EID MUBARAK!!

IMG_20170624_201147Eid Mubarak to all Muslims across the globe, I hope your day is immersed in peace and happiness. This Ramadan definitely flew by as usual, but more so due to my exams all being during this month. It’s also been a difficult month for many around the world, and including at home in the UK where a number of tragic incidents and acts of terrorism took place, such as the attack on London Bridge, the burning down of Glenfall tower and the attack on peaceful worshippers leaving Finsbury mosque in London recently. It’s also been tough for the thousands who have died in the hands of warfare and terror all around the world, with many continuously perishing in poverty and famine. May we think of them and keep them in our thoughts and prayers and the focus of our humanity and compassion. Always. ❤

Peace,

Bushra

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EID MUBARAK + HAJJ 2016!

EID MUBARAK for tomorrow if you’re celebrating! Today also marks the the first day of the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi hajj_and_umrah-focus-none-width-800Arabia which Muslims make at least once in their lifetime, provided they are mentally/physically well and are financially able to. It is best associated with the life of the Prophet Muhammad, but the rituals go back thousands of years before to the time of Abraham.  It is one of the biggest peaceful gatherings, with around 1.5 million foreigners from hundreds of different nationalities and races all around the world partaking. Once you arrive, you are in a state of ‘Ihram’, which is a purified state achieved after some cleansing rituals and putting on a white seamless cloth for men, and a headscarf and long loose garment for woman as well as the cutting/trimming of the hair, which removes any signs of status or wealth as all are equal under the eyes of God. Perfumes, makeup, jewellery, sexual relations, smoking, obscene language/thoughts are all prohibited as the main aim is to become closer to God through spiritual reflection. Contrary to what many may believe, there is no gender segregation during the pilgramige, nor is covering the face permitted. Many return to their home country with a very different approach to life, compassion and inner peace. Read more about the Hajj here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hajj

Once again, Eid Mubarak 🙂

Bushra

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EID MUBARAK 2016!!

It’s been agees since I last posted so I thought I’d return with a post wishing all Muslims Rüyada-Kuranı-Kerim-Görmek-1across the globe a very HAPPY AND GLORIOUS EID! The holy month of Ramadan is over, in which so many Muslims grasped the opportunity to spiritually reflect on themselves, as well as become conscious of the little things we do in daily life. While the month appears to have flown past for many, it’s important to remember that it’s not been the case for those living in war struck and poverty ridden countries. The month there has also been a struggle. Thankfully, this year so many people strived to make extra donations to aid their breaking of the fast. The month has also seen many recent terror attacks, such as the ones in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh, and even Medina, at the heart of the Prophet Muhammad’s home, which is something totally unprecedented in a month where empathy, tolerance and sanctuary is expected and rewarded. And so my heart goes out especially to those people suffering everywhere, whether it be due to poverty, war,or having lost a loved one. May God make your experience full of ease ❤

 

EID MUBARAK! x

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EID MUBARAK!! :D

For most of us, a month of fasting for Ramadan is over and Eid is here! Whether you’re celebrating today or tomorrow, I’d like to wish all Muslims across the globe a safe and joy filled Eid! I personally miss Ramadan due to the fact that I really felt far more spiritually focused and closer to God this year more than than ever as I focused my month on prayer and thinking of those less fortunate, and hope to carry this positive nature on. It has been a month with great emphasis on devotion and reflection aeid_mubarak2nd insha allah (God willing) we can take the good habits that Ramadan has bought out of us and apply in into the near future in order to become the best people we possibly can and apply this in whatever we may choose to do in life, or are already doing!

Let me know what you’re doing/wearing/eating for Eid, I’d love to know how people across the world are celebrating – the beauty of social media! 🙂 (and I’m kinda nosy too) :p x

Once again, EID MUBARAK, have fun, and don’t forget what’s important 🙂

Bushra xx

RAMADAN MUBARAK | What is Ramadan all about?

So you may have heard of Ramadan, which is a month that consists of Muslims across the entire world fasting for a period of 30 days. But it isn’t as simple as that. Day 1 of 30 of Ramadan begins today, and so below are answers to common questions non – Muslims may have about it all! 😀             know-ramadan

When does it all happen?

Ramadan happens once a year for 30 days, during the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar, in order to commemorate the first revelation of the Quraan to the Prophet Muhammad. During these days, fasting is maintained from dawn until sunset. At the end of the thirty days, it is Eid, a day of celebration and joy and Muslims’ main religious holiday/festival.

What happens in Ramadan?

During Ramadan, as mentioned above, the main thing is to abstain from eating and drinking from dawn till sunset, as well as abstaining from sexual relations, smoking or forms of medication. (unless essential, of course!) However, the idea of 1345129128_7065_duareforming and becoming a better person comes by the fact that this is a month of great emphasis on the five pillars of Islam. Therefore, people make greater efforts in being aware of their actions, and gaining a sense of self discipline for actions which they would disregard as the norm in day to day life. The fast is broken upon sunset, after the call of prayer for Maghrib (4th prayer of the day) and may typically be done with dates and a glass of water, as this is what the Prophet would break his fast with. The breaking of the fast is known as  the ‘Iftar’, and many Mosques provide this for those breaking their fast immediately after the hearing of the call to prayer, as well as communities and families joining together to break their fast – this demonstrates the  strong sense of cohesion between people of all different races and walks of life, who come together through the same intention of becoming closer to God, and fasting.

