Essential Living for Muslim Women

 

MEANINGFUL SALAAT - AWE INSPIRING RAMADHAN

Essential Living Series entitled "Meaningful Salaat - Awe Inspiring Ramadhan"

Sunday, May 21, 2017 2PM

Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd Lithonia Ga 30058

Bring Your Qur'an and a Friend!!

Come Grow with Us as we enhance and enrich our relationship with Allah, Most Gracious.

Come Grow with Us as we reignite our love for the Qur'an, its wisdom and its quidance.

Come Grow with Us as we prepare to experience and Awe Inspiring Ramadhan.

Free event Refreshments and Handouts

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NON VERBAL AWARENESS WORKSHOP

Why American Sign Language?

The Holy Qur’an, the final revelation of Almighty Allah, Most Gracious to His Creation, has been traditionally transmitted verbally from generations to generations, making it inaccessible to the Believers who cannot hear. The Qur’an in written form and has been translated from its pristine Arabic into several languages, however access for the Deaf to Allah, Most Gracious' words via sign language has yet to come to be a continuous reality.

Essential Living for Muslim Women Inc, present another essential living series entitled"Non Verbal Awareness Workshop". A two part session on the importance of the hearing and non hearing communities begin and maintain a substantial connection throughout the Islamic community.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 1PM-3:30PM at Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd Lithonia GA 30058

Refreshments - Please register on line - Registration includes lunch and materials.

For additional information contact: Safiyah @essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com

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COMMUNITY HEALTH ADVOCATE TRAINING

Essential Living for Muslim Women Breast/Mammography Initiative hosts its Breast/Mammography Community Health Advocate training on November 1, 2015 at Masjid An Nur, 1996 So. Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd, Lithonia GA 30058. The training is from 9a-4p, includes continental breakfast, formal lunch, snacks and materials. The session is interactive so be prepared to display your persuasive talent.

For additional information contact Safiyah AbdulKhaaliq at 7703652277 or Aisha Rasool at 4044417029 or by email at essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com

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SALAAT"PILLAR OF ISLAM

Essential Living series "SALAAT:PILLAR OF ISLAM"

June 6-7, 2015 Saturday and Sunday

9a- 1p

Masjid An Nur

1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd

Lithonia GA 30058

Refreshments Handouts

Please Register Fee: $10

Bring Your Qur'an and Come Grow with Us!

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SISTERHOOD BRUNCH

'WITH SINCERITY AND SACRIFICE'

Sunday, April 19, 2015

11:00a-2:00p

Masjid An Nur

1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd

Lithonia GA 30058

Free Event - Registration required

Review/reflect: 2:214; 3:142; 29:2-3

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SISTERS HEALTH AND WELLNESS SYMPOSIUM

13 December

at 10:00–16:00 in EST

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Hosted by Women's Group of Al Farooq Masjid of Atlanta

442 14th St NW Atlanta Ga 30318

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BREAST/MAMMOGRAPHY EDUCATIONAL SESSION - FREE CLINICAL BREAST EXAMS

Another Essential Living Series, Breast/Mammography Educational Session with Free Clinical Breast Examination, Sunday, October 19,2014 2P at Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd

Lithonia GA 30058

Free Educational Sessions Free Clinical Breast Exam

Contact: Safiya 7703652277 Aisha 4044417029

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THE MUSLIM MAN

Another essential living series entitled "The Muslim Man, Why is he different"

TBA

Masjid An Nur

Registration $10.00 Formal Lunch

Bring our Qur'an and Come Grow With Us

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ANGER, FAITH AND THE MUSLIM WOMAN

An essential living series entitled "Anger, Faith and the Muslim Woman"

Sunday, March 30, 2014 2p at Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd

Lithonia GA

$10.00

Lunch Served Register on line EL4MW.org

Bring Your Qur'an and Come grow with Us!!!!

Contact: Safiyah 7703652277

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ISLAM IS EASY!!!

ISLAM IS EASY

Allah, Most Gracious tells us: 30:30 “Therefore you shall devote yourself to the religion of strict monotheism. Such is the natural instinct placed into the people by Allah. Such creation of Allah will never change. This is the perfect religion, but most people do not know”.

This religion of Islam, submission to Allah, Most Gracious is fully integrated in each and every person; it is inherent in human nature regardless of gender, age, culture and/or tradition. Our greatest responsibility is to read the Holy Qur’an and to live according to our understanding. It is Allah, Most Gracious who guides to the straight path everyone who turns to Him in complete sincerity.

Allah, Most Gracious tells us: 20:2-3 “We did not reveal the Qur’an to you to cause you any hardship. Only to remind the reverent”.

It is baseless to assert that the Holy Qur’an is hard to understand. Allah, Most Gracious has stated in many verses that the Holy Qur’an is clear and easy to understand. Allah, Most Gracious is pleased to choose Islam as our religion, and the religion for all humanity. As Muslims, as believers it is our duty to exemplify that the religion of Islam is easy, in efforts to kindle people’s hearts with the Holy Qur’an as the only guide for their lives. It is our responsibility to help people to realize that their lives will not be more comfortable if they disregard the Holy Qur’an, nor will embracing the Holy Qur’an restrict their enjoyment of life. Allah, Most Gracious is completely aware of what works best for His creation. Allah, Most Gracious has set appropriate limits which support our life and livelihood in a society where people do not know the boundaries of Allah, Most Gracious or who exceed the boundaries set by Allah, Most Gracious.

