Simchat Torah is a Jewish celebration where all the Torah scrolls are taken out of the Ark in the Synagogue and the evening is one of rejoice, happiness, songs and dances, marking the merriment of this day and night. The holy scrolls are taken around the sanctuary seven times in a ritual called Hakafot, butContinue reading “It is time to take the Torah out of the Synagogue”
On the Jewish calendar, this is the saddest day of the year, marked by fasting, deprivation and prayer, culminating 3 weeks period to commemorate the destruction of the temple, as well as other tragedies faced by the Jewish people throughout their history. Jews wandering in the desert for 40 years, Holy Temples in Jerusalem destroyedContinue reading “The Saddest Day of the Year”
On these days millions of Muslims will endeavour in the journey of a lifetime, a demanding journey to get the chance to clear past sins and refresh their souls, as the pilgrims travel to Mecca to accomplish the Hajj, one of the pillars of Islam, a pilgrimage that a devout Muslim needs to carry outContinue reading “Journey of a Lifetime”
It was in the morning of July the 9th in Tabriz, today Iran, when the merchant named Bab was accused of blasphemy and sentenced to death. Bab was the founder of the Baha’i faith. