Ramadan, Spirituality

Promise Jannah : Ali Bin Abi Talib Assadu Allah

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Early Life:

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His Character:

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Assadu Allah: Lion of God

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The Fourth Caliph:

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His Death:

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Promised Jannah series: Othman bin Affan Thu Al Norayn

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Early Life:

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His Character:

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Migrations to Abyssinia and Madinah: 

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Thu Al Norayn: 

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The Prophet SAW’s Advice to Othman:

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The Third Caliph: 

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Introducing the Naval Force: 

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The Standard Quran: 

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His Last Words:

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حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، أَخْبَرَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ جَعْفَرٍ الرَّقِّيُّ، حَدَّثَنَا عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ عَمْرٍو، عَنْ زَيْدٍ، هُوَ ابْنُ أَبِي أُنَيْسَةَ عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَاقَ، عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ السُّلَمِيِّ، قَالَ لَمَّا حُصِرَ عُثْمَانُ أَشْرَفَ عَلَيْهِمْ فَوْقَ دَارِهِ ثُمَّ قَالَ أُذَكِّرُكُمْ بِاللَّهِ هَلْ تَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّ حِرَاءَ حِينَ انْتَفَضَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏”‏ اثْبُتْ حِرَاءُ فَلَيْسَ عَلَيْكَ إِلاَّ نَبِيٌّ أَوْ صِدِّيقٌ أَوْ شَهِيدٌ ‏”‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا نَعَمْ ‏.‏ قَالَ أُذَكِّرُكُمْ بِاللَّهِ هَلْ تَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ فِي جَيْشِ الْعُسْرَةِ ‏”‏ مَنْ يُنْفِقُ نَفَقَةً مُتَقَبَّلَةً ‏”‏ ‏.‏ وَالنَّاسُ مُجْهَدُونَ مُعْسِرُونَ فَجَهَّزْتُ ذَلِكَ الْجَيْشَ قَالُوا نَعَمْ ‏.‏ ثُمَّ قَالَ أُذَكِّرُكُمْ بِاللَّهِ هَلْ تَعْلَمُونَ أَنَّ بِئْرَ رُومَةَ لَمْ يَكُنْ يَشْرَبُ مِنْهَا أَحَدٌ إِلاَّ بِثَمَنٍ فَابْتَعْتُهَا فَجَعَلْتُهَا لِلْغَنِيِّ وَالْفَقِيرِ وَابْنِ السَّبِيلِ قَالُوا اللَّهُمَّ نَعَمْ وَأَشْيَاءُ عَدَّدَهَ

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Ramadan, Spirituality

Promised Jannah Series: Al Farooq Omar Ibn Khattab

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Early Life:

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Embracing Islam:

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His Character:

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Second Caliph:

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Muslim Empire:

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The Hijri Calendar:

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Omar’s final words of advice:

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Ramadan, Spirituality

Promised Jannah Series: Abu Bakr Al Siddiq

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Early Life:

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The Prophet’s Most Trusted Companion:

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The Hijrah:

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Strengthening Their Relationship:

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The Khilafah:

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The Quran:

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Online Magazine, Ramadan, Spirituality

Significant Dates during the Holy Month

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During the holy month, over the course of years, several significant fetes in Islamic history took place.


Ramadan is not only the month of fasting, piety and forgiveness, but is also a witness to many important events in Islam. Here are a few of them.

  1. The first revelation of the Qur’an

The Prophet (PBUH) was known to find solace and refuge in Heraa’ cave and on one blessed night, one of the odd nights within the last ten days of Ramadan, Angel Jibril descended to reveal the first ayahs of the Qur’an: Surat Al Al A’laq. Laylat Al Qadr, the revelation night, is more rewarding than 1000 months.

“Indeed, We sent it down during a blessed night. Indeed, We were to warn [mankind].” (Surah 44: Ayah 3)

  1. The Battle of Badr

On Ramadan 10, the Muslims embarked on the battle of Badr, named after the well it took place next to. The small number of Muslims, in comparison to the larger forces of Quraysh and their allies, caused Muslims to doubt and fear for their lives. Badr was a lesson for all Muslims on yakeen; conviction in Allah and tawakkul; reliance on Allah. Allah gave the Muslims victory on Ramadan 17, with the help of a thousand angels.

“[Remember] when you asked help of your Lord, and He answered you, “Indeed, I will reinforce you with a thousand from the angels, following one another.” (Surah 8: ayah 9)

  1. The Conquest of Makkah

After Quraysh’s efforts in helping the tribe of Banu Bakr to attack Bani Khuzaa’a, the 10-year Hudaibiyya peace treaty was broken. Following this on Ramadan 6, up to 10,000 Muslims joined forces to march on Makkah, using secretive tactics to divert the attentions of the other tribes. Upon entry on Ramadan 18, the idols placed in the Ka’bah and around it were all destroyed and Makkah was conquered.

And say, “Truth has come, and falsehood has departed. Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart.” (Surat 17: ayah 81)

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Fashion Trends, Online Magazine, Style & Shopping

A Glimpse Of Diesel’s Renzo Rosso

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The Jeans Genius talks Jeddah, Diesel and advertising.


