Monthly Archives: April 2018

A rivulet beneath you Maryam

 

Qur’an Surah 19 Ayah 23-25:

23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm-tree: She cried (in her anguish): “Ah! would that I had died before this! would that I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!

24.But (a voice) cried to her from beneath the (palm-tree): “Grieve not! for thy Lord hath provided a rivulet beneath thee;

25. “And shake towards thyself the trunk of the palm-tree: It will let fall fresh ripe dates upon thee.”

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SAJ Pics – Orchid World, Barbados April 2018

via Daily Prompt: Rivulet

Notable? Has your sweat dried?

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SAJ Pics Morgan Lewis Windmill St Andrew, Barbados February 2018

This is a photo of the last working (sometimes) windmill in Barbados. And I find, it is one of the last two working windmills in the world, the other being in Antigua (although after last year’s hurricane season, that information may need to be updated).

Our windmill is the Morgan Lewis Windmill, in the parish of St. Andrew. It stopped operations in 1947 and was restored in or around 1999. The sails once more need refurbishing, but BH, BD & NoS were able to attend on one of the rare Sundays when it ground cane and yielded cane juice.

Some discourse has gone on about who were the first Muslims in Barbados, and Brother S has written an article positing Dr. Quick’s theory that African Muslims interacted with Barbados’ first peoples, the Amerindians, and that it is also possible that Muslims were amongst the enslaved workers who were brought to Barbados to work the canefields.

It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
“Give the worker his wages before his sweat dries.”
There is no barrier between Allah and the prayer of the oppressed. The Holy Prophet (pbuh) has said:
“Beware of the supplication of the oppressed, even if he is an unbeliever, for there is no barrier between it and Allah.”

via Daily Prompt: Notable

Praying in the Rain

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On Sunday, we picnicked in the park as participants in a thank you potluck picnic.

BH drove Youngest to his sponsored stamina run on the seaweed covered beachfront; BD hiked along the coastline from Fitts Village to Browne’s Beach; and NoS and I stayed. BD was dropped off at the park nearing twilight.

We played and prayed in the rain before BH &  Youngest returned.

Daily Prompt: Bestow

 

Sura Fateha

‘Bestow’ is very familiar to me, and is familiar to every Muslim – it is included in The Opening – the first chapter of Al Qur’an. That chapter is Sura Fateha, (oftentimes referred to as the Mother of the Book) and we say it at least 17 times each day if we pray the obligatory salaat that is enjoined upon us to perform. We open every invocation with it, and ‘bestow’ is used in the request by us to be guided upon the right path, that path upon whom Allah swt has bestowed His favour.’

Below is a hadith which shows how the seven verses are related to each of us and our Lord, the Master of the Worlds:

(Allah, the Exalted, said, `I have divided the prayer (Al-Fatihah) into two halves between Myself and My servant, and My servant shall have what he asks for.’ If he says,

﴿ ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ رَبِّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ 

(All praise and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of existence.)

Allah says, `My servant has praised Me.’ When the servant says,

﴿ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ 

(The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.)

Allah says, `My servant has glorified Me.’ When he says,

﴿ مَـٰلِكِ يَوۡمِ ٱلدِّينِ 

(The Owner of the Day of Recompense.) Allah says, `My servant has glorified Me,’ or `My servant has related all matters to Me.’ When he says,

﴿ إِيَّاكَ نَعۡبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسۡتَعِينُ 

(You (alone) we worship, and You (alone) we ask for help.) Allah says, `This is between Me and My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he sought.’ When he says,

﴿ ٱهۡدِنَا ٱلصِّرَٲطَ ٱلۡمُسۡتَقِيمَ  صِرَٲطَ ٱلَّذِينَ أَنۡعَمۡتَ عَلَيۡهِمۡ غَيۡرِ ٱلۡمَغۡضُوبِ عَلَيۡهِمۡ وَلَا ٱلضَّآلِّينَ 

(Guide us to the straight path.The way of those on whom You have granted Your grace, not (the way) of those who earned Your anger, nor of those who went astray), Allah says, `This is for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.’).”

 

These are the words of An-Nasa’i, while both Muslim and An-Nasa’i collected the following wording, “A half of it is for Me and a half for My servant, and My servant shall acquire what he asked for.”

 

via Daily Prompt: Bestow

Let us eat together and mention His Name!

Wahshi bin Harb (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Some of the Companions of Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “We eat but are not satisfied.” He (ﷺ) said, “Perhaps you eat separately.” The Companions replied in affirmative. He then said: “Eat together and mention the Name of Allah over your food. It will be blessed for you.”
[Abu Dawud].

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A surprise! – a thankful tea-time at 75

 

Al  Qur’an 3:145

O you who believe,

eat from the good things we provided for you,

and be thankful to God,

if you do worship Him alone.

A Puff n’ Stuff Tea party delectables –

Savouries

  • chicken empanadas
  • tuna puffs
  • mini vegetarian pizza
  • spinach & mushroom quiche
  • vegetarian spring rolls

Sweets

  • mini mille fleur
  • mini eclairs
  • swiss roll
  • guava jam pies
  • coconut drops

Selection of Twining Teas

  • Darjeeling
  • Earl Grey
  • Lady Grey (not related to Earl Grey:))
  • Prince of Wales
  • English Breakfast

Black cherry punch

A beacon

 

Al Qur’an, Surah 6, Ayah 97

Pickthall: And He it is Who hath set for you the stars that ye may guide your course by them amid the darkness of the land and the sea. We have detailed Our revelations for a people who have knowledge.

Yusuf Ali: It is He Who maketh the stars (as beacons) for you, that ye may guide yourselves, with their help, through the dark spaces of land and sea: We detail Our signs for people who know.

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South Point Lighthouse, Christ Church, Barbados

diversity in botany

Over the past couple of years, I have begun to see Islam as a green religion – the need for recycling, less wastage, agricultural investment. And you all know that I see this earth as a mosque.

Over the past few weeks, I have been marvelling at the ‘springtime’ flourishing of vegetation and flowers throughout Barbados . And I am seeing for the first time the fruit/flowers of what I thought were just leafy foliage. Yesterday, I saw the below:

 

Allah swt says in Al-Qur’an:

“He Who has, made for you the earth like a carpet spread out; has enabled you to go about therein by roads (and channels); and has sent down water from the sky. With it have We produced diverse pairs of plants each separate from the others.” (Surah Ta Ha, 53

The Ascent to the Heavens -27 Rajab

Al Qur’an, Sura 17 (Al-Isra) Ayah 1:

Exalted is He who took His Servant by night

from al-Masjid al-Haram to al-Masjid al- Aqsa*,

whose surroundings We have blessed,

to show him of Our signs.

Indeed, He is the Hearing, the Seeing.

  • – this has also been translated as ‘the Farthest Mosque’ and an interpretation is that it does not refer to the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.

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In Trinidad, miraj-un-Nabi is observed/commemorated, most usually, by lectures. In Barbados, I find it noted almost in silence.

The miraj is the Ascent of Rasool saws to the Heavens referred to in the above-quoted ayah, and debates abound as to whether it was a physical or only spiritual ascent. Many details of the Ascent are given in hadiths, and span the carrying of Rasool saws astride the winged steed Buraq from the Holy Kaaba to Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, his prayers with other Prophets a.s. to his ascent to the Heavens, his meeting with several Prophets a.s., his meeting with Allah swt,  the gift of obligatory salaah, and his return to Mecca via Jerusalem.

Allah swt says in Al Qur’an Sura 17 Ayah 44:

The seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him. And there is not a thing except that it exalts [ Allah ] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting. Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving.