Ahmednagar 23 Nov 2013: Aaj baroz e Hafta Dargha Daira, Ahmednagar me shab ke thik 9 baje Jalsa-e-Shahadat-e-Husain ra munaqad hai. Insha Allah is jalse me Janab Syed Shafi ulla khundmiri ahle Channapatan qitab farmayenge.
Naujawanane Mehdavia Ahmednagar aapsab se guzarish ki hai ke is jalse me taseer tedad me shamil hokar jalse ku kamiyab banaye.
“The reduction in the number of pilgrims will be applied only during the peak Umrah season in Ramadan as well as Haj season. There will not be any restrictions on Umrah pilgrims who intend to perform the minor pilgrimage in the first six months of the Hijri year,” the minister said, allaying concerns of both pilgrims and Umrah service companies.
Ziad Farisy, deputy chairman of Makkah Chamber of Commerce and Industry and spokesman of the National Haj and Umrah Committee, said Umrah firms suffered losses worth SR5 billion as a result of a reduction of pilgrim quota during last Ramadan. Farisy said a special panel has been set up to resolve the dispute between Umrah firms and hotel owners in Makkah following the cut in pilgrim quota.
Hajjar described the last Haj season as the most successful, adding that no major road accidents involving pilgrims had taken place during the season. He was speaking to reporters after an inspection tour of Qawafil, Tamimi and Hafil transport companies.
“My visit was aimed at making sure that these companies are ready for the next Umrah season,” Hajjar said while welcoming transport companies’ plan to purchase new buses to improve their services.
The Kingdom reduced the number of foreign pilgrims by 20 percent and domestic pilgrims by 50 percent during the last Haj season to ensure pilgrim safety.
Courtesy: Arab News | Friday, 15 November 2013 | 11 Muharram 1435 AH
Dear Brothers’n'Sisters in faith,
In The Name of Allah, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful. As Salam Alaikum wa Rahmath Ullahio wa Barakatahu.
Muharram is the first month of the Hijri Calendar, this month is one of the four sacred months of the year in which fighting is prohibited. We Mehdavis consider the day of Ashura of this Sacred Month as the day to Maafa Maafi “Forgive & Seek Forgiveness”. Forgive those who hurt us & seek forgiveness from those whom we have hurt. Allah will not forgive those who have not been forgiven by the people whom one has hurt.
['Ashura is a religious observance marked every year by Muslims. The word 'ashura literally means "10th," as it is on the 10th day of Muharram, the first month of the Islamic year. 'Ashura is an ancient observance that is now recognized for different reasons and in different ways among Sunni and Shi'a Muslims.]
As a practice every Mehdavi will visit all his relatives, friends & neighbors saying “Bola Chala Maaf Karo. Vaste Allah ke” (forgive me for the sake of Allah). And in reply the listener will say “My Maaf Kiya Tum Bhi Maaf Karo Vaste Allah Ke” (I have forgiven you, you also forgive me for the sake of Allah) and the listener will offer sharbat to drink.
A typical conversation between two Mehdavi Brothers on the 10th day of Muharram:
- Guest: As Salamu Alaikum Rahmatullahi wa Barakathu (Peace an Merci of Allah be upon you)
- Host: Wa Alaikum As salamu Alaikum Rahmatullahi wa Barakatahu (And,Peace an Merci of Allah be upon you, too)
- Guest: Bola Chala Maaf Karo Waaste Allah Ke ( Please forgive the words I
- have spoken (against you) and the actions I have taken (against you) for the sake of Allah.)
- Host: Maine maaf kiya waaste Allah ke. Aap bhi mujhe maaf karo waaste Allah ke. (I have forgiven for the sake of Allah. You too forgive me for the sake of Allah.)
- Guest: Maine bhi maaf kiya waste Allah ke.(I too have forgiven for the sake of Allah.)
Few ahadith on the subject:
Volume 4, Book 54, Number 510: Narrated ‘Aisha: On the day (of the battle) of Uhud when the pagans were defeated, Satan shouted, “O slaves of Allah! Beware of the forces at your back,” and on that the Muslims of the front files fought with the Muslims of the back files (thinking they were pagans). Hudhaifa looked back to see his father “Al-Yaman,” (being attacked by the Muslims). He shouted, “O Allah’s Slaves! My father! My father!” By Allah, they did not stop till they killed him. Hudhaifa said, “May Allah forgive you.” ‘Urwa said that Hudhaifa continued to do good (invoking Allah to forgive the killer of his father till he met Allah (i.e. died).
Mu’awiyah ibn Abu Sufyan (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) say: “It is the day of ‘Ashura. Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) has not made fasting obligatory for you. But I am fasting. He who likes to observe fast among you should do so, and he who likes not to observe it (does not have to) observe it.” [Sahih Muslim]
Abu Qatada (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that the fast on the 10th of Muharram atones for the sins of the preceding year. [Sahih Muslim]
Abu Huraira (Radiyallahu ‘anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said that after Ramadan, the fasts of Muharram have the greatest excellence. [Sahih Muslim]
The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) recommended that we fast on this day, by his Sunnah. He also indicated how we should observe the fast of ‘Ashura.
Hakam ibn Al-Arat (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates: I went to Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu ‘anh)… I said to him: Tell me about fasting on ‘Ashura. He said, “When you seen the new moon of Muharram count the (days) and (begin to) observe fast on the 9th.” I said to him: “Is it how the Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) observed the fast?” He said, “Yes.” [Sahih Muslim]
Hazrat Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu ‘anh) relates that when the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) said: “If I survive till next year, I will definitely observe fast on the 9th of Muharram (as well).” [Sahih Muslim]
Hazrat Ibn Abbas (Radiyallahu ‘anh) reports that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) arrived in Madinah and found the Jews observing fast on the day of ‘Ashura… They said: “It is the day of great (significance) when Allah delivered Hazrat Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) and his people and drowned Pharoah and his people, and Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) observed fast out of gratitude. And we also observe it.” The Holy Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) responded: “We have more right, and we have closer connection with Sayyidina Musa (‘Alaihis-Salaam) than you have”; so Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wa Sallam) observed fast (on the day of ‘Ashura) and gave us orders to observe it. [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]
Importance of the day:
- Hz Adam AS, Hz Ibrahim AS and Hz Moosa A.S were born on this day.
- The reprentance (Touba) of Hz Adam AS and Hz Dawood AS were accepted on this day,
- The repentence of the followers of Yunus AS was also accepted on this day.
- Hz Idris AS and Hz Esa AS were raised onto heavens on this day.
- The ship of Hz Noah AS ‘The Ark of Noah’ after sailing for 7 months in the torment, Allah SWT made it safely reach on the Mount of Judi on this day. As a thanksgiving Hz Noah AS and his followers including the animals and birds etc all observed a days fast in their Lord (The Creator).
- Hz Ibrahim AS was rescued from the raging fire of King Nimrod,
- Hz Yunus AS safely came out from the belly of the fish,
- Hz Ayub AS was saved
- Hz Moosa AS was freed from the clutches of Pharoah on this day.
- The earth and the skies, The trees and the Mountains, The pen and the fortunes, The Heavens and The Throne of the Empyrean, The entire Angels were created on this day by The Creator.
- The first drops of rainwater fell on earth on this day the 10th of Muharram.
- Hz Syedna Hussain AS got ShahadathMartyrdom on this auspicious and honorable day for the cause of ISLAM.
- Prophet SAS observed fast on 10th of Muharram due to its sanctity and sacredness. Allah Knows best.
Once Nemat a notorious bandit had killed a nobleman, and the sultans soldiers were behind him. He was fleeing from jungles to jungle to save himself from the sultan. He had also looted many people. Once when he was chased by the soldiers he feeing from a jungle, suddenly he heard Azan being called out for the prayer. The voice so stimulating that he forgot about the soldiers behind him and performed Namaz on the spot. Though the soldiers saw him they did not recognized whe he was in the state of namaz. After completing hiz namaz he proceeded to the direction from where he heard the azan.
He saw a group of saints have assembled in the jungle under the leadership of Imam Syed Mohammed Mehdi Maoud AHS. The Imam on seeing him said “O Miyan Shahnemat, Come here”, Nemat got astonished. and replied your holiness how come you know my name. and my name is NEMAT. The the Imam AHS said now you will be know as SHAHNEMATH.
Hz. Shah Nemath requested Imam to pray for him for his forgiveness from Allah and make him one of his followers. The Imam on the command of Quran said Allah will not forgive you unless the people you have hurt will forgive you. so go and seek forgiveness from those whom you have hurt.
Hz.Shah Nemath did accordingly, he went to all whom he had hurt in pursuit of forgiveness and also to the Nobles house whose son was killed by him. he offered his naked sword to the noble and should his neck to him and said forgive me for the sake of Allah or cut my throat and take the revenge of your son. The noble go shocked. he inquired what made him so different. a Notorious bandit became so pious. He explained all that happened and the noble man said take me to Imam Mehdi ahs I want to be his follower if I have to forgive you. Many people brought Iman on his hand. And Shah Nemath joined the august company of Imam Mehdi AHS, spreading and practising the true Islam. like this the Notorious Bandit Nemath became Hazrat Bandagi Miyan Shah Nemath rz. His roza is near Pune and many people across the world visit their for his ziyarat.
By the act of forgiveness we release the other person from a debt, an obligation to make whole something that has been injured or taken from us, whether in terms of property or from ourselves, in terms of our identity or self worth or our relationships with other persons. So, to begin with, “I forgive you” means, “I release you.”
The word “forgive” implies, by its components, a kind of “giving.” We might find in the word a sensibility to grant a kind of acceptance or tolerance for the act of the other, though after the fact, and credit it as though before the fact.
I suspect that we have a sort of “instinct” to forgive. It is certainly a culturally supported ability: “To err is human, to forgive, divine.”
By instinct, I mean our natural tendency to try to keep what we already have and are familiar with. An inability to forgive would result in rejections and breakups all around. An unforgiving world would have very little stability, families would break up from insults and misunderstandings and chaos would rule. Sounds like life in the big city, doesn’t it?
That’s why we need to find our way back to forgiving. Let’s set out on foot.
From my observations and experience, I have found that forgiveness may reside in a continuum of actions and reactions following our sense of being hurt or trespassed upon by another.
To facilitate the process of forgiveness:
1. Think of a person who has wronged you and who you have not been able or willing to forgive.
2. Describe the experience or experiences in which this “offender” caused you to be harmed or unjustly treated.
3. Describe the emotions you feel as you consider these events. Are you feeling anger? Shame? Guilt? Are you obsessed with what happened? Take as much time as you need to acknowledge these feelings and put them into words.
4. How has being unable to forgive affected you? Have the emotions you have felt affected your health? Have they altered your relationships with others? Your worldview? What sorts of defense mechanisms have you created? Do these limit you in any way?
5.What benefits might forgiving have for you? List them,
6. Are you ready and willing to forgive? When you feel that forgiveness might be a real possibility, continue with the steps described below. Commitment to forgiveness is often the most difficult step!
7. Consider a situation in which another person had to forgive you for something. How did you feel? Recognize that everyone is involved in both forgiving and being forgiven. As you put yourself in the position of the offender, are you able to more fully understand (not justify) his or her behaviors?
8. Offer support to others who are in a similar situation. Helping others who have been suffering may help you to understand and move through your own painful experiences. You might consider performing an act of kindness toward the offender, but any action to honor your decision to forgive is useful. Do what feels right to you.
9. Replay the situation in which your were injured mentally. What can you learn from it about yourself. Re-define your relationship with the offender. Sever any unproductive connections.
10. Release the emotions that your injury has caused. Express those emotions and resolve to move through them, so that they will no longer cause you to expend energy on them. Ask for support from friends or family members as you do this.
11. As you are able to forgive, explore the meaning of your experiences. How will this alter your future behavior and your perspectives? Are there other injuries you need to forgive? Re-affirm and re-assess what you feel is your purpose in life, in light of these experiences.
A 2001 study revealed a correlation between reviewing hurtful memories and measures of the stress response (EMG, heart rate, blood pressure). When subjects were encouraged to think forgiving thoughts, the stress response was diminished. Similar findings were seen in an October 2003 study of 108 college students.
While more research is needed to formally evaluate the health benefits of forgiveness, a number of small studies have shown a number of potential health benefits conferred by forgiveness:
- Decreased anger and negative thoughts
- Decreased anxiety
- Decreased depression and grief
- Decreased vulnerability to substance use
What are the benefits of forgiving someone?
- Healthier relationships ==> Happy Family
- Greater spiritual and psychological well-being ==> Good Health
- Less stress and hostility ==> Good Health
- Lower blood pressure ==> Good Health
- Fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety and chronic pain ==> Good Health
- Increased concentration level in prayer, study & work ==> Greater Success in this world & in hereafter
Betrayal, aggression, and just plain insensitivity: People can hurt us in a million ways, and forgiveness isn’t always easy. Whether you’ve been cut off in traffic, slighted by your mother-in-law, betrayed by a spouse, or badmouthed by a co-worker, most of us are faced with a variety of situations that we can choose to ruminate over or forgive. But forgiveness, like so many things in life, is easier said than done.
