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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

ramadan africa


Ramadan calendar month

Ramadan is (the ninth month of the Islamic calendar;
the month of fasting, the holiest period for the Islamic faith).
Ramadan Wrote :
Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان Ramaḍān
Persian: رمضانRamazān
Urdu: رمضان Ramzān
 Turkish: Ramazan

ramadan rules

The fast of Ramadan in Arabic (صوم رمضان  sawm of ramadan) are one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
 Fasting is fard "obligatory" for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, traveling, pregnant, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding.
While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations.

Food and drink is served daily, before sunrise and after sunset. 
 Fasting during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of salat (prayers) and recitation of the Noble Quran.

The holy month of Ramadan unites all Muslims in fasting, feasting, worship and prayer. It is a time for contemplation, spirituality and brotherhood. It is also known and recognised as the month of the Qur'an Allah (SW) says:
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur'an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong).” (Al-Baqarah 2:185)

May this Ramadan be one we benefit fully from and whereby we increase in emaan and taqwa, Ameen
May our acts of worship multiply abundantly ameen. May we increase in righteous actions, and do good deeds sincerely for Allah Alone, ameen.
May our character become beautified, may our hearts become connected upon this haqq and we fulfill each others rights with happiness, ameen.
May we be saved from the punishment of the fire, and enter Paradise, ameen. May Allah forgive us of our sins and have mercy on us all, ameen.
Muslim usually greet each other with “ ramadan karim” Which means Ramadan is Generous.

Reciting the Qur'an in Ramadan

it is essential for the person fasting to recite the Qur'an much during these blessed days and honorable nights of Ramadan. For indeed, there is a special virtue for the abundance of recitation in these days, which is not found in any other month.
 He should take advantage of the nobleness of time during Ramadan, in which Allah revealed the Qur'an
There is a special merit to reciting the Qur'an in the nights of Ramadan.
 For indeed, the night brings an end to the busy daily affairs, the enthusiasm is roused and the heart and the tongue mount upon reflecting.
And Allah is the one in whom we seek assistance.

ramadan dates

 in Ramadan Dates are favorite  fruit .The prophet muhammed peace be upon him used to broke his fast by eating dates and it’s Good for health .
Dates are an excellent source of fiber, sugar, magnesium, potassium, and have carbohydrates which will aid the body in maintaining health.
 The carbohydrates found in dates also make the fruit a slower digesting food, much better than fried or fatty foods which digest fast and leave one hungry for more!

Ramadan Foods
During Ramadan, two main meals are served; the suhoor, which is served before dawn, and the iftar, which is served after sunset. Since the suhoor is intended to last one throughout the day, it tends to be a heavy and hearty meal. Suhoor ends when the sun rises and the fajr, or morning prayer, begins. At the end of the day, when the sun sets, the maghrib prayer starts, and the day's fast is broken with the iftar meal. Many Muslims break their fast by eating dates before beginning the iftar meal. Muslims can continue eating and drinking throughout the night until the next day's suhoor. At the end of the Ramadan month, Muslims celebrate the Festival of the Breaking of the Fast, called Eid al-Fitr.
Both of the suhoor and iftar meals contain fresh fruit, vegetables, halal meats, breads, cheeses, and sweets. Remember that the Muslim world is large and is not constrained to the Middle East; there are Muslims worldwide in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. The types of food served vary by region. The meals are served either at home with family, or in the community mosques, or other designated places within the Muslim community.

Ramadan  : Some foods that may be served at a Ramadan suhoor or iftar

·         Dates, pistachios, other nuts, and dried fruits
·         Fresh seasonal fruits
·         Fresh seasonal vegetables
·         Chabbakia - a dessert made of fried dough flavored with orange blossom water and coated with sesame seeds and honey. (Morocco)
·         Paomo - a bread and mutton soup (China)
·         Ramazan Kebabi - a dish made with lamb, onions, yogurt, and pita bread. (Turkey)
·         Sherbet - the world's first soft drink, developed in the Ottoman Empire. Sherbets are made from fruit juices, extracts of flowers, or herbs, and combined with water and sugar. (Turkey) 
·         Chapatis - unleavened flatbread that is rolled up with vegetables and meats. (India and Pakistan)
·         Lavash - a soft, thin crackerbread. (Armenia, Azerbaijan) 
·         Fattoush - a salad made of vegetables and pita bread. (Lebanon and Arab countries)
·         Tabbouleh - a salad made with fresh tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and bulgur wheat. (Middle East)
·         Khyar Bi Laban - cucumber and yogurt salad (Middle East)
·         Chorba - lamb stew with tomatoes and chickpeas (Morocco)
·         Fasulia - stew with green beans and meat (North Africa and the Middle East)
·         Bamia - a stew made with meat and okra (North Africa and the Middle East)
·         Mujadarra - a dish made with rice and lentils (Middle East)
·         Konafah - a pastry made with phyllo dough and cheese (Middle East)
·         Qatayef - a type of Arabic pancake filled with sweet cheese and nuts (Saudi Arabia, Palestine)
·         Ful medammes - fava beans cooked with garlic and spread on bread (North Africa)
·         Kolak - a fruit dessert made with palm sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf. Fruits such as jackfruit or banana are added, or mung beans. (Indonesia)
·         Haleem - a porridge made of meat, wheat, and lentils. (India)
·         Paneer cheese (Persia and India)
·         Jalebi - deep-fried dough batter soaked in syrup. (Pakistan)

·         Shabi kebab - fried patties of ground meat and chickpeas. (India and Pakistan)

 pictures for ramadan



Hope you liked ramadan photos

Monday, 1 July 2013

Khan El Khalili Tour

Khan El Khalili

Khan El Khalili

There’s absolutely nothing in Cairo like exploring the enormous shopping labyrinth of Khan El Khalili, the city’s largest souk (market) that has preserved much of its original structure since its days as a famous medieval bazaar. Tourists and Egyptians alike arrive at this densely populated maze of streets and alleyways to find all sorts of gifts, including Egyptian antiques, fine handmade crafts  and spices.

 Khan El khalili How To reach!

It’s not a terribly far walk from Downtown Cairo, but the easiest way to get to Khan El Khalili is by taxi from Ataba or Tahrir Square.

Khan El khalili What To Buy?!

There are lots of treasures in Khan El Khalili that make great gifts. Be on the lookout for alabaster pyramids and statues.There are also several shops that sell quaint jewellery boxes, backgammon and chess boards made with mother of pearl designs.
There are several stores that sell Egyptian antiques, including lighting fixtures, movie posters and old books.

El Fishawy Café

Shopping in Khan El Khalili can be exhausting and overly stimulating. If all of the shopping has left you weary, and you’re looking for a nice mint tea and apple shisha, El Fishawy Café is just the place to do that. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the past 250 years, this mirror-laden alleyway café has hosted dozens of notables including Egyptian literary legend Naguib Mahfouz. During the evenings, you might see oud players, poetry readings or women offering henna tattoos.
I recommended you to buy Horus Eye Bracelet.See customer reviews below :-