We strive to live our lives as Believers according to what Allah, Most Gracious, has revealed in the Holy Qur’an. All over the world, believers strive to exhibit the best character that will please Allah, Most Gracious. All over the world believers strive to avoid behaviors that displease Allah, Most Gracious. By the mercy and permission of Allah, Most Gracious, we have been chosen and we have embraced Islam, a religion which is easy to follow and results in a good and content way of life.

Allah, Most Gracious tells us: 2:185….. “Allah wishes for you convenience, not hardship. That you may fulfill your obligations and to glorify Allah for guiding you, and to express your appreciation”.

When there are attempts to deviate from the simplicity and ease of Islam, then distortions, myths and practices are established and people with or without knowledge find it hard to live according to religious morality. Yet, we have seen examples throughout the Holy Qur’an of all the Prophets of Allah, Most Gracious living and stating the ease of submitting to the will of Allah, Most Gracious.

Allah, Most Gracious tells us: 2:177 “Righteousness is not only turning your faces towards east or west; Righteous are those who believe in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, and the Prophets, and give wealth in spite of love for it, to the relatives, orphans, the needy, the traveler, those who ask and for freeing slaves; for those who established prayer and gives zakah; those who fulfill their promise when they promise; and those who are patient in poverty and hardship and during battle. These are the ones who have been true and it is these who are the righteous”.

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EQUALITY

EQUALITY

Allah, Most Gracious tells us: 9:71 “The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil: they observe regular prayers, practice regular charity, and obey Allah and His Messenger. On them will Allah pour His mercy: for Allah is Exalted in power, Wise”.

Allah, Most Gracious tells us: 4:124 ”If any do deeds of righteousness,- be they male or female - and have faith, they will enter Heaven, and not the least injustice will be done to them”.

Societies past and present have embraced traditional influence about the roles, place, social status and importance of women in the family and in the society. For Muslims, traditional influences were clarified, confirmed and resolved throughout our Holy Qur’an. Men and Women are Equal. The fact that men and women have different physical body type and/or that women are “delicate”, is irrelevant and does not diminish a woman’s value in society nor within the religion of Islam. What truly matters is that men and women are believers who fear and respect Allah, Most Gracious. Males and females have the same responsibilities in Islam, when it comes to belief and worship of Allah, Most Gracious. Men and women are commanded to enjoin good and prevent evil; men and women are commanded to establish prayer, give charity and obey Allah, Most Gracious and His messenger. In Islam male and females are equal. Muslim women do not struggle for equality with men, we exert ourselves in the race to do good as defined in our Holy Qur’an in our effort to win Allah, Most Gracious good pleasure, to become the individual most loved by Allah, Most Gracious and to be nearest to Him alone.

Allah, Most Gracious tells us: 8:29 ” O ye who believe! if ye fear Allah, He will grant you a criterion, remove from you evil, and forgive you: for Allah is the Lord of grace unbounded”.

Allah, Most Gracious promises everyone who fears and respects the limits that He has established for all humanity that He will give them the ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood, right from wrong. The equality between men and women is also seen in the fact that Allah, Most Gracious give us equal rights gives us our designated fixed number years of life, our rewards, our accountability for our choices, and the strength to make our base instincts submit to His will. Allah, Most Gracious reminds us that none will be treated unjustly in regards to the tests/recompense received on earth or in the Hereafter. The Holy Qur’an addresses both men and women and reminds both that our Lord is more concerned with our level of taqwa (consciousness) not our gender, race, tribes or nations.

Allah, Most Gracious us tells us: 23:62 ”On no soul do We place a burden greater than it can bear; before Us is a record which clearly shows the truth: they will never be wronged”.

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THE LEGACY OF EVE - RELIGIOUS EQUALITY

Essential Living Series entitled

"The Legacy of Eve" -Religious Equality

Masjid An Nur

1996 So. South Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd

Lithonia GA 30058

Sisters, Bring Your Qur'an and Come Grow with Us.

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SURATUL MULK: AYAT 1-4

ESSENTIAL LIVING SERIES ENTITLED:

"SURATUL MULK: 1-4”

Hajja Hanunah Latifah Saboor

BRING YOUR QUR’AN

PLEASE COME GROW WITH US!!

SUNDAY TBD

MASJID AN NUR

1996 SO STONE MOUNTAIN LITHONIA RD

LITHONIA GA 30058

$10 Registration @ EL4MW.ORG

essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com

Safiyah – 7703652277

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CIRCUMAMBULATE

Hajj is the most unique of all journeys. The journey of Hajj is not for gain, not for personal end nor for any self desire, this journey is solely to fulfill our covenant and is exclusively a duty prescribed by and for Allah, Most Gracious. There is no way we can prepare for this journey, it is truly by the permission of Allah that we feel in our hearts the call to fulfill this journey. This state of awareness requires spiritual strength and willing sacrifice of our comfort. Hajj is loyalty to Allah, a loyalty that compels us to leave our family, abandon our livelihood, spend our money and bear the physical rigors of travel as we undertake our prescribed obligation to Allah, Most Gracious. A duty that produces unlimited effects and affects in our minds and hearts upon our return home.

We learn lessons in courage and determination, we enlighten our salaat, our fasting, our charity, all of which constitute the training for this enormous task. Hajj is a collective form of worship, as we do not perform the Hajj alone, but with hundreds of thousands of Muslims with the same commitment and achievement.