Meet Renzo Rosso, president of OTB Group; the parent company of fashion brands Maison Martin Margiela, Diesel, Viktor & Rolf, Bravekid and Staff International. Known as the Jeans Genius, he put Diesel’s distressed, washed and torn jeans firmly on the map.

What do you think of Jeddah?

Last night, I toured Al Balad. I love the many little stores, the Hijazi architecture, the beautiful carpets and the busyness; an exciting vibe. I even took pictures of T-shirts with traditional decorations.

What inspires you?

Everything. When I have an idea, it’s given to the style office and the creative teams work with it as a direction.

Your take on advertising and marketing is different from others. Most brands feature celebrity faces and IT girls in their campaigns, but not yours.

If you are using celebs, it is not you talking, but the celebrity. We want our product to talk and this is why we go with normal people who are not so normal. It’s more loyal and relatable to the consumer.

Would you think of customizing Diesel’s collections just for our region?

When you listen to music, if you don’t hear the same song as everyone else, you feel like you come second. So I want to use one tone of language globally, because we are for everyone, but I like the idea of doing special customizations for certain regions.

That would be great! Like the abaya?

I have to tell you, over the last few days, I have seen the abayas and I am thinking of doing something.

What else sets Diesel apart from others?

When you choose something, you choose for an occasion. We just opened Diesel Aoyama Tokyo with denim wedding dresses. Wherever you go, Diesel has the right product for you.

In a box or pull out quote:

“Cool, smart, rebellious and modern,” is how Rosso describes Diesel.

Location: Amir Muhammad Ibn Abdul Aziz St., Off Tahlia St.
Tel: +966-12-6659957
Web: global.diesel.com

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Fashion Trends, Style & Shopping

Emilia Clarke; The Khaleesi Of Our Hearts

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Let’s talk about Emilia Clarke, who you might know by her given names by Game of Thrones, Daenerys Targaryen; The Unburnt Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar, and of the First Men Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons or widow of the Khal Drogo. Some of us have become so fixated with her famous Khaleesi persona, that we’ve forgotten she actually has a real name and real style.


How about joining us in our drooling sessions? Have a look at her impeccable looks over the past two years with us and let us know which are your favorites.

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Travel Stories

Sri Lanka : A Green Heaven On Earth

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A number of years ago, a friend of mine mentioned how her sister went to Sri Lanka for her honeymoon. I remember my reaction being that of surprise, then I saw the pictures and I was even more surprised. That was the first seed planted and since then the universe kept sending me subliminal messages; Sri Lanka was calling me. When I finally arrived, it was 100 times more magical and beautiful than I ever thought it would be.


Things you need to know:

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  1. The flight from Jeddah to Colombo lasts 6 hrs. Direct flights from Saudi Airline are available and are reasonably priced.

Tip: The business class is so cheap.

  1. Sri Lanka’s roads are smooth, however the country is mostly mountainous, aka steep curved roads’ galore. So don’t be surprised if your hotel is on top of a mountain or the driver reverses down a steep curved mountain road, they do it with their eyes closed. It didn’t stop me from having a heart attack every time I sat in the car mind you.

  1. If you want to tour the island, it’s best to plan an itinerary with a tour agency that will take over all of your bookings. This is convenient for the smaller towns, where there aren’t any 5* hotels, but instead guesthouses and B&Bs. Guesthouse prices are ridiculously cheap; $12 a night and it will be of the best standards with breakfast and dinner. Use breakfast and dinner as a great way to meet other foreigners and mingle.

Web: bluehaventours.com: I booked with Blue Haven, and Mr Linton and his staff were so understanding and accommodating. They provided a private car for the full duration of our 10-day tour, and they booked most of our guesthouses and attraction visits.

Tip: Be specific about what you want to do; lounge around at beaches, see the nature and go on hikes, visit the temples and eat street food, or all the above. I built our itinerary and chose every single thing we wanted to do and the agency arranged it time-wise.

Tip: If you want to experience the culture food-wise, have a look at some of the blogs and find recommendations since drivers and hotel staff will suggest hotel food.

  1. Try to take the train. The views are breath taking. Endless rows of green, whether it be tea fields or just grass.


Things you should see:

  1. Yala National Park:

    It was hit by the tsunami, yet it has managed to remain a safe haven for many beautiful creatures. Go early to catch the leopards, and to give you time to cover the full park.

  2. Macklewood tea factory tour: IMG-20150324-WA0012Tour the factory, sample different teas and buy tea from one of the world’s best tea producers.

  3. Turtle beach

  4. Horton Plains National Park: horton-plain-national-park-sri-lanka-8The route there is not for the faint-hearted.

  5. Adam’s Peak: 5A midnight hike that will last a couple of hours and at the end, 100s of people sit and watch the sunrise.

  6. Halal restaurant in Kandy: Spicy samosas that are just too delicious for their own good.

  7. Tea Bush hotel:

    The hotel is on a mountain and the balcony has the most stunning views of green fields, mountains and waterfalls.

