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July-August 2016 / Issue 20 / Hajj Edition
Bosnia: Beautyand Pain
Hajj Tips for the Pilgrim!
BODY MIND SOUL
The Benefits of Sleeping
& venetian cuisine
Managing Editor: Anjuma ChoudhuryContent and Copy Editors: Aseel Saif and Ayesha AshiqReligious Content Editors: Raiyyan Clementson and Essam ZeinCreative and Visual Director: Muhammad AbdulmateenWriters: Zohaib Asem, Bushra Ferjani, Nasrine Abdirachid, Liz Leonard, Anjuma Choudhury, Aseel Saif, Yeota Imam, Elena Nikolova, Karimah Bint Dawoud, Hafsa Waseela, and Shahina KhatunResearchers: Anum BabarContributors: Negla Abdalla
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18 The Connection to our EarthBy Nasrine Abdirachid
10Reflection:Hajj: The Greatest
Journey Made by Man
By Yeota Imam-Rashid 10
06Editorial:Living Green (Part 1)
1224 The Fight for a
Green DeenBy Zohaib Asem12 Strengthening our Relationship with Allah, through our
Relationship with nature
By Bushra Ferjani28 Symbolism of Hajj
By Liz Leonard
34 Ihram:The Sacred StateBy Anjuma Choudhury
54 A Travellers Guide:A Gondola Ride in VeniceBy Elena Nikolova
66 BODY MIND SOUL:The Benefits of SleepingBy Hafsa Waseela
96 Islam Channel ProgrammesReligious Programmes showing inAugust & September 2016
72 Food Bites:Venetian CuisineBy Karimah Bint Dawoud
40Hajj Tips for thePilgrim (Part 1)
By Aseel Saif
91 Recommended ReadingBy Shahina Khatun
44 Womens AM Corner:Bosnia: Beauty & PainBy Liz Leonard
82 Hajj Tips for the Pilgrim (Part 2)By Elena Nikolova
85 A Brief Step by StepGuide to HajjBy Anjuma Choudhury
Living Green should be a standard way of life as Islam teaches us to protect and nurture our environment, for without it or if damaged, hu-mankind will not continue. In Issue 20, part 1, we return to the core, the elements that make up this earth and our physical bodies, such as water as well as the functioning of our eco-sys-tem, which are miraculously mentioned in the Holy Quran as a reminder to mankind. We un-derstand that the earth follows the Creators commands and so should we as our Lord says: Indeed, all things We created with predes-tination. And Our command is but one, like a glance of the eye. [Quran, Surah Al-Qamar: The Moon, 54:49-50]
The month of Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah Al-Mukarramah is less than two months away, where pilgrims from all walks of life will gather in The Holy City as they renew their purpose in the world through the means of worship. To make this Hajj edition different, we uncover the various symbolisms and morals that can be found and learnt from the rites and rituals of Hajj. Furthermore, we provide Hajj tips that go beyond the surface as we prepare the pilgrims physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
This year the Womens AM team travelled to Bosnia and returned with wonderful, and yet sad stories to retell. Sister Liz effortlessly explores through her writing the beauty and pain that lies in the former war-torn country, which resulted in the death of around 100,000
people, and the displacement of over two mil-lion men, women, and children between 1992 and 1995, according to Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, London. The impact of the war can still be seen today in the eyes of the survivors and the marks left on their land. Islam Channel production has produced a powerful documen-tary on the genocide, Remembering Srebreni-ca, which aired on Sunday, 10th July 2016.
From Makkah to Venice, the Venetian culture is charming and rich as you will discover when you read on. Venice is a hub within Italy attract-ing honeymooners and the curious travellers, who love to explore and learn more about Eu-rope. It is a well-known fact that Italian food is excellent, but the Venetians have their own take on it, despite having something in com-mon with the other regions in Italy, and it is ab-solutely delicious!
Sleeping is a Prophetic Sunnah, where Proph-et Muhammad (peace be upon him) advised us when and how to sleep; The Benefits of Sleeping by Sister Hafsa is a fascinating read!
The Ilma team would like to acknowledge those who will attend the Hajj this year and we pray it is successful for you. We also would like to wish the Muslim community a blessed Eid Al-Adha.
Please send your comments and sugges-tions to [email protected], we would love to hear from you!
The Dawah Project Team
In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Compassionate.
Living Green (Part 1)
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Message from the Chairman
Assalamualaikum WarahmatullahiWabarakatuhDear Respected Brothers and Sisters,
The Hajj is more than what it seems, it is a beauti-ful and powerful prophetic tradition that connects us to the odyssey of Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh), the Prophet (pbuh) who exemplified faith, sacrifice, commitment, wisdom, and patience in all three Abrahamic religions. Allah, The Most High, nar-rates in the Holy Quran the life of Ibrahim (pbuh) from as a young man, to husband and father. There were multiple tests he and his family experienced, such as when he had to leave his wife Hajar (may Allah be pleased with her) in the desert, desper-ately searching for water. Today, the pilgrims are grateful for the miraculous well in Makkah known as The Well of Zamzam.
The final Messenger and Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) is a descendent of the family of Ibrahim (pbuh) and we know this because of the suppli-cation Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) made to Allah: Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your Sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer. So make hearts among the people incline toward them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful. [Quran, Surah Ibrahim: Prophet Abra-ham, 14:37]
Therefore, the Sacred House, Al-Kabah has been there for thousands of years, but there came a time when the actual essence of the Kabah was not known to people, they would adopt polytheis-tic ideas, such as worshiping spirits and many dif-ferent gods. The Sacred House was used to store idols. Thus, Muhammad (pbuh) was instructed by Allah to restore the Kabah to the worship of the One God (Tawheed).
At present, Muslims of every ethnic group, colour, social status, and culture gather together in Mak-kah and stand before the Kabah praising Allah, The Most High. The rituals and rites are designed to promote unity by showing that everyone is equal in the eyes of Allah. The Hajj pilgrimage reminds Muslims of the actual purpose of life here on earth, by removing the worldly desires, such as; social status, wealth, and pride in order to focus more on the Afterlife.
The Kabah, in Masjid Al-Haram, is one or if not the holiest site in Islam; intended to provide a place of peace, refuge, and worship. We are commanded by Allah to protect its sanctity.
Al-Hajj; the blessed month of The Pilgrimage will return this year, if Allah wills it, for Believers to com-memorate, whether they are able to attend or not. The Dawah Project, in association with Islam Chan-nel, will broadcast the Live Hajj Coverage daily and other Hajj programmes, such as the popular flag-ship programme Footsteps of Ibrahim.
I would like for my brothers and sisters to show their support by donating to The Dawah Project; which funds most of the Religious Programmes on Islam Channel. Tell others about The Dawah Project, whether it is through word of mouth or on social media because Islamic knowledge needs to reach far and wide, Muslims and Non-Muslims alike. Is-lam is a religion for mankind and Prophet Muham-mad (pbuh) was sent to us as a Rahma (mercy) from Allah, The Most High. In Allah we trust.
Mohamed Ali HarrathChairman, The Dawah Project
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Ta lb iyah , a suppl icat ion invoked by the p i lgr ims as aconvict ion that they intend to per form the Haj j .
Arabic Transliteration: Labayk Allahuma Labayk. Labay-ka laa shareeka laka labayk. Innal hamda, wannimata,
laka wal-mulk, laa shareeka lak.
Translat ion: I am present , O Al lah, I am present , there is no par tner unto You. I am present . Def in i te ly pra ise and g lory is yours ( for You) . The Kingdom is a lso
Yours . [Sahih Musl im]