QYP -Field Notes #1

Surah Al Alaq – What’s in a name? Surah Al Alaq contains the earliest revelation to the Prophet Muhammad, therefore its the beginning point of my Millennial Quran Study Project (MQSP), formally the Quran Year Project (QYP). I realized, while I was in Pakistan, that there was no way I was going to read theContinue reading “QYP -Field Notes #1”

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Introducing the Quran Year Project

Thanks for stumbling onto this blogpost. The purpose of this Quran Year Project is laid out here, however, if you are looking for more, try the content guide which you can check out here.   “To truly understand the Quran you have to learn Arabic,” said a well meaning friend. “It is in the Arabic, notContinue reading “Introducing the Quran Year Project”

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“Supermoon” Over California Badlands

I wanted to share tonights adventure, but I will post more later about the where and the what, as well as the how cool it was. Right now, I wanted to let the images of the astronomical event in the surreal setting of Red Rock Canyon California State Park melt your mind away. The whole thingContinue reading ““Supermoon” Over California Badlands”

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Muslim Men in Mini Skirts, Heels and Beards…. #LikeNever

Fashion is all about leaning forward.  Designers do their thing by pushing the limits and this post is almost a stream of conscience reaction to men’s fashion because I highly doubt one day we will have practicing Muslim males showing up at masjids wearing mini skirts and high heels and the while sporting burly beards.Continue reading “Muslim Men in Mini Skirts, Heels and Beards…. #LikeNever”

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5 Things That Help Me Keep the Ramadan Spirit Going

Its another set of 10 days- those of Dhul Hajj.  Hajj…sigh.  Well if you can’t go for Hajj, there are the 10 days leading into Eid and the most important day for everyone, regardless if you’re performing Hajj or not, is the Day of Arefa.  As those 10 days start (today), I was reflecting onContinue reading “5 Things That Help Me Keep the Ramadan Spirit Going”

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Ramadan Day 27- The End of a Journey

With the blessings of Allah I accomplished the goal I had intended from the beginning of Ramadan this year, to finish the Quran.  It was an intense journey requiring lots of discipline, dedication as well as force of will.  Reading entire volume in one day, often in one sitting, out loud while fasting was notContinue reading “Ramadan Day 27- The End of a Journey”

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Ramadan Day 23- “The Throngs”: Made me cry

I made some goals for this Ramadan, one of them was to read the Quran in its entirety during the month.  Today I got to the 23rd volume which contains Surah Az Zumar, which in English means the Chapter on ‘The Throngs”.  So far I had not experienced the internalization of the Quran.  Like having the SpiritContinue reading “Ramadan Day 23- “The Throngs”: Made me cry”

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Ramadan Day 6- Worship, the gateway toward mercy

So far Day 1 was all about defining Ramadan based on the division of the month into 3 sets of 10 days.  The first set being all about “Rahma” or “mercy” which was explored in Day 2 post.  Day 3 I outlined that mercy starts with recognizing that we as individuals need to be cognizantContinue reading “Ramadan Day 6- Worship, the gateway toward mercy”

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Ramadan Day 5- Relationship with others

So the whole mercy toward others thing is something I don’t think I need to jump into to much.  As toddlers we are taught how to relate with one another, from the very first concept of “sharing” our toys with others to the more complex concept we learn later in school about stereotypes and racismContinue reading “Ramadan Day 5- Relationship with others”

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