bless the lord for your return

SALTWATER SCHOOL:  Casting a Circle for Beginners

Originally posted by thewitchystuff

Witchlings and Baby Witches, gather ‘round to learn how to cast a simple Circle.  You may be wondering, “Why do we cast Circles?” and that can be easily answered!  Most of the time, we cast Circles to create a sacred space where our spellwork and rituals can be conducted.  There are other various reasons, but you can discover that with time, research, and practice.  For this lesson, we are going to focus on creating that sacred space for you.


**Circles can be cast alone or with others.  If you are participating with other witches, you may want to print them off a “script” of what will be said and done that way everyone can participate.  Change “I” in the script to “we”, “me” to “us”, and so on and so forth.

**Circles can be cast indoors and outdoors.  However, I do caution you not to cast Circles without getting the permission of the person who owns said space, home, property, etc.  

**You can decorate and dress up for your Circle casting.  Using the appropriate colors, plants, stones, and meaningful objects can aid in powering your Circle.  This, however, is not necessary.

**Decide in advance what will be done in the Circle.  Make a plan of what you want to do inside your circle, whether it worship, prayer, spellwork, or meditation.  Don’t feel rushed and take your time.  

**Music may be used to accompany the Circle casting and rituals.  I typically choose songs that don’t have words.  (I get distracted easily by music.)

**Feel free to customize these words and tailor them to fit your own practices.  You can substitute “walls and floors” with “foliage, stones, and ground” if you are casting outside.  Names for Gods and Goddesses may be used in place of “Lord and Lady.”

**There is no right way to cast a Circle.  There are many traditions that different witches use.  Find what you like, experiment and customize your circle casting ritual.

**NOTE**  This is just one example of how to cast a Circle (one I used when I was just starting out.)


Candles, incense, matches (or a lighter), representations of the four corners, decorations, an athame (ceremonial knife) or wand. 


1.  Ground and center, and then lay out where your Circle will be cast.  This doesn’t have to be physically marked, but I have seen people use cord, chalk, and candles.  (Note: using lit candles can be dangerous.  Please take precautions when doing this.  We don’t want anyone or anything getting hurt.)  I used to create a small altar at the direction North with representations of the four elements.

2.  Light incense and candles, and make your announcement:  The Circle is about to be cast and I freely stand within to greet my Lady and my Lord.

3.  Take one candle in hand and begin walking the Circle.  Here, we are acknowledging the Four Quarters (North, South, East, and West.)  We will stop at each direction and call out the corresponding greeting found below.  For this, we will walk deosil around our Circle.  To move deosil is to move in a clockwise (or sunwise) direction.  Once you have finished acknowledging the directions, return to North.

–North:  I call upon Light and Earth at the North to illuminate and strengthen the Circle.
–East:  I call upon Light and Air at the East to illuminate and enliven the Circle.
–South:  I call upon Light and Fire at the South to illuminate and warm the Circle.
–West:  I call upon Light and Water at the South to illuminate and cleanse the Circle.

4.  Return the candle to its rightful place and raise the athame or wand into your hand facing North.  Call out:  I draw this Circle in the Presence of the Lady and the Lord that They may aid and bless me in my work.

5.  Lower the athame or wand and walk deosil once more around the Circle, envisioning a blue light shoot out from the Circle’s boundary.  Call out:  This is the boundary of the Circle, around me, through walls and floors, above me and below me as a sphere is the Circle cast and consecrated to the Lady and the Lord that They may work with and through Their child, (your name/Craft Name).  This Circle is charged by the power of the Ancient Ones!  Only love shall enter and leave.

Begin your ritual, spellcasting, meditation, or any other word you wish inside the Circle.  Within it, you will be protected.  However, a word of caution: if you are a witchling, make sure you do not over exert yourself inside the Circle.  Casting any magic can make anyone grow weary or tired, so be aware of how much energy you are expending.  Like any magic, it takes time and practice.  When you have finished your work, you will open your Circle.


6.  Take the athame or wand in hand both hands facing North.  Call out:  Lord and Lady, I have been blessed by Your sharing this time with me; watching and guarding me; guiding me here and in all things.  I came in love and I depart in love.

7.  Raise the athame or wand high in the air in salute.  Call out:  Love is the Law and Love is the Bond.  Merry did I meet, merry do I part, and merry will I meet again.  The Circle is cleansed.

8.  Kiss the flat of the blade or the tip of the wand.  Here, we will bid farewell to the Quarters and move widdershins.  Widdershins, which can be spelled withershins, widershins, widderschynnes, appears to come from German and Lowland Scottish. In German, widersinning means “against the senses”, that is “not the usual”, or “against the grain.”  For our purposes, it means to move counter-clockwise.  So, we will go from North to West, South, and East.  As you move, this would be the time to blow out candles if they are how you laid out your Circle.  Once you have finished saying goodbye to the Quarters, return North.

–Depart in peace, Elemental Earth.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Water.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Fire.  My blessings take with you!
–Depart in peace, Elemental Air.  My blessings take with you!

9.  Raise your arms into the air with athame or wand in hand.  Call out:  Beings and powers of the visible and invisible, depart in peace!  You aid in my work, whisper in my mind, and bless me from the Otherworld.  Let there ever be harmony between us.  My blessings take with you.  The Circle is cleared!

10.  Take the athame or wand in hand, and move widdershins once more around the Circle, calling out:  The Circle is open yet the Circle remains as its magical power is drawn back into me.  The Circle has been cleared.  My ritual has ended.

11.  Place athame or wand aside, and take a seat on the floor (you may also lie on your back.)  Close your eyes and focus on grounding excess energy by touching your palms to the floor.  Let the magic in the room (or outdoors) disperse and settle.  Take a few deep breaths, open your eyes, and begin cleaning up your space.

I hope all of you find this helpful.  Again, Circle casting can be completely tailored and customized for your needs, and you don’t have to cast one this way.  It is meant to be a resource for those just starting out.  If you have any questions, you can reach me via ASK or by messaging me.

Blessings, little ones!

Other lessons in the Saltwater School series:  Making Your Own Tarot Workbook

(definitely NOT based off this concept)

Ned fretted as their father pinned them with the coldest look he had ever seen come from him. With him and his siblings seated in a row in front of his desk, their father was able to sweep that look across each and every one of them with differing levels of intensity. Ned thinks it was Brandon that received it the worst.

Lord Rickard Stark rolled a strip of paper in between his fingers. No doubt that paper contained the sordid details of what he missed at the Tourney at Harrenhal, and yet it did not prevent him from asking his first question:

“What happened?”

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The Last Goodbye

I saw the light fade from the sky
On the wind I heard a sigh
As the snowflakes cover my fallen brothers
I will say this last goodbye

Night is now falling
So ends this day
The road is now calling
And I must away
Over hill, and under tree
Through lands where never light has shone
By silver streams that run down to the sea
To these memories I will hold
With your blessing I will go
To turn at last to paths that lead home

And, oh, where the road then takes me,
I cannot tell
We came all this way
But now comes the day
To bid you farewell

I bid you all a very fond farewell

 ~Billy Boyd

Braids & War Paint (Part 7)

Notes On:

Part 1: / Part 2: / Part 3: / Part 4: / Part 5: / Part 6: 

Rowan’s time in Terrasen was running out. He had one day left here, he had one day left with the Terrasen sky, one day left with the royal court. One day left with Aelin. 

