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WEDDING
     INVITATION      
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Mr & Mrs. BIRYANI;

Invite’s you & your family for the wedding of their Grandson:

      MASALA Rice 
    (S/O. Jeera Rice)
            with
    QHEEMA Masala
(D/O. Sheekh Kabab)
     
On: WED. 16th of Oct, 2013
          At- 8pm

Venue:-
Near Kaleji FUNCTION HALL, Paya Building,
Bheja Fry Road, Opp. Charbi Theatre,
Gurdaa Mohalla, Near Bakraa nagar. 

”BAKRA EID MUBARAK HO” in advance…
P.S. Dabaa Ker Gosht Khana!
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The 5th Pillar of Islam is: “Hajj!” We claim to be Muslims, yet if asked what is Hajj? How is it performed? What are the Rituals? Etc, etc,…we can not fully explain, so I decided to blog some Interesting, knowledgeable facts that I read & summarized from ARAB NEWS. So maybe we can go up to others and explain some of these amazing facts, trust me it’ll make you feel like a Muslim trying to help another, indeed there is a lot to learn, and we can have a yearing for going also!

*The Hajj, consisting of mainly 5 days, which will officially end on Friday, is one of the five pillars of Islam, that every capable Muslim must perform at least once in a lifetime.
*All the pilgrims move from Makkah to Mina to Arafat and back to Muzdalifah and Mina.
*The old Holy Blessed city’s are all replaced by Modern city’s. Nevertheless, in Hajj the pilgrims still follow the traditions and rituals of the Holy Prophet (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam), as He had once performed 14 Centuries ago. Muslims from around the globe, different race, and color but all dressed like one, doing the same actions all together in millions…it teaches us that in the sight of Allaah we are all one! Subhanallah. 

*The Holy city of Makkah is the home to the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest place of worship, which houses the cube-shaped Kaabah towards which all Muslims pray 5 times a day. 
*The Quota was 1 pilgrim per every 1000 for each country.
*This year about ‘1.5 Million’ Muslims flocked to Mount Arafat—Half of what they had last Year, (Arafat is the main ritual of Hajj, to stop & stay at this place, and make duaas,etc). The reason for this number was because the Saudi Government is pending the completion of the multi-billion-dollar expansion of the Mosque. Thereafter, it would accommodate around 2.2 million worshipers at one time, in the Mosque, double its current capacity.

*Changing of the Cloth/Garb/Ghilaaf/Kiswah of the Holy Kaabah is already done, 2 days before Eid; whereas, its usually done on the 9th, meaning the day before Eid.
*Its made in a factory called ‘Kaabah Kiswah Factory’ in Makkah, with 240+ workers & employees.
*The annual cost of making it is 22 Million Saudi Riyal.
*700 Kilograms of silk and 120 kilograms of silver and gold wires are used in making the Kaabah Kiswah. The Verses of The Holy Qur’an are sown in with these wires of silver & gold.

*”No salvation or happiness for the Muslim nation without adhering to the teachings of the religion.” Said, “The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia ‘Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah (DB)'” as He gave the Sermon at Namirah Mosque. He called on Muslims to avoid divisions & chaos, etc.

*’Mina’ aka ‘Tent City’ is a small city inside a valley 12km outside of Makkah, it comes to life only during the 5 days of Hajj. As far as the eye can see, in the open space row by row the tents are neatly arranged. These tents are high-tech-fire-resistant, made of fiberglass coated with teflon and a heat-sensitive water sprinkler, linked with an alarm system and electric lighting.
*Mina is where Ibrahim (Alayhis Salam) spent the night before following the command of slaughtering His son Ismaeel (Alayhis Salaam). Therefore, Muslims around the world slaughter sheep, cows and camels to feed the poor, marking Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhis Salaam’s) Supreme Sacrifice.
*Old city of Mina is now replaced by a modern city with massive health facilities, state of art slaughterhouses, over-bridges, walkways and elevated train stations.
*Its a wonderment to see trains whizzing by, on elevated tracks in Mina. To avoid the traffic jams they decided to introduce the ‘Hajj Train’ that ferries pilgrims to Arafat from Mina & back. It can transport about ‘Half a Million’ pilgrims in the first 6hrs saving them from using 30,000 buses.

*’Jamarat Bridge’ in Muzdalifah, is where the pilgrims carry out the symbolic ritual of stoning the 3 Shaitans, with pea-sized pebbles. There were round pillars in the past and now they made it a V-shaped wall, easier to stone. Before it was like a death trap, a stampede would happen and many would die. Now, they have a milti-floor complex with multiple exits, water sprinklers and air-conditioning.

* Going to the Blessed City of Madina, and visiting the Holy Masjide-Nabawi (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Salaam) is out of the world; words fail to express the beauty. The peace you get there. How nice it would be to go back 1400+yrs and just imagine how it was in those times. So mainly we are suppose to go there in the Masjid in front of  the Rozae-Mubarak / blessed grave we have to Pesh/offer our salaam. How blessed are we to do that. I’ve never been there, longing to go, Inshallah, May Allaah take us all there, on this note I’d like to mention again, that we want our Habib Muhammed (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Salaam) to be happy with us. Let’s follow every Sunnah & become better practicing Muslims before going. I’m definitely, afraid & ashamed of going there, may Allaah forgive all of us, accept us all, and make us better! Ameen. Here is a poem:

‘Dil Tarapta hai mere seene main, haye pohchunga kub Madine main, qalb jis ka naa ho Madine main, oos ka jeena hai koi jeene main’

“My heart throbs within my chest,
Ahh, when will I reach Madina,
The one whose heart is not in Madina,
Is there any worth in his existence?”

*There is nothing more beautiful than visiting the Blessed city’s. May Allaah accept their Hajj, and accept us too! Ameen.

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Eid is but less than a step away…everyone is preparing, choosing out their outfits with their latest cloaks…dunya dunya and dunya….now is the moment we should spend in the worship of Allaah, as the ‘Day of Arafat’ has donned over us. Every Duaa we make will surely be accepted. Let’s pour our hearts out to the Almighty who knows every ahh of our hearts in every heartbeat… Let us ask for His Forgiveness. May Allaah do ‘Afwa’ with us, meaning that He will erase all the sins and not even our body parts will remember nor will it be left in our Book of Deeds.

Two quick REMINDERS: 1) Fasting on the day before Eid is Mustahab/ Preferable/ desirable. “‘Mustahab’ means those blessed actions which were carried out by the Prophet (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) or the Sahabah (Radhiallaahu Anhum), they were hardly left out, its next to Fardh, therefore, carrying out these actions entails great reward.” 
Fasting: He (Salallaahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said: “It compensates for the minor sins of the past year and the coming year”. (Muslim)

2) The Takbiraat of Tashreeq; is Waajib to recite after every Fardh Salaah, from the Fajr of the 9th (TUES) up to the Asr of the 13th (SAT), -females should recite it softly. They are:
“Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar,
Laa ilaaha, Il lullaahu, Wallaahu Akbar,
Allaahu Akbar, Wa Lil laahil humd

Translation: (Allaah is the Greatest, Allaah is the Greatest,
there is no God but Allaah, and Allaah is the Greatest,
Allaah is the greatest, and to Allah be all praise)

…I have to say EID in Canada is nothing!!! Absolutely NOTHING compared to the eye witnessing EID’s in India and South Africa…there are only 3 Bakra Eids worth mentioning & remembering:
1) Feb 2004-Kharach, India.
2)&3)Nov 2009 & 2010, Lenasia, South Africa.
Allaahu Akbar! This is when I realized this is how Bakra Eid is…The best Eids of my life! 

(To Be Continued later)

Date: October-14-13

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