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SPECIAL RAMADAN PIC GALLARY
AFTAR IN makkah and madina
(32 worth watching and heart catching pictures)
Holy Ramadan moon sighted in Holy Makkah and madina
Aftar being served inside haram
Ladies pilgrims are ready to break swam (fast} outside Masjid-e-Nabvi
Gents pilgrims sitting and waiting Maghrib time just after Asar salat out side
Little Aqsa ,The daughter of pioneer
Ahlan Waseem siddiqui , waitng for
Azan of maghrib in front of aftar out side Masjid-e-Nabvi with their
Aftar being served to pilgrims inthe inner court yard adjecent to Rodh-e-Rasool sallall
la ho allihi wasalam in Masjid-e-nabvi.
An other view of Aftar being served to faithfuls in the inner court yard of Maasjid-e-nabvi
near Rodh-e=Rasool sallalla ho alli hi wasalam
Moazan is calling Maghrib Azan the pilgrims adre breaking their swam (fast} in the
inner court yard of Masjid_e-Nabvi (S.A.W}
Inside in the prayer hall of masjid -e- Nabvi pilgrims are enjoying Aftar
Aftar just after maghrib Azan..Salat ul maghrib is about to start
Few moments lef tin aftar in madina munawwarah. Tomb of holy rodha visible with its green menirat
Meal for aftar being served
A lady wearing white scarf is waiting for her share in aftar
Zam zam despenser .dates, curd and bread are waiting for more faithfulls.
Azan of Maghrib has been called and saiems--- (muslims having fast) breaking fast (swam)
Faithfuls filling their glassess with zam zam water just before Azan. Holy rodha- Rasool Sallalla
ho allihiwasalam and newly installed electronic umbrellas are visible.
Traditional Arabic rice (URZ) being distributed out side Masjid_e_Nabvi (S.A.W)
Little child waiting of azan patiently with his dates ,Zam Zam , Bread. bottle of milk<juice And
foiled packed rice.
A row os saims (who observes Fast).Rice, apple ,bannana, juice ,and despenser of zam zam visible.
Rows of saims (who observes fast) out side
Masjid -e- Nabvi (S.A.W)
Another view of Aftar out side Masjid
-e- Nabvi (S.A.W)
Precious moments before breaking fast. Muslims Reciting last moment Duas (beging From
Another view of
last moment Duas (beging From
Now the bib outside Area around Masjid-e Nabvi (S.A.W) is packed with saims (who keeps fast)
juice being distributed among saims ( who observe fast )
A worker managing after just before distributing between Asar and Maghrib prayer.
Few friends sitting together with their Aftar and looking towars distributor for more. (Aftar Distributor
not visible in picture)
Fruits have been put for saims (who observe fast) in rows just after conclusion os Salat-ul Asar and
saims (who observe fast) are waited to come and sit. Only one disable on wheel chair is being attended
by Aftar distributor.
Another view of Aftar out side Masjid-E-Nabvi (S.A.W)
Another view of Aftar out side Masjid-E-Nabvi (S.A.W)
Rows of Aftar and boxes of fruits have been kept in rows (saf) before distribution
Traditional Arabic Rice (URZ ) being served
RAMADAN AND HOLY MAKKAH/MADINA
1. Prophet Syedna Muhammad Sallalla ho Allihi Wasalam says -- if someone performs Umra in the Holy Month of Ramadan, it is like a Haj which a faithful does with me in my Leadership.
2. Generally in ordinary days in Masjid-ul-Haram a Farz (Obligatory) Salat (Prayer) is equal to 100,000 Salat. In Ramadan each farz becomes 70 times beneficent-----hence in ramadan a farz Salat in Masjid-ul- Haram Makkah is equal to 7,000,000 farz Salat in other Mosques of the World in ordinary days and in Masijid-e-Nabvi Madina it is equal to 3,500,000.
3. Once a very old Lady came to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) and asked--- despite all efforts Icould not perform Haj this year and now Ihave no hope to be alive till next Haj. What will be its' substitute? Allahs' Apostle Syedna Muhammad (P.B.U.H) replied ----- PERFORM UMRA IN RAMADAN---
BEHIND IMAM-E- KABBA
TASTE OF RAMADAN
TRY TO ENJOY AT LEAST ONE RAMADAN OF YOUR LIFE IN THE HOLY CITY OF PROPHET
IT WILL CERTAINLY BE THE ASSET
YOUR LIFE AND THEREAFTER
ARRANGEMENT OF AFTAR IN SURROUNDINS OF MASJID-E-NABVI
MAY DISAGREE ""
HERE 2 MEMORABLE
INCIDENTS OF RAMADAN
WHICH HAPPENED WITH ME
IN HOLY HARMAIN ARE BEING SHARED
NOT NECESSARY FOR YOU TO AGREE
BY WASEEM AHMED SIDDIQUI
1. WHAT A SIGHT OF RAMADAN IN HOLY HARMAIN
1. I SAW AFTAR HAD BEEN PROVIDED TO ALL SAIMS (SAIM IS A ARABIC WORD MEANS PERSON WHO KEEPS ROZA) OUT SIDE MASJID-E-NABVI. MANY STUFF LIKE DATES, APPLES,BANNAS,CANE OF COLD DRINKS, MILK PACKS,YOUGURT PACK AND BIRYANI HAD BEEN SUPPLIED US ,WE WERE WAITING FOR THE CALL OF MAGHRIB PRAYER.JUST BEFORE FEW MOMENTS OF MAGHRIB PRAYER A WEALTHY ARAB BROUGHT ROASTED CHICKEN IN BULK QUANTITY. AS SOON AS YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDERN SAW THE CARTONS OF BROASTED CHICKEN. THEY RAN BADLY TO GET SOME. IT WAS ENTERTAINING VIEW. EVERY ONE WAS TRYING TO GET THE NAMAT OF BROASTED CHICKEN...
A MAN WHO WAS SITTING BESIDES ME SAID IN LITTLE ANGRYLY MOOD ---OH WHAT A HORRIBLE VIEW. ARE THEY MUSLIM... HOW THEY ARE SNATCHING BROASTED CHICKEN WITH EACH OTHER. I SMILED AND SAID...... GENTLEMAN I AM LOOKING HIS SIGHT IN ANOTHER POINT OF VIEW.LOOKING THIS SIGHT I AM RECALLING PERHAPS A SURA OF HOLY QURAN WHICH HAS SOME SORT OF MEANING LIKE THIS---- ------ IN HEAVEN YOU WILL GET NAMMATS AND YOU WILL SNATCH IT WITH EACH OTHER-------------------I SAID THE SNATCHING IN THE HEAVEN WILL BE A FUN AND REWARD OF ALLAH TALLAH . IT WILL NOT BE TREATED AS BAD DEED. I SAID AS FOR AS I AM CONCERNED I SAY THAT MADINA MUNNAWARRAH IS HEAVEN FOR ALL ALIVE MUSLIMS...... AND YOU KNOW IN OUR COUNTRY WE NEVER BREAK OUR FASTS SITTING OUTSIDE MASJID LIKE THIS.WE ARE NEVER PROVIDED SO MUCH AFTAR IN ANY OTHER PLACE OF THE WORLD.... HERE WE ALL ARE BAGGERS OF ALLAH TALLAH AND BAGGER ALWAYS RUN TO GET SOME THING.
I FURTHER SAID TO THAT GENTLE MAN ------ I THINK THOSE PEOPLE ARE MORE BETTER THAN US.. THEY RAN TO LOOT ROAST KEEPING THEIR EGO ASIDE WHILE WE DID NOT DO SO DESPITE OUR INNER WISH.... IT MEANS WE HAVE SOME EGO IN OUR SELF.
