Thursday, July 31, 2014

Re2pect [Derek Jeter x Jordan Brand]



Jordan Brand has rolled out a star-laden commercial tribute for the longtime Bronx captain, Derek Jeter as he is set to depart from the Yankees this season. Featuring the likes of Michael Jordan, Jay Z, Spike Lee, Rudolph Giuliani, Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony and more [Interestingly Enough, No LeBron... Guess Because He's Not "Brand Jordan" ?], the true respect bestowed upon Jeter comes from those with conflicting ties to the franchise and others with different rooting interests. Jeter became the first Jordan Brand-endorsed baseball player after signing with the company in 1999. 

He has 12 signature cleats to his name – more shoes than any other athlete besides Jordan himself.

View and Purchase The Collection Here...
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What's Street Art Anyway ?

WTF is Street Art Anyway ?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Calligrafist Thoughts | Day 25 | Human Life | Ramadhan 2014

As Ramadhan Comes to an end... My Thoughts and Prayers are With Those Suffering ALL Over The World, Muslim and Non Muslim Alike [Palestine, China, Burma, Nigeria, Chicago, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russsia... Etc]. It saddens me to see people die for simply standing up for themselves or their beliefs [What is Happening in Iraq with ISIS is disturbing as well], but what really saddens me is the fact that children are being Killed.. Innocent Children. Human Life is Being Devalued in The Name of What ??? As a Young Child I Was Taught to Hate No One... But how can you not hate anyone who intentionally Kills [Maims] children, women and the elderly as a means of "retaliation" ???

May Allah [God] give the oppressed around the world peace, solace, and alleviate their sufferings. 

The abuse of power we are seeing every day is scary... 

May Allah allow love for one another to moisten our hearts, May he remove the mischief makers from this earth. May Allah soften the hearts of those with an upper hand and allow them to act justly towards those weaker than them... May Allah Help The People in Distress. 

Who just shoots down an aircraft full of "innocent" people for no apparent reason, is the value of life so minuscule ???

I don't really speak about politics publicly and this isn't a political post, this is a humanity post. The value of Human Life seems to be worth nothing nowadays [just turn the TV, on look on The internet and you'll see it front and center all over the world and even right here in America...]. 

peace is only possible with justice and with information that gives us the power to act justly.

As humans we have to love and respect each. Stand for what's right even if it's against your own people, friends, family and nation. Wrong is wrong.. Right is right.. Question is "will we have the courage to speak out against, take the proper action against and truly hate what's wrong in this world ? Or are we gonna just stand back and be onlookers nonchalant about the state of our world ???". Allah give us the courage and strength. 

Not sure if I believe in Karma or Not... But someone said " The Karma will always find a place to land". 

Always Remember Allah's help is with the oppressed, BEWARE ! [everything happens in its time and Allah is the best of planners... We have to be patient in his plan, even though it can be tough at times, we have to understand and know his promises are TRUTH]

I'm grateful for Ramadhan, it gives me a sense of hope. May Allah accept whatever good we do in this month and these last couple of days. 

I'm just sharing what's on my mind and in my heart at this very moment... Rambling and thoughts of a concerned individual of the human race.

What is Happening  in The World Saddens Me...
  
 #PeaceSalaamسلام
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Last 10 Nights of Ramadhan | Laylatul Qadr - Night of Power | Ramadhan 2014

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The Prophet Muhammad [Peace be Upon Him] said, "If any Muslim comes out of Ramadhan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser." 

In this blessed month of Ramadhan, we have now come to the grand finale... the last ten days of Ramadhan that are even more blessed than the rest of Ramadhan. In it is a night that Quran tells us is better than 1,000 months [yes, months – not days].


We are in the LAST 10 Days and Nights of Ramadhan, Arguably the MOST rewarding and beneficial 10 Days of the Islamic year [Matter of Fact Any Year PERIOD].

So the question arises what makes these night the "greatest" ?

Below I "attempt" to explain...

Laylat al-Qadr [Arabic: لیلة القدر‎], variously rendered in English as the Night of Destiny, Night of Power, Night of Value, the Night of Decree or Night of Measures, is the anniversary of two very important dates in Islam that occurred in the month of Ramadhan. 

It is the anniversary of the night the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad [Peace Be Upon Him].

Laylat al-Qadr is the night when the Quran was first revealed. All Muslims believe that revelation of the Quran occurred in two phases, with the first phase being the revelation in its entirety on Laylat al-Qadr to the angel Jibrail [Gabriel] in the lowest heaven from Allah, and then the subsequent verse-by-verse revelation to the Prophet Muhammad by Jibrail [By the will of Allah]. The first Surah [Chapter] that was revealed was Surah Al-Alaq which is also commonly referred to as Surah Al-Iqra. 

Muslims are ENCOURAGED to worship as much as they can on this night. This night is also the night when Allah decides the destiny of EVERYONE.

Sunnah [Practice of the Prophet]

Muslims often pray extra prayers on this day, particularly the night prayer. We awake, pray with the hope that Allah [God] will give us anything that we may desire on this night. [Reading the Quran, Standing in Salaah [Prayer], Remembrance of Allah, Supplications, Etc.].

Those who can afford to devote their time in the remembrance of Allah stay in the Masjid [Mosque] for the final ten days/nights of Ramadhan. This worship is called Iʿtikāf [retreat/seclusion]. They observe a fast during the day and occupy themselves with the remembrance of Allah, performing voluntary prayers and studying the Quran, day and night, apart from the obligatory prayers which they perform with the congregation. Food and other necessities of life are provided for them during their stay in the mosque. 

Devoting time to remember Allah, We also hope to receive divine favors and blessings connected with Laylatul-Qadr.

Date

Laylat al-Qadr is to be found in the last five odd nights of the 3rd of Ramadhan. There is no mention in the Quran as to when the specific date is, Laylat al-Qadar is to be "Searched For" on the last nights of Ramadhan on one of the odd nights, i.e. the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th night.

Religious importance

Quran

We have indeed revealed this (Message) in the Night of Value:
And what will explain to thee what the night of Value is?
The Night of Value is better than a thousand months.
Therein come down the angels and the Spirit by Allah's permission, on every errand:
Peace!...This until the rise of dawn!
—Surah 97 [Al-Qadr]
The verses above regard the Night as better than one thousand months. The whole month of Ramadhan is a period of spiritual training wherein believers devote much of their time to fasting, praying, reciting the Quran, remembering God, and giving charity. However because of the revealed importance of this night, Muslims strive [give more effort] harder in the last ten days of Ramadhan since the Laylat al-Qadr could be one of the odd-numbered days in these last ten [the 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th or 29th]. Normally, some Muslims from each community perform iʿtikāf in the Masjid [Mosque]: they remain in the Masjid for the last ten days of the month for prayers and recitation.

 The main Dua for Laylatul Qadr:

Aisha [Messengers Wife] said: “I asked the Messenger of Allah: 'O Messenger of Allah, if I know what night is the night of Qadr, what should I say during it?' He said:

                                اَللَّهُمَّ اِنَّكَ عَفُوٌّ ، تُحِبُّ الْعَفْوَ فَاعْفُ عَنِّي
 


'Say: O Allah, You are all forgiving and You love to forgive, so forgive me.' 
"Allahumma innaka ‘afuwwun
tuhibbul ‘afwa
fa’fu ‘annee"  

[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and Tirmidhi].


Gaining forgiveness on laylatul Qadr


Abu Huraira narrated that the Messenger said: “Whoever stands [in prayer] in Laylatul Qadr while nourishing his faith with self-evaluation, expecting reward from Allah, will have all of his previous sins forgiven.” [Bukhari and Muslim].

We should sincerely repent for past and present sins with the intention of not repeating them again and ask of Allah to help us prevent ourselves from doing them again and ask Allah to perfect our characters and to help us improve ourselves in every way possible.


in Conclusion

Lets Take Advantage of These Last 10 Nights and Make a STRONG Effort to find Laylatul Qadr and Receive Allah's Blessings and Forgiveness.

 One should strive and do their utmost to gain the mercy of Allah especially in the odd numbered nights of the last ten days. If one leaves Ramadhan without gaining the mercy of Allah then surely they are the most unfortunate ones and are the biggest losers in this world and the next.

We should be very busy in Dua [supplication] as much as we can especially in the last 10 odd numbered.

Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an:
"When my servants ask you concerning me, [tell them] I am indeed close [to them]. I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on me." [2:186]

The place of dua is so high to Allah, that the Prophet [Peace Be Upon Him] had said: "Nothing is more honorable to Allah the Most High than dua [Supplication]." [Sahih al-Jami` no.5268].

Almighty Allah also said: "The most excellent worship is dua [Supplication]." [Sahih Al-Jami` no. 1133]

Therefore let us devote much of the night of Qadr in dua asking of Allah for his mercy and forgiveness.

