Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Winter Classes Start January 2015!

Cupcakes and Canvas Party This Weekend!

If you plan on attending the Cupcakes and Canvas Party, you need to RSVP by Thursday, November 20.  We want to ensure we have enough supplies for your arrival.  RSVP Here. You can pay online via paypal  here .

The next party is scheduled for Sunday, December 28th at Imani Aisha's Studio $25, ages 11-Adult.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cancer: The Thief that Took My Dad

I have not been in clear communication with my online family and needed to let you in on an intimate moment on this journey. It is not often I veer off the business path and let you in on my intimate life behind the scenes at Imani Aisha Creations. Over the past six weeks, my family has been working to assist my father in his treatment for Brain and Lung Cancer. My dear mother gracefully provided the care and attention to his needs while transporting him back and forth to the hospital. Tired as she was over these weeks, she did it with grace and honor. After close to 3 decades of their life together, my father transitioned from this life and into the next on Jum'ah (Friday) right before Fajr Prayer last week.

But celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and be of those who prostrate themselves in adoration. And serve thy Lord until there come unto thee the Hour that is certain (i.e., death). Qur’an (15:98-99)

 In Islam, Jum'ah (Friday) is considered one of the best days of the week. It's the Muslims day of Sabbath, congregational worship.We are unified in our time of arrival because each person knows the importance of being on time, especially during prayer. Imagine that everything stops, at this time, as the focus for this moment is on the one and only, Allah. I marvel at how across my town, each Friday I see people rushing to prayer, grabbing a parking spot and doing their best to quick step into the Masjid (House of worship). Each of us arrive in time to wash our hands, face, feet, etc before entering the prayer area with the others.We quickly eyeball a spot and go stand shoulder to shoulder, feet to feet, heads bowed to our hearts. As the second hand turns on the clock, counting each second, each minute. Our motions go from hand to heart, heart to hand, body bend, twist, and breathing all in unison as we perform our ritual bowing and whispers of prayers along with the Imam.

As I write this, I am reflecting on my dad making his transition from the thief of life, cancer. The day my mom called with this news, I was on my way to rolling out the bed for Fajr (morning prayer). I inhaled and said,Alhamdulliah (Praises are due to Allah) he earned his wings right at sunrise. Though she may not have understood the beauty in the timing, I have tears in my eyes as I type this, because Allah's timing is perfect.  He was known as friendly guy, that didn't say a lot with words. He had a quiet spirit. He often he spoke with a warm smile and a quick hello.

My dad had grown tired of his battle with the thief of life, who had made himself present at the beginning of this year. I reflect on this verse from the Holy Qu'ran. By (the Token of) Time (through the ages), Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy. Qur’an (103:1-3)
In line with the above Qur’anic injunction, we have to discipline ourselves by giving value to the importance of time. We must be prompt in doing good deeds, which will increase our faith and subsequently enable us to gain Allah’s pleasure and mercy. Islam encourages Muslims to care for time, to utilize it wisely and not to waste it and to benefit from it. Besides, it holds them responsible for their time.
I never thought in detail about how much my dad was a respecter of time.The thing about my father is that he did not drive, he used public transportation mostly, which meant that he had to always be on time to make his connection. Hearing about his work ethic from his colleagues made my heart smile. They were eager to share how much he will be missed at his job and how much they appreciated his timely spirit. As I reflect on my upbringing and look at my inner workings, I am so grateful for what time Allah blessed us in this life with "Joe".   He earned his wings and is somewhere walking The Paradise on time. I will always remember him, especially each time I am blessed with an opportunity to roll out the bed for Fajr prayer.

When clearing his personal items,  I laughed because all of his watches have the correct time on them. 11 days later, as his soul is making way to paradise, I am reflecting how he quietly taught me so many things. The more we remind ourselves of the responsibility of the present the better we get at living the moment and the better we live the present moment the better the consequence for the future

Give Thanks,

Imani Aisha

Monday, October 27, 2014

Canvas and Cupcakes starts in November!

Book your space today! We are gearing up for our Fall/Winter classes and workshops. We will host classes at our North St Louis County location, in addition to a new creative space in Grand Center, near the Center for Grand Arts Academy.

Monthly classes will take place starting December 2014.