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  • NNC 12:24 AM on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    All Creatures Pray to One God 

    After a late lunch at Panera Bread filled with some spiritual reflection and blogging, we made our way to Atlantic Beach to continue reflecting on this trip’s enriching experiences. We sat quietly at a lifeguard post, looking off into the endless ocean.  As I looked around, I could tell that none of us wanted this trip to end, but it was finally done. Or at least we thought it was.  It was time for prayer, so we took wudu in the public restroom. As we walked out of the restroom, we saw an enormous group of seagulls clumped together on the grass. They were suspiciously quiet and still, with their beaks and bodies pointed towards a single direction. We originally paid no attention to them, so Ahmad J proceeded to pull out his smart phone to locate the qiblah, the direction to the Ka’aba that Muslims pray towards. Subhan’Allah, what I write in these next few lines is pure, untainted truth. Ahmad Jitan suddenly exclaimed, “They are all facing the qiblah!” All praise be to God, it’s as if they were offering their prayers with us. We prayed about 10 feet in front of them. At the conclusion of the prayer, we stood up, and Ahmad Alshareef jokingly said, “Shouldn’t they be done with their prayers too?” Instantly, all the seagulls dispersed and flew away, back to the beach. I guess they had completed their prayers.  This was a miracle; things like this don’t just happen. I believe that this is a sign that we were successful on our spiritual journey and insha’Allah (God Willing), Allah is satisfied with the work we have done.
    • Rayan 1:09 AM on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      this made me smile 🙂 so glad it was a rewarding and fulfilling trip, hA.

    • Kelly Jarrett 11:03 AM on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great ending to your trip. Very funny post. And true, inshallah.

  • NNC 4:22 AM on October 11, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hold up, wait a minute, put a little LOVE in it 

    We started off our day with a three-hour drive from Brevard to Charlotte.  Once parked, we exited our car and approached Masjid Ash-Shaheed. Immediately, someone at the door welcomed us; with a smile on his face, he introduced himself as Nasif Majid and ecstatically told us to come join the community members for Dhuhr prayer. I just want to point out how loosely people use the term community today. The word has much significance, but this Masjid is truly a community. The vibrant community emitted this (More …)

  • NNC 1:15 AM on October 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Spiritual Renaissance 

    After exploring the exciting and vibrant downtown life of Asheville, it was finally time to move on in our journey to Brevard, North Carolina. Unsure of what to do next, we were deciding whether to go to a corn maze or Hooker’s waterfall in DuPont State Forest. Ultimately, we chose Hooker’s waterfall, a decision no one regrets. We parked our 8-seated Ford Expedition. At this point, it was about 30 minutes before Maghrib prayer, the prayer after sunset, so we hastily made our way through the forest. (More …)

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