Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Don't forget reading sura Al-Kahf!!!
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : " من قرأ سورة الكهف كما أنزلت كانت له نورا يوم القيامة من مقامه إلى مكة ومن قرأ عشر آيات من آخرها ثم خرج الدجال لم يضره " . حديث صحيح
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
They perform modern kaside and ilahije...
They have performed throughout North America and Europe, and have released some albums really excellent. Girls are from Zagreb,and this choir is from Zagreb also,but they are performing in Bosnia too.Girls of this choir are not covered hair [with hijab] always,but they have performed always with hijab.
Here are their pictures :
Do you like their style of hijab or no???
Arabeske with Sami Yusuf in Sarajevo,Bosnia,2007.
You can also listen their songs here:
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Allahumma innaka 'affuwwun tuhibbul 'afwa fa'fu 'anni' "
'Say: O Allah, You are Oft-Pardoning and You love to pardon, so pardon me.'"[Ahmad, Ibn Majah, and at-Tirmidhi].
Aaishah RAA said: “When the last ten days (of Ramadan) would come, the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) would spend his night in worship, wake his family (at night), exert himself and tighten his Izaar (waistcloth)“
Praying in the last ten nights of Ramadan
Al-Bukhari and Muslim record from 'Aishah that during the last ten days of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah would wake his wives up during the night and then remain apart from them (that is, being busy in acts of worship). A narration in Muslim states: "He would strive [to do acts of worship] during the last ten days of Ramadan more than he would at any other time."
Aisha reported that With the start of the last ten days of Ramadan, the Prophet used to tighten his waist belt (i.e. work hard) and used to pray all the night, and used to keep his family awake for the prayers. [Bukhari]
Performing I`tikaf in the Masjid
Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu 'anhu said: "Allah's Messenger, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, used to perform i`tikaf for ten days every Ramadan, then when it was the year in which he was taken (died), he performed I`tikaf for twenty days. [Bukhari]
Seeking Laylatul-Qadr (the Night of Decree)
Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said " The blessed month has come to you. Allah has made fasting during it obligatory upon you. During it the gates to Paradise are opened and the gates of Hellfire are locked, and the devils are chained. There is a night [during this month] which is better than a thousand months. Whoever is deprived of its good is really deprived [of something great]. [Ahmad, an-Nisa'i and al-Bayhaqi]
For Muslims, the last ten days should be a time to perfect one’s fast and avoid anything that may break it. It is a time to give more charity and to settle disputes and forgive one another.
During the last third of Ramadan, one should read more Qur’an and remember Allah more often, even constantly.
To purify and obtain complete blessings for the fasts of Ramadhân Mubârak one has to give Sadaqatul‑Fitr. It is reported from Hazrat Ibn Abbâs Radiallâhu anhu that Rasulullâh Sallallâhu ‘alayhi wasallam made charity of Fitr compulsory as a purification of fasts from useless talks and vile discourses and also as food to the poor (Abû Dawûd).
The time of Sadqa becomes wâjib on the day of Eid when the dawn breaks.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “If any Muslim comes out of Ramadan without gaining forgiveness and goodness, he is a real loser.” (reported by Ibn Hibban and At-Tabarani)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Gazi Husrev-bey's clock tower----Sahat Kula
Baščaršija, Old town of Sarajevo
Gazi Husrev-Beg's Avatar
He was born in Serez, to a Bosnian father and a Turkish mother, who was the daughter of the Sultan. Thus, Gazi Husrev-Beg was Sultan Beyazid II's grandson. A brilliant strategist and politician, in 1521 he became the governor of the Ottoman province of Bosnia.
Immediately from Bosnia he launched a number of military campaigns against the Empire's enemies in the region, who at that time were basically Venice, Hungary, and the remnants of the Bosnian kingdom. In less than 3 years, Gazi Husrev-Beg conquered the fortresses of Knin, Skradin, and Ostrovica. With such results, he was appointed the governor of the Ottoman province of Bosnia on September 15, 1521, becoming one of Sultan Suleiman I's most trusted men.
What followed was a relentless campaign of conquering. With Gazi Husrev-Beg at the helm, the Ottoman army quickly made major gains in the region. The last Bosnian capital of Jajce is conquered in 1525, as is the important city of Banja Luka in the Krajina region.
Gazi Husrev-Beg kept fighting battles until his death in 1541 during an uprising of nobility in Montenegro. He died in a small Montenegrin village Mokro in Drobnjaci, Montenegro. Legend says that he was a big man, so his warriors could not take him back, but to take apart his intestinals, and buried them on small hill (still called "The hodžas hill" - Hodžina glavica). That part of Montenegro, and Montenegrin clan that lives there has a name "Drobnjak" (drob = intestinals). His body was taken back to Sarajevo, where it remains to this day in a tomb in the courtyard of his mosque. Above it is written, "May the mercy and generosity of god fall upon him every day".
Today it is difficult to imagine Sarajevo, or even Bosnia, as we know it without the contributions of Gazi Husrev-Beg. He is remembered chiefly as the greatest donor and builder of Sarajevo, and as a Bosniak national hero. Thousands visit his tomb and give a prayer every year.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
The modern Bosniaks, often referred to as Bosnian Muslims, descend from Slavic converts to Islam in the 15th and 16th centuries, that lived in the medieval Bosnian Kingdom (they called themselves Good Bosnians, in old Bosnian: "Добри Бошњани"). Bosniaks are overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims, but many of them are a lot more western and express themselves differently then their fellow Muslims in the Middle East. They often chose to be more lenient on the rules mandated by their religion - both in terms of behavior as well as dress and appearance.
