Eid Mubarak images: The most STUNNING pictures of Eid al-Fitr 2017 from around the world

AS millions of Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr today, here is a look at some of the most stunning images of celebrations around the world.

Eid al-Fitr is being celebrated today in the UK, Europe, America and Muslim countries where the new new moon crescent was sighted last night.

Muslims are celebrating the important religious holiday with prayers as they mark the end of Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan.

Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey and other Arab countries are celebrating Eid al-Fitr after sightings of the moon on Saturday night.

Iran, Oman and several other nations did not see the moon on Saturday night so their first day of Eid al-Fitr will fall tomorrow instead.

India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are also set to celebrate Eid tomorrow after the new crescent moon was seen shining over the countries this evening.

With the UK and most other countries around the world celebrating Eid today, here are some of the most stunning images of Eid prayers and celebrations.

Photo of Muslim woman comforting collapsed pensioner in London goes viral

A photo of a Muslim woman holding the hand of an old lady who fell down on a bus has racked up tens of thousands of shares on social media.

The unnamed woman was travelling on the E17 bus in East London, when an 84-year-old lady collapsed and got her head stuck between the door and a metal pole.

Hamza O Bakri, who had taken the photo and witnessed what happened, recounted the incident on his Facebook page.
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“An 84 years old lady just got her head stuck between the door and metal pole on El1 bus from Ilford to barking, and the Muslim lady holding her hand and supporting her for 20 minutes till the ambulance to arrive.

“This is the real Islam,” he continued.

The post has been shared over 41,000 times.

One user wrote: “I think people of the UK should seriously wake up, it’s not religion that causes war, it’s politics and the d******s we as a nation vote for, I just hope that the lady who is injured is recovering bless her.”

Bethany Roberts wrote: “People need to realise that the terrorists are not Muslim… real Muslims are actually such a lovely community of people.”

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According to Hamza, the bus driver had driven over a “drain” which caused the vehicle to briefly sway, and made the old lady fall.

Islamophobic hate crimes rose fivefold following the London Bridge attack, data from the Metropolitan Police revealed.

The number of racist incidents recorded three days after the attack was 54, a 40 per cent increase from the daily average of 38 the same time last year.

In the aftermath of the terror attack, London Mayor Sadiq Khan had said: “One of the greatest things about London is our defiant unity in the face of adversity – and that will not change in the aftermath of this horrific attack.”

Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussary

 

was a renowned reciter of the Quran. He died in 1980.

He was born in a village called Shobra al-Namla in Tanta, Egypt in 1917. Mahmoud entered the Qur’ân School at the age of four. At 6, he had already memorized the whole Qur’ân and at 12, he entered to the religious institute and learned the ten qira’aat (recitations) in al-Azhar University.

When he was twenty-five years of age he went to Tanta and established himself as a reciter. He was the reciter at the well-known Ahmadî mosque there. Ten years later, in 1944, he moved to Cairo and entered the official radio station as a reciter where he made his first recitation on February 16, 1944. On August 7, 1948, he was nominated Mu’adhin of Sidi Hamza Mosque and then a reciter in the same mosque. He was also supervising recitation centers of al-Gharbia province.

In 1949, Mahmoud Khalil al-Husary was appointed reciter of Sidi Ahmed al-Badaoui of Tanta, of al-Ahmadi Mosque and then of al-Imam al-Hussein Mosque in Cairo by 1955.

In Cairo, sheikh al-Husary also studied at al-Azhar University: he was a well-known religious scholar and author of many books on various aspects of the Qur’ân. He was also involved in the recent Azhari printing of the Qur’ânic text. His status as reciter was somewhat official: he held the title Shaykh al-Maqâri (Scholar of the Reciting Schools), and his opinions were frequently solicited and quoted by the media. He also accompanied the rector of al-Azhar on his travels and was invited to participate in the World of Islam festival in London (1976). Shaykh al-Husary’s recordings are widely distributed outside Egypt. As one of the four top-ranking reciters in Egypt, he recorded the complete Qur’ânic text in both styles of recitation, murattal (tarteel) and mujawwad (tajwid) and was the first to record and broadcast the murattal style. Shaykh al-Husary is known for the correctness of his recitation (tajwid). His son also recites professionally.

Mahmoud Khalil al-Husary was one of the most esteemed reciters of his time. A serial, “Imam Al Mujahid Barith”, starring Hassan Youssef, was dedicated to al-Husary’s life and performances.

al-Husary’s recitations are used for all Qur’anic recitations throughout the world.

