Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Ramadhan at the grand mosques

I'm copying some photos of Ramadhan 2011 at the 2 grand mosques, which I received from a colleague (Associate Professor Dr KNS Sirajuddin, USM) who got them from a friend. The photos are from the Karachi World Group.

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Assalam Alaikum Wa Rahmath Ullahi Wa Barkatahu
Subhan Allah

Dates are handed out as Muslims break their fast in the grounds of 
the Grand Mosque in Islam's holiest city of Makkah.
Hundreds of Muslims break their fast in the grounds of the Grand Mosque.
Muslim around the world are taking part in the Muslim lunar month of Ramadan
when believers fast between dawn and sunset.

During Ramadan Muslims wake up before dawn for the Fajr prayer and a meal. 
The faithful break their fast at sunset, also with a prayer and a meal called iftar.

Hundreds of Muslims gather to pray in the holy Muslim city.

A Muslim man reads the Qur'an as the world's largest clock looms over the Grand Mosque.
Muslims break their fast in the grounds of the Grand Mosque.
Holy Ramadan moon sighted in holy Makkah And Madinah
Aftar being served inside Haram


Female pilgrims are ready to break Saum (fast) outside Masjid-E-Nabawi

Male pilgrims sitting and waiting for Maghrib just after Asar Salat outside
Little Aqsa, the daughter of pioneer Ahlan Waseem Siddiqui, waitng for
Azan of Maghrib in front of Aftar outside Masjid-E-Nabawi with their
close relatives

Aftar being served to pilgrims in the inner courtyard adjacent
to Roza-E-Rasool in Masjid-E-Nabawi.

Another view of Aftar being served to faithfuls in the inner courtyard
of Masjid-E-Nabawi near Roze-E-Rasool

Moazan is calling Maghrib Azan. The pilgrims adore breaking
their Saum (fast) in the inner courtyard of Masjid-E-Nabawi (s.a.w.)

Pilgrims are enjoying Aftar inside the prayer hall of Masjid -E- Nabawi

Aftar just after maghrib Azan. Salat ul maghrib is about to start
Few moments left for Aftar in Madinah Munawwarah.
Tomb of Holy Roza visible with its green minaret
Meal for Aftar being served
A lady wearing white scarf  is waiting for her share of Aftar

Zam Zam dispenser, dates, curd and bread are waiting for more faithfuls.
Azan of Maghrib has been called and Saiems (Muslims having fast)
breaking fast (saum)

Faithfuls filling their glassess with zam zam water just before Azan.
Newly installed electronic umbrellas are visible.

Traditional Arabic rice (RUZ) being distributed outside Masjid-e-Nabawi (s.a.w.)
Little child waiting patiently for Azan with his dates, zam zam,
bread, bottle of milk, juice and foil-packed rice.
A row of Saims (who observe fast). Rice, apple, bannana, juice,
and dispenser of zam zam visible.
Rows of saims (who observe fast) outside Masjid-e-Nabawi (s.a.w.)

 Another view of Aftar outside Masjid-e-Nabawi (s.a.w.)
Precious moments before breaking fast. Muslims reciting last moment duas
(begging from Almighty ALLAH)
Another view of last moment Duas (begging from Almighty ALLAH)
Now the  bib outside Area around Masjid-e Nabawi (s.a.w.)
is packed with  saims (who keep 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 towards distributor for more.
(Aftar distributor not visible in picture)

Fruits have been put  for saims (who observe fast) in rows just after
conclusion of Salat-ul Asar and saims (who observe fast) are waited to come and sit.
Only one disable on wheelchair is being attended by Aftar distributor. 

Another view of Aftar out side Masjid-E-Nabawi (s.a.w.)
Another view of Aftar outside Masjid-E-Nabawi (s.a.w.)
Rows of Aftar and boxes of fruits have been  kept in rows (saf)  before distribution
Traditional Arabic Rice (RUZ) being served
                …thousands stream…

           …waiting for sunset,

…tons and tons of food is donated…
 …and distributed in the courtyard and inside Masjid Nabawi
 by teams representing the philanthropists

….who commit to provide food and drink to the faithful for the entire month….
     ….miles and miles of carpets…

        and miles and miles of sufrahs are spread…
… with an array of nourishing delights…

…  such is Allah Ta’ala’s Bounty…
….and blessed are those who prepare pre-packed meals…

….and who devote waiting moments to the Qur’an Majeed…
…and who offer dates to fulfill the Sunnah of breaking the fast…
(sebaiknya, jangan pijak atas plastik saprah tu sebab kat situ juga nak
bubuh makanan)

…and who have travelled far and wide to spend their fasting days.
…and experience the rich diversity of the Ummah…
….as the pangs of hunger and the parched throat remind the heart
to consider all less fortunate…and to open the floodgates of generosity…
…and to be grateful for the unlimited blessings Allah Ta’ala bestows upon us…
…as we enter the days that He Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala is most generous
in freeing His slaves from the Fire…
…and hearts and souls embrace the possibility of seeking the Night
better than a thousand months with increased devotions…
…and for the Ummah to be granted victory…
…and beg Allah Ta’ala to turn our hearts to His obedience…
…and keep our hearts steadfast on His Deen, and encourage this in the young
through example…
…and for Allah Ta’ala to show us the Truth as Truth, rendering us help to follow that…
…whilst assisting us to avoid falsehood…
….and protecting us against every kind of sin…

…Ya Rabb, endow our hearts with a greater love for You
and instill in our hearts a yearning to submit more to You…
…Ya Rabb make faith something that we cherish…
…so we taste the sweetness of Iman with every breath…
…and we feel the Light of Revelation in all we do…

….with each step being guided on the Straight Path…

3 IMPORTANT DUAS  (from Surah Baqarah)

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. (2:250)

3. Our Lord! Take us not to task if we forget or fall into error. (2:286)

4. Our Lord! Lay not upon us such a burden as You did lay upon
those before us. (2:286)

5. Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear,
grant us forgiveness and have mercy on us. You are our Protector.
Help us against those who deny the truth. (2:286)


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