In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate

In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate
Al-Quran (30:30)

So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth. [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah upon which He has created [all] people. No change should there be in the creation of Allah. That is the correct religion, but most of the people do not know.

فَأَقِمْ وَجْهَكَ لِلدِّينِ حَنِيفًا فِطْرَةَ اللَّهِ الَّتِي فَطَرَ النَّاسَ عَلَيْهَا لَا تَبْدِيلَ لِخَلْقِ اللَّهِ ذَلِكَ الدِّينُ الْقَيِّمُ وَلَكِنَّ أَكْثَرَ النَّاسِ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ
[Al-Imran 3:8] "[Who say], "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy. Indeed, You are the Bestower."


Friday, August 27, 2010

Tolerance, a figment of the Mind?


In my entire life I have never encountered so much intolerance, hate and ignorance than by any group more so than Christians and Zionists. These are usually the same people who call Muslims intolerant and hateful, evil etc (you get the picture I am sure!). Before I get any messages of “you are advocating/promoting hate and violent acts towards Christians,”I do not and I am not advocating intolerance towards any group by this statement because GOD “forbid (sarcasm intended)" I call any Christian intolerant, ignorant or hateful because that is reserved for Muslims right? (sarcasm intended) I am only telling it like it is. Its time I speak out against this bigotry.

Post 9/11, I don't even recall associating Muslims with it (I was not Muslim at the time). I honestly knew how this worked because I had read enough history, been a victim of racism myself (being a Mexican gal and all you know) and read enough to recognize this was another "project in progress." This project will unravel itself soon enough and let’s hope it’s not too late when it does happen to do so.

We have bad and "good"Muslims just like we have "good"people and bad people (and the same can be applied to Christians, jews, hindus, Sikhs, buddhist, Taoist, wiccans etc-just happens that a big proportion of Christians are bigots and all Zionists are heartless {sarcasm not included}). Most Muslims are too shy to even say much to people and scared to come across as "insulting" to other people's beliefs when making dawah (calling to Islam). As a matter of fact one of our methods of dawah is tolerance. "So you can run and tell that... hoooommmmeeeebbbboooyyyy"

When I became Muslim, I became a lot of other things too (according to bigots). I became foreign, ignorant, evil, ugly, a terrorist, a murderer, crazy, oppressed, brainwashed, a devil worshiper, intolerant and suddenly I wanted to dominate the world! (like something out of a Steven Spielberg movie) … and a lot of other things that my coping mechanism (survival instinct) sort of blocked out in order to stay sane . Unfortunately, most of these statements were from relatives. Yey (sarcasm intended)! Let me note: These were relatives that have NEVER played a role in my life or ever contributed to my well being (they were never interested about anything I did-univ, my aspirations etc). One of my aunts was SEVERELY “worried” whether I would be able to wear cute shoes in public (wow! lets not under estimate the value of cute pumps in life, right ladies?!). While another cousin, all of a sudden, was VERY concerned I was disobeying my parents by being Muslim and wearing a veil regardless of the fact my parents never complained about of me(because you know how veiled girls get into trouble nowadays with all the partying and well the Virgin Mary "really" did not wear a veil out of piety) .

Lets no leave out the occasional “curious” family member/friend who asks “HOW AND WHY on earth” I chose to be a MUSLIM (Oh Lord, how can any sane person choose Islam-eerie song plays in the background). Then at the bottom of the email/letter, there are references to Christian websites, verses from the bible and a prayer calling me to Christ again*Sigh*(because apparently he/she ruled out maybe "my experiences as a Christian was misleading" *blink* blink*).

You know it’s kind of hard to see their sincerity or their open-mindedness when they do that. I don’t even bother with people like that. I don’t know whether to laugh or feel sorry for them because of their delirious state of self-righteousness or as I like to describe “saved” mental disorder.

The funny thing about all of this they actually admit they are not knowledgeable about Islam or ever studied it. People don’t really want us Muslims to be tolerant they want us to assimilate and leave our faith. That’s exactly how they define tolerance to Muslims. The only way to be a "tolerant Muslim" according to them is to be a non-Muslim or a "secularist Muslim (not sure how that would work) ". They want us to leave our beliefs and take upon theirs and that’s the truth of the matter. They need to stop with the shenanigans about tolerance because they don't even know what that means. Just as pathetic it is to learn calculus from a 4 month old baby it is just as pathetic to listen to these douches who have no heart and a brain of a goldfish.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Halawat Al-Ramadan

This is my fourth Ramadan but the first in which I can actually savor its sweetness no kidding. I feel like a kid in candy store not knowing where to start. There is so much I want to do to "cash" in on these rewards and the barakah of this special month ! I think for the first time I finally get it! Before, I just felt lethargic and at the end of Ramadan all I experienced I'm afraid, was only hunger :(

I feel so at ease and at peace with myself. I don't even have energy to stress or even talk for that matter (which is always a good thing since it gets me into trouble anyways-now if I could channel that into my fingers and not type as much either :s ). So I am totally enjoying the serenity right now and I love it!

