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Living the Simple Life Being An American Revert to Islam in North Africa

Jummah Friday

I haven’t written in a while so I thought today would be as good a day as any.

Since today is Friday  or what we muslims like to call(salat  al – jumma) which means Friday prayer . I was not able to make the prayer in the masjid but    I prayed at home.

 

Its not really mandatory women go to the masjid to pray.   They women get more rewards praying at home. But if you are able to go and you understand arabic   I really think you should go and listen to the sermon(khutbah ) that is given.   Its a really nice feeling of togetherness  and unity  and friendship. When I do go I always feel welcome

 

Then dont forget to read  Surah Al kahf

It has four beautiful stories in it that benefits us all . In a later post I will explain more about this  Surah in details and the benefits of reading it.

 

Until then Jummah Mubarak

Be Blessed.

Thinking to myself.

So something  just came to mind while I was lying in bed. I never would have even imagined  or  even thought of me being were  I am today. My life was never easy and odd were against me even at birth I was not supposed to survive but some how I did. By the grace and mercy of Allah he saw it fit  to give me life  and to   keep me around. To Tell my Testimony. My Story  I  truly believe people are put on this earth for a reason  to make a difference in some ones life. I grew up  as a step child , coming from an  broken abused home. being physical   and emotionally abused as a child and not having my biological dad in my life and  later in my teenage years and adult life being in abusive relationships because of how my home life was. No women not matter what background, color or race should not have to go through that ever. . All my life i spend searching for something that was missing never really being able to find it.   Ive found my self in terrible situations even thinking of killing my self  but Alhamdulillah I did not do  this and something led me to islam. Which I am grateful every day of my life for.

The Reward of Patience is Praiseworthy

An  article I wrote and got published at orbitislam

 

The Reward of Patience is Praiseworthy

We all are tested from time to time. Whether it’s financial, health, loss of a loved one or issues in marriage, we should never lose sight of the bigger picture. Allah سبحانه و تعالى is the one in control of all the things. It is stated in the Quran that if Allah سبحانه و تعالى loves a people, He puts them to trial. He tests them and places them in difficulty.

Allah سبحانه و تعالى states in Surah Al-Baqarah:

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, Who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.
[Quran 2:155]

And for one we all know what it’s like to lose what we love. This is when your faith is really put to the test and when we are tested with hardships what will we do? Will we complain why me, or cry or will we stand strong and tall and have faith in Allah سبحانه و تعالى? The ones who have the Patience without complaining will be greatly rewarded whereas the one who was not patience will receive nothing.

I know a story of a girl who lost her child and had not seen this child since he was very small. This woman has gone through hardship after hardship, within the Muslim community and outside of it. Regardless of what has happen to her and what she has had to go though, she has not let that rock her faith in Islam, and she has stood strong, even stood alone when she had no family support or no one to turn to and when everyone cast her aside. She always knew she has Allah سبحانه و تعالى and to this day she still prays to see that child she lost. But in the mean time, she has not let this obstacle stand in the way of her learning her Deen. She is putting her efforts in learning her religion and has memorized a great deal of Quran. When people ask her why you are so calm, she says, “I know Allah سبحانه و تعالى is the best of planners, and His decree is what He wills, and when He is ready for her trials and hardship to end. He will let it be.

Islam teaches us to be patience with whatever befalls us just like in the Story of Prophet Ayub (Job) عليه السلام. Allah سبحانه و تعالى tested Prophet Ayub عليه السلام in such a way that his health was taken away from him. Historians had wrote that not a single limb on his body was safe from disease except for his tongue and heart which he always remembered Allah سبحانه و تعالى.

Difficulties worsened to an extent that people cut ties with him and cast him from the city due to his disease. The only person there to support him was his wife, Rahima رضي الله عنها.

