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Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Pilgrim lost SR 16,000 in Madina, prayed in Haram, got it back in Makkah

We often hear stories that significant amount of money was lost by people during traveling. One finds it difficult to find his lost money in his own country, yet it is extremely difficult to retrieve money in another nation.  While traveling, one can miss placing his/her valuables and they are lost forever! There are very few cases that one can get back his belongings, but as I said that are very few cases.  Yet, we have a story of a lucky pilgrim from Kuwait who could retrieve his SR 16,000. He lost is money in one city and could get them back in another.

A Kuwaiti National, Zaid Al Khabbar and his family came to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah. They arrived at Madina and were all set to reach Madina to perform an Umrah. But, Al Khabbar lost his valuables in Madina. According to reports, the valuables included a wallet, clothes and an envelope containing SR 16,000.  He and his family realized that they had lost their valuables when they reached Makkah. Al Khabbar says that he realized that he was out of money when the cab driver who had dropped the family from Madina to Makkah asked for the fare. Al Khabbar asked for the help of Almighty Allah in his heart as they had already entered the boundaries of Haram.

Al Khabbar revealed that while he was in Madina and was settling in the cab, he saw an old man having trouble while getting on his Ihram. He went to help the man and put down his assets. He went back to the taxi, leaving behind his valuables in a hurry. So, when he told the cab driver that his wallet and other things had been left behind, the cab driver offered help. He called his brother who was in Madina. He described the things and location and asked the brother to search. The brother went on a search and told that he had been only able to find clothes. The envelope containing money was missing!

While the family had lost all the hopes to retrieve their money, the very next day, they received a call informing that they had found an envelope containing SR 16,000. The call was from the lost and found department from the area the family was residing. The lost and found department then dropped off the cash at the residing place of the Kuwaiti pilgrim.

The Kuwaiti pilgrims are delighted to have been able to find their money and other valuables back safe and sound! Indeed, it is very good to see responsible and loyal citizens around us. The cab driver and his brother had been very hospitable and helpful. Also, the person who dropped off the envelope is a great person! He or she could have taken money for him/herself! We are proud of our citizens who had made us proud around the globe: what a positive image of Saudi Arabia has been sent around the world.  Way to go guys!

Source: Saudi Gazette

Monday, June 26, 2017

Can we use toothpaste while fasting in the month of Ramadan?

The most awaited holiest month of the year, Ramadan is here. The Muslims know that the month comes once a year and want to grab as many good deeds for the hereafter as possible. Fasting is a compulsory virtue that is to be performed by all Muslims who are healthy and eligible.  Yet the Muslims do have concerns for their fast. Where it is difficult to restrain from food and water from suhoor to after, Muslims are conscious that their fast is accepted otherwise all their efforts will go in vain. There are some deeds that are prohibited whilst fasting and they break the fast. So, Muslims restrain from those activities.

However, there are some activities which are doubtful: most Muslims are not confirmed that will those activities break the fast or not? And the most doubtful activity is of brushing teeth using toothpaste. We have seen most Muslims asking a question that is it permissible to use toothpaste while fasting? Well, we all know that Prophet (PBUH) would use Miswak, which is a tooth stick for cleaning up his (PBUH) teeth whilst fasting. As per now, most people use toothpaste and toothbrush for cleaning up the teeth. So, their question is if it is permissible to use Miswak, is it permissible to use toothpaste?

Well, as in the past there was no toothbrush and toothpaste, we must have a verdict from the Islamic scholars and Ulmah. They can guide us better.  So here we are presenting to you the verdict of 3 very renowned Islamic scholars: Shaykh Ibn Baaz, Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih ibn ‘Uthaymeen and Dr. Zakir Naik. 

According to Shaykh Ibn Baaz, it is perfectly okay to use toothpaste for cleaning teeth during fast. However, one should be careful that the toothpaste does not has a strong flavor and is not swallowed. If it is swallowed, the fast is broken and if it is of strong flavor it might move down in the throat resulting in the breaking of fast. His fatwa can be searched in his compilation known as Fataawa al-Shaykh Ibn Baaz. The fatwa number is 4/247

Shaykh Muhammad al-Saalih ibn ‘Uthaymeen, further added that it is better to use toothpaste at night than in the morning. So, one shall be on the safe side and clean teeth in non-fasting hours. His verdict can be found in his writing, Al-Sharh al-Mumti’ by Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. The opinion number is 6/407.