SAW THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDERN LOOTED BROAST AND THEY RETURNED TO
THEIR RESPECTIVE PLACES WITH SMILING FACES. SUCCESSFUL AND UNSUCCESSFUL
BOTH WERE SMILING AND I SAW SOME SUCCESSFUL WERE SHARING THEIR BROAST
WITH SOME UNSUCCSSFULS.... IT WAS REALLY THE BARKAT OF THIS PLACE
WHERE SNATCHING WAS JUST LIKE A FUN, NOT A SHOW OF
(DEAR READERS/VIEWERS OF AHLAN... ABOVE DESCRIPTION BASES WHOLY ON MY FEELINGS. IT IS NOT NECESSARY FOR YOU TO AGREE)
2. MY FIRST DAY OF RAMADAN IN MAKKAH
Almighty ALLAH gave me 10chances to go holy harmain for umra. out of 6 , 3 times i got honour to spend holy ramadan. 2 times cvelebrated eid-ul-fitar
1. 1985-------------in the month of rabbi-awal with
2. 1989-------------in the month of rajab with wife
3. 1993--------------in the month of ramadan with wife
4. 1995-------------in the month of ramadan with wife.
daugther aqsa (just 8 months old)
and mother in law
5. 1998------------in the month of rabbi awal with wife.
6. 2000------------in the month of ramadan with wife
11 other family members
7. 2003------------in the month of rabbi-awal with wife ,
2004------------in rabbi awal with wife, daughter Aqsa
niece zaib-un nisa
ramadan with wife and daughter Aqsa
(who observed her first ever swam --roza--
on juma-ul--wida in Makkah at age 12)
in jamadi-ul-awal with wife daughter Aqsa
and 11 more family members
AQSA very anxiously waiting for maghrib azan
in front of Masjid-ul-Haram to break his
first ever swam --ROZA-
Here I want to recall and share one of my problem which i had to face when i was in Makkah First Time in Ramadan in 1993. Each and every thing was going very smoothly. It was my first day here in Makkah. When we finished our 20 rakat Salat of Traweeh. Some one told me that in Haram Emam-e-Kabba leads only one rakat of Veetar. As we know that we all offer 3 rakat Veetar in our country to observe teachings of Emam -Abu Haneefa. Iwas much upset to know this... Iasked the man what should I do?
He advised to offer 3 rakat veetar seperately and do not join Jammat.... for a moment Iagreed to the suggession but suddendly I thought I accepted a man my immam. I offered all my salats behind him. How is it possible for me not obey him in case of Salat-ul-Veetar.I at once changed my mind and Ioffered One Rakat salat behind Emmam-e-Kabba instead of 3 rakkat. This dcession gave me very much satisfaction.
salat ended and Itold this situation to one of my friend Living in
Makkah since Last many years. He told me----you did very well..... then
he asked me whether did I know that in whole Saudi Arabia only 8 rakat
salat-ul-taraweeh is offered according to their teachings or
fiqha except Masjid ul Haram and Masjid-e-Nabvi. They do
not observe their fiqha in both of the holy Harams. As per their
thoughts, since Muslims of different fiqhas all around the world
come here and majority of them beleive in 20 rakats of traweeh. Hence,
they allowed 20 rakats of traweeh in hermain just not to hurt any
muslim.it is really great thinking.theses sacrifices brings people
nearer of different fiqas and different thoughts.
(Dear viewers of ahlan------my decession to join imame-kabba for one rakat salat-ul-veeter based on my feelings and neeyet. it is not necessary for you to become agree with me)
Three Grades of fasting
It should be known that there are three grades of Fasting: ordinary, special and extra-special.
Ordinary Fasting means abstaining from food, drink and sexual satisfaction.
Special Fasting means keeping one's ears, eyes, tongue, hands and feet -- and all other organs -- free from sin.
Extra-special Fasting means fasting of the heart from unworthy concerns and worldly thoughts, in total disregard of everything but God, Great and Glorious is He. This kind of Fast is broken by thinking of worldly matters, except for those conducive to religious ends, since these constitute provision for the Hereafter and are not of this lower world. Those versed in the spiritual life of the heart have even said that a sin is recorded against one who concerns himself all day with arrangements for breaking his Fast. Such anxiety stems from lack of trust in the bounty of God, Great and Glorious is He, and from lack of certain faith in His promised sustenance.
