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islamic-festivalsIslam is the second largest religion in the world. Almost one billion people adhere to Islam across the world. There are two major festivals that are celebrated by Muslims across the globe. These festivals are namely Id-al-Adah and Id-Ul-Fitr. Both the festivals are celebrated with great pomp and joy. Eid-Ul-Fitr falls before Id-al-Adah. These two major festivals are closely related to spiritual enhancement and signify the most important events as per Quran.
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Eid-Ul-Fitr

Eid-Ul-Fitr is celebrated after 30 days of Ramadan. Month of Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims across the globe observe fast during these 30 days. Id-ul-Fitr is also known as choti Eid. This festival is celebrated on the first day of Shawal. Sighting of crescent moon marks the end of Ramadan. Day after the sighting of crescent moon is celebrated as Id-ul-fitr.
Eid-Ul-Fitr rituals
This festival is a single day festival, though the celebrations often extend to two or three days. On the day of Eid, all the Muslims get up early in the morning around 4.30 am. They bathe and dress themselves in the best of their clothing. Many Muslims will also atone their bodies with natural oils or perfumed oils before bathing. The family shares breakfast together. After the breakfast, the first prayer is offered. This prayer is known as ‘Salat-e-fajr’ and it is offered in an open ground. Generally, mosques have an open ground, where all Muslim men gather. They offer prayers in congregation. Before offering the’fajr’ prayer, every devout Muslim must donate something or indulge in the act of charity. This is known as sadaqat-ul-fitr. Sadaqat ul-fitr refers to giving money to poor and needy.
Eid Salaat consists of two ‘rakats’ and six ‘takbirs’. Muslims have to follow certain norms while celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr. Every devout Muslim must go to offer Salaat-ul-fitr on foot. Eid prayers must be said in congregation and they should be said in an open ground. It is forbidden to use any other words apart from words that refer to almighty god or spiritual Islamic terms before offering Salat-e-fajr. After offering prayers, the imam delivers the sermon. It is important that Muslims attend the sermon and they should not indulge in talking or praying when the sermon is being delivered. After the prayers and Khutbah (sermon) is over, all Muslims hug each other and say Id Mubarak.

Celebrations of Eid-Ul-Fitr

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After offering the ‘Salat-e-fajr’, celebrations of Eid begin. Friends and families exchange gifts and sweets. Children often receive Eidi from elders. Eidi can be in form of gifts, money, clothes, or sweets. It is prohibited to fast on the day of Eid. Several delicacies are prepared on this day. Muslims also invite their friends and relatives home. Many non-Muslim friends are invited to share the festivities of Eid-Ul-Fitr

Eid Resources For you

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Eid-al-Adah

Eid-Al-Adah is the most important of all Islamic festivals. This festival is also known as the greater Eid. It begins on the 10th day of Dhua-al-hijjah and lasts up to 13th day of dhua-al-hijjah as per the Islamic calendar. Dates for Eid-Al-Adah may differ as the Gregorian calendar as the western calendar is based on the movement of the sun.
History of Eid-Al-Adah
Eid-Al-Adah is also known as the festival of sacrifice. In many parts of the world, it is also known as Bakri Id. This festival symbolizes the spirit of sacrifice. Origins of this festival can be traced back to Quran.
This festival celebrates Ibrahim’s dedication to God. Ibrahim was asked to take his wife and his son Ishmael to Arabia. He left them there as per god’s will. Hajar and Ishmael were thirsty when Angel Gabriel pierced the land and well of zamzam was created for them. Ibrahim was asked to join his wife and son after several years. They built the kabba, next to the well of zamzam. When Ishmael turned 13 years old, he attained Prophet-hood. At this juncture, Ibrahim started getting recurring dreams of his slaughtering his son. He realized that it was God’s command that he should sacrifice his only son Ishmael. Ibrahim told his son about his dreams and asked him his viewpoint. Ishmael readily agreed to obey God’s command. Quran states that satan tried to divert Ibrahim’s mind by tempting him and at that juncture, Ibrahim pelted stones at Satan and drove him away. Even today, hajj pilgrims throw stones at pillars symbolizing satan during their holy pilgrimage.
When Ibrahim tried to behead his son, Ishmael remained unharmed and a ram laid dead on the sacrificial platform. God was pleased with Ibrahim’s devotion and he delivered the good news about arrival of his second son Isaahaq. Since then, this day is celebrated as day of sacrifice.