We circumambulate the Kaaba seven times in a counterclockwise direction. The circling is believed to demonstrate the harmony of the believers with the universe in the praising and supplicating Allah, Most Gracious. The Kaaba is constantly circumambulated by pilgrims at all times except for the times of the obligatory ritual prayers.

Allah, Most Gracious says 21:33: “And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each in an orbit floating”. This verse refers to the scientific discoveries that found that we live in a universe that depends on rotation. The earth revolves around the sun once a year, the moon revolves around the earth once each lunar month, and the planets of the solar system revolve around the sun, each in its own orbit, with moons that revolve around them, each in its orbit. All matter in the universe-whether solid, liquid, or gaseous obeys the natural law of rotation. The natural law of rotation applies to everything: stars, planets, moons, animals, plants, sand, seas, air, cells in our bodies and so on; all rotating in a counter-clockwise direction.

The Kaaba is the spiritual center. Believers turn toward the Kaaba five times a day to perform the prescribed ritual Prayers. A pilgrim circumambulates the Kaaba in a counter clockwise direction as if he or she is a celestial body orbiting a greater body. This points to the consistency between the obligations of worship in Islam and the natural laws that govern the universe, which belong to one source, Allah, Most Gracious.

Islam is the true religion that provides us with a comprehensive view, in obedience to divine truth that is apparent in the natural laws of the universe. We, are a part of the universe, the difference being, that the planets circumambulate in a compulsory way according to the laws of nature; yet as humans, we are rational beings and possessors of free will who circumambulate logically and willingly.

Allah tells us; 6:162 “Say: Surely my prayer and my sacrifice and my life and my death are all for Allah, the Lord of the worlds”.

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CHILDREN LOVE ALLAH

Holy Qur’an 6:71 Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, tells us: “Say! The guidance of Allah is the guidance, and we have been directed to submit ourselves to the Lord of the world”.

The greatest support we can give to our children is the sense of believing with certainty that all power belongs to and comes from Allah, Most Gracious. The greatest lessons we can teach our children is to grasp the support of Allah, the Most Gracious, as their only best friend. The greatest provision is to provide our children with commitment and sound character through believing and trusting in Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Children growing up without knowing that Allah, Most Gracious exist, face many obstacles in their lifetime. They challenge and resolve problems by self desires, they effortlessly fabricate lies in order to free oneself from any consequences of actions and seek to gratify self centered interests by any means possible. When our children grow up without knowing that all power comes from Allah, Most Gracious, they seek the favor of people and they harbor fear of people, throughout their lives. When our children are uninformed that all power comes from Allah, Most Gracious, they choose to seek advice and guidance from other than Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Our religion of Islam, is clear and simple; so clear and simple that even a child may grasp and embrace it. When our children are informed, they are obedient and loyal to Allah, Most Gracious. They stand on a foundation of certainty which supports a peaceful and comfortable life. These knowledgeable children exhibit maturity, intelligence and live as honorable Muslims. Life’s experiences or situations of prosperity and adversity are perceived by our informed children, as events good or bad, that happens under the control of and by the permission of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

By all means the Qur’an should be recited to our children, the meaning of its verses explained and applied to our lives as exemplified in the manners and virtues of Prophet Muhammad (s). Let us teach our children, grandchildren, all children at an early age to be thankful to Allah, Most Gracious for all that they have and the talents they possess. Let us teach our offspring and all children social ethics as described in the Holy Qur’an and as exemplified by us. Let us teach them to acknowledge the absolute existence of and the need to strive for a place in the hereafter.

It is essential to teach our children the importance of submission, belief, obedience, trust and consciousness of Allah. May Allah bless us all with steadfastness and certainty.

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SACRIFICE

Holy Qur’an 3:200 Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, tells us: “Believers, be steadfast, and vie in steadfastness, stand firm in your faith, and hold Allah in consciousness that you may attain true success”.

We are Believers, who come together as individuals, to collectively become a solid and strong structure, strengthening one another and enjoining others to the way of Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful. Our collectively solid, strong structure enables us to continue the momentum of calling one another to that which is good and to be grateful and appreciative for the sacrifices we make to help ourselves and others. Whether our sacrifices and achievements are conducted openly and/or secretly, it is a tribute and honor to our discipline to sacrifice; and it is a public proclamation of our faith in Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Our faith is not complete unless our faith in Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful makes us conscious of the needs of others. It is important that we at any moment are able to sacrifice what we are, for what we could become. We are all called on to make sacrifices, to temporarily give up our comfort for greater rewards. By accepting life's challenges we realize that the rewards of sacrifice, by far, outweighs our comfort. The extent to which we sacrifice actually determines the extent of our growth.

Sacrifice is the responsibility of leaders, who model support and cooperation in the face of adversity and in the midst of our personal peace and contentment. Islam, is a spiritual path, simple, challenging and effective. Walking this path with selflessness and commitment brings increase compassion, generosity of spirit, independent thinking, moral courage, and respect for ourselves and for others.

Sacrifice demands us to overcome our resistance to change, sacrifice obligates us to commit, to change our perspective on how we view life’s challenges. Sacrifice is gain, not loss, sacrifice is discipline, sacrifice is a source of happiness and it is our determination to please Allah. Most Gracious Most Merciful. You and I know that Allah’s mercy goes beyond value and His mercy can never be compared to nor given in exchange for anything.

