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The Muslim community is mourning the passing of Nabra, a 17 year old young woman from Sterling, VA. Nabra was beaten to death with a baseball bat and left in a pond after going missing while walking to a mosque with her friends. Hate crime against Muslim Americans is at its highest point with more than 67% increase since 2016. Nabra is another example of the escalating violence towards Muslims Americans. Activists gathered at Union Square to hold a vigil for Nabra and her family and to stand against violence against Muslim Americans. 

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#BeingBlackandMuslim Portrait Series by Bobby Rogers

Visual artist and photographer Bobby Rogers’ latest portrait series #BeingBlackandMuslim taps on members of the Black Muslim community to share their harrowing experiences with, well, simply being who they are. 

The eyeopening series exposes stereotypes and stigmas plaguing the community; further proving we all have more work to do when it comes to bringing awareness to squash these century-old, derogatory ways of thinking. 

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Vocab

Commonly Used..
subhan'Allah - Glory be to God.

Astaghfirullah - Forgive me Allah.
Alhumdulillah - Praise be to God.

Masha'Allah - As God had willed.
Insha'Allah (i.A) - God Willing/ as God has willed.

Allahu-Akbar - God is the greatest.
La Illaha ill allah - There is no God but Allah.

Fi amaanillah - In Allah’s protection.
Allahu Alam - Allah knows best.

Aza wa jal - Mighty and majestic he is.
Barakallah Feek -  May Allah’s blessing be upon you (in general/ group)

Radiyallahu Anhu - used when the companion of the Prophet Muhammed is mentioned or used in writing. IT means - ‘May Allah be pleased with him’
[usually abbreviated as RA or RAA]
RadiAllahu anhaa- May Allah be pleased with her’ used after a female companion
[usually abbreviated as RA or RAA]

Some Quranic phrases that are recited often.
Innalilahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon - To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return

Bismillah ar rahman ar raheem - In the name of Allah the merciful, the compassionate.

Audhu Billahi min ash shaytaan ar rajeem - I seek protection in Allah from satan.

Words
Allah - God
Salam - peace
Hayaa - modesty
Taqwa - Fear Of Allah
Imaan - Faith
Dunya - world
Jannah - Paradise
Kaaba - Sacred mosque 🕋
Hadith - A collection of traditions containing sayings of the prophet Muhammad which, with accounts of his daily practice (the Sunna), constitute the major source of guidance for Muslims apart from the Quran.

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The famous 40 duas - Muslim Night Routine

1. “Our lord! Accept (this service) from us, You are the hearer. the knower.” 2:127

2.  “ Our Lord, and make us submissive to You, and from our descendants a community submissive to You. And show us our rites, and accept our repentance. You are the Acceptor of Repentance, the Merciful.”2:128 

3. “Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire” 2:201

4.  Our Lord! Bestow on us endurance, make our foothold sure, and give us help against the disbelieving folk 2:250

5.  “ Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget or fall into error” 2:286

6. “ Our Lord, do not burden us as You have burdened those before us.” 2:286

7. “Our Lord, do not burden us with more than we have strength to bear; and pardon us, and forgive us, and have mercy on us. You are our Lord and Master, so help us against the disbelieving people.” 2:286

8.  “Our Lord, do not cause our hearts to swerve after You have guided us, and bestow on us mercy from Your presence; You are the Giver.” 3:8

9.  “Our Lord, You will gather the people for a Day in which there is no doubt.” God will never break His promise. “ 3:9

10.  “Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us our sins, and save us from the suffering of the Fire.” 3:16

11.  “Our Lord, we have believed in what You have revealed, and we have followed the Messenger, so count us among the witnesses.” 3:53

12.  “Our Lord, forgive us our offences, and our excesses in our conduct, and strengthen our foothold, and help us against the disbelieving people.” 3:147

13.  “Our Lord, You did not create this in vain, glory to You, so protect us from the punishment of the Fire.” 3:191 

14.  “Our Lord, whomever You commit to the Fire, You have disgraced. The wrongdoers will have no helpers.” 3:192

15.  “Our Lord, we have heard a caller calling to the faith: `Believe in your Lord,’ and we have believed. “ 3:193

16. “ Our Lord! Forgive us our sins, and remit our misdeeds, and make us die in the company of the virtuous.” 3:193