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Imagine you are assisting in styling Thorin’s hair before his coronation ceremony. He asks you to choose your favourite style and beads for him.

Requested by @bespectacled-bunny Enjoy! 

Originally posted by itsthranduilbitch

On the morning of Thorin’s coronation ceremony you waited patiently outside his bed chamber door after you’d knocked. And then you heard his voice demand you enter. You were to style his hair, making sure that it was presentable for such a special occasion as this. 

“Good morning,” you said, offering him a smile as you walked over to his desk, placing your box of hair styling items down. Inside were combs and beads, all made specially for today. The beads were individually engraved with Khuzdul runes, bestowing blessings from Mahal upon the newest ruler of Erebor. 

Thorin approached you and sat down in the chair with his back to you, ready to have his hair styled. 

“Do you have a particular style in mind, my Lord?” you ask, looking at him though his reflection in the full length mirror in front of you both. 

Thorin just smiled. “Will you choose for me? I trust your judgement.” 

Since his return to Erebor, Thorin had had many a conversation with you in private, forming a friendship with you. He had told you many personal things about himself, and assumed that maybe it was because of you being female you would have had more compassion and understanding in your heart. Perhaps if he had told his close male friends they would not have been so accepting as you. However, you were human, and Thorin had still confessed his inner most thoughts to you. 

You began to style his hair, drawing half of his hair back, brushing it carefully and then braiding it. “Which bead would you like?” you ask, reaching across to the box beside you. 

“Will you choose?”

You couldn’t help but laugh. “Why are you allowing me to choose for something as special as today?” 

Thorin turned in his chair as you still held the unclasped braid in your hand. “Because you, too, are special, my dear one.” His blue eyes remained locked on yours. “Do you not know that in the Dwarf custom we will only allow those who have our heart to braid our hair?”

[Al-Karim/The Generous/The Most Bountiful] “My Lord is surely All-Sufficient, All-generous.” ‎﴾‬‎27.40﴿‬ Allah has created for us all the things that are on earth. “And He. subjected to you the night and day, and the sun and moon; and the stars are subjected by His command.” ‎﴾16.12﴿‬ His favours are showered on all, - the just and the unjust, the deserving and the underserving. “To each [category] We extend - to these and to those - from the gift of your Lord. And never has the gift of your Lord been restricted.“‎﴾17.20‬‎﴿‬ Allah is most generous in rewarding good deeds. He gives in return manifold blessings. "Who is it that would loan Allah a goodly loan so He may multiply it for him many times over?” ‎﴾‬‎2.245﴿‬ The Prophet ‎ﷺ‎‬ said: “he who has intended a good deed and has not done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as from ten good deeds to seven hundred times, or many times over.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)

Night of Miraj – Al Isra

Night of Miraj – Al Isra

What happened on the Night of Miraj?

On this night The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) was fetched by Gabriel (a.s.) from Makkah and delivered to Al-Aqsa. From there he (p.b.u.h.) was lifted through Levels of Jannah on a creature named Al-Buraq. Al-Buraq was a white animal, who was smaller than a mule but bigger than a donkey. Through this journey, the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) met with various other Prophets (a.s.) and witnessed various happenings, as well as the amazing event of conversing with The Most-Merciful and The Most-Gracious, Allah SWT!

What was the reason for the Night of Miraj?

It was during this rapture that Allah SWT gave the commandments to The Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) for Salat to be performed (i.e. before the Night of Miraj, there is no Salat).

When did it happen?

Year 721

This year was a sad year for the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) because the beloved wife of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) St. Khadija (r.a.) and Abu Talib (the Prophet Muhammad’s uncle) passed.

How did it happen?

Anas bin Malik (r.a.) said that Abu Dhar (r.a.) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (p.b.u.h.) said:

“While I was at Makkah, there roof of my house was opened and Gabriel descended, opened my chest, and washed it with Zam – Zam water. Then he brought a golden tray full of wisdom and faith and having poured its contents into my chest, he closed it. Then he took my hand and ascended with me to the nearest heaven, when I reached the nearest heaven, Gabriel said to the gatekeeper of the heaven, ‘Open (the gate).’ The gatekeeper asked, ‘Who is it?’ Gabriel answered: ‘Gabriel.’ He asked, ‘Is there anyone with you?’ Gabriel replied, ‘Yes, Muhammad (peace be upon him) is with me’.  He asked, ‘Has he been called?’ Gabriel said, ‘Yes.’ So the gate was opened and we went over the nearest heaven and there we saw a man sitting with Aswida (a large number of people) on his right and Aswida (a large number of people) on his left.  When you look towards his right, he laughed, and when he looked towards his left, he wept. Then he said, ‘Welcome!  O pious Prophet and pious son.’ I asked Gabriel, ‘Who is he?’ He replied, ‘He is a Adam and the people on his right and left are the souls of his offspring.  Those on his right are the people of Paradise and those on his left other people of Hell and when he looked towards his right he laughed and when he looked towards his left he wept.’ Then he ascended with me till he reached the second heaven and he (Gabriel) said to the gatekeeper, ‘Open (the gate).’ The gatekeeper said to him the same as the gatekeeper of the first heaven had said and he opened the gate.”

Anas said: “Abu Dhar added that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) met Adam, Idris (Enoch), Musa (Moses), Isa (Jesus) and Ibrahim (Abraham) (peace and blessings be upon him), he (Abu Dhar) did not mention on which Heaven they were, but he mentiosned that he (The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him) makes Adam on the nearest Heaven and Ibrahim (Abraham) on the sixth Heaven”.

Anas said, “When Gabriel (a.s) along with the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) passed by Idris (Enoch), the latter said, ‘Welcome!  O pious Prophet and pious brother.’ The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) asked, ‘Who is He?’ Gabriel replied, “He is Idris (Enoch).’ The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) added, “I passed by Musa (Moses) and he said, “Welcome! O pious brother and pious Prophet.’ I asked Gabriel, ‘who is he?’ Gabriel replied, ‘He is Musa (Moses).’ Then add passed by Iesa (Jesus) and he said, ‘Welcome! O pious brother and pious Prophet.’ I asked, ‘who is he?’ Gabriel replied, ‘He is Isa (Jesus)’.  Then I passed by Ibrahim (Abraham) and he said, ‘Welcome! O pious Prophet and pious son.’ I asked Gabriel, ‘who is he?’ Gabriel replied, ‘He is Ibrahim (Abraham peace and blessings be upon him).”

Ibn Abbas (r.a.) and Abu Habba Al-Ansari said: the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) added, “Then Gabriel ascended with me to a place where I heard the creaking of pens.”

Anas bin Malik said: the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Then Allah enjoined fifty Salat (prayers) on my followers, when I returned with this order of Allah, I had passed by Musa (Moses) who asked me, ‘What has Allah enjoined on your followers?’ I replied, “He has enjoined fifty Salat (prayers) on them.’ Musa (Moses) said, ‘Go back to your Lord (and appeal for reduction) for your followers will not be able to bear it. (So, I went back to Allah and requested for that reduction) and He reduced it to half. When I passed by Musa (Moses) again and informed him about it, he said, ‘Go back to your Lord as you followers will not be able to bear it.’ So I return to Allah and requested for further reduction than half of it was reduced.  I again passed by Musa (Moses) and he said to me: ‘Return to your Lord, for your followers will not be able to bear it’.  So I return to Allah and He said, “There are five Salat (prayers) and they are all (equal to) fifty (in reward) for My Word does not change.’ I returned to Musa (Moses) and he told me to go back once again.  I replied, ‘Now I feel shy of asking my Lord again.’ Then Gabriel took me till we reached Sidrat-ul-Muntaha (lote tree of the utmost boundary) which was shrouded in colours, indescribable.  Then I was admitted I for into Paradise where I found small walls (made) of pearls and it’s earth was of musk (a kind of perfume).[1:354:O.B.]
(Sahih Al_Bukhari)

“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”.
Quran (17:1)

“And he certainly saw him in another descent,
At the Lote-tree of the Utmost Boundary –
Near it is the Garden of Refuge –
When there covered the Lote Tree that which covered [it]
The sight [of the Prophet] did not swerve, nor did it transgress [its limit].
He certainly saw of the greatest signs of his Lord.
Quran (53:13–18[4])

Is this night supposed to be celebrated?

According to Islam Q and A as well as various other sources, this is not a night for celebration as there were only two Eids prescribed to man for festivity purposes. If this event was meant to have annual (for example) celebrations, it would have been practised by the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) but no record of such happenings were found. However this night does hold various lessons from the event, and is a historically beautiful and astounding night, as this night was the night which the Salat (prayers) were prescribed and announced in a grand and spectacular way! Alhamdulilah ♥

anonymous asked:

Salam, do you have any tips on how to think positively? My anxiety and depression has caused me to become so negative and I feel its one of my most prominent sins but I cant help it. Jazakallah Khair


The most important step you need to take is learning how to trust Allah. He created you, trust Him - He will take care of you! Those who rely on Allah and put their complete trust in Him will live a happy life and Allah will not let them down. 

Always be optimistic in all of your affairs, think good of Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ ‎. Be fearless, Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ ‎is far greater than all of the obstacles you will face in this life. Your negative thoughts may be unjust to the greatness, kindness, love, and mercy of Allah عَزَّ وَجَلَّ.

🌸  “And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things.
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 6, Verse 17.

Allahu Akbar. Laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah. All power resides with Allah, so bring your heart at ease as He is the best disposers of affairs and the most merciful.

🌸  “And be patient; verily, Allah loses not the reward of the good-doers.“
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 11, Verse 115.

🌸  “And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.”
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 63, Verse 3.

🌸 “Then when you have taken a decision, put your trust in Allah, certainly, Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him). If Allah should aid you, no one can overcome you; but if He should forsake you, who is there that can aid you after Him? And upon Allah let the believers rely.
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 3, Verse 159 - 160.

🌸  “Indeed, We will support Our messengers and those who believe during the life of this world and on the Day when the witnesses will stand
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 40, Verse 51.

🌸  “And Allah has full power and control over His Affairs, but most of men know not.”
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 12, Verse 21.

🌸  “And give good news to those who persevere, those who say, when a misfortune strikes them, Surely to Allah we belong, and surely to Him we will return, THESE are the ones on whom BLESSINGS from their Lord descend, and MERCY, and these are the ones who are rightly guided”
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 22, Verse 155-157.

🌸 “If, in spite of intense supplication, there is a delay in the timing of the Gift [al-‘ata], let that not be the cause for your despairing. For He has guaranteed you a response in what He chooses for you, not in what you choose for yourself, and at the time He desires, not the time you desire.
— The Hikam, Ibn ‘Ata’illah, Chapter 1, 6.

🌸  “It is He who confers blessing upon you, and His angels [ask Him to do so] that He may bring you out from darknesses into the light. And ever is He, to the believers, Merciful.
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 33, Verse 43.

And know that if something does go wrong, it may be a test from Allah or even something good which you perceive not!

🌸  “But perhaps you hate a thing and it is good for you; and perhaps you love a thing and it is bad for you. And Allah Knows, while you know not.”
— The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, Verse 216.

🌸  “Amazing is the affair of the believer, verily all of his affair is good and this is not for no one except the believer. If something of good/happiness befalls him he is grateful and that is good for him. If something of harm befalls him he is patient and that is good for him” (Saheeh Muslim #2999)

🌸  “If they would only put their trust in Allah as they should, He would provide for them like he provides for the birds who fly out in the morning hungry and return fully satiated.”
— Prophet Muhammad, narrated by Sunan al-Tirmidhī (2344) and Sunan Ibn Mājah (4164)

🌸  “The example of the bird going out in the morning shows us that one of the greatest expressions of faith and devotion is to take all practical steps to achieve our goals while at the same time placing our complete reliance upon Allah for the outcome”
— (Al-Oadah, 2012).

Read more Quran in the language you understand. The Quran can be so uplifting, Allah comforts the believers constantly throughout the Quran.

Whenever you have a negative thought, seek refuge in Allah from shaytan and from the evil of your nafs and follow it up with a positive thought.

Read this article! and this one too!

I hope I was able to bring some ease to your heart through the words of the Most High.

Contemplate. He has power of all things, He is the Most High. No one can go against His decree. Just do your best and trust in Him, He will take care of you and all of your affairs.

i prayed to Allah for you

before you were mine i asked our Lord
for a woman
who would love me

for a woman
to love
in return

silly me,
even while your were here
i kept asking for you

until one day i asked Allah the right way
not, ‘bring me a woman’
but, ‘show me the woman’

and i saw you

we saw each other

i prayed to Allah for you

before you were mine i asked our Lord
for a woman
who would love me

for a woman
to love
in return

lucky me,
Allah listened.

—  there is space for a queer womyn in this culture. // blessed.

ezelelectricsoul  asked:

Please pray for me. I've been praying, but but I feel like he's not hearing me out or I'm just not strong enough. I don't know. I'm broken. I'm confused. I'm lost. I need him. I'm drifting further away each day and I'm losing my sanity. I hope your prayer will do something. I'm sorry. Thank you

Hi there beloved, God bless you.\

I would like to remind you that, the Lord has promised to be with us all the days of our lives until His return. He never leaves our side, He always listens to His children’s cries and prayers, and He is always available for us to run to. God is not leaving you now or ever, all you need to do is turn to Him. I know sometimes our feelings make it seem as if He wasn’t really there, but let us remember that we are not rules by our feelings, but by faith. By faith we know that God hears, cares, loves, answers, and fights with and for us. "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.“ (Hebrews 11:1) God is close to the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Do not give up and let the lies of the enemy win over you. God does not lie, and He promised to care for us always. Trust in His faithfulness because it is real. Rest in the fact that the Lord holds your hand, and that He increases your strengths and gives you life by just a touch to your spirit.

