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.
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!
Tu Hermana en Islam
Surah Mulk 67:13-14
وَأَسِرُّوا قَوْلَكُمْ أَوِ اجْهَرُوا بِهِ إِنَّهُ عَلِيمٌ بِذَاتِ الصُّدُور
13.And conceal your word or manifest it; surely He is Cognizant of what is in the hearts.
أَلَا يَعْلَمُ مَنْ خَلَقَ وَهُوَ اللَّطِيفُ الْخَبِيرُ
14.Does He not know, Who created? And He is the Knower of the subtleties, the Aware.
13. Y tanto si guardáis en secreto lo que decís como si lo divulgáis… Él es Conocedor de lo que encierran los pechos.
14. ¿No habría de tener conocimiento Aquel que ha creado y es el Sutil, al que nada se Le oculta?
Another weekend has gone by and I am falling behind on my post. Yikes! My intentions this year is to actually post ALL 30 days. Last year, I did not complete all my post and pretty much gave up.. The posting not the fasting! lol. But you see this is the beauty of Ramadan. This is the challenge that we are given. The challenge is to challenge ourselves. To remove ourselves from our comfort zone to see if we can do something different that is beneficial to our life, to our spiritual selves. Actually, the way we live our lives during Ramadan is the way we should live our lives 24/7 365 days. The way we are during Ramadan is who we should be ALL the time.
It is a struggle is not to live a new life. The struggle is to leave your old life. When I sit and think about Ramadan and my morning routine. I am really just amazed. During Ramadan, I eat breakfast EVERYDAY and a high protein breakfast at that. Before, Ramadan I barely ate breakfast. It’s was pretty much coffee and a croissant. I drank less water, I ate less fruit. During Ramadan I drink MORE water and I eat MORE fruit. And because of those actions I feel more energetic during the day and at night. I have a power nap during the day on my lunch break. This year I even signed up for a intensive arabic course. Which I thought would be rough, but in actuality I am so happy that I am taking the course and mentally I have not been exhausted. Actually, it has given me that extra boost of energy needed to get finish out the day because my mind is not on is it time to eat yet.
So this year I am determined to post everyday! I may be a bit slow but know my post is coming! 🙂
Have an awesome day and thank you for allowing me to share my fasting experience with you.
Tu Hermana en Islam
Surah Mulk 67:11
فَاعْتَرَفُوا بِذَنبِهِمْ فَسُحْقًا لِّأَصْحَابِ السَّعِيرِ
So they shall acknowledge their sins, but far will be (forgiveness) from the inmates of the burning fire.
11. Y reconocerán sus faltas. ¡Fuera con los compañeros de Sair!
Alhamdulillah another day down. The day was long but Allah showed his mercy by allowing me to stay busy and to keep my mind off the pains of my stomach. These same pains are here to remind me to be thankful of the things and food I have. 1. Someone in the world will not have food to eat today. 2. Someone has died today and will not have the chance to to repent for their sins. So today I am hungry and I want food BUT I am happy to be here ans feel the pain in my stomach. Atleast I can ask Allah to continue to forgive me and shower me with his mercy. Alhamdulilah
Thank you for sharing this day of fast with me.
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.
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.
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
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.
Yesterday was a struggle but today I feel so much better. I woke up with peace, love, thankfulness and clarity in my heart and soul. Today I am thankful for the people in my life and the love and support given to me!
Today I am happy and at peace with who I am. What I am doing with my life. Today I woke up with clarity in my mind, heart and soul. As I laid down last night, I couldn’t breath. My nose was clogged. I had sinus pressure. But as I laid down I remembered a Hadith about a man who in his heart forgave those people who hurt him. I told Allah I forgive those people who have hurt me.
Today I woke up light hearted and the only thing I can attribute this feeling to, is to this thought and prayer.
In Islam, we are taught that Allah loves those who ask him forgiveness. And he loves those who forgives.
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “If anyone constantly seeks pardon (from Allah), Allah will appoint for him a way out of every distress and a relief from every anxiety, and will provide sustenance for him from where he expects not.”
With Ramadan literally right around the corner, Forgiveness is one of the things we ask for while fasting and we learn to forgive those people who have caused use hurt and pain. But most importantly we learn to forgive ourselves!
Think about that and learn to forgive yourself. Have a great Friday everyone!
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Daily Duas for the month of Ramadan
Un diario oración para el mes de Ramadan.
I recently had a conversation with a long time friend about family, She just had a baby. Some how we started talking about family roots and she mentioned she is Panamanian! My mouth fell open. I have know her for 4-5yrs, we go to the same masjid and we never spoke about our family. I was so excited to know I have another Muslimah who is of AfroLatino descent.
When I started my organization -Asociacion Latina Musulmana de Atlanta. I was really just searching for other latino/a muslims and as I began looking Alhamdulillah ( Toda La Alabanza a Ala, All praise to Allah) more and more people began to contact me. As it turned out there where a few Latinos Musulmanes in Atlanta and so many people contacted me from other states about informacion en espanol sobre Islam. I felt so happy to know I was not the only Latina Muslim in Georgia.
As time went on I met more latino muslims and we have had several meet and greets. I realized how beautiful we look covered and we all look the same but yet we are all from different latin backgrounds. Subhan Allah. I also, discovered that even though we are muslim, we are still hidden within the Ummah ( Muslim community). People I have known for years have come forward and told me they are Panamanian or Dominican.
As Muslimahs we are covered in hijab, so people assume we are Arab or Somalian or even Indian and they never understand that we are either Latino or AfroLatino and we have our own culture.
Insha Allah (Si Dios Quiere, God Willing) I will begin to post several blogs about being Muslim and AfroLatino, as well as, feature other AfroLatino Muslims.
I pray this blog and future blogs about Islam y somos cultura will be of benefit. Ameen.
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