قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم سيد الاستغفار - اللهم أنت ربي لا إله إلا أنت خلقتني و أنا عبدك و أنا على عهدك و وعدك ما استطعت - أعوذ بك من شر ما صنعت - أبوء لك بنعمتك علي و أبوء بذنبي فاغفر لي فإنه لا يغفر الذنوب إلا أنت - من قالها حين يمسي فمات من ليلته دخل الجنة و من قالها حين يصبح فمات من يومه دخل الجنة
The Prophet mentions — peace and blessings upon him — as collected in al-Bukhari: “The master prayer for forgiveness is: O’ God!, You are my Lord, there is no god but You. You have created me and I am your servant, and I am in Your charge, held by Your promise, from the evil that I have committed. I therefore acknowledge to You Your favor bestowed upon me. I acknowledge my transgression, so forgive me, as there is no one to forgive sins other than You.’ S/he who says that, when s/he enters the eventide and then dies therein, enters Paradise. And s/he who says the same when s/he enters the morning and dies therein, enters Paradise.”
Qaala Rasulu’llahi salla’llahu ‘alayhi wa sallama, sayyidul’Istighfar: Allahumma Anta rabbi, laa ilaaha illaa anta, khalaqtuni wa Anaa ‘abduka wa Anaa ‘alaa ‘ahdiKa wa wa’diKa maa’stata’tu, a’udhu biKa min sharri maa sana’tu - abuw’u laka bi-ni’matiKa ‘alayya wa abuw’u bi-dhanbiy fa’ghfirliy, fa’innahu laa yaghfirudh’dhunuwba illaa Anta.
CAMP Philadelphia is organizing a panel on the topic of African Americans and their contribution to Islam. The event will feature yours truly as the keynote speaker as well as spoken word artist, Seff Al Afriqi, author of a new volume of poetry entitled, A Gathering of Myself. The talk will also feature a panel discusion, “Bridging the Gap”, with members diverse cultural backgrounds, in which Muslims and non-Muslims can exchange thoughts on the topic of Islam in America, Islamophobia. The talk will be held this Sunday, Feb 27th, from 3-5:30pm in Griski room, Houston Hall, on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.
Ahmed Kenya will be putting on a new play at the New Africa Center, Saturday, February 19th, at 2pm/4pm. The new play is entitled, The Life and Times of Omar Bin Sayyid, An African Muslim Scholar Enslaved in America. The location is 4243 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, Pa., 19104.
Philadelphia-area clergy find social media a blessing
Today’s Inquirer features an article by John Timpane showcasing the use of social media by various religoius groups. Mr. Timpane was kind enough to interview me for the article. Pick up a copy at a newstand near you or visit Philly.com to read the article.
Tomorrow’s Inquirer [February 2nd, 2011 or maybe the 3rd … it seems they’re having some editorial issues] will feature a small article showcasing the use of social media in religious circles. Yours truly will be featured [or so he’s told!], representing the Muslims and role of social media/technology in Islam in America. Pick up a copy at a newstand near you or visit Philly.com and do a search!
The following audio file is from the Chaplain Chats Series, hosted by Caryolyn Baugh, which took place on UPenn’s campus, Monday January 31st. The talk continued with the theme of “Pillars of Islam”, by talking about the Shahādah. Thanks for the pizza!