Lord You are amazing, You are everything we need and desire, You are our most deepest desire,there is nothing in this world we desire more than You Lord. We come before You in praise, in gratefulness, in faith, knowing that You hear us and that You care for us. Lord I ask You in the name of our savior Jesus Christ that You put a new heart in your daughter. Lord set a flame in her heart that burns for Your presence, for intimacy with Your Holy Spirit. Show her that You never leave, that You are faithful and trust worthy. Jesus may she see and learn that You are her shepherd, that she will always have everything she needs. Guide her in truth, in justice, in faith Lord. Help her see deeper, trust You more. Show her Your glory Father, may Your love and peace flood her heart and mind now. In Jesus Name we pray, amen.

You are never alone, love. I am always here to listen, to talk. I will continue to keep you in my prayers, and remember, if God helped me, He will surely too rescue you. God bless you more! Love, xx.

Little Brat

Overall Summary: You are the oldest of the Durins and you live your life happily until the day Smaug attacks. That is when you lost the trust of your little brother, Thorin.

Chapter Summary: Thorin’s coronation day is finally here and Little Obu sort of rats you out.

Pairing: Thorin x Sister!Reader; OC x Reader

Previous Chapter: Chapter 26

Next Chapter: Chapter 28

Shooing Thorin away to get ready for his coronation, you pick Obulin up and place him on your desk trying to figure out the best outfit for your little prince.

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Ing Blot (Loaf Fest)

The seasons have turned again, the fields have brought forth fruit. This season was the most important to our ancestors, they would live much of the year on the fruits of their labor. Today we gather to celebrate those first fruits, the beginning of harvest. Though few of us here today know the swing of a scythe or sickle, we are still at the mercy of the weather and seasons. Thanks should be given for the bounty we recieve that enriches our lives.

We have chosen this harvest to give thanks as our ancestors found fitting, we thank the lord of the harvest, Ing. As such it is fitting that just as Ing laid aside his sword, we too lay aside all weapons within this weohfod.

Theign over this weoh, lord of this hearth and hearg, I ask of you to hallow this, your land.

(Do torch hallowing and cast out evil wights and light central fire.)

Hail to thee, Ing, known as Yngvi Freyr to the Danes.
Eowend, bringer of virility, we welcome you!
     (All: Welcome)
Ælfcyning, lord over the elves, we welcome you!
     (All: Welcome)
Beorgweard, barrow ward, we welcome you!
     (All: Welcome)
Swīnen, the boarlike lord, we welcome you!
     (All: Welcome)
Harvest lord, we welcome you!
     (All: Welcome)
Hail to thee, Ingui Frea.

Ing, we have brought this loaf of bread, a sacrifice for you. I will pass this loaf around to you all and each of us in turn may take the time to say what they are thankful of this season.

(I say what I am thankful of and pass the sacrificial loaf.)
(Loaf returns eventually.)

Ing, in many ways this year has been fruitful. Let those here be blessed, and may those especially who have been less fortunate recieve your favor in the coming days and months. I give you this loaf with our many thanks that you should know we remember you and keep your faith and frith.

Land filled with fodder,
Mankind to feed
Blessings of harvest are upon us.
You have sown your gifts in the earth
And many they shall return to you.
Reap them as they come
And give thanks.

This blot we will not be using mead, today we will share the fruits of the earth with each other with this fine beer, brewed of grain and befitting Ing.
(Pour beer in horn and in bowl. I will need help here. One person will keep track of and pass the horn around and I will follow one person behind them with the bowl and aspuge people while saying the following.)

Blessings on you
Blessings on your hearth and kin
May the gods and wights
grant to you their favor and grace
May the harvest be good to you
May that bounty sustain you
Through the cold months to come

(On each person I will draw the Gear rune for harvest.)
(Pour out remaider on Hearg.)

Let us all feast and celebrate this loaf fest! Harvest is here!

“Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity. Who knows? He may turn and relent and leave behind a blessing—Joel 2:12-14
The Almighty God is calling you to walk close to Him. He wants you to return to Him so that He can bless you.
The Father is waiting with outstretched arms. He wants to redeem you and make a covenant with you, through the blood of Jesus Christ. He will be your Father and take care of all your needs. It doesn’t mean you will have no problems but He will help you overcome every one of them.
Without this God you will not be able to achieve anything. You will only go in circles. Maybe according the world standards you have everything, but it’s no use. You haven’t done what God wants you to do. You have gone in the way that seemed right to you the end of it is destruction. If you return to Jesus today, He will refresh you. Times of refreshing will flood you.
When was the last time you truly searched after God? When was the last time you sought after the Father? Like the prodigal son in Luke 15, we will find He’s waiting and watching for us to come home!

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  • So I'm re-reading Lord of the Rings for the first time since the movies came out and
  • Movie!Aragorn: I am the last prince of a forgotten king. Destiny weighs heavy upon my brow. Come, hobbits, into doom and darkness from which there is no return.
  • Book!Aragorn: Hey guys how's it going oh you're letting me in your room that's adorable I could kill you with my pinky finger I mean seriously look at my bitching sword jk it's broken as fuck but really I could kill you it wouldn't even be hard you're tiny and dumb let's go to weathertop where no-one can hear you scream I mean where you'll be save from ringwraiths I'm totally trustworthy hahaha oh god I'm so alone

(85) indeed, [O Muhammad], He who imposed upon you the Qur'an will take you back to a place of return. say, ‘My Lord is most knowing of who brings guidance and who is in clear error' 

(86) and you were not expecting that the Book would be conveyed to you, but [it is] a mercy from your Lord. so do not be an assistant to the disbelievers

(87) and never let them avert you from the verses of Allah after they have been revealed to you. and invite [people] to your Lord. And never be of those who associate others with Allah

(88) and do not invoke with Allah another deity. there is no deity except Him. everything will be destroyed except His Face. His is the judgement, and to Him you will be returned [surah al qasas]

Space Cleansing Ritual

Space Cleansing Ritual

For this ritual to cleanse your magick space, you will need:

  • A broom
  • A silver candle
  • A white candle
  • A chalice with charged water
  • A small bowl of earth
  • 4 element candles (red, blue, brown, yellow)
  • Incense (sage)

Space Cleansing Ritual Steps

1. Gather all the items and place on the altar, cover with a black cloth until you are ready to use them.

2. Choose the date and time for the ritual to be performed. (Use an astrological calendar or pick the date of the next New Moon.)

3. Clean the area that is to be cleansed thoroughly. (Wash all walls, floors etc.)

4. Take a shower or bath with scented oils, envision all debris being washed from your body and allow a feeling of complete clean to come over you.

5. Once you are ready to begin, place the element candles in position in the appropriate compass points. (East yellow, South red, West blue, North brown.) Then place the silver candle on the altar.