The Muslims at the advent of Islam displayed determination and patience, they like us, did not knowingly make special efforts to embrace difficulty and hardship, yet times of difficulty and hardship are valuable events for us to show our determination and patience. With the guidance, the intelligence, the understanding and the openness; all of which; we receive from Allah, we will continue to shoulder the oppressed and disadvantaged and we will continue to transcend our environment and our situations to earn the good pleasure of Allah.

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ANGER AND FAITH

Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful, tells us: “You should eagerly race towards forgiveness from you Lord and a Paradise who width encompasses the heavens and the earth; it awaits the righteous, who gives in charity during the good times, as well as the bad times. They are suppressors of anger and pardoners of the people. Allah loves the charitable”.

SO…..WHY DO WE GET ANGRY!!! Anger is a natural feeling that snatches away our judgment. We will experience anger; however, it is the expression of our anger that leads to depression, rage, wrong actions and problems. Anger causes great difficulty. Anger is a powerful instinctive impulse. Therefore, we must not consent to authorizing anger to guide us; or to have a guiding influence over us. When we become angry we have a judgment call to make; to prevail over our anger, by responding as taught to us in the Holy Qur’an; or, forget all that and seek opportunities to retaliate.

Why do we get angry! Perhaps we get angry as a result of an unexpected situation, disappointment or provocation, all of which is the will of Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful. (Think we will enter paradise and not be tested?). The expression of anger costs our health, it rises like a flash storm bringing with it increased heart rate, increased blood pressure levels, verbal abuse to the people we love, hurt to ourselves, even to the point of committing gross sins, all of which influences our life in the hereafter. The expression of anger is like being drunk. We do not know what we are doing and after the anger intoxication has subsided we are remorseful. The expression of anger is one of the weapons of the Shaitan, who lies in wait on Allah’s, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful straight path for us with language that manifests itself sometimes as simply innocent language and sometimes as extremely hostile language. One of the most distinctively innocent claim of the Shaitan is being treated unjustly or being led astray. We must avoid falling prey to our expression of anger. Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, tells us 41:36 that when the Shaitan whispers an idea to us or tries to incite us, we shall seek

refuge in Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful, tests us through our successes and our adversities. Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful tells us 31:17, to establish the salaat, to command right, to forbid evil and to remain steadfast in the face of adversity, in the face of what happens to us. That is certainly a

focused and purposeful course to adhere. Allah, the Most Gracious, Most Merciful cautions us to be patience, nineteen times in the Qur’an. Clearly, patience is something we will neglect, and forget and so we are often reminded to observe this characteristic. We can not encompass, embrace or comprehend all of our blessings from Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful. We can not be grateful enough, yet we must try. Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful tells us 14:7 the more we thank Him, the more He gives us. He tells us 3:145 that He rewards those who are grateful and appreciative. May Allah, the Most Gracious Most Merciful continue to guide us on the upright path.

Safiyah Abdul Khaaliq

EL4MW

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QURANIC ARABIC LITERACY

The Qur’an is for the remembrance of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Allah tells us 54:17 ”We have made the Qur’an easy to learn. Does any of you wish to learn?” The Qur’an is a message to be communicated to all people. A message that invites people to consider, to believe, to imitate and to use reason, regarding how Allah’s creation has the most impressive harmony and function that never falters nor fails.

Let us consider for a moment, the contestants on the television game shows; in order to win, the contestants study, listen intently to the instructions and the questions; they knowingly and consciously provide their answers. The contestants do not criticize the limited amount of time allotted for responses. They are seriously, consistently and purposefully focused on the prize.

What about our Qur’anic literacy?. Our level of Qur’anic literacy, determines our

appreciation of our existence, of the hereafter, of our purpose, of the certainty of our death and the account we will present to Allah.

Allah asks us:25:43 “Have you seen the one whose god is his own ego? Will you be his

supporter?” The very thought of being quranically illiterate may be an indication that our minds are sedated, causing us to redirect our efforts and attention towards achievements, we believe to be greater or accessible. Being knowledgeable in Qur’an and the Arabic language helps us to remember Allah. Helps to increase our consciousness, so much so that, whenever we are struggling with our ego’s, remembrance of Allah is powerful and satisfying.

Let us not become complacent with the English or other language translations of our Qur’an. Let us not just recite and memorize the Qur’an, but more importantly let us earnestly learn the Arabic language, be determined to know the instructions, the commands and remain, always in remembrance of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

Let us commit to strive, to learn the Qur’anic Arabic language. Learning the language of Qur’an helps us to learn how to protect ourselves from ourselves. Let us find a Qur’anic Arabic language class, let us learn the Arabic grammar, let us study the messages and the miracles in Qur’an and let us raise our level of literacy to awesome degrees.

As Salaamu alaikum.

Safiyah Abdul Khaaliq

EL4MW

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PIG DNA AND TOMATOES

PIG DNA AND TOMATOES

December 6, 2011

Genetically manufactured agriculture (GMA) and genetically manufactured organisms (GMOs) are plants and animals that that have been modified and changed from their natural state, using DNA (genes) from

bacteria, fungus and animals.

GM foods were first put on the market in the early 1990s. The first commercially grown genetically modified crop was a tomato which was modified to ripen without softening, by a company called Calgene which is a subsidiary of Monsanto Chemical Company. Today tomatoes are among the leading foods that are genetically altered. The process used to genetically alter tomatoes to give them a longer shelf life is injecting the DNA from pigs into the tomato seeds and tomato plants. This includes tomato catsup, paste, sauce, salsas, sun dried tomatoes and all other tomato bi-products. The consumption of GM tomatoes and all tomato bi-product will endanger the health of the consumers of tomatoes. If you have any questions, please contact me:

Dr. Cornelius Stephens

770-9227282

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DIABETES - HOW DO YOU USE GLUCOSE

“DIABETES - HOW DO YOU USE GLUCOSE”?

