Ramadan Mubarak – رمضان مبارك

Ramadan Mubarak – رمضان مبارك

مبارك عليكم الشهر
May God accept our fasting, worship and good deeds – Ameen.

This year I am planning to share with you some recipes for my favorite Iftar soups!

الحمدلله

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We recently took a trip meeting Y’s parents at the Jeddah airport and taking a taxi together to Makkah. We arrived, walked into the tower where our hotel was, unsuccessfully attempted to check in and finally decided to complete our Umrah before the weather became too hot. Concierge took care of our bags and we walked to Masjid AlHaram. We forgot to bring a small plastic bag to store our shoes in, so we left them in the corner. They were just rubber flip-flops, which meant it wouldn’t be a huge problem if we didn’t find them there when we finished. We entered the Masjid and walked inside to the center, where the Kaaba stands.

We started the first ritual of Umrah.  During Tawaf the Masjid was full of the sound of the call to Dhuhr (noon) prayer, so we paused to pray. I find this part of being in the Masjid to be the most amazing. You will stand waiting to begin the prayer and all of the empty spaces around you will fill up in a matter of moments, without any pushing or harsh words. I’ve never experiences any other kind of organization like it. After the prayer we finished Tawaf and we walked to the part of the masjid to perform Sa’i. When we finished we began to make our way out of the Masjid and back to the hotel.
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Something really surprising about being in the masjid is that fact that you can walk barefoot on the sun beaten white ceramic without frying your feet. This was lucky for us as we didn’t find our shoes as we exited the Masjid. We just shrugged it off and continued walking. Just before the end of the white ceramic there was a woman selling rubber sandals. Y’s dad asked her how much and when she said “10 riyal”, Y came back with “How about 5?” She said “okay”, but Y shook his head in that we were almost back to the hotel lobby, so there was really no point.

In that moment we all stepped from the white ceramic tiles to the colored marble that lined the path to the hotels. My first step was uncomfortable. The second step burned. By the third step the bottom of my feet were on fire. Y’s dad immediately started sprinting to the door. Y’s mom hopped around for a minute in a hilarious sort of dance before following dad up to the door. I decided to follow when suddenly Y grabbed my arm and pulled me back to the soothing cool white tiles. I looked at him and started laughing. He had a smile on his face as well, especially when he mentioned his mom’s little dance. Y decided to do business with the flip-flops lady, who smiled and stated, “10 riyal”. Y chuckled, purchased 4 pairs and we walked up to the door where we found mom and dad sitting, also laughing about what had just happened.

I swear it was the sort of thing that you could just imagine happening in a cartoon. I love these kind of memories. It’s the kind of memory that I can think about a year later and still laugh.

الحمدلله


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Makkah – Trip #2

Last month I had the chance to visit Makkah for Umrah. It was my second time traveling to Makkah for Umrah and it was just as special as the first.

Y and I flew to Jeddah where we met his mom and two of his younger sisters. We took a cab to Makkah where we stayed at the Fairmont Makkah Clock Tower Hotel. It was a two story suite facing the Haram and with a clear view of the Kaaba below. We performed umrah, relaxed and prayed in the hotel room, did some shopping in the mall and enjoyed each others company.

In the short video above you’ll find an interesting clip of a man trimming what looks like thin branches. It is called Miswak and it is actually from a tree, but it is not just a twig. These tiny branches are used as an all natural toothbrush. The benefits of using Miswak has been recorded throughout history and it is also Sunnah (recommended by Prophet Mohammed ﷺ).

It is so hard to leave Makkah at the end of a trip. I leave happy and thankful that I had the chance to visit. I also leave with a heavy heart that is full of prayer that I will be able to return.

الحمدلله


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King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz • الملك عبدالله بن عبدالعزيز

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz • الملك عبدالله بن عبدالعزيز

I was sitting on the couch with Y when suddenly he said, “There are all of these things on Twitter saying that King Abdullah died, but I don’t know…”

“Do you think it’s true?” I asked.
“I’m not sure…” he replied.

We went on doing whatever it was that we were doing. I think we had the MBC movie channel on the TV and both of us were sort of mindlessly scrolling through social media dashboards on our phones. All of a sudden the channel changed to the live feed from Makkah. Not just one of the channels, but all of them.

I could tell by the look on Y’s face that this had more significant meaning than a strange technical glitch. A few moments later the channel quickly changed to a news broadcast. The man on the screen announced the death of the King.

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Y looked at me with such sorrow in his eyes and said, “King Abdullah is one reason that I met you”.

إنا لله و إنا إليه راجعون
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الحمد لله‎


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Jesus عيسى – Part 1

Please read with an open mind and an open heart.
ان شاء الله

Jesus عيسى 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him)
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No Muslim is a Muslim if he or she does not believe in Jesus Christ.
The Muslim, in compliance with the Quran believes that Jesus was a great messenger of God, that brought the dead to life by God’s will, that he healed those born blind and the lepers by God’s will, that he was born without any male intervention and that he was the Christ.

لا اله الا الله

Biblical evidence of Jesus 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) being a Servant of God and having no share in divinity.
“Children of God”
Jesus never called himself Son of God, but he used to call himself the “Son of Man.” [Mark 2:10]
Although he heard himself being called that name he did not object and did not condor the title exclusively for him.
According to the Biblical term in the Old and New Testaments, every God-fearing righteous person is called “Son of God”.
[In Matthew 5:9 we read]
“Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called the children of God.”
[In Matthew 5:45]
“That ye may be children of your Father which is in heaven…”
[Matthew 23:8]
“And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father which is in heaven.”
From this you will note that fatherhood and sonship is meant to be the relationship between the Lord and His servants: It is meant in general sense and not specifically for Jesus.

Jesus 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) : Preacher of Monotheism
[In John 17:3]
“And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent.”
[In Mark 12:28:30]
“And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, ‘Which is the first commandment of all?’ And Jesus answered him: ‘The first of all the commandments is; hear O Israel, the Lord thy God is One Lord: and thou shalt love the Lord, they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.'”
[In Mark 12:32]
“And the scribe said unto him, ‘Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God, and there is none other but He.”
[In Mark 12:34]
“…he (Jesus) said unto him, ‘Thou are not far from the kingdom of God…”
In these verses, Jesus himself had testified that Allah is the One God, there is none other than Him, and whoever believes in his Oneness, he is near the Kingdom of God. Therefore whoever associates partners with God or believes in the trinity is far away from the Kingdom of God.
[In Matthew 24:36]
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of the heaven, but my father only.”
A similar text is proclaimed in the Quran stating that none knows when the hour will come except God. This establishes the fact that Jesus was subservient to God and that he had no share in Divnity: that he was an inaction of God, was an innovation by people.
Prophet Jesus never claimed divinity.
He taught the Oneness of God and confirmed that he was just a messenger.
[In John 20:17]
Jesus said, “…I am returning to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”
[In John 5:30]
“By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear and my judgement is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.”

After the ascension of Prophet Jesus most of the Christians remind Unitarian. They used to believe in the oneness of God and the teachers of Prophet Jesus and all of the other Prophets. They did not believe in the doctrines of Trinity, Original Sin, Blood Atonement or Divine Sonship of Jesus. After centuries of Persecution against the unitarian Christians, the Pauline church prevailed and the teachers of Paul replaced the teaching of Jesus.

I hope that you found this brief post informative and a helpful introduction in understanding the difference in views of Prophet Jesus in Islam and Christianity.

To be continued…
ان شاء الله

الحمد لله‎


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Umrah عمرة

Umrah  عمرة

Umrah is a non-mandatory pilgrimage to Makkah, which can be performed at any time of the year.

Umrah is comprised of a series of acts related to events that happened to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) 'alayhi'l-salām (peace be upon him) and his second wife Hajer raḥimahā Allāh (may Allāh have mercy upon her). It is also meant to provide a sense of solidarity between Muslims.

The pilgrimage is full of prayer to and remembrance of God subḥānahu wa ta'āla (glorified and exalted be He) .

Thursday, July 3 we left Riyadh for Makkah to do Umrah.

This was one of the best trips of my life.
It was beautiful, 
it was fulfilling, 
it was refreshing,
and it strengthened my faith.

In sha Allah ان شاء الله our Umrah is accepted.

I will make a second post with more details about the trip later on.

الحمد لله‎


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Ramadan Kareem – رمضان كريم

Abu Huraira (may God be pleased with him) Reported: God’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “When the month of Ramadan starts, the gates of heaven are opened and the gates of hell are closed and the devils are chained.”

 . عن ابي هريرة رضي الله عنه ان رسول الله صل الله عليه وسلم قال : اذا جاء رمضان فتحت ابواب الجنة ، وغلقت ابواب النار ، وصفدت الشياطين
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رمضان كريم 
Ramadan Kareem

As we enter Ramadan I would like to wish you all a blessed and successful month.
May God accept all of your prayers, fasting, and good deeds.
May God give you peace, happiness and prosperity.
May God protect you and guide you.

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Ramadan Mubarak
Congratulations for the holy month of Ramadan
May God be upon you in protection and in faith.
and May God accept from us our deeds.
Every year may you become closer to God.

الحمد لله‎


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Ramadan رمضان

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Ramadan رمضان

Abu Hurairah, (may Allah be pleased with him) quoted the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) as saying: “When the month of Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened and the gates of the Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained.” (Reported by al-Bukhari)(x)

The holy month of Ramadan is almost here!
اللهم سلمنا لرمضان وسلم رمضان لنا وتسلمه منا متقبلا
Oh Allah, safeguard us for Ramadan, safeguard Ramadan for us and accept it from us.

The Islamic calendar is a type of lunar calendar with 12 months in 1 year.Each month is measured by the amount of time it takes for the moon to go through its phases: new moon, half moon, full moon, and back to its initial phase. A new month begins with the sighting of the crescent moon.

Ramadan is the 9th month in the Islamic calendar. It lasts 29 to 30 days and ends with the beginning of a new lunar cycle. The reason that Ramadan is considered the most important month in the Islamic calendar is because it is the month that the Holy Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammad. During Ramadan, muslims fulfill one of the 5 requirements of Islam: fasting.
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Fasting begins at sunrise and ends at sunset. It includes abstaining from food, drink, smoking and sex. Time during the fast is spent in prayer, reading or reciting the Quran, remembrance of God and solidarity through charitable deeds. Not to mention living  normal everyday life like going to work or taking care of family. Aspects of fasting -Sincere love for God. -Hope to please God and seek His Grace. -Devotion, dedication and closeness to God. -A sound conscience: being faithful to the fast in public and in private. -Patience and selflessness: feeling the pain of deprivation, but enduring. -Moderation, willpower and discipline. -Adaptability: being able to change the entire course of daily life. -Social belonging, unity and equality before God.
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Suhoor is the meal before the first prayer  of the day when fasting begins. Iftar is the meal just after the fourth prayer of the day when fasting ends. Before the prayer it is common to break the fast by eating dates.
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“Throughout it all, we maintain an ambiance of joy and gratitude for all that God has blessed us withand reflect on those in this world who have been given much less.”  (x)

الحمد لله‎


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