Epigraph: So go on reminding; surely, reminding is profitable. (Al Quran 87:10)
By Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor
Happy Eid Mubarak and Hajj to all our Muslim readers, from the whole of our Editorial Team.
The Hajj (Arabic: حج Ḥaǧǧ “pilgrimage“) is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims which must be carried out at least once in lifetime by every adult Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the journey, and can support his family during his absence. It is one of thefive pillars of Islam. The gathering during Hajj is considered the largest annual gathering of people in the world.
More than two million pilgrims performed the most important rite of Haj on Friday, October 3rd, as they stood in prayer from dawn to dusk on the plains of Arafat, 15 km east of Makkah.
Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר, IPA: [ˈjom kiˈpuʁ], or יום הכיפורים), also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensiveprayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Incidentally, it began on October 3rd and ends on the evening of October 4th. We wish our a Jewish readers a blessed Yom Kippur.
We wish our readers a blessed Yom Kippur.
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We want to remain humble and keep our voices gentle and our attitude friendly, as the Holy Quran reminds us:
Allah likes not the uttering of unseemly speech in public, except on the part of one who is being wronged. Indeed, Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. (Al Quran 4:149)
Call unto the way of thy Lord with wisdom and goodly exhortation, and argue with them in a way that is best. Surely, thy Lord knows best who has strayed from His way; and He knows those who are rightly guided. (Al Quran 16:126)
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