Wrinkly Man

Written by Anisa ❤

I awoke so suddenly and so out of breath
what with the people surrounding me, I was half-scared to death
There was wailing and cheering and their faces were red
and I wondered why they would be celebrating around a hospital bed
“You’re awake,” said the nurse with amazement in her tone
and she hurried off to the corner and dialed up a phone
I recalled every thing I’ve done, my brain completely sunk
Maybe, I told myself, I got really drunk
And so I stared at the people in that hospital room
All types of ages, family I assumed
Though hardly any of their faces rang a bell,
Something else in the room wasn’t quite well
The clothes a young girl wore fell just above her thighs
Her rectangular touch toy was glued to her eyes
And the couple in the corner quietly bickered and fought
while their toddler in the stroller cried for the attention he sought
And a man with a briefcase wearing a watch that looked funny
whispered quickly into his phone for “time was money”
And then I couldn’t breathe for a place like this was cold
heartless, rehearsed, and made of fool’s gold
I searched for a familiar face and spotted her. “Betty!”
My wife held tightly to my hand, her palms were sweaty
“Mom died a while back, I’m your daughter, Rosetti”
Cold sweat formed and I couldn’t muster up a sound
the people in the room stared back blankly, I found
“That’s my daughter” she said of the young girl
And that’s your son and his wife, and their baby named Earl
“And that’s Uncle Mathew who’s about ready to leave”
The man felt their eyes glaring so he looked to his sleeve
If this was joke, it was a new level of cruel
though to avoid their resemblance was to cast me a fool
I pulled my hand away from hers as the nurse strode through the door
And I felt again, for a second time, that i would die once more
I looked to the nurse, and then to the people, then ceiling
and in the back of my head, the situation began revealing
The nurse took my aged hand in hers and wiped away her tears
“Sir you’ve been in a coma for 27 years.”

YS MUNA Open Mic 2015

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Notes: “The First Ten Days of Ramadan: Mercy”

our deen is teaching us that even though we arent learning something new, we r told to remember that which we already know.

reminders help more than learning something new.

surah fatihah introduces allah to us

allah introduces himself to humanity

thank allah and praise allah: alhamdullilah; difference between praising and thanking something

    you can praise a building, but you might not thank the building. But for Allah we are told to praise him and thank him.

ar rahman and ar rahim

something in common: they have the word rahma in common, doesnt mean mercy. rahma means care love consideration, when a women is pregnant her belly is rahem, becuz baby is taken care of from all angles. allah is telling us he has covered us entirely in his blessing.

ar rahman:

1.when allahs love care mercy is extremem then u suse ar rahman. unsually loving

excessive.

2. happenign right now. his love is right now. when someone is patient doesnt mean its happening right now. but for allah, its happening right now. hes being arrahman righ tnow. immediate

3.third meaning is kinda scary, its a pattern as in its permanent. r u angry, not permanent. hungry. not permanent. his mercy isnt permanent.

arrahim:

1. always, a quality. first word was temporary.

2. not necessarlity obvious, not always happening right now. not active, but a quality. the beauty is that if he only said arrahman, it wud not be permanent. he said rahim immediately after to make it permanent. he put them both together so that we know today arrahman, tomorrow arahim.

hadith: arahman is for this world and rahim is next world for the people.

simple example: some people have jobs, waiting for paycheck. now ur getting worried. ur friend is telling u hes dependable and reliable. i know but i wish he was like that right now. allah knows that when people have a problem, they want happiness right now. when ur immediate problem is taken care of, then the future comes to thought. allah will take care of u right now with rahman and ur future with rahim.

problem: i knwo its haram, but allah is merciful he will forgive me for my sins. people take advatnage of the mercy.

master and slave story. dont go to the other side.

the day of punishment is the day where we will all get punished all at once

allah balanced two things and on the other hand if u take advantage of his mercy u will get punished

two kinds of people on judgement: people who get audited and people who just go to hell or heaven.

everyone whose alive, is the opportunity to make tawbah, thats allah’s mercy. it is the opportunity allah is giving u to say astagfirullah.

may allah help us earn his mercy and be people who r always optimistic.

as young people we dont have free time, we r activists we r supposed to be. we r the youth, hold urself to a higher standard, not becuz of elders becuz ur own concious shoudl tell u. you have to be active people. any member of this ummah is constantly working to make this world better. be merciful towards, be a good role model. improve ur character. become good Muslims so that non Muslims look at you and say i wanna be like them, i want what they have.