To this third degree belong the Prophets, the true awliya and the intimates of God. It does not lend itself to detailed examination in words, as its true nature is better revealed in action. It consists in utmost dedication to God, Great and Glorious is He, to the neglect of everything other than God, Exalted is He. It is bound up with the significance of His words: 'Say: "Allah (sent it down)": then leave them to play in their vain discussions.' [al-An'am,6:91]
As for Special Fasting, this is the kind practiced by the righteous. It means keeping all one's organs free from sin and six things are required for its accomplishment:
1. SEE NOT WHAT DISPLEASES GOD
A chaste regard, restrained from viewing anything that is blameworthy or reprehensible, or that distracts the heart and diverts it from the remembrance of God, Great and Glorious is He. Said the Prophet, on him be peace: 'The furtive glance is one of the poisoned arrows of Satan, on him be God's curse. Whoever forsakes it for fear of God will receive from Him, Great and Glorious is He, a faith the sweetness of which he will find within his heart.'
Jabir relates from Anas that God's Messenger, on him be peace, said: 'Five things break a man's Fast: lying, backbiting, gossiping, perjury and a lustful gaze.'
2. SPEAK NOT...
Guarding one's tongue from idle chatter, lying, gossiping, obscenity, rudeness, arguing and controversy; making it observe silence and occupying it with remembrance of God, Great and Glorious is He, and with recitation of Quran. This is the fasting of the tongue. Said Sufyan: 'Backbiting annuls the Fast.' Layth quotes Mujahid as saying: 'Two habits annul Fasting: backbiting and telling lies.'
The Prophet, on him be peace, said: 'Fasting is a shield; so when one of you is Fasting he should not use foul or foolish talk. If someone attacks him or insults him, let him say: "I am Fasting, I am Fasting!"'
According to Tradition: 'Two women were Fasting during the time of God's Messenger, on him be peace. They were so fatigued towards the end of the day, from hunger and thirst, that they were on the verge of collapsing. They therefore sent a message to God's Messenger, on him be peace, requesting permission to break their Fast. In response, the Prophet, on him be peace, sent them a bowl and said: "Tell them to vomit into it what they have eaten." One of them vomited and half filled the bowl with fresh blood and tender meat, while the other brought up the same so that they filled it between them. The onlookers were astonished. Then the Prophet, on him be peace, said: "These two women have been Fasting from what God made lawful to them, and have broken their Fast on what God, Exalted is He, made unlawful to them. They sat together and indulged in backbiting, and here is the flesh of the people they maligned!"'
3. HEAR NOT...
Closing one's ears to everything reprehensible; for everything unlawful to utter is likewise unlawful to listen to. That is why God, Great and Glorious is He, equated the eavesdropper with the profiteer, in His words, Exalted is He:
'Listeners to falsehood, consumers of illicit gain.' [al-Ma'idah, 5:42]
God, Great and Glorious is He, also said:
'Why do their rabbis and priests not forbid them to utter sin and consume unlawful profit?' [al-Ma'idah, 5:63]
Silence in the face of backbiting is therefore unlawful. God, Exalted is He, said: 'You are then just like them.' [al-Nisa, 4:140] That is why the Prophet, on him be peace, said: 'The backbiter and his listener are copartners in sin.'
4. DO NOT...
Keeping all other limbs and organs away from sin: the hands and feet from reprehensible deeds, and the stomach from questionable food at the time for breaking Fast. It is meaningless to Fast -- to abstain from lawful food - only to break one's Fast on what is unlawful. A man who Fast like this may be compared to one who builds a castle but demolishes a city. Lawful food injurious in quantity not in quality, so Fasting is to reduce the former. A person might well give up excessive use of medicine, from fear of ill effects, but he would be a fool to switch to taking poison. The unlawful is a poison deadly to religion, while the lawful is a medicine, beneficial in small doses but harmful in excess. The object of Fasting is to induce moderation. Said the Prophet, on him be peace: 'How many of those who Fast get nothing from it but hunger and thirst!' This has been taken to mean those who break their Fast on unlawful food. Some say it refers to those who abstain from lawful food, but break their Fast on human flesh through backbiting, which is unlawful. Others consider it an allusion to those who do not guard their organs from sin.
