Oct 14, 2019


Aug 1, 2019

Sign of The Times

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." 


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Sabr (Arabicصَبْرٌ‎, romanizedṣabr) (literally 'endurance' or more accurately 'perseverance' and 'persistence'[1]) is one of the two parts of faith(the other being shukr).[2] 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[edit]

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 (2:422:148). According to the Qur'an commentatorsṣabr in these passages is synonymous with fasting, as the month of Ramadan was given the name s̲h̲ahr ṣabr (meaning month of patience).[1]

The word is found with the meaning resignation(acceptance), for example in the sura of Yusuf,[4]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.[5] This concept is related to shukr (meaning gratitude).[1]

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".[6][7]

  • "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

Hadiths on significance of ṣabr[edit]

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 )

Muhammad is reported to have said, "No one had ever been given anything better than ṣabr." From Sahih Bukhari and Sahih 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.

Quotes pertaining to ṣabr[edit]

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).[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Imam Ahmad said, "Allāh has mentioned ṣabr (patient perseverance) in over ninety places in His Book (Quran)." Related by Ibn al-Qayyim in Madārij as-Sālikīn (2/152).[citation needed]


Many Muslim scholars have tried to classify and give examples of ṣabr. According to the Encyclopaedia of Islam ṣabr is of two kinds:[1]

  1. physical, like the endurance of physical troubles, whether active (such as performing difficult tasks) or passive (such as suffering illnesses), and
  2. the spiritual, such as renunciation in face of natural impulses.

Fakh̲r al-Dīn al-Rāzī distinguishes four kinds:[8]

  1. intellectual endurance (for example in disputed points in religious dogma),
  2. endurance in completing tasks one is bound or recommended to do by Islamic law (such as fasting),
  3. being steadfast in refraining from forbidden activities, and
  4. resignation in times of calamity.

He also gives an application of the concept, Muṣābara, in which ones refrains from taking revenge from one's fellow-creature (like neighborsPeople of the Book).[8]

Al-Ghazali said that ṣabr consisted of three parts: maʿrifa (the tree), ḥāl (branches) and ʿamal (the fruits).[1]

In addition to the above, Sabr was also classified as thus:

  1. "Sabr in time of afflictions, that is; to bear the bitterness of troubles and misfortunes.
  1. Sabr in obedience of Allah, that is; to bear the difficulty of performing what we are commanded.
  1. Sabr in guarding against sins, that is;to stop and refrain from committing sins despite their attraction". [9]

Sabr in Practice[edit]

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 (jinnangels, 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.[1]

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.[1]

Achieving Sabr[edit]

  1. "The true realisation of any moral virtue occurs when it becomes one’s second nature, such that the person acts according to it without much difficulty or pretention".[10]
  2. Another way to achieve this, is to act ‘as if’ one possesses the virtue, as it was quoted by Imam Ali; “If you are not tolerant, put on the garb of tolerance, because it rarely happens that one imitates a people and does not soon become one of them.”[11]
  3. Thus, Practice and consistency help one develop this virtue as a matter of time.

Apr 16, 2019


Representing the Most High with my Holy Family. Celebrating our faith and culture with  my Dear Cousin Father Rev. James E. Goode at St. Charles in Harlem. God Favored Us. Peace be with you all. Happy Sunday, Happy Monday. Do The Right Thing.#peacebewithyou #dotherightthing#alwaysandforever #begood #takecare #💜

Mar 17, 2019


Having the heart to discover Beauty requires a pure heart which means an open and loving heart. True beauty is more than color, shape, form, expression, art, love etc....for me, it's more about perspective, healing, peace and harmony that is refreshing to the soul. To me it is uniquely the closest embodiment of God. All my lives, I've been complimented or envied or treated differently because of my "exotic" look or my strong character. These experiences have shaped me to a degree but they have certainly never defined me because I am not my image. I am a soul traveling The Way of Grace just trying to find my place in the world like everyone else and remaining loyal to my heart and my God. I am simply growing and Becoming. I find my truth in my own patterns or the sacred language I have with The Most High who nurtures and guides me. This relationship is True Love in my book of testaments. And the magnificent understanding energy I feel on a collective conscious level is what continues to make my heart soar. We are never lost....we are simply rediscovering the truth. Rebirth is a process of everlasting life and the ebbs and flows of life. How we choose to handle and react to waking life is a testament to our true nature and daily growth. I encourage everyone to find the beauty that matters most. I encourage everyone to find peace in the simple. Wake with purpose and dream sweetly Dear Universe. Peace be with you.
#conscious#ingodwetrust #choosehope #liberty #freedomfighter #respect #pride #peaceandlove

— at New York City.

Feb 7, 2019

REAL TALK! Happy God Day Rosa Parks and Bob Marley!

