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It seems like Eid has been split once again across two days……. Half of my family are celebrating Eid tomorrow and the other half on Saturday…… For once why can’t there be a unanimous decision on when Eid is…..

Anyway Eid Mubarak to you all……….May Allah help us continue the good habits we have acquired during Ramadan…… Ameen


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Lapsing in ibaadat….

So the last couple of days I’ve been lapsing in my ibaadat…. I’m not reading enough quran majid and my mind is beginning to wonder about worldly things whilst I’m praying which is not a good sign.  I’m also having mood swings resulting in me throwing a couple of hissy fits now and again.  This could be because PMS is approaching but none the less my short fuse needs to be kept under wraps at least for this month.

 How do you keep your minds focused when you’re praying??? Sometimes when i catch myself drifting I try to snap out of it by reminding myself that I’m standing before my lord…. but thats only when i catch myself drifting away….. I guess learning to understand more arabic might help…. no???

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A week of Ramadhan has past already and I’m feeling an amazing peaceful tranquality & reassurance (otherwise known as sakina) that this blessed month always brings.  I’ve got no words to describe the feeling but this nasheed by native deen might some it up……

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It’s taken me a while to get into the momentum of things this year……. The fasting hasn’t been so bad but sleeping only for 5 hours a day has proved to be very testing. That and passing through the Krispy Kreme store or the array of take a ways where the aroma of donuts or doner meat tries to lure me in……

At work I also had the usual array of questions that Suga mentioned in her blog but this year my colleagues decided they were going to give me their lunches or penny sweets to hold whilst they questioned me as to why I’m torturing myself.  The worst bit is the same people ask me the same questions year after year!!!

Next year I plan to draw up some FAQs and make sure I distribute them amongst my colleagues prior to ramadan….

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The tomb of Husayn

Originally uploaded by ~Divine~

For those who are not familiar with the history of the mosque here is a brief Intro:

Husayn Ibn Ali (the forth caliph) was the beloved Prophet Mohammed’s (PBUH) grandson. Husayn was pressed by the Ummah to take the caliphate after his father was assassinated but was killed in the battle of Karbala.

A head believed to be Husayn’s was brought to Cairo and a shrine was built for it on the site of the mosque.

Al-Husayn mosque is a major landmark for all Muslims, be it Sunni or Shiite

Just witnessing the beautiful shrine was marvelous & I couldn’t quite comprehend the thought of actually being there (I don’t think I still can).

The peace and tranquility I experienced here was just out of this world. I could have easily sat here for hours and hours marvelling the shrine and watching the world go by

The mosque is located within walking distance of the Muhammad Ali Mosque

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Mohammed Ali Mosque Cairo

Originally uploaded by ~Divine~
The most convenient way of getting to Cairo from Sharm was obviously by plane which costs around £180 pp but being the tight ass that I am I decided I was going to save money and took the bus instead (£ 25 pp). After a painstaking & bloodcurdling 7 hour coach ride from Sharm El Sheikh I arrived in Cairo. In comparison to Sharm naturally Cairo had a very unique ambience & aura (Sharm being a plastic resort). The Islamic heritage is apparent in the local buildings & people. It is an absolutely amazing city. To make the most of my stay in Cairo I had hired a guide and our first stop was to be the:

Muhammad Ali Mosque

The Muhammad Ali Mosque is one of the landmarks and tourist attractions of Cairo and is one of the first features to be seen when approaching the city from no matter which side. The mosque is modeled after the Yeni Mosque in Istanbul and is a magnificent specimen of Islamic art & architecture (hiring the guide paid off). Every nook and cranny has a story to tell. I would definitely recommend hiring a guide or getting someone from the mosque to explain the history behind the architecture.

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