Your Mother/Father, your Sister/Brother have type 2 diabetes. It's just a matter of time before you are diagnosed with it too, right? Not necessarily. Family history is an important risk factor for diabetes, however, it is not the only risk. Your weight, specifically being obese, getting older, and the lack of exercise, are among some of the things that can significantly increase a person's chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Except for family history and getting older,

obesity and exercise are within our control.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce the hormone insulin or does not properly use the insulin it produces. Insulin is key to regulating carbohydrate (the energy component of the diet) and fat metabolism in the body. Insulin causes the cells in the liver, muscle and fat tissue to take glucose (sugar) from the blood, store it as glucose which can later be used to meet the body's sudden need for glucose.

Insulin, which is produced by the pancreas, is needed by the body to keep glucose in balance. Having too little glucose prevents the brain from functioning at its best. Having too much

glucose can cause damage to the heart and kidneys. Glucose comes from food, mainly

carbohydrates, found in sweets, breads, cereals, and starchy vegetables like potatoes.

Diabetes is a chronic disease with no cure to date, yet there is a lot of research in progress. Management of this chronic disease may include carefully managing diet, exercising, taking

oral diabetes medication, and/or using some form of insulin. One complication of diabetes is

the effect on circulation in the extremities which may be further complicated by external factors such as stress, illness, menses, injection site scarring and other physiological factors unique to individual patients.

There are several symptoms of diabetes which may be expressed in the body such as extreme thirst, frequent urination, increased hunger, unexplained weight loss, numbness in the hands or feet and/or blurred vision. A test of the blood sugar confirms that you have diabetes. Many people either ignore the symptoms while others may not display symptoms and unfortunately are then diagnosed with the disease much later after significant damage has been done to their body.

Prevention and regular medical check-ups are key. It is much better, if we all live a lifestyle that includes lots of vegetables and fruit, daily exercise and knowledge, so that diabetes will not be a part of our future.

Aisha Hasan-Rasool, WHNP-BC

Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Essential Living for Muslim Women Inc Breast Health Initiative

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GIVING THANKS IN ISLAM

“So remember Me, and I shall remember you; and be grateful to Me and do not you disbelieve in Me”. 2:152

“And indeed! We gave Luqman the wisdom that of being grateful to Allah; whereas whoever is grateful is but grateful for the good of oneself; whereas whoever disbelieves then truly Allah is rich praiseworthy”. 31:12

Across America the fourth Thursday of November is honored as a moral and spiritual day. Morally giving back the blessings bestowed on some over others and spiritual acknowledging the blessings bestowed on some over others. The message this day expresses is not religiously based yet we all are at our best remembering and reminding one another about the importance of the days’ essence.

“Shukran” thanks, we say this often, especially when we are receipients acknowledging the receipt of favors. Gratitude is a very strong character in Islam, a quality tied closely to our ibadah, our worship. Allah has clearly exemplified the quality of giving thanks in His prophets: Prophet Noah (17:3) …..behold, Noah was a most grateful servant of Ours!.

Shukr is a very important principle in Islam. It is a quality of the believers and it is a source of all goodness. Shukr is used in the Quran sometimes as equivalent to faith. The faithful are thankful people and the unfaithful are ungrateful people. Allah has described His Prophets and Messengers among those who were thankful people. Prophet Noah was a grateful servant of Allah (Quran 17:3). Prophet Abraham used to thank Allah for His many blessings (Quran 16:121). Prophet David and his family were told to be grateful to Allah (Quran 34:13). Allah told His Prophet Muhammad: Nay, but worship Allah, and be of those who give thanks. (Quran 39:66)

Allah also promised: Nor can a soul die except by Allah's leave, the term being fixed as by writing. If any do desire a reward in this life, We shall give it to him; and if any do desire a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give it to him. And swiftly shall We reward those that who are thankful. (Quran 3:145)

In Islam thanksgiving is not only a particular religious act or service; it is the whole life. The whole life should be lived in obedience to our Ultimate Benefactor, Allah . God has been good to us and so in our thankfulness we should worship Him, obey His commands and orders. Our daily prayers, our fasting during Ramadan, our Zakat and Hajj are all our acts of thanksgiving. We should do them not only as duties that must be performed but as our gratitude to our Lord and Creator.

Furthermore we should remind ourselves that we are constantly under Allah's favors and blessings.

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TAWHID AND EGO - ESSENTIAL LIVING SERIES

Another Essential Living Series entitled "Tawhid and Ego", Sunday, December 28, 2014

Masjid An Nur, 1996 S Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd, Lithonia GA 30058 2pm.

Come grow with us as we explore the importance of Tawhid through the

perspective of the Ego.

Registration $10.00

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CLASSICAL ARABIC CLASSES SEPTEMBER 13 - NOVEMBER 1, 2014

BEGINNER CLASSICAL ARABIC*

Beginner Level Only - Beginner Level Teaches Letters of the Arabic Alphabet

The Makhrij ~ place of articulation (i.e. throat, lips, mouth, nasal etc)

for each letter.The vowels ~ short and long vowels Sukoon, Shadda, Tanween etc.