The very renowned Islamic scholar Dr. Zakir Naik is also of the same view. He says that as the Prophet (PBUH) would use Miswak, toothpaste is permissible. According to the most of Ulmah, Muslims should avoid strongly flavored toothpaste while fasting. Swallowing toothpaste will lead to the breaking of fast.  We hope that the information was helpful. We hope that all your fasts and prayers are accepted. May Allah guide us all towards the correct path! Amen.
Source: Islam QA, YouTube

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This is our Oil, not yours, why do you expect so much from us?

Less than hundred years from now, Saudi Arabia and the other Gulf States were underdeveloped countries who were ignored by the developed states. As many states, had paved their way to development and introduced technologies in various sectors, we were no were near development! Were other countries had set up a modern outlook of their cities, camels and their owners would roam around the city selling dairy products in our cities. The modern and developed countries would laugh at us.  But then we found that our land is not that barren: people would think that the desert country could not grow anything except dates: less they knew that the land possessed valuable oil beneath it!

When the valuable oil reserves were found beneath the land, the countries started to look forward towards us. But was this right? When they were enjoying bounties of nature they would simply ignore us. They had fertile lands, they were on the way of development, they had huge assets but still did not offer us any help!  And when it was found that Allah Almighty had blessed the Gulf States with an abundant natural resource: oil, they asked for their share! But we were generous, we did not treat you the way you treated us. We ought that it was Gift from Allah that shall be shared. We didn’t take any revenge; we opened our arms and welcomed you to take some share. We held economic and military contracts which were a great help and support to you. And despite the arrogance you showed, we kept on helping you! We showed you what true brotherhood is!

We did not open our treasure towards you because you were worthy of it, but we do because it is our duty: Our duty to share the blessing of Allah. But you know what it is also our duty to protect our natural resource from wastage. The United States through Economic and military contracts had drained our resources.  Therefore, it has become essential that Muslims and Arabs take over the charge of Gulf oil. It is the time we stand up for ourselves and tell the world that Muslims and Arabs are strong, competent and intelligent! You keep on portraying the impression that Arabs and Muslims are not intelligent enough to manage their resources, you keep poking in our personal economic matters and then claim a due share in our wealth!  Let me remind you, this is our Oil, not yours, why do you expect so much from us?

As compared to your resources, ours is very limited. But with the Grace of Allah Almighty, we have been able to manage them well. We invested in the way that helped us move towards development: we have been able to spread education and up-bring strong armies. We have able to pull out a great security of our boundaries. But we took you along; we invested in ways which benefited you. We took the underdeveloped nation along us to help them rise. But fellows your poor condition is your government’s fault: they wasted resources on improper policies.

They stole your assets and then you blame us? Look at your leaders and ask them what they have done?  Your leaders had made your nations insecure and poor which had led to brain-drain! Unleash the history and you will find that it is not the Gulf States that are to be blamed for your poor conditions. It is your corrupt leaders and their selfish policies. We are kind and helpful, yet if you’ll be bad with us, we will get worse with you!

Source: Saudi Gazette

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Top 5 Terror Attacks targeting Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah and Madina

Terror attacks have occurred at various places throughout the history. The holy places like Masjid Al Haram, Makkah and Madina have also witnessed such attacks. People might not be quite aware of these attacks, but they occurred. The Grand mosque had been the victim of the terrorist attacks several times. These attacks took lives of several Muslims. So here are those top 5 Terror attacks that occurred in Masjid al Haram, Makkah and Madina.

1-The Grand Mosque of Makkah, which is a sacred place for all the Muslims, experienced a terror attack in 1979. This attack is considered the oldest one. The attack was operationalized by Juhayman al-'Utaibi and Muhammad al-Qahtani. They claimed to be Mahdi and took over the Grand Mosque. They were accompanied by 200 people who were armed. These 200 people who had extremists believe and caused the death of a lot of Muslims. These martyrs included civilians and the security men. However, after the Fatwa was issued, the Saudi security forces held an operation and wiped them out.

2-The Grand Mosque went through another attack in 1989. This second attack on the holy site was made during the Hajj through explosives. 2 explosions took place: The first on the road that is the pathway to Grand Mosque and the second explosion took place on the bridge near it. 16 people were badly injured while 1 lost his life because of explosive attacks.