Al-Adah rituals

Salat for eid-al-adah can be offered anytime after sunrise till the dusk. These prayers must be offered in a mosque. It is essential that every Muslim does ‘wudu’ and offers ‘salaat-ul-fajr’ on the day of Eid. They must dress well and stay like that throughout the day. Travelers are exempted from offering their Eid prayers at mosque.
Eid prayers consist of two ‘rakats’ and seven ‘takbirs’. After the recitation of prayers, the imam delivers a ‘Khutbah’, which is also known as a sermon. On this day, a lamb, cow, goat or camel is sacrificed. This sacrifice is done in remembrance of Ibrahim, who was ready to sacrifice his son for the will of God. The sacrificial animals need to meet particular standard, age and quality. Meat from the sacrificial animal is divided in three parts. First part is retained by the family. The second part is distributed to friends and relatives whereas the third part of the meat is distributed to poor and needy.
Devout Muslims try to feed the poor and needy during this day. Eid-al adah lasts for three days. It is essential that a ‘takbir’ is recited loudly before offering the Eid prayers. Recitation of ‘takbir’ begins from the ninth day of dhua-al-hijah to the thirteenth day of dhua-al-hijah. Friend and relatives visit each other and wish ‘Id Mubarak’.

Selected Love Quotes

Love is the greatest feeling given to living things by God. Man, animals, birds every thing love their mates and nears. Man has taken the love to heavenly level by using the special gift given to him by god. It is the ability to speak and teach. And there are numerous love quotes has arrived. Here I am trying to collect some greatest love quotes for you

Short Love quotes .

Yes that is it. SHort love quotes are something special. You can quickly type and send it through mobile phone or email.

Art is the accomplice of love. Take love away and there is no longer art. ― Remy de Gourmant
Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love! -― Hamilton Wright Mabie
In real love you want the other person’s good. In romantic love you want the other person. ― Margaret Anderson
Loving means sharing joy with people. ― Leo Buscaglia
We can only learn to love by giving. ― Iris Murdock
The greatest tragedy of life is not that men perish, but that they cease to love. ― W. Somerset Maugham
Love is when the desire to be desired takes you so badly that you feel you could die of it. ― Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others. ― Madam Swetchine
There is no hope for joy except in human relationships. ― Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Love never asks how much must I do, but how much can I do. ― Frederick A. Agar

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Love quotes For Him

Love won’t complete unless you send some cute love quotes for your lover. The love quotes should be like that one which explains your love and level to him. By reading the quotes he should feel the depth of your love and affection. Please see some of the love quotes for him which I have collected from messages section of 365greetings.com

I will never miss you
Since you are siting in my heart
When love is there there is no place
for missing. Love you dear!!!

I see myself in your heart
And yourself in my heart!!
I call it as Love!!
Oh Sweet heart I love you so much!!

When you are near, I see you by my eyes!!
When you are away, I can feel you in my heart!!
That is the feeling I am having about you my dear!!
If it is called love, Then I love you!!!

You are my life
You are my goal
You are my love
I am living for you!!!

Love is like a river that gives the life
to whoever it touches!!!
I love you So much

If you think you miss me
Just look at your heart!!
I will be there.
I love you dear

Love quotes For Her

Here you can find some love quotes for her which I have collected from about.com. You will it it one of the best available in the web

Honor de Balzac
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.

Lady Marguerite Gardiner Blessington
A woman’s head is always influenced by heart; but a man’s heart by his head.
Honor de Balzac
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.

Lord Byron
Like music on the waters is thy sweet voice to me.
Andre Gide
I wished for nothing beyond her smile, and to walk with her thus, hand in hand, along a sun-warmed, flower-bordered path.

Lord Byron
She walks in Beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies,
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes…

Katharine Hepburn
Love has nothing to do with what you are expecting to get only with what you are expecting to give which is everything.

Louisa May Alcott
Girls are so queer you never know what they mean. They say No when they mean Yes, and drive a man out of his wits for the fun of it.

Robert Burns
But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her forever.

F. Scott Fitzgerald
I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.

Birthday Card Ideas

handmade-birthday-cardsBirthday can be one of the most special and much awaited event in one’s life. Aside from receiving gifts and enjoying the party the celebrant or the family of the celebrant will throw, it’s also a time when the celebrant can feel that he/she is loved and appreciated. This can be shown through birthday cards and notes, especially those handmade ones.

As the market is slowly crawling up, prices including greeting cards are as well at stake. It’s apparently increasing as everything in bazaar upsurges. To help ease the pain of your breaking pocket why not try an alternative and cheap yet shop-like birthday cards. Open your creative mind and let us make good cards out of your on-hand materials. Here are some good ideas to create a low-cost but gorgeous birthday card masterpiece.

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Tips in Making Your Own Birthday Cards

  • craft-makingGather your tools and materials. Run down your essential equipment to get things ready and get it all started. First, begin with your papers, get a hold of it and make sure it’s thick enough to fight crumples and has good quality that could possibly elongate the lifespan of your card for memory keeping. You can select with paper folders, construction papers and other durable and craftsy paper.
  • Content and Colors. Next, take your writing and coloring materials like pencils, pens, markers, crayons, colored pens and pencils, and if you’re into painting; you can use watercolor too. Then bring nearer the other necessary materials you think you will be needing like scissors, glue, ribbon, feathers, beads, and other crops.
  • Additional Features. You might also need something that connects you and your addressee like old photos, common belongings, or any crop that shares memories between you and your recipient. This can all be useful in creating such lovely and amusing card. Gather all materials within easy reach, then start working out with your imagination before going into your piece so you could create a really good art.

Ideas for a Perfect Birthday Card

  • Interest of your Recipient. In making cards you need to have at least a hint on what would probably please your recipient. Their favourite color, characters, as well as their style and attitude are some of the best pointers that can be a good core of the card you’re making. Forget not on what interest your receiver the most. If he’s into fashion include pictures of fabulous dresses and shoes in your decoration. If it’s for a bubbly, and wacky celebrant; have fun and show it in your craft. If you’re giving it to a kid be colorful and playful, they adore colors and balloons.
  • Relation Ship: Consider Your relationship with the person, When you are selecting a Birthday Card to Boyfriend then you should select a birthday card which will radiate you love and affection to him.
  • Creativity is the Key. Do not limit your creativity so you could come up with a great outcome. Decorate and design your birthday card infinitely, mix and match but do not overdo. Shape it out, cut it down, fill colors and draw into it, be buoyant and don’t be afraid to get messy. Do whatever plays within your mind, because you can be extremely artistic in your own little way. And to sum it up– Be creative, that’s it.happy-birthday-wishes
  • Birthday Messages. The most important part of a card is your message where your greetings are located. Write what you want to say that you can’t do orally. It’s one noble way of expressing what you want him or her to know. If you can’t say it through your mouth then tell it through your hands, so they’ll know not by their ears but their eyes. Use any famous aphorisms but do not fail to include your own words. Personal birthday messages are more heart melting than those common sayings. Here are some famous quotes that you may use:

“Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive that is Youer than You”
~Dr. Seuss

“Life is to be enjoyed, not endured”
~Gordon B. Hinckley

These are some good examples; however you may also use poems and essays. You can even inscribe your own poem as you pull out the poetry in you. And oh, don’t forget to remember that personal birthday messages are the highlight in making your card.

Be expressive, you don’t need to limit your words with the quantity. If you think you have lots of things to impart then lengthen it out, you can always choose to make a huge card, size won’t matter. You can have it to as big as the one you’re giving it or as tiny as a fourfold pad paper. What would matter most is the content, do not count on how much word have you made but count on what and how to unfold your birthday messages to make your celebrant’s birthday , a day. Crack a joke, be emotional, shout your words or trick her out, make the most of your insights and jot it down. If it’s for a kid then obviously you got to pull out the childish part of you and write what kids can fully understand and comprehend.

You have to at most compliment your work with what is appropriate, that is why you have to be concerned about what you only need to be sure that you had hit the bird and got what you really need. Making someone’s day special doesn’t need to be really expensive. All you need is your courage, your eagerness and willingness, and then lastly and most importantly is to bring out your CREATIVITY.

GOODLUCK!

The Advantage of Sending Electronic Greeting Cards

Every holiday season many people buy greeting cards for Christmas and New Year to send to friends, business associates and relatives to show that they remember. Greeting cards are great tools to help express your feelings and thoughts, when you cannot personally tell someone how you feel. If you want to wish someone this New Year without spending anything anymore then I suggest you send electronic greeting cards.

Christmas has just passed, but the holiday season is not yet over because New Year is just a few days away, so why waste your energy and money buying cards again when you can get one for free. It is also traditional worldwide to welcome the new year with a celebration, just like it is common to send your wishes to everyone you know by sending them greeting cards.

Below are just some of the advantages of sending digital greeting cards:

• Hassle Free – Sending digital cards is less hassle and with the New Year celebration just a few days away, you do not want to waste time running around bookstore and post office to send cards. Open your computer find a good greeting card and add your new year messages and send it, so simple. So, give yourself a break before the big celebration again, by taking advantage of digital greeting cards.

• Cost Free – electronic greeting cards are free and you can get them easily online. All you have to do is browse for a few minutes online and you can find thousands of greeting cards for all occasions. There are free Christmas cards, New Year and even birthday cards.

• Wide Selection of Cards – The World Wide Web is so vast that you have an almost limitless selection. So, why bother going to a bookstore when you can easily find the most beautiful New Year cards to send to anyone you want to extend your wishes.

• Personalized Cards – electronic New Year cards are possible to customize according to your taste and preference, making the card more personal. You can add your picture, change the background and write your message, once done just type the email of the person you wish to send the cards. You also get a confirmation email, as soon as the ecards delivered for your peace of mind.

It is important to welcome the New Year, but spending money on cards is no longer practical especially when electronic cards are now available. So, start the New Year right by sending cost free cards that you can personalize with your own picture.