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.

 

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.

The Spirit of Fasting – Abdul Nasir Jangda

Ramadan is right around the corner! Are you ready??

Here’s a great video from Quran Weekly that will help us get the ball rolling this Ramadan.

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Check out our very first video on our new YouTube channel “YS MUNA Detroit” 🙂

North Zone Conference June 23

The North Zone of Muslim Ummah of North America will hold their annual convention on June 23, 2013 at the Islamic Center of North Detroit, or Masjid Al-Falah.

 

See note below:

“Dear respected brother/sister;

On June 23, 2013 the North Zone (mid-west region) of Muslim Ummah of North America, which is a non-profit faith-based social organization in the United States, has scheduled its annual north zone convention 2013.

The theme of this year convention is “Empowering Community through Faith, Unity and Justice” The convention will focus on collective efforts and involvement to build better community and promote sustainable peace and justice in our society.

On behalf of the MUNA North Zone, please accept our humble invitation and attend this annual convention.

Please note that the event will be from 10 am to 6pm and your arrival and departure time will help us schedule and manage the time adequately. We will be honored by your presence.

Venue:          12555 McDougall Street, Detroit, Michigan 48212

May Almighty God accept all our good deeds! Amen.”

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