3-On July 2016, Saudi Arabia was made a victim of terror attacks. The attack was quite alarming and horrific. Three suicide bombers came in to cause massive destruction in the city. One of the three could blow himself and caused the death of 4 security personals. The incident of the attacker blowing himself away took place in the parking area. The parking area is designated to the security forces and is quite near to the Prophet’s mosque. Recommended: 7 Facts you need to know about the blast in Masjid al Nabawi

4-The Houthi Militants who belong to the country of Yemen, attacked the holy city last year. On October 2016, the militants launched a rocket to attack and demolish the holy city. However, The Arab League's defenses could combat it and the city was made safe from massive destruction.  Recommended: 8 things every Muslim should know about the Houthi Missile Attack to Makkah

5-On June 2017, a suicide bomber blew himself away in the Ajyad neighborhood. He first shot security forces and then blew himself. He was hiding in the area. 6 security personals got injured while 5 were wounded because of the fire shots and the explosion.  Recommended: 11 Injured, 5 Arrested for the Suicide attack which took place near Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah
And we are not even sure about the future. Recently the Saudi Interior Ministry has reported arresting 5 terror attackers. They were planning to hold an attack on the Grand Mosque. These attackers belonged from 3 groups: two were Makkah-based while one was Jeddah-based.  We hope our authorities would able to catch all these gangs.   May Allah protect us all from such attacks and May Allah keeps us all safe and sound. Ameen!

Source: Al Arabiya

Qatar must agree to these 13 demands within 10 days or continue to face blockade

We have been covering the story of Qatar Blockade since the beginning. In the morning of June 05, 2017, Saudi Arabia along with other 5 Arab countries namely Bahrain, UAE, Libya, Egypt and Yemen cut off all its relationships with Qatar. Embassies of Qatar working in these countries were given 48 hours to leave the country and Qatari nationals were requested to pack off within 14 days. These countries revoked the license of Qatar Airlines and stopped all its flights from operating from the Air. The border with Qatar was sealed resulting in heavy losses to Qatar. One should be wondering, why did these Muslim countries do it? Here we have the reasons. Recommended: Why Saudi Arabia along with 5 countries cut down relations with Qatar?

Now Saudi Arabia along with 5 other Arab Countries has issued a list of demand which Qatar must comply with to stop this blockade. The timeframe given to the government of Qatar to act on these demands is 10 days. If they don’t agree to this, they will continue to face blockade. A list of those 13 demands has been provided below. Recommended: We have boycotted Qatar, not Qataris. They are our brothers.
1-Cut down all diplomatic relations and joint military cooperation with Iran and close its embassies and consulates in Qatar. Only trade and commerce with Iran that complies with US and international sanctions will be permitted.
2-Cut down all relations with terrorist organizations especially the Muslim Brotherhood, Daesh, Al Qaeda, and Lebanon's Hezbollah. These groups should be declared as terrorist organizations by the Qatar.

3-Shutdown Al-Jazeera newspaper, tv channel, radio channel and all other related stations.
4-Shut down all those news outlets which Qatar funds directly or indirectly, officially or unofficially including Arabi21, Rassd, Al Araby Al-Jadeed and Middle East Eye.
5-Turkish Military must be sent back to Turkey from Qatar and there should be no joint military cooperation with Turkey inside of Qatar.

6-Qatar must stop funding all organizations and individuals which have been declared by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the United States and other countries as terrorists.
7-Handover the terrorist figures in Qatar wanted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the United States and other countries. Freeze their accounts and provide the information about their sources of funds.
8-Qatar must stop granting nationality to the people wanted by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, the United States and other countries.

9-Stop all contacts with political opposition parties of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain.
10-Pay compensation to aggrieved families for the life losses and financial losses caused by Qatar’s policies in recent years.
11.In compliance with the agreement signed among Arab countries including Qatar in 2014, align itself with other Gulf and Arab countries militarily, politically, socially and economically.

12-Agree to all the demands within 10 days or continue to face the blockade.
13.Qatar must undergo the Audit for the first year of agreeing to the demand, then once per quarter during the second year. For the following 10 years, Qatar would be monitored annually for compliance.