Don't Forget To Pray For Me and I'll Pray For You !
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Ramadhan Reflection - Via @KLatif [MUST READ] | Ramadhan 2014

One of my former students reached out to me recently in regard to his father's fasting. He didn't know what would be the best way for his father to complete his daily fasts. He is an elderly man and is far away from any family or friends. He hardly speaks with anyone, let alone sees anyone face-to-face. The young man's main concern for his father had to do with his inability to know when to start and stop fasting. His father, like many other Muslims, was and currently still is forced to live in solitary confinement. He can't see the sun to know whether it is up or down and the guards at his facility won't tell him. So he, as his son described it, is just trying the best that he can.
This conversation resonated with me in a lot of different ways. Aside from the reality of unjust incarceration of hundreds of men and women living in a post-9/11 world or the fact that the experiences of people fasting vary quite drastically, I am more inclined to seeing a gap in our leadership in the Muslim community, and wondering when we will begin to fill it.
Organized evil will always triumph over disorganized righteousness. This is truth, whether we choose to accept it or not. We can have good intentions all we want. If we have no plan, we will continue to be mistreated, our civil rights will be non-existent, and we will find ourselves sitting at dinners where we are verbally slapped in the face by the hosts and will have no real recourse other than to fight with each other afterwards on social media. Congrats -- you won the war on Twitter. How about we sit down and figure out collectively how to win the war that is being waged against us in the real world?
Unlike most minority groups living in the United States, the Muslim community has no federation or established systems of networks of any kind. On a local, state, or national level, there is virtually no communication or strategy being employed whatsoever. Moving aside from building coalitions external to the broader Muslim community, the development of intra-community coalitions is necessary. I wouldn't undermine one's resolve to "be at the table" with other groups. But it shouldn't come at the expense of us sitting at the table with each other and it very much so is starting to.
We are divided in every possible way that we can be. Racial, ethnic, cultural, gender-based, socioeconomic, and political divides are just the tip of the iceberg in the very little it takes for us to justify not sitting at the table with those who differ with us in perspective or to be dismissive and delegitimize each others leadership. A Muslim can be a woman and be a leader. A Muslim can be black and be a leader. A Muslim can have an accent and be a leader. If you think otherwise, you are foolish and need to be silent.
We have to build a strategy and empower leaders of all kinds to become transformational in their leadership rather than simply being reactive. If our community's biggest victory this Ramadan is not getting parking tickets on Eid because of the fire hazard that is our parking lot that has been expanded five times already and cost millions of dollars, then we are selling ourselves short.
Start locally. Bring together leaders of local community centers, mosques, businesses, and non-profits to strategize on how you want to grow. If you don't know how to do it, put in the money to bring in consultants to help and provide similar financial support to communities that might not be as wealthy so that they can do the same. Come to a consensus and then honor what is agreed to, even if you disagree with it. If people don't want to think bigger than their own egos, then move on without them. This is not about any one individual -- it's much bigger than that.
Religious authority and scholarship should be at this table, but not alone and not necessarily as the final say. We have a silent majority that is not being tapped into that can help shape a vision of growth for our community and we need to be able to bring them up and give them a platform. We also have to be strong enough to break precedent that places people in roles of decision-making that they are not on their own qualified to undertake.
When was the last time there was a plenary session of any kind at any of the major national Muslim conferences that take place in the United States? I speak at many of these conferences and nothing really builds up with a strategy year-to-year. Rather it's the same thing being talked about every year by the same people. There is no introduction of ideas or initiatives that can be replicated in local community. Inspiration takes the place of substance and we're left with the only measure of success being how many people attended.
As you come together in these nights of Ramadan, take advantage of the opportunity and spend some time building a plan for your community. Map out who is who and what they are doing and use the opportunity of inviting them to break fast with you in hopes of breaking down barriers that are keeping us from moving forward as a community.
"Indeed, God will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves." ~ The Holy Qur'an, 13:11
Be the change that you wish to see. It's time for us to be better.
Via - @KLatif on Twitter. 
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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Calligrafist Thoughts [Day 15 | Half Way | Love | Ramadhan 2014]

With Ramadhan Being at its Half Way Point, let's truly reflect on how the first half has gone for us, how we benefited, where we can progress and what our goals and plans are to make the MOST of the remaining 15 or so days... MAN Ramadhan is Almost Finito !!!
Personally this first few weeks of Ramadhan has shown me how loving Allah is on so many levels [I'll share them later]. Anyone who really knows me, knows I think a lot and often, I think if what I can do better, what I have done right and wrong, I think of those who I have wronged and have wronged me, so on and so forth... This month only increases my thoughts, dreams and aspirations. To be honest Ramadhan allows me to put things in perspective and builds patience where it never really was. 
In these past 15 days since Ramadhan has began, I've seen growth, growth in my spiritually, mentally, artistically, my relationship with Allah has grown and growth in my Quran [being a Hafidh of Quran [one who has memorized the entire Quran] isn't easy, but Ramadhan is crucial in the upkeep of my memorization. Every Ramadhan I'm reminded of that as I lead the night prayers and the prep leading up to it.]
Everyday I've woke up unsure of what the day has in store spiritually and without fail before the day ends I see the benefit in that day... "No one day of Ramadhan is the same".

