Archive for March, 2009

Journey to Mecca

Posted in Islamic Videos, Learning Islam on March 30, 2009 by Muslimah

Journey to Mecca is an IMAX® dramatic and documentary feature that tells the amazing story of Ibn Battuta, the greatest explorer of the Old World, following his first pilgrimage between 1325 and 1326 from Tangier to Mecca.

His perilous journey resonates with adventure while presenting an unforgettable picture of Islamic civilization during the 14th century, culminating with Battuta’s first Hajj. The story is book-ended by a close-up look at the contemporary Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca that draws three million Muslims from around the world.

Even though its a short film (45 minutes) but it was one of the most beautiful productions I ever saw. Sadly, this talented actor (Shams al-deen) died exactly after shooting the film and he didn’t have the opportunity to watch it. May Allah accept him in jannah Ameen.

IMAX® is known for its films that can take people to places they would otherwise never go, from Mt. Everest to the deep sea to outer space. The Hajj, the longest running congregation of humans annually on planet earth, is definitely a unique experience for the medium. For non- Muslims it is the closest they will ever come to witnessing this extraordinary event, and for Muslims it takes on an even deeper significance.


“To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest, and mutual respect.”
‘President Barak Obama”


Al-Mawlid Al-Nabawi (Prophets birthday)

Posted in Extra Knowledge, Learning Islam, prophet on March 9, 2009 by Muslimah

Today March 9th 2009, (12 Rabi-Al awal 1430) is Mawlid Al-Nabawi, (Prophet Muhammed’s ‘S.A.W’ birthday). Yet our country ‘Kuwait’ doesn’t have a holiday. For some reason its pushed till thursday, while all the other Muslim countries are celebrating this day by having a day off.

The Mawlid al-Nabi was first observed around the thirteenth century and was preceded by a month of celebration. The actual day of Muhammad’s birthday included a sermon, recitation of litanies, honoring of religious dignitaries, gift giving, and a feast. The festival spread throughout the Muslim world and is celebrated in many countries today. 

Speeches are given about the life of the Prophet in gatherings, and dinners are held. This occasion was not celebrated in the early times of Islam and is therefore unevenly celebrated today, with great and festive celebrations in many Muslim countries . Muslims everywhere celebrate this day with great rejoicing. This occasion is not for frivolity or pleasure seeking, but an event of inner joy and happiness. Assemblies and conferences are held throughout the Muslim world to narrate the stories of the Prophet’s birth, childhood, manhood, and his preaching, his character, his sufferings and his forgiveness for even his bitterest enemies, and about his leadership, his triumphs through Allah’s mercy over the hearts of men.