In addition, things that people do throughout the month are:

Zakat – this is known as charity, as a Muslim is required, providing they have the means to do so, to give 2.5% of their wealth to charity, though some may choose to give more during the holy month of Ramadan.

Recitation of the Quraan – Many Muslims make the intention to complete the recitation of the entire Quraan throughout the month, with some completing it even two or three times, and some even more!

Taraweeh Prayers – These are extra, optional prayers after the final prayer (Esha), which most Muslims do as a sign of extra commitment and  a time to repent.

Some Muslims may also choose to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, the Prophet’s birthplace, during this time.

Why do you do it?

Well for a start, it’s not as simple as just fasting for the sake of God. It’s a way in which we spiritually cleanse our soul of impurities and sin. It’s also a strong way in becoming closer to God, as the month symbolizes the first revelation of the downloadQuraan to the Prophet Muhammad. However, alongside these main factors, it also gives us a first hand experience on the suffering of those in the poorer parts of the world, who do not have privileges like we may have, or even the means to break a fast, and so through fasting, alongside charity donations throughout the month, we become aware of just how fortunate we really are.

Many also believe it has health benefits too, though this is only in addition to the sole purpose in becoming closer to God and the religion of Islam, as well as fulfilling your purpose as a giving and stronger being, with qualities developed such as self discipline, empathy, generosity and a sense of spirituality, alongside important duties as a Muslim being committed to, such as Zakat (charity giving) and Saum (prayer), which are part of the five pillars of Islam and emphasized hugely in Ramadan. Furthermore, it allows us to build the key traits mentioned such as generosity, self discipline and empathy for the less fortunate. You abstain from acts which may seem casual in day to day life but are in actual fact morally wrong (eg. swearing, backbiting) and there is a strong focus to rid of these in Ramadan, in hope you can reflect on your character as a whole and become a better person at the end of the month, and continue after it.

Who has to fast?

It becomes compulsory for Muslims to start fasting when they reach puberty, so long as they are healthy and sane, and have no disabilities or illnesses. Many children often, inspired by others and despite not being required to, complete as many fasts as possible as practice for later life.

Exemptions to fasting are travel, menstruation, severe illness, pregnancy, and breast-feeding. However, many Muslims with medical conditions insist on fasting to satisfy their spiritual needs, although it is not recommended as it can have a severe toll on their health. Some, who take minor medication may adjust their medication to be taken during the non fasting hours, however for more serious conditions, fasting is not required and many make up for these outside of the month of Ramadan. In addition, some, (usually those who do not have a definite recovery) may pay to feed a poor family for the month of Ramadan instead.

If you are not Muslim, hopefully this post gave you some sort of insight on how the month of Ramadan will progress 🙂 Feel completely free to ask any questions you may have 🙂

I would also like to take this opportunity to wish all Muslims across the globe a warm, spiritual and fulfilling Ramadan this year 🙂 It’s beautiful how Muslims of all different races come together for the same cause and I truly hope you get what you want out of this time 😀

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Bushra xxx

EID MUBARAK! <3

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I would like to take a short moment to wish Muslims across the globe who are celebrating, a very happy Eid. Today marks Eid-Ul-Adha, where many Muslims will perform Qurbaani, where an animal is sacrificed to mark the sacrifice of Hazrat Ibrahim’s (Abraham’s) son. My thoughts go out to those in the world who may not be able to celebrate this day and even anyone who finds day to day life as a struggle rather than a blessing due to difficult circumstances, considering the amount of war/conflict globally.

Eid Mubarak!

Bushra xxx

RAMADAN MUBARAK! :)

So…. Ramadan, a significant month in the Islamic Calender is here for the year. Today is day 1 of 30…

WHAT IS RAMADAN?

It is what marks the days in the Islamic calander where Muslims believe the Holy Quraan was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

WHAT HAPPENS DURING RAMADAN?

During Ramadan, practising Muslims who have reached the age of puberty are expected to fast and obstain from eating or drinking anything from sunrise to sunset. If the full moon is sighted (in this case last Friday), then the fast takes place on the next day. if not, then the following day. Muslims pray Quraan, with many striving to complete the whole Quraan over the course of the month, and some choose to complete it many times over. Extra prayers called ‘Taraweeh’ can also be chosen to be completed after the fifth prayer of the day.

WHY DO YOU DO IT?

Ramadan is not as simple as just not eating. It’s a time to spiritually cleanse yourself and come closer to God. You obstain and take extra precaution not to commit sins and hopefully carry that on outside of Ramadan. It brings the community together, and as you can expect a lot more people going to the Mosque to pray, you can expect to see young people aspiring for change through donating to charity and taking part in activities which make them an overall better person. It is also a time for us to feel what the poor go through on a day to day basis and keep them all closer to our prayers.

DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO FAST?

Not everyone. Those who are old, sick or weak are not required to fast, as well as young children, pregnant woman, or woman on their menstrual cycle. Those who are old enough and healthy enough are expected to make this fast.

WHEN CAN YOU EAT?

The fast is broken at sunset, which is just before the fourth prayer of the day (Magrib). It is traditionally broken with dates, as that is what the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would break his fast with. You are then free to eat until the call to prayer of the first prayer of the next day (Fajr).

 

If you have any questions let me know 🙂

 

This is the video link where I explain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6pYvwyL-cY#

 

Bushra xxx