Friday, June 15, 2018

EIDUL FITRI/BAYRAM IN ISTANBUL USKUDAR 2018



Sunday, June 10, 2018

LAYLATUL QADR NIGHT IN TURKEY 2018

LAYLATUL QADR NIGHT IN TURKEY 2018




Allah ﷻ subḥānahu wa ta’āla (glorified and exalted be He) says in the Qur’an: The Night of Decree is better than a thousand months. The angels and the Spirit descend therein by permission of their Lord for every matter. Peace it is until the emergence of dawn. [Qur’an: 97:3-5]
The blessed Laylatul Qadr can be found in any of the last 10 nights of Ramadan, which are the most blessed nights of the year. As such, we should increase our worship and devotion during this period.
Aisha raḍyAllāhu ‘anha (may Allāh be pleased with her) reported: With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work harder) and used to pray the whole night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]
Abu Hurayrah raḍyAllāhu ‘anhu (may Allāh be pleased with him) relates that the Prophet ṣallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “Whoever stands (in the voluntary night prayer of) Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. And whoever spends the night of Lailat Al-Qadr in prayer out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.” [Sunan an-Nasa’i]
Subhan Allah! Such immense rewards are to be gained during these blessed 10 nights. How can we afford to miss out on them? Who is to say that we will live to see the next Ramadan? We MUST make the best of these 10 nights. If we cannot manage all of the 10 nights, then as many as we can manage, particularly on the odd-numbered nights: 21st, 25th, 27th and 29th. (Hadith of the Day)



To hear someone says 'Istanbul is the best place in the world after Mecca, Medina and Al Quds. It is full of life and culture, May Allah swt protect the muslim countries.' That's true to the words. Its amazing country mashAllah.

TRT World done a great job covering this holy event.

Tonight Sun 10 Jun 2018 is the night as we marked the 27th night of Laylatul Qadr in Turkey. Tonight is the night of power, the last few nights till we complete our Ramadan fasting month this coming Thursday the 14 June. After fasting for 16 hours you will see many devoted Muslims will rush to all mosques to take advantage of this night starting with free iftars (breaking of fast) at the mosques and pray in congregation both the magrib n isha n teraweeh . And this night the Imam will do collective prayer dua May our prayer, fasts and good deeds be accepted. So if you’re wondering why traffic is crazy tonight this is it. For me I’m just walking down to my local big Mihrimah Sultan mosque in Uskudar. 😊Super excited inshAllah.



Alhamdullillah its 1.22 am just came back from Mihrimah Camii, we are so blessed to witness the blessed beard of rasullullah (saw) .

The camii was packed with thousands of jemaah near, far and wide. 









Saturday, June 9, 2018

Who was Sultan Hamid the II









Abdülhamid II, (born Sept. 21, 1842, Constantinople [now Istanbul, Turkey]—died Feb. 10, 1918, Constantinople), Ottoman sultan from 1876 to 1909, under whose autocratic rule the reform movement of Tanzimat (Reorganization) reached its climax and who adopted a policy of pan-Islamism in opposition to Western intervention in Ottoman affairs.*Britannica

DIY RECYCLE BOTTLES

When you are so relax and got nothing to do and all these recycling bottles looking at you. So get creative and decorate them into an amazing vase for your interior decor. You dont need to buy any expensive flower vase/ Its great as gifts, Your personal touch. Try it out.







RAMADAN IN TURKEY 2018

Assalamualaikum

Alhamdullillah my dua has been answered as I always wanted to spend one whole month in Turkey Istanbul. Ramadan 2018 here started on May 15 and will ends on the evening of Thursday 14 June inshaAllah. Turkey we dont follow the moonsighting unfortunately. We live in Uskudar the Asian Side in Istanbul as you know Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey and the fifth-largest city in the world by population, is considered European, yet it occupies two different continents. One part of Istanbul lies in Europe and the other part lies in Asia. Istanbul’s European part is separated from its Asian part by the Bosphorus strait, a 31-km-long waterway that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, and forms a natural boundary between the two continents. Two suspension bridges across the Bosporus - the Bosporus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, also called Bosporus Bridge II, connect the two sides, yet many tourist prefer to visit the European side of Istanbul because of its historical significance. The European side is also the city’s commercial center with banks, stores and corporations and two-third of its population. The Asian side feels more relaxed, with wide boulevards, residential neighbourhoods and fewer hotels and tourist attractions.

Anyway Ive been to many masjids especially built by the Ottomans architects Mimar Sinan and others. Check out these magnificent masjids MashAllah. The teraweeh here I just love it 20 rakaats with 3 witr. Most masjids are usually packed with jemaah. Tourist and visitors are allowed to visit these mosques outside prayer times. Free entry and of course modest attire is highly recommended.