  8. Chill café in Ella:

    The best café ever. The owner is a young entrepreneur who has never travelled outside of Sri Lanka, but managed to create a place that foreigners flock to because of its lively vibe, good food and it just being a perfect way to spend a night in quiet Ella. We didn’t want to leave.

  9. Spend a day at least in Pinnawala, the elephant village.

  10. Shop in Colombo; colombo-clothes are so cheap that you can stock up on white t-shirts and traditional clothes. You don’t even need to have a full suitcase when you head out to Sri Lanka. Remember, prices are tourist-oriented in the quieter towns and villages.

  11. Check out the mining and jewel museums. They will try to convince you to spend some dosh on gems and precious stones, walk away if that’s not in your plan.

  12. Kandy Kandy Kandy:

    We loved Kandy. A bustling town that never sleeps, go for dinner and just walk around the city center. Find little gems tucked away, from clothing stores, restaurants, kiosks, etc. There’s a mountain in Kandy’s center, where the youth hangout and chill out with their friends for hours next to their cars. The view is stunning; all of the lights, the rivers and the noise seems so far down. But so close. It was worth the trip up.

  13. Fruit stands: 

    They are everywhere; stop and indulge in the exotic fruits they have on offer, especially coconut water, red bananas and rose apples. It’s hard to find cold water bottles, so keep drinking that coconut or step under a waterfall – almost every road has one.

  14. Spice gardens: You must pay a late afternoon visit to one, you will get to see all the spices that were used to buying, you can buy some and you can buy natural remedies that actually work.

  15. Boat trip and surfing:

    Take a boat trip at Kandy or at one the beaches like Mirissa. Most beaches have surfing instructors and surfboards to rent. They also have daily evening fish BBQs, using the fresh produce fisherman bring in. You choose your fish or seafood and you choose how it’s cooked, and then you get to enjoy it while sitting on the sand with friendly crabs crawling around. I loved every single second of it.

  16. Tuk Tuk:

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    The ride of your life.

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Top Islamic Bookstores in Jeddah

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If you’re looking for options for Islamic bookstores around town, here is a list of some places you might want to consider:

1. Jarir Bookstore

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Tel: +966-920000089
Locations:
Jarir Mall, Tahliya St., Al Rehab Dist.
Jamea Plaza, Al Jamiah Dist.
Jarir Mall, Prince Sultan Rd.
Palestine St., Bani Malik
Prince Majed Rd., Al Safa Dist.
Sari St., Al Salamah
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2. Obeikanobekan

Tel: +966-12-6123542
Location: Mall of Arabia, Madinah Rd

3. Mirza LibraryMirza

Tel:+966-12-6701958
Location: Sabaeen St., before the crossing of Falasteen Rd.

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4. Konooz Al Maarefa

Tel: +966-12-6514222
Location: King Fahd Rd., Al Sharafeyyah Dist.

5. Tihama Bookstore

Locations:
Andalus St., Al Hamra Dist.
Jamjoom Center, Falasteen St.
Al Khalidiyah Dist.

6. Islamic Education Foundation

Location: Al Zahra Dist.

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7. Mawakeb Al AjerCIMG1346

Location: Behind Al Badriyah building, Al Rawdah St., Al Khalediyah Dist.
Tel: +966-12-6062433/+966-12-6062430
Email: mawakebalajer@hotmail.com
Opening hours:
Saturday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 4 – 8 p.m.
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8. Islamic International Publishing House

Location: Bakhashab Street, behind Bank Al Ahli,
Tel: +966-12-6873752
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. – Dhuhr Prayer
5 – 11:30 p.m.

9. Jeddah Dawah Center

Location: Muhammed Abdu Reda St.
Tel: +966-12-6828888
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10. Dar Abul Qasim (DAQ)/Sahih International

Location: Bakhashab Rd., next to Amir Muta’b Mosque and next to Darussalam.
Tel: +966-12-6714793
Mob: +966-504331535
Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. – 1: 30 p.m., 4:30 – 10:30 p.m. daily except Friday, just afternoon shift.

11. Jado PadoJado

Website to order Islamic books.
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Note: Most of these bookstores are located opposite Masjid Al Shoaibi in Al Salamah Dist., in a compound encompassing all the bookstores.

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Travel News, Travel Tips

Places to travel to during Ramadan

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Last year, the countries with the longest fasting hours were located mainly in Europe, Asia and Africa, specifically the northern hemisphere.


Here are the hours of fasting from last year, 2015:

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Credit: Al Arabiya News

So, if you’re planning on travelling this Ramadan, which happens to fall in the middle of summer heat, you might want to check the fasting hours and average temperatures.

Some of the places with mix cultural understanding, halal food eateries, and fasting times that are not 22 hours include:

  • Central and South America:
    1. Mexico
    2. Brazil
    3. Argentina
  • Australia
  • Africa, mainly North Africa:
    1. South Africa
    2. Sudan
    3. Morocco
    4. Algeria

Places to avoid if longer fasting hours are difficult for you to adhere to:

  • Europe:
    Iceland– Last year, they had the longest fasting hours of 22 hours.
    England, Sweden. Denmark, France, Italy and most other European countries will have longer hours, ranging from 16 to 21 hours.

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