The H sisters wish everyone here Eid Mubarak.  We hope it was a blessed day for everyone.  For the H sisters it started with a good breakfast, Eid salah, running to the car with babies in wedge shoes, eating pizza and jalebis for lunch, taking pics of the kids in their eid outfit, visiting with family that came over, a two hour nap in the afternoon and then dinner at our Mamoo’s (uncle) house with all the family gathered and praying maghrib in the backyard.  Alhamdullilah, it was great.  Please share with us your events on eid!

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It feels like it was just yesterday. After all, it was just yesterday that we all stood before You. We stood and the depths of each of our souls felt Your presence so near. We acknowledged Your everlasting existence and accepted You as our Lord. We stood extracted from our father, of what would be of us in the coming years. But without a doubt we stood, before You and all humans.

You erased the memory from our minds but in no way did You erase the feeling deep in our hearts. Each of Us felt the truth running deep within our blood, pulsating into our veins, and beating with our every heartbeat. But so many of us forgot. We forgot that this very heart is only beating because of You. We’ve gotten so lost in the busy life that we live today that we neglect to reflect on yesterday. Yesterday was more real than today. It is equally as real as the tomorrow we are all waiting for. Our life of today is very short in length when compared to our life tomorrow.

No matter where my life will take me, I want to use today as an opportunity to continue to believe in only You as my Lord. Whether the whole world is with me or against me, it is nothing in comparison to You being on my side. I devote my heart in believing in You and I devote my limbs in fulfilling your covenant. I seek your mercy and forgiveness for every time I have forgotten You and remembered only my vain desires. I seek in You the fulfillment I long for and the contentment that my hearts craves. With You, nothing is impossible. Without You, I’m all alone.

I seek to make my today connect directly with the statements I made to You yesterday, in hopes that You accept and allow me to join Your beautiful company once again tomorrow. We will once again stand before you tomorrow. But many of us with a regretful past, and many with a grievous future. Tomorrow is real. It’s not far away. The difference with tomorrow is that it’s Forever.

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Want a different twist on your regular chicken korma? Look no further! I found this dish here, originally by chef Rahat from Rahat Cooking. I changed the recipe as the original one calls for cream, coconut powder, extra julian ginger and more yogurt. I made it without those things and it still turned out delicious. Also note that I am using twice as much chicken as the original recipe which is why I doubled some of the ingredients. This dish is one of my favorites!! Hope you all enjoy it. (more…)

Thought #1.  The tafseer of Surah Balad explains to us what to expect from non-Muslims.  In Surah Balad Allah subhanahu wa ta ‘ala (exalted is He) is telling the messenger صلى الله عليه و سلم you have become halal for them (the various tribes of Mecca) to kill.  In this one line Allah (swt) is telling us to expect injustice when it comes to the treatment of Muslims. 

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In the times of the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم the tribes had a rule of “justice” which was that they did not kill their own tribesman.  But when it came to the Rasul صلى الله عليه و سلم the tribes all got together and schemed a way to get out of their own rule of justice and they did this by getting one man from each tribe to participate in the murder of the Rasul صلى الله عليه و سلم.  The thinking was if they all participated in the murder then there would be no blame on one party.  Even by their own standards this was a severe injustice.  Yet when it came to Muslims and to the Rasul صلى الله عليه و سلم they broke all their own rules of justice.  Similar injustices are existent today whether it be the treatment of Muslims at airports, or the numerous Muslims that are being held in Guantanamo, or the cruel treatment of Muslims that are sent to prison in the US for basically no crime except that they say ‘La illah illalah Muhammadur Rasullalah,” and the list goes on.  And we as Muslims go and say “where is the  justice when it comes to us Muslims.”  Well this Surah is telling us to EXPECT them to lose all their sense of justice when it comes to Allah’s deen (religion) and to those who submit to it.

Thought #2.  I was listening to the tafseer of Surah Humazah in Urdu by Dr. Israr and in it he shared a beautiful piece of poetry.  Here’s the Urdu and rough translation.  “Eik Shansha (or shehzada or a very wealthy person) nay dolat ka sahra ley kar hum gareebon ki mohabat ka uraya hai mazak.”  The verse means a very wealthy person uses his wealth to make fun of the love us poor people feel.  The verse was used to describe how those who do not do what Surah Asr tells them to do (…ie, have faith, do good deeds, speak and spread the truth and have patience) they are busy in making a name for themselves, busy in gathering as much wealth as they can so they can leave behind some building, some statue that speaks about their legacy.  (more…)

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