dawn of the second day

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Today Hujjaaj will start gathering in Arafat, this is the 2nd step of Hajj.

May Allaah make easy their Hajj & accept their Hajj.

Ameen A white sea of the faithful flowed to the plains of Arafat under cold, breezy and overcast conditions as dawn broke on the second day of the five-day pilgrimage. Waves of men in seamless white robes and women in flowing overalls joined voices in a crescendo chanting “Labbaik Allahumma Labbaik” (Here I am O Allah, answering your call). The Messenger of Allah (salla Allahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “ الحج عرفة “ or “Hajj is Arafah“. The Arabic text implies a very important concept of the meaning of Hajj. This short statement means that the whole hajj and its validity is confined in the actual day of Arafahi.e. Hajj becomes valid only when the day of Arafah is observed and witnessed by those who undertake the journey, the pilgrims. Regardless how long the hujjaaj stay in Makkah, if they missed that single day, they have then missed the whole Hajj.

The name Arafah عَرَفَة was mentioned in many ahadith such as hadith of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam): “ الحج عرفة “ or Hajj is Arafah (reported by Imam Ahmad and the four sunan). The name Arafat was mentioned in Surat al-Baqara 2:198

لَيْسَ عَلَيْكُمْ جُنَاحٌ أَنْ تَبْتَغُوا فَضْلًا مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ ۚ فَإِذَا أَفَضْتُمْ مِنْ عَرَفَاتٍ فَاذْكُرُوا اللَّهَ عِنْدَ الْمَشْعَرِ الْحَرَامِ ۖ وَاذْكُرُوهُ كَمَا هَدَاكُمْ وَإِنْ كُنْتُمْ مِنْ قَبْلِهِ لَمِنَ الضَّالِّينَ

“It is no crime in you if ye seek of the bounty of your Lord (during pilgrimage). Then when ye pour down from (Mount) Arafaat, celebrate the praises of Allah at the Sacred Monument, and celebrate His praises as He has directed you, even though, before this, ye went astray”

Here Hujjaaj have to pray Dhuhr and Asr prayer combined and shortened, each performed in units of two rak’ah with one adhan and two Iqamas.

The wedding website has a “how did you meet” section

A village was having sheep stolen by a dragon.  So the elders conferred, and decided that they should take the brightest and youngest woman in the village, and ask her to make the modem work.  Which she did.  This being done, the elders put up an ad on Craigslist, asking for warriors to kill the dragon.  Two warriors responded.  But the elders promised the job to both of them, thinking that competition for it could keep the warriors from unionizing.

The elders were not well-liked.

Both warriors traveled far, through snow and plain, over water and under sky, to reach the dragon’s lair.  When they arrived at the same time, they saw one another and approached, swords ready but not drawn.

“The elders gave you this job too?” she asked.

“Uh-huh,” he said.  "And offered a flat rate for the head.  So either we bring it in together, and neither of us makes rent this month -“

"Or we fight, and the winner gets the dragon.”  She drew her sword.  "First blood?  You’re cute, I don’t want to kill you.“

"And I don’t want to die.  So that sounds good.”  And he blushed as he drew his own sword, because he thought she was cute, too.

They fought for a night and a day, the barren hills outside the lair ringing with the clash of their steel.  She was stronger, but he was quicker.  He was cunning, but she was trained.  All things considered, they complemented one another very well.

At the dawn of the second day, they lay there, spent, neither able to lift their sword.  No blood had been drawn.

“Well, neither of us is fighting a dragon today,” she said.  "You want to get sushi?“

"I really do,” he said.  "I think you’re cute too.“

They left hand in hand.  The dragon, irritated from having been kept up all night by the sounds of fighting, burned down the elders’ homes.

(The warriors made rent that month.  But that’s a different story.)

I ended up doodling Yona today. Because YONA~<3

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Day 32, 33, 34, 35:
We left Borås in the morning, now heading towards Skövde. We had to walk roads agian, as there were no trekking paths going our direction. But at least we were able to walk quiet some distance like this. The first night we found a really nice camping spot at a remote lake and were able to witness an awesome dawn. The second day we had quiet some troubles to find something but in the end were able to put up our tent on a small pitch of forest. A little forest with millions of flies, but luckily they cant get into our tent. Yesterday we then headed towards Stenstorp, where we got invited by Sven and Sessy, an awesome couple we met on 9gag. They treated us to a very tasty dinner and we had an amazing evening spending time with them. You guys are really fucking great. And Sven, i cant stress it enough, you should get into standup comedy, you are hilarious! They even let us crash for the night which we really much appreciated. Thanks for everything!
Today we drank a final cup of coffee with Sven and then left in direction of Skövde which we passed soon after. Now we are a little north of Skövde in a forest, where we cooked some pasta and are now going to sleep. trekkingnorth out for today!

Here are the results of Day Two of the Gemsona hunger games!

Died:

Iolite from @iku-kasahara

Hemimorphite from @ask-the-hems

Still alive:

Siam from @thegemcavern

Green Pearl  from @iku-kasahara

Jade from @abunchofsevens

Hematite from @ask-the-hems

Gold from a non-tumblr user

Lavendulan and Gypsum from @three-wise-gems 

Aqua and Dem from @unnecessary-glitter

Peco from @neosparx-su

Vana from @vanadinitegem

Sphene from @ask-therebel-gems (Sorry I got you messed up last time, There’s a lot of people to keep track of ^~^“)

Ocean Jasper from @triartisapun

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Nov 4, 1916 - Feb 19, 1945
RIP Gunnery Sergeant John Basilone, you hard-dicked bastard. Only enlisted Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross in WWII.

Guadalcanal:
During the Battle for Henderson Field, his unit came under attack by a regiment of approximately 3,000 soldiers from the Japanese Sendai Division. On October 24, 1942, Japanese forces began a frontal attack using machine guns, grenades, and mortars against the American heavy machine guns. Basilone commanded two sections of machine guns that fought for the next two days until only Basilone and two other Marines were left standing. Basilone moved an extra gun into position and maintained continual fire against the incoming Japanese forces. He then repaired and manned another machine gun, holding the defensive line until replacements arrived. As the battle went on, ammunition became critically low. Despite their supply lines having been cut off by enemies in the rear, Basilone fought through hostile ground to resupply his heavy machine gunners with urgently needed ammunition. When the last of it ran out shortly before dawn on the second day, Basilone held off the Japanese soldiers attacking his position using his .45 pistol. By the end of the engagement, Japanese forces opposite their section of the line were virtually annihilated. For his actions during the battle, he received the United States military’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor.

Iwo Jima:
On February 19, 1945, he was serving as a machine gun section leader in action against Japanese forces on Red Beach II. During the battle, the Japanese concentrated their fire at the incoming Marines from heavily fortified blockhouses staged throughout the island. With his unit pinned down, Basilone made his way around the side of the Japanese positions until he was directly on top of the blockhouse. He then attacked with grenades and demolitions, single-handedly destroying the entire strong point and its defending garrison. He then fought his way toward Airfield Number 1 and aided a Marine tank that was trapped in an enemy mine field under intense mortar and artillery barrages. He guided the heavy vehicle over the hazardous terrain to safety, despite heavy weapons fire from the Japanese. As he moved along the edge of the airfield, he was killed by Japanese mortar shrapnel. His actions helped Marines penetrate the Japanese defense and get off the landing beach during the critical early stages of the invasion. He was posthumously awarded the Marine Corps’ second-highest decoration for valor, the Navy Cross, for extraordinary heroism during the battle of Iwo Jima.