Najmah “Starr” Oshun Grant (STILL IS), one of my best friends. Her fight against cancer took its toll. Najmah played a pivotal role in my early life. Without her intervention in my path, I probably wouldn’t have made it through the ’90s. Her whole family took me in and helped to raise my consciousness. For what Najmah did for me, I am forever grateful.
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
Alhamdu lillaahi Rabbil ‘aalameen
Iyyaaka na’budu wa lyyaaka nasta’een
Siraatal-lazeena an’amta ‘alaihim ghayril-maghdoobi ‘alaihim wa lad-daaalleen
” As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah (Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy)
(3:145) It is not given to any soul to die except with the leave of Allah and at an appointed time. And he who desires his reward in THIS world, We shall grant him the reward of THIS world; and he who desires the reward of the Other World, We shall grant him the reward of the OTHER World. And SOON shall We reward the ones who are grateful.
Our comrade, our daughter, our mother, our sister, our aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, teacher, lover, and now, our ancestor; Najmah “Starr” Grant. Najmah was not perfect; as none of us are, nor do we aspire to be perfect in this life. She was a messenger, a guide. Her LIFE was a message, her heart was good, her words were wise, her commitment to walking her path woke up many who came across her; myself included.
Had I never met Najmah, I’d more than likely, have died violently some 30+ years ago. Many people can testify that their life has been enriched because of their interaction with Najmah.
What is a Najmah? The term Najmah is based in an Arabic term that means “Star” in particular; “Morning Star” Najmah is the feminine aspect of “Najm” Najm can be found in the Holy Quran. Surah 53 – “Morning Star” A morning star is a guide for travelers to help them on their way in the daylight as stars in the evening guide night travelers.
The difference between a night star and a morning star is at night, there are countless stars in the sky, countless guides, countless paths. But in the morning, the time before the sun, there is one star. A unique star. A star that stands out, whose guidance is rooted in a straight path.
All of our names have meaning. And the meaning of our names is our purpose in life. That is why we must name our children in a way and with a meaning that gives their life purpose.
Najmah lived and transitioned her purpose given to her by Betty and Saleem. Najmah was always seeking her purpose. And like all divine purposes, the messengers always question the deeper meaning of their life, only to realize at the moment of transition, the purpose was always simple – to live by the meaning of your name.
And if your name does not have meaning, then you take on a name that has meaning and you live by it, make it your purpose.
Our dearly departed Najmah has left this physical plane, but we believe in ancestors as many believe in angels. And like angels, Najmah is still with us; If anyone is committed to the well-being of her people, Najmah is. She is with us and speaking to us.
(16:30) And when the God-fearing are asked: “What has your Lord revealed?” they answer: “Something excellent!” Good fortune in this world awaits those who do good; and certainly the abode of the Hereafter is even better for them. How excellent is the abode of the God-fearing:
(16:31) everlasting gardens that they shall enter; the gardens beneath which rivers shall flow, and where they shall have whatever they desire! Thus does Allah reward the God-fearing,
(16:32) those whose souls the angels seize while they are in a state of purity, saying: “Peace be upon you. Enter Paradise as a reward for your deeds.”
As Salaamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah (Peace be upon you and Allah’s mercy)
In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds;
Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek.
Show us the straight way,
The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray.
Rest in Peace my dear and loving friend.
Malik Heru El-Shabbazz