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  • The Muslim woman challenging Putin



    Aina Gamzatova, a 46-year-old woman from Dagestan, has made it officiaዐl. She wants to run against Russian President Vladimir Putin in the March 2018 election.

    Hundreds of her supporters gathered around her to celebrate in Makhachkala, Dagestan's capital, on Saturday, two days after she confirmed her bid in a Facebook post.

    source :Aljazeera


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    • ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Employment Generation

    This recognition is open to an African, whose actions, policies and business have helped in creating jobs for Africans in the year under review.



    ALM Person of the Year 2017 – Employment Generation
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  • Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation founded in 1969 has 57 members, 56 of which are also member states of the United Nations. Some, especially in West Africa, are – though with large Muslim populations – not necessarily Muslim majority countries. A few countries with significant Muslim populations, such as Russia and Thailand, sit as Observer States, while others, such as India and Ethiopia, are not members.

    The collective population of OIC member states is over 1.6 billion as of 2011.

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     Afghanistan – Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
    Capital: Kabul
    1969 25,500,100 [1] 652,230 Dari
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    Suspended 1980 - March 1989.
     Algeria – People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
    Capital: Algiers
    1969 38,700,000 [1] 2,381,741 Arabic
     Chad – Republic of Chad
    Capital: N'Djamena
    1969 13,211,000 [1] 1,284,000 Arabic
     Egypt – Arab Republic of Egypt
    Capital: Cairo
    1969 86,748,100 [1] 1,002,450 Arabic
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    Suspended May 1979 - March 1984 after signing a peace treaty with Israel.[2]
     Guinea – Republic of Guinea [note 1]
    Capital: Conakry
    1969 10,824,200 [1] 245,857 French  
     Indonesia – Republic of Indonesia
    Capital: Jakarta
    1969 252,164,800 [1] 1,904,569 Bahasa Indonesia
    [hide]Further details
    Indonesia has five provinces with official special autonomy status: AcehJakarta SCRYogyakarta SRPapua, and West Papua.
     Iran – Islamic Republic of Iran
    Capital: Tehran
    1969 77,557,000 [1] 1,648,195 Persian  
     Jordan – Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    Capital: Amman
    1969 6,602,960 [1] 89,342 Arabic  
     Kuwait – State of Kuwait
    Capital: Kuwait City
    1969 3,065,850 [1] 17,818 Arabic  
     Lebanon – Lebanese Republic
    Capital: Beirut
    1969 4,966,000 [1] 10,452 Arabic  
     Libya – State of Libya
    Capital: Tripoli
    1969 6,253,000 [1] 1,759,540 Arabic  
    Capital: Kuala Lumpur
    1969 30,180,000 [1] 330,803 Bahasa Malaysia
    [hide]Further details
    Malaysia is a federation of 13 states and three federal territories.
     Mali – Republic of Mali
    Capital: Bamako
    1969 15,768,000 [1] 1,240,192 French
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    Mali is a republic constituted by 8 regions.
     Mauritania – Islamic Republic of Mauritania
    Capital: Nouakchott
    1969 3,461,041 [1] 1,030,700 Arabic  
     Morocco – Kingdom of Morocco
    Capital: Rabat
    1969 33,309,400 [1] 446,550 Arabic
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    Morocco claims sovereignty over Western Sahara and controls most of it, which is disputed by the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic.
     Niger – Republic of Niger
    Capital: Niamey
    1969 17,138,707 [1] 1,267,000 French  
     Pakistan – Islamic Republic of Pakistan
    Capital: Islamabad
    1969 207,774,520 [1] 881,912 Urdu
    [hide]Further details
    Pakistan is a federation of four provinces, 1 capital territory, and tribal regions. Pakistan disputes Indian sovereignty over Kashmir. It exercises control over some areas, but does not explicitly claim any part of it,[3][4] instead regarding it as a disputed territory.[5][6] The portions that it controls are divided into two polities, administered separately from Pakistan proper:[note 2]
     Palestine – State of Palestine [7]
    Capital: Jerusalem (claims), Ramallah (administrative), Gaza City (administrative)
    1969[8] 4,420,549 [1] 6,220 Arabic
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    The declared State of Palestine has received diplomatic recognition from 136 states.[9] The proclaimed state has no agreed territorial borders, or effective control on much of the territory that it proclaimed.[10] The Palestinian National Authority is an interim administrative body formed as a result of the Oslo Accords that exercises limited autonomous jurisdiction within the Palestinian territories. In foreign relations, Palestine is represented by the Palestine Liberation Organization. The State of Palestine is a member state of UNESCO,[11] and an observer state in the UN.
     Saudi Arabia – Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Capital: Riyadh
    1969 29,994,272 [1] 2,149,690 Arabic  
     Senegal – Republic of Senegal
    Capital: Dakar
    1969 12,873,601 [1] 196,722 French  
     Somalia – Federal Republic of Somalia
    Capital: Mogadishu
    1969 10,806,000 [1] 637,657 Arabic
    [hide]Further details
    Following the adoption of the Provisional Federal Constitution in August 2012, Somalia is a federation, the Federal Republic of Somalia, which is divided into several Federal Member States.[12]
     Sudan – Republic of the Sudan
    Capital: Khartoum
    1969 37,289,406 [1] 1,886,068 Arabic
    [hide]Further details
    Sudan is a federation of 17 states. Disputes Abyei and Kafia Kingi with South Sudan.
     Tunisia – Republic of Tunisia
    Capital: Tunis
    1969 10,886,500 [1] 163,610 Arabic  
     Turkey – Republic of Turkey
    Capital: Ankara
    1969 76,667,864 [1] 783,562 Turkish
    [hide]Further details
    Transcontinental country in Europe and Asia, classified as West Asiancountries by the United Nations Statistics Division Turkey
     Yemen – Republic of Yemen
    Capital: Sana'a
    1969 25,235,000 [1] 527,968 Arabic
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    Joined separately as  North Yemen and  South Yemen. Both unified in 1990.
     Bahrain – Kingdom of Bahrain
    Capital: Manama
    1970 1,234,571 [1] 765 Arabic  
     Oman – Sultanate of Oman
    Capital: Muscat
    1970 4,020,000 [1] 309,500 Arabic  
     Qatar – State of Qatar
    Capital: Doha
    1970 2,174,035 [1] 11,586 Arabic  
     Syria – Syrian Arab Republic
    Capital: Damascus
    1970 21,987,000 [1] 185,180 Arabic
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    The Syrian National Coalition, which is recognized as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people by 20 UN members, has established an interim government to rule rebel controlled territory during the Syrian civil war.

    Syria has one self-declared autonomous region:

    Suspended in August 2012 during the Syrian civil war.[13]

     United Arab Emirates
    Capital: Abu Dhabi
    1971 9,446,000 [1] 83,600 Arabic
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    The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates.
     Sierra Leone – Republic of Sierra Leone
    Capital: Freetown
    1972 6,190,280 [1] 71,740 English  
     Bangladesh – People's Republic of Bangladesh
    Capital: Dhaka
    1974 156,569,000 [1] 147,570 Bengali  
     Gabon – Gabonese Republic
    Capital: Libreville
    1974 1,711,000 [1] 267,668 French  
     Gambia, The – Republic of the Gambia
    Capital: Banjul
    1974 1,882,450 [1] 11,295 English  
     Guinea-Bissau – Republic of Guinea-Bissau
    Capital: Bissau
    1974 1,746,000 [1] 36,125 Portuguese  
     Uganda – Republic of Uganda
    Capital: Kampala
    1974 35,357,000 [1] 241,550 English
     Burkina Faso [note 3]
    Capital: Ouagadougou
    1975 18,105,570 [1] 241,550 French  
     Cameroon – Republic of Cameroon
    Capital: Yaoundé
    1975 35,357,000 [1] 241,550 French
     Comoros – Union of the Comoros
    Capital: Moroni
    1976 743,798 [1] 1,862 Comorian
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    Comoros is a federation of 3 islands.[note 4][14]
     Iraq – Republic of Iraq
    Capital: Baghdad
    1976 36,004,552 [1] 438,317 Arabic
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    Iraq is a federation [15] of 18 governorates, three of which make up the autonomous:
     Maldives – Republic of Maldives
    Capital: Malé
    1976 317,280 [1] 300 Dhivehi  
     Djibouti – Republic of Djibouti
    Capital: Djibouti
    1978 886,000 [1] 23,200 Arabic
     Benin – Republic of Benin [note 5]
    Capital: Porto-Novo
    1982 9,988,068 [1] 112,622 French  
     Brunei – Negara Brunei Darussalam
    Capital: Bandar Seri Begawan
    1984 393,162 [1] 5,765 Malay
    [hide]Further details
    Brunei is a nation constituted by 4 districts.
     Nigeria – Federal Republic of Nigeria
    Capital: Abuja
    1986 178,517,000 [1] 923,768 English
    [hide]Further details
    Nigeria is a federation of 36 states and 1 federal territory.
     Azerbaijan – Republic of Azerbaijan
    Capital: Baku
    1991 9,477,100 [1] 86,600 Azerbaijani
    [hide]Further details
    Azerbaijan contains two autonomous regions, Nakhchivan and Nagorno-Karabakh (Dağlıq Qarabağ).[note 6]

