O ye who believe! stand out firmly for justice, as witnesses to Allah, even as against yourselves, or your parents, or your kin, and whether it be (against) rich or poor: for Allah can best protect both. Follow not the lusts (of your hearts), lest ye swerve, and if ye distort (justice) or decline to do justice, verily Allah is well- acquainted with all that ye do." From Quran Verse 135 of Surah Al Nisa (The Women)
Our goal is to enable women to experience the Divine and experience Islam in a deeper, more enriching way - in a way that puts our experiences front and center. Our goal is to remove false hierarchies and supposed superiorities that separate us from one another -- Sunni over Shia, Born Muslim over Convert, White over Black, Brown over Black, Straight over Queer, Man over Woman, Rich over Poor. Our goal is to focus on the social justice principles that underpin our faith, that bring all of us together in a spirit of learning, in a spirit of wanting to be good global citizens, in a spirit of kindness and love. Qal'bu Maryam is not a meat free zone, the Quran does not say that Muslims must eschew meat. We honor both Halal and Kosher. Vegans can bring their own food, and those with allergies can also do the same, we want everyone to be comfortable and safe.
As of April 2020 the United States and the world has been in the grips of a pandemic of epic proportions. Each and everyone of us is being called upon to help flatten the curve, to end the spread of Corona Virus. Many religious institutions are reeling from lack of attendance, and Muslims ask where do we go to pray? Logically if you cannot attend the mosque you pray at home. Women who have never lead prayer are faced with being the Imam for their families and children for the first time. There are many challenges for Muslims. We are part of the larger population and the same things that are asked of everyone else is also asked of us: Good hand-washing, wear a face mask in public, and social distancing. Many businesses are closed or they are being creative in how they function. Schools are closed, and families are being stretched financially and emotionally to the limit. We recommend daily meditation and prayer, keep a structured environment, eat at regular times. Be kind and considerate to one another, and get enough to eat and sleep. If you are ill, if you are elderly this is not the time to be a hero, stay home, shelter in place. If you are able many food pantries need volunteers, delivery services need drivers. Stay well, stay safe and know that we will get through this together.
We are all reeling from the death of George Floyd. We ask that you remember him and his family and all his loved one's in your prayers. Get involved, let your voice be heard. Be mindful of those Black people around you who suffer. Check your own entitlement and privilege. There are many classes being offered on how to be a good ally. I will provide that information please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMELESSNESS in Oakland - We have many curbside communities in Oakland, and they are growing. Unfortunately there seems to be no way of ending this situation. We don't have enough affordable housing, many people are living from hand to mouth, the Bay area is an expensive place to live even for those who are housed. How do we in the meantime fix this problem? By being persistant in reaching out and as we work on a solution, we maintain our connection with the homeless, by providing food, water, clothing, and other resources. Recently in conjunction with EBHO Qalbu Maryam and Kehillah and City of Refuge assissted by Food Not Bombs, had an Iftar Under the Stars to join with our unhoused community during the month of Ramadan, to share our food, their space, and to build community. May 12th at Union Point Park in Oakland. Thank you to everyone who came, to our unhoused community and faith organizations