Day 19 – “The DMV”
Peace and blessings to All. This is Hamza Abdullah checking in for the Abdullah Brothers Ramadan Tour. Make sure you guys check out Husain’s blog entry too. Today might have been the best day of the tour. Might. Not only was it a great turnout, but this marked the end of the “Toll Roads”. Yipeee! Seriously. The MCA Youth in Santa Clara, CA set the tone, but I’m not sure The ADAMS Youth didn’t get to that level, or maybe a little ahead. We had a great program set up, and this was no surprise, because our brother Joshua Salaam was in charge. Many of you know who Brother Joshua is, but if you don’t, Google him. He’s one of the three brothers that changed my life.
“Are my intentions alright? Am I doing it for Allah?” WOW! What a statement. In Islam, we’re constantly asked about our intentions, and purifying our intentions. Everything we do, should be in the name of God. We were created to serve and worship God. Every thing we do, should be good, and in good favor. One day, when I was driving my wife’s car, I turned on the CD Player. It was CD #6 Track 9. The name of the CD was Yusuf Islam’s “Night of Remembrance” and the song was “Intentions“. It was Rap on an Islamic CD, and I never heard it before. But the lyrics froze me. I immediately started to weep. I hadn’t cried in a long time, but this was a much needed release. Here I am, trying to be someone I’m not, and not representing myself, my family or my religion, the right way. It was all from Allah (God). When I started the car it was on that song, and I had it on repeat, the entire drive. I drove straight to the Masjid and prayed. That song changed my life.
I am forever indebted to brothers Joshua Salam, Abdul-Malik Ahmad and Naeem Muhammad. Better known as NATIVE DEEN! The fact that 2 of the 3 brothers, Naim couldn’t make it, came out and showed love, melted my heart. These brothers are prime examples for youngsters like myself, and others. They get it. They put God first, and let everything else follow suit. They Want for their brother, what they want for themselves. I love Native Deen, and may God preserve these brothers, and bless them with whatever good deeds I have accrued since listening to their inspiring song.
The Ayah of the day is in the Quran Surah (Chapter) 9 Al-Tauwba (Repentance) Ayah (Verse) 71:
“The Believers, men and women, are protectors one of another: they enjoin what is just, and forbid what is evil:…”
I pray, I can do for someone, what the brothers from Native Deen, have done for me. ADAMS Center was rocking, and it’s going to be tough to follow that up. But the University of Kentucky MSA (Muslim Student Association), is up for the challenge. God willing, we’ll see you guys in Lexington. Peace and Be Blessed.