|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM||comments (0)|
As I was typing the title, I could not help but wonder the origin of the idiom, "down to the wire." So many things we take for granted. Pretty much I know that "down to the wire" means we are getting close to the end.
Okay, it's 2011 so I just looked it up. Here are some meanings:
So it looks like I am correct! But I am learning it always best to confirm what you know. It has a very interesting origin! I'll leave that for you to research...if you desire;)!
Anyway, we are coming to the end of Ramadan! I'm sorry I missed you yesterday! It was my birthday!!! Well, the anniversary of my birth date! I had a full weekend but it ended with some nice Indian cuisine! My husband to us - we even allowed the children to come! I have been so encouraged and humbled by their desire to fast and their actual practice of keeping the fast! Praise be to Allah! Still, we must maintain the spirit! We all fell short in this household.
We got the food and drink part down, but we really have to work harder on keeping the best spirit. Okay, so it's not over " 'til the fat lady sings." (I wonder the origin of that idiom.)
So maybe I can convince my family that just for this last day, can we keep a positive and peaceful spirit!
I pray your Ramadan is going well! What are you learnig? What are you teaching - to your children and your community?
Come on, let's finish strongly! We can do it!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 27, 2011 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
Please know, that I have come this website each night and lately (within the last week) have experienced difficulty signing in at times and posting a blog!
I have some "good stuff" on my mind and this light bulb moment just came in - type it on my computer and copy and paste it to the site later!
The Tsunami Prayer Line is so beautiful on so many different levels. When I am unable to listen I feel a kind of "void." Our Dear Minister has been a guest speaker at least a couple of times this year! And of course we will be elevated if we "heed his call." And Brothers and Sisters, the other guest speakers are always on time! They share different aspects of this wonderful Holy Month of Ramadan. This morning we were blessed with a pioneer in the Nation of Islam, Brother Abdul Kareem Hassan! You must go to the website and hear today's message. He talked about the importance of Ramadan and how it is so much more than refraining from eating, drinking, and sexual activity with our spouses!
We in the Nation of Islam have a tremendous "head start" or "edge" in fasting if we are practicing "one meal a day." And in addition to our one meal a day diet we also have a monthly three day fast! Our biggest difficulty would be the water. I say all of this to say, that we are in contant training for moral correction! So when we come together as a community during a fast and it is close to time to break fast, then we should drink water and have a piece of fruit to break the fast and THEN make our Maghrib prayer! And THEN we should greet as many believers that we can before we rush to "our meal."
I know it is difficult, but our discipline should be stronger! To be fair, to make it through the day abstaining from water, food, and sexual activity is a great accomplishment! And reading each part of the Holy Qur'an is an even greater accomplishment! And making all of our prayers is an even greater "greater" accomplishment. And remembering why or our purpose for fasting during the month of Ramadan is an even higher accomplishment!
We have to constantly be pushing forward to increasing our faith and increasing our ways of devotion! It is so not about the absence of food and drink. It's about the brotherhood.
Our Nation has grown in leaps and bounds! And in our humility we will continue to grow physically, mentally, and spiritually!
"Islam is on the Rise!" Check out this Sunday's lecture! Student Minister Abdul Muhammad will be delivering this powerful message! Chicago come to Mosque Maryam and everyone else can watch it via webcast!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 25, 2011 at 9:55 PM||comments (0)|
You will not believe this, but I typed all of this great message and then pressed the cancel button on accident.
Yesterday the site was not responding and today I was the one who blundered!
Well, maybe I was not supposed to share that.
One thing that remains is the importance of keeping our Ramadan spirit! It is not about fasting and prayer as mere rituals!
What is our attitude, especially to others? Because the race is not to the swift or strong but the one who can endure to the end.
More tomorrow, insha Allah!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 23, 2011 at 10:00 PM||comments (0)|
This has been heavy on my mind...in regards to life and relationships!
I expect problems though I don't expect problems to remain.
I expect barriers though I don't expect barriers to remain.
I expect my children to misbehave though I don't expect them to continue!
I expect trials though I don't expect trials to last forever!
We are taught that mistakes shall not exist! But that does not mean they will not happen! If mistakes exist then at least two things have occurred: we are unaware of the mistake or we do not know how to correct the mistake.
We have been given tools through the study guides as well as being equipped with the "Study Technology." No excuses today! Let's build this nation! Let's come with solutions and corrections and not get our feelings hurt when we are presented with solutions and corrections. Sure, sometimes we need to simply be quiet, but sometimes we need or we must speak up! How will our nation get better?
Let's do our parts to make our nation better, by first being better ourselves! Then challenge others be better! What we do today will greatly impact our future! We are each other's future!
Keep up prayer and your reading! Most of all, keep your Ramadan spirit!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 22, 2011 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
I pray you are having a great Ramadan! Even though I am unable to fast, I think about all of the people I have to "feed." A lot is going on for me! Trials...trials...trials! They purify! And the Minister recently reminded us we are made to face difficulty, not run from them! Which brings me to the "everything is real," quote!
What does this statement truly mean? I have used it before - many times! Is it our way of "punking out" on overcoming difficulties and stepping out on faith to produce a new reality? We can just hear a lecture...hold on...we can just hear divine revelation from the Minister and we go right on living as if he said nothing! Do we believe?
A reminder is a blessing? Are we blessings to one another? Are we reminding each other of the vision of the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad?
The Holy Qur'an says, "By the time, surely man is in loss, except those who believe and do good and exhort one another to truth and exhort one another to patience!"
I have no room for being "in loss." I want to be of those "who believe and do good and exhort (strongly encourage or urge) one another to truth and exhort (strongly encourage or urge) one another to patience!" I want to stay focused on the reality of God and bringing in a new educational paradigm! I don't want my vision clogged by the "reality of this world."
We should watch ourselves when we say or someone else says everything is real. Are we overcome by the present difficulties or will we overcome?
Now, I truly believe in also being present! My reality is what is in front of me, but it is not my end goal. My end goal is oneness with Allah!...to be a god! So yes, I will be patience with myself and accept my temporary reality to a "degree." But I will not let it get in the way of a new reality - something better for myself.
We must realize that our words have power and life. When we utter something we already start the process of bringing it into existence!
Speak of the end result - the goal - and work out the process along the way!
Allah didn't say, "Well, it's difficult to create man. It's difficult to create myself. People are going to rebel and then how would I handle that! What if this thing isn't perfect? How do do this?"
Allah said, "Be!" and it is! And Allah in the person of Master Fard Muhammad came to perfect!
Sometimes, we kill and idea before it begins! Problems are real, but vision gives us solutions! And then there is this thing called "faith!"
Let's step out on faith! Let's make a new reality! Allah is real! God is a man!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 21, 2011 at 11:05 PM||comments (0)|
There is no place like home! Back on the road in the morning!
I have acquired great tools that will help me assist our children and community better!
I thank Allah for the barriers that are manifested, because then I am able to attempt to overcome them! I want to remain bright and encouraged in my post as an M.U.I. teacher! And as parents we should stay bright!...because at the end of the day, ultimately we are responsible.
The Restrictive Laws are our success and good manners protect good morals! I am no fake or phoney when I come with drive and excitement when I work with our children and our community!
But once again, I am grateful for the concerns and problems pointed out in our community! Now the challenge is to identify what would be ideal? What is the vision?
So many things going on in my head, but we are Muslims! Let's deal with each other as Muslims! And I truly believe there is no problem we can not solve!
Let's strengthen and tighten our ranks, by improving our selves! Self-development is the basis for community development! And "we" is more important than "I." We have to find a solution to stop the pollution of your and my vanity, because there is nothing more important than "we".
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 20, 2011 at 10:40 PM||comments (0)|
I feel so disoriented! I have been off sense I arrived for the training. I will strive to better. And it's still not over! I am going to do my best to do these next two days to the best of my ability!
I am reminded of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan's words, when he referenced some of the reading from Part 20 of the Holy Qur'an!
"Do men think they will be left alone saying we believe and not be tried?"
Once we profess what we believe or will do, know that we will be met with a trial! I most certainly am meeting a trial right now! I was strong in the beginning and have stumbled...but may Allah Bless me to get back up and strive to endure to the end!
I admire those who meet and overcome trials well! I am striving to get there. May Allah strengthen my faith as well as yours!
Peace and Blessings!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 19, 2011 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
Finished my course here at Applied Scholastics where they use the Study Technology to help educators, parents, and corporations...and now it's time for me to get back on course - Ramadan!
The last ten days are upon us! I still have to catch up on my reading! And I have missed the Tsnami Prayer Line ever since I came here, but you know what? It's okay. I am not going to lament or complain!
Allah has shown me so much in this last five days! I have learned so much more about myself. I had to do some success stories after each course I completed and I sang them. You heard me right! If anyone knows me, or I guess you know I'm musical, but I sang them. Just being myself.
I thank Allah for my lovely husband and three beautiful children. And for my family...my mother, father, stepfather, stepmother, sister, two brothers, etc.!
Just felt like saying that! Okay, I better go to sleep so I can get up for prayer and listen to our Dear Leader on the Tsunami Prayer Line!
Peace and Blessings!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 18, 2011 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
Right now, I am truly tired! This has been a long and intense week of study!
I am so grateful to be a Muslim! One thought I had today - actually earlier this morning - as parents and teachers, we are also students! Just like The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan. He is the best student. A student is one who studies, or one who applies oneself...thinks deeply...
By being the best student, we truly stay bright and are able to recognize constantly with our children the struggles they encounter when they study. It makes us more aware of their reality and we can consider their feelings.
So continue your studies! Aren't we so blessed to have an M.G.T. Class? We are constantly engaged in study! Which will make us better parents...and being a good parent comes down to being a good person...a Muslim!
Peace and Blessings!
|Posted by Sister Niambi Shalewa Byete Muhammad on August 17, 2011 at 10:55 PM||comments (0)|
Okay, no excuses, but it just is what it is! It is so difficult to keep it going while I am on this trip and engaged in this study. Tomorrow I plan to read Part 18 and then go from there backtracking the other parts I have missed. Now get this...I have anxiety about catching up on the other parts...because of what I am learning here.
There is a term I learned called th misunderstood word. A misunderstood word is a word you do not know or you wrongly understand it (think Amelia Bedelia...Measure the rice..and she puts the rice in a cup and measures it with a ruler). So there are certain reactions that go with passing a misunderstood word. You are not able to continue your study...oh, I feel like I have to keep going into so much detail explaining everything. So, I won't "throw up" on you.
Basically, in reading the Holy Qur'an, have you ever read certain sections and got to the end and can't remember what you just read...or can't remember a basic summary of what you just read? Have you ever fallen asleep while reading the Holy Qur'an? Have you just stopped reading it all together? These are reactions to a misunderstod word. Somewhere earlier than where you stopped was a word you needed to define that will help you in your study.
So now applying what I've just learned, it could take me a pretty long time to read one part. But it's all good. The race is not to the swift or strong but the one who can endure to the end. I plan to be a Muslim 'til the day I die, so I will strive to do better. Insha Allah, he will bring me to a deeper understanding. So I might not understand it all right away, but it's okay. This is a process and as a Muslim, insha Allah I will evolve - develop gradually!
I thank Allah for His Mercy for the believers. So as He is Merciful and Kind, I will show a little of that to myself!
Insha Allah, tomorrow will be a better day! Tonight is already better because of Allah's Grace and Mercy!
Keep striving...but be kind to yourself...keep moving in the right direction!
Peace and Blessings!