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 being that respect goes both ways no matter where you fall on the food chain, and those who use fear to intimidate and cause unnecessary drama, are the problem itself. Bullies are the lesser of mankind, who only cares for themselves. A bully is insecure and lacks understanding and empathy while demanding the most and getting the least respect because they haven't TRULY earned it and no one likes them. Power tripping egos and lack of consideration for your fellow neighbor breed more insecurity and become a dark hole of inappropriate behavior which is detrimental to the well being of all. I have always been the type of person to see the truth in a situation, with the balls to call out the stinking dead elephant in the room. No one in their right mind wants to promote negative energy unless it's on their behalf. Whereas good energy is the manifestation of warmth, care, happiness and a wealth of good enterprise for all involved. The goal being an abundant garden of respect, manners, and mindfulness to nurture rather than alienate and isolate which is destructive to all. As business owners, managers, executives, employers, employees and other positions of TRUE authority, I applaud you for encouraging the magnificent spirit of life which is the gift that keeps on giving, as the real power lies in the people and reputation is everything. I encourage anyone who is being taken advantage of, robbed of spirit, being abused, manipulated or worse to stand strong in your truth and honesty which is what the world needs. A person who abuses power and creates an environment of chaos and fear, because they are not strong enough or qualified is not decent and needs a major reality check. Far too many good people have to play the part of remaining quiet and allowing a demon to cave in on themselves....but unfortunately that takes too long in most cases while many suffer the fool. It is imperative to use your free speech, humanity and call a spade a spade, but the reality is you have to be delicate. Only then will you find the truth and put the responsibility of each one of us, for the greater good on the path to growth, which is ultimately UNITY.

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 a deep gratitude and respect for amongst many MANY others who were strong and conscious enough to never allow us to travel back to the worst of mankind. With their lives, they chose to be the Lion and Lioness to teach in practice how to exist for a better tomorrow....peacefully. So be COOL and allow the individual to ruin their own lives, while you gain allies, form a tribe and a set of values that protect, promote understanding and co-exist well together. There is no room for fear. Trust in the Most High. In general, you will not get far in life, if you make it your primary goal to oppress and subject others to your terrible behavior, as you create enemies. It's okay to ask questions to anyone, it's not ok to be treated as less than and bullied because you have a sincere genuine concern. Again, bullies get their fuel by instilling fear and threatening your livelihood.....this is ABUSE of power. So, never let someone disrupt your peace of mind and sacred heart. Never allow the berating and harassment, subtle and unsubtle, to distract you from your inner strength and your human rights. Stand for the greater good always and forever. P.S. If someone is quick to tamper with your livelihood, rather than use interpersonal moral relations, then don't be afraid to get the REAL authorities. Keep on Keeping On Fam and Live in Truth Always and Forever. Your heart will shine and soar when you do the right thing. - Queen Bri

 #onelove #expressyourself #liveintruth #lovehard #betrue #takecare #begood

 #dotherightthing #freedom #expression #liberty #blessed #freedomfighter

Feb 4, 2019

Charlie's #1 Angel: Sabrina Duncan

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 and spirit right. The more I think about how constant time is, the more I remember to appreciate each moment as a gift. The more I learn to reflect and choose where to place my precious energy. With each passing day, come rain or shine, I protect my heart and the beautiful hearts of those who diligently and actively choose to live their best life with integrity. Whatever, last week or next week brings you, staying in tune with the most virtuous of values is the only way to be......truly. Peace be with you.

 #queenbri#alwaysandforever #alwayswitcher #foreveryoung #oasis #ingodwetrust 

#dotherightthing #dailybread

Feb 2, 2019

I Love My Hair, But It Will Never Define Me

Styling and Profiling.

Jan 16, 2019


simple elegance or refinement of movement.

"she moved through the water with effortless grace"
synonyms: elegance, stylishness, poisefinessecharm;

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 and elegance of movement, courteous good will, (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifeste.

grace meaning: 1. a quality of moving in a smooth, relaxed, and attractive way: 2. the quality of being pleasantly polite, or a willingness to be fair and honest:

Jul 7, 2018


Some People Are No Good.

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 get your priorities straight, you're making Americans LOOK BAD. I would never allow this. #shameful

Jul 5, 2018

I Have A Dream: Listen & Save For Dear Honor's Sake


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 us have and you will feel good knowing you can trust in yourself and a better tomorrow.

The independent journey is long but it always comes back to basics. Peace and hope.




Jul 1, 2018

Grace, Taste and Wisdom Matter Most - Happy Birthday Princess Di

I found my Princess Diana Beanie Baby! It was in my lap the entire time  Thanks Mom. This photo was taken my 1st day out the hospital from major back surgery once upon a time. The support and love still makes me feel good. 

Apr 30, 2018


Aug 28, 2016

Refresh Daily

Everyday I refresh. Everyday I meditate. Everyday I take a moment to breathe.

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.

Refresh daily.


Jun 9, 2016

I Need One Dance



May 19, 2016

The Last Unicorn

A Purple Willow Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Oasis: Love my Morning Rituals. Paying homage to the most beautiful purple willow tree in all of Brooklyn. Gives the classic "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" a whole brand new meaning. #blessed#princeforever #bedstuy #rebirth#purplerain #purplewillowtree #oasis