Quran Al-Baqara Verses 2:31 thru 2:40


And He taught Adam all the names (of everything), then He showed them to the angels and said, “Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful.” (2:31)
They (angels) said: “Glory be to You, we have no knowledge except what you have taught us. Verily, it is You, the All-Knower, the All-Wise.” (2:32)
He said: “O Adam! Inform them of their names,” and when he had informed them of their names, He said: “Did I not tell you that I know the Ghaib (unseen) in the heavens and the earth, and I know what you reveal and what you have been concealing?” (2:33)
And (remember) when We said to the angels: “Prostrate yourselves before Adam.”. And they prostrated except Iblis (Satan), he refused and was proud and was one of the disbelievers (disobedient to Allah). (2:34)
And We said: “O Adam! Dwell you and your wife in the Paradise and eat both of you freely with pleasure and delight of things therein as wherever you will, but come not near this tree or you both will be of the Zalimun (wrong-doers).” (2:35)
Then the Shaitan (Satan) made them slip therefrom (the Paradise), and got them out from that in which they were. We said: “Get you down, all, with enmity between yourselves. On earth will be a dwelling place for you and an enjoyment for a time.” (2:36)
Then Adam received from his Lord Words. And his Lord pardoned him (accepted his repentance). Verily, He is the One Who forgives (accepts repentance), the Most Merciful. (2:37)
We said: “Get down all of you from this place (the Paradise), then whenever there comes to you Guidance from Me, and whoever follows My Guidance, there shall be no fear on them, nor shall they grieve. (2:38)
But those who disbelieve and believe Our Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) such are the dwellers of the Fire, they shall abide therein forever. (2:39)
O Children of Israel! Remember My Favour which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill (your obligations to) My Covenant (with you) so that I fulfill (My Obligations to) your covenant (with Me), and fear none but Me. (2;40)

Al-Baraqa ( The Cow) Verses 2:15 through 2:30


Allah mocks at them and gives them increase in their wrong-doings to wander blindly. (2:15)

These are they who have purchased error for guidance, so their commerce was profitless. And they were not guided. (2:16)
Their likeness is as the likeness of one who kindled a fire; then, when it lighted all around him, Allah took away their light and left them in darkness. (So) they could not see. (2:17)
They are deaf, dumb, and blind, so they return not (to the Right Path). (2:18)
Or like a rainstorm from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder, and lightning. They thrust their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunderclap for fear of death. But Allah ever encompasses the disbelievers (i.e. Allah will gather them all together). (2:19)
The lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein, and when darkness covers them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Certainly, Allah has power over all things. (2:20)
O mankind! Worship your Lord (Allah), Who created you and those who were before you so that you may become Al-Muttaqun (the pious – see V. 2:2). (2:21)
Who has made the earth a resting place for you, and the sky as a canopy, and sent down water (rain) from the sky and brought forth therewith fruits as a provision for you. Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped). (2:22)
And if you (Arab pagans, Jews, and Christians) are in doubt concerning that which We have sent down (i.e. the Quran) to Our slave (Muhammad Peace be upon him), then produce a Surah (chapter) of the like thereof and call your witnesses (supporters and helpers) besides Allah, if you are truthful. (2:23)
But if you do it not, and you can never do it, then fear the Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, prepared for the disbelievers. (2:24)
And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous good deeds, that for them will be Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise). Every time they will be provided with a fruit therefrom, they will say: “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given things in resemblance (i.e. in the same form but different in taste) and they shall have therein Azwajun Mutahharatun (purified mates or wives), (having no menses, stools, urine, etc.) and they will abide therein forever. (2:25)
Verily, Allah is not ashamed to set forth a parable even of a mosquito or so much more when it is bigger (or less when it is smaller) than it. And as for those who believe, they know that it is the Truth from their Lord, but as for those who disbelieve, they say: “What did Allah intend by this parable?” By it He misleads many, and many He guides thereby. And He misleads thereby only those who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah). (2:26)
Those who break Allah’s Covenant after ratifying it, and sever what Allah has ordered to be joined (as regards Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism, and to practise its legal laws on the earth and also as regards keeping good relations with kith and kin), and do mischief on earth, it is they who are the losers. (2:27)
How can you disbelieve in Allah? Seeing that you were dead and He gave you life. Then He will give you death, then again will bring you to life (on the Day of Resurrection) and then unto Him you will return. (2:28)
He it is Who created for you all that is on earth. Then He Istawa (rose over) towards the heaven and made them seven heavens and He is the All-Knower of everything. (2:29)
And (remember) when your Lord said to the angels: “Verily, I am going to place (mankind) generations after generations on earth.” They said: “Will You place therein those who will make mischief therein and shed blood, – while we glorify You with praises and thanks (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners) and sanctify You.” He (Allah) said: “I know that which you do not know.” (2:30)

Al-Baqara ( The Cow ) Verse 2:1 thru 2:14


Alif-Lam-Mim. [These letters are one of the miracles of the Quran and none but Allah (Alone) knows their meanings]. (2:1)This is the Book (the Quran), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allah much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allah much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)]. (2:2)

Who believe in the Ghaib and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), and spend out of what we have provided for them (2:3)

And who believe in (the Quran and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Peace be upon him) and in [the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.). (2:4)

They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are the successful. (2:5)

Verily, those who disbelieve, it is the same to them whether you warn them or do not warn them, they will not believe. (2:6)

Allah has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearings, and on their eyes there is a covering. Theirs will be a great torment. (2:7)

And of mankind, there are some (hypocrites) who say: “We believe in Allah and the Last Day” while in fact they believe not.(2:8)

They (think to) deceive Allah and those who believe, while they only deceive themselves, and perceive (it) not! (2:9)

In their hearts is a disease (of doubt and hypocrisy) and Allah has increased their disease. A painful torment is theirs because they used to tell lies. (2:10)

And when it is said to them: “Make not mischief on the earth,” they say: “We are only peacemakers.” (2:11)

Verily! They are the ones who make mischief, but they perceive not. (2:12)

And when it is said to them (hypocrites): “Believe as the people (followers of Muhammad Peace be upon him, Al-Ansar and Al-Muhajirun) have believed,” they say: “Shall we believe as the fools have believed?” Verily, they are the fools, but they know not.(2:13)

And when they meet those who believe, they say: “We believe,” but when they are alone with their Shayatin (devils – polytheists, hypocrites, etc.), they say: “Truly, we are with you; verily, we were but mocking.” (2:14)




This is not all of the chapter. There are a total of 286 verses… I will post more of these verses later..

Holy Quran ( The Opening )


The following is part of the beginning of the Quran. I hope you can all enjoy the words, reflect and or a bit of educational informations for those that have never read the book… 

Holy Quran Al-Faatiha ( “The Opening” )
In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. (1.1)
All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the ‘Alamin (mankind, jinns and all that exists). (1:2)
The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful. (1:3)
The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of Resurrection) (1:4)
You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything). (1:5)
Guide us to the Straight Way (1:6)
 The Way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray. (1:7)
Today is the first day of fasting, per doctors orders I am not able to fast due to medication purposes. It doesn’t mean that I cannot at least do a spiritual fasting for myself and get all these negative energies away from me.

One of the “requirements” of fasting is that we read the Holy Quran through this month. There is a a Taraweeh Prayers that we go to mosque at night. Basically from my understanding the Imam (minister) reads from the Quran and we do a certain amount of prayers. This I have been told is as if you are reading the Quran yourself.

I’m sure there are different thoughts on this but to me I would like to do it, I did it two years ago and it felt great. Right now with this new medication’s I am not sure if I will able to do it. Of course I can still do the Taraweeh at home I just need to find the instructions.

So this month I might not be posting a lot but If I do it will probably be about Islam and Chapters of the Quran. 
Allah (SWT) If any information on here is wrong or mis-interperted please forgive me. I am trying to do is shine a light to a religion that many do not understand. Maybe with these post and my personal views it might help others understand one of your many beautiful religions. AMEEN

Ramadan and my new goals


Ramadan is almost here!!

About a month to go and our yearly religious holiday begins.  We will fast not only physically but spiritually as well.

This Ramadan I will put only two goals for myself to complete: 

1. Pray my daily prayers more often 

2. Read the Quran more often and reflect on it. (Journalist my thoughts and my interpretation of what I read)

In the past I had months or weeks that I was doing good then all of a sudden I just stop. Then it takes me awhile to get back to it. I want that roller coaster to stop. 

I know a couple of years ago I started praying for Ramadan then I slowly continued to do it even afterwards. I even started to wear the hijab because I thought it didn’t make sense to keep putting it in for my prayers. 

Once we moved locations I just stopped wearing the hijab and then I slowly stopped stopped going to the Friday prayer at the mosque and praying at home. 

This Ramadan I am hoping to find a mosque close to us so I can go to the Friday prayers and to also find a mentor or at least a group of Muslim sisters for support. I used to have a mentor that we would meet a couple times a month and she would put small goals for me. She encouraged me when I felt I was failing.  Maybe with a closer mosque I can find some sisters that we could support each other… Not all mosque have these types of programs so I know it will be difficult to find

I already went to one close by and well it’s great for the men but unfortunately for us women our space is very small, we can’t see the imam when he is speaking. Well it’s through a television but there is no closeness or unity that I felt at my mosque.

I have one more mosque to go to that is a bit farther then the one I looked at last but still closer then my mosque. It seems that they are a bigger facility and the website they have it seems that they might be a bit more into having programs for sisters. It seems that they are a community that has unity not separation.

So today since I haven’t been able to sleep I have been thinking about this. Since next week I will have my own car I will be able to go out a bit more and explore different mosque around the area.

Insha’Allah I find one I feel that I belong too. I know that in the Quran it states that we the female gender are not obligated to go, we can pray at home and read a part of the Quran to satisfy the Friday prayer. I like going to the Friday prelates though..

So for this Ramadan I am hoping to be able to fast both physically and spiritually. Insha’Allah I get the guidance and the strength to complete and continue my prayers and spiritual readings.

For my Muslim Sisters and Brothers out there… If you set a goal for Ramadan what would it be??

Until Next Time,

L. K. 

My Daily Prayer


Allah (SWT) please forgive me if any of this information is incorrect or not 100% accurate. You are Gracious and Forgiving, I am just trying to shed light in the darkness that is  surrounding ALL your children. Help me and guide me to -make my words be understood. – Ameen

As a continuation of a conversation I started with Joe Gregory, about the post I Submitted called Allah Akbar Allah Akbar. I understand that right now the media is portraying Muslims as terrorist that want to kill all Non-Muslims. I can understand the fear. 

What I like to see is that people that have questions are starting to ask them. We as Muslims have the obligation to talk to them, if we don’t then how can we fight off this stigma?

Muslims have to pray 5 times a day, this is an OBLIGATION. Of course you have some that do not pray, others never miss a prayer and there are still others that make up their prayers before going to bed.

Just as Christians I’m sure that are a variety on how they practice their religion Muslims also has it. Here is just one of MANY prayers that Muslims can pray. This is a prayer that I to this date have not been able to memorize, but I have my book that guides me.

Hopefully this can shed more light to those who have an open mind and are willingly to hear what Islam and us Muslims practice.

When you pray there are certain Ra’kat which is just meaning how many times you need to say the prayer through out the day. These two different prayers are recited when you pray.

Example:

For the Frajr prayer you pray the first prayer then the second prayer that is 2 Ra’kat. For the Zuhr, Asr and Isha prayer you pray them first prayer, then second prayer the first then second. For the Maghrib prayer you do the first prayer, then second then first and then you add the last part of the second prayer towards the end.

2 Ra’kat is for Fajr prayer ( morning, when the sun is rising), 4 Ra’kat for Zuhr prayer ( around lunch time), 4 Ra’kat for Asr prayer (early afternoon), 3 Ra’kat for Maghrib prayer (when the sun is setting), 4 Ra’Kat for Isha pray (once the sun is completely gone)

These time vary depending on the city and state or country you live in. Also you try to pray towards Makka which is for Muslims the Holy Land.

Starting Prayer

First Ra’kat:

Allah Akbar

O Allah! keep me apart from my sins (faults) as you have kept apart the east and west. O Allah clean me from my sins as a white garment is cleaned from dirt. O Allah wash me off my sins with water, snow and hail.

I seek refuge in Allah, the All -Kn0wing, the All-Hearing, from Satan the accursed, from his evil suggestions and from his puffing up and from his witchcraft. In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are Allah’s, the Lord of the Alamin (Trustworthy). The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The Only Owner of the day of Recompense. You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help. Guide us to the Straight Way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray.

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. He is Allah, the only One, Allah the Self-Sufficient Master, He begets not, nor was He begotten. There is no one co-equal or comparable unto Him.

Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Most Great)

Glorified is my Lord, the Most Great (recite 3 times)

Allah hears those who praise him. O our Lord, and all praise if to you

Allah is the Most Great

Glorified is my Lord, The Most High (recite 3 times)

O Allah, forgive me and have mercy on me and guide me and hold me and heal me and provide sustenance for me and raise me up

Allah is the Most Great

Glorified is my Lord, the Most High (recite 3 times)

Allah is the Most Great

**Ending of first Ra’kat***

Second Ra’kat (also used for the last Ra’kat)

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise and thanks are Allah’s, The Lord of the Alamin (Trustworthy). The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. The Only Owner of the day of Recompense. You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help. Guide us to the Straight Way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray. – Ameen

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Verily, We have granted you Al-Kauthar (a river in Paradise). Therefore turn in prayer to your Lord and sacrifice (To Him Only). For he who hates you, he will be cut off (from prosperity in this world and in the Hereafter).

Allahu Akbar

Gloried is my Lord, The Most Great (recite 3 times)

Allah hears those who praise him. O our Lord, and all praise is you.

Allah is the Most Great

Gloried is my Lord, the Most High (recite 3 times)

O Allah, forgive me and have mercy on me and guide me and hold me and heal me and provide sustenance for me and raise me up.

Allah Akbar

Glorified is my Lord, the Most High (recite 3 times)

Allah Akbar

All the compliments, prayers and good things are due to Allah. Peace be upon you, O Prophet and Allah’s Mercy and Blessing be on you. Peace be on us and on the true pious devotees of Allah.

I testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is His slave and His Messenger.

O Allah bestow your favor on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad as You have bestowed your favor on Ibrahim (Abraham) and on the family of Ibrahim (Abraham), You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious. O Allah bestow your favor on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad as You have bestowed your favor on Ibrahim (Abraham) and on the family of Ibrahim (Abraham), You are Praiseworthy, Most Glorious.

O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of Hell-Fire, and from the punishment of the grave, and from the trails of life and death, and from the evil of the trail of the False Messiah.

Peace be upon you and the Mercy of Allah

Peace be upon you and the Mercy of Allah.

Submitting Only To You (Submission)


Help me be patient
Help me be humble
I beg for your
Forgiveness

I scream for the light
I yearn for peace
I ask for happiness
I’ll remain faithful
Only to you

You’ve blessed me
You’ve given me rewards
You’ve brought me happiness

I beg of you
Show me the path
Give me your guidance

You are one
You are my life
I only submit to you

Your light
Is forever shining
In my hearts
In my soul

Help me I’m lost
I know your there
I’m just temporary blinded

But I know
As my heart knows
Your always there

It’s Time to Act!


I’m so conflicted, angry, sad and very disappointed with society. All this week it seems like most blogs I am currently subscribe too want to voice outrage about these terrorist attacks.

I can understand and feel those same emotions myself. What I don’t understand is how people are putting ALL MUSLIMS in that terrorist category..

I thought we were a society of evolutionists that didn’t eat up what the media gave us all the time..

What happen with doing research talking to your local mosque to learn the real teachings of Islam. Meet Muslims and see how involved they are in giving charity, and trying to help their communities.

I’m also frustrated at MUSLIMS! They are keeping quiet! Yes we are being prosecuted and there have also been MANY attacks on US Muslims in the US and around the world because of these damn Terrorist! And the media has not put those events on television either!

It’s time for us to speak up! To show society that Most of us are not what we are being portrayed to be.

I for one am a revert to Islam, if you read my bio it states it there. I spend about 7 to 10 years with out believing in God or a religion. The few that I studied didn’t make sense to me. Either they viewed others as sinners if they didn’t believe or practice as they did. Others actually new that you couldn’t judge another person and accept a person for who they are, they truly studied God’s words and lived by them. None made me feel like Islam does.

Yes Islam is a very structured religion:

1. We have to pray 5 times a day EVERYDAY

2. We are suppose to wear modest clothes ( and even that is varied by each individual Muslim)

3. We are to eat meat that is Halal ( prayed over and killed in a specific manner). There are even some meats that are forbidden to eat.

4. We are to give Zakat ( 10% ) of your income yearly to help those in needs.

5. We are to do RAMADAN (Fast) for a month and that is for a spiritual cleansing and to help understand others that don’t have we have.

Those are the FUNDAMENTALS but there are others rules in the QURAN not the Shariah Law that we are to follow.

We Muslim’s lets get away from our niche communities and truly involve ourselves in our Non-Muslims communities. The Quran says that we accept others to be accepted as well.

Maybe if we start showing society that we as a Whole are a peaceful religion these terrorist will not have the power to hijack our religion anymore. Maybe society will stop being in a tunnel vision and our governments will be able to target TERRORIST.

I’m sorry for the lives that are being lost. I’m sorry for children that are growing up to become monsters and have no chance in truly knowing ALLAH (SWT) and all of his glory.

I’m sorry that my children will be born and be prosecuted by ignorance and stupidity. I’m sorry that they will live in a Free nation but not know Freedom!

Until Next Time,
LK

Non-Muslim man Understanding Islam


Here is a link that I thought was beautiful. here us a man that with a bit of research was able to grasp the essence of what Islam is.

This is what I pray Muslims and Non-Muslims should try to learn. True acceptance, patience and Respect for someone else.

Hopefully you all enjoy this video as I did.

To the people that lost their lives in Paris and other parts of the world because of Terrorist and extremist we have you in out dua’s.

May Allah (SWT) punish the ones that are trying to hold the world hostage . May Allah (SWT) guide us to his path of true brotherhood for each other. May Allah (SWT) guide us to a better path for unity. AMEEN

Until Next Time,
LK

Quote from the Holy Quran, Al-Hujuraat (49:12)


يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ ۖ وَلَا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلَا يَغْتَبْ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًا ۚ أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَحِيمٌ

O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.

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A verse that can really make us think… Why is it that even though we know its wrong we still gossip and talk behind other peoples back. Here is a verse from the Holy Quran, in Allah’s words to not do this. Still most (yes I will include myself) of us do this, some more then others.

When it is done by family it hurts worst. See people think that you don’t understand them or realize the person they are when they gossip to you. Yes I have had plenty of people that gossip to me not with me.

In them doing that I realize that when my back is turn most likely they are doing it to me. When others ask me my opinion of others or to express my opinion of others decision I try my best to watch my wording. I have never intentionally talked about a person without the person that is being talked about knows how I feel about them.

Yes that is the type of person I am. If I feel something about a person, they know it because I have already expressed it. If I express those same feelings or words to someone else I truly feel that I am not gossiping or backbiting.

Reading this verse makes me realize that even if the person knows how I feel I still do not have the right to tell someone else unless they are present.

Lets take this verse and reflect truly weigh our thoughts when talking to others..

Until Next Time,
LK