season of worship

THE FINAL DAY JOURNEY OF GANESH…

The receding monsoon marks the beginning of the long Indian Festive season. Different gods are worshipped in different festivals. The season begins with the festival of Lord Ganesh, the deeply loved elephant headed god. It is celebrated for ten long days, with the idols being immersed in the sea on the last day. Herewith some of the images I have captured on the recently concluded Ganesh Festivals with my Leica X2.  Each of the frames appears so real that it will open a dialogue with you on the rich Indian culture. The moods & moments are captured in a span of a few hours on the immersion day.  

The 8 Sabbats

SAMHAIN: October 31st, the beginning and therefore the end of the pagan new year. The time when the Goddess returns as the crone or the wise one

YULE: December 21st, the time when the days begin to lengthen and the re-birth of the sun is celebrated

IMBOLG: February 2nd, The time when the first buds are seen on the trees: the return of the Goddess as the maiden.

OESTARA: March 21st. The time when day and night are equal. A time of balance and of throwing out the old and taking on the new.

BELTANE: May 1st, The time when the marriage of the Goddess and the Gd is celebrated. The Goddess becomes the Mother and the God returns to reign beside her

LITHA: June 21st, The height of the sun king’s power, when the days begin to shorten again

LAMMAS: August 1st, the time when the first harvest is brought in, the feast of the sacrificial God

MADRON: September 21st again day and night are equal and again this is a time of balance This is the height of the harvest and a time of returning things to the way they should be

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Let It Happen | United Pursuit ft. Andrea Marie

and He whispers to your heart
to let it go
and to be alive

full of passion
how He made you
just let it happen

so take me back
back to the beginning
when I was young
running through the fields with You

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Dhul-Hijjah

(Forwarded message)

Dhu’l-Hijjah Advice from Shaykh Abu Abdillah (reproduced)

As-Salamu ‘alaykum

I ask Allah to allow this advice to come from the depths of my heart and penetrate deep into yours with His permission, and for you to benefit from it greatly…Ameen!

Please make sure you read it all carefully:

Two months have just passed after Ramadhan with many of us becoming lazy and starting to slack with our acts of worship. Al-Hamdulillah, we cannot thank Allah enough for giving us another amazing opportunity to return back to Him and to invest heavily in the currency of the Hereafter.

As I’m sure you are fully aware, among the great seasons of worship are the first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, which Allah has favoured over other days. Some information about them:

These ten days are better than all the other days of the year, with no exception – even the last ten days of Ramadhan. However, the last ten nights of Ramadhan are better than the first ten nights of Dhu’l-Hijjah, because they include Laylat al-Qadr. Also please note that the time to do righteous deeds is throughout the entire day and night. So be sue to make use of both these days. 

Narrated Ibn ‘Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “There are no days on which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allah than these ten days.” They said, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah?” He said, “Not even jihad for the sake of Allah, unless a man goes out himself for jihad taking his wealth with him and does not come back with anything.” [Reported by al-Bukhari (2018)]

As we speak, we have officially entered into this month tonight..

Therefore let us start these ten days by making sincere repentance for our many shortcomings. Allah (Exalted is He) says, “Nay! But on their hearts is the Raan (covering of sins and evil deeds) which they used to earn.” [al-Mutaffifeen 83:14]

The aforementioned hadith is kept general, so even though there are no authentic narrations that the Prophet fasted during these days, it is still legislated & recommended to do all types of good deeds which includes fasting. 

If you have never really truly benefitted from the last ten days, then this is your chance to make it the best ten ever. Don’t be lazy and think that I’m working or have university studies or other commitments; rather help yourself as these may very well be your final opportunity with these 10 days, so let us make them special.

May Allah bless us with the best of departures…Allahuma Ameen!


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Secondly, here are a number of actions which one can perform during these days:


1. Let us make sure we get the obligatory actions on point

عن أبي هريرة قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : “ إن الله قال : وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه. رواه البخاري (6502)


Narrated Abu Hurayrah who said, "The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, 'Allah says, ”…My servant draws not near to Me with anything more loved by Me than the religious duties I have enjoined upon him…“' [Reported by al-Bukhari (6502)]


2. Fast from tomorrow

( من صام يوما في سبيل الله باعد الله بذلك اليوم وجهه عن النار سبعين خريفا ) رواه مسلم

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whoever fasts one day for the sake of Allah, Allah will keep his face seventy years’ distance away from the Fire because of it.” [Reported by Muslim]


3. Reciting Takbeer 

وذكر البخاري في صحيحه تعليقاً عن ابن عمر وأبي هريرة رضي الله عنهما : ( أنهما كانا يخرجان إلى السوق أيام العشر فيكبران ويكبر الناس بتكبيرهما ) 

Imam al-Bukhari mentioned in his Sahih, in a mu’allaq report, that Ibn ‘Umar and Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with them both) used to go out to the market-place on first ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah, reciting Takbeer, and the people used to recite Takbeer because of their Takbeer.


3. Meet in gatherings for the sake of Allah

عن مُعَاوِيَة بن أبي سفيان رضي الله عنهما قال : َإِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ خَرَجَ عَلَى حَلْقَةٍ مِنْ أَصْحَابِهِ فَقَالَ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ ؟ قَالُوا جَلَسْنَا نَذْكُرُ اللَّهَ وَنَحْمَدُهُ عَلَى مَا هَدَانَا لِلْإِسْلَامِ وَمَنَّ بِهِ عَلَيْنَا . قَالَ آللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَكُمْ إِلَّا ذَاكَ ؟ قَالُوا وَاللَّهِ مَا أَجْلَسَنَا إِلَّا ذَاكَ . قَالَ : ( أَمَا إِنِّي لَمْ أَسْتَحْلِفْكُمْ تُهْمَةً لَكُمْ ، وَلَكِنَّهُ أَتَانِي جِبْرِيلُ فَأَخْبَرَنِي أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ يُبَاهِي بِكُمْ الْمَلَائِكَةَ ) رواه مسلم (2701)

Narrated from Mu‘awiyah ibn Abi Sufyan (may Allah be pleased with him), according to which the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came out to a circle of his companions and said, “Why are you sitting here?” They said, "We are sitting to remember Allah and praise Him for having guided us to Islam and blessed us with it.” He said, “By Allah, are you only sitting for that purpose?“ They said, "By Allah, we are only sitting for that purpose.” He said, “I did not ask you to swear because I am accusing you, but Jibreel came to me and told me that Allah was boasting of you to the angels.” [Reported by Muslim (2701)]

Allah was boasting of them to the angels through just one gathering.


4. Be good to others – humans and animals

فعَنْ أَبِى هُرَيْرَةَ رضى الله عنه أَنَّ النَّبِي صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ : ( بَيْنَا رَجُلٌ بِطَرِيقٍ ، اشْتَدَّ عَلَيْهِ الْعَطَشُ ، فَوَجَدَ بِئْرًا ، فَنَزَلَ فِيهَا فَشَرِبَ ، ثُمَّ خَرَجَ ، فَإِذَا كَلْبٌ يَلْهَثُ يَأْكُلُ الثَّرَى مِنَ الْعَطَشِ ، فَقَالَ الرَّجُلُ : لَقَدْ بَلَغَ هَذَا الْكَلْبَ مِنَ الْعَطَشِ مِثْلُ الَّذِي كَانَ بَلَغَ مِنِّي ، فَنَزَلَ الْبِئْرَ ، فَمَلأَ خُفَّهُ مَاءً ، فَسَقَى الْكَلْبَ ، فَشَكَرَ اللَّهُ لَهُ ، فَغَفَرَ لَهُ . قَالُوا : يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ! وَإِنَّ لَنَا فِى الْبَهَائِمِ لأَجْرًا ؟ فَقَالَ : فِى كُلِّ ذَاتِ كَبِدٍ رَطْبَةٍ أَجْرٌ ) رواه البخاري (2466) ومسلم (2244) .

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whilst a man was walking on the road, he became very thirsty. He found a well so he went down into it and drank, then he came out. There he saw a dog that was panting and biting the ground out of thirst. The man said: this dog is feeling the same thirst that I felt. So he went back down into the well and filled his shoe with water, then he held it in his mouth until he climbed back up, and he gave the water to the dog. Allah appreciated (his action) and forgave him.” They said: O Messenger of Allah, will we have reward with regard to these animals? He said: “In every living thing there is reward.” [Reported by Bukhari & Muslim]


5. Give Sadaqah and Invest in your next life

عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : “ من تصدق بعدل تمرة من كسب طيب - ولا يقبل الله إلا الطيب - وإن الله يتقبلها بيمينه ، ثم يربيها لصاحبه كما يربي أحدكم فَلوَّه حتى تكون مثل الجبل " رواه البخاري ( 1344 ) ومسلم ( 1014 ) .


It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, 'Whoever gives charity equal to a date from good (halal) earnings – for Allah does not accept anything but that which is good – Allah will take it in His right hand and tend it for the one who gave it as any one of you tends his foal, until it becomes like a mountain.’" [Reported by Bukhari & Muslim]


6. Keep your lips moist with dhikr

( أَلا أُنَبِّئُكُمْ بِخَيْرِ أَعْمَالِكُمْ ، وَأَزْكَاهَا عِنْدَ مَلِيكِكُمْ ، وَأَرْفَعِهَا فِي دَرَجَاتِكُمْ ، وَخَيْرٌ لَكُمْ مِنْ إِنْفَاقِ الذَّهَبِ وَالْوَرِقِ ، وَخَيْرٌ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَنْ تَلْقَوْا عَدُوَّكُمْ فَتَضْرِبُوا أَعْنَاقَهُمْ وَيَضْرِبُوا أَعْنَاقَكُمْ ؟ قَالُوا : بَلَى ، قَالَ : ذِكْرُ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى ) رواه الترمذي (3373)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Shall I not tell you of the best of your deeds, the most pleasing to your Sovereign, those that raise you most in status, and that are better than your giving gold and silver, or meeting your enemy (in battle) and you strike their necks and they strike you necks?” They said: “Yes,” He said: “Remembrance of Allah (dhikr), may He be exalted.” [Reported by al-Tirmidhi (3373) with an authentic chain]