This is Mihrimah Masjid It is the first of two mosques built by Mihrimah Sultan, daughter of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and wife of Grand Vizier Rüstem Pasha. It was designed by Mimar Sinan and built between 1546 and 1548. The picture below a dear friend from Melbourne visited us after Umrah and Im so glad to take them around Istanbul to show the amazing places here in Uskudar.










Name of Monument:
Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Mosque Complex

Location:
Aksaray, Istanbul, Turkey

Date of Monument:
Hegira 1288 / AD 1871

Architect(s) / master-builder(s):
There are different opinions regarding the identity of the architect. Some researchers think it was the Italian architect Montani Effendi, while others believe the architect was Sarkis Balyan. It has also been suggested that Agop Balyan participated in the design, and that the designer Osep assisted with construction.

Period / Dynasty
Ottoman

Patron(s):
Pertevniyal Valide Sultan (the mother of Sultan Abdülaziz, d. AH 1301 / AD 1883).

Source: [http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=monument;isl;tr;mon01;30;en&cp]







Yeni Valide Camii Uskudar

The Yeni Valide Mosque is an 18th-century Ottoman mosque in the Üsküdar district of Istanbul, Turkey.
Address: Mimar Sinan Mahallesi, 34664 Üsküdar/Istanbul
Opened: 1710
Architectural style: Ottoman architecture
Groundbreaking: 1708
Number of minarets: 2

It was built between 1708 and 1710 on the iskele (pier) road by Emetullah Râbi'a Gülnûş Sultan, mother of SultanAhmed III. The main part of the building is square-shaped and covered with a flattened main dome and four half domes. The mosque has two minarets with two balconies each. Calligraphy inside the mosque is the work of Hezarfen Mehmet Efendi.







Ortakoy (Ortaköy) Mosque
Located just before the Bosphorus Bridge, the Ortaköy Camii, Turkey (Ortaköy Mosque Turkey) has to have one of the most picturesque settings of all of the Istanbul mosques. Indeed, Ortaköy Mosque photos, with the bridge the background are often used to demonstrate that particular Istanbul juxtaposition of traditional and modern.

Built on the sight of an 18th century mosque (built by Mahmut Ağa, the son-in law of Grand Vizier Ibrahim Pasha), the current building was completed in 1855, to serve as the Büyük Mecidiye Camii (Grand Imperial Mosque) to the Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid. It was designed by Armenian architect, Garabet Balyan, and his son Nigoğayos Balyanl, who were also responsible for the nearby Dolmabahce Palace.




to be continued .....

Friday, June 8, 2018

MADINA PRESTIGE HAJ AND UMRAH AUSTRALIA

http://www.madinaprestige.com/haji-package-2018/



Whats Included ?
We are a select group, less then 40 people. We have been doing Hajj and Umrah service for the last 20 years under the guidance of Shaykh Mahmud Kurkcu .

Please NOTE:
Changes that came into effect this year:

In Saudi Arabia, all the prices have gone up this year.. across the board (%20 – 200% in some cases).
New rules and regulations came into place in terms of accommodation and food in Aziziyah and Mina tents..

InshāAllah…

We go to MADINA first 30th of July – 6th of August 2018. In Madina we will stay in Oberoi Madina 5 star hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included. International cuisine.

We then go to MAKKAH 7th of August – 15th of August 2018. In Makkah we will stay in Swissotel Al Maqam Makkah
5 star hotel infront of Haram ash-Sharif. Breakfast and Dinner included. International cuisine.

Then we go to perform HAJJ during the DAYS of Hajj 16th of August – 27th of August 2018 in Aziziyyah – Shisha. We will stay in private apartment building very close to Bin Dawood supermarket, next to Jamarāt. Maximun 4 persons to a room* (We can also arrange Double Share at a cost).

In the past there used to be (8-14 people to a room). Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Turkish cuisine.

THIS YEAR:

Our prices include everything (except your spending money)

Quad share* : $13,850

Triple Share: $14,850

Twin Share: $15,850

Single (POA) those who wish to have a private room and stay alone in the hotel rooms.

Please APPLY online
or call me personally on +61409134363
or Umm Mustafa VIA WHATS APP on +61400321786
for further details.

