increase our good deeds. Mostly by feeding people
  9. The Quran was revealed during Ramadan
  10. Ramadan is divided into 3rd : 10 days of Mercy, 10 days of forgiveness, 10 days of asking for protection from the hellfire.

So those are my 10 facts about Ramadan. If  you have any questions please leave them in the comments! And check back tomorrow for recipes and more early morning stories.

Thank you for sharing this day with me

My Ramadan weekend

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This was the first weekend of Ramadan. Usually more people come out on the weekend and this past weekend was no exception. It was wonderful to see friends and spend some time with them. When I walked in and heard the recitation of Quran. It was so sweet and melodic. I instantly felt the connection between my heart and the Quran. I was really moved, almost to tears. As I listened my mind drifted to people who are no longer with us. I said a small prayer for them. It really made me think about how from one Ramadan to the next we do not know if we will see it. I was so grateful to be there.

7 days into fasting you really have to prepare your mind and soul. This past weekend was the first time I felt moved to tears in a very long time.

Insha Allah for the rest of the week we will make it to the masjid, pray next to our brothers and sisters. And Thank Allah for having one more Ramadan together.

Have a wonderful day and a wonderful fast!

ALMA_ATL

Islamic Months and their History

Bismillah

As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatahu

Ramadan 1437 will begin in a few days. Again this year I plan to post duas every day along with my personal reflection of each day. 

This year I wanted to share some helpful information pertaining to the months of Islam. I find this very interesting, I always wanted to know what each month meant but it was always hard to find, due to the fact that most information about the meaning of the names of the months were in Arabic. 

Growing up I knew some of the months, especially Ramadan, Shawal, Dhul Hijja. Only because during the month of Ramadan we fast. During the month of Shawal we have an huge celebration to mark the end of fasting and during the month of Dhul Hijja is when we make Hajj to the sacred holy place Mecca. 

I found this infographic on Pinterest and I thought I would share some basic information to kick off the month of Ramadan. 

Check back for more information. 

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As always have an awesome day! 

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..

To learn more about Islam in Spanish from a Latina perspective. Please stay tuned!

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Gracia a todos!

Tu Hermana en Islam

Shareefa Carrión

 

 

 

Throw Back–Soy Boriqua all the way.

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An artist from NY saw my pic on my personal #IG page. She thought it was interesting that I as boriqua and Musulmana (Muslim).
We had a great conversation about my back ground, where was I born, how long have I been Muslim, etc.
As we continued to speak she became even more intrigued with the conversation. Why? Many people assume that being Muslim means you are an Arab or that you married an Arab. It’s hard for some people to visualize Muslims in all walks of life, color, culture etc.
If you don’t know, Latino Muslims are the fastest growing community worldwide.  Islam, the belief, the family life, community life, appeals to Latinos.
At the end of our conversation she wanted to use this pic for a gallery premier. Of course I said yes!  And here are the results. I’m both honored and humbled to represent Islam in every way possible!
Thanks for reading!
ALMA_ATL