Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Are we so different?

I picked up the Quran today.  When I was reading it, it reminded me so much of what I use to read in the bible.  If everyone who hated Islam or hated others because of how they looked spent time actually looking into their hate...they would realise how similar we are.  When we pray in Islam it starts with Call to the prayers
A Call is made from the mosque, indicating that it is time for the obligatory prayer. There are five obligatory prayers in a day. On hearing the Call, people start preparing themselves for the prayer. Appearing below is the transliteration and translation of what a caller to the prayer says.

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
Ashadu an la ilaha ill Allah
[I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but God]
Ashadu an la ilaha ill Allah
[I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but God]
Ashadu anna Muhammadan rasoolullah
[I bear witness that Muhammad is the prophet of God]
Ashadu anna Muhammadan rasoolullah
[I bear witness that Muhammad is the prophet of God]
Hayya'alas salah [Come to prayer,]
Hayya'alas salah [Come to prayer,]
Hayya'alal falah [Come to success,]
Hayya'alal falah [Come to success,]
Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar
[God is the greatest, God is the greatest]
La ilaha ill Allah
[There is no deity but God.]

Who do Muslims pray to?
Muslims pray to One God without associating any partners with Him. They pray facing the Holy Mosque in the city of Makkah. Facing this mosque is simply for uniformity and homogeneity in the prayers of all Muslims around the world and not as an act of worship to the mosque itself.

What do Muslims say and do?
Muslims stand before their God by making the intention to pray, leaving all other chores and concerns aside.

While standing
While standing, the first chapter of the Quran is recited. This chapter can be translated as follows.

“In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds. Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee (alone) we worship and Thee (alone) we ask for help. Show us the straight path. The path of those whom Thou hast favoured; Not the (path) of those who earn Thine anger nor of those who go astray.” (1:1-1:7)

After the first chapter, any other passage from the Quran is recited. Following is a translation of one such passage.

“Say: He is Allah, the One! Allah is He on Whom all depend. He begetteth not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” (112:1-112:4)

While bowing
Muslims then bow to God and glorify Him. This glorification can be translated as follows.

“Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty.”

While Prostrating
To express complete submission and humility before God, Muslims then prostrate and place their foreheads on ground. According to the prophetic traditions, at this moment of humility, the worshipper is closest to his/her Lord. While prostrating, Muslims glorify God as follows.

“Glory be to my Lord, the most High.”

Other than glorifying God, it is also a moment for Muslims to ask God for His forgiveness, mercy, blessings and bounties. Muslims then sit for a few seconds and prostrate one more time before standing up again.

Depending on the time of the prayer, Muslims repeat this cycle once, twice or thrice in each prayer.

While sitting
In the end (and also in the middle for some prayers) Muslims sit as shown in the figure. At this point they testify before God that there is none worthy of worship but Him and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His slave (meaning creation that is subject to it’s Lord’s commands at all times) and His Messenger. Muslims then ask God to send His peace and blessings on His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) as He did on Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him). The translation is as follows.

“All service is for Allah and all acts of worship and good deeds are for Him. Peace and the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you O Prophet. Peace be upon us and all of Allah’s righteous slaves. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
O Allah exalt Muhammad and the followers of Muhammad, just as you exalted Abraham and the followers of Abraham. Verily you are full of praise and majesty. O Allah send blessings on Muhammad and the family of Muhammad, just as you sent blessings on Abraham and upon the followers of Abraham. Verily you are full of praise and majesty.”

At the very end, Muslims turn their face to the right and the left, sending God’s Peace on those surrounding them. This greeting of peace can be translated as follows.

“Peace be upon you and the mercy of Allah”

With this greeting, the obligatory prayer ends.

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What about this is so scary?  Nothing...Muslim, black, white, Christian, catholic and so many other pray in such a similar way.  Yet instead of finding our similarities we find our differences.  We are not much different you an I.  I am a women. An American. A wife. A worker. A home maker.  I ask all my friends and their friends love.  Find your similarities no matter your background, religion or colour.  We get one life.  What better to do with it then love? ❤️



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Thankful

Happy Wednesday ❤️ Forgot to pack my lunch last night and had to grab take away noddles.   Feeling so happy and blessed to be able to do that.  Being 30 now life has its stability's more than it did in my 20's.  It took lots of haaaard work and sacrifice to get to where I am in life at now.  Nothing was ever given to me in life.  Everything I have came from only my own hard work.  And with the help of my husband.  There have been times I have worked 4 jobs to support myself in life.  Not only is it amazing and by God grace I have a job, roof over my head, a good husband, I also woke up today heathy.  And I woke up alive ❤️☺️. I'm so thankful to God for how much he has blessed me.  An I am aware that at anytime I could lose all I have.  After living in a country that bordered on a civil war I hope I don't go without being thankful for things that I didn't have there.  No hot water for dished or showers, floss and toilet paper were a luxury at points.  I have learned things we thinking we "need" are often things we can go without.  Seeing homeless on the street everyday reminds me having a home is a luxury and a responsibility.  It's said "People see your success but not the hard work, sweat, blood, tears and blisters it took to get there."  I'm not boasting that I'm so successful, but I thank God for where I am today.

God is so great. ❤️

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Happy Eid 2016



God help me to forgive those who I can not forgive.  God help me to mend what I have broken.  Help me to forgive those who broke me.  Help me to give to those who have less then I do.  Help me to smile at those who frown at me.  God give me strength to be kind to those who are unkind to me.  God please forgive me for all my sins.  Fill me with your love, joy, and pureness.  Allah Akbar الله أكبر meaning "God is [the] greatest".  
Happy Eid to all for 2016 ☺️



Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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I want to know what goals did you achieve in 2015?
What was some of your best memories? 
What was a mistake you learned from? 
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Who did you learn from? 
What was your biggest hurt? 
What was your happiest day?

We always rush into the new year without reflecting on the old one! And celebrating our goals and accomplishment! I think it's good to look back and smile.
Now goals...read 12 books this year! I'm one down 11 to go!

I have found that often if i set goals its way past something i can actually do!  So my goal for 2106 is set realistic goals! 
What about you? 

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