Fully escorted experienced English speaking staff.
Return economy class airfares including all taxes from Australia to Hajj flying Emirates/Etihad Airlines. Meet and assist at Melb/UAE/Jedda/Madina airports
All Hajj Visa arrangements.
All Muassasah (Saudi Government) fees.
Qurbān / Had’yi / Sacrifice fee.
Five Star Hotels in Makkah and Madinah directly in front of Haram. Triple Share or Double Share in Swissotel Al Maqam Makkah and Triple Share or Double Share in Oberoi Hotel in Madina.
Comfortable Azīziyah Apartments walking distance to Jamarāt and Mina,
4 share in a room accommodation.
Guided Ziyārah (visits) to historical Holy sites both in Makkah and Madinah.
Full Board, open buffet Malaysian cuisine during Aziziyah. International cuisine in Mina and ‘Arafāt. Only Packed food and snacks in Muzdalifah.
Full Board, open buffet international cuisine during Aziziyyah and Mina. Packed food and snacks in Arafat.
Whilst in Makkah daily assistance with transfer for Hujjāj wishing to perform additional ‘Umrah.
All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned upgraded coaches outside the Manāsik days. Muassasah buses or designated train rides during the Manāsik.
Specially upgraded accommodation and extra services in Mina. Standard services in Arafat.
Continuous educational programs held on the rites of Hajj and Ziyārah prior to and throughout the sacred journey of Hajj by Ust. Mahmud Kurkcu.
5 litres of Zam Zam Water in standard official containers.
24 hour religious guidance or personal assistance available from staff during stay in Saudi Arabia.
Complimentary Hajj Souvenirs:
1 Ihrām set or 1 prayer clothing set
1 travelling bag
1 Hajj Instructional DVD with
Kitābu’l-Hajj Book
1 Virtues of Hajj Book and
Hajj Du‘ās Book
1 Hajj Memories Photo DVD (after Hajj)

Me-Travel Specialist

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The perks of being a home based travel specialist.
1. I’m happy n content of not earning a fixed monthly salary.
2. I earn commissions from major airlines and hotels and travel insurance companies.
3. I’m passionate about helping my customers getting the most of their travels from the moment they booked and I issued their etickets to the moment they arrived back safely home, so stressed free vacations.
4. Share my passion and travelling experience with amazing cultures along the way.
5. Making life long connections
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Monday, February 8, 2016

Hajj Package '16 with Ust Mahmud Kurkcu

Hajj

http://www.madinaprestige.com/package-inclusions/


28 Day Premium Hajj Package 2016

[Aus - Makkah - Hajj - Madinah - Aus] 05 Sept 2016 to 02 Oct 2016 / 1437



What is included?


Fully escorted experienced English speaking staff.
Return economy class airfares including all taxes from Australia to Hajj flying Emirates/Qatar Airlines. Meet and assist at Melb/UAE/Jedda/Madina airports
All Hajj Visa arrangements.
All Muassasah (Saudi Government) fees.
Qurbān / Had’yi / Sacrifice fee.
Five Star Hotels in Makkah and Madinah directly in front of Haram. Triple Share or Double Share in Makkah Hilton/Hyatt and Triple Share or Double Share in Oberoi Hotel in Madina.
Comfortable Azīziyah Apartments walking distance to Jamarāt and Mina,
6-8 share in a room accommodation.
Guided Ziyārah (visits) to historical Holy sites both in Makkah and Madinah.
Full Board, open buffet Malaysian cuisine during Aziziyah. International cuisine in Mina and ‘Arafāt. Only Packed food and snacks in Muzdalifah.
Full Board, open buffet international cuisine during Aziziyyah and Mina. Packed food and snacks in Arafat.
Whilst in Makkah daily assistance with transfer for Hujjāj wishing to perform additional ‘Umrah.
All transfers and transportation in air-conditioned upgraded coaches outside the Manāsik days. Muassasah buses or designated train rides during the Manāsik.
Specially upgraded accommodation and extra services in Mina. Standard services in Arafat.
Continuous educational programs held on the rites of Hajj and Ziyārah prior to and throughout the sacred journey of Hajj by Ust. Mahmud Kurkcu.
5 litres of Zam Zam Water in standard official containers.
24 hour religious guidance or personal assistance available from staff during stay in Saudi Arabia.
Day stay in UAE Hotel on the way to Hajj to put on Ihram or special charter flight to Jeddah if instructed by the airline.
Complimentary Hajj Souvenirs:

1 Ihrām set or 1 prayer clothing set
1 travelling bag
1 Hajj Instructional DVD with
Kitābu’l-Hajj Book
1 Virtues of Hajj Book and
Hajj Du‘ās Book
1 Hajj Memories Photo DVD (after Hajj)


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Celebrate Rabiul Aw'wal




Every year, when the month of Rabi al-Awwal comes around once again, bringing in its train the night of the twelfth, it seems to us as if the whole world is perfumed by the memory of the birth of the Final Messenger, may Allah's blessings and peace be upon him. Countless millions of Muslims in every corner of the earth fix their thoughts on his birth, by re-reading his biography and learning from his unique values and qualities. For he was the Unlettered Prophet, in whose human essence were combined and perfected every noble and generous trait of character: the best of all role-models, of whom Allah Himself has said: "Truly, yours is a tremendous character."

Without the slightest doubt, the best way of commemorating this most noble of all birthdays is in reciting the story of his life, to adults and to children, in order to accustom them to the love of Allah's great Messenger.

My own mother, may Allah show her soul mercy, used to put us in the habit of sitting down and reading the sira books. Even though she herself could neither read nor write, she knew much of the sira by heart, and would constantly encourage her family and neighbours to become intimately familiar with the beautiful life-story of the Prophet.

"No-one could deny that gathering to listen to the career of the Master of the Messengers is one of the most desirable of all activities. It can yield a whole range of blessings and benefits, as long as it takes place in a proper Islamic atmosphere without any reprehensible innovations or distortions."

Needless to say, the life of the Prophet, upon him be blessings and peace, can and should be commemorated at any time of the year. Nonetheless, when he is remembered in Rabi al-Awwal, people's attachment to him grows even stronger, for the simple reason that it was in this month that he was born. At this special time, when the impulse to gather for this purpose is at its strongest, one feels an overwhelming sense of connection between our time and his, as the present reminds us of the past, and helps us to bring to mind and relate to events which took place many centuries ago.

The love of the Prophet, and the joy which his birth and career have brought to us, bring every imaginable kind of good thing to a true Muslim. Even an unbeliever can benefit from his birth. The idolator Abu Lahab, one of the greatest enemies of Islam, was pleased when one Monday he heard the news that Muhammad had been born: and he freed his slave-girl Thuwaiba who had brought him the news. We are told that because of this deed his punishment in the grave is reduced every Monday. This hadith, which is narrated by Imam Bukhari, inspired Imam Shams al-Din al-Dimashqi to write:

If an unbeliever, condemned by the Quran to eternal pain,
Can be relieved every Monday through his joy at Ahmad,
Then what must a true servant of God hope to gain,
When with the truth of Tawhid he felt joy at Ahmad?
The Prophet himself, may Allah bless him, used to commemorate his birthday, thanking his Lord for His great kindness to him. He would express this commemoration by fasting, as we are told in a hadith narrated by Imam Muslim. The methods by which his birthday may be celebrated vary widely, but the objective is the same: whether in fasting, giving food to the poor, gathering for the remembrance (dhikr) of Allah or calling down blessings upon His Messenger, and listening to the story of his virtues and mighty achievements.

Allah has commanded us Muslims to rejoice at the things by which His grace and mercy comes to us. In the Holy Quran we read: 'Say, by Allah's grace and mercy; and let them be made joyful by this!' (Yunus, 58.) And we have never received any mercy greater than the Prophet himself: 'We sent you only as a mercy to the worlds.' (Anbiya, 107.)

The Blessed Prophet was keenly aware of the connection of the flow of time with the great religious events of the past. Whenever the time of year recalled such an event, he would seize the opportunity to commemorate it, and call to mind its significance.

There are many examples of this. For instance, when he first arrived at Madina, he found the Jews fasting on the Day of Ashoura. When he enquired about this practice, he was told, 'They fast on this day because Allah rescued their prophet on this day, and drowned their enemy, so that they fast it in gratitude to Allah for this blessing.' And the Prophet remarked: 'We have even more right to Moses than have they!', and ordered that the Muslims should fast on that day as well.

For all these reasons, every year during the month of the Mawlid I devote my time to the great books of the Sira, spending some time enjoying their shade and cool breezes. I recall to my mind the episodes and events of his unique career from the time when the light of Muhammad first shone upon the world: the Arbitration at the Ka'ba, the Beginning of Revelation, the trials and sufferings endured while calling men to Allah, the Hijra, the great and heroic battles against paganism and misguidance, the creation of the Islamic State, the Farewell Pilgrimage, and finally, the moment when revelation to earth came to its conclusive end with the demise of the Blessed Prophet and his passing-on to the Highest Companion in Heaven.

During this month, I spend as much time as I can in this blessed company. This is despite the fact that these astonishing and moving events remain in my thoughts and reflections during the entire year, forming a constant guide, reference and inspiration, as I remember the actions and deeds of him whose every action and deed had the purpose of educating the human race.

Yesterday, my wife came to me while I was engrossed in my reading. She looked at the book before me, and saw that it was about the Mawlid, open at the page where the greatest of all sira writers Ibn Ishaq says: 'Allah's Messenger, may He bless and keep him, was born on Monday, during the twelfth night of Rabi al-Awwal, in the Year of the Elephant.'

She asked me this interesting question: 'Why was he born during that month, rather than during Ramadan, the month when the Quran was revealed, or in one of the Sacred Months, which Allah rendered sacred on the day He created the heavens and the earth? Or even in Sha'ban, the month which contains the blessed Night of Mid-Sha'ban?'

She stopped, and looked at me for an answer. I looked again at the book, and searched for a clue, but without success. So I asked her to give me a little time to allow me to read and do some thinking.

I fell silent and began asking myself: Why did the Almighty Creator decree that this noble Prophet should come into the world on Monday the twelfth of Rabi al-Awwal? Why this date in particular? There must be some exquisite wisdom in this choice: but where and what?

I pulled out the great works of Sira, and turned their pages. I read the words of the scholars and historians of Islam, trying to unearth the secret of this divine decision. After hours of reading and contemplation, the books gave me four subtle indications which together point to the answer.

Firstly, in a hadith we read that Allah created the tree on Monday. This can be taken to mean that the creation of sustenance, fruits and all the good things of the earth upon which the children of Adam depend for their life, and which give them medicines to heal them, and whose very sight brings them rest and joy: all this was decreed to come into existence on this day.

The Prophet, upon him be peace, also came into the world on this day, as a cause of rapture and joy. He is associated with it in other ways also: according to Ibn Abbas, 'Allah's Messenger was born on a Monday, became a Prophet on a Monday, and raised up the Black Stone on a Monday.'

Secondly, we should recall that the Arabic name of the month of his birth signifies the season of spring: the time of rebirth and renewal. Shaykh Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Siqilli writes: 'Every human being is associated in some way with his name and circumstances in time. When we look at the season of spring, we see that it is the time when the Blessed Lord splits open the earth to reveal His bounty within, without which His servants could not subsist. Seeds split open and produce countless kinds of plant, which make all who see them rejoice. Though silent, they mutely proclaim the news of the imminent and delightful ripening of their fruit. Now, the Birthday of the Prophet, may Allah bless him, resembles this closely. His birth in the month of this name gives good tidings of the greatest forms of sustenance and protection for the believers. It proclaims Allah's mercy, the greatest of which is His granting guidance, through His messenger, to the Straight Path.'

Thirdly, Shaykh Muhammad Yusuf al-Salihi writes: 'Can you not see that the season of spring is both the most beautiful and moderate of seasons, free of both bitter cold or stifling heat, or exaggerated length in its days or nights? It is the time of year when people feel most refreshed and whole, so that they can enjoy the pleasure of prayer at night, and of fasting during the day. All of this symbolises and resembles the moderation and healthfulness of the Sunna and the Law which the Prophet brought.'

Fourthly, it would seem to be the case that the Wise God sometimes wishes to ennoble times through events, not events through times. A time otherwise left vacant can thereby be filled with a special quality from which people can derive benefit.

Obviously, if the Blessed Prophet had been born in Ramadan, or one of the Sacred Months, or in the holy month of Sha'ban, some people might think that it was he himself who was being ennobled by these times because of their great merit. But it was Allah's wise decree that he be born in Rabi al-Awwal in order to ennoble that month, and to display Allah's care and good providence for His Prophet. As an Arab poet has written:


Allah gave good news of you to the heavens, and they were adorned,
The soil of the earth turned to musk when it heard of you.
A day whose dawn is part of history,
And whose evening is made luminous by Muhammad!



To sum up what I have been trying to say: celebrations of the Mawlid are nothing other than a revival of the memory of the Chosen One. When this is done in the context of an Islamically-learned circle of knowledge and remembrance, in which the manners of our Islamic religion are observed, it is something which the great scholars approve of strongly. It provides a superb opportunity to link us to the Sira, to his miracles and beautiful character, and to the magnification of the Prophet whom Allah has commanded us to follow and emulate in all things.
Only by knowing his virtues and good qualities can we have perfect faith in him.
Only by listening to his life-story will we acquire a true and deep love for him.
As Allah Himself has stated: 'We tell you the stories of the Messengers, in order to make firm your heart.'



O Allah, make firm our hearts in Islam! Make our faith true and deep, and bestow upon us real love for Your Prophet sallahu alayhi wassalam!

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