‘I am as My servant thinks (expects) I am’
This powerful statement Allah said to the Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) is only one strong indication of the power behind our thoughts and intentions. There is no better time than the Holy Month of Ramadan to take a step back for internal reflection and setting of intentions. If we have the power to set our expectation in relation to the divine, than imagine the possibilities to set forward our desires in this life and the after through setting intention. The Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) said “Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended.”
As we enter into this time of extreme consciousness and awareness, Manal Omar will introduce a few tools to take with you into the months to identify your key intention for the month. Whether personal or professional, spiritual or social – intention is the first step in planting the seeds of what you yearn to achieve. Set forward with intentionality during the month of fasting and reflection, so that you may place the proper care and attention for the seed to truly prosper.
Ramadan is one of the most sacred months of the year in Islamic religion. Muslims observe the month of Ramadan, to mark that Allah, or God, where the Holy Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad During Ramadan, Muslims fast, abstain from pleasure and pray to become closer to God. It is also a time for families to gather and celebrate in remembrance of the divine. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, which is a lunar calendar based on the cycles of the moon. The Quran and Islamic tradition emphasize that fasting is an ancient healing and spiritual tradition that has been practiced before Islam and maintained by the tradition due to the depth of its impact.
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Manal Omar is the founder of Across Red Lines, dedicated to women’s leadership through accessing life force energy and deeper understanding of rights through a faith lens. She designed and led multiple development and training projects in the Middle East and Africa, and provided media and policy support on youth and gender programming on a global scale. She served as the Associate Vice President for the Middle East and Africa Center at US Institute of Peace under the Obama Administration. She set up programmatic operations in Iraq. Omar was named among “Top 500 World’s Most Influential Arabs” by Arabia Business Power in 2011 and 2012. She was also recognized among the “500 Most Influential Muslims in the World” by Georgetown University and The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in 2009. In 2007, Islamic Magazine named Omar one of the ten young visionaries shaping Islam in America. She was honored by her alma mater as one of the top 50 Exemplars in 2018.
Omar holds a master's degree in Arab studies with a concentration in Economics and Development from Georgetown University and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from George Mason University. Manal has a certification in Global Mental Health – Trauma and Recovery from Harvard Medical school and is currently a student at Sex Coach University in California. She is a Truman National Security Fellow and an inaugural Foreign Policy Interrupted fellow dedicated to including women in foreign policy and peacebuilding.