Posts Tagged ‘reflections’

Reflections of a Black Convert — A House in the World

Reflections of a Black Convert: Part I – A House in the World | Part II | Part III By Anthony Hardy “Remember – no matter what you achieve in life,” my mother told me when I was an eight-year-old child, “you will always be nothin’ but a nigger to them.” She looked at me […]

God’s Remembrance

Reflections from Imam Ibn al-Qayyim and Imam al-‘Ayni Mu`adh bin Jabal once said, “No action saves a person from God’s punishment like remembering Him.” Ibn al-Qayyim commented on this, “Meaning: Constant remembrance is a means of God’s constant love. Remembering Him is to the heart, what water is to a seed. Nay; what water is […]

Twenty Years in September

My Reflections on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 I woke up. Everything was spinning. The fading blue sky was spinning over my head as the sun had just begun to set in September 1991. Where am I? I was sleeping in the backseat of my friend’s Jeep Cherokee going north on I-45 from Galveston, TX. We […]

Your Daily Dose: 10th Juz

The story of Jonah (Yunus) in the Qur’an is one of the most powerful. For me, this chapter has a special memory: While I was memorizing it with my teacher he asked me about the verse, “For those who follow in the best way there will be something extra.” “Do you know what that is?” […]

Your Daily Dose: 9th Juz

Allah says, “Then do they not reflect upon the Qur’an, or are there locks upon their hearts?!” (Qur’an, 47:24) Last night we all heard some amazing Qur’an. Our Shaykh (teacher), Syed Jibril, read from the 9th chapter. Do you have any thoughts on what you heard? What part of the Qur’an are you in?   […]

Your Daily Dose: 7th Juz

Once a brother came, in a rude fashion, saying “What is your `Aqidah (Islamic creed)!?” I responded, “Surat al-Fatiha!” Then, he said, “And?” I responded, “Surat al-Ikhlas!” He responded, “And?” I said, “the hadith of Jibrael (Gabriel).” He responded, “And?” I responded, “Surat al-An’am!” He responded, “And?” I said, “That is enough for anyone seeking […]

Your Daily Dose: 6th Juz

My sheikh told me, “Umar (ra) used to say, ‘Teach men the fifth chapter of the Qur’an.” Any thoughts why?   A juz is a part of the Qur’an. The Qur’an is divided into 30 parts (juz). The 6th juz of the Qur’an is from 4:148-5:81.

Your Daily Dose: 5th Juz

The fifth juz is amazing, and touches on so many things. The 4th chapter of Qur’an was one of the hardest for me to memorize. Once, while I was sitting with my sheikh and reading it to him I started crying. He looked at me and said, “Everyone who came before you; who wanted to […]

Your Daily Dose: 3rd Juz

Pondering on the Qur’an is one of the essential ingredients of the “CORE RAMADAN DIET.” Last night many of us heard the third Juz. What are your thoughts? What did you take form this amazing part of the Qur’an?   A juz is a part of the Qur’an. The Qur’an is divided into 30 parts […]