SUNDAYS 10:00A – 11:00A *Text Provided $5.00

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INTERMEDIATE CLASSICAL ARABIC GRAMMAR CLASS

Intermediate Grammar Teaches: Basic Sentences, Idafa Construct,

Verb System, Use of Arabic/Qur'anic Dictionary......More

SATURDAYS 9:30A- 11:00A

Elementry Modern Standard Arabic Volume I

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CLASSICAL ARABIC QUR’ANIC READING CLASS

Must be able to Read Arabic Qur’an Basic Tajweed Rules

SUNDAYS 9:00A ~10:00A BRING YOUR QUR’AN

BEGINNER CLASSICAL ARABIC GRAMMAR CLASS

Must be able to read Arabic Qur'an Basic Tajweed Rules

SUNDAYS 7:30A - 9:00A

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ESSENTIAL LIVING SERIES ~ SISTERS' HALAQA CLASSES

BRING YOUR QUR’AN TUESDAYS 6P-8P

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RAMADHAN FOR ALLAH

An essential living series "Ramadhan for Allah" thank you for your participation and support.

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PROPHET MUSA ~ TAQWA AND INTELLECT

An essential living series "Prophet Musa ~ Taqwa and Intellect", Sunday, 2014 2P at

Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd Lithonia GA 30058

Registration: $10.00 Register on line

Contact: Safiyah Abdul Khaaliq 770 3652277

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WOMEN IN QUR'AN

Another Essential Living Series, "WOMEN IN QUR'AN"

May 25, 2014 2PM

MASJID AN NUR

1996 SO STONE MOUNTAIN LITHONIA RD

LITHONIA GA 30058

Registration: $10.00

Contact: Safiyah Abdul Khaaliq 770 365 2277

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SISTERHOOD BRUNCH

An Essential Living Series "SISTERHOOD LUNCH".

AUGUST 17, 2014 2PM

MASJID AN NUR 1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd. Lithonia GA

Please join us as we connect, reconnect and share.

Free Event Please register on line

Contact: Safiyah Abdul Khaaliq 770 3652277

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DEATH AND DYING, ADVANCE DIRECTIVES, WILLS, GHUSL, KAFAN, JANAZA SERVICES

An Essential Living Series, EL4MW & MCG presents:

Death and Dying, Advance Directives, Wills, Ghusl, Kafan, Janaza Services

Sunday, November 9, 2014 1:00P

Masjid An Nur

1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd

Lithonia GA 30058

Registration: 10.00

Contact: Safiyah Abdul Khaaliq 7703652277

Taryn Siddiq 4046631135

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MARRIAGE ~ A DIVINE INSTITUTION

MARRIAGE LECTURE ~ MASJID AL QUR'AN MARRIAGE CONNECTION SEMINAR

Allah tells us 30:21 "Among His signs is that He created for you spouses from among yourselves, inorder to have tranquility and contentment with each other, and He placed in your hearts love and care towards your spouses. In this, there are sufficient signs for people who think".

A great sign of Allah, marriage, the divine institution. The husband and wife are created from one and the same source, from among ourselves. A sign of equality of genders as humans, eliminating the deliberation or formal discussions regardng who is better or more important. Allah distinguishes us by our taqwa, our consciousness of Him. If we neglect this sign of Allah, then we create a marriage imbalance rendering the marriage dysfunctional. When one partner believes him/her to be superior marriage dysfunction may lead to misuse and/or abuse of unfounded power. We do not want to base our marriages on dominating influences and/or attempted rule by unfounded acts to achieve a personal or selfish objective.

Stressing the equal value of all humans (possessing rights, qualities etc) and making it the basis of marriage, Allah has laid the ground rules for establishing the peace, by assigning different roles for husband and wives as functional strategy rathaer than a competency strategy, to achieve the love and mercy between the husband and wives.

Women, we are half of the human race. We, with our other half ar both interdependent on one another, reciprocal to one another and never separately or collectively self sufficient, as the whole of the human race is dependent on Allah.

The objective and the goal of marriage in Islam is to enable us to live in harmonious relationship and be free from anxiety and tension. Harmony in our relationship requires justice, fairness, equality and fulfillment of mutual rights. Anything less than that cannot be tolerated, particularly if there is to be some level of harmony and freedom from anxiety and tension in the marriage. One spouse cannot make all the decisions unilaterally and apply dictatorial leadership, causing the harmony and freedom from anxiety and tension to becom compromised or corrupted.

Peace and tranquility is a state of being where there is no tension, there is no anxiety. Of course peace and tranquility is not a perpetual eternal state of bliss, we are not exempt from adversity and hardships.

Allah tells us 2:155-156 "We will surely test you through some fear, hunger and loss of money, lives and fruits of labor. Give good news to the steadfast. When an affliction befalls them, they say, "we belong to Allah and to Him we are returning".

The state of peace and tranquility empowers us to handle our adversity and hardships. Allah tests us individually, as a couple, as a family and collectively as a Ummah. Allah provides us the tools by which we canachieve our state of peace and tranquility. The tools of compassionate forbearance between the spouses, we are naturally inclined to alleviate one another's distress, to bring relief to one another mates. Marriage embraces the power to mercy, a power that is manifested through compassion, forgiveness and humility.