Muslims to outnumber Christians worldwide by 2070

Islam will be only major religion to increase faster than world’s population
There will be more Muslims than Christians in the world in less than sixty years, new research revealed.
The religion’s share of the world’s population will equal the Christian share – at roughly 32 per cent each – in 2070, analysis by the Pew Research Center showed.
The number of Muslims will increase at more than double the rate of the world’s population, which is expected to rise by 35 per cent in the next four decades.

By 2100 around one per cent more of the world’s population will be Muslim than Christian, with the largest proportion of followers in India.
Several countries are also projected to have a different religious majority by 2050.
The number of countries with a Christian majority is expected to decline from 159 to 151, the report claimed.
Less than 50 per cent of the population will be Christian in the United Kingdom, Australia, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the Republic of Macedonia.
By 2050 Muslims will make up around ten per cent of Europe’s population.
It is thought the religion will thrive due to its young population and high fertility rates, with an average of 3.1 children per woman.

The rate is well above the 2.1 replacement level – the minimum typically needed to maintain a stable population – and the fertility rate of Christians, which is around 2.7 children per woman.
The Pew Research Center’s report said: ‘Religions with many adherents in developing countries – where birth rates are high and infant mortality rates generally have been falling – are likely to grow quickly.
‘Much of the worldwide growth of Islam and Christianity, for example, is expected to take place in sub-Saharan Africa.’
The data also revealed that the number of atheists, agnostics and those who are religiously unaffiliated will decline from 16 per cent of the world’s population to 13 per cent in the next four decades.
Buddhism will also decline, with its followers decreasing by 0.3 per cent

Question: “What is Islam, and what do Muslims believe?”

Answer: Islam is a religious system begun in the seventh century by Muhammad. Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur’an and strive to keep the Five Pillars.

The History of Islam
In the seventh century, Muhammad claimed the angel Gabriel visited him. During these angelic visitations, which continued for about 23 years until Muhammad’s death, the angel purportedly revealed to Muhammad the words of Allah (the Arabic word for “God” used by Muslims). These dictated revelations compose the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book. Islam means “submission,” deriving from a root word that means “peace.” The word Muslim means “one who submits to Allah.”

The Doctrine of Islam
Muslims summarize their doctrine in six articles of faith:
1. Belief in one Allah: Muslims believe Allah is one, eternal, creator, and sovereign.
2. Belief in the angels
3. Belief in the prophets: The prophets include the biblical prophets but end with Muhammad as Allah’s final prophet.
4. Belief in the revelations of Allah: Muslims accept certain portions of the Bible, such as the Torah and the Gospels. They believe the Qur’an is the preexistent, perfect word of Allah.
5. Belief in the last day of judgment and the hereafter: Everyone will be resurrected for judgment into either paradise or hell.
6. Belief in predestination: Muslims believe Allah has decreed everything that will happen. Muslims testify to Allah’s sovereignty with their frequent phrase, inshallah, meaning, “if God wills.”

The Five Pillars of Islam
These five tenets compose the framework of obedience for Muslims:
1. The testimony of faith (shahada): “la ilaha illa allah. Muhammad rasul Allah.” This means, “There is no deity but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” A person can convert to Islam by stating this creed. The shahada shows that a Muslim believes in Allah alone as deity and believes that Muhammad reveals Allah.
2. Prayer (salat): Five ritual prayers must be performed every day.
3. Giving (zakat): This almsgiving is a certain percentage given once a year.
4. Fasting (sawm): Muslims fast during Ramadan in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. They must not eat or drink from dawn until sunset.
5. Pilgrimage (hajj): If physically and financially possible, a Muslim must make the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once. The hajj is performed in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.

A Muslim’s entrance into paradise hinges on obedience to these Five Pillars. Still, Allah may reject them. Even Muhammad was not sure whether Allah would admit him to paradise (Surah 46:9; Hadith 5.266).

An Evaluation of Islam
Compared to Christianity, Islam has some similarities but significant differences. Like Christianity, Islam is monotheistic. However, Muslims reject the Trinity—that God has revealed Himself as one in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Muslims claim that Jesus was one of the most important prophets—not God’s Son. Islam asserts that Jesus, though born of a virgin, was created like Adam. Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross. They do not understand why Allah would allow His prophet Isa (the Islamic word for “Jesus”) to die a torturous death. Yet the Bible shows how the death of the perfect Son of God was essential to pay for the sins of the world (Isaiah 53:5-6John 3:1614:61 Peter 2:24).

Islam teaches that the Qur’an is the final authority and the last revelation of Allah. The Bible, however, was completed in the first century with the Book of Revelation. The Bible warns against anyone adding to or subtracting from God’s Word (Deuteronomy 4:2Proverbs 30:6Galatians 1:6-12Revelation 22:18). The Qur’an, as a claimed addition to God’s Word, directly disobeys God’s command.

Muslims believe that paradise can be earned through keeping the Five Pillars. The Bible, in contrast, reveals that sinful man can never measure up to the holy God (Romans 3:236:23). Only by God’s grace may sinners be saved through repentant faith in Jesus (Acts 20:21Ephesians 2:8-9).

Because of these essential differences and contradictions, Islam and Christianity cannot both be true. The Bible and Qur’an cannot both be God’s Word. The truth has eternal consequences.

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world” (1 John 4:1-4; see also

Ilford shooting: Shocked Muslims help bloodied man who came into mosque after being shot and stabbed

Shocked Muslims leaving prayers rushed to help when a bleeding man who had been shot and stabbed ran into a mosque saying he had been attacked.

The victim, described as a clean-shaven Sikh man, staggered into the Ilford Community Centre on Eton Road just before 2pm on Monday, bleeding from his shoulder.

Those at the centre called for an ambulance and police to help the wounded man.

Bashir Chaudhry, chairman of the mosque, said some people feared another terror attack had taekn place after people were mowed down early on Monday morning outside a mosque in Finsbury Park.

But he said worshippers reacted calmly to the situation.

He told the Standard: “Someone walked into the centre and he was bleeding very badly.

“When I spoke to him he said ‘I’ve been attacked’.

“I immediately called the police and ambulance. It’s what anyone else would have done.”

Mr Chaudhry said the man then left the centre and he followed him out to a nearby house and waited for emergency services to arrive.

 

“I tried to help him,” he said. “At that time people were leaving the mosque and they saw him and he was very badly hurt.

“He was bleeding from the back of his neck and his shoulder and from his face.”

“Some people misunderstood what had happened,” he said. “They thought somebody had attacked the worshippers, that the mosque had been attacked, which is not right.”

“With what’s been going on in Finsbury Park and other places, people are concerned really.”

A spokesman for the Met said: “Police in Redbridge are dealing after a man was shot and stabbed.

“Officers were called at 2.02pm on Monday, 19 June, to Eton Road, Ilford, to reports a man armed with a knife.

“Attending officers found a man in a residential address suffering from stab and gunshot wounds.

“He was taken to an east London hospital where his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.”

Police said there had been no arrests so far and the incident is not being treated as terror-related.

It is believed the victim knew his attack, police said

Reuters :Police say Muslim girl’s killing near Virginia mosque not hate crime

 teenage Muslim girl killed near a Virginia mosque was an apparent victim of “road rage” and her death is not being investigated as a hate crime, police said on Monday.

The 17-year-old girl was assaulted before dawn on Sunday in Sterling, Virginia, about 30 miles (50 km) west of Washington, after attending overnight prayers for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims fast from dawn until sunset.

The exact cause of her death has not been made public, but a statement from the Fairfax County police said Darwin Martinez Torres, 22, has been arrested and charged with murder.

Martinez, a Sterling resident, was in his car when he got into a dispute with the girl and a group of her friends as they walked back from a McDonald’s restaurant following prayers at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society mosque, known as ADAMS, police said.

 

“This tragic case appears to be the result of a road rage incident involving the suspect,” a police statement said. “Our investigation at this point does not indicate the victim was targeted because of her race or religion.”

Officials have declined to identify the girl, with police saying only that she was from Reston, Virginia, but the Washington Post has named her as Nabra Hassanen.

She and her friends were dressed in abayas, the robe-like dress worn by some Muslim women, according to the Post, prompting fears the victim was targeted because she was Muslim.

Police arrested Martinez an hour or two after the assault when he was seen driving suspiciously. They found what they believed to be the girl’s body on Sunday in a pond.

“Something happened and he (Martinez) became upset. The group started separating a little bit. The victim happened to be closest to him and then he assaulted her,” Tawny Wright, a Fairfax County police spokeswoman, said by telephone.

She said she was unable to comment further.

Martinez was assigned a public defender on Monday and a judge ordered that he remain in jail without bail, according to Raymond Morrogh, the Fairfax commonwealth’s attorney, the county’s chief prosecutor.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York and Ian Simpson in Washington; Additional reporting by Peter Szekely; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Tom Brown)

Independent :Donald Trump fails to personally address terror attack on London mosque and murdered Muslim woman

Donald Trump has failed to personally acknowledge the attack on members of a mosque in London, and the murder of a Muslim teenager in Virginia, prompting critics to attack his silence.

The White House has commented on the Finsbury Park attack, saying that they have reached out and offered to help in any way possible. But Mr Trump himself has not commented directly, instead taking to Twitter to attack Democrats and endorse Republican candidates.

The President’s critics have argued that while he is often quick to condemn acts of terrorism carried out by Muslims, his reaction to terrorism committed by white people is anything but swift.

“Nothing from Trump,”  the writer and activist Shaun King tweeted in response to Justin Trudeau’s condolences to London. “[He] tends to generally not mind when white men kill or maim people — particularly if they kill Muslims”.

Fifteen hours after a man drove a van into a group of Muslims near a London mosque, killing at least one and injuring 10 others, there was still no note of condolences from the President, the Washington Post posted in an editorial analysing Mr Trump’s response to terrorist attacks. He tweeted three and a half hours after the Paris attacks in November 2015, roughly 90 minutes after the San Bernardino, California attack, and fewer than 12 hours after an EgyptAir flight went missing in 2016, the editorial read. Mr Trump tweeted about the London bridge attack earlier this month before authorities had even identified the attack as terrorism.

“Did anyone expect Trump to condemn the terrorist act in London?” Amy Siskind, the president of the pro-women non-profit The New Agenda asked on Twitter.

Shortly after the Finsbury Park attack  it was confirmed that the missing 17-year-old girl Nabra Hassanen had been found dead in a pond in Virginia. Likewise, critics questioned why Trump had failed to address the tragedy.

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independent : Finsbury Park mosque attack: Imam ‘protected van driver’ from angry public after crash

An imam reportedly saved the van driver involved in the suspected Finsbury Park terrorist attack from being attacked by members of the public in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

One person has died and 10 more are injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in the early hours of Monday.

Witnesses reported those nearby grabbed and pinned the driver down until police arrived.

An imam reportedly saved the van driver involved in the suspected Finsbury Park terrorist attack from being attacked by members of the public in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

One person has died and 10 more are injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a mosque in north London in the early hours of Monday.

Witnesses reported those nearby grabbed and pinned the driver down until police arrived.

An eyewitness who gave his name as Abdul told The Independent: “People gather on that part of the street during Ramadan to chat and socialise so it was premeditated. He knew what he was doing.

“He waited until people had come out then drove at the people on the right then swerved to hit people on the left. Someone was lying under his van shouting ‘Help me’.

“He tried to run away but we brought him down. He would’ve died because so many people were punching him but the imam came out and said ‘No more punching, let’s keep him down until the police come’.

“As he was being arrested he was laughing and smiling and shouting things about Muslims. I don’t want to say what but it was but it was the sort of thing that made people want to punch him.”

He described the attacker as a tattooed white man in his late 30s or early 40s.

Police said a 48-year-old suspect has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and that they are not looking for anyone else.

Toufik Kacimi, chief executive of the nearby Muslim Welfare House, thanked Mr Mahmoud “whose bravery and courage helped calm the immediate situation after the incident and prevented further injuries and potential loss of life”.

Hamza Nimane, who was in the mosque at the time of the attack, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It wasn’t the police that arrested him — it was the people that came out of the mosque.

”They’re the ones that grabbed him and managed to hold him down.“

He added: “There were at least 300 people in the mosque praying, and everyone was panicking, everyone was screaming.

“I was looking around me, I saw a few people lying on the floor with blood on their head, and then obviously the ambulance service came and started treating them.

“There was people lying everywhere, basically; I saw at least seven people lying on the floor.

“Some of them even looked dead to me, to be honest, because people were trying to cover them with sheets and stuff.”

Speaking on Monday morning, Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Neil Basu said the incident was being treated as a “terrorist attack” and thanked members of the public for restraining the suspect.

He said that a man who died in the Finsbury Park incident was already receiving first aid from members of the public at the time and it is not yet known if his death was caused by the attack