Forgiveness can be a challenge for several reasons. Sometimes forgiveness can be confused with condoning what someone has done to us: “That’s OK. Why not do it again?” Forgiveness can be difficult when the person who wronged us doesn’t seem to deserve our forgiveness — it’s hard to remember that forgiveness benefits the forgiver more than the one who is forgiven. Ultimately, forgiveness is especially challenging because it’s hard to let go of what’s happened. However, it’s important to let go and forgive. Here are some reasons why:
- Forgiveness is good for your heart — literally. One study from the Journal of Behavioural Medicine found forgiveness to be associated with lower heart rate and blood pressure as well as stress relief. This can bring long-term health benefits for your heart and overall health.
- A later study found forgiveness to be positively associated with five measures of health: physical symptoms, medications used, sleep quality, fatigue, and somatic complaints. It seems that the reduction in negative affect (depressive symptoms), strengthened spirituality, conflict management and stress relief one finds through forgiveness all have a significant impact on overall health.
- A third study, published in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, found that forgiveness not only restores positive thoughts, feelings and behaviours toward the offending party (in other words, forgiveness restores the relationship to its previous positive state), but the benefits of forgiveness spill over to positive behaviours toward others outside of the relationship. Forgiveness is associated with more volunteerism, donating to charity, and other altruistic behaviours. (And the converse is true of non-forgiveness.)
So, to sum it up, forgiveness is good for your body, your relationships, and your place in the world. That’s reason enough to convince virtually anyone to do the work of letting go of anger and working on forgiveness.
What a wonderful practice we Mehdavis got from our fore fathers, what a divine message is there within the practice of MAAFA MAAFI. Truly this practice can attract researchers studying Psychology. There is a enormous treasure within Mehdavia teachings which needs to be highlighted for the benefit of mankind..
Having said this I request one and all, to kindly forgive me for the sake of Allah (swt) if I have hurt any of you. And I have forgiven you all.
BOLA CHALA MAAF KARO VASTE ALLAH KE.
“O’ Allah! Bless us to follow the last & Final Prophet Syed Muhammed SalleAllahu AlaihisSallam & His Perfect follower Imam Syed Mohammed Mehdi-e-Maud Juanpuri AHS .
O’ Allah I have asked forgiveness from all the mankind from whom ever I know. And I don’t Know how to repent before you.
O’ Allah I beg you to forgive me. And also I pray you to make my fellow beings forgive me.
O’ Allah make the coming year one of unity, cooperation and success for Muslims in general & the followers of Khatimain in Particulrar around the world.”
Ameen Summa Ameen!
ALLAHU ALAM (Allah knows the best).
You’re Brother in faith,
Inayath Ulla Khan, Mandya
[personal note: As at present I am not in my city and I am on an official visit to Orissa on the invitation of Govt of Orissa w.r.t to Urban Research, hence I could not visit any of my friends or relatives nor neighbors, but have called few of them and sought forgiveness. I request to those whom I could not meet nor called to treat this as my personal request and forgive me.]
First published on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at http://mehdaviatimes.blogspot.in
Second Edition on Friday, November 15, 2013 at www.mehdaviatimes.com
Madina – 10 Nov 2013: More than 1.44 million Haj pilgrims visited Madinah this year, recent statistics have revealed. Hani Jamaan Al-Husseini, head of the statistical reports unit at the Guides Organization in Madinah, said 755,920 pilgrims visited the city before the Haj and 482,124 after the Haj. He said 119 pilgrims died in Madinah this year, which includes 70 people who died before the Haj. “Their bodies were buried in Madinah in collaboration with the Haj missions of their home countries,” he said.
He said the Center to Help Missing People assisted 14,415 pilgrims return to their groups. A total of 9,486 pilgrims lost their way before the Haj.
Al-Husseini said the statistical unit compiles daily reports on the number and nationality of pilgrims arriving and leaving the city, deaths, and those who lost their way. These are posted on unit’s website and copies are also sent to various government agencies.
Source: ARAB NEWS | Published — Sunday 10 November 2013
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MINA — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered the establishment of a committee comprising the Haj Ministry and other Haj service-providing departments to formulate a comprehensive strategy to serve the ministry’s goals and objectives during the next 25 years, Haj Minister Dr. Bandar Al-Hajjar said here, Wednesday.
