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
December 21, 2019
How I wish to see you in peace For you to feel the tranquility of the motion as the water of the ocean hits your feet These tired eyes long to get a glimpse of you then quickly fall asleep And dream of you in a better place a better you a better me Tired of the way things have to be Why now in this place why you and me We have a purpose we have a need How I wish to see you free O Jerusalem! Free from the memories of previous years Where once light walked with us in peace And gave us the duty to maintain the garden in peace with perfect harmony
But the devil has fooled us What is the point of a sacrifice to God In the holy land if we act like able and Cain Killing your brother and killing one another Where's the peace and glory in that? Perhaps the troubles we see at your holy site Are the macro problems we see in the world in a small scale Give me something to eat when I hunger Quench my thirst in a parched land Give me justice, the lovely eyes of my family not in tears because of oppression and scent of my jasmine in my wife's body not her long labored sweat.
It used to be we fasted from water and drink Let's us now fast from injustice lies and deceit Oppression suppression and hate That is the dream I foresee. One tribe one nation restoring the garden pulling out all the weeds plowing the land and seeing sunflowers bloom to match the sun and the high status we have taken our land. Turn these thick tears into cheers and let us feats again at the table to bring our hearts together. Amen
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.
Abdullah Haroon (Co-Founder)
Ahmed Syed Ali (In-House Counselor)
Daniel Coleman (Certified Companion)
Bushra Khan (Co-Founder & Secretary)
Jameela Bai (Mental Health Counselor)
Ishraq Ali (Digital Strategist)
Abdullah Haroon: 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 depth on knowledge again. Having studies many of the sciences of Islam under many teachers and scholars, his foremost teach 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 software engineer developing next generation software for the motor cars industry. He also coined the term Sip the Tea! Smell the Oud!
Facilitates weekly Living Essentials sessions & Telling Stories along with tea ceremonies and 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.
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: He 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