6. Stand before your altar, breathe deeply and light the white candle.

7. Circle the room in a clockwise direction lighting the element candles.

8. Pick up your broom and sweep the circle as you walk inside clockwise and say:

Sweep, sweep, sweep this place
By powers of Air, I cleanse this space

Close your eyes and feel the element of air move within the circle. Return to the altar, pick up the silver candle. Use your white candle to light it, then walk around the circle clockwise and say:

Light, light I light this space
By the powers of Fire, I cleanse this space

Concentrate on fire energy flowing around the circle. Return to the altar and pick up the chalice of holy water. As you walk clockwise round the circle, sprinkle the water with the fingers of your right hand and say:

Liquid, liquid I wash this place
By powers of Water I cleanse this space

Feel the element of water flow in a clockwise direction around the circle. Return to the altar and pick up the bowl of earth. Walk clockwise around the circle, sprinkle the earth and say:

Dirt, dirt as I walk this place
By powers of earth I cleanse this space

Feel the element of earth bringing gifts to the circle. Return the bowl of earth to the altar and move to the centre of the circle. In the Goddess position say:

I now direct the energy of the Universe to forever fill and bless this place.

Feel the energy from your body meld with that of the universe. When the energy begins to dissipate, turn back to the altar lay your hands upon it and say:

This altar is dedicated to the Lord and Lady of Light. May it serve me well.

If you will not be cleansing any tools you will end the ritual here by thanking the God and Goddess and the elements for their participation in the ritual. Then ground the energy that you have raised by putting your palms to the floor and feeling the sensation being drained to Earth Mother. Then raise your right hand over your head in a counter-clockwise motion, circle it around the room and say:

The circle is open, may it never be broken!

Blessed Be.

Life is not a constant of happy; there are moments of everything; moments of grief, moments of contentment, moments of sorrow, moments of blessings and moments of intense hardship. Allaah ta’aala state in His Book,

And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, [2:155]

Reminding us that He will test us. Reminding us that it will take place, but to be patient & good tidings are to the patient. & who are the patient?

(Those) who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.”  [2:156]

Allaah ta’aala is reminding us that to Him is our return. To Him is our return. To Him is our return, to be patient with the hardships, be patient with the fluctuations in life. Be patient. To Him is your return. Remind yourself at the onset of any hardship that this will all pass, this is temporary, this is just a test and to Him is your return. & the patient are:

Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.  [2:157]

So be patient, and you will be blessed. Be patient and Allaah will have Mercy on you. Be patient; the patient are those whom are rightly guided. May Allaah guide us, may He make us of the patient, may He bestow upon us His blessings, and may He bless us with that which is best.

ISLAM 101: Basic Islamic Terms

Assalaamu Ayakum wa Rahmetullah,

This is a long post as a reference. Every way of life has its own vocabulary. This enables people to communicate about detailed topics using only a few key words. It is important that Muslims learn the vocabulary of Islam so that we all know what we’re talking about. This unites us as Muslims and brings us closer to a sense of belonging to the same community.

Abdul:This means “Servant of.” Many Muslims like to change their names from non-Muslim names to Muslim names. A favorite choice is Abdul. But who is the person a servant of? You must always have something after “Abdul.” The place to look is in the 99 Names of Allah. Allah has many names, such as Wadud (the Loving), Malik (the King), Rahman (The Merciful), Hakim (the Wise.) Just add one of those after Abdul and you become “The Servant of _______”. (For example: Abdul Khaliq: The Servant of the Creator.) etc…

Adab: Manners and ettiquette.

Adhan: (Athzan) The call to prayer.

Ahl al Kitab: This means the “People of the Book.” Allah uses this term in the Qur'an to refer to the Jews, Christians and any other people who received revelation from an authentic Prophet in the past. Because the Ahl al Kitab lost their revelations and twisted the teachings they had, Allah sent one last Messenger to the world, the Prophet Muhammad. He brought the Qur'an from Allah. The Ahl al Kitab are called to believe in Allah’s last message. To repeat: their own message has been lost or changed so much that there is very little of Allah’s truth left in it. The Bible is not the word of Allah. It is a book made up of people’s writings that was put together by Europeans in the year 325 at Nicea. That’s 300 years after the time of Prophet Jesus (‘Esa).

Akhee: My brother.

Akhirah: The next life or the life after death.

Akhlaq: Your character and behavior or the way you conduct yourself.

Alhumdu lillah: All Praise is for Allah.

‘Alim: A scholar or a learned man. The plural is ‘Ulema.

Allah: The name for God in the Arabic language. (Literally: THE GOD). Muslims prefer to say “Allah” no matter what language they speak because in Arabic it is a stand-alone word. In other words, you can’t make it masculine or feminine, plural or whatever. In English you can change “God” to Gods, Goddesses, Demi-God, etc… There is no way to do that in Arabic to the name, Allah.

Islam teaches that Allah is not a male or a female, nor is He black or white. He is not even a human like us. We cannot percieve what god is because our brains are only limited to percieve matter and time and anything beyond this is not percievable at all.
We only use the term “He” when we refer to Him because their is no “it” in Arabic and it seems disrespectful to call Allah an “it” in English. Allah sometimes refers to Himself as “We” or “Us” but don’t be mislead because the reason he says this is because he is the most high and worthy of the highest respect. In many languages, (including English) a single being can call himself a “We” if he wants to so that it emphasizes his power. Allah is everywhere and nowhere. He is never tired and He never needs a “rest.” He is Loving and the upholder of justice and He is the Source of Creation.

Allahu Akbar: “Allah is the Greatest.” This is the universal catch-all phrase of Muslims. When a Muslim shouts, “Takbeer” (Who’s the Greatest!) everyone replies with “Allah Akbar!”

Amir: This means a leader. The Prophet said every group of Muslims must make a leader among them, even if they were only three in number. An Amir is not a dictator and can’t just order people around, however. He must also be elected by the consent of the majority. Because Allah said believers consult each other in their affairs (shura), the Amir must listen to the opinions of the Muslim group and take them seriously. If an Amir begins to clearly go against Islamic teachings, then the Muslims must elect a new one.

Angels: In Arabic they are called the Mala-ika. They are created from light energy. Their only purpose is to serve Allah. They are behind the forces of nature. Some Angels are given the job of watching humans and noting their good and bad deeds for the day of judgment where we will be judged according to what we did in this life and our good and bad deeds will be weighed and whichever is heavier will mean either heaven or hell. Angels can take on physical form, sort of like a hologram, and can appear as humans or whatever.Again we can’t percieve what they look like because our brains cannot think beyond what is on this earth and which is visible to the human eye.Angels are all good and never disobey Allah. They are not male or female. Christianity teaches that some angels went bad and that’s where Satan and the devils came from. Islam teaches that this is not true. Angels are also not people running around in white robes with halos over their head.

Ansar: The helpers. The basic reference is to the new Muslims of Medina who helped the Prophet and the Meccan Muslims after they fled Mecca.

Arabic: A language which originated in the Middle East, specifically in the Arabian peninsula. It is the language Allah chose to reveal His last revelation to the world in.

Arkan al Islami: This means the Pillars of Islam. There are five main practices or “pillars” in the life of a Muslim.

Assalamu 'alaykum: “Peace be upon you.” This is the universal Muslim greeting. The Prophet said that Muslims must use this greeting when they meet. There are also verses in the Qur'an about it. If a person approaches a group, the person should say it first. A younger person should greet an older person first. The reply is “Wa alaykum assalam.” “And upon you be peace.”