17.  “Our Lord, and give us what You have promised us through Your messengers, and do not disgrace us on the Day of Resurrection. Surely You never break a promise.” 3:194

18.  “Our Lord, we have believed, so count us among the witnesses.” 5:83

19. “ “O God, our Lord, send down for us a table from heaven, to be a festival for us, for the first of us, and the last of us, and a sign from You; and provide for us; You are the Best of providers.” 5:114

20.  “Our Lord, we have done wrong to ourselves. Unless You forgive us, and have mercy on us, we will be among the losers.” 7:23

21.  “Our Lord, do not place us among the wrongdoing people.” 7:47

22. “Our Lord, decide between us and our people in truth, for You are the Best of Deciders.” 7:89

23.“Our Lord! Pour out patience upon us, and receive our souls in submission.” 7:126

24. “Our Lord! Make us not a trial for those who practice oppression; And deliver us by Your Mercy from those who reject You 10:85-86

25  “Our Lord, You know what we conceal and what we reveal. And nothing is hidden from God, on earth or in the heaven.” 14:38

26.  “ O our Lord! And accept my Prayer” 14:40

27.  “Our Lord, forgive me, and my parents, and the believers, on the Day the Reckoning takes place.” 14:41

28.  “Our Lord, give us mercy from Yourself, and bless our affair with guidance.” 18:10

29. “Lord, we fear he may persecute us, or become violent.” 20:45

30.  “Our Lord, we have believed, so forgive us, and have mercy on us; You are the Best of the merciful.” 20:109

31. ‘‘Our Lord, avert from us the suffering of Hell, for its suffering is continuous. It is indeed a miserable residence and destination.” 25:65-66

32.  “Our Lord, grant us delight in our spouses and our children, and make us a good example for the righteous.” 25:74 

33.  “ Our Lord is Most Forgiving, Most Appreciative.” 35:34

34.  “Our Lord, You have encompassed everything in mercy and knowledge; so forgive those who repent and follow Your path, and protect them from the agony of the Blaze.” 40:7

35. And admit them, Our Lord, into the Gardens of Eternity, which You have promised them, and the righteous among their parents, and their spouses, and their offspring. You are indeed the Almighty, the Most Wise. And shield them from the evil deeds. Whomever You shield from the evil deeds, on that Day, You have had mercy on him. That is the supreme achievement.” 40:8-9

36.  “Our Lord, forgive us, and our brethren who preceded us in faith, and leave no malice in our hearts towards those who believe.” 59:10

37. “Our Lord, You are Clement and Merciful.” 59:10

38.  “Our Lord, in You we trust, and to You we repent, and to You is the ultimate resort.” 60:4 

39.  “Our Lord, do not make us a target for those who disbelieve, and forgive us, our Lord. You are indeed the Mighty and Wise.” 60:5

40.  “Our Lord, complete our light for us, and forgive us; You are capable of all things.” 66:8

“Anti-Muslim activists often attempt to foment hatred against Muslims by claiming that Islam is inherently anti-queer. 

While homophobia certainly still exists in American Muslim communities, as a whole, American Muslims are slowly becoming more accepting of homosexuality. 

And notably, they’re doing it at a faster rate than white evangelical Protestants.”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/american-muslims-are-now-more-accepting-of-homosexuality-than-white-evangelicals_us_597f3d8de4b02a4ebb76ea3d?ncid=engmodushpmg00000003

When someone has cancer or diabetes, we don’t say to them, “Just trust Allah”. So why do we say that to those with mental illnesses? Trusting Allah and having faith in His plans is imperative to the life of all Muslims - sick or not. However, Allah ﷻ specifically told us to trust Him and ‘tie your camel’. With mental illnesses, this means treatment is important.

Those with mental illnesses do not need to 'just trust Allah’, they need treatment. Let’s, as the Muslim community, make that more accessible.

Imagine being so far removed from reality that you think Hillary Clinton would have been a protector of oppressed communities in any significant, non-marginal way. The Hillary Clinton who voted for surveillance and monitoring of Muslim-American communities, who popularized the dehumanization of black youth and refused serious engagement with Black Lives Matter, who waited until it became optimal for her career to give even basic support for LGBTQ people. Fucking incredible

A good friend of mine was diagnosed with liver cancer when we were in high school. She was 16. Some time later, upon hearing that a surgery had not gone as well as hoped, I sat down with my guitar and wrote her a song. A few other good friends of hers strung together some photographs to make a music video and we sent it to her to watch from her hospital bed. When those same friends gathered together less than two years later to sing the song at her funeral, the dissonance was jarring. This was meant to be a work song, to see her through the hard days when the task of healing was tiring. It was not supposed to be a funeral hymn.

In June of 2015, we as a band decided that our LGBTQ community deserved a new song for Pride Week. This was days after the Supreme Court ruled that state-level bans on same-sex marriages were in violation of the Constitution of the United States, and it felt like the whole country was celebrating.

But as we began to write, I couldn’t help but think that although we had won this particular battle, the hatred and fear ailing our nation seemed as malignant as ever.

I knew this because people were still dying.

At least 21 transgender women were murdered in 2015. A disproportionate percent of our country’s homeless youth were (and are) LGBTQ adolescents, forced to reckon with the impossible task of staying healthy and safe without a home or proper health care.

We knew that if we were to make a song that truly spoke to the American LGBTQ community in 2015, it would need to address both victory and violence.

With “I Know a Place,” we chose to imagine a place where none of us would need to be afraid. In honor of Pride and the rich LGBTQ history of turning bars and ballrooms into safe havens, the space we imagined was a dance club:

I can tell when you get nervous
You think being yourself means being unworthy
And it’s hard to love with a heart that’s hurting
But if you want to go out dancing
I know a place
I know a place we can go
Where everyone’s gonna lay down their weapons

At the time, we intended the dance club to serve as a metaphor. Then, on June 12th, 2016, a gunman walked into Latin Night at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida — a queer space, a brown space, a safe space — and shot 49 people to death.

“I Know a Place” was never supposed to be a funeral hymn. It was meant to be a work song, like Yoko Ono’s full-page ad in the New York Times that proclaimed, “War Is Over!” in December of 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War. We wrote our song to be the voice in your head that tells you to celebrate peace during wartime, because our battle is only just beginning, and one day our war really will be over.

It was also meant to serve as encouragement for our community to remain vulnerable and kind and hopeful in the face of violence. We cannot build a better world without first imagining what that world might look like, and by creating that space inside ourselves first.

After the Pulse shooting, the Los Angeles Gay Men’s Chorus led a crowd of two thousand people outside City Hall in song:

We are a gentle, angry people
And we are singing
Singing for our lives

We sang with a unified voice that cried out, “We do not accept that this is what our world will look like.” And that night, people all over the country went out dancing — not just because it was Pride Weekend, but because they felt it important not to give in to fear in the face of hate.

People came together in dive bars, bedrooms, and places of worship to celebrate and to grieve, to love and protect one another, and this gentle resilience was nothing less than radical resistance.

Today, in this post-Trump America, many of us feel badly bruised. We, as a band, understand this. We believe it is a mistake to see this incoming Administration as anything other than a threat to the livelihood of our brothers and sisters; the LGBTQ+ community, the Muslim ummah, women, POC’s, indigenous Americans, undocumented people, the working class, and beyond. At the same time, we believe it is a mistake to say that a man whose best assets are hate and fear truly represents America. We say this because America has always been an idea, a utopian concept of a multiethnic, multicultural democratic republic, and therefore its home lies in the imagination, not in the House or the Senate or in a Trump Tower. In the bridge of the song, we implore:

They will try to make you unhappy; don’t let them
They will try to tell you you’re not free; don’t listen
I know a place where you don’t need protection
Even if it’s only in my imagination

Let us push ourselves to imagine a peaceful America where no one has to live in fear. Let us continue to build spaces with our humble means that reflect the America of which we dream. Let us keep up the fight.

Let us keep singing for our lives.

ー Katie Gavin, MUNA

We’re gonna play a song that is about universal love and compassion… yeah, I’m sorry, I’m sorry to you.. I’m sorry if I ever said anything about religion or about anything that ever offended anybody. I don’t wanna offend anybody ever. My intention is to spread love and unity. So in particular, I wanna shoutout all of the communities that are misrepresented so: the muslim community, the black community, the LGBT community. I wanna say that we stand with you and we fucking love you and we love every single person in this field.
—  Matty Healy at Latitude Festival

anonymous asked:

What do you mean by "we're the bad guys?" I want to serve my country

I mean we’re the bad guys.  I mean if you join the military you are being exploited to make rich people richer.  If you want to serve your country volunteer for planned parent hood or a Muslim community center or a soup kitchen.  Be a disability advocate.  For veterans if you like.  As a member of the united states military, the only interests you serve are war profiteers.