In the sacred hadith below, God says:“O son of Adam, as long as you call upon Me and put your hope in Me, I have forgiven you for what you have done and I do not mind. O son of Adam, if your sins were to reach the clouds of the sky and then you would seek My forgiveness, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, if you were to come to Me with sins that are close to filling the earth and then you would meet Me without ascribing any partners with Me, I would certainly bring to you forgiveness close to filling it.” (Authenticated by Al Albani)

A great way for Muslims to worship for the first ten days of mercy is to recite Du’as (supplications) and Dhikr (remembrance) invoking God’s mercy. With the doors of Paradise swung open and the doors of Hellfire shut, God never goes back on His Promise and with that, this is the perfect time to beg for God to shower His servants with Mercy. A recognized Quranic supplication, that can be recited as a remembrance is:

{O! My Lord, forgive and have Mercy and You are the Best of Merciful.} (Al-Mu’minun 23: 118)

God also says:

{So, Remember Me, and I will remember you.} (Al-Baqarah 2: 152)

hadith where during a time of war a woman was searching for her baby and as soon as she found her baby, she started feeding it. the prophet saw said “how much do you believe that woman loves her child?” and the companions said ” a lot” and he said “allah loves his servant much more than that”

fasting in itself is mercy, its healthy for our bodies, keeps our mind open and clear. it helps us stay focused. if u dont feel focused, then u arent fasting correctly. it gives people the apportunity to be appreciative to wards allah for what they have and remember his mercy.

“(Allah said): Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” (Al-Bukhari)

he is telling you that this is what he wants from you, that if you do this, he will be grateful and happy, that in itself is mercy becuz he has told u what he wants. and all we have to do is give him what he wants.

ramadan helps u feel merciful towards others in Islam, share love and kindness, work together to make iftaar. try not to be angry. speak less.

 

Seerah – Life of the Prophet (peace be upon him)

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Narrated By Anas : The Prophet (SAW) said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children and all mankind.”  (Bukhari)

If you ask any Muslim whether he or she loves the Prophet, their answer would most likely be “Yes! Of course I do!” Sadly, many of us pay lip service to our beloved Prophet, yet never take the time to learn about his noble character, his life and accomplishments, or study the many teachings that he left behind for us.

It’s even worse that we know all of the names, birthdays, ages, hobbies, etc of the guys from “One Direction”, but don’t even know the name of the mother, father, uncle, grandfather or wives of our noble Prophet!! What a shame!

Incidents and situations from the Prophet’s life are relevant for us today. Seerah is more than studying biography of a person, it is biography of our most beloved’s life and the history of our religion. Loving him is ibadah, part of obeying Allah SWT and it is part of our deen.

We claim to love Rasullallah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], but true love is only deep and sincere when you really know the person. If you dont really know them, your love is only shallow. The more we know Rasul Allah [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam], the more we will love him and the purer and deeper our love will be Insha Allah.

This week as we mark the day our beloved Prophet [sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam] was born, let’s take some time out to learn – or even refresh our memories – about who he was, what he did and why 1.6 billion Muslims across the world love him and send salutations on him till this day, and will continue to do so until the end of time, by the grace of Allah.

Where to Learn More:
Seerah (aka Biography of the Prophet Muhammad (S)) class sessions available online for free:
1) Qalam Institute (headed by Abdul Nasir Jangda)
-70 parts
click on the “Podcast” tab,
then click on “Seerah“.
Start at page 4, scroll to the bottom
and click on Episode 1, “Seerah – Life of the Prophet: Intro Part 1
direct link to the 4th page:
2) “Seerah of Prophet Muhammad” – Yasir Qadhi (on YouTube)
-73 parts
4. Seekers Guidance (headed by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani)
-FREE Online Courses
Course options about the Prophet (S):
(The first two classes listed below are really in-depth, which I highly recommend.)
Books:
1) Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar)
by: Sheikh Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri
2) In the Footsteps of the Prophet: Lessons from the Life of Muhammad
by: Tariq Ramadan
3) Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
by: Martin Lings
4) Muhammad: A Biography of the Prophet
by: Karen Armstrong

The College Experience – Part 2: Freshman Year Reflections

For many Muslims, the years of high school are the most difficult times to stay steadfast to one’s religion because it is the time when hormones kick in and people of the opposite gender mingle for about eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. And since humans are programmed to be attracted to ones of the opposite sex, it makes it very difficult to control one’s desire and follow the rules of Islam. Not only that, high school is also the sanctuary for gossip, lies and cheating, all of which are dangers of the tongue that we Muslims are told be keep calm and love allahaware of because they ruin friendships and lives. So I think its pretty fair to say that high school tests a major portion of one’s iman and starts the foundation of our youthful years.