The love we have for one another in our marriages is for the sake of Allah, meaning, it is to gain Allah's pleasure and approval. Love, for the sake of Allah, should sustain us. Do we consider how, Allah expresses His love without limit? Do we consider how Allah sustains us, whether we believe or disbelieve? Our mates are as is; we do not have the right to make them believe as we believe, think as we think or even to mould them as we desire them to be. Allah does not compel us to believe, so how is it that we would attempt to compel our personal differences? Love is a challenge, the challenge to realize our potential and the challenger to bear the rewards of our talents. Love is to respect and value contributions to our relationship, to value our opinions, our school of thoughts, to ensure that we interact with the utmost of respect. How do we love without trust?

Trust is essential to love. Love loses its soul when trust is betrayed and confidentiality and self esteem is compromised. Love fosters that type of care where from time to time, our beloved ones trump our desires. When our patience is tested to exhaustion, we must practice mercy, compassion, forfiveness and humility. Marriage is growth, sometimes the husband out grows the wives, sometimes the wives out grow the husband. Between the partners, one will always determine the level of growth for the other.

Islam urges us to control and regulated our desires, whatever they may be, so that we remain honorable and arespected. Obedience is not blind. Submission and obedience to Allah enhances our working together within the family, towards the maintenance and the solidarity that keeps our families sound.

The husband must be respected and obeyed because he is the leader; not because he is superior. Can you imagine as a parent, an educator, or a leader lacking the authority or being denied the authority which has been entrusted in you, yet you must complete and fulfill your obligations?

Allah tells us 7:189 " He is the one who created you from one soul and He made from every one a mate to find tranquility with it......."

Allah is the one who controls the hearts and it is from Him to Whom we should ask for a good mate, for good in this world andfor good in the hereafter.

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FOOD DRIVE

As Salaamu Alaikunna, Food Drive at Masjid An Nur. Please donate non perishable food stuffs at each Salat and Friday after Jumu'ah in the food receptacle. If you are in need of any item please feel free to take what you need. We appreciate your cooperation and support.

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STATE OF THE MUSLIM WOMAN

Another thought provoking "Essential Living Series", entitled "2ND Annual State of the Muslim Woman" Sunday, February 23, 2012 9A ~ 3P Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mtn Lithonia Rd Lithonia GA 30058

Registration is $15.00. Please register on line at EL4MW.org and pay at the event.

Bring Your Qur’an and please, come grow with us.

Contact: Safiyah Abdul Khaaliq 7703652277

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MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS LUNCHEON

Another thought provoking "Essential Living Series" entitled the

Mothers and Daughters Luncheon Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2PM

Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd Lithonia GA 30058 $20 couples

Allah tells us 63:9 "O you who have believed, let not your wealth and your children divert you from remembrance of Allah. And whoever does that - then those are the losers."

Bring your Qur'an and please come grow with us!

Contact: Safiyah 770.365.2277

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MAMMOGRAPHY

SISTERS: Are YOU ELIGIBLE FOR A FREE MAMMOGRAM?

SISTERS: You may be eligible to receive a FREE MAMMOGRAM if YOU:

ARE UNINSURED OR UNDERINSURED

ARE AGE 40* OR OVER

HAVE NOT HAD A MAMMOGRAM IN ONE YEAR

In order to receive these services you must attend one of our breast health education sessions AND Receive a clinical breast examination by our nurse practitioner OR show proof that you were examined by your health care provider within the past three months.

*Women 39 and under may receive a free clinical breast examination. Depending on your medical or family history you may be eligible for additional breast health services.

For more information call: AISHA at 404 441 7029 or email us at

essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com.

As Always "BREAST HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS".

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BI MONTHLY CLINICAL BREAST EXAMINATIONS

BREAST EDUCATION & FREE CLINICAL BREAST EXAMINATIONS

As Salaamu Alaikunna,

Essential Living for Muslim Women Breast Health Initiative will conduct free clinical breast examinations on Sunday, March 14, 2010 from 1PM to 4Pm at Masjid An Nur located 1996 Stone Mountain Lithonia Rd, Lithonia GA 30058.

Breast Health is in Your hands. Don't have health insurance, underinsured and/or have breast problems, you may qualify for a free mammogram. Please attend this most important session, learn the importance of self breast healthcare and share your thoughts.

Essential Living for Muslim Women Breast Health Initiative is a metro Atlanta based program dedicated to increasing the awareness of breast health self care and to improving access to breast health services with generous funding from It's the Journey, Atlanta 2Day Walk.

Please come grow with us.

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PINK LADY PARTY

PINK LADY PARTY ~ LET'S EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND TAKE CARE

Remember the tupperware parties?! Essential Living Breast Health Initiative would like to host a Pink Lady Party at your home or office.

Breast Health is in Your Hands, and You are very important. Being knowledgeable about our breasts helps us to recognize the difference between normal changes and the signs of breast cancer.

Select a date, Invite your Muslim Sisters to your home or gather them together at your office, and we will bring the breast cancer educational materials, the refreshments and Clinical Breast Exam schedules for all participants.

Contact us at essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com or Aisha Hasan 404.441.7029

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EXAMINE YOUR BREASTS MONTHLY

BREAST CANCER AWARENESS IT'S IN YOUR HANDS

Essential Living Breast Health Initiative team will come to your Masjid, Islamic Center, home or where ever Muslim women come together for learning, sharing and growing to provide breast cancer awareness information and to conduct free clinical breast examinations. Please come grow with us!