This photo is going around on the internet right now, like some cheap meme with the caption “Here’s a photo for all those upset about the Muslim ban.“ I was compelled to write a response. I know this is a tumblr for Pokemon GO and I’ve tried my best for these months to keep posting fun things about this fandom but I cannot stay silent. I am sorry for the deviation from the norm you have all come to expect from me, but this I cannot abide. This is my message:

My father worked at the World Trade Centers from 1998-2001. He survived that day because he took me to school that morning when I was in my third or fourth day of 6th grade. This isn’t about my father, though, because he can tell his story in his own way when he feels it is appropriate. I will explain my own story.

I had been pulled out of class that morning. They didn’t tell me what had happened, just assuring my 11 year old self that my father was okay and that there was a fire at the World Trade Centers. I know they were lying. They couldn’t put me in touch with my father. I knew something was wrong. I knew about the 1993 bombings. I often wondered what would happen in the towers fell on the city, looking down on it from above, if such an attack were to happen again.

Sitting in the principals office I was filled with anger, sadness, disgust, loneliness, despair, anxiety, depression and chaos. My father might have been dead, killed by terrorist from a land I knew nothing about. I sat in that office for 45 minutes thinking nothing but that.

Then my mom came to get me. She told me my father was okay. Then I saw him. He was crying. We hugged. I told him that as long as he was okay I was okay. That made everything okay.

I had every right to be upset and vindictive against the muslim community because of the acts of an element of radical extremists attempting to murder my father. In fact some of my peers actually encouraged me to fill my hear with hate and anger, to put aside my childish wonder of the world and build walls in my heart to separate me from the muslim faith as a whole. The propaganda on television and the fact we were entering into two wars as retribution for September Eleventh didn’t help.

But I couldn’t do it. Something inside of me wanted to answer the burning question of “why?”. So I did some research in the middle school computer lab and very quickly found my answer. There is a large contingent of radical terrorists, of every nation and faith, that are drawn to the cause because they have no other options. I read that a suicide bomber in Iraq was paid $20,000 to carry out his attack. This money was needed for his family to pay for shelter, electricity, food, water, security and heat. The basic essentials that allow us to be human and not think with hate and sadness but rather with compassion and understanding. The people in Afghanistan, in the mountainous regions, join extremist groups because they have no resources to sustain their life.

That was when I learned about the concept of ‘sustainability’. The Brundtland Report in 1987 defined sustainability loosely as any action that leaves the world in a better or same state as the way you came into it. I decided at that point, as a 12 year old, to not fight the extremists with a gun, but rather to help get the muslim community the essentials they need so they never have to feel like terrorism is the only way to support themselves, their family or have their message heard.

Islamic extremists tried to kill my family. I do not hate the muslim community. I am a vocal opponent of the muslim ban, registry or oppression. All people no matter what race, creed, nationality, faith, background, color, gender, sex, identification, whatever deserve to be treated as human beings. Because thats what we all are when you get down to it. We are humans, of many glorious and wonderful backgrounds and interests, that should work together rather than divide ourselves. We are one species no matter what you look like or sound like. The blood that runs through my veins runs through the veins of the man in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, Somalia, France, Russia, China, North Korea, everywhere.

We are a nation that has a proud history of accepting people of all backgrounds. I am German. If this ideology had been pervasive in the 1930-40s then wouldn’t I have been held accountable for the actions of the Nazi’s in the same way that people of the muslim faith are persecuted for the actions of the extremists? I have muslim friends. If I can not hate them, can you try to exercise a little empathy for the innocent people caught up in this?

I will leave you with a couple of quotes for thought:

“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.” - Franklin Roosevelt

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” - Statue of Liberty

Love always. Reject hate. Be compassionate. Be empathetic. Love thy neighbor. Protect the innocent. Fight for the oppressed. Crush evil. Be vigilant. Be strong. Be good.

I love you all. Remember that, always.

- T 


What just happened in Finsbury Park is a sick and horrific act of terrorism, but because it was an attack by a white man against Muslims it’s being reported as a road collision. My love and support is with the Muslim community.