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Le Moulinet: Indigenous French Muslims

Le Moulinet:  Indigenous French Muslims

The amazing, first-time visual documentation of a handful of French families living in seclusion in secular France, after having converted to Shi’a Islam


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Post-Ramadhan Renewal: 5 Lessons to Live By

Post-Ramadhan Renewal: 5 Lessons to Live By


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The Centre of Consciousness is One’s Heart*

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Atheists, Whatever They Say to the Contrary, Really Do Believe in God*

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Muslims Across the World Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr*

Muslims Across the World Celebrate Eid Al-Fitr*

Eid al-Fitr, or the “feast of breaking of the fast” marks the end of Ramadhan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.

With Muslims making almost one-quarter of the World’s population, celebrations are taking place in all continents.

The sun rises above a mosque before the morning prayer for Eid al-Fitr in Lipljan, Kosovo, June 25, 2017.


Muslims perform Eid al-Fitr prayers in Al-zahara square in Juba, South Sudan June 25, 2017.

Women offer Eid prayers at Badshahi Mosque in Lahore


Men greet each other after the Eid prayers in Karachi


Indian Muslims offer prayers during Eid at the Jama Masjid mosque in New Delhi


Iraqis offer Eid prayers in the city of Najaf


Iranian women offer Eid prayers in western Tehran


Chinese Muslims visit Niujie mosque during Eid in Beijing


Chinese Muslims offer Eid prayers at the Niujie mosque in Beijing



Egyptians celebrate and try to catch balloons released after Eid al-Fitr prayers, marking the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan at a public park, outside El-Seddik Mosque in Cairo, Egypt June 25, 2017


Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad (3rd R) attends prayers on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, inside a mosque in Hama, in this handout picture provided by SANA on June 25, 2017, Syria


Iraqi children enjoy riding a mini car as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, in Mosul, Iraq June 25, 2017.

Muslims in Indonesia mark the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan.


Sri Lankan Muslims offer Eid prayers at the Galle Face esplanade in Colombo


Muslims in Thailand mark the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan.


Muslims in the Philippines mark the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan.


Afghan children ride on swings during the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, in Kabul, Afghanistan June 25, 2017.



Displaced Iraqi girls who fled their homes pose as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr, in Mosul, Iraq June 25, 2017.


Muslims in Taiwan mark the end of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadhan.


Men pray at the martyrs’ cemetery on Eid al-Fitr in Racak, Kosovo, June 25, 2017.




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Jeremy Corbyn Praises Muslim Heroes of Grenfell Tower fire in Eid Message*

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Syria’s More Confident Assad gives Eid Prayers in Hama*

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These 5 People don’t Spend Eid with their Families to make the Occasion Happier for Us*

God-consciousness After Ramadhan


Syria’s More Confident Assad gives Eid Prayers in Hama*

Syria’s More Confident Assad gives Eid Prayers in Hama*

His visit comes as a car bomb in Idlib province kills at least 10 people

Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad attends prayers on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, inside a mosque in Hama (Reuters)


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered prayers for Islam’s Eid al-Fitr holiday in Hama on Sunday, the furthest he has travelled inside Syria in years, showing his growing confidence.

His visit came as a car bomb in rebel-held Idlib province killed at least 10 people, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

State television broadcast footage of Assad standing to pray in a large mosque in Hama behind its imam, with other clerics standing alongside and a large crowd of worshippers.

State news agency SANA quoted the preacher as saying that Assad’s presence in the city for Eid showed that victory and the return of security were only “a few steps” away.

Syria’s civil war has turned to Assad’s favour since 2015, when Russia sent its jets to help his army and allied Shiite militias backed by Iran turn back rebels and win new ground.

Since the war began in 2011, it has killed hundreds of thousands, driven millions more from their homes, sparked a global refugee crisis and drawn in regional and world powers.

The conflict is far from over. Rebels hold swaths of the country, including around Idlib province near Hama, and launched a new attack in Quneitra in the southwest on Saturday.

Rebels also hold the Eastern Ghouta area near Damascus, parts of the desert in the southeast and a large pocket south of Hama around the city of Rastan.

As recently as March, rebels advanced from Idlib province to within a few kilometres of Hama, before the army and its allies pushed them back in weeks of fierce fighting.

However, the army drove insurgents from their biggest urban stronghold in Aleppo in December and have also forced several important rebel enclaves to surrender over the past year.

First visit to Hama during war

Assad has not made a declared visit to Hama, which is about 185km from Damascus, since the war began. Last year he delivered Eid prayers in Homs, about 40km closer to Damascus.