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11 Injured, 5 Arrested for the Suicide attack which took place near Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah

By the grace of Allah, Saudi security forces have successfully countered the terrorist act to target Masjid-al-Haram in Makkah today June 23, 2017. As a Muslim, it is our belief that the security of the House of Allah is the responsibility of Allah. He has kept it safe for thousands of years and he will continue to protect it from all the evils. There is a Surah in Quran discussing how Allah protected His house from the attack of Abraha in the year when Prophet Muhammad S.A.W was born i.e. 571 A.D. Recommended: Top 5 Terror Attacks targeting Masjid-al-Haram, Makkah and Madina

It has been reported that a suicide bomber was hiding in a house in the Ajyad neighborhood of Makkah. Security forces got some intelligence information about it and they were surrounding him when he opened direct fire on them. He continued heavy firing on the security forces until he blew himself causing the collapse of the building in which he was living. Six people from the general public were injured and five members of the security forces were slightly injured. 5 people who have been arrested during this crackdown include a woman. The arrested people are currently being investigated.

Security forces had found two groups of terrorists in Makkah and a third group in the city of Jeddah. The foiled attack targeted worshipers at the mosque, it said. The first operation was foiled in Makkah in Assila district, while the second was thwarted in Ajyad Al Masafi neighborhood. We believe they started operation in Ajyad based upon the information they received from these two operations.

Gulf News has reported that the gunmen, who are wanted for terrorism, exchanged fire with the security forces who surrounded one of the buildings in the al-Aseelah neighborhood in Makkah where the militants were hiding. Six expatriates were injured in the clashes as well as five security forces, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said. It is believed the gunfire was mere meters away from the Mosque itself in Ajyad. But these reports are yet to be confirmed.

This is not the first time terrorists have targeted Saudi Arabia during the month of Ramadan. If you remember, last Ramadan they tried to attack Masjid al Nabawi in the last 10 days of Ramadan. By the grace of Allah, the terrorist attack was stopped by the Saudi forces at that time as well as this time. We covered that attack in detail.  Recommended: 7 Facts you need to know about the blast in Masjid al Nabawi – 4 Videos including CCTV

Translation of Surah Feel from the Holy Quran

Have you not considered, [O Muhammad], how your Lord dealt with the companions of the elephant? Did He not make their plan into misguidance? And He sent against them birds in flocks, striking them with stones of hard clay, And He made them like eaten straw.

Source: Arab News

Friday, June 23, 2017

Double Tragedy: Saudi Mother passed away after listening to death of her son

Mothers are always closer to their children than any other person. Mothers are the ones who take more care of their children and are more sensitive towards them. If a child gets a bruise, a mother can feel the pain.   If the mother is so emotionally attached to her children, can she bear the news of her child’s sudden death?  The most saddening news would indeed be a child’s death for a mother. Some mothers are strong and can get through the trauma, while others cannot. When mothers cannot withstand the news of their child’s departure, the family has to go through a double tragedy!

A very tragic incident took place in Saudi Arabia this Ramadan. A young boy named Hassan Ahmad Al-Hassan died while playing football. Al-Hassan was a bright student studying architecture in California on basis of a state scholarship.  According to the reports, the young boy was playing football with his friends when he suddenly fainted and collapsed. He was taken in an emergency to the hospital. Yet everyone was shocked to hear the doctor saying that what they had bought was a dead body! Yes, Hassan had died on his way to the hospital. The doctors carefully examined the cause of the sudden death of Al Hassan. The doctors revealed that the boy had died because of low blood sugar level.

The boy’s body would be sent to Saudi Arabia to be buried here. His body was expected to arrive at King Fahad Airport located in Dammam. However, none of them knew that they had to bury two souls of the same family on arrival of Al Hassan’s dead body.  Two days later when the mother was breaking her fast, she reported that she felt weak, fragile and exhausted. This information has been given by a relative. The mother was then taken to the hospital of Al Ahsa region located in Eastern Saudi Arabia.

She breathed her last in the hospital and died. She died of the sorrow of her son’s death. How can a mother welcome her dead son at the airport when she had been dreaming of welcoming him after his accomplishment of his studies? No mother is so strength-full! The double tragedy indeed has left everyone in a great shock. The family was in a state of shock to hear Al Hassan’s sudden departure from the world and now they are in a deeper shock.