5. AVOID OVEREATING
Not to over-indulge in lawful food at the time of breaking Fast, to the point of stuffing one's belly. There is no receptacle more odious to God, Great and Glorious is He, than a belly stuffed full with lawful food. Of what use is the Fast as a means of conquering God's enemy and abating appetite, if at the time of breaking it one not only makes up for all one has missed during the daytime, but perhaps also indulges in a variety of extra foods? It has even become the custom to stock up for Ramadan with all kinds of foodstuffs, so that more is consumed during that time than in the course of several other months put together. It is well known that the object of Fasting is to experience hunger and to check desire, in order to reinforce the soul in piety. If the stomach is starved from early morning till evening, so that its appetite is aroused and its craving intensified, and it is then offered delicacies and allowed to eat its fill, its taste for pleasure is increased and its force exaggerated; passions are activated which would have lain dormant under normal conditions.
The spirit and secret nature of Fasting is to weaken the forces which are Satan's means of leading us back to evil. It is therefore essential to cut down one's intake to what one would consume on a normal night, when not Fasting. No benefit is derived from the Fast if one consumes as much as one would usually take during the day and night combined. Moreover, one of the properties consists in taking little sleep during the daytime, so that one feels the hunger and thirst and becomes conscious of the weakening of one's powers, with the consequent purification of the heart.
One should let a certain degree of weakness carry over into the night, making it easier to perform the night Prayers (tahajjud) and to recite the praises (awrad). It may then be that Satan will not hover around one's heart, and that one will behold the Kingdom of Heaven. The Night of Destiny represents the night on which something of this Kingdom is revealed. This is what is meant by the words of God, Exalted is He:
'We surely revealed it on the Night of Power.' [al-Qadr, 97:1]
Anyone who puts a bag of food between his heart and his breast becomes blind to this revelation. Nor is keeping the stomach empty sufficient to remove the veil, unless one also empties the mind of everything but God, Great and Glorious is He. That is the entire matter, and the starting point of it all is cutting down on food.
6. LOOK TO GOD WITH FEAR AND HOPE
After the Fast has been broken, the heart should swing like a pendulum between fear and hope. For one does not know if one's Fast will be accepted, so that one will find favor with God, or whether it will be rejected, leaving one among those He abhors. This is how one should be at the end of any act of worship one performs.
It is related of al-Hasan ibn Abil Hasan al-Basri that he once passed by a group of people who were laughing merrily. He said: 'God, Great and Glorious is He, has made the month of Ramadan a racecourse, on which His creatures compete in His worship. Some have come in first and won, while others have lagged behind and lost. It is absolutely amazing to find anybody laughing and playing about on the day when success attends the victors, and failure the wasters. By God, if the veil were lifted off, the doer of good would surely be preoccupied with his good works and the evildoer with his evil deeds.' In too full of joy to indulge in idle sport, while for one who has suffered rejection laughter will be precluded by remorse.
Of al-Ahnaf ibn Qays it is reported that he was once told: 'You are an aged elder; Fasting would enfeeble you.' But he replied: 'By this I am making ready for a long journey, Obedience to God, Glorified is He, is easier to endure than His punishment.'
are the inwardly significant meanings of Fasting.
5 IMPORTANT DUAS
1. Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the life to come and keep us safe from the torment of the Fire (2:201)
2. Our Lord!
Bestow on us endurance and make
our foothold sure and give us help against those who reject faith.
4. Our Lord!
Lay not upon us such a burden as
You did lay upon those before us. (2:286)
do not forget me my daughter wifa and umma in your duas during rabadan.
waseem Ahmed siddiqui khakik
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