Ayah: A verse of the Qur'an. The word literally means a “sign.” The plural is Ayat.

Barzakh: The time in between our death and the day we are raised up for judgment. Our souls will be in “storage"or Barzakh. The word literally means, “Partition” or “Dividing Line.” The stage after our death leading on till the day of judgement.

Bid'a: This means “Innovation” or “Unauthorized Changes.” The Prophet forbade people from making any changes to the teachings or practices of Islam. He said such things and people would go to the Hell fire.So it is essential that we all keep away from deviant sects and the innovators of Islam who mask themselves as being on the straight path but are certainly not.Always stick the the Qur'an and Strong Hadith from the opinion of the majority of scholars.

Da'wah: This means calling or inviting people (to Islam). If you’re talking to someone about Islam you’re doing Da'wah. A Da'i is the person who does Da'wah.

Deen: Way of Life. Islam is not a religion, it’s a complete way of life.

Dhikr (Thzikr): This means to remember Allah. When you repeat words or sentences over and over so you can meditate on Allah and his greatness in the vast universe he has creaated and this earth which he has made just for us as a test ground but we will all return to him.Meditate about all these things whilest praising the lord and cleanse your mind, you are doing or making dhikr. Common dhikr phrases are: “La ilaha illa Allah” (There is no god but Allah.) “Subahanullah wa Bihumdeehee”(Glory to Allah and His is the Praise.) “Alhamdolillah” (all praise be to allah). “Allahu akbar” (allah is the greatest). Saying that last one 100 times gets all your sins forgiven according to the Blessed Prophet. There are many more. Many Muslims like to get those prayer beads to help them keep count but the Prophet said you get more reward if you do it on your fingers alone.

Du'a: This means to call on Allah. Its supplication when one supplicates to the lord. Whenever you ask Allah for something, whether out loud or inside, you are calling on Him. You can make du'a in any words, in any language and Allah has promised to respond, although in a way we might not expect. Many Muslims like to learn some of the du'as that the Prophet said, but you can use your own words to talk to your Maker.

Dunya: This world. “Hayatud Dunya”: “The life of this world.”

'Eid: (Or: 'Id.) The Muslim holiday. There are two Eid’s. One at the end of fasting in Ramadan is called Eid ul Fitr. The other after the Hajj is over is called Eid ul Adh ha.

Fard: Something you must do in Islam.An act which is obligatory on us to complete or fulfill. Something that is required by Allah for us to do.

Fatwa: A scholar’s opinion or judgment on an issue related to Islam. It is not binding on a Muslim if there is doubt about it or it can be shown to be faulty. Only a recognized scholar, or 'Alim can issue Fatwas and other scholars must investigate the veracity of their basis.

Fiqh: The science of understanding the Shari'ah. In the past small groups of people with similar opinions about the Shari'ah joined together and formed intellectual clubs called a Math-hab. Today there are five big groupings of these Madh-habs. Shaf’, Hanbali, Maliki, Jafari and Hanafi. Not all Muslims accept the Jafari school as valid due to technical reasons. A Muslim can follow the ideas of any one of them or none of them at all. After all, we have the Qur'an, the sayings of the Prophet, the sayings of his companions and our brains. Don’t be afraid to use them.

Ghusl: A full shower. A Ghusl is required after any sexual discharge or activity before prayers can be offered again. A Ghusl is highly recommended on Fridays before going to Jum'ah prayers.

Hadith: A saying or report by or about the Blessed Prophet. The most reliable collections of Hadith are named after the scholars who collected them in the early days of Islam and checked on them for accuracy. They are: Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, Abu Dawud, An Nisa'i, Ibn Majah. There are some good books that take Hadiths from the main six and group them by topic. Those good resource books are as follows: “Riyadh as Saliheen”“Mishkat ul Masabih” and “Al Muwatta.”

Hafiz: (Hafithz) A memorizer or guardian of the entire Qur'an.A person who’s memorised the whole Qur'an by heart.

Hajj: The pilgrimage to Mecca that one is required to do once in a life time if one can afford it.

Halal: Allowed for a Muslim.

Haram: Forbidden for a Muslim.

Hijab: The scarf a woman wears over her head. Some Muslims who like to compromise their beliefs say it’s not required in Islam and they are very wrong and have no knowledge of their Islam. It is obligatory on women to cover as is said to us by our lord for a women to protect her chastity and keep her respect because a women who shows off her beauty and bodily definitions is certainly not respected in the eyes of a man rather looked at in a sexual way. So Islam has the utmost honour and respect for women and given them such a high position in society compared with the west which is quite the opposite. The face-veil (niqab) is entirely upto the individual and it depends on the level of faith of the sister whether she wants to wear it or not although a lot of scholars do say it should be worn because Allah also told the women in the Prophet’s family in the Qur'an to wear the veil and if he told them to wear it then it should also be worn by all Muslim women but other scholars say it is preferrable but not compulsory.

Hijra: To migrate. This term refers firstly to the great migration of the Muslims in the year 622 from the hostile city of Mecca, which was controlled by idol-worshippers, to the safer city of Madinah (then called Yathrib) where Islam could exist freely. The Islamic calendar begins with the Hijra as the first year.

'Ibadah: This term is often translated as “worship” but it is not a correct translation. The word worship in English just means praying and bowing, like worshipping in a church. But the term 'Ibadah literally means “service” and it comes from the root word, “to serve.” When we say that Islam considers all life to be 'Ibadah, we mean that our whole life should be lived in the service of Allah. We are here to serve Allah. In Islam, any good deed, action or thought, even just holding a steady job or smiling at someone is considered doing 'Ibadah for Allah.

Iftar: The meal you eat after sunset in Ramadan. Suhoor is the light breakfast before first light in the morning during Ramadan.

Imam: Literally: leader. Although most Muslims take this term in the sense of a leader of the prayers, it does apply to the group leader outside of prayer as well. An Imam must be elected by the Muslims or at least accepted by them if he is appointed from outside. If the community rejects him, then he cannot be the Imam.

Eman: (Eemaan) Belief or faith. The root word of Eman is Amuna. It implies three meanings: 1) to believe, 2) to confirm that belief in your heart, and 3) to feel safe. Eman is what makes a person a Muslim. Often spelled “Iman”.

Ihsaan: Usually translated as “goodness”. The Prophet (p) defined it as knowing that Allah is watching you even though you don’t see Him.

Injeel: The Gospel of Prophet 'Esa (Jesus). The New Testament of the Bible is not the Gospel of Jesus. The New Testament was written by a lot of different authors well after Jesus went up to the heavens, and it contains stories about Prophet 'Esa, but it is not 'Esa’s message. The present New Testament was assembled three hundred years after the time of Prophet 'Esa by a group of white men on a Greek Island who voted on what their “holy” book should contain. Most of the votes were hotly debated! The Roman emperor who ordered them to do it then told all Christians to accept this new compilation of writings. All other Christian writings were ordered to be destroyed. The New Testament contains four books called Gospels: (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). Hundreds more “Gospels” from other authors were burned. A few such as the Gospel of Barnabas and Thomas have survived. The Gospel of Jesus was never written down and is lost.

Insha'llah: If Allah wills something to happen only then will it happen.

Iqamah: The second call to prayer just before the actual prayer begins.

Islam: To surrender to Allah and find peace.To submit oneself TOTALLY to the lord.

Jahannam: Hell.

Jam'a: Together, in a group.

Jannah: Paradise, Heaven. It literally means “the Garden.”

Jibra'il: The angel that brought Allah’s revelation to the Prophet. Allah is so powerful and majestic that it is beneath him to reveal Himself to humans. We are like an ant next to a star in comparison to Allah. He sends the angels to do these small jobs, though He doesn’t need them. In English his name is Gabriel.

Jinn: These are another type of creature Allah created. They are invisible to us but they can see us. They were made from fire elements and thus are pure energy. They are not like ghosts or weird monsters. They can influence your thoughts, encourage you to do wrong, and whisper fears into your mind. They can be good or bad. The good jinn leave us alone. The bad ones, who are also called Shayateen, or Devils, want to destroy you. Astrologers and fortune tellers get their “predictions” and “readings"from them. Jinn spy on the Angels and learn secrets about the future, then they whisper it into the minds of the fortune tellers. Jinn live, die and have families like us but they exist on another plane altogether. The Prophets could control the Jinn but none of us ordinary people can. Although we believe Jinn can possess a human body, Islam teaches that it’s not very common. Don’t believe every “Jinn story” Muslim immigrants will tell you about their aunt or second cousin’s brother. Most of it will be superstitious stories that are culturally based.

Jumu'ah: The Friday Prayer in which all Muslims gather to hear a sermon called a Khutba. It’s time is in place of the Zuhr Salah, usually somewhere between 12 pm and 2 pm. It is mandatory on all men to attend. It is optional for women. The Prophet said if you miss three Jumu'ahs in a row then hypocrisy will start to enter your heart.

Kafir: This means a person who covers up the truth. Usually we say the easier English word “unbeliever.” The plural is Kuffar. (Unbelievers.) The noun (unbelief) is Kufr.

Khalifah: This word means Steward, Manager or Care-taker. Allah made humans to be the Khalifah of the earth. In other words, we were given the earth as a trust to take care of. We shouldn’t ruin it or pollute it. The head of the Muslim Ummah is also called a Khalifah because he is to take care of the Muslim community. Muslims are supposed to elect a Khalifah, but there hasn’t been a world-wide Khalifah for a long time.

Khatib: The person who gives the Khutbah, or Friday sermon. The preacher during Friday services.

Kitabullah: The Book of Allah. (The Qur'an.) The word Kitab means book.

Mahr: The money (or whatever else) that the man has to give to a woman in order to marry her. It is called the marriage-gift and a woman can ask for whatever she wants. If it is money, it can be deferred and paid gradually over time. The husband can never take it away for any reason.

Malik ul Mawt: The Angel of Death.

Masjid: Literally means, “the place of bowing.” This is the name for a Muslim prayer hall or commonly known as Mosque.

Madh-hab: This means, “School of Thought.” In Islam we have the Qur'an, the example of the Prophet and the sayings and guidance of the Prophet’s companions. Through the centuries, various Muslim scholars have tried to make those teachings easier for Muslims to live by through organizing them, talking about them and trying to use those tools to find answers to questions where those first three sources are quiet.

Of course different opinions developed between different scholars and some people chose to follow one scholar or the other. Those differences in ideas about how to follow Islamic rules are called “Schools of Thought.” There are 4 main schools today. Some people say you have to “follow” one of those schools to be a Muslim, but this is not true. You have to follow Islamic teachings but you don’t have to put some label on yourself. Each of the four schools is named after the scholar who founded or inspired it.

The four are: Maliki, Hanafi, Hanbali, Shaf'i. The books and writings of the schools are a good source of information about the particulars of Islam, but our real label is, “I am a Muslim, and only a Muslim.” The Hanafi and Shaf'i schools are considered the easiest school and the Hanbali is considered the hardest in terms of social and personal rules.But they are all right in their own way and it is recommended to follow one in order to safe guard ones self from following ones own desires although it is not obligitory it is recommeneded.

Mecca: (Also spelled Makkah). A city in Arabia founded thousands of years ago by Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham). At that time it was called “Becca.” Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was born there in the year 570.

Medina: (Also spelled Madinah). A city about 200 miles north of Mecca. The Prophet established the Islamic community there. He passed away there and is buried there.

Mu'adhan: The person who does the call for prayer.

Mujahid: A person who does Jihad or holy war.

Mu'min: A person with Iman(faith). A true believer.

Mus-haf: The Arabic text of the Qur'an. “Brother, hand me a Mus-haf.” (Qur'an with the Arabic in it).

Mushrik: A person who commits Shirk (making partners with Allah). Usually an idol-worshipper. A Hindu would be considered a Mushrik because they bow down to many idols and statues.

Muslim: A person who surrendered to Allah and is working at finding peace.

Nabi: This term means Prophet.

Nafs: This is often translated as “soul” but it really means “the self,” i.e. “You and only you.”

Naar: The fire (of Hell).

Nikkah: The Islamic wedding ceremony.

Qadr: This term is often translated as “Destiny” or “Pre-destination.” This is not entirely accurate. It means literally “to measure.” The religious idea behind it is that Allah measured everything in the universe. The length of your life is “measured,” as is your fortune and your life’s circumstances. Because of the knowledge of Allah, He knows if you will be a believer or a kafir but He doesn’t make you be either one of those.

Qadiani: Another name for the sectarian deviant Ahmadiyya movement and they are not Muslims but call themselves Muslims.

Qiblah: The direction of Prayer. All Muslims make their prayers, or salat, facing Mecca. Allah commanded us to do this in the Qur'an as a show of unity and to remember Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) who built the first shrine there in that place so many thousands of years ago. Prophet Adam is said to have built an even older shrine many thousands of years before that in that very place.

Qur'an: This is the name of the Book Allah revealed to the Prophet Muhammad from the years 610-632. Allah revealed it in stages, one section at a time, as the Muslims were ready to follow it. It has 114 chapters called surahs. It was revealed in the Arabic language and has never been lost, changed or edited, like the Bible or Buddhist books have.

We have lots of translations of the Qur'an into English, but a translation can never be as good as the original words and their full meaning. All Muslims try to learn Arabic so they can read the Qur'an. Be advised, there are two different types of Arabic. The first is the language of the Qur'an, in other words, whatever vocabulary words are used in the Qur'an. The second type of Arabic is everyday Arabic, in other words, things that would help you talk about a sports game, a vacation or a day at the office. Many Muslims get bogged down by studying the second type of Arabic. You should work towards the first type if your main goal is to understand the Qur'an.

Ramadan: The ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims are required to fast from before sunrise to sunset every day of this month. There are many details concerning this so consult the section on beliefs and practices.

Rasul: This term means Messenger.

Ruh: Your spirit or soul. Allah gave it to you on loan and thus you had better not sin and dirty it up.

Sadaqah: Charity.

Sahaba: A companion of the Prophet.

Sahabiyat: The female companions of the Prophet.

Sajda: Bowing on the floor in prayer; prostration.

Salafi: This is the name of a group of Muslims who took stance of Abdul Wahaab who was a reformer. Their name is derived from the Salaf, (ancestors) which is a reference to the Sahaba and the generation immediately after them. They tend not to follow a madhab.

Salat: (or Salah) This means prayer, the prayer in which you stand, bow and prostrate. The literal meaning of the word is: to make a connection with.

Shahadah: The Declaration of Faith. By believing in and declaring the following phrase, a person becomes a Muslim: “Ash hadu an la ilaha illallah, wa ash hadu anna Muhammadar rasulullah.” “I declare that there is no god but Allah, and I declare that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” There are other ways to say this formula but this is the most common one. When a person accepts Islam, all his or her past sins are forgiven and his or her record is wiped clean and they start again from that moment as if they were just born.

Shaykh: Literally: Chief or Boss. It is the title that Muslims sometimes give to their scholars. It is not required in Islam but many people like to use this term.

Shari'ah: It is usually translated as Islamic Law. It means the path of Islam.

Shirk: This is the greatest and most terrible sin. It is the one sin that can keep your soul out of Paradise and doom you to Hellfire. It means making partners with Allah. If a person says that there are many gods, or says that Allah is divided up into different people (such as the Trinity teaching of Christianity) then they are committing Shirk. Allah said it is the one sin He won’t forgive if you die while doing it. The Blessed Prophet Muhammad once mentioned also that a person who likes to feel greatness in their heart was also committing a kind of Shirk. This is because all greatness is for Allah and we should always try to be humble. The Prophet also said, “La Yad khulu al Jannah min kana fee qal beehee mith qalu habbatin min kibr.” “They won’t enter Paradise, the one who has even a little bit of the love of greatness in their heart.”

Shaytan: (or Shaytan) It means Satan. (The literal meaning is to separate from.) Islam teaches that a Jinn named Iblis didn’t want to bow when Allah commanded a bunch of angels to bow down to Adam in respect of his knowledge. Iblis thought he was better than both humans and angels. Allah banished him to earth and let him have extended life until the Day of Judgment. That is because Iblis challenged Allah and said if he had time he would corrupt all human beings. Iblis’s name literally means “Frustrated.” He is also known as the Shaytan, or Satan.

Siyam (or Saum) Fasting.

Subhanullah: “Glory to Allah.” This phrase is said whenever we’re happy or when we see something wonderful or hear about something wonderful.We as Muslims should say it as often as we can becasue of its GREAT rewards.

Sufi: This is the name for a group of another sect of Muslims who want to be super-spiritually oriented. Sufis tend to try and be as close to the Sunnah as possible and they like to do group dhikr and chanting. While most Sufis are okay Islamically, there are a few groups that go way out and are close to being outside of Islam. Most Sufis you will encounter are of the okay kind. They are distinguished by their traditional Islamic dress and turbans. The word Sufi comes from the term for wool cloth, which was a material early Sufis liked to wear to emphasize how they didn’t want to be captured by the love of fineries in this world.

Sufis organize themselves into “orders” or groups, called Tariqas. These groups are headed by a leader called a Shaykh who is considered the most spiritual man with the most Taqwa among them. Some famous Sufi Tariqas that operate all over the world are the Naqshabandis and Qadiriyya. The most famous Sufi Muslim scholars that ever lived are Jalaluddin Rumi, Muhammad al Ghazali and Abdul Qadir Jilani.

Suhoof: “Scrolls.” This is the name of the revelation given to Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) about 4,000 years ago. It was lost.

Sunnah: The example or “way” of the Prophet. How he lived his life and what his practices were.

Sunni: This is the name of the largest sect or group of Muslims. This group amounts to about 85-90% of all Muslims world-wide. Sunni’s believe in the mission of the Prophet as he taught it and try very hard to adhere to the Prophet’s example with no changes. This doesn’t mean that Sunni’s are somehow the only 'true’ Muslims, however, because the Prophet never taught that we should even label ourselves Sunni’s or Shi'as.

Sunni Islam is just closer to real Islam because it is the way of the Prophet and his companions aswell as the righteous predecessors. The best thing for a Muslim to do is to drop all the labels and just say, “I’m a Muslim."But there are many Muslims in the world who get emotional about wanting to call themselves some kind of label besides the basic, "I’m a Muslim.” Have patience with them and do what is right. The term Sunni comes from the title, “Ahl as-Sunnah wal Jam'a” which means, “People of the Example (of the Prophet) and the Main Group (of First Muslims).”

Surah: It is a chapter of the Qur'an. The word literally means “a step up in progression” or a “fence.”

Tafseer: Commentary or explanation of the Qur'an. Many Qur'an translations will have footnotes on the bottom of the page to help you understand the meaning of an ayah. That would be called Tafseer.

Taqwa: This term means many things at once. The first meaning is that you are always aware that Allah is watching you. This brings you to the second meaning and that is that you will try to be good always. Do you see how the two things wrapped together can be so beautiful? When a Muslim has Taqwa, we say they are “Aware of Allah” “Conscious of Allah” and striving to be righteous.The main meaning is the fear of allah, because if we fear him then we will not go astray.Allah loves those most who fear him the most.

Tauhid: Sometimes it’s spelled Tawhid. It means the Oneness of Allah. Allah has no partners, He is not divided up into parts and He is not in need of anyone to help Him in anything whatsoever.

Taurah: The revelation given to Prophet Musa (Moses). The first five books of the old testament in the Bible are said to be the “Torah” of Moses, but no serious Bible scholar, whether Jewish or Christian believes that anymore. Musa’s message was lost long ago. Just take a look, everything about Prophet Moses in the Bible is written in third person: “And Moses said this,” and “Moses went there,” Someone else wrote those things, certainly not Moses!

Ukhtee: Means “My sister.”

Wahy: This word means revelation or inspiration. When Allah was revealing His messages to the Prophet, we would say the Prophet was receiving “Wahy.” The Blessed Prophet once said that after him, all Wahy from Allah was finished except for one thing: dreams that can come true.

Wudu: Washing for prayer.

Yowm ul Qiyamah: The Day of Judgment. (Literally: Day of rising.)Because that is the day all creation from the begining till the end will rise on the plains of arafat and be judged on their life and actions.

Zabur: The revelation given to Prophet Dawud (David). The Psalms in the Bible are not the pure Zabur. Christian scholars admit that at least half of the verses in Psalms were written by temple priests, government workers, etc, in ancient Israel. And no one knows which half are from Prophet Dawud and how many have been lost or altered.

Zakah: This is often translated as “Charity” or “Poor-due” but the literal meaning of the word is actually, “Purifying."Zakah is the third pillar of Islam. It involves giving 2.5% of your yearly wealth, after expenses, for the benefit of the poor and the needy. The "purifying” part comes in by learning not to be greedy. If you give some of your money for the sake of Allah to the poor, you make your heart less prone to greed.

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