Where burying a dear one is difficult, burying two of the same family is the most difficult thing. The family has gone through a lot of emotional trauma. The people, through social media, have expressed their sentiments over the double tragedy. They have prayed for the family and the departed souls. We pray that Allah Almighty gives the family, friends, and relatives the strength to overcome the pain of the loss of the two souls. We pray for the very best for the family. We also hope that both mother and son enjoy the highest rank in Jannah! Ameen.

Source: Gulf News

Thursday, June 22, 2017

7 Essential items every woman should carry in her makeup kit

The most important accessory for any woman at any time is her makeup kit. An ideal makeup kit should have anything and everything a woman might need to get the perfect look or to just brush up her makeup. A makeup kit can be a lifesaver no matter where you arebe it your home, your office, at a party, while you are traveling or any other place that you can think of. But there are thousands of products available in the market today as makeup products become more diverse. It can get quite confusing to choose the necessary items for your makeup kit. Even worse, you might forget about a makeup product completely which can leave your makeup looking incomplete. That is why we have come up with a list of products that are essential additions to any woman’s makeup bag. You can rest easy and never have to worry about your makeup with these items with you.

Skin CreamThe first and foremost item for any makeup kit will be the skin care products. No matter what type of look you are after, you need to have a good skin cream in your bag at all time. Well, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to skin cream. Each of us has a different type of skin. There are different moisturizing creams available in the market today for different skin typesbe it dry skin or oily skin. Research and choose a cream that is suitable for you personally and never ever leaves home without it. It is the basic setup required for any type of makeup to be successful. A good moisturizing cream goes a long way in keeping your skin soft and supple making you look younger and more youthful.

Sunscreen – no matter how hard you have taken care of your skin or the makeup you have done, a few hours out in the sun can wreak havoc on your skin. That is why a proper sunscreen is a very important part of a makeup bag. The important thing to keep in mind while buying a sunscreen is that it is a functional product as well as a cosmetic product. You have to look beyond the brands when buying a sunscreen and look for SPF ratings that are suitable for your climate and region.

Face cleanerlong exposures to makeup items can be bad for your skin. That is why it is recommended to take off your makeup before your go to sleep at the end of the day. Thats when a face cleaner comes into play. A good face cleaner not only helps in saving you plenty of time but can also help remove the makeup more effectively. This helps give you’re a rest while you are sleeping and allows the skin to breathe.

Foundation and concealera foundation is literally the foundation for every makeup session. They help set up an even tone for your skin even before you start your makeup and are essential in helping your other makeup products perform to the best of their potential. The trick to finding a perfect product for your skin, in this case, is hit and trial. So, test as many products as you can before making the final purchase. Take care in matching these to the skin tones of the areas you are going to use them on. This can help you from your skin having an unnatural shade while you are out socializing.

Eyeliner – an eyeliner is one of those makeup products that help highlight your eyes. It is one of the very few products that can be used standalone. Even while going for that a natural look; a good eye shadow helps in looking sharp and distinctive. You can apply it to your eyelids to get that always alluring smoky look or you can add it to the crease to add more definition. Though there is a wide range of colors available in the market today, nothing beats the look and feel of black eyeliner, making it an essential element in any woman’s makeup kit.

Blushthe most common area which is neglected while doing makeup, especially when you are a little low on time, are the cheeks. But women do this at their own peril. The color of flushed and healthy cheeks looks good on everyone and anyone and helps you look more beautiful and healthy at the same time. This look can be obtained with the help of a blush. Brighter shades are the pick of the crop here because more unnatural colors can be a bit harder to carry and work with. A blush brush can help you get perfect flushed looking cheeks every single time, making them a welcome addition to any makeup kit.

Makeup brushesthere is no overlooking the role of makeup brushes in helping you get the perfect look that you so desire. These are literally the tools of the trade when it comes to makeup. Even though fingers can be used to apply most of the cosmetic items, they lack the finesse and reach that a makeup brush can provide. There are different types of makeup brushes available in the market today. A foundation brush is necessary to apply your foundation more precisely. It gives you more control over what sort of makeup you can do and keeps the skin texture more even while applying foundation or concealer. The other essential makeup brush for your makeup kit is the blush brush. A good blush brush should be fluffy, helping you apply most of your powder and blush products. There are also other brushes available in the market but these two will help satisfy most of your makeup requirements. Also, research well if you are going for a look and makeup style. You might need to add other products and brushes that might be necessary for getting that look. That is why a little research will help you avoid any disaster and will help you be equipped for what you want.


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