Reliable statistics on the precise membership of different religious groups in Bosnia remain unavailable since 1991 due to the recent war in Bosnia.
According to the UN Development Programme's Human Development Report 2002 and many other sources, Muslims constitute 40 percent of the population of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Other religious groups with which Islam coexists in Bosnia are the Serbian Orthodox Church 31 percent, Roman Catholic Church 15 percent, Protestants 4 percent, and other groups 10 percent. The small Jewish community has approximately 1,000 believers and maintains a special place in society by virtue of its long history of coexistence with other religious communities and its active role in mediating among those communities.
Bosnia, along with Albania, were the only parts of Ottoman Europe where large numbers of Christians converted to Islam.
Under Turkish rule, much of what used to be central, eastern, and southern Yugoslavia took on a distinctly Islamic character.
Throughout Bosnia, mosques were destroyed by the armed forces of the major Christian ethnic groups. Among the most important losses were two mosques in Banja Luka, Arnaudija and Ferhadija mosque, that were on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) register of world cultural monuments. These mosques were leveled by Serb authorities in 1993, with even the stones removed from the sites.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, there are eight Muftis located in major municipalities across the country--Sarajevo, Bihać, Travnik, Tuzla, Goražde, Zenica, Mostar, and Banja Luka. The head of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina is Mustafa Ceric.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Hijab Comeback in Bosnia
After being banned for decades by communist Yugoslav rulers, hijab is making a comeback to the streets of post-war Bosnia.
"Being headscarved, I could not study in France, where basic rights are being violated, while here it is possible and normal," Alma, a student at Sarajevo's Political Science Faculty, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Thursday, May 17.
In 2004, France banned the wearing of the hijab at public schools and institutions.
Since then the issue of hijab, as an obligatory code of dress for Muslim women, has been thrust into the limelight with many Western European countries following suit.
"The fact that girls wear mini-skirts does not bother me, but I expect that people have respect for me," said Alma, 25, donning a maroon headscarf.
Headscarves in the former communist Yugoslavia, of which Bosnia was a part, were worn almost exclusively by elderly women in rural areas, more out of respect for tradition than as a sign of religious feeling.
Since the 1992-1995 war, hijab-clad women have become a common sight on the streets of the capital Sajajevo, which has a strong Muslim majority.
Yet, in regions mainly populated by Christian Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croats, the hijab is still frowned upon as it was in the communist era.
In the ethnically divided northern town of Brcko, the issue of freedom of choice surfaced in a conflict between a Serb teacher and a veiled Muslim psychologist in an elementary school.
"My colleague refused my regular visit to his class because of my headscarf," said psychologist Semsa Ahmetspahic.
"I didn't insist on it because Brcko has a specific environment. We try to avoid situations which could lead to conflict," she said.
Brcko and its surrounding region populated by Muslims, Serbs and Croats was proclaimed a special district in 2000 by the international community overseeing peace in Bosnia.
It is autonomous from the country's two semi-independent entities and is ruled by its own multi-ethnic institutions.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
The mosque of Behram-bey’s madrasah in Tuzla, is one of the new realisations of the post-war architecture of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The origins of Behram-bey’s mosque and Behram-bey’s madrasah date back centuries to the Ottoman rule in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The current location of the mosque and the madrasah differs from the original site; their location has been shifting slowly, throughout the centuries.Behram-bey’s madrasah, the theological school, was closed during socialist Yugoslavia. It reopened during the war, 1992-1995, in the former mining school, a late Modernist building from the era of social realism. Soon, it became obvious that theological education could not be conducted in such an inappropriate building. Also, the obligatory namaz or sallat (obligatory prayer) of pupils and teachers five times a day demanded a separate mosque.
Pictures of girls and boys from Behram bey's madrasah
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Gazi Husref-bey's Madrasah is the oldest educational institution in BiH and one of rarein the world which has been continually working for some 470 years. It was founded on January 8, 1537 by grandson of Turkish Sultan Bajazid II, the most prominent regent and benefactor to BiH Gazi Husref-bey, whose Vakufnama (Endowment) is permanentorganization and programme basis of this school's work. Thanks to Husref-bey's wise testament that this secondary school should study on „other things necessary considering tradition and place“ beside religious and traditional sciences, his Madrasah has always been pedagogically adjusted to conditions and period of its functioning
Kursumli Madrasah in Sarajevo
Several thousands of alims, imams, hattibs (preachers in the mosque), muallims, muftis, hafez and eminent philosophers, artists and scientists have graduated in Gazi Husref-bey's Madrasah. The Madrasah operates today as a vocational school that lasts four years. Tuition is conducted in Bosnian language according to Curriculum, made by BiH Islamic Community Riaset and approved by the Sarajevo Canton Ministry of education and science.
Graduates from the Madrasah can continue their education on each faculty in BiH and many faculties abroad, especially in Islamic world.The Madrasah is a type of boarding school, which enables itsstudents many kinds of activities through different clubs. On this plan, choir club is specially affirmed. The choir club recordedaround ten audio and video tapes of "ilahija" and "kasida" (devotional songs). There is also a Magazine „Zemzem“ which has been continually published since 1968. Gazi Husref-bey's Madrasah operates as a single school with female and male departments.
Those are girls graduates from the Madrasah.......
Those pictures are taken day of their graduation ...
Girls from Gazi Husrev-bey's madrasah -Sarajevo
Girls from Karadzoz bey's madrasah-Mostar