Yes Sisters! Breast Cancer is in your hands. It does not matter what our ethnic, cultural, socio-economic or educational backgrounds are, we all share a most important fact, we are women and we are at risk for breast cancer.

The recommended Breast Cancer Screenings are to:

Perform Breast Self Examinations (BSE) beginning at age 20 years and on a monthly basis. Performing BSE monthly makes us knowledgeable of our breasts feel and texture.

Obtain a Clinical Breast Examination (CBE) by your Doctor or Health Care Provider at age 20 years or older and on an annual basis as part of a complete physical exam.

Schedule yourself for Mammography ~ if you are younger than 40 years of age depending on physical findings, family history and doctor's recommendation for a mammogram and its frequency; if you are 40 and older a mammogram is required annually.

We all ask, "who is at risk for breast cancer"? We've learned and we share this ~ just being a woman; being over 50 years of age; family history of breast cancer; personal history of breast cancer; having no children or having children after the age of 30; overweight/high fat diet; early menstruation/late menopause; previous breast biopsy that showed atypical hyperlasia or lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS).

We've learned and we share that 1% of people treated for breast cancer are men.

We all ask, "what am I looking for when performing my monthly BSE"? The following may be warning signs of cancer~but does not always mean cancer is present ~ a firm lump that feels different from the tissue around it; a change in skin texture or color; a dimple (skin depression) in the breast; a nipple that becomes pulled in (retracted); a bloody discharge from a nipple; a change in the size or shape of just one (not both) of your breasts.

You are the most knowledgeable about your body, you are responsible for the day to day care of your body. You must know the recommended breast cancer screenings, the risks for breast cancer and the warning signs of breast cancer. Breast Health is in YOUR hands!!

essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com

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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

ESSENTIAL LIVING for MUSLIM WOMEN BREAST HEALTH INITIATIVE

"Nor strain thine eyes in longing for the things We have given for enjoyment to parties of them the splendor of the life of this world through which We test them: but the provision of thy Lord is better and more enduring." Holy Qur'an 20:131

Essential Living Breast Health Initiative is a metro Atlanta based program dedicated to increasing the awareness of breast health self care and to improving access to breast Health services among immigrant and minority Muslim women residing in metro Atlanta. This goal insha'Allah (Allah willing) will be achieved through the generous funding by the It's The Journey Atlanta 2Day Walk.

Essential Living for Muslim Women Breast Health Initiative places enormous emphasis on empowering Muslim women to take an active role in their own health. Our initiative addresses the issues of modesty and cultural preferences by provisioning Muslim health care providers and trained Muslim Community Health Advisors representative of their respective communities. We plan to achieve this by assessing and providing Muslim women with clinical breast examinations, screening/diagnostic mammograms, ultrasounds,biopsies and clinical follow ups. As always we welcome and assist all women.

Essential Living for Muslim Women, Inc., implementing this initiative, is a group of ethnically diverse Muslim women representing various Masajid who are dedicated to submission to Allah's will, the education of Muslim women and the empowerment of Muslim women via thought provoking workshops and seminars.

For additional information regarding the Essential Living Breast Health Initiative, contact us at essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com

As always, please come grow with us!

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SISTERS ! LEARN CLASSICAL ARABIC READ QUR'AN

SEE THE 2014 CLASS SCHEDULE

Essential Living for Muslim Women Inc., is dedicated to the education of Muslim Women. On going are classes in Classical Arabic and Modern Standard Arabic for all ages and levels. Come grow with us!.

Beginner Classical Arabic and Qur'anic Reading ~ Beginner level teaches; the 28 letters of the arabic alphabet, the makhrij (place of articulation) i.e. throat, lips, mouth, nasal etc for each letter.

The vowels ~ short and long vowels, the sukoon, tanween, shadda and basic rules for thinking and a strong foundation in the arabic language. This is a continuing class which includes Qur'anic reading. Text book provided.

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Beginning Classical Arabic ~ Beginner level teaches: 28 letters of the Arabic Alphabets phonetically, the makhrij (place of articulation) for each letter, the vowels, short and long, the sukoon, tanween, shadda, and basic rules for a strong foundation in the arabic language. Text provided.

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Level I Beginner Grammar ~ Level I beginner grammar teaches: nouns, independent and attached pronouns,interrogative, basic sentence structures, conversational classical arabic vocabulary, drills and tests. Text required "Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Volume I" (must be able to read Arabic).

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Level II Intermediate Grammar ~ Level II intermediate grammar teaches: verb conjugation, idafa construct, comprehension stories with questions, conversational classical arabic, vocabulary, drills ,tests and Qur'anic research. Level II intemediate grammar text required "Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Volume I and an all Arabic Qur'an.

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Level III Qur'anic Research and Advanced Grammar ~ Level III teaches: arabic verbal system i.e. forms and shades of meaning, use of arabic dictionary, use of the vocabulary of Qur'an, root words, definitions, particles, conjunctions etc., drills and tests. Level III text required "Elementary Modern Standard Arabic Volume I, Arabic Qur'an, Hans Wehr Dictionary, Vocabulary of the Qur'an.

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All classes are 8 weeks and free of charge ~ the only requirement for the classes is COMMITMENT!!. Classes are held at Masjid An Nur 1996 So Stone Mtn Lithonia Rd Lithonia GA 30058 Please come and grow with us!! Class schedules are posted in Masjid An Nur or emailed upon request.

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Essential Living for Muslim Women

Essential Living for Muslim Women
essentialliving4muslimwomen@hotmail.com