Aug 1, 2019
I AM STILL HERE, and my patient cup runneth over.
All my life, people have tried to tell me they believe in me, I was receptive enough to retain their efforts enough to do the research and learn from my brothers and sisters as they guided me. To the Soul of the Universe I say "Thank You" and "I love you."
Sabr (Arabic: صَبْرٌ, romanized: ṣabr) (literally 'endurance' or more accurately 'perseverance' and 'persistence') is one of the two parts of faith(the other being shukr). It teaches to remain spiritually steadfast and to keep doing good actions in the personal and collective domain, specifically when facing opposition or encountering problems, setbacks, or unexpected and unwanted results. It is patience in face of all unexpected and unwanted outcomes.
In the Quran, words that are derived from the root ṣ-b-r occur frequently, with the general meaning of persisting on the right path when under adverse circumstance, whether internal or external, personal or collective. For example, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is told to be patient like the Apostles of God before him (38:16); (46:34). The Qur'an promises those who face difficulty and yet persist on the right path, a double reward ( 28:54). The concept is also in jihad, (3:140) where it is translated as "endurance" or "tenacity". It is also used when God commands Muslims to serve Him: XIX, 66, "Serve him and persevere in his service." (19:66). Sometimes ṣabr is associated with the salāt (2:42, 2:148). According to the Qur'an commentators, ṣabr in these passages is synonymous with fasting, as the month of Ramadan was given the name s̲h̲ahr ṣabr (meaning month of patience).
The word is found with the meaning resignation(acceptance), for example in the sura of Yusuf,Yaqub (Jacob), on hearing of the death of his son, says "[My best course is] fitting resignation(acceptance)", where resignation(acceptance) is the most appropriate translation for sabar. The Quran also uses the adjective ṣabbār. This concept is related to shukr (meaning gratitude).
In Quran there is usually a close connection between being patiently persisting in doing right and expecting relief or deliverance from God (tawakkul). Thus Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is told to be "patient till your Lord decides, for you are in Our sight".
- "Seek God (Allah)'s help with patient perseverance and prayer. It is indeed hard except for those who are humble." (2:45)
- "O you who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer, for God is with those who patiently persevere." (2:153)
- "Be sure We shall test you with something of fear and hunger, some loss in goods, lives, and the fruits of your toil."
- "But give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere. Those who say, when afflicted with calamity, 'To Allah we belong, and to Him is our return.' They are those on whom descend blessings from their Lord, and mercy. They are the ones who receive guidance." (2:155–157)
- "O you who believe! Persevere in patience and constancy. Vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other, and be pious, that you may prosper." (3:200)
- "And be steadfast in patience, for verily Allah will not suffer the reward of the righteous to perish." (11:115)
- "Be patient, for your patience is with the help of Allah." (16:127)
- "Patiently, then, persevere—for the Promise of Allah is true, and ask forgiveness for your faults, and celebrate the praises of your Lord in the evening and in the morning." (40:55)
- "No one will be granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, none but persons of the greatest good fortune." (41:35)
- "Verily man is in loss, except such as have faith, and do righteous deeds, and join together in the mutual enjoining of truth, and of patience (perseverance on good) and constancy." (103:2–3)
- "It is not righteousness that you turn your faces towards East or West. But it is righteousness to believe in Allah and the Last Day, And the Angels, and the Book, and the Messengers; To spend of your substance, out of love for Him, For your kin, for orphans, for the needy, for the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransom of slaves; To be steadfast in prayer And give in charity; To fulfill the contracts which you have made; And to be firm and patient, in pain and adversity And throughout all periods of panic. Such are the people of truth, the God-fearing." Qur'an 2:177
- "Through every difficulty there is relief. Verily, through every difficulty there is relief." Qur'an 94:5–6
Abu Yahya Suhaib b. Sinan said that Muhammad said: "Wondrous are the believer's affairs. For him there is good in all his affairs, and this is so only for the believer. When something pleasing happens to him, he is grateful, and that is good for him; and when something displeasing happens to him, he is enduring (ṣabr), and that is good for him." ( Muslim )
Abu Musa al-Ashari reported that Muhammad said, "When a son of a servant of Allah dies, Allah Says to the angels, 'Have you taken the son of My servant?' They say, 'Yes.' Then Allah Says, 'Have you taken the fruit of his heart?' They say, 'Yes.' Allah Says, 'What has My servant said?' They say, 'He has praised You and said, ʾinnā li-llāhi wa-ʾinnā ʾilaihi rājiʿūn (To Allah we belong and to Him is our return). Then Allah Says, 'Build a house for My servant in Paradise and call it the house of praise.'" From Tirmidhi, Musnad Ahmad and ibn Habban.
Umar bin Khattab said, "We considered the best part of our lives to be that in which there was ṣabr." Related by al-Bukhārī (1 l/303) in taʿlīq form, and it has been related in connected form by Imām Ahmad in az-Zuhd with a Ṣaḥīḥ ʾisnād – as al-Ḥāfiẓ Ibn Hajar mentioned in Fatḥ al-Bārīʾ (11/303).
Ali said, "Indeed ṣabr is from ʾīmān (faith). Its position is like that of the head with respect to the rest of the body." Then he raised his voice and said, "Verily, there is no ʾīmān (faith) for the one who has no ṣabr." Related by Hibat Allāh ibn al-Ḥasan al-Lālakāʾī in Sharḥ ʾuṣūl ʾiʿtiqād ʾahl as-sunnah wa-al-jamāʿah (no. 1659), al-Bayhaqī in Shuʿūb al-ʾīmān and Abī Shaybān in Kitāb al-ʾīmān (no. 130), with a slightly different wording.
Fakh̲r al-Dīn al-Rāzī distinguishes four kinds:
In addition to the above, Sabr was also classified as thus:
According to Qur'an, a practical example of Sabr was described and stated as thus:
"Piety is not to turn your faces to the east or the west; rather, piety is [personified by] those who have faith in Allah and the Last Day, the angels, the Book, and the prophets, and who give their wealth, for the love of Him, to relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveller and the beggar, and for [the freeing of] the slaves, and maintain the prayer and give the zakat, and those who fulfil their covenants, when they pledge themselves, and those who are patient in stress and distress, and in the heat of battle. They are the ones who are true [to their covenant], and it is they who are the Godwary." (2:177).
Those who possess ṣabr to a certain extent are called ṣābirūn. Out of the three classes of beings (jinn, angels, and mankind), man alone may possess ṣabr. This is because the animals are entirely governed by their desires and impulses; and the angels are completely occupied by their longing for God, so they have no desires and thus need no ṣabr to overcome them. In man, however, the two impulses (that of desire and that of spirituality) are fighting, where the former is kindled by Satan and the latter by the angels.
Among mankind, there are the pious, who have attained ṣabr by overcoming their animal instincts, called siddiqūn, while some still struggle in this task. Sābirūn are to remain steadfast not only in health and prosperity (where their ṣabr is to be used as gratitude to God) but also in the performance of religious obligations, in refraining from forbidden things and in the event of uncontrollable calamities.
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— at New York City.
Feb 7, 2019
The Beautiful Aquarius New Moon, ROSA PARKS, BOB MARLEY Setting My Intentions, Trusting in the Good Lord - The Truth ALWAYS AND FOREVER. I am eternally fascinated by those irrational, incompetent, hypocritical and spiteful bad seeds who are placed in positions of authority, to be a modern-day plantation overseer and try to manage a situation by using careless bullying which is demeaning to their "subordinates", while acting like crybabies and drama queens/kings to use their vindictive and spiteful ways to paint the picture from their perspective, faking their way through life, when the rest of the world knows the truth. The truth
So what do I advise, in most cases, is to be patient, pay attention, get in where you fit in as time tells all. Invoke the spirit of those teachers, warriors, role models, kings and queens who have fought for your freedom and well being. Today I invoked the spirit of Rosa Parks and Bob Marley, with whom I feel
Feb 4, 2019
Charlie's #1 Angel, Sabrina Duncan embodied intelligence, beauty, grace, and class. She was cool as a cucumber, protected her tribe and fought for the greater good. #ingodwetrust #superheroine #angel #charliesangel
Feb 3, 2019
Happy Super Soul Sunday World! Get your mind, body
I saw this article recently and it blew my mind
My thoughts on Transgenders having babies: Men giving birth is just TOO Much. MAJOR BOUNDARY. There is NOT enough research over a long period of time to suggest that this method is even safe, possible or morale. Besides, Far too many people already give birth to human beings they have no intention of truly nurturing, affording and being responsible for which ultimately falls on the taxpayer dollar or abuses the reliance of the welfare system and places unnecessary stress/pressure on the structure of our society (jail, orphanages, poverty line, crime, lack of proper home training/education which means dumber people who hold us all back and down) while sending the wrong message to future generations. Not to mention, that the world population has more than quadrupled over the past 50 years. So people are dying slower while populating faster than ever, not growing food quickly enough to support these mouths due to improbable environmental concerns, economies rise and fall, the gap between rich and poor is vast, on top of this new "trend" that is suggesting transgenders can impregnate themselves, and the conditioning of distracted dishonest media confusion and lack of genuine goodwill due too the current times? So, we have a shit for brains leadership in high and powerful places, because we've lost faith or common sense for traditional tried and true measures/methods that help us to stay cautious and responsible (wisdom). We cannot give power to people who are willing to say, try and do everything without proper cautionary measure. I don't want to live in a world where we abuse ourselves and our source of life. We spend billions on sending people to explore space, wars, commercialism, prisons, and shit we don't need and meanwhile lose our sense of self, sanctity and sanity in the madness of trying to search for our souls, identity, values etc. So the bottom line/questions, is why open up all these radical experiments which have no proof of succeeding or being good for society at large? Although, I have always supported the Transgender community and more specifically the right to be free, as with anything, you need boundaries as there is an edge for a reason.
In Honor of those innocent transgender lives lost, I want to take a moment to appreciate the voice of Hip-Hop transgender artist, Rocco Katastrophe. We had the honor of working together 8 years ago during a truly enjoyable experience that was supported and captured by the super awesome Director Sarah Tricker. Despite, this topic being controversial then and now, and me being a heterosexual without a change of gender, I have always empathized with those good-natured individuals, who have been oppressed and seek understanding and acceptance. I feel a great deal of pride in the progress and awareness that has been made over the years and the acknowledgment of continued service to humanities. We all need to see our likeness in another to feel good and connected whether that be a community, tribe, family, spouse, pets etc. Coming out of any dark closet inspires and uplifts the spirit in all. The arts and humanities have always been the perfect platform to communicate thoughts, feelings, desires etc. It's the root of all that enriches our psyche and grants us energy outside of caring for our bodies and environments. Despite the fact that I won't be signing up to support transgender men or women giving birth anytime soon, I do support those who aim to feel at home in their own bodies and hearts and choose the safe path of peace and enlightenment. So 80,000 YouTube views and 8 years later, we still stay the course of human rights because the goal is to be better. Your gender does not determine your individual self or sanity. Look for the CONSISTENT good content of one's character (mindset) always and forever.
Feb 2, 2019
Styling and Profiling.
Happy Saturday World! Love to Love You. It's been a while since I've posted. Reflection and meditation have always been a part of who I am and what I value. To quiet my mind, and to get in touch with my true self, it's the most reassuring balance I have. One of my goals this year is simply to write more, meditate more, dance more, sing more, love more, praise more.
In my thoughts today, I have to ask the following.
What's on my mind? This country's and planet's well being. Why so many people are quick to argue rather than reason or discuss? Why do so many people abuse themselves physically and emotionally, and then look to another to solve their problems and make excuses for themselves if they don't get what they want? Why do so many people have a problem owning their own faults and quick to make excuses for themselves rather than improve their situation? Why do people push away, run from or fear what is good for them? Why do people abuse and neglect what is beautiful rather than nurture and support it? Why do so many people get more energy caring about someone else's lifestyle and sexual orientation rather than improving and focusing on their relationships? Why are so many people quick to use manipulation to get what they want rather than put in the good honest work to truly earn it? Why does the media promote stupidity, violence, fear and superficial material bullshit to distract the minds of the majority of the country and then act like the world is going to hell and they aren't partially responsible? Why does the media give power to the worst kind of examples, who suggest your daughters should buy their bodies rather than appreciate their natural beauty? Why do men call women bitches and hoes and act like they deserve respect for their ignorance? Why do people act like bitches and hoes and have no dignity? You can't run from stupid aka less enlightened people....they are everywhere, so you might as well teach one another. Why do smart good people practice more patience, when in reality they need to fight for what's right and with urgency so stupid doesn't get the final say? Why are people so quick to challenge a qualified Alpha with grace, rather than support a leader who is watching out for the majority's best interest? Why do people spend so much money on bullshit they don't need, then complain that they don't make enough money? Why are so many people unfulfilled? Why does the same burger costs $15 dollar in Manhattan and $7 in Brooklyn? Why do people fear what doesn't look like them, rather than looking into the soul and content of another's character, patterns and behavior? Why do people demean others to make themselves feel better? Why do people allow themselves to act as a blackhole of depression and spread their disease knowingly to their families, "friends", communities etc? Why do people hate on someone who is wise and handling their business rather than ask them advice and compliment them on making the world a better place? The media, the government and each individual is responsible for holding themselves accountable for their well being each and everyday. Someone, who has no self respect for themselves or this planet will have no problem disrespecting you. So be mindful of who and what you believe in. Be mindful of what you put in your body, your mind, and soul, because it becomes you. Balance is key in everything we know and do, without grace and beauty, we have nothing and this starts within. So don't complain about the world being a terrible place. Get your mind and heart right. Stop doing drugs and eating food that hurt and numb you, stop acting like you have to work hard to get anywhere when in reality you have to work smart. Don't bite off more than you can chew, don't produce more than you can afford to care for. I believe the majority of these answers can all be brought back to "FEAR" and lack of spirit and direction. The Devil is real and in each and everyone of us. We must be strong enough to conquer our own devil, demons, fears, insecurities, as the aura and energy we put out there comes back to us. Meanwhile ignoring the constant NOISE that spreads it's insanity through our consciousness, communities, peers etc. Everyone gets in where they fit in, so what happens when you have nowhere else to go? SO TELL A HATER TO GO FUCK THEMSELVES! I am so tired of those in power rewarding ugliness and making a mockery of our story and image. I am so tired of my fellow citizens buying into the bullshit that is force fed to you, when you could just as easily read a good book, go to the gym, meditate in nature and learn to love and enrich yourself. I would love for my fellow citizens to value themselves more than the the fake news, fake celebs, and distractions that infest and rot the minds of our society. STOP REWARDING BUFFONERY WITH YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY. It's not entertainment, it's ridiculous. Tell the serpent to leave and never come back each and everytime. You will find each time you get stronger, and this is the process of evolution and the path to inner peace. It starts with the belief in your own beauty and sacred heart. Would you rather hide your true self from the world, or work to put yourself in better company, which starts with your yourself. So remember to be gentle and compassionate with yourself. Believe in yourself, not by comparing what you don't have vs. someone else, but because you are truly proud of yourself and humble enough to share that wonderful energy to those deserving of your love. This is the beginning of well being. Protect your chi. Practice minimalism and get in touch with the truest values of all. Go find yourself and don't allow others to brainwash, abuse, or manipulate you. Do not be prey as the only the strong SURVIVE & THRIVE. You are a blessed child of GOD, so act like one. #peacebewithyou
#naturalbeauty #ingodwetrust #respect #queenbri #💜 #👑 #americanexcellence #selfie #redbone #diva #lover #freedomfighter
Jan 16, 2019
simple elegance or refinement of movement.
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Divine grace is a theological term present in many religions. It has been defined as the divine influence which operates in humans to regenerate and sanctify, to inspire virtuous impulses, and to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; and as an individual virtue or excellence of divine origin.
the freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. the influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them. a virtue or excellence of divine origin: the Christian graces. Also called state of grace. the condition of being in God's favor or one of the elect.
Definition of grace - smoothness
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2 years ago, ALL could see the SACRED World Trade Memorial from Fort Greene Park.
Now, some asshole is blocking the view for everyone.
Some people have no RESPECT. SMH. New York
Jul 5, 2018
JOURNEY TO FREEDOM...
I had a dream and my dreams come true. This is my 10-year-old piece for the "Brighter Future" competition, entitled “Holy Family”.
"Holy Family", Watercolor 8x11
Always stay full of hope. Always cherish your dreams and vision and you will never be lead astray. Believe in something greater as those before
The independent journey is long but it always comes back to basics. Peace and hope.
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Jul 1, 2018
I found my Princess Diana Beanie Baby! It was
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Even when the inner and outer pressure becomes too much, I remind myself that it's not the end of the world and stressing won't make it better. I search for something beautiful that brings me peace and a sense of well-being.
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