O Allah, place light in my heart, and on my tongue light, and in my ears light and in my sight light, and above me light, and below me light, and to my right light, and to my left light, and before me light and behind me light. Place in my soul light. Magnify for me light, and amplify for me light. Make for me light and make me a light. O Allah, grant me light, and place light in my nerves, and in my body light and in my blood light and in my hair light and in my skin light. O Allah, make for me a light in my grave. And a light in my bones. Increase me in light, increase me in light, increase me in light. Grant me light upon light. Prophet Muhammad (Du’a upon entering the masjid) Sunday Jul 7 @ 12:18am

bitteroreo:

nedahoyin:

lalalunascope:

il-tenore-regina:

gardeniasandgoldchains:

"Importance of History": Jesse Williams Responds to Colonial Williamsburg Facebook Questions

I love Jesse Williams. God bless. 

YES. OH MY GOD, YES.

THIS MAN..

But see this is how you use the platform you got to speak that truth doe. This is exactly what Kanye claims he wants to do but don’t, he used too, but not no more. This is what Pharrell should be doing but isn’t. This is how you  find that balance of being in the spotlight, and having to be media trained from the matthew knowles school of training, because you have to be to survive in this business, and still keep it honest, and tell the truth this is how you do it. He is polite, but he is honest, he don’t sugarcoat nothing, he don’t change it, he don’t politicize it, he just gave that audience what most of these so called “conscious” rappers love to say they about but ain’t. And the best part about it, he not bashing black folks he puts onus on where it needs to be the system, and the education we are taught, and he doesn’t try to boost himself as this special snowflake Kanye take notes, Zoe Saldana take notes, Pharrell take notes, Michelle Rodriguez take notes, Miguel take notes, Asap Rocky take notes, Azealia Banks take notes etc.

narrativesbyanomad

Thursday Jul 7 @ 09:03pm
araknesharem:

Coffee Pots In Keren Market, Eritrea by Eric Lafforgue Photography on Flickr.

araknesharem:

Coffee Pots In Keren Market, Eritrea by Eric Lafforgue Photography on Flickr.

Thursday Jul 7 @ 08:54pm
Never forget your dialogue with God, it is your strength. Tariq Ramadan (via literatureboy) Thursday Jul 7 @ 08:53pm

beautifuleastafricanbrides:

Michael + Adiam, day 2 the traditional, colourful Eritrean Melse ❤️

Thursday Jul 7 @ 04:04am
A long time ago I learned not to explain things to people. It misleads them into thinking they’re entitled to know everything I do. Lisa Kleypas  (via aminaabramovic) Wednesday Jul 7 @ 05:24pm
Call your mother. Tell her you love her. Remember you’re the only person who knows what her heart sounds like from the inside. (via 5ft1) Tuesday Jul 7 @ 11:34pm

narrativesbyanomad:

dedicating the rest of 2014 to being less passive, more positive and living up to my cute black girl aesthetics. 

Wednesday Jul 7 @ 09:56pm

nyamennwunamawu:

Never discredit your gut instinct. You’re not being paranoid. Your body can pick up vibrations, some better than others, and if something deep inside you says something’s not right about a person or situation, trust it and keep it pushing. 

Wednesday Jul 7 @ 08:19pm

Social scientists estimate that 15 to 30 percent, or, “[a]s many as 600,000 to 1.2 million slaves” in antebellum America were Muslims. 46 percent of the slaves in the antebellum South were kidnapped from Africa’s western regions, which boasted “significant numbers of Muslims”.

These enslaved Muslims strove to meet the demands of their faith, most notably the Ramadan fast, prayers, and community meals, in the face of comprehensive slave codes that linked religious activity to insubordination and rebellion. Marking Ramadan as a “new American tradition” not only overlooks the holy month observed by enslaved Muslims many years ago, but also perpetuates their erasure from Muslim-American history.

Although the Quran “[a]llows a believer to abstain from fasting if he or she is far from home or involved in strenuous work,” many enslaved Muslims demonstrated transcendent piety by choosing to fast while bonded. In addition to abstaining from food and drink, enslaved Muslims held holy month prayers in slave quarters, and put together iftars - meals at sundown to break the fast - that brought observing Muslims together. These prayers and iftars violated slave codes restricting assembly of any kind.

For instance, the Virginia Slave Code of 1723 considered the assembly of five slaves as an “unlawful and tumultuous meeting”, convened to plot rebellion attempts. Every state in the south codified similar laws barring slave assemblages, which disparately impacted enslaved African Muslims observing the Holy Month.

Therefore, practicing Islam and observing Ramadan and its fundamental rituals, for enslaved Muslims in antebellum America, necessitated the violation of slave codes. This exposed them to barbaric punishment, injury, and oftentimes, even death. However, the courage to observe the holy month while bonded, and in the face of grave risk, highlights the supreme piety of many enslaved Muslims.

Ramadan was widely observed by enslaved Muslims. Yet, this history is largely ignored by Muslim American leaders and laypeople alike - and erased from the modern Muslim American narrative.

Ramadan: A centuries-old American tradition (via simhasanam)

I want everyone to read this. The general (though unspoken) conception is that Ramadan and Islam in general is a religious practice that began in great numbers in the West with the influx of Arab and South Asian immigrants and that is far from the truth and a grave injustice to the contributions of Black Americans. Islam has been here and its foundation began with them.

(via maarnayeri) Sunday Jun 6 @ 10:31pm

sideeyecunt:

boxoftheskyking:

HOLY SHIT THAT IS A GATHERING OF PEOPLE

#1 fantasy

Saturday Jun 6 @ 06:12pm

maarnayeri:

If you don’t work towards dismantling the antiblackness and Islamophobia you encounter from your friends and family, don’t glorify Malcolm X.

If you think someone’s life and the impact they can have on the world is nullified after encounters with the prison industrial complex, don’t glorify Malcolm X.

If you don’t treat converts to Islam with the respect and welcoming environment which they’re so routinely deprived, don’t glorify Malcolm X.

If you entrench yourself so deeply in arbitrary respectability politics that alienates a significant portion of Black people, don’t glorify Malcolm X.

Because what I see so often is not a genuine appreciation for the man, his journey and the intricate details of his life, but an opportunistic sensationalism of pieces of his legacy, which is just a great of an injustice as outright slander.

Malcolm X was Black, an ex-con, a Muslim, a civil rights leader and one of the greatest individuals to ever walk the Earth. He was all of these things at once and each facet of his identity helped shape who he became.

narrativesbyanomad, remind you of anyone?

Wednesday Jun 6 @ 07:37pm

sarmaza:

absentions:

And if you’re still up at 4 a.m.,

you are in love or lonely,

and I don’t know which one is worse.

Or waiting for fajr

Wednesday Jun 6 @ 07:33pm
it makes me sad (angry) to think despite how great a woman is doing, no matter how happy she is, or how successful she is—if she doesn’t have a man she’s not doing it right. as if a life without a man is a life un-lived or un-fulfilled? puh-leeze. daughterofdiaspora (via narrativesbyanomad) Monday Jun 6 @ 03:55am

fuckyeahfeminists:

youngblackandvegan:

alexandraelle:

This little girl is the greatest joy in my life. She is my validation, she is my reason. Being the lead an active role model in her life is humbling and it keeps me on my toes. She teaches me something new about myself often! As long as she’s proud and in love with me, that’s all that matters. I love her so much and it’s an honor to be the guiding light in her life. I’m excited to see the type of young woman she grows up to be. My daughter makes my heart melt; I’m blessed to be her momma bear.

sooo much cute!

black mommy daughter excellence!

THE CUTEST!

Saturday Jun 6 @ 09:50pm
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