The strategy, the minister told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), will take into account the steady increase in the number of the Haj and Umrah pilgrims, their movement and stay in the Kingdom within the concept of the integrated management of the Haj and Umrah rituals.
He revealed that the ministry has set up a scientific team to lay down the blueprint for this study and added that the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Haj Research Center will supervise the study. “The study will be reviewed by a number of specialized bodies after all the administrative and financial procedures have been completed,” he said.
Hajjar said the ministry has a program for control and follow up which has succeeded in closely monitoring the pilgrims in all the holy sites.
“Under this program, the Tawafa establishments, the Haj service-providing companies for the domestic pilgrims and the providers of the support services including accommodation, transport and food have all been closely watched,” Al-Hajjar said.
The minister recalled that many gigantic development projects have been implemented in Makkah, Madinah and the holy sites to enable the pilgrims perform their Haj rites in ease and comfort.
“Among others, these projects included the expansion of the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah, construction of a comprehensive network of roads, tunnels and bridges, provision of water, expansion of the Jamarat bridge, the Mashair train, public transport project and the expansion of mataf (circumambulation of the Kaaba area).
Hajjar also mentioned establishment of a Haj terminal in Madinah which is four-km away form the Prophet’s Mosque and 1 km away from Qiba mosque. He said the terminal will have an area of 1.6 million sq. meters and will include offices for all the government departments and the private sector establishments involved in the Haj services in addition to travel and tourist agencies and Haj companies for domestic pilgrims.
“The city will include buildings to accommodate pilgrims and visitors, a hospital and a Haj museum. This terminal will ease congestion in the central area around the Prophet’s Mosque,” the minister said.
As of now, the minister said, there were no plans to increase the number of domestic Haj service companies.
The current licensed number of pilgrims allotted for these companies is 370,000 while the areas specified for them in Mina cannot accommodate more than 210,000.
“The companies will only be increased when the intake capacity of the holy sites has been increased,” he said.
Source: The Saudi Gazette
The Gold-laced Kiswa at Hajj costed $6 million – The stitching of Islamic calligraphy in gold threads onto the silk is a skill that has been passed on from generation to generation
More than 200 men have been labouring in a Saudi factory for eight months to produce the gold-embroidered, black-dyed Kiswa, a silk cover for the square building called the Kaaba that is a focal point of the annual halj pilgrimage to Mecca.
The ornate protective covering produced at the Mecca factory will be draped over the Kaaba at the start of the hajj, which this year is expected to begin on October 14.
Muslims associate the Kaaba with the prophet Ibrahim, the Biblical Abraham, who is viewed by Muslims as the founder of a pure monotheism which slowly declined until revived in the 7th century by Prophet Mohammed [Peace Be Upon Him].
The stitching of Islamic calligraphy in gold threads onto the silk is a skill that has been passed on from generation to generation, said Hussanian al-Sharif, head of the embroidery department who has worked at the factory for 37 years.
“No one outside this factory knows how to do the embroidery that we do, so that’s why our old workers have to train the newcomers for a three-month period before they start,” he said.
At the hajj’s end, the Kiswa, produced at a cost of $6 million provided by the Saudi authorities, will be cut into pieces to be distributed to dignitaries and religious organisations. Recipients regard the fragments as heirlooms.
Nearly all of the 210 workers come from the city of Mecca and most of them have worked there all their lives.
Workers embroider the Kiswa, a silk cloth covering the Holy Kaaba, in the holy city of Mecca, ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage October 8, 2013. (Reuters)
Before the factory was opened in 1927, the 47 pieces of cloth cover were manufactured in Egypt and materials were bought from Sudan, India, Egypt and Iraq.
Today the 658-square-meter (yard) covering is made of 670 kg (1,500 lb) of high-quality silk imported from Italy and Switzerland, said Mohammed bin Abdullah Bajuda, the factory’s general manager.
“The silk is dyed black here and we spin it ourselves to make the material, then it is hand-embroidered with 120 kg of pure gold and silver,” he told Reuters in an interview.
Machines to help automate the process were introduced 25 years ago, said Salman al-Loukmani, head of the materials department.
“Before we used to have a lot more workers and it was a very long process to make the material by hand. Now we have a number of Swiss spinning machines that help us,” he said.
Poorer pilgrims sometimes tear parts of the cover during the haj to take home, but the factory is ready for that too.
“One of the main challenges for the Kiswa factory is the pilgrims who tear pieces of the cover with their hands or other sharp objects, so every hour we have a maintenance team to repair the damage,” Bajouda said.