    Transcontinental country in Europe and Asia, classified as West Asiancountries by the United Nations Statistics Division Azerbaijan

     Albania – Republic of Albania
    Capital: Tirana
    1992 2,821,977 [1] 28,748 Albanian
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    Albania is a republic constituted by 12 counties.
     Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz Republic
    Capital: Bishkek
    1992 5,776,570 [1] 199,951 Kyrgyz
     Tajikistan – Republic of Tajikistan
    Capital: Dushanbe
    1992 8,160,000 [1] 143,100 Tajiki
    [hide]Further details
    Tajikistan contains 1 autonomous region, Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province.
    Capital: Ashgabat
    1992 5,307,000 [1] 488,100 Turkmen  
     Mozambique – Republic of Mozambique
    Capital: Maputo
    1994 23,700,715 [1] 801,590 Portuguese  
     Kazakhstan – Republic of Kazakhstan
    Capital: Astana
    1995 17,244,000 [1] 2,724,900 Kazakh
    [hide]Further details
    Transcontinental country in Europe and Asia, classified as West Asiancountries by the United Nations Statistics Division Kazakhstan
     Uzbekistan – Republic of Uzbekistan
    Capital: Tashkent
    1995 30,492,800 [1] 447,400 Uzbek
    [hide]Further details
    Uzbekistan contains 1 autonomous region:
     Suriname – Republic of Suriname
    Capital: Paramaribo
    1996 534,189 [1] 163,820 Dutch  
     Togo – Togolese Republic
    Capital: Lomé
    1997 6,993,000 [1] 56,785 French  
     Guyana – Co-operative Republic of Guyana
    Capital: Georgetown
    1998 784,894 [1] 214,969 English  
     Ivory Coast – Republic of Côte d'Ivoire
    Capital: Yamoussoukro
    2001 23,202,000 [1] 322,463 French  

    Observer states[edit]

    Member stateJoinedPopulationArea (km²)LanguagesNotes
     Bosnia and Herzegovina
    Capital: Sarajevo
    1994 3,791,622 [1] 51,209 Bosnian
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    Bosnia and Herzegovina is a federation of two constituent units:

    and Brčko District, a self-governing administrative unit.[note 7]
    Was given an invitation in 2013 by the OIC to join as a full member.[16]

     Central African Republic
    Capital: Bangui
    1997 4,709,000 [1] 622,984 French  
     Northern Cyprus – Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
    Capital: Nicosia
    1979 [17] 294,906 [1] 3,355 Turkish
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    Recognised only by Turkey. Under the name "Turkish Cypriot State", it is an observer state of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Economic Cooperation Organization. Northern Cyprus is claimed in whole by the Republic of Cyprus.[18]
    • Designation changed in 2004[19]
    • Egypt, Iran and the United Arab Emirates requested at September 2014's summit of the OIC in New York that the Turkish Cypriot State not be referred to in the meeting conclusions.[20][21][22]
    • OIC SG received the president and foreign minister of Northern Cyprus.[23][24]
    • In 2017, Northern Cyprus was represented with its official name "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" for the first time at an OIC conference in Saudi Arabia.[25][26]
     Thailand – Kingdom of Thailand
    Capital: Bangkok
    1998 64,456,700 [1] 513,120 Thai
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    Thailand is a kingdom constituted by 76 provinces.
     Russia – Russian Federation
    Capital: Moscow
    2005 146,048,500 [1] 17,125,242 Russian
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    Russia is officially a federation of 85 federal subjects (republics, oblasts, krais, autonomous okrugs, federal cities, and an autonomous oblast).[note 8]

    Russia effectively administers Crimea as two federal subjects:

    The Treaty on Accession of the Republic of Crimea to Russia was signed between representatives of the Republic of Crimea (including Sevastopol, with which the rest of Crimea briefly unified) and the Russian Federation on 18 March 2014 to lay out terms for the immediate admission of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol as federal subjects of Russia and part of the Russian Federation. It was ratified by the Federal Assembly by March 21.

    Transcontinental countries in Europe and Asia, classified as Eastern European countries by the United Nations Statistics Division Russia





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  • Wedding Night A°māl

     The Wedding Night


    Wedding Night A°māl

    It is narrated from the Prophet (S): “The doors of Heaven to mercy will be opened in four situations: when it rains; when a child looks kindly at his parent’s face; when the door of the Ka°bah is opened; and when marriage (occurs).”1

    As indicated by the above tradition, the concept of marriage in Islam is so sacred and valued, that the doors of Allāh (SwT)’s mercy are open on this occasion.

    Indeed, this is not surprising when one considers that marriage secures a large portion of one’s faith and protects it from the evil of Satan, as narrated from the Prophet (S): “There is not a single young person that gets married during his youth, except that his Satan cries out that ‘Woe onto him, woe onto him, he has protected two thirds of his faith from me’; therefore, mankind must have taqwā (God-Conciousness) in Allāh (SwT) to protect the remaining one third of his faith.”2

    It is therefore essential that a couple, when embarking on this step, take utmost care to protect the sanctity of this sacred union and do not taint it from the start by allowing the occasion of marriage to become a source of sin and extravagance.

    In particular, the wedding night is the first night that a man and woman come together as husband and wife, and it is highly recommended that they form this union with the intention of obtaining the nearness and pleasure of Allāh (SwT) and perform the recommended amaal for this night.

    At this point it is necessary to take a look at what state the ‘mistress of the women of the worlds’, Haďrat Fāťima (sa) had on the night of her wedding, and how she started her life with her husband, Imām °Alī (as) the wedding night, Imām °Alī (as) Haďrat Fāťima (sa) upset and in tears, and asked her why she was in this state.

    She replied: “I thought about my state and actions and remembered the end of life and my grave; that today I have gone from my father’s house to your house, and another day I will go from here to the grave and the Day of Judgement (Qiyāmat). Therefore, I swear by you to Allāh (SwT); come let us stand for Ŝalāt so that we can worship Allāh (SwT) together in this night.”3

    The following A°māl are recommended for this night4:
    1. Try to be in Wuďū for as much of the night as possible, and especially during the amaals below.
    2. Begin by praising Allāh (SwT), then say Allāhu Akbar (أللهُ أكَبر), followed by a Ŝalawāt 

    3. Recite a two Rak°at Ŝalāt, with the intention of ‘Mustaĥab Qurbatan IlAllāh (SwT)’ [a recommended prayer, seeking the pleasure of Allāh (SwT)], followed by a Ŝalawāt.
    4. Recite the following Du°ā, followed by a Ŝalawāt. First the groom should recite it, after which the bride should say: Ilāhī Amīn [May Allāh (SwT) accept this].


    “O Allāh (SwT)! Bless me with her affection, love and her acceptance of me; and make me pleased with her, and bring us together in the best form of a union and in absolute harmony; surely You like lawful things and dislike unlawful things.”5

    5. Even if a couple are not intending to conceive on the wedding night, it is recommended that the following Du°ās are recited for righteous children (whenever they are conceived):
    a. The groom should then place his right palm on the bride’s forehead facing Qibla and recite:


    “O Allāh! I have taken her as Your trust and have made her lawful for myself by Your words. Therefore, if you have decreed for me a child from hver, then make him/her blessed and pious from among the followers of the family of Muĥammad; and do not let the Satan have any part in him/her.”6

    b. The following Du°ā should also be recited:


    “O Allāh! I have made her lawful for myself with Your words, and I have taken her in Your trust. O Allāh! Make her fertile and devoted.”7

    6. The groom should wash the bride’s feet and sprinkle that water in all the four corners of the room and house. Allāh (SwT) will remove 70,000 types of poverty, 70,000 types of blessings will enter the house and 70,000 blessings will come upon the bride and groom. The bride will be safe from insanity, ulcers and leprosy.8

    Some Points about the °Aqd & Wedding

    1. One should refrain from having the °Aqd or wedding during Qamar Dar Akrab – when the moon is passing through the phase of Scorpio.

    2. One should refrain from having the °Aqd or wedding outdoors, under the sunlight.

    3. It is recommended that the °Aqd and wedding take place at night.

    NOTE: It is important to note that the main objective of the wedding is the joining of a man and a woman. More often than not, weddings that take place today are long and extremely tiring for the bride and groom; they reach their room late at night and not fit for the recommended A°māl of this sacred night, nor much else. Therefore, it is recommended that the procedures of this night are kept simple and to a bare minimum. If other ceremonies are desired, they should be held on the preceding or proceeding nights.

    Some Points for the Bride and Groom

    1. It is not necessary that consummation of the marriage take place on the wedding night; rather it may take a few days or even a few weeks.

    2. Fatigue, nervousness and tension may make it harder; therefore it is important that husband and wife take time to get comfortable with each other and move at their own pace.

    3. Artificial lubrication may be needed for the first few days or weeks in order to make consummation easier and more enjoyable.10

    4. Early or premature ejaculation may be a problem for the first few times; however, this should eventually be resolved after time and experience.

    5. The hymen may or may not bleed. Foreplay, gentleness and intercourse again soon after can help reduce the pain of the tearing of the hymen.

    6. After consummation (whenever it may be), the bride should not have milk, vinegar, coriander, sour apple or melon for a week, as they cause the womb to dry up and become cold and barren. Eating vinegar at this time also results in the woman not becoming clean (ritually clean) from the blood of menstruation, coriander (and watermelon) results in a difficult labour and sour apple results in the stopping (of regularity) of menstruation, and these all result in illnesses.11

    7. People may make certain comments over the next few days. It is important not to let this affect you, and not to get drawn in to their conversations.

    8. Don’t talk about your intimate details to outsiders; maintain respect of your spouse and your relationship.

    The Wedding of Imām °Alī (as) and Haďrat Fāťima (sa)

    The °Aqd (Marriage Contract)

    The Prophet (S) desired to have the °Aqd recited in the mosque and in the presence of the people. Imām °Alī (as) joyfully went to the mosque and the Prophet (S) also entered the mosque. The Muhājirīn and Anŝār gathered around them. The Prophet (S) went on the minbar and after praising and thanking Allāh (SwT), said: “Oh people! Know that Jibrā`il descended on me and brought a message from Allāh (SwT) that the ceremony of the °Aqd of °Alī (as) has taken place in the presence of the Angels in ‘Bait al-Ma`mur.’ Allāh (SwT) has commanded that I perform this ceremony on earth and make you all witnesses.” At the point, the Prophet (S) recited the °Aqd.

    Then the Prophet (S) said to Imām °Alī (as): “Get up and give a speech.” Imām °Alī (as) got to his feet and after remembering and thanking Allāh (SwT) began his speech and expressed his satisfaction and contentment at his marriage to Haďrat Fāťima (sa).

    The people prayed for him and said: “May Allāh (SwT) bless this marriage, and place love and friendship in your hearts.”12

    The Wedding

    The wedding ceremony took place on the 1st of Dhul Hijjah, 2 AH13 (or 6th of Dhul Hijjah, 2 AH)14, one month after the °Aqd.

    Between the °Aqd and the wedding ceremony, Imām °Alī (as) was shy to speak about his wife to the Prophet (S). One day, his brother °Aqīl asked him: “Why don’t you bring your wife to the house so that we can congratulate you for the occasion of your wedding?” This topic reached the Prophet (S), who called Imām °Alī (as) and asked him: “Are you ready to get married?”

