EID Celebration: Day 2

A day trip to the southern tip of the country, while there we stopped at the Sultan Abu Bakar State Mosque to pray. A prominent Islamic landmark which was constructed between 1892 and 1900. It was erected on a hill facing the Tebrau Straits and neighbours the Johore State Zoo.

 

More pics at flickr

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Eid Ul Adha

Tis the time for peace & forgiveness, celebrated by Muslims all over the world, due to time difference, we will be celebrating a day later, 31st Dec. On this auspicious day, we would normally begin by going to the masjid to perform our Eid prayers. Then, those who can afford would sacrifice domestic animals normally goat or cow & the meat is to be shared with the rest of the muslim community, including neighbours & the unfortunate. On this day too, we would pay a visit to our loved ones who had passed on, reciting the surah Ya’asin. The day continues by visiting relatives & friends. So, Eid Mubarak to all Muslims.

On a sad note: Saddam Hussein has been executed on the 30th of Dec. I am not a supporter of the late-Iraqi president, I believe that he should be given a fairer trial. Although, he may be cruel in his actions towards his people, a dictator to some, a hero to others but this is not the way a man should die especially on this day, Eid.

It’s the last day of Ramadan

so we decided to break our fast at IKEA, haha… I don’t know what got into us, but we felt that we should give it a try. It was rather cheap but the queue was very long. No wonder they told us to be there by 5.30. We reached at 5.45 and the line was growing. By 6.30 most of the tables were occupied. Food was great, but I don’t eat much.

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Take a second or two to ponder on this. While we are happy, at home with roofs on our head, food on the table. Others are suffering, tears in their eyes, heart torn into pieces. Homes crumbled into rubbles, future uncertained. A lesson learnt for all of us. Let’s make love not war, lets pray for peace for all. Let us be strong no matter how much suffering we have to endure.  So, this Eid, let us not forget those in Palestine, Lebanon, and other places, let us not forget that we would have been in the same situation, but maybe luck is in our side. We may be the fortunate one, but for how long?

Once again…

Happy Eid ul Fitri

It’s just a visit

When was the last time I paid you a visit? I can’t remember the specific day, what more the date. It was so blurry, I’m sorry. ;( You know I love you, both just the same. You both held my hand, when I was in pain.

Oh how I miss you both, I must admit.

The last days of your lives, still vivid in my mind. I never got to say “I love you”. I was only 9 when you left me, you nearly broke me as the next day was my birthday. But I survived! At 17, I lost you too, Grandpa. You both were there, by my side, you were the ones who sent & picked us up from school. You sacrificed your time for us, unfortunately you weren’t there to see us grow up to be what we are today.

I was there earlier today, to see you both. I’ll be there again, tomorrow. I know I’ve shed my tears for both of you, it’s not something I’m able to control. My emotions are all over the place.

“As you think, you travel, and as you love, you attract. You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”—  James Lane Allen

“In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.”—  Tao Le Ching 

“No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?”—  Elbert Hubbard 

“The most powerful ties are the ones to the people who gave us birth … it hardly seems to matter how many years have passed, how many betrayals there may have been, how much misery in the family: We remain connected, even against our wills.” —  Anthony Brandt