When I started college in the fall of 2013, I noticed immediately the huge difference between college and high school: I suddenly found myself engrossed with an overabundance of freedom that was not there during high school. I live in an apartment at Toledo, OH. I was away from my parents watchful eyes and I did not have to answer to anyone for coming late or ask if I could go outside. It felt like being put out in the world for the first time, out in the wild. I felt like my religion was being tested the most during that time. I had to watch myself, who I hung out with and what I did in my free time. I found myself staying on campus a lot and I asked myself what I was doing while staying on campus. For most Muslims, we grow with my parents’ watchful eyes. So we watch what we do, what we eat, and who we talk to. However, we soon grow up and we get put into the world on our own. We find out who we are and what we stand for. Our character builds and so do our principals.

I finished my first semester of college and I understood what everyone meant when they said “The person you are in college will stay with you for the rest of your life”. College is definitely a place where one understood what he or she wants and the values he or she lives by. As a Muslim, I realized the significance behind a scarf, not just the physical aspects but the spiritual aspects also, behavior wise. My facial expressions when regarding men outside of my muharam and how I speak with others needed to be adjusted so that I do not act in a way that will displease Allah. College forced me to continue perfecting my faith and strive to become a better believer.

~Tazkia Al-Bari

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The College Experience – Part 1: Intro

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It was 2:00 AM and I was still lying awake in my bed. Out of sheer excitement I couldn’t sleep. The next day was going to be my first day of college, and my mind was spinning with thoughts of classes, assignments and fears of me tripping and falling in front of hundreds of people in a lecture hall.

But overall, I had landed all the scholarships I wanted, been accepted to the program I was dreaming of and was ready for any challenge to prove that I was ready to succeed. I knew what I wanted to major in and had all of my future classes planned out. Finally the day had come for me to put that plan into action.

What I didn’t plan for was how different the college lifestyle would be. I thought everything would be perfect and that my transition as a nerdy high schooler to an even more nerdy college student would be seamless……NOT!

On the first day of the semester I saw random people break dancing in the middle of campus, their loud dubstep music blasting from a huge stereo system making me feel like I was at a concert rather than a college campus. There was a dude wearing pajamas in class. Pajamas. With little bunnies on them.

I almost got run over by a girl zooming by on her skateboard. Where the heck am I? I thought to myself. I saw people who never went to class and just hung out at the library with friends. And  pretty soon I found myself picking up some of those bad habits – drinking too much coffee (even though I hate coffee), wasting time hanging out with friends even though I had exams the next day, and mismanaging my time in general.  With so much going on all over campus it was hard not to get distracted.

It wasn’t long before I realized that something needed to change. I couldn’t control what other people did or the things that went on throughout the campus, but I could definitely control myself and how I reacted in those situations.

This mini blog series was created to identify specific issues that we as young Muslim women face in colleges and universities and will attempt offer solutions through honest (and hopefully humorous) personal experiences. In this informal way, I hope that we can open the door to a discussion that helps us all find our own unique solutions to these and other problems.

Reclaim Yourself with “Reclaim Your Heart”

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Young Sisters of MUNA, Detroit Chapter, is collectively reading “Reclaim Your Heart” by Yasmin Mogahed. Motivational speaker and freelance writer, Mogahed, has changed the way people look inside themselves by analyzing what matters most to people: the world.

By dissecting the causes of failure, hopelessness, and unhappiness, she teaches readers to connect with others, and to reach for the ultimate goal of seeking the Hereafter, and Paradise.

The celebrated author uses visual grabbers to hook the reader with short chapters in parables of love, anguish and happiness. Mogahed takes the reader on a visual map of life (and the goods of this world) and literally shows us true love is only for Allah.

“Reclaim Your Heart” ends with a sweet ending, a collection of Mogahed’s poems, which delve further into spirituality.

Read it for yourself, and join the discussion with Young Sisters Sundays at Masjid Al-Falah, upstairs on the women’s section.

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