    Imām °Alī (as) gave a positive response. The Prophet (S) said: “Insha-Allāh, tonight or tomorrow night, I will make arrangements for the wedding.” At that time, he told his wives to dress Haďrat Fāťima (sa) and to perfume her and to carpet her room so as to prepare for the wedding ceremony.15

    The Prophet (S) told Imām °Alī (as): “There cannot be a wedding without guests.” One of the leaders of the Anŝār named Sa°ad said: “I gift you a sheep,” and a group of the Anŝār also brought some16 corn17, and some dried whey, oil and dates were also bought from the bazār.

    The meat was cooked and the Prophet (S) with his purity took the responsibility of cooking for the wedding, and with his blessed hands, mixed them (the ingredients) and began preparing a type of °Arabic dish called Habīs or Hais.18

    However, although the food was prepared, the invitation was public. A large number took part and with the blessings of the Prophet’s (S) hands, everyone ate and became full from the food, and there was even some left over for the poor and needy; a dish was also placed for the bride and groom.19

    The Prophet (S) told his wives to prepare a celebration for Haďrat Fāťima (sa) After food, the ladies gathered around Haďrat Fāťima (sa) and the Prophet (S) helped her get on his horse. Salmān al-Fārsī took hold of the horse’s reins and with the special ceremony, brave men such as Hamza and a number of the family and maĥārim of Haďrat Fāťima (sa) gathered around the horse with drawn swords. Many women waited behing the bride and recited Takbir.

    The horse began moving, and the ladies began reciting Takbir and praises of Allāh (SwT). At that time, one by one, they read beautiful hymns that had been composed, and with splendour and joy, took the bride to the house of the groom. The Prophet (S) also reached the group and entered the bridal chamber.

    He requested a dish of water, and when that was brought, he sprinked some on Haďrat Fāťima’s (sa) chest and told her to do Wuďū and wash her mouth with the rest of the water. He sprinkled some water on Imām °Alī (as) as well and told him to do Wuďū and wash his mouth.

    The Prophet (S) then took Haďrat Fāťima’s (sa) hand and placed it in the hand of Imām (as) and said: “Oh °Alī! May you be blessed; Allāh (SwT) bestowed on you the daughter of the Prophet (S) of Allāh (SwT), who is the best of women (of the world).” He then addressed Haďrat Fāťima (sa) and said: “Oh Fāťima, °Alī is from the best of husbands.”20

    He then recited a Du°ā for them: “Oh Allāh, make them familiar (close) to each other! Oh Allāh, bless them! And place for them blessings in their life.”

    As he was about to leave, he said: “Allāh has made you and your offspring pure (ritually clean). I am a friend of your friends, and an enemy of your enemies. I now bid you farewell and deposit you with Allāh.”21

    The next morning, the Prophet (S) went to see his daughter. After that visit, he did not go to their house for three days, but went on the fourth day.22

    Haďrat Khadīja’s (sa) Wish

    On the wedding night of Haďrat Fāťima (sa), Asma bint Omaīs (or Umme Salama) who was among the women, asked permission from the Prophet (S) if she could stay near Fāťima so as to carry out any needs she may have.

    She said to the Prophet (S): “When the time of the death of Khadīja came in Makkah, I was next to her and saw that Khadīja was crying. I said to her: “You are the ‘mistress of the women of the worlds’ and the wife of the Prophet (S) and despite this you are crying whereas Allāh (SwT) has given you the good tidings of heaven?” Khadīja (sa) replied: “I am not crying because of death; rather I am crying for Fāťima who is a small girl and women on their wedding night need a woman from their relatives and close ones (maĥram) who will tell them their hidden secrets, and I am afraid that that night, my dear Fāťima will not have anyone.”

    Then I told Khadīja (sa) that, “I swear to my God that if I stay alive until that day, on that night I will stay in that house in your place.” Now I would like permission from you that you excuse me so that I can keep my promise.” Upon hearing this, the Prophet (S) started crying and gave me permission to stay and prayed for me.23

    The Wedding Suit

    On the wedding night of Imām °Alī (as) and Haďrat Fāťima (sa), the Prophet (S) gave her a (wedding) suit to wear on that night. When Haďrat Fāťima (sa) had gone to the wedding house and was sitting on the prayer mat praying to Allāh (SwT), suddenly a needy person came to the door of the house of Haďrat Fāťima (sa) and with a loud voice said: “From the door of the house of Prophethood, I want an old suit.”

    At that time, Haďrat Fāťima (sa) had two suits, one old and the other new. She wanted to give the old suit as per the request of the needy man, when suddenly she remembered a verse which states: “You will never attain piety until you spend out of what you hold dear.”24 Haďrat Fāťima (sa), who knew she liked the new suit more, acted on this verse and gave the new suit to the needy man.

    The next day, when the Prophet (S) saw the old suit on Haďrat Fāťima (sa), he asked: “Why didn’t you wear the new suit?” Haďrat Fāťima (sa) replied: “I gave it to a needy man.” The Prophet (S) said: “If you had worn the new shirt for your husband, it would have been better and more suitable.” Haďrat Fāťima (sa) replied: “I learnt this manner from you. When my mother Khadija became your wife, she gave all her wealth to the empty-handed in your path, until it reached a point when a needy person came to the door of your house and requested clothes. There were no clothes in the house so you took off your shirt and gave it to him, and this verse was revealed: “Do not keep your hand chained to your neck, nor open it all together, or you will sit blameworthy, regretful.”25

    Overwhelmed by the love and sincerity of his daughter Zahrā (sa), tears fell from the Prophet (S)’s (S) eyes, and as a sign of love, he hugged Haďrat Fāťima (sa) to his chest.26

    • 1. A Bundle of Flowers, pg. 149
    • 2. Muntakhab Mizān al-Hikmah, vol. 1, pg. 457
    • 3. Kitāb al-Irshād, vol. 1, pg. 270
    • 4. °alliyatul Muttaqīn, pg. 116-117
    • 5. al-Kāfī, vol. 3, pg. 481
    • 6. Ibid., vol. 5, pg. 500
    • 7. Ibid., vol. 5, pg. 501
    • 8. Wasāil ash-Shī~a, vol. 20, pg. 249, no. 25555
    • 9. Halliyatul Muttaqīn, pg. 108-109 (Points 1-3)
    • 10. Pāsukh be Masāil-e Jinsī wa Zanāshuī, pg. 235
    • 11. Wasāil ash-Shī~a, vol. 20, pg. 250, no. 25556
    • 12. Biĥār al-Anwār, vol. 43, pg. 120 and 129
    • 13. Ibid., vol. 43, pg. 92
    • 14. Some have narrated the time between the nikah and wedding to be one year.
    • 15. Biĥār al-Anwār, vol. 43, pg. 130-131
    • 16. About 8 pounds
    • 17. Biĥār al-Anwār, vol. 43, pg. 137
    • 18. Ibid., vol. 43, pg. 106 and 114
    • 19. Manāqib Ibn Shahr Ashūb, vol. 3, pg. 354
    • 20. Izdawāj Maktab Insān Sāzi, vol. 2, pg. 300
    • 21. Manāqib Ibn Shahr Ashūb, vol. 3, pg. 354-355
    • 22. Ibid., vol. 3, pg. 356
    • 23. Sar Guzashthāye Hazrat ~Alī (as) wa Fāťima (sa), pg. 30
    • 24. Sūrat Ali-‘Imrān, Verse 92
    • 25. Sūrat al-Isrā, Verse 29
    • 26. Sar Guzashthāye Hazrat °Alī (as) wa Fāťima (sa), pg. 31


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    Seven dead as 7.3 magnitude earthquake hits Iraq  


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    A made available by the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows a intensity shake map of what was believed to be a 7.2-magnitude earthquake at the Iraqi-Iranian border region near Halabjah, Iraq. It has since been upgraded to a 7.3 magnitude quake. USGS


    Tremors could be felt as far away as in the UAE after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck Northern Iraq.

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    Initially thought to be a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, the incident was revised up to 7.3.

    source. www.thenational.ae

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