Three injured in early morning high speed collision
THREE people were injured in a collision involving two light motor vehicles on the M4 in the early hours of this morning.
Crisis Medical paramedics arrived at the scene shortly after midnight to find debris of the wreckage of both vehicles spread over a 200m length of the northbound carriage way.
According to Kyle van Reenen of Marshall Security, the 27-year-old female driver of a BMW, lost control of her vehicle at high speed, sideswiping a Toyota Etios before the colliding with an Armco barrier and overturning several times finally coming to rest on its roof in the centre median.
Drivers of both vehicles and a passenger of the Toyota sustained moderate injuries and were treated at the scene before being transported to hospital by Crisis Medical.
A SUICIDE bomber blew himself up near the Grand Mosque at Mecca as police disrupted a plot to target the holiest site in Islam just as the fasting month of Ramadan ends, Saudi security forces said.
The Interior Ministry said it launched a raid in Jiddah province, as well as two areas in Mecca itself, including the Ajyad Al-Masafi neighbourhood, located near the Grand Mosque.
There, police said they engaged in a shootout at a three-storey house a suicide bomber, who blew himself up and led to the building’s collapse on Saturday.
He was killed while the blast wounded six foreigners and five members of security forces, according to the Interior Ministry’s statement.
Five others were arrested, including a woman, it said.
Saudi state television aired footage after the raid near the Grand Mosque, showing police and rescue personnel running through the neighbourhood’s narrow streets.
The blast demolished the building, its walls crushing a parked car as what appeared to be shrapnel and bullet holes peppered nearby structures.
The Interior Ministry “confirms that this terrorist network, whose terrorist plan was thwarted, violated, in what they would have perpetrated, all sanctities by targeting the security of the Grand Mosque, the holiest place on Earth.”
“They obeyed their evil and corrupt self-serving schemes managed from abroad whose aim is to destabilise the security and stability of this blessed country,” the statement said.
The ministry did not name the group involved in the attack.
The ultraconservative Sunni kingdom battled an al-Qaeda insurgency for years and more recently has faced attacks from a local branch of the Islamic State group.
Neither group immediately claimed those arrested, though Islamic State sympathisers online have urged more attacks as an offensive in Iraq slowly squeezes the extremists out of Mosul and their de facto capital of Raqqa in Syria comes under daily bombing from a U.S.-led coalition.
The disrupted attack comes at a sensitive time in Saudi Arabia as King Salman earlier this week short-circuited the kingdom’s succession by making his son, Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, first in line to the throne.
The newly appointed crown prince, 31 years old, is the architect of Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen against Shiite rebels, now stalemated.
He has also offered aggressive comments about the kingdom confronting Shiite power Iran.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have cut diplomatic ties to neighbouring Qatar and are trying to isolate the energy-rich tiny country over its alleged support of militants and ties to Iran. Qatar long has denied those allegations.
As the Interior Ministry announced the raid, over one million Muslim faithful prayed at the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina to mark the end of Ramadan.
In July 2016, a suicide bombing there killed four members of Saudi Arabia’s security forces. Millions of Muslims from around the world visit the mosque, the burial site of the Prophet Muhammad, every year as part of their pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Grand Mosque has been the target of militants before, in part as it represents a symbol of the ruling Al Saud family’s clout in the Islamic world.
King Salman is known as the “custodian of the two holy mosques,” a title used by the monarchs before him as well.
In 1979, some 250 militants seized the mosque and held it for two weeks as they demanded the royal family abdicate the throne.
When Saudi troops stormed the mosque, the official death toll was 229, including extremists and soldiers.
The night of Eid – its virtues and suggested worship
Allah says that He wants you to finish the prescribed period and to glorify Him for the fact that He has guided you, perhaps you shall be grateful (2:185).
“Finishing the prescribed period” means completing the fast of Ramadan. One of the means of “glorifying Him” is in making takbir, which is an expression of our gratitude to Allah for His guidance and enabling grace (tawfiq).
We should fill the night before Eid with takbir from Maghrib up until the Eid prayer in the morning. The takbir is not limited to a specific time or place but rather it should be made at all times in our houses and mosques and in the streets (without causing disturbance). We should read it with our hearts filled with the greatness of Allah so that we are not merely repeating words without experiencing their meaning.
It is a Sunnah of the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) to give life to the night before Eid, meaning spending whatever time we are able to during that night in worship and remembrance such that the night comes alive. The least we should do is to pray Maghrib, Isha and Fajr in congregation and then devote whatever time we are able to Allah. The mosques of Tarim fill in the the second half of the night with people reading the Qur’an in groups, praying and making takbir together at intervals. At the end of the night everyone comes together for a khatam and dua.
