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The Spirit of Sicily and Her People: A Supplication to Siciliani

For over 10 millennia the inhabitants of Sicily have faced wave after wave of foreign invasion. Wars that have been waged upon our people by outsiders looking to call our island their own. For over 10,000 years the children of Persephassa have been subjected to oppression, slavery, systematic abuse, extortion, invasion, and poverty both in our homeland and wherever we settled during the years of the diaspora. This has left our people with a truly hardened spirit and an unbreakable resolve. Called “hard-headed” and “temperamental”, it’s the genetic memory of the hardships that our ancestors have had to endure, since time-immemorial, that has made us a truly unique people. Unshakeable in the face of adversity there is nothing that can withstand or break the will of a Sicilian. When in battle we have been described by outsiders as “ferocious”, as one English soldier remarked, “Only Saints and Sicilians dare fence with the Devil!”

Though poverty and promises of a better life drove many of our ancestors to leave their ancient homeland-in one of the largest mass migrations in human history-the people of Trinacria remain united in blood and spirit and bonded by our ancient traditions. It’s these very traditions that keep our spirits alive! Born from the volcanic slopes of Mount Etna and the life-giving waters of the Mediterranean, these traditions were nourished by invasion and tested by oppression, they are as old as the Sicani themselves and as alive as Mungibeddu. They are the very expression of our fiery souls, the very aether which binds our people together. It is for this reason why it is essential to maintain these traditions and to explore our genetic memory, why we must study our history and never forget where it is that we come from, for this is who we are now! We’re not dead, nor are we dying, our heritage did not perish with the bones of our ancestors but lives within each and every one of us, within the fires of our hearts. So finally, let us never forget to tend to that flame and immerse ourselves in our culture, become familiar with our language, surround ourselves with the music of our ancestral island- playing it loud and proudly, to practice our unique religion- that which was formed through the sacred and the profane, and learn everything we can from our elders. Let us show the world who we are and remind ourselves in the process, to live our lives with the honor and strength of our ancestors, and as an old Sicilian Maga once made me promise her, “Never give up these traditions, no matter what anyone tells you, always keep them with you and never let them go!”

So here’s my challenge to you paesani, find one way, just one aspect of our Sicilian culture, to dedicate a part of your life to preserving. Express it in our communities and to the world, remind those who have forgotten how vibrant we are and remind the world that we’re still a strong and beautiful community!

S'abbinirica!

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Istikhara is a means of seeking guidance from Allah when faced with making a decision that one may be unsure about. “Should I, or shouldn’t I.. Will I regret making this decision?”. Who better to ask than Allah? You will definitely know that you have made the right decision when the direction has come from Allah Almighty as a result of your supplications.

The description of Salaat al-Istikhaarah was reported by Jaabir ibn ‘Abd-Allaah al-Salami (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said:

“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to teach his companions to make istikhaarah in all things, just as he used to teach them soorahs from the Qur’aan.

 He said: ‘If any one of you is concerned about a decision he has to make, then let him pray two rak’ahs of non-obligatory prayer, then say:

 Allaahumma inni astakheeruka bi ‘ilmika wa astaqdiruka bi qudratika wa as’aluka min fadlika, fa innaka taqdiru wa laa aqdir, wa ta’lamu wa laa a’lam, wa anta ‘allaam al-ghuyoob. Allaahumma fa in kunta ta’lamu haadha’l-amra (then the matter should be mentioned by name) khayran li fi ‘aajil amri wa aajilihi (or: fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri) faqdurhu li wa yassirhu li thumma baarik li fihi. Allaahumma wa in kunta ta’lamu annahu sharrun li fi deeni wa ma’aashi wa ‘aaqibati amri (or: fi ‘aajili amri wa aajilihi) fasrifni ‘anhu [wasrafhu ‘anni] waqdur li al-khayr haythu kaana thumma radini bihi

(O Allaah, I seek Your guidance [in making a choice] by virtue of Your knowledge, and I seek ability by virtue of Your power, and I ask You of Your great bounty. You have power, I have none. And You know, I know not. You are the Knower of hidden things. O Allaah, if in Your knowledge, this matter (then it should be mentioned by name) is good for me both in this world and in the Hereafter (or: in my religion, my livelihood and my affairs), then ordain it for me, make it easy for me, and bless it for me. And if in Your knowledge it is bad for me and for my religion, my livelihood and my affairs (or: for me both in this world and the next), then turn me away from it, [and turn it away from me], and ordain for me the good wherever it may be and make me pleased with it.”

(Reported by al-Bukhaari, 6841; similar reports are also recorded by al-Tirmidhi, al-Nisaa’i, Abu Dawood, Ibn Maajah and Ahmad).  

A Lord who loves to give, and give, and give, and give ❤ -

It doesn’t matter how ‘pious’ you are, or how close your relationship is with Him. Allah hasn’t said in the Qur'an, “I respond to the supplication of the righteous person when he calls on Me.” -

Rather, He has said, “I respond to the supplication of THE CALLER when He calls on Me.”
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He didn’t put any condition on the caller accept that he is a caller. So it doesn’t matter how good you are, how bad you are or how messed up you are, His doors are always open for anyone. -

Subhanallah, and who has a lower status than you and I? And yet, Allah says I’m waiting for you to ask about me. -

Anytime. -

Just call Me and I will respond immediately 😢

Even if you turned to Him once in your life. Even if you never did a single act of 'ibadah in your life but you just decided you wanted to turn to Allah and make du'a. Even then, He will respond to you. -

So ask Him, He loves to give and He loves whose who call on Him. -

A beautiful hadith qudsi: -

“If My servant makes mention of Me within themselves, I make mention of them within Myself; and if they make mention of Me within an assembly, I make mention of them in an assembly better than it. And if they draw near to Me a hand span, I draw near to them an arms length; and if they draw near to Me an arms length, I draw near to them a fathom’s length. And of they come to Me walking, I come to them running.”
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Quran 21:87 – Surat al-Anbiya’ | IslamicArtDB

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنْتَ سُبْحَانَكَ إِنِّي كُنْتُ مِنَ الظَّالِمِينَ

There is no deity but You. Glory be to You! I was indeed wrong.

‘Dua’ means to ask Allah directly for something. There is nothing that Allah cannot do, therefore Dua is basically the means of asking the creator to do something and Allah is capable of doing each and everything imaginable and the things that are beyond belief for the human mind. Rasullullah Allah’s Peace and blessings be upon him used to turn to Allah for every matter in life, be it small or big. However insignificant a task may be, as Muslims we have been instructed and advised to turn towards Allah in times of happiness and of sadness. If the mind is not connected to Allah, we will result in asking help from the creation of Allah.
—  Colours of Life

لَا إِلَهَ إِلَا أَنْتَ
بِكَ الْوُجُوْدُ
وَلَكَ الْسُّجُوْدُ
وَانْتَ الْحَقُّ الْمَعْبُوْدُ
. الْلَّهُمَّ أَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنِّىْ
وَأَسْأَلُكَ زَوَالِى عَنّىِ


There is no God but YOU
Existence is by You,
Prostration is for You,
And You are the only worshiped truth{Haqq}
O Lord !!
I seek refuge with You from me,
And I beseech You that I am freed of me(Myself)

—  إبن عربي – Ibn Arabi
The Prayer of Prophet Musa (Quran 20:25-28; Surat Taha) | IslamicArtDB

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي (25) وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي (26) وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي (27) يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي (28)

Oh my Lord! Open my chest [i.e. remove fear from it, or fill it with Your Light]. And ease my task for me. Remove the impediment from my speech so that they may understand what I say.

Surah Ta-ha [20:25-28]

Du'aa is like a weapon, and a weapon is only as good as the person who is using it; it is not merely the matter of how sharp it is. If the weapon is perfect and free of faults, and the arm of the person using it is strong, and there is nothing stopping him, then he can lay waste the enemy. But if any of these three features is lacking, then the effect will be lacking accordingly.
—  Ibn Qayyum Al-Jawziyyah RA

Make a Dua List for Ramadan!

As we aim for a remarkably productive Ramadan, Insha Allah, it makes sense for us to prepare with deliberation and careful thought the duas we will focus on throughout the month. So ask yourself: “What are the duas that will change my life in the coming year?” and be absolutely certain that Allah (Glorified and Exalted is He) will answer them Insha Allah!

Read more about ‘Awesome Duas For an Awesome Year’: http://proms.ly/1hJzG9B