The quest for God is a journey, and every journey has a beginning. Before we venture into a new territory, we must pass through the entrance. The gateway has to be known, otherwise our excursion is not possible. Many try knocking on doors, but to their dismay discover that the doors are not opened. This is because they are at the wrong door. Approach through the right gateway, and it is then that you will truly enter a new realm.As the first chapter of the Quran, Al Fatiha is its gateway. It is the supplication for those on a quest for God while the rest of the Holy Book is the answer. As the most oft- repeated supplication of the Muslim daily prayers, Al Fatiha occupies an important place in the life of a believer. Yet, we remain largely ignorant of its true meaning and form a mechanical and ceremonial attachment to this very important petition. Conscious about not reciting the words merely in a parrot-like fashion, without having any intellectual connection with the meaning behind the utterance, we must devote some time and thought to their study. Believers are to rehearse this petition during the five daily prayers, but do we know exactly what it is that we implore?Read more
July 31, 2020
Eid ul-Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) has come with its gifts amongst all the difficulties this beautiful earth is facing.
"Remember GOD Most High always gives us
Enough happiness to keep us sweet.
Enough trials to keep us strong.
Enough sorrow to keep us human.
Enough hope to keep us happy.
Enough failure to keep us humble.
Enough success to keep us eager.
Enough friends to give us comfort.
Enough enthusiasm to make us look forward.
Enough wealth to meet our needs.
Enough determination to make our each day a better day than the last.
What we need to do is -- stop complaining and fill our hearts with gratitude. .Allah The Most High has guaranteed. "If you are grateful, I will grant you increase;" Continue to recite this prayer: اَللَّهُمَّ إِنَّكَ عَفْوٌ تٌحِبٌّ العَفْوَ فَأَعْفَوْ عَنِّي. Oh Allah! You are most forgiving, you love to forgive, so forgive me.
Cinemotion is part of Zawiya perspectives commitment to enhance community interaction with its fellow members. We allow members to share stories that make up our collective life. Highlighting the needs to express and be heard.
Zawiya Perspective started out as a response to a need. A need that is greatly needed in our community. As members of our society graduate from higher education, their identities are being challenged in many ways. People make up the community and every community is made up off vibrant members. We have many of the most talented members, these individuals are making positive difference in all aspects
Ali Mustafa: Found himself in a paradigm shift after moving to southern California from the bay area. Having attended many of the class at Zaytuna College, wanted to experience the richness of knowledge again. Having studies many of the sciences of Islam under many teachers and scholars, his foremost teacher being Skaykh Muhammed Al- Jamal, the Imam of Masjid Al-Asqa in Jerusalem. Wrote and memorized many of this lesson while being with him over 18 years. He enjoys reading and having in-depth conversation about the profound accepts of life.
While completing his Master in Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine founded Zawiya Perspective. An initiative to bring back depth and knowledge into the lives of many seekers searching for meaning in life. Currently is a Data Scientist with the knack for story telling and visualization. Developing next generation of artificial intelligence and machine learning for the human development. He also coined the term Sip the Tea! Smell the Oud!
Facilitates weekly Living Essentials sessions & Lyrical Nourishment along with tea ceremonies & mentor-ship!
Omid Safi: s an American Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, where he is the Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center, and a columnist for On Being. Dr. Safi specializes in Islamic mysticism (Sufism), contemporary Islamic thought and medieval Islamic history. He has served on the board of the Pluralism project at Harvard University and is the co-chair of the steering committee for the Study of Islam and the Islamic Mysticism Group at the American Academy of Religion. Before joining Duke University, Dr. Safi was a professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. The Zawiya and Dr Omid Safi have a very interesting story for all to comprehend. Few years back at one of our poetry event with Baraka Blue, as this might be set in the heavens above. He flew in town to see his family members that live in SoCal. We guess he heard about the event but did not make a point to come, but around 6pm he was driving and its was raining heavy. Something came to his heart that he should be driving in this heavy rain so, he pulled over and open his social media accounts, not knowing where he is. Sometimes social media recommends events for you, based on your location. He accepted his location services and for a few seconds searched for local events. Hold and be hold, or poetry event came up as his top suggested local event of the day. We are so happy that Allah made this connect and its been a delightful connection ever since.
Conduct quarterly the Telling Stories!
Jameela Bai: Graduated from University of Michigan in Psychotherapy and is a accomplishment psychotherapist who has clients world-wide. She travels the world to help people become stable and more dedicated in life. A life long student of Shaykh Nazim of Crypus, she uses mediation as part of her healing process. Born and raised in SoCal spends her time reflecting and contemplating about the purpose of life!
Conduct quarterly the Healing workshop!
Nur Preston: He grew up in a household where grace was said at the table and we always said our prayers before bedtime, but he was filled with the love and notion of God from the very beginning. At the ripe age of 18, Nur became terrifyingly aware of his finite existence and concluded, “there must be something more to all of this [life]”. The following year, after studying any and all religious traditions he could find, Nur converted to Islam (in 2005) and began a process of studying traditional prophetic healing and counseling. He conduct his formal sturdies at Masters in Christian Thelogy getting his masters degree in Biblical Studies!
Conduct Healing and Counseling!
Madison Dunaetz: She was born in El Segundo, California. She is pursuing Studies Intercultural Studies at Biola Univeristy. She has traveled extensively thru out the world and particular the Middle East regions working with refugees Her interest is in the Palestinian people who are striving hard to live a dignified existence. Recently married and plans to move to Middle East in the near future. Her interest are Jesus(AS) and her passport.
Conduct quarterly the Lyrical Nourishment!
Ateeq Amr: A native arabic speaker who learn Classical Fusha from Jordan and with many of his teachers in Amman. Ateeq has developed a unique curriculum of Arabic to English transilteration. Ateeq has worked as a Arabic content developer for educational sector and continues to develop Arabic content. He is excellent in tajweed and grammar with emphasis on balagha Eloquence and pronunciation. Come and experience Arabic in its true form. Dedicated to the purse of knowledge, he consistently reads and contemplates about relative issue facing the world.
Facilitates weekly Arabic Intensive classes!
Abdullah has over 10 years of experience in Data and Machine Learning focusing on writing sophisticated algorithms for the tech world. Abdullah who is also a coffee and perfume enthusiast, had always seen a need for a semi sacred space in our community an