Early in the crisis he visited Raqqa, a city that has since become the Syrian capital of Islamic State and now faces an assault by a US-backed coalition to drive out the militants

The fight against Islamic State, which has attacked Western cities, has become the focus of Western leaders, some of whom have softened demands that Assad must quit to end the crisis.

In March, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Assad’s fate would be decided by Syrians, a change in rhetoric after years of insisting he step down to allow a political solution.

France’s new president, Emmanuel Macron, said this month he did not see Assad’s departure as a condition to end the fighting and the priority was stopping Syria becoming a failed state.

The U.S. and other Western states, along with Turkey and Gulf monarchies, have long supported some of the rebels, an array of groups that includes Islamist and nationalist factions. Assad describes them all as terrorists.

His military has said its focus is on the campaign in the desert, where it is advancing against Islamic State to relieve a besieged government enclave in the city of Deir ez-Zor.

Car bomb in Idlib

A car bomb killed 10 people in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province on Saturday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, reported on Sunday.

The attack occurred in a market in the town of al-Dana, located in the north of the province near the border with Turkey, according to the Observatory.

Three people under 18 were among the dead and the blast also injured at least 30 other people, it said. Another bombing in the town after midnight on Friday killed two people, it added.

Rebel groups in Idlib province have been sporadically fighting each other since early this year. Rebels have also accused the Islamic State militant group of carrying out attacks in the area.

Idlib province is a major stronghold of rebels in Syria and is situated along the border with Turkey, one of the main backers of their rebellion against Assad.

Large numbers of fighters, along with their relatives and many other civilians, have moved into the area under amnesty after surrendering to the army in other parts of Syria.


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Ramadhan at an Israeli Military Checkpoint*

Ramadhan at an Israeli Military Checkpoint*

Every year during Ramadhan, tens of thousands of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank take advantage of a temporary relaxation of Israeli movement restrictions in order to attend Friday prayers at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, which they are normally prevented from entering.

Israel uses the Qalandiya military checkpoint to control Palestinian movement between the West Bank cities of Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Men over the age of 40, children under 12 and women of all ages are allowed to cross Qalandiya checkpoint and enter Jerusalem without military permits on Fridays during the month of Ramadan only.

Video by Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills


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Walking 616 Miles while Fasting, and Still Smiling*

Walking 616 Miles while Fasting, and Still Smiling*

Mohammad Zaman is currently walking from Batley, Yorkshire, to London, visiting community groups and projects along the way to shine a light on ordinary people going the extra mile to bring people together. It’s an admirable adventure to embark upon – particularly as Mohammad is currently fasting for Ramadhan.

The Great Big Walk is a national movement in the form of five walks starting from Batley on 29 May to London, Cornwall, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Scotland in the lead up to The Big Lunch, the U.K.’s annual get-together for neighbours. The five routes spanning the U.K. will stop at over 100 community projects on their way, as the walkers head home in time to join the biggest community celebration the U.K. has ever seen.

Mohammad is one of the walkers heading the 616 miles home to London, and for him, the physical challenge of fasting makes the experience a more testing one. He explained before the walk that

it’s during Ramadhan when I’ll be fasting for 18+ hours every day, with 2.8 million U.K. Muslims. It’s going to be hard.”

At sundown on the first day of walking, Mohammad and his team were welcomed into Jamia Swafia Masjid, Wakefield, to open his fast and enjoy Iftar at the mosque, and other points on the journey have seen him lay down his prayer mat on the side of the road whilst walking to a community stop. Mohammad has previously completed a half marathon whilst fasting and is confident that his mental strength, as well as physical strength, will prevail.

In fact, Mohammad believes it is particularly important that he completes The Great Big Walk whilst observing Ramadhan: Mohammad’s Muslim faith is his guiding light and inspiration when it comes to his interactions with those around him, and it has also been his motivation when overcoming his own personal hurdles – including homelessness. As Mohammad’s faith guides him to support and celebrate community, he’s certain that it will also sustain him through The Great Big Walk which has provided a platform for him to do just that.

Mohammad says “I am dedicated to bringing positive change, hope, and peace to communities across Britain, among people from different backgrounds. The nation needs a platform to encourage bonds between us and make this country strong. I think The Great Big Walk is that platform. I want to take part and also share my experience on the walk to help build strong communities and encourage people to stand together.”

Within days, Mohammad became known for his infectious positivity and enthusiasm: when asked about his journey and his energy he responds “I’m still walking and fasting, and I’m still smiling.”