It is mentioned in the hadith that whoever gives life to the nights before the two Eids, Allah will give life to his heart on the day when hearts die. What is primarily meant is safety on the Day of Judgement, but even in this life the majority of people’s hearts are dead, starved of the remembrance of Allah and heedless of the return to Him. Remembering Allah on nights such as these, however, when most people are busy with other things, will give life and tranquility to our hearts.
Eid then will be a true celebration, an expression of our gratitude to Allah for the ability to worship and remember Him in the previous days and nights.
There are different forms of the takbir. Here is one of them:
اللهُ أَكبرُ اللهُ أَكبرُ اللهُ أَكبر , لا إله إلا الله , الله أكبر الله أكبر ولِلَّهِ الحَمْد
Allahu akbarullahu akbarullahu akbar. La ilaha illallah. Allahu akbar Allahu akbar wa lillahi-hamd.
الله أكبرُ كَبيرا والحمدُ لله كثيرا وسُبْحانَ اللهِ بُكْرَةً وأَصيلاَ
Allahu akbaru kabira Wal-hamdu lillahi kathira Wa subhanallahi Wa bihamdihi bukratawwa asila
لا إله إلا الله لا نَعْبُدُ إلا إِيَّاهُ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الكافِرون
La ilaha illallahu, la na^budu illa Iyyah, Mukhlisina lahud-Dina Wa law karihal-kafirun
لا إله إلا الله وَحْدَه صَدَقَ وَعْدَه ونَصَرَ عَبْدَه وأَعَزَّ جُنْدَه وهَزَمَ الأَحْزَابَ وَحْدَه
La ilaha illallahu wahdah, Sadaqa wa^dah, wa nasara ^abdah, Wa ‘a^azza jundahu, Wa hazam-al-‘ahzaba wahdah
لا إله إلا الله واللهُ أكبرْ ولِلَّهِ الحَمْد
La ilaha illallah, Wallahu akbar wa lillahi-hamd.
“Allah is most great, there is no god but Him, all praise belongs to Him.
There is no god but Him and we worship none but Him in complete sincerity even if the disbelievers dislike it.
There is no god but Him alone. He fulfilled His promise, gave victory to His slave, made mighty His forces and He alone destroyed the Confederates. Allah is most great, there is no god but Him, all praise belongs to Him.”
The scholars say that whenever it is recommended to remember Allah it is also recommended to mention His Messenger (Allah bless him and grant him peace). Had it not been for him, there would be no Ramadan or `Id or takbir. For this reason we should add, in honour of our Messenger, his Companions, wives and progeny:
اللهُمَّ صلِّ على سَيِّدِنا محمد
Allahumma salli ^ala sayyidina Muhammad,
وعلى آلِ سَيِّدِنا محمد
Wa^ala ali sayyidina Muhammad,
وعلى أَصْحابِ سَيِّدِنا محمد
Wa^ala as–habi sayyidina Muhammad,
وعلى أَنْصَارِ سَيِّدِنا محمد
Wa^ala ansari sayyidina Muhammad,
وعلى أَزْواجِ سَيِّدِنا محمد
Wa^ala azwaji sayyidina Muhammad,
وعلى ذُرِّيِّةِ سَيِّدِنا محمد
Wa^ala dhurriyyati (sayyidina) Muhammad
وسلِّمْ تَسْليماً كثيراً
wa sallim tasliman kathira.
We should do what we are able to implement the other sunnahs of the Eid which can be found in the books of fiqh.
Among them are:
Taking a bath whether or not one is attending the Eid prayer and wearing one’s best clothes and best perfume.
One should eat an odd number of dates before the Eid prayer and walk to the prayer, taking a longer route on the way there and returning by a different route.
One should shake hands with one’s brethren, congratulate them on the Eid and ask that their actions be accepted by Allah.
One should be especially generous to one’s family, display one’s happiness on the occasion and try to visit one’s relatives and friends.
The Al Ansaar Foundation was formed 24 years ago at the Mariam Bee Sultan premises in Kenilworth Rd, Overport. The main aim then was to establish a Madrassah & Pre-School. However Allah (SWT) had other plans and now the organisation has approximately 22 projects that play a significant role in the community. Projects include (amongst others): 1. The Ibn Masud Centre of Excellence (School for special needs) 2. Mariam Bee Sultan Pre-School & Montessori 3. Etazkiyyah Centre's for Learning 4. Cancer Support Group 5. Wheelchair Distribution 6. Diaper Drives 7. Feeding Schemes 8. Bursary Project 9. Seminars
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