Despite all the difficulties, Ayub عليه السلام was patient, persevering, and grateful. He was also constantly engrossed in the remembrance of Allah سبحانه و تعالى day and night. It was after years of forbearance and difficulty his wife Rahima رضي الله عنها told him “Oh Ayub why don’t you ask Allah to help you. He replied “I lived for seventy years in prosperity why shouldn’t I be patient for the sake of Allah for seventy years.” It was after this that Ayub عليه السلام made the following Dua which Allah سبحانه و تعالى has stated in the Surah Al-Anbya:

وَأَيُّوبَ إِذْ نَادَى رَبَّهُ أَنِّي مَسَّنِيَ الضُّرُّ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ

“Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.” [Quran 21:83]

Allah سبحانه و تعالى cured him and gave everything back to him which is stated in the next verse of Surah Al-Anbya:

So We responded to him and removed what afflicted him of adversity. And We gave him [back] his family and the like thereof with them as mercy from Us and a reminder for the worshippers [of Allah ]. [Quran 21:84]

So in times of hardships and difficulties when you think all is lost and there is no hope, remember to have patience. In due time Allah سبحانه و تعالى will relieve you of all worries, and you will receive rewards a million in multitude for bearing it with patience.

Remember, Allah سبحانه و تعالى is always with you!

PATIENCE ON THE QURAN

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]
[Quran 2:45]

O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.
[Quran 2:153]

And obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not dispute and [thus] lose courage and [then] your strength would depart; and be patient. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.
[Quran 8:46]

And We made from among them leaders guiding by Our command when they were patient and [when] they were certain of Our signs.
[Quran 32:24]

And if you punish [an enemy, O believers], punish with an equivalent of that with which you were harmed. But if you are patient – it is better for those who are patient.
[Quran 16:126]

If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear Allah , their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do.
[Quran 3:120]

They said, “Are you indeed Joseph?” He said “I am Joseph, and this is my brother. Allah has certainly favored us. Indeed, he who fears Allah and is patient, then indeed, Allah does not allow to be lost the reward of those who do good.”
[Quran 12:90]

Indeed, I have rewarded them this Day for their patient endurance – that they are the attainers [of success].”
[Quran 23:111]

But those who had been given knowledge said, “Woe to you! The reward of Allah is better for he who believes and does righteousness. And none are granted it except the patient.”
[Quran 28:80]

…Except for those who have believed and done righteous deeds and advised each other to truth and advised each other to patience.
[Quran 103:3]

And be patient, [O Muhammad], for the decision of your Lord, for indeed, you are in Our eyes. And exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord when you arise.
[Quran 52:48]

And be patient, [O Muhammad], and your patience is not but through Allah . And do not grieve over them and do not be in distress over what they conspire.
[Quran 16:127]

PATIENCE ON THE HADITH

Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri: Some Ansari persons asked for (something) from Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) (p.b.u.h) and he gave them. They again asked him for (something) and he again gave them. And then they asked him and he gave them again till all that was with him finished. And then he said “If I had anything. I would not keep it away from you. (Remember) Whoever abstains from asking others, Allah will make him contented, and whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari 1469 Book-24 Hadith-72]

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant; from whatever direction the wind comes, it bends it, but when the wind becomes quiet, it becomes straight again. Similarly, a believer is afflicted with calamities (but he remains patient till Allah removes his difficulties.) And an impious wicked person is like a pine tree which keeps hard and straight till Allah cuts (breaks) it down when He wishes.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari 5644 Book-75 Hadith-4]

Narrated Anas bin Malik: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) saying, “Allah said, ‘If I deprive my slave of his two beloved things (i.e., his eyes) and he remains patient, I will let him enter Paradise in compensation for them.’”
[Sahih al-Bukhari 5653 Book-75 Hadith-14]

Narrated Aisha: I asked Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) about the plague. He said, “That was a means of torture which Allah used to send upon whom-so-ever He wished, but He made it a source of mercy for the believers, for anyone who is residing in a town in which this disease is present, and remains there and does not leave that town, but has patience and hopes for Allah’s reward, and knows that nothing will befall him except what Allah has written for him, then he will get such reward as that of a martyr.”
[Sahih al-Bukhari 6619 Book-82 Hadith-25]