Visit thegreatbigwalk.com to find out more about Mohammad’s journey as well as tracking where him, and the other teams of walkers, are heading to next. You can join in the celebrations by supporting the walkers as they pass through your area or simply by walking in Mohammad’s footsteps – and stay smiling.

Finally, anyone who is fasting can get involved in The Big Lunch on 18 June by holding a Lunar Lunch and inviting family, neighbours, and colleagues to join you as you open your fast. You can find out more about Lunar Lunches and how to host one by going to our website, www.TheBigLunch.com, and searching for ‘Lunar Lunch,’ or by checking out The Big Iftar UK on Facebook.



The Big Lunch

The Big Lunch is the U.K.’s annual get-together for neighbours, an idea from the Eden Project. Over the past eight years, Big Lunches of all sizes have happened in all kinds of communities – in streets, back gardens, parks and local community venues. The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in 2009 with the belief that we’re better equipped to tackle the challenges we face when we face them together.  In 2016 The Big Lunch was attended by over 7 million people at over 90,000 events U.K. wide and is supported by our Royal Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall. We work to connect people and communities across the U.K., encouraging everyday people to make a positive change where they live.


The Great Big Walk

The Great Big Walk is a national movement connecting people and communities. Five walks will span the U.K., stopping at over 100 community projects as they go. Each stop will shine a light on the extraordinary people going the extra mile to bring their communities together as the walkers head home in time to join the biggest community celebration the U.K. has ever seen.

The walks will start on 29 June in Batley, Yorkshire, where Jo Cox was MP and will finish in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Cornwall and London in time for The Big Lunch on Sunday 18 June, the highlight of The Great Get Together weekend inspired by Jo.


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Prophet Muhammed (SAW) on Ramadhan

Love for the Poor*

Love for the Poor*

The Prophet (pbuh) enjoined upon Muslims to treat the poor kindly and to help them with zakat, and in other ways. He said:

“He is not a perfect Muslim who eats his fill and lets his neighbour go hungry.” (Hadith)

Monopoly is unlawful in Islam and the Prophet(pbuh) preached that :

“It is diffucult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path that leads to bliss.”(Hadith, Muslim)

He did not prohibit or discourage the aquisition of wealth but insisted that it be lawfully acquired by honest means and that a portion of it would go to the poor.

He did not encourage beggary either and stated that :

“Allah(God) is gracious to him who earns his living by his own labour, and that if a man begs to increase his property, Allah(God) will diminish it.” (Hadith).

He always paid the debts of the dead and issued instructions to the effect that if anyone died leaving any debt, he should be informed of it so that he could pay it off. Whenever the Prophet (pbuh) met any miserly person, he advised him to be more generous and charitable.

To his wife he said: “O Aysha, love the poor and let them come to you and Allah(God) will draw you near to Himself.” (Hadith, Sahih Bukhari).

Abu Dharr reported that one evening he was walking with the Prophet(pbuh) when he said:

“If the mountain of Uhud were turned into gold for me, I would not like three nights to pass and one dinar still be left with me, excepting what I would leave for paying my debts.” (Hadith)

No person could ever equal the Prophet (pbuh) in generosity.Whatever he received he gave away to others and felt more pleasure than those who received the gift. He never turned anyone away empty-handed from his house and always gave preference to the needy over his own needs. His charity was of various kinds. Sometimes he gave a gift; sometimes he borrowed something and repaid it generously; sometimes he bought a thing and paid more than the price to the seller; and sometimes he gave charity. He accepted gifts from other people but always gave more gifts in return for them.

His love for the poor was so deep that he used to pray: “O Allah(God), keep me poor in my life and at my death and raise me at resurrection among those who are poor.” (Hadith, Nasai, Chapter: Pardon)


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Oldest Recording of Qur’an Recitation from Ottoman Period Makkah*

Oldest Recording of Qur’an Recitation from Ottoman Period Makkah*

The oldest recording of Qur’an recitation from Makkah 132 years ago with unique footage of the holy city.

The recording was done during the Ottoman Caliphate in 1885 in Makkah.

Dutch journalist Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje compiled his rare photographs and sound recordings of Makkah 132 years ago.

Snouck’s fascinating collection of sepia-tinted images of Makkah went on display in Dubai in 2010.

Accompanied by soundscapes captured by Snouck using Thomas Edison’s newly-invented wax cylinders, the exhibition paints a very different picture from today’s holy city surrounded by skyscrapers and shopping malls.


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