Life & Rap

Background

Craig Mack passing takes one back at rise and rising.

And, how it will play out for each of us.

Videos

  1. Craig Mack
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • Craig Mack and His NEW RAP – The Video – See it LIVE!
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  2. Trevell Coleman
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • ABC News – Nightline
          • Former Bad Boy Artist G-Dep gives Interview from Prison
        • Steph Lova
          • Black Rob Discusses G-Dep Murder Confession
          • Profile
            • In this exclusive clip, Steph Lova asks Black Rob about G-Dep’s infamous murder confession. Black Rob breaks down how G-Dep felt and why he did what he did
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        •  djvlad
          • G-Dep Explains Confessing to Murder: “I Didn’t Feel Free and Clear”
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              Former Bad Boy artist, “G-Dep,” also known by his real name, Trevell Coleman, spoke to DJ Vlad about why he decided in 2011 to confess to a murder he committed during a robbery attempt in 1993. Although, the rapper had gotten away with the crime for almost 18 years, he says it didn’t feel that way to him, “I didn’t feel free and clear.” He explained, “Every day, I was faced with this memory and this heinous act, that really didn’t have to happen.”Listen to the full interview above to hear about his time in prison and what he has planned for the future.
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  3. Loon
    • Videos
      • YouTube
        • Why Loon Left Bad Boy
          Loon 2 Amir is a Documentary Short about the transformation of Chauncey Hawkins, better known as Bad Boy Rapper extraordinaire Loon, from a life of discontentment as a Hip Hop star to a life of peace in faith as Amir Muhadith.
          Channel :- West Dawn Media
          Published On :- 2010-Jan-17th
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        • Loon talks about Islam and the music industry right before going to prison
          Former Badboy artist Loon speaks about his experience converting to Islam, and why he’s not making music any more right before going to jail
          Channel :- R Lyfe Visuals
          Published On :- 2009-Dec-12th
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        • Rapper Loon – When people ask me about Jay Z
          I Don’t play “ask me about Jay-Z”. I play my Sahabaa Rookie Card.
          Channel :- Ibaadur Rahmaan
          Published On :- 2012-May-14th
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In depth

G. Dep

Night-line

Former Bad Boy Artist G-Dep gives Interview from Prison

  1. I don’t see any other way out except me dying

 

G. Dep Says ‘Burden Is Lifted’ After Confessing To Murder!

  1. Betrayed by the last person anyone will ever suspect himself

Reference Work

  1. Loon
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Life in Ministry – The CareTakers – 2017/Dec

 

As I attested in an earlier post it is mostly grandmothers and mothers raising the children of those locked in.

And, so our interaction is mostly with women.

 

A Big Brother & Twin Sisters

About 3 years ago, Wifey and I drove about an hour to go drop off this particular gift.  The lady and I had made arrangements over the phone a couple of days earlier and I felt I needed a feminine persuasion to lighten the mood and draw us closer.

We arrived and were let in.  Met the twin granddaughters and the grandson.  Wifey was able to lubricate the conversation the way women are able to and it was really the best exchange that year.

As I looked at the drop offs this year, I found one that appears likely destined to the same family.

Arranged for a drop off.  Upon arriving was told that gifts were only for the twins as their older brother had aged out at nineteen.

Was sure to leave a gift cert for him.

 

Connection Made through Facebook

There is so much cost to having someone on the inside; the family loses that income. Additionally, they have to set aside tiny amounts and place them in the provision Accounts of those inside.

With sky high rental costs, often our targeted demographics have to move quite a bit.

Addresses and Phone number change midstream.

As I looked at the beautiful gifts purchased by our congregation, I knew I could not leave a particular set of gifts undelivered.

Yes, sometimes we hold gifts for years thereafter.

But, not this one.

They were packaged and paired for two sisters.

I tried reaching their mother through the phone number that we were provided, but “NO GO”.

I thus took to Facebook and tried to find the name.  The last name is common.  But, not the first.

Was able to locate her.

Sent her a Facebook text.  Did not hear back from her till the following Monday.

The next Sunday was a bright and sunny day;  just the right day with a thin winter air that is easy to walk and dress lightly in.

Dropped off the gifts and caught a glimpse of the beautiful toddler girls.

 

 

The lady that Adopted Two Children

Last year I met Ms. R.  The gift was for her grandson.

On the day I attempted to make the delivery she was out of town.

And, so she asked us to just put it in the mail.

Trusted her grandson with gift certs.

This year, our Church, again drew her.

I called her and we quickly deepened conversation into familiar spirits.

I asked if it was OK to pray and she obliged.

She continued that she has a Government Job that pays handsomely and that she does not need help buying gifts for her grandson.

But, he likes to receive something from his Dad.

She insisted that she has to recompenses us.  And, she will do so by adopting two of our kids.

As her son’s Angel was picked by a fellow Government worker as Ms. R, I explained that she is picking a worthy Angel that did not just need a present,  but prayers as well.

A couple of weeks ago, Ms.  R and I resumed our conversation.  I asked if she is is still interested in adopting the Angels and she replied Yes.

In between I lost my phone, but she persisted in calling me.

The first call I received upon getting a replacement phone was hers.

She had moved and we arranged to meet at a close by train station.

Dropped off the gifts and instead of given us two gift certs back, she gave us three.

What an exchange, gave one received three.

 

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

There was a family with two girls, One girl wanted the book “The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett” and the other “Bow & Arrow“.

We had a church member deliver the gifts with a replacement for the book.

A few minutes later Ms.  Denise came by with the Book.  She was not happy that we had exchanged out her gift.  She had placed so much into it and she even added a “Heart Pendant“.

The next weekend called the lady and made arrangement to drop off the book.  She hesitated fervently that the gifts were already delivered.  I said Yes, but the delivery was missing the one item the daughter explicitly requested.

As I delivered the gift she confessed that her granddaughter was not so happy that we did not oblige her initial gift request.

The grandmother tried to explain things away by saying that her Dad only has an opportunity to give us a gender and an age and we just were not able to get her what she wanted.

The young girl insisted that we asked her for what she wanted and she was affirmative with her request.  Grandmother promised to take her to the bookstore after Christmas.

I was happy that Ms. Denise followed through.

Wrong Address

There was gifts destined for the Central Valley.   One of the gifts needed to be splitted off between grandparents and a mother.

The mother called and said the gifts for the grandparents never arrived.  I replied that we were done for the year and we were unable to make up the difference.

She pleaded with me, but I was unrelenting.

About a week later I finally made it to the mailbox.  And,  God behold, the parcel was in there waiting for me.

I called her back and apologized for my unbelief.  She shared with me that they know the intended street very well and that she and grandmother drove back and forth a few times and know that the address I had did not exist and that she knew that I will receive the package back eventually.

AMIN AHSAN ISLAHI :- The Blessings of Spending in the Way of Allah

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Spending in the way of Allah  is a great virtue. It occupies paramount importance in divine religions. All Prophets of Allah emphatically urged their followers to spend in the way of Allah. In this article, we shall take a brief look at some of the blessings of spending in the way of Allah.

True Attachment with God

The greatest benefit of spending in the way of Allah is that it establishes a strong bond between a person and his Creator. A man’s heart generally lies where his wealth is. If he hides away his wealth in some secret place, he finds himself thinking about that very place all the time. In case of investment in a business or a company, he cannot help being pre-occupied with the continued viability of the investee. In short, what is evident from practical experience is that man’s heart is affixed to his wealth. Keeping in view the foregoing explanation, it can be asserted that anyone who spends in the way of Allah would find that he is in an everlasting communion with God since he has entrusted Allah with his wealth. In this regard, Jesus  is reported to have said:

“Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Mathew 6:20-1)

Stronger Ties with the Society

The second benefit which spending in the way of Allah  affords the spender is that it helps him establish unfailing ties with his society. A little deliberation here will reveal that this achievement is not of less significance. Rather, it is one of the two pillars upon which the whole structure of religion is based. These two pillars, namely: prayer and spending, are a pre-requisite in order to make a person a true servant of God. The first pillar helps in developing a true relationship with the Almighty. And the second inculcates a deep-rooted connection amongst the members of the society. Hence, both play an unsurpassed role in nurturing and developing the persona conceived by the Quran. It is precisely for this reason that Salah (the prayer) and Zakah (alms-tax) find mention in the Quran side by side. For example, in the initial verses of Surah Baqarah, what immediately follows the mention of Salah is spending in the way of Allah.

As pointed out earlier, these two pillars in fact constitute the foundations upon which the entire structure of man’s relationship with the Creator and His creation is erected. Consequently, one can safely conclude that the fabric of the Shariah too is based upon the prayer and spending. All ancient Semitic religions regard both these pillars as the origin of righteous conduct. Once someone asked Jesus  about the great commandment in the law, Jesus  enlightened him by saying:

‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind’. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets (Matthew, 22:37-40)

The best possible way to demonstrate affection towards a neighbor is to sympathize with him and help him out financially whenever he is in trying circumstances. Just as Salah is the only befitting way man can express his love for the Almighty, the only appropriate manner he can exhibit his appreciation for his neighbor is to spend for him whenever he is in need.

Both things apparently seem distinct and separate yet if are viewed from a holistic perspective the love of the neighbor would appear to be the direct outcome of the love of God. Anyone who loves God would certainly care for His creation since He has analogously regarded the whole mankind as His own children. Man is so created that whenever he loves someone he instinctively falls in love with everything related to him as well. So, when a person loves Allah he surely feels affection for His Creation and this affection ultimately results in spending to ease the sufferings through which the ‘children’ of his beloved Allah may be going.

The brimming love that man feels for Allah is the natural consequence of his sentiments of gratitude. When he observes carefully around himself the providence and power of Allah, he finds himself engulfed by the bounties of his Gracious Creator. This realization, on the one hand, gives rise to the sentiments of worship which naturally prompts him to offer the prayer and, on the other hand, induces him to be as much generous as possible to mankind since he has become cognizant of the fact that everything he possesses has been bestowed upon him generously by Allah alone.

It can therefore be concluded that the love for humanity is an offshoot of one’s love for God and that both provide a rock-solid base for religion. While the former stands at the core of all human rights, the latter is the stream from which all religious obligations spring forth. Anyone who can willingly spend his wealth for others cannot be assumed to be careless when it comes to discharging other moral obligations. The only person who can be presumed to be the best member of a society is the one who has done away with his undue love of riches, because should this love prevail, it would awfully obstruct the normal flow of righteous conduct. The Holy Quran alludes to both situations in the following words:

“So, he who gave in the way of Allah and was god-fearing and believed in the good outcome [in the Hereafter], We shall, indeed, take him to [a fate] of delight. And he who was a miser and was indifferent and belied the good outcome [in the Hereafter], We shall, indeed, take him to [a fate] of affliction.”(92:5-10)

Spending nurtures Wisdom (Hikmah)

The third benefit of spending is that it is like food and water for all the other religious obligations and creeds. It helps, on the one hand, all those righteous deeds which are yet feeble and have shallow roots in our soul and, on the other hand, it strengthens all beliefs which have not yet gained sound basis in our heart.

This stability and depth of all virtues and beliefs in a person is exactly what the Quran describes as Hikmah (wisdom). From certain indications of the Quran we may construe that the key to this wisdom is indeed spending in the way of Allah. At one place, the Quran delineates the benefits of spending in the following words:

“Satan threatens you with poverty and bids you to conduct unseemly. Allah promises you His forgiveness and bounties, and Allah cares for all and He knows all things. He grants wisdom to whom He pleases and he to whom wisdom is granted receives indeed a benefit overflowing.”(2:268-9)

Only that spending brings this benefit to the spender which has been carried out in order to please Allah alone and to reinforce what is yet feeble in heart. Therefore, the parable described just before the above quoted verses begins as:

“And the likeness of those who spend their substance seeking to please Allah and to strengthen their souls.”(2:265)

The part ‘to strengthen their souls’ implies that they spend in the way of Allah contrary to the ill wishes of their heart so that they can overcome all the impediments, which stand in their way to being a Godly person. The reward that God promises them in return is that He will of surety bless them with His bounties and bestow upon them the treasure of priceless wisdom.

Increase in Wealth

The fourth benefit of spending in the way of Allah  is that it augments the wealth of the spender. The Quran says:

“The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of Allah is that of a grain of corn: It grows seven ears and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He pleases and Allah cares for all and He knows all things.”(2:261)

The Quran sheds light upon this fact in the following words as well:

“Allah blights usury and augments what is spent in His way.”(2:276)

This spending no doubt will bear fruit in the Hereafter but in this very world the person who spends in God’s way enjoys a fabulous increase, for the needy people who are helped pray for their benefactor. And, as these people are pitiful, they much deserve that their prayers be granted by the Merciful Master. From some Ahadith, we find that even the Angels of God pray for such a person:

“The Prophet said: ‘Every day two angels come down from Heaven and one of them says: ‘O Allah! Compensate every person who spends in Your cause’, and the other [angel] says: ‘O Allah! Destroy every miser’.”(Bukharī: No. 1374)

It is, however, to be noted here that this ‘increase’ in no way means that the spender would find his safe overflowing with wealth or that his bank balance would increase or that the value of his property would augment overnight. Rather, it implies that the optimal benefit one can attain from the use of wealth is afforded to the person who spends in Allah’s way. The benefit his wealth brings to mankind, others’ wealth cannot undertake to fetch; the contribution his wealth helps make to the welfare of the society, others’ wealth fails to make; how he succeeds to please the Lord, others remain unsuccessful; the profound respect and love he earns in others’ hearts, others obnoxiously obsessed with piling up their riches cannot even visualize and, above all else, peace of mind, the spiritual elevation and satisfaction that he drives from this spending are in fact blessings which have eluded many grand emperors of this world.

Source: Message of Islam – Amin Ahsan Islahi

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Church in Society ( 2017-Oct )

Background

Again, this is an area, I will rather not go.

Yet, it is one that stirs our conscience and thoughts.

And, that is reason enough to see what people are saying and why they are saying it.

Predication

Introduction

We all have our own bias and depositions.

And, it is best to lay them bare ahead of time.

Most of my comments will be based on what I have heard from others prior to anything that I will cover in this post.

It is often useful to have some foundational predisposition as that lessens the opportunity to be swayed within each decision point.

Even better when commentators are not even speaking specifically on the new material.

Earlier Words

  1. Damon Thompson
    • Sometimes God places something in our heart, but unfortunately so much  of what has gone out in the Prophetic World was not undergirded in scripture
    • And, so I, Damon Thompson, need the foundation of Scripture
  2. Neil Ellis
    • This is a Church of matured faith
    • You have been preaching, but you were fearful of how the preaching will be accepted
    • Sometimes the Devil magnifies things and makes them appear more than they really are
    • Sometimes as a pastor what makes us press even though there is “Hell on the Outside” is that we are satisfied that we have the confidence of the people inside
    • Can the Lord trust you, and can the Bishop/Leadership depend on you?
    • Free your Spirit, but challenge your people
    • A faith that has not been tested, is a faith that can not be trusted
  3. Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
    • Sotomayor was asked to explain her remarks from a 2001 speech in which she said she agreed that “there is no objective stance but only a series of perspectives — no neutrality, no escape from choice in judging.”  She told the committee that, in every case, the two opposing parties view the facts from vastly different perspectives. “You can’t just throw up your hands and say I’m not going to rule,” she said. There is a choice in judging, which means “you have to rule.”

Videos

Here are some of the videos that I will later comment on.

  1. Paula White
    • Trump’s spiritual adviser: More devout than you…
      Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, televangelist Paula White, spoke to CNN’s Erin Burnett in August about the Republican presidential nominee’s faith and the phone call that kicked off their friendship.
      Channel :- CNN
      Published On :- 2016-Oct-20th
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    • Inauguration
      • Meet The Woman Who Many Call President Elect Donald Trump’s Spiritual Adviser | NBC Nightly News
        Critics have slammed her as a charlatan, but in a rare interview with NBC’s Anne Thompson, Paula White defends her message and gives insight into the president-elect’s beliefs.
        Channel :- NBC News
        Published On :- 2017-Jan-19th
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    • Jim Baker
      • Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup
        • RWW News: Paula White Says That Trump’s ‘Two Corinthians’ Gaffe Was ‘A Setup’
          Published On :- 2017-August-23th
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      • Opposition to God
        • RWW News: Paula White Says Opposition To President Trump Is Opposition To God
          Published On :- 2017-August-21st
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  2. Pastor Jamal Bryant
    • Pastor Jamal Bryant – The problem with Paula White…
      Published On :- 2017-August-25th
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  3. Roland Martin
    • Roland Martin To Paula White: Be A Prophetic Voice And Don’t Just Be A Profitable Voice
      Roland Martin rips Pastor Paula White for her partisan comments about Donald Trump: Be a prophetic voice and don’t just be a profitable voice.
      Published On :- 2017-August-23th
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Leadership

Seated Under

Those in leadership do not always get to take a day off.