There are more reading out there on the subject of patience . Here is one  I suggest its called

 

Patience in Islam: Sabr

by Tallal Alie Turfe

 

Life will always through you huddles  and challenges along the way but  by practicing patience(sabr) you the believe will be able to over come these  trials just keep the faith

 

 

 

 

The Story of How I Reverted to Islam

My name is Ameerah, believe it or not. My Christian mother gave me this name, it is on my birth- certificate. So Alhumdililah I never had to change it.  Before I accepted Islam. I grew up in a Southern home, I was raised Christian, but later, denounced all religions, and became atheist. I am 33 years old and a female.(at the time I wrote this)

 I was raised in a small Southern Town in USA. The population was very small so muslims and islam were not even heard of, everyone knows everyone, you could most likely count the people on your hand. People still sit on their porches and raise up to wave at you when you drive by in your cars. Thats just how small  the town  was. There was no mosque there. I had never heard about Islam until years later. I was raise in a family, that believed in going to Church every  Sunday , there were no if and buts about it.  

 I always wondered how I got the name Ameerah. It was not a common name among westerners.I use to always get pick on in school because of my name. Its an Arabic name meaning Princess, also I met a girl in grade five who was a Muslimah, so she introduced me to Islam, and told me the basics of how to be a muslimah she told me that in Islam they prayed Five times a day, she also mention that muslims did not eat Pork, and also after reading the Auto-Biography of Malcolm X. By Alex Haley I started to know this was something I wanted to look more in to. Also the fact, that I started snooping and found out that my mother has accepted Islam years before, and had left the religion. So this was another thing that had peaked my interested and made me want to learn more about Islam. 

 After I had managed to get a hold of the copy of the translation of The Holy Qur’an, and I read it. It was as tho The Quran was speaking directly at me, I knew it was the truth. How could someone(Mohammed) PBUH that could not read predict things long before our time. SubhanAllah! Also I thought about that if I died, and it could be anytime, that I would die a disbeliever, so I did not want to take that chance, and with the encouragement of others I had met along the way . I decided to take my Shahada on May 20,2004

 

 

Alhamdulillah Allah guides whom he wills

I  really hope you enjoyed my story and how I came to islam, this is a shorter version and in time I plan to write out the longer full story

 

 

Key Words

 

Allah(God ) is arabic word  means One  God.

PBUH ( abbreviation)  Peace be upon him we add this to the end of the Prophet  Muhammad’s name when referring  to him

 

Masjid or Mosque ( place of worship)

Shahada ( testimony of faith )

Alhamdulillah ( praise)

SubhanAllah  ( glory be to God)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction A Muslim Women’s prespective

So I have decided to try blogging. I have never  really done this before, but  thought I would like to give it a shot and see were it leads.  This is just my thoughts and struggles in daily life being   born American and also a muslim women trying to stay on the straight path and not compromise my religion as well as juggling being a mum. . People  are always talking down on Muslims and thinking bad about us and I can tell you from experience that none of what they say are true. So you cant believe everything you see printed in the media and on the news and social outlets. We are people just like you.  We want the same things  you want for our kids, and family and that is a good life. We work hard to try to instill good morals and values  in our daily lifes, and lives of our  kids while not compromising our religion. Also we do like to have fun, at least in my house LOL. Live Laugh Love

I am just your every day mum, whos vegetarian, loves animals,cooking  eating who drinks  way to much  coffee and pepsi. and reading  who  trys to live a healthy life style( I did say try right  ) LOL  not perfect  positive parenting  fun loving adventurous  women who just happens to balance her life while being a muslim women trying to live in 21 century who then decided to move over seas to  North Africa and has spent the last 10 years there. .

I hope you  enjoy my blog and welcome to my life

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