Like I told one of my friends, Allah really loves us man, sit back and think about it... it's AMAZING !

I can go on and on about how these first 15 days have effected me, being away from social media, social gatherings and "regular life" to really take time and get closer to my creator... Overall I'm looking forward to conquering new things within myself these last 15 days and I hope you are as well !

Below you can read an excerpt from one of Imam Khalid Latif's "Ramadan Reflections"...

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Canine Catwalk/Benefit Runway Show [Hosted by LifeStyle Trimco]

July 17th is around the corner, don't forget to get your tickets to the Canine Catwalk hosted by Global Visual Group [Lifestyle/Trimco]

Models, Fashion, Food and the option to adopt an animal ALL included...


 

 Featuring Two of My Favorite Companies "Yasmine Yasmine" and "Trust in Us Catering" as Sponsors.

We at @trustinuscatering are proud to be a sponsor of #CanineCatWalk Hosted by @LifeStyleTrimCoViaggio x @AnimalLeague | ALL PROCEEDS go to Charity [The helping and saving of an animal] | Purchase Tickets With The Link Below, Even if You Can't Make it. It's an amazing way to give back. 


http://tinyurl.com/caninecatwalk-tickets

Come Out and Support... a Different Way to Give Back This Ramadhan !

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Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Nike Air Max 1 Cut Out PRM “Metallic Red Bronze/Light Bone” #CalligrafistKicks

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Following on from the success of Nike‘s “Liquid Gold” pack, the sportswear giant has just released a new metallic colorway to their women’s lineup. The Nike Air Max 1 Cut Out Premium in “Metallic Red Bronze/Light Bone” offers a similar gilded finish with slightly more detailing. Sporting a python-embossed rose-gold upper, a light-bone midsole and gum outsole keep the sneaker tonal and fresh for summer. 

Look out for it to hit Nike Sportswear retailers later this month. 

Via - Highsnobiety

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Calligrafist Thoughts [Day 10 | Mercy |Ramadhan 2014]

"Ramadhan is a month long spiritual gym where we work on our metaphysical muscles through more deliberate disciplines, prayer, reflections and worship. It is an annual Muslim attempt to simultaneously grow vertically in their relationship with their Lord and horizontally with fellow human beings through emphatic and various acts of charity. It is a month of self-auditing and self-evaluation where believers check their accounts in Heavenly currency terms. 

May we all be able to bring ourselves to a level where we can accept and welcome all what Ramadhan can give us."

We are in the 2nd 10 days of Ramadhan... Let's Look for Allah's mercies and also be merciful to others. 

The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Those who are merciful will be shown mercy by the Merciful. Be merciful to those on the earth and the One above the heavens will have mercy upon you.The womb is derived from the Merciful, so whoever keeps relations with his family then Allah will keep relations with him, and whoever abandons his family then Allah will abandon him.
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Saturday, July 05, 2014

Calligrafist Thoughts [Day 7 | Ramadhan 2014]

Ramadhan is a special opportunity to reorganize your life and [re]establish your priorities. From chasing dreams to seeking Allah, for the believer, it's about reminding ourselves of the direction of travel and seeking to lay down positive habits for the future. Restraint, contemplation, patience, it's also an excellent lesson in humility as one begins to recognize the myriad blessings in our day to day. 
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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Calligrafist Thoughts [Day 3 | Ramadhan 2014]


To me, fasting is about gaining a deeper awareness and mindfulness of one's self and, in turn, the world in which one is situated. From the outside it might seem like it's about deprivation of food and drink. But by shifting my focus away from a simple satiation of my stomach and looking more towards the satisfaction of my soul, I realize that are many different ways that I can nourish myself and many different parts of me that need to be nourished that I often times neglect, my heart being a primary amongst those. My fast helps me to be more present and aware, to see my blessings and reflect upon my strengths and weaknesses. It helps me to understand that as much as I have a place in this world, so too do many others whose lives are similar to my own as well as those whose lives have been completely different. It is mostly for my benefit to understand and appreciate their existence, rather than being comfortable living in my own bubble. 
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