Not only does what they think matter, but also how they got there.

I have grown from listening in person or via youtube to the people listed above.

And, that makes me forever grateful.

Influencing Capital

The further we grow, the more influencing capital we personally have and have access to.

After long and hard battles our role will be examined; especially if our role is seen to have moved the needle towards an unexpected end.

Unfortunately it is not just our choice that is examined, but the totality of our live.

Circumference of Relationships

Relationships often covers so much space.

And, some of those spaces overlap and are not necessarily disjointed.

And, so even within a body, for instance Faith community, uniformity does not necessarily translate to conformity.

People sometimes reach different conclusions and they should be free to do so.

This is more so where there are personal relationships with those that are being discussed.

 

In Essentials Unity, In Nonessentials Liberty, In All Things Charity

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Philip Schaff, the distinguished nineteenth-century church historian, calls the saying in our title “the watchword of Christian peacemakers” (History of the Christian Church, vol. 7, p. 650). Often attributed to great theologians such as Augustine, it comes from an otherwise undistinguished German Lutheran theologian of the early seventeenth century, Rupertus Meldenius. The phrase occurs in a tract on Christian unity written (circa 1627) during the Thirty Years War (1618–1648), a bloody time in European history in which religious tensions played a significant role.

 

Sola Scriptura

  1. Laws of Social Responsibility
    If ever you take your neighbor’s cloak in pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down, for that is his only covering, and it is his cloak for his body; in what else shall he sleep? And if he cries to me, I will hear, for I am compassionate.
    You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. ( Exodus 22:27-28 )
  2. Paul Before the Sanhedrin
    • But those standing nearby said, “How dare you insult the high priest of God!”
      “Brothers, Paul replied, “I was not aware that he was the high priest, for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’”
      ( Acts 23:4-5 )
  3. David, Saul, Jonathan, & Mephibosheth
    • And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king. He had neither taken care of his feet nor trimmed his beard nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came back in safety. ( 2nd Samuel 19:24 )
    • He answered, “My lord, O king, my servant deceived me, for your servant said to him, ‘I will saddle a donkey for myself, that I may ride on it and go with the king.’ For your servant is lame. ( 2nd Samuel 19:26 )
    • He has slandered your servant to my lord the king. But my lord the king is like the angel of God; do therefore what seems good to you. ( 2nd Samuel 19:27 )
    • For all my father’s house were but men doomed to death before my lord the king, but you set your servant among those who eat at your table. What further right have I, then, to cry to the king?” ( 2nd Samuel 19:28 )
    • And the king said to him, “Why speak any more of your affairs? I have decided: you and Ziba shall divide the land.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:29 )
    • Mephibosheth said to the king, “Let him even take it all, since my lord the king has come safely to his own house.” ( 2nd Samuel 19:30 )

Summary

In summary I find myself always returning to a couple of words :-

  1. Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
    • Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should beware of division.
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
    • You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
  2. Abraham Lincoln
    • I have been driven many times upon my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for that day.”

Closing

Love never fails … for we know in part and we prophesy in part.

The Loving Decision

Background

June 13th, 2017

50 years ago [ today ], the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Loving — Mildred and Richard Loving, who successfully sued the state of Virginia, forcing it to recognize their interracial marriage. That landmark case overturned laws against interracial marriages all across the country.

 

Videos

  1. The { } And
    • Chamika and Khalil Cumberbatch
      • Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil
        Mia & Khalil, a father and daughter separated for years by the federal prison system, discuss the hardship that has defined their relationship. 9 year old Mia bravely opens up about what it meant that her father was incarcerated, and Khalil, now a criminal justice reform activist at JustLeadershipUSA, can only admire how strong his daughter has become.

        • Videos
          • Smaller Clip
            Published On :- 2017-Oct-4th
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          • Full
            Published On :- 2016-Oct-10th
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      • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention
        • Video
          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 1)
            A Guyanese transplant to New York, Khalil came of age as an inmate in maximum security facilities during his twenties. After his release, he dedicated his life to education, social justice and his family, only to be taken away by immigration detention, and possibly deported after 25 years in the United States.
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          • The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)
            Following his session of The Window, Khalil, was at a loss of words processing the amount of love and support his family and friends showed him during their reflections of his struggle in Immigration Detention. Here is what he finally said about the eye-opening experience.
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      • I Went To Prison And My Dad Never Called. Now I’m Calling Him. | MORAL COURAGE EP. 35
        • Channel :- MoralCourageChannel
          Published On :- 2015-Oct-5th
          My entire incarceration I never received one letter, or a visit, or a call from my father. This video follows my journey to reconnect with him in a meaningful way.
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    • How Will We Raise A Biracial Kid? | {THE AND} Keisha & Andrew
      Keisha & Andrew are back with {THE AND} after a year, still laughing with and at each other. But things get real as they confront their fears of the future, like having a biracial child in the #BlackLivesMatter era (Part 1 of 2) | Watch Part 2: http://bit.ly/KeishaAndrew2
      Publisher :- The Skin Deep
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    • Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama
      David & Adama, friends through the hardest of times, look how far they’ve taken their unlikely pairing since they first met. Adama, wrongfully imprisoned by the US government at age 16, wonders if American society will ever truly be comfortable with her religion, and David admits that his proudest moment in life wouldn’t have come to pass without her.
      Published On :- 2017-May-17th
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    • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah
      • {THE AND} Francesca & Azzah | Being Muslim in America is Hard Sometimes
        Francesca & Azzah, close friends and recent graduates, discuss the shifting social climate in the United States and its impact on their friendship. Azzah shares growing concerns about her identity as an immigrant and Muslim woman to Francesca, who relied deeply on Azzah during the rough patches in her life. Filmed in July 2016, this dialogue between two young women of color is more relevant now than ever.
        Publisher :- The Skin Deep
        Published On :- 2017-Feb-8th
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  2. The Loving Decision
    • We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
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    • Features
      • Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen & Janey Langhart Cohen
      • Vaughn J. Buffalo and Gail Russell Buffalo
      • Enroll McDonald and Klara Glowczewska
      • Rev. John Janka and Rev. Jacqui Lewis
      • Chris Connolly and Joy Connolly
  3. Amanda Roman Leak, Ryan Leak
    • The Surprise Wedding ( Shorter Version )
      Station :- Amanda Roman Leak
      Published On :- 2013-Oct-26th
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    • The Surprise Wedding
      On June 7, 2013, Ryan Leak proposed to his girlfriend. Her dream was to get engaged and married on the same day, and so later on that night… He had planned her surprise dream wedding. We have always talked about what we want our special day to be about. And for us, we want it to be about something bigger than ourselves. Recently, we were moved by an organization called A21 who fights sex trafficking all over the world. And so the idea for this day was: There’s 27 million girls caught in sex slavery, and every single one of them deserves their own dream wedding. And so we asked all of our guest at the wedding to give to A21 instead of getting us traditional wedding presents. If you’d like to learn more about A21 and join our guest in giving, go to: http://bit.ly/1g7zrye
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    • Viral Video Newlyweds Credit as Inspiration
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    • Chasing Failure
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  4. Adanna & David
    • OUR WEDDING VIDEO | AdannaDavid
      Hi guys, the video from our wedding is finally up. We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed the day! Love, Adanna & David Check out our ‘Bei-de’ Jewellery collection: https://stilnest.com/adanna-david
      Published On :- 2014-Nov-29th
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    • Adanna & David dancing to Afrobeats
      Published On :- 2017-Jan-17th
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    • Adanna & Adamma
      • MEET MY TWIN SISTER – TWIN TAG | AdannaDavid
        A lot of you have requested for me to do a ‘Twin Tag’ while my twin sister was visiting.
        Published On :- 2016-March-13th
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  5. Ruffine & Nicolas Delfosse
    • Opening Wedding Dance – Ruffine & Nicolas (Etta James – covered by Beyoncé, Bracket, P-Square)
      Published On :- 2015-Sept-5th
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  6. Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
    • Thirty Minutes After Watching this Proposal Video and We’re Still Sobbing.
      Publisher :- How he asked.com
      Published On :- 2016-Nov-7th
  7. Cedric Thompson Jr and Charlotte Paguyo
    • An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story
      Thank you Ced and Charlotte for letting me be apart of this beautiful moment. “An NFL Players Heartwarming Proposal: A Love Story”
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  8. Love Without Borders
    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 1
      In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision, we gathered eight multicultural couples to talk about their experiences in America.
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
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    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 4
      Multiethnic Couples Talk About Their Weddings | Love Without Borders S1 EP4 | BRIDES
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    • Love Without Borders – Season 1 – Episode 5
      The One Thing You Should Never Say to Multicultural Couples | Love Without Borders S1 EP5 | BRIDES
      Published On :- 2017-April-27th
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  9. Christopher M. Harris & Britt Harris
    • Stories
      • After US Army Specialist Christopher M. Harris was killed in Afghanistan, his wife Britt asked his fellow soldiers to reveal the gender of their unborn child
    • Participants
      • Christopher M. Harris
      • Britt Harris
    • Videos
      • Troops reveal gender of fallen soldier’s baby
        Link
    • Dates
      • Deceased :- August 2nd, 2017
  10. Crystal and Joseph
    • Crystal and Joseph were married at Sheraton Columbia Town Center Hotel in Columbia, Maryland.
    • Wedding Blog ( Link )
    • Stories
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
    • Participants
      • Crystal
      • Joseph
    • Videos
      • Groom cries as Bride walks down the Aisle {Crystal and Joseph}
        Dates Published :- 2017-June-24th
        Link

 

Indepth

The { } And

Wrongly Arrested At 16 | {THE AND} David & Adama

  1. Adama
    • Koran
      • After every hardship there is ease
      • Black, Woman, and Muslim
      • I have to go pass those strikes
  2. David
    • Adama granted Asylum

Khalil, Chamika, Mia Cumberbatch

The Window | Khalil – Life in Immigration Detention (Part 2)

  1. Did not want to call him father
    • I was fearful that if I gave him that title, he wouldn’t live up to it
    • But, the reality is that he has done that and so much more
  2. Brother
    • Met each other in a very dark, a very dark place
    • We did not have anything to offer each other, but friendship
    • But, he took that
    • And, we have both survived it, because of the camaraderie that we have
  3. Fatherhood
    • Change my legacy
    • Change my legacy about Prisonhood
    • Coming closer to that goal
  4. Friendship
    • Dickson
      • Believe in me, even when I did not believe in myself
  5. Friendship
    • Seeds
      • Support
      • Criticism
      • Inspiration
    • Becoming
      • Husband
      • Father
      • Advocate
    • Mirroring
      • Joy
      • Inspiration
      • Gratitude

Formerly Incarcerated Father Opens Up to Daughter | {THE AND} Mia & Khalil

  1. Mia
    • What scares you the most
  2. Khalil
    • I will look back on my life and wish I was a great parent
  3. Mia
    • There is no change to make you a great parent, you are actually a great parent

 

 

Pledges

There are many pledges we make in our lives.

One of the wives featured in the HBO documentary, “We Talk to Interracial Couples 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia (HBO)”, said “Being married to John keeps me accountable. I cannot do they…They are.  I wake up to this guy.  My husband.

Here is hoping you have set some traps in your life that forbade you from Saying They, and even more, Lividly Living against “They”.

 

Nabeel Qureshi – These things remain – “Faith, Hope, & Love”

Background

It has been a tough couple of days for me.
On Tuesday I realized the parting of Brother Nabeel Qureshi and I have been down ever since.
Took a mental, psychological Day Off from work yesterday.
Was able to ride the Coastline and I am just so thankful.

Comforting Words

As Ravi Zacharias said on one of his lectures, irrespective of the gifts and words of an Apologist what often wins out is Love.

Amir Yunas

A Tribute to Nabeel Qureshi

Nabeels Life summarized by his true childhood friend. I Don’t promote the teachings of Nabeel whatsoever, however, this is childhood friend, and I feel sad, so I shared my heart.
Link

 

Hear, O Israel : the Lord, our God is one Lord

Reunite me with my children and my family once again
For a guy in a strange place ( earth ) tends to get lonely
And, I have a lot of distress and anxiety over my little children
It feels almost like when I remember them, I melt and dissolve away
However, I have thrown away the reins and leashes controlling my affair
To the One who handle the affairs of our lives in strange and mysterious ways
He is one Compassionately forgiven, Always around me, and my source of Shelter and Refuge
With his will and support, to Him do I humbly supplicate, bessege, and turn in repentance
My God, you know how my situation is
So my master, is there relieve Close By
Oh Rewarder of the Day of Judgement, Relieve!
( Relieve)  My Concerns that keep creeping into my heart.
And, tie my rope to the rope of your pleasure, and look to me, and turn to me, so that I can turn back to you

And, overlook ( shepard) my protection take control of my support
And, strengthen my vulnerabilities when I am exposed to problems
And, inspire me to praise you throughout my life

For indeed, with your remembrance, this worldly life becomes pleasant
And, say to the servant of the most merciful and whoever comes after him
For them, is a share from the valleys of our kindness

Therefore my thoughts regarding you are beautiful
My support and lifeline ( God )

And, the pastures of my sweet tasting hopes and wishes are fertile
And, send blessings upon the prophet and his people for as love as the Nightingale sings on the Arak Tree

 

Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad

Mortal Choice

Link

Basis for True Spirituality

  1. Natural Balava
    • In regards to me two groups of people should be destroyed.  He who loves me too much that love takes him from what is correct; and he who hates me too much that hate takes him from what is correct.
    • In regards to me, it is he who follows the middle course.
      And, so be with him, and be with the great majority of muslims, because Allah’s hand of protection is with the maintenance of unity, you should  beware of division
    • The one isolated from the group is a prey to Satan, just as the one isolated from the flock is a prey to the wolves
  2. Mercy
    • When they found Allah they found him to of great mercy
  3. Benevolence
    • Allah is forgiven. All of them were following a “nair?” which we suppose to be good.
      You can not base a spiritual life on suspiciousness, cursing and allocating blame.
    • If you want uprightness in the world, make sure you do it in yourself.
  4. Community
    • You can not go your own
    • Benefit Inclusiveness

Scriptures

  1. Holy, yet Merciful
    • The LORD said to Moses: “Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat. ( Leviticus 16:2 )
  2. God Entreaty
    • Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.
      The LORD spoke to Gad, David’s seer…
      Now, therefore, consider what answer I shall return to Him who sent me.”
      David said to Gad, “I am in great distress; please let me fall into the hand of the LORD ( 1st Chronicles 21 )
  3. God Knows
    • But God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription: “The LORD knows those who are his” ( 2nd Timothy 2:19 )
  4. Motives
    • but the Lord weighs the spirit  ( Proverbs 16:2 )
    • For the word of God is living and active … and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. ( Hebrews 4:12 )
  5. Moderation
    • He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city. ( Proverbs 16:32 )
  6.  Mourning
    • David Mourns for Abner
      …So all the people and all Israel understood that day that it had not been the will of the king to put Abner the son of Ner to death.
      Then the king said to his servants, “Do you not know that a prince and a great man has fallen this day in Israel? I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men the sons of Zeruiah are too difficult for me. May the LORD repay the evildoer according to his evil.”… ( 2nd Samuel 3:37-38 )
  7. Cursing
    • Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. ( Ecclesiastes 10:10 )
  8. Laying Down Our Departed
    • The Death and Burial of Sarah
      …And Abraham bowed before the people of the land.
      He spoke to Ephron in the hearing of the people of the land, saying, “If you will only please listen to me; I will give the price of the field, accept it from me that I may bury my dead there. ( Genesis 23:13 )
  9.  Offering
    • Cost Nothing
      David Builds an Altar
      …”Everything, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the LORD your God accept you.”
      However, the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price, for I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God which cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
      David built there an altar to the LORD and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. Thus the LORD was moved by prayer for the land, and the plague was held back from Israel.
      ( 2 Samuel 24:23-25 )
    • “But cursed be the swindler who has a male in his flock and vows it, but sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord, for I am a great King,” says the LORD of hosts ( Malachi 1:14 )

In personal expressions

Brother Nabeel, you encouraged and emboldened so many.

Great Lord of Hosts, you have given us and always give us your best.  Ever so often  you do ask for our best, as a qualifier of a great pledge on your part.

Though young, yet weaned, as Hannah did centuries before “we turn Nabeel over to you Lord”.

We are accepting that “No one knows the things of God, except God’s Spirit.”