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MUSLIM BLOGGER + "LIFE" COACH  Revert πŸ’œ, Entrepreneur πŸ€“, Blogger/ Writer πŸ’», "Life" Coach 🌺, Plant Eater πŸŒ±πŸ‰ πŸ“©christal@christaljoan.com DM to order your @theduajournal

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It's been 6 weeks since I gave birth and I still haven't written about my birth story on my blog but this frame pretty much sums it up.

My mum and dad were an integral part of my birthing process and without them it wouldn't have been the amazing experience it was.
This birth, even more so than my first, really put the hard work my parents put into nurturing me (and they still do), into perspective. I could NEVER give or do enough for them to repay what they've done for me but this frame was a start.
Lovingly handcrafted by my dear friend at @p_isforpicture it was a perfect thank you. EVERY frame is made with πŸ’œ and orders can be customised like mine with any colour or design you like insha Allah

Always remember this is the testing place, not the resting place.
Allah will test you with hardship to assess your condition and Shaytaan will test you with haraam to make sure your condition is one in which you're not doing what is pleasing to Allah.
But Allah swt has promised that if we are grateful, He will increase us.
So bite the bullet, take the tests, use the Qur'an and the authentic example of Rasulullah (saw) to guide you and be sure in the fact that your gratitude will bring you abundance! πŸ“Έ: courtesy of @londonalima

So this happened lol.

On the 5.11.2017 life changed. I went from a carefree mother of 1 to a confused (but blessed πŸ˜‚) mother of 2.

This birth was so different. I felt strong when I had my son. I felt like I powered through contractions like a champion. This time I felt weak. I actually cried. Tears of joy, overwhelm and gratitude.
There's something transformative about the birth experience that can't really be explained unless you've been there and done it. You plan to be organised and "get back on it" when the baby gets here but in all honesty the best thing you can do is nothing πŸ˜‚

Rest. Put the laptop away. Don't feel obligated to do or take care of anyone or anything other than yourself and your children. That's a big enough task already. Everything else will fall into place insha Allah πŸ’œ

SubhanAllah. I was so shocked/ pleased/ grateful when this dropped through the door!

Instagram can be such a beautiful place to meet and greet with Muslimahs from ALL OVER the world.
These beauties came from Nigeria from dear sister @fabulouslyliberated . We bonded over our mutual love of everything books and stationary (because who can ever have enough stationary?!) I'm soo excited to get into more Qur'an memorisation insha Allah and I pray Allah swt rewards her equally for every ayah I commit to memory using this hifdh log from @thedottedpearl, Ameen.
Don't worry girl, I've got some stationery coming your way insha Allah πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’œ

I love the ethos around salah. It doesn't matter if you're black, white, yellow, green. Old, young, in between. When it's time to pray we all stand together, facing the same way, praying from the same Holy Book.
And as the sister from @untouchedbyfire rightly says, the steps are so simple. Alhamdulillah I had a wonderful teacher who taught me the salah. She stressed that when my head was touching the lowest ground, Allah was near and He could hear my words in the heavens. I didn't know how it worked exactly but I felt it. When I relaxed into that sujood (prostration) I found real peace. Not that fake inner peace you fool yourself into thinking you have until a calamity strikes. My heart had finally found it's resting place.

I've often wondered if those who were born into a Muslim family always had that feeling when they prayed salah or if it was something they too had to learn. It's just more proof that no matter where you're born, what religion you're presented first by your parents if Allah swt wishes to guide you He will.

May Allah swt always keep us on the siraatul-mustaqeem and lighten our paths on the Day of Judgement, Ameen! .............
You can read the full article over on christaljoan.com

My first words were not the shahada or Allah. That's the thing when you're born into a non-Muslim family but God was always at the centre of our household.

My mom would make me say a little prayer before I went to bed every night. I wish I could remember it now because it was soo sweet.
Whenever life would get me down it was always God that I turned to even though I didn't know to call Him Allah and I didn't know He had 99 other names.
When I discovered Islam it all began to click and I had to say alhamdulillah (all praises are due to Allah) for the parents I was born to. They may not have been Muslim but they put a love for a creator in my heart and always made sure I KNEW there was a higher power.
Contrast this with the experience of my lovely guest poster @untouchedbyfire . Alhamdulillah blessed with the name of Allah and the shahada at a young age. May Allah swt bless all of our children with the same blessed beginnings, Ameen.

I knew there were black Muslims before I was a Muslim. I'd never really met one before, especially from my cultural background, but I knew they existed.
When I became Muslim, I still didn't see any black Muslims. I was hungry for knowledge so I went to every event, talk and halaqah I could find and I was still the only black Muslim in the room. --------------------------------- We all know about Malcolm X (El Hajj Malik El Shabbaz) and Muhammed Ali and the great works they've done (may Allah swt reward them) but when it came to black Muslims on the ground, they were sparse.
Fast forward a few years and I discovered Abu Usamah at Green Lane Masjid in Birmingham a black Muslim. Then I found a Salafi Masjid in Small Heath and another one in Aston Birmingham which was FULL of black Muslims. Finally, people that looked like me, that ate the same food as me, that spoke like me and could identify with my journey. Alhamdulillah. ----------------------------------- It's a shame that even now though, I still don't see masjids really delving deep into black history because IT IS Islamic history. That children in madrassah may only ever learn about Bilal (ra) and not Mansa Musa the richest man (and Muslim) to ever walk the Earth.
Incorporating all histories into my children's education is the goal so they realise that everyone's heritage should be appreciated.
If you're looking for a good start learning about black Muslims especially at the time of the Prophet saw check out Sh. Omar Suleiman's Black and Noble audio on ILMFLIX. It's free! **pics a bit off but the message still applies πŸ˜‚**

I feel like over the years I've heard it all lol!
I remember the first time I heard "You're not like other black people" I was so confused. What were OTHER place people like? What set me apart from the ones you'd already met?

The way I spoke, the way I dressed, the music I listened to? Or is it just because you didn't expect me to speak well, come from a loving home, didn't smoke weed or have a "baby father"? It made me start to think about what the wider world picked out as identifying factors of "blackness" and where they got those perceptions from. There are images of positive, strong, black people yet the ones that are used as are identifiers are the negative, stereotypical "bad man on the block"/ "bad bish in the trap" types.
Now here's where you guys can chime in and I want HONESTY
What perceptions of black people did you have before you met one that made you think differently?

If you didn't know, it's #blackhistorymonth and for those of my followers that haven't seen my face via my insta stories I am a Black, British Muslim.

I'm so grateful this year that an initiative like #blackandmusliminbritain has emerged to talk about the highs and lows of being a minority, within a minority. Yes, we have out lows but we most certainly have our highs as well. ---------------------------
Alhamdulillah, my parents raised me to be "colour blind" so we appreciated people for what they were and not what they looked like. But that bubble was tragically burst when I realised other people's parents weren't doing the same.

Being Black and British was hard enough with people assuming your whole family came from Jamaica and your entire heritage was reliant on slavery and cane sugar farming but add Muslim into that mix and it got even more intense.
Racism from within, outside of and around me started to reign in and despite joining a religion that outwardly condemns racism, some of the followers of my beloved deen still missed the memo. ----------------------------
Have you experienced racism within or outside of the Muslim community? How do you think we can make a positive change to get rid of the outdated, jahil (ignorant) thinking that some people still hold onto? Comment below!

Lucky is the woman who's first child is a daughter - Prophet Muhammad saw

I wrote this when I was pregnant with my first child which strangely turned out to be a boy πŸ˜‚

I was convinced I was having a girl. Fast forward a year and a few months alhamdulillah Allah swt has blessed us with a girl this time. Reality kicked in HARD when I really sat down and contemplated on what life with a little girl would be like.
Societal pressures, patriarchy, body image, educational opportunities, self confidence the list of worries went on and on. I began to feel overwhelmed. Then I stopped and thought hold on a minute. This is MY little girl. My Amaanah. It was my responsibility and pleasure to guide her, nurture her and ensure that she is the strong, God conscious, intelligent force of nature that EVERY girl who is to become a woman has the potential to be.
There are so many girls out there that may never get that kind of guidance because of their gender and location and it breaks my heart. The game changers are being buried in the dirt literally and figuratively just like in pre Islamic Arabia subhanAllah.
We have to make a change. We as mothers, fathers, sons, aunties, uncles etc MUST stand up for our girls.
She will open the door to your jannah, paradise will lie at her feet and we need to do better for her.
May Allah swt give us the strength to love and nurture our girls, to love our girls, to educate our girls and to make them realise their true potential, Ameen

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HERE YOU ARE - THOSE INVITED TO SPEND IN THE CAUSE OF ALLAH - BUT AMONG YOU ARE THOSE WHO WITHHOLD [OUT OF GREED]. AND WHOEVER WITHHOLDS ONLY WITHHOLDS [BENEFIT] FROM HIMSELF; AND ALLAH IS THE FREE OF NEED, WHILE YOU ARE THE NEEDY. AND IF YOU TURN AWAY, HE WILL REPLACE YOU WITH ANOTHER PEOPLE; THEN THEY WILL NOT BE THE LIKES OF YOU. Surah Muhammad ayah 38 ---------------------------
Are you with holding from yourself and you don't even know it?

Do you really think that when you give it benefits Allah swt in any way?

No, it can only benefit us.
Even the richest man may become a pauper on the Day of Judgement because he was stingy with what Allah swt blessed him with.
People like Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey. Do you think their wealth will save them on that day? These are ALL well respected business people in the duniya but will that respect transfer into the akhirah?

Follow the link in my bio to find out more about stinginess and how you can beat it for good!

Who provided you with what you have? Where does your rizq come from? β€œO you who believe! Spend of that with which We have provided for you, before a Day comes when there will be no bargaining, nor friendship, nor intercession. And it is the disbelievers who are the Zaalimoon (wrongdoers)”
[al-Baqarah 2:254] ------------------------------
It's within us as human beings to want to collect wealth. Britain now has more billionaires than ever with a combined wealth of Β£658 billion.
Despite this, the UK has some of the highest levels of hunger and deprivation among the world's richest nations.
What is a proper system was in place to alleviate this poverty and share wealth equally so that no man, woman or child had to go without? --------------------------------
I recall learning about one of the great Muslim rulers who at the time of his reign they couldn't find anyone in need of zakat. Times were so good that even the wolves had stopped attacking the sheep at night subhanAllah.

In the blog post I talk about a technique that I personally use to combat stinginess. Head over to christaljoan.com/blog to find out what it is!

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