7. Visiting ill Muslims

إنَّ المُسْلِمَ إذا عادَ أخاهُ المُسْلِمَ ، لَم يزلْ في خُرْفَةِ الجنَّةِ حتَّى يرجعَ

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “When the Muslim visits his (sick) Muslim brother, he is harvesting the fruits of Paradise until he returns.” [Reported by Muslim (2568)]


8. Removing harm off the pathway

عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رضي الله عنه أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ :( بَيْنَمَا رَجُلٌ يَمْشِي بِطَرِيقٍ وَجَدَ غُصْنَ شَوْكٍ عَلَى الطَّرِيقِ فَأَخَّرَهُ فَشَكَرَ اللَّهُ لَهُ فَغَفَرَ لَهُ ) رواه مسلم (رقم/1914)

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Whilst a man was walking on the road, he found a thorny branch on the road, so he removed it. Allah appreciated that and forgave him.” [Reported by Muslim (1914)] 


9. Visiting your fellow Muslim/Muslimah for the sake of Allah

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that a man visited a brother of his in another town, and Allah sent an angel to wait for him on the road. When he came to him, he said: Where are you headed? He said: I am headed to a brother of mine in this town. He said: Have you done him any favour for which you hope to be recompensed? He said: No, but I love him for the sake of Allah. He said: “I am a messenger from Allah to you, to tell you that Allah loves you as you love him for His sake.” [Reported by Muslim (2567)]


10. Visiting your family and add blessings into your life

عنْ أَنَسِ بْنِ مَالِكٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ قَالَ : سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ : ( مَنْ سَرَّهُ أَنْ يُبْسَطَ لَهُ فِي رِزْقِهِ أَوْ يُنْسَأَ لَهُ فِي أَثَرِهِ : فَلْيَصِلْ رَحِمَهُ ) .رواه البخاري ( 1961 ) ومسلم ( 2557 )


Narrated Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: "Whoever would like to have his provision increased and his life span extended, let him uphold the ties of kinship.” [Reported by al-Bukhari (2067) Muslim (2557)]


11. Get your Du'a Answered

قال صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ : ( مَنْ دَعَا لِأَخِيهِ بِظَهْرِ الْغَيْبِ قَالَ الْمَلَكُ الْمُوَكَّلُ بِهِ : آمِينَ ، وَلَكَ بِمِثْلٍ ) رواه مسلم (2732)

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, 'The Du’a of a person for his Muslim brother in his absence will be answered. At his head there is an angel, and every time he prays for him for something good, the angel who has been appointed to be with him, says, 'Ameen, may you have likewise.'  [Reported by Muslim (2732)]


12. Recitation of the Qur'an


13. Slaughtering of the 'Udhiyah on Eid Day


14. Try to work on the intentions during these days when you go to work or uni and when you sleep

قال معاذ بن جبل رضي الله عنه : ” إني لأحتسب نومتي كما أحتسب قومتي “ أخرجه البخاري 4342 ،

 Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I seek reward for my sleep just as I seek reward for praying qiyam.” [Reported by al-Bukhari (4342)]


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As for sisters who are on their time of the month during these days, do not feel disheartened. The only thing you cannot do is pray and fast – you can still do everything else that we mentioned.


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Thirdly, make sure:

1) You ask your Lord to grant you tawfiq and bless you by benefiting from these days.


2) Have good sleep.


3) Eat as much as your body needs (i.e. NO pleasure eating for sisters on their time of the month).


4) Try to avoid the phone, internet (except every now and again), avoid speaking about other than the deen e.g. television, satellite etc – all distractions.


5) Take advantage of the whole day as the time to do righteous deeds is throughout the entire day and night. Make use of both these periods. 


6) Make sure you have suhoor.


7) Try your best to give these days their due right by making sure these are the best ten days.


Note: Righteous deeds on these ten days are better than on others. With regard to fasting, that should only be done on nine of them; the tenth day is the day of Eid when it is haram to fast.

Based on this, what is meant by the virtue of the ten days of Dhu’l-Hijjah is fasting nine days only, even though they are called ten days.

Also aim high - have lofty aspirations! He can make it happen!

May Allah allow us all to truly benefit from the forthcoming days, forgive our sins, cleanse our hearts and save us from the punishments, trials and tribulations of this world and the next!

FatahaAllahu ‘alaykum.

consider: elena. spends seasons being worshipped, protected and saved by absolutely everyone around her.

also consider: bonnie bennett. not a damsel in distress. goes down fucking fighting. fought her way out of the prison world by her goddamn self because half of her friends were too up their own asses to bother doing anything about it.