The other day while talking to Mama I told her of how tranquil I felt and how fasting makes one much more thankful and appreciative towards our creator. So my mama says "I will have to try that out someday," which I did not expect at all. My past Ramadans, she has been very complacent about them and would help me wake up for suhoor. All at the same time she is not very fond of Ramadan just as many of those without conviction. They find it ridiculous to fast for that amount of days because they don’t understand the concept of attaining reward or seeking nearness to God or seeking his pleasure.

Well I can't wait for Eid... I'm saving up to get presents for family and friends. Uggh so much to do! Family!, Ramadan, Eid, moving, School, Work! My ARABIC -_- and memorizing all my organic chemistry reactions again! Keep in mind I have to do all this during Ramadan! and THEN ITS DHUL-HIJJAH! (can't wait yeeey :D insha'Allah!

* update: 8/25/10 Just found an article on MuslimMatters that talked about what I just did on my post... so cool, apparently I am not crazy! :D

MuslimMatters article: Muslims feeling euphoric about Ramadan!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Fail Musings

This pictures depicts exactly how my life is at the moment: a slump!
{This is my cat Alina that run away :( }

Prior to Ramadan, I had an already bad schedule going on: circadian rhythm and life style. I have been trying to fix it since then but I am not sure what it is. At times I feel so exhausted (brain not functioning) I just want to sleep yet when I lay down to bed, I can't fall sleep because I am constantly thinking and feeling anxious.

Anyways I was a bit worried how I would survive this Ramadan if I kept this up but Alhamdulilah (Thanks and praise be to God) I have been doing "well." I am not feeling any more exhausted than usual. Been waking up for suhoor and fajr and been fasting with ease and been attending the taraweeh prayers (night prayer). So I'm sort of proud of that. The only thing to this is that in order to wake up for suhoor or have suhoor I stay up the whole night sometimes! and then after need to head to work then to prayer, then study a bit, then go to prayer then sleep then or stay up. Its really a weird schedule.

Today i had an interesting morning no doubt, I went to bed "early" in order that I can stay up after Fajr and eat suhoor. I ended up sleeping about 3-4 hours and woke up at 3 am and stood in bed until my alarm blasted off at 4:30 am. I decided in between sunrise and 10 am I would cook and clean. I baked some cupcakes, a cake, and some beans. I'm planning to have a friend over iftar today but hope she will not flake on me... and I hope she is reading this feeling crummy about her flakes these past weeks. Anyways... will be making some mexican sopes with some dessert: STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Merciless Soul: An Oppressor

Narrated Ibn 'Umar: The Prophet said, "oppression will be a darkness on the Day of Resurrection."

"Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: The Prophet sent Mu'adh to Yemen and said, "Be afraid, from the curse of theoppressed as there is no screen between his invocation and Allah."

Narrated Abu Musa: Allah's Apostle said, "Allah gives respite to the oppressor, but when He takes him over, He never releases him." Then he recited:-- "Such is the seizure of your Lord when He seizes (population of) towns in the midst of their wrong: Painful indeed, and severe is His seizure.' (11.102)

A 4 year old boy is crying while holding onto his father while israeli soldiers take him for jail: His "Crime" "steeling" WATER (that belongs to them and they have been deprived from) from an Israeli settlement.



Monday, August 2, 2010

Ramadan is coming!!! Why we fast :)

[2:185] "The month of Ramadhan [is that] in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for the people and clear proofs of guidance and criterion. So whoever sights [the new moon of] the month, let him fast it; and whoever is ill or on a journey - then an equal number of other days. Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship and [wants] for you to complete the period and to glorify Allah for that [to] which He has guided you; and perhaps you will be grateful."

  • One whom is not thankful is arrogant, selfish, proud and degrades themselves (nothing more but a body whom follows their whims and desires).

Allah (swt) has prescribed for us to fast in order that we may reach consciousness of him and a state of vigilance.
  • Taqwa in Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) is the greatest virtue one can have
[2:183 "O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you so that you may attain taqwa -" ]
{So we should ask ourselves, when we break our fasts, ‘Has this fasting day made us fear Allah (swt) more?}
  • Fasting Allows us to establish a relationship with our Creator.
  • We surrender our most basic needs for the sake of Allah (swt) = True Love
  • Fasting is the source of forgiveness for one's sins and to become beloved to Allah (swt) insha'Allah.
[5:35] "O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means [of nearness] to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed."