My dad hand another appointment at the cancer clinic today. His white blood cell count shot up from 40 to 150 (normal is 4-11), his red blood cell count went down, and his lymphnodes behind his stomach enlarged 6cm. He’s going to be starting chemo again. please keep him in your duaas :(
“I am not superwoman. My mother is not superwoman. My mother’s mother is not superwoman. I am, we are, soft. Can shatter. Crumble in your hands. Our survival does not mean we prosper. We are like other women but unlike them. So do not tell us we can handle anything. We only seem like superwoman, a figment of your imagination, because you have forced our lives to be perpetual labor with only seconds of relief. If we carry the world on our shoulders and the children on our backs, what are we but your glorified mules slapped with guilt praises of perseverance and strength. Our bones and our blood and our sweat have built the wealth of nations. Our burial should not be the first time we rest.”—Yasmin Mohamed Yonis (via ethiopienne)
اَللّـهُمَّ اِنّي اَسْأَلُكَ فيهِ ما يُرْضيكَ وَاَعُوذُبِكَ مِمّا يُؤْذيكَ وَاَسْأَلُكَ التَّوْفيقَ فيهِ لاَِنْ اُطيعَكَ وَلا اَعْصيْكَ يا جَوادَ السّائِلينَ
O Allah, on this day, I ask You for what pleases You, and I seek refuge in You from what displeases You, I ask You to grant me the opportunity to obey You and not disobey You, O One who is generous with those who ask.
Extremely problematic when a mosque’s first question is “where are they from?” in terms of being asked if they could help a family who is in dire need. When someone who is seeking the help of fellow Muslims is turned away because of cultural/racial differences.
O Allah, on this day, open for me the doors of Your Grace, send down on me its blessings, help me towards the causes of Your mercy, and give me a place in the comforts of Paradise, O the one who answers the call of the distressed.
اَللّـهُمَّ افْتَحْ لي فيهِ اَبْوابَ الْجِنانِ وَاَغْلِقْ عَنّي فيهِ اَبْوابَ النّيرانِ وَوَفِّقْني فيهِ لِتِلاوَةِ الْقُرْآنِ يا مُنْزِلَ السَّكينَةِ فى قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنينَ
O Allah, on this day, show me the way to win Your pleasure, do not let Shaytan have a means over me, make Paradise an abode and a resting place for me, O the One who fulfills the requests of the needy.
Reported by Abu Hurairah (RA): The Messenger of Allah said: Allah says: “I am just as My slave thinks of Me, and I am with him if he remembers Me. If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself; and if he remembers me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than that. And if he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him; and if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.”
“Pray for the people of Palestine, and for all those who are being unjustly prosecuted, tortured, and killed around the world. We are in a time where there seems to be a goal to desensitize the world of death…where innocence is no longer even considered, but is being labeled irrelevant by the same people who are holding the guns or throwing the bombs, or even more so, those who are “secretly” funding those barbarians who have lost all understanding of justice and humanity, and have gone on killing sprees, targeting women and children. We see so many pictures and videos of bombs falling, of children being physical torn apart, and people losing entire families in a matter of seconds. We have to do our best to support the people experiencing injustice in any and every form, we have to help them stay strong, we have to help in every single way we can, but most importantly, and I cannot express this enough, we have to remember that the Prophet (SAW) said that the greatest weapon of a believer is Du’a (supplication). So, brothers and sisters, pray, make Du’a, stay up at night begging Allah with tears flooding your eyes, for justice, for peace, for patience, for strength, and for His Mercy, for the oppressed around the world. Please, let’s use this opportunity of Ramadan, in the last few days we have left, to come together and sincerely, from the deepest points of our hearts to dedicate most of our time towards making Du’a, and KNOW for a FACT that Allah will answer our Du’a. Jazakum Allahu Khairun. And Allah knows best.”—Nadir Keval (www.nadirkeval.com)
Please make du’a for our brothers and sisters in China who are facing severe struggles as the rest of us celebrate this Holy Month. Muslims in the province of Xinjiang are being forbidden from fasting and partaking in other Ramadan activities. They are not permitted to follow God’s command so pray to Your Lord on their behalf. May Allah grant them patience and victory.
O Allah, on this day, awaken me with the blessings of its early mornings, Illuminate my heart with the brightness of its rays, let every part of my body follow its effects, by Your light, O the illuminator of the hearts of those who know.