Trump Being Cancelled in Chicago, Gave Muslims a Triumph Over Racism

Wow…what an amazing article in Rolling Stone! I wanted to share it here because there is an important lesson in here for everyone and the genuine way that the Muslim protestors were portrayed as true Muslims who protested in peace.

The cancellation of the rally was only natural consequences of Trump’s and his supporter’s thoughts of division. The universe always finds a way to reach a balance again and good people always eventually come together to stand up for what is right and true.

This day, Chicago said ENOUGH WITH RACISM AND DIVISION.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/inside-the-rowdy-racist-canceled-trump-rally-20160313?page=2

 

 

Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 30-40) Yusuf

30. Some ladies in the city said, “The governor’s wife is trying to seduce her servant. She is deeply in love with him. We see she has gone astray.”

31. And when she heard of their gossip, she invited them, and prepared for them a banquet, and she gave each one of them a knife. She said, “Come out before them.” And when they saw him, they marveled at him, and cut their hands. They said, “Good God, this is not a human, this must be a precious angel.”

32. She said, “Here he is, the one you blamed me for. I did try to seduce him, but he resisted. But if he does not do what I tell him to do, he will be imprisoned, and will be one of the despised.”

33. He said, “My Lord, prison is more desirable to me than what they call me to. Unless You turn their scheming away from me, I may yield to them, and become one of the ignorant.”

34. Thereupon his Lord answered him, and diverted their scheming away from him. He is the Hearer, the Knower.

35. Then it occurred to them, after they had seen the signs, to imprison him for a while.

36. Two youth entered the prison with him. One of them said, “I see myself pressing wine.” The other said, “I see myself carrying bread on my head, from which the birds are eating. Tell us their interpretation-we see that you are one of the righteous.”

37. He said, “No food is served to you, but I have informed you about it before you have received it. That is some of what my Lord has taught me. I have forsaken the tradition of people who do not believe in God; and regarding the Hereafter, they are deniers.”

38. “And I have followed the faith of my forefathers, Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob. It is not for us to associate anything with God. This is by virtue of God’s grace upon us and upon the people, but most people do not give thanks.

39. “O My fellow inmates, are diverse lords better, or God, the One, the Supreme?”

40. “You do not worship, besides Him, except names you have named, you and your ancestors, for which God has sent down no authority. Judgment belongs to none but God. He has commanded that you worship none but Him. This is the right religion, but most people do not know.

My interpretation: 

The wife of Joseph’s master heard of the gossip of the ladies in town, and invited them to see Joseph in guise of a banquet. She had them all gaze upon Joseph as he came out to them when she called and they were so enamored by his beauty that they cut their hands. The wife was determined to have him as a lover, so she threatened to imprison him if he did not become hers.

Joseph called to God and asked that he receive help from Him to divert this plot against him. God answered by giving diverting the attention from him by having his gift of sight and understanding of dreams known by the Egyptians, but soon afterwards Joseph was imprisoned still by the wife.

Two young men entered the prison with him and asked him the meaning of their dreams. Joseph having this special sight told them about how it means there will be no food served to them, and said that he only follows the guidance of one God, not the many diverse ones the other Ancient Egyptians believe in. He then called them to faith in the One God, so that they may see Mercy to them as well.

Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 20-30) Yusuf

20. And they sold him for a cheap price-a few coins-they considered him to be of little value.

21. The Egyptian who bought him said to his wife, “Take good care of him; he may be useful to us, or we may adopt him as a son.” We thus established Joseph in the land, to teach him the interpretation of events. God has control over His affairs, but most people do not know.

22. When he reached his maturity, We gave him wisdom and knowledge. We thus reward the righteous.

23. She in whose house he was living tried to seduce him. She shut the doors, and said, “I am yours.” He said, “God forbid! He is my Lord. He has given me a good home. Sinners never succeed.”

24. She desired him, and he desired her, had he not seen the proof of his Lord. It was thus that We diverted evil and indecency away from him. He was one of Our loyal servants.

25. As they raced towards the door, she tore his shirt from behind. At the door, they ran into her husband. She said, “What is the penalty for him who desired to dishonor your wife, except imprisonment or a painful punishment?”

26. He said, “It was she who tried to seduce me.” A witness from her household suggested: “If his shirt is torn from the front: then she has told the truth, and he is the liar.

27. But if his shirt is torn from the back: then she has lied, and he is the truthful.”

28. And when he saw that his shirt was torn from the back, he said, “This is a woman’s scheme. Your scheming is serious indeed.”

29. “Joseph, turn away from this. And you, woman, ask forgiveness for your sin; you are indeed in the wrong.”

30. Some ladies in the city said, “The governor’s wife is trying to seduce her servant. She is deeply in love with him. We see she has gone astray.”

My interpretation:  
This is pretty self explanatory about how Joseph was taken into the home of a wealthy Egyptian by the Mercy of God, as a serving boy and the wife of this man tried to seduce Joseph. Although Joseph was attracted to her, he did not want to sleep with the wife of the man and do a sin against God.  Joseph also had a straight moral compass that didn’t allow him to succumb to his desires.
He ran from the woman, but she ended up tearing his shirt. At the door the husband found them and when the wife tried to lie about Joseph attacking her, another servant suggested that the way it was torn would show the truth. Sure enough, the shirt was discovered to be torn from the back instead of the front, and Joseph was found to be innocent.
The Lord of the home or governor he was working for, told Joseph to forget this event and told his wife to ask forgiveness for her own sins. Many people in town started to talk behind her back and the wife lost her reputation and respect she once had.
This is an example of how consequences of actions do not always wait for the afterlife, your actions in this life, punish yourself in this one at times too.
An artist’s rendition of the attack on Joseph.
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Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 10-20) Yusuf

10. One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph, but throw him into the bottom of the well; some caravan may pick him up-if you must do something.”

11. They said, “Father, why do you not trust us with Joseph, although we care for him?”

12. “Send him with us tomorrow, that he may roam and play; we will take care of him.”

13. He said, “It worries me that you would take him away. And I fear the wolf may eat him while you are careless of him.”

14. They said, “If the wolf ate him, and we are many, we would be good for nothing.”

15. So they went away with him, and agreed to put him at the bottom of the well. And We inspired him, “You will inform them of this deed of theirs when they are unaware.”

16. And they came to their father in the evening weeping.

17. They said, “O father, we went off racing one another, and left Joseph by our belongings; and the wolf ate him. But you will not believe us, even though we are being truthful.”

18. And they brought his shirt, with fake blood on it. He said, “Your souls enticed you to do something. But patience is beautiful, and God is my Help against what you describe.”

19. A caravan passed by, and they sent their water-carrier. He lowered his bucket, and said, “Good news. Here is a boy.” And they hid him as merchandise. But God was aware of what they did.

20. And they sold him for a cheap price-a few coins-they considered him to be of little value.

My interpretation: 

Clearly Muhammad is shown the jealousy of the brothers and the lies they told Jacob, after Jacob warned them about not losing his precious son. The brothers told Jacob that Joseph was eaten by a wolf and they brought his shirt to Jacob with fake blood from an animal. But Jacob was wise, and he knew the brothers were not telling the complete truth. He was faithful that in time all truth would come to the surface of what the brother’s have done.

Meanwhile back at the well, Muhammad is told that a caravan collecting people for slavery came and saw Joseph as they stopped for water. He was taken among the slaves and sold as merchandise. He was sold for a cheap price because they considered Joseph young and of little value, but God was aware of all that was happening.

An artist’s rendition of a shirtless Joseph sold into slavery.

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Surah Joseph: Chapter 12 (line 1-10) Yusuf

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Alif, Lam, Ra. These are the Verses of the Clear Book.

2. We have revealed it an Arabic Quran, so that you may understand.

3. We narrate to you the most accurate history, by revealing to you this Quran. Although, prior to it, you were of the unaware.

4. When Joseph said to his father, “O my father, I saw eleven- planets, and the sun, and the moon; I saw them bowing down to me.”

5. He said, “O my son, do not relate your vision to your brothers, lest they plot and scheme against you. Satan is man’s sworn enemy.

6. And thus your Lord will choose you, and will teach you the interpretation of events, and will complete His blessing upon you and upon the family of Jacob, as He has completed it before upon your forefathers Abraham and Isaac. Your Lord is Knowing and Wise.

7. In Joseph and his brothers are lessons for the seekers.

8. When they said, “Joseph and his brother are dearer to our father than we are, although we are a whole group. Our father is obviously in the wrong.

9. “Kill Joseph, or throw him somewhere in the land, and your father’s attention will be yours. Afterwards, you will be decent people.”

10. One of them said, “Do not kill Joseph, but throw him into the bottom of the well; some caravan may pick him up-if you must do something.”

My interpretation: 

Alif, Lam, Ra, once again appear and the way I see these words are by sounds these words make in order to produce some type of opening of the mind. Whatever these words or letters are, they hold a meaning to the angels and Muhammad, but is for us to see how this book was guidance from an inhuman source.

Here Gabriel is saying that the Quran has been revealed to Muhammad in Arabic so that he may understand. It does not mean you need to be an Arab to be a Muslim, it means this is the language that Muhammad the chosen messenger spoke, and so this is the language that the revelations needed to come in, in order for Muhammad to understand.

Line 3 is proof that the Quran comes from an outside source, that is not Muhammad, since it is about the revealing of history by ways that Muhammad could not know because he was never alive at the time of these events.

It starts out with talking about Joseph’s dream about 11 celestial bodies bowing down to him (9 planet, sun and the moon). But Jacob told Joseph to keep this dream to himself and allow God to show him the true meaning of the dream, so not to make the brothers more envious of him.

Line 7 is a wise thought passed down to Muhammad to then relate to everyone else, the story of Joseph and his brothers is a moral lesson for all those who sincerely seek God with their hearts.

Here we can start to see the plot on Joseph’s life and his younger brother’s. The other brothers saw that Jacob paid more attention to Joseph and wanted to get rid of Joseph once and for all so that they be the center of their father’s attention. They decide against killing him directly and instead throw him down a well, hoping a caravan could pick him up and take him away into slavery.

An artist’s rendition of Joseph dreaming.

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Atonement in the Quran & The Movie 7 Pounds

I happened to watch the powerful movie, “7 Pounds” starring Will Smith. Let me say, do not attempt to watch this movie already feeling emotional..this movie will hit in you a beautiful spiritual place that may not be forgotten for awhile. Without giving too much away, it is about a man who makes a terrible mistake which costs the lives of 7 people, including his wife. The rest of the movie is about him slowly giving everything up to people in need in order to atone for his sins and make up for his mistakes.

Muslims often reflect on the idea of God being Just or Merciful, since the Quran constantly talks about this as a central idea about God. Look at the very first chapter of the Quran and you can see this even:

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds.

 The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

 Master of the Day of Judgment.

 It is You we worship, and upon You we call for help.

 Guide us to the straight path.

 The path of those You have blessed, not of those against whom there is anger, nor of those who are misguided.

But what does this really mean to atone for sins/mistakes or repent to God? As we see in the movie, Will Smith’s character is deeply bothered by his mistake and he really sets out to apologize. Many people just say “sorry” and feel that is all that is required of them. While it is a great big step, it is not all that someone is supposed to do. There are even rules or ideas that people are to do when they accidentally kill an innocent person, cause God knows accidents do happen, just like the one in the movie. The producer’s may have not meant to do this, but the concept of his making up comes from the Quran and even before the Quran as just general wisdom to understand to do something wrong is to cause an imbalance in the world, and if you are a good soul…you would work to make it up by some other good deed.

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And never is it for a believer to kill a believer except by mistake. And whoever kills a believer by mistake – then the freeing of a believing slave and a compensation payment presented to the deceased’s family [is required] unless they give [up their right as] charity. But if the deceased was from a people at war with you and he was a believer – then [only] the freeing of a believing slave; and if he was from a people with whom you have a treaty – then a compensation payment presented to his family and the freeing of a believing slave. And whoever does not find [one or cannot afford to buy one] – then [instead], a fast for two months consecutively, [seeking] acceptance of repentance from Allah . And Allah is ever Knowing and Wise.

There is a great children’s book called “Sorry Is Not Enough” and it makes me happy to know that children are learning this concept at an early age. This book goes further to talk about how you can’t just say sorry and keep doing wrong, you need to change your habits or make up for it in other ways. Below is an image of the book that every parent should read their child about this subject:

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I believe in teaching our children as the next generation about the atonement or repentance in order to create a sincere and kinder world in which mistakes are learned from and good deeds are done to balance out the world.

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Life Goals.

Something I need to work on as an introvert….

Quran 4:86
“When a greeting is offered you, meet it with a greeting more courteous, or of equal courtesy. Allah takes careful account of all things.”

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Happy International Woman’s Day!!

One of the things I am constantly having to fight people about is the idea that women are repressed in the Quran or in Islam. Let me just say, I or any other strong muslim woman would not adhere to such a doctrine if it truly cast women in a lesser light.

The Quran teaches me that women and men are equal in regards to worth and value in God’s eyes. There is one single part that says “woman and men are each other tilts, but men have a degree over woman”, but this is because they are physically stronger and at the time of 600AD when the Quran was being revealed, men were the protectors and financial support system of the women for all nations, not just in Arabia.

Only occasionally did you meet smart, independent women who did not rely on their body to get by. Women had it very tough back then, they were married off at young ages by their family, sold as sex and maternity slaves, and even had to sell their own body to earn their bread pre-Islam Arabia. The Quran actually is the only religious text I see that really starts putting the foot down for women in particular understanding the sensitive nature of gender inequality that men have always shown towards woman, from a lower consciousness of understanding.

4:19

O you who have believed, it is not lawful for you to inherit women by compulsion. And do not make difficulties for them in order to take [back] part of what you gave them unless they commit a clear immorality. And live with them in kindness.

You can not sell women as slaves or marry them by force in Islam. You may not use orphaned or young girls unjustly. You must be kind and treat them right as long as the women are not murderous towards you. In which then criminally insane women need to be tried and found out if guilty or not by witness party, under the warnings of God not to lie about a woman. The Quran also makes laws to take care of widowed or divorced women too, so a man can not use a woman and then send her out to be a beggar on the street as she ages. There are rules and laws to protect women from some men’s desires and greediness, and under the fear of God’s wrath, men are made to obey them.  You may not take or confiscate woman’s property that was left for her just because she is a woman, as you can see in example here:

4:7

For men is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, and for women is a share of what the parents and close relatives leave, be it little or much – an obligatory share.

Mary was regarded as a precious woman in God’s eyes, and here is the verse that shows how women are favored as bringers of life into the world of prophets:

3:42

And [mention] when the angels said, “O Mary, indeed Allah has chosen you and purified you and chosen you above the women of the worlds.

The Quran truly spoke to me as a strong woman today.

Many people want to believe the Hadiths that were written by men of what Muhammad did with young girls, and as a Muslim I know in my heart the Hadiths were warned about because they are taking the words from outside of the Quran and taken in as truth by so many muslims today. But the Hadiths are interpretations of what Muhammad did and said by other men who divided Islam into different sections, and as we know by now, the Quran says “Say:…” and THAT is what I believe Muhammad to have done and said to the people.

Muhammad was instilled with the value of women by Archangel Gabriel and I believed he carried that message out as far as he could, until he died. Some wonderful Muslim men have followed this path and have treated women with so much respect and care all over the world, I know, I am marrying one soon this year! He is the most caring, protective and supportive man I have ever met, and I am so lucky to have been brought into Islam after meeting him, on my own spiritual journey to discover the truth.

What other men may do today in their own culture and traditions, against women are not something that goes unseen or unnoticed by the angels and God.  All truth will be revealed in the end of their lives. Sex trade rings, women abuse, women force and rape against them, female genital mutilation surgeries, child brides, unequal pay and rights all these things and more will be brought to the surface, in society. It already has and will continue to be purged with the truth from God.

Many men forget that Eve and Adam were once one single soul before the divide. While we wait for many men to realize their mistakes in their own lifetimes and our oneness, we women must always stand together as spiritual sisters.

Here is a fascinating look at how International Woman’s Day begun on March 8, the day I was born into ;)…

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/About

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Coraline: the REAL Devil

Watched the extremely creepy cartoon movie “Coraline” and realized it was about the devil’s temptations….

The devil creates this illusion in the world that the bad is good, and that the matrix around is JUST for us. Like Buddha who turned away from the temptations of Mara, we are always being tempted by what we desire the most and sometimes we have to make the choice to not have it so in turn we can help others and be of service to God…and live within truth (God), not falsehood (the Devil). Only the brave and courageous actions of Coraline awakens her to the truth.

Many satanists today are actually being lead this way, like the pied piper with children out of the town, and the Belldam Witch of Coraline….many are being led away from God. It is important to know that Coraline in the beginning is not a nice little girl to others, and so this is what attracts the witch to her..

In the beginning of this movie, it shows the witch sewing Coraline together and she floats out into space in an alternate dimension. The devil knows what you most desire before you realize it yourself, and there the internal battle begins to stay a good person. The great thing is if you already desire good things for others and for God, then there really is no attack on you…the devil knows it can not attain you cause you are already there close to God. These are what the messages were trying to teach people. The devil is the ego and when you live only by it, it can lead you wrongly. 

the last sura of the Quran:

114:1-6

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

Say, “I seek refuge in the Lord of mankind.

The King of mankind.

The God of mankind.

From the evil of the sneaky whisperer.

Who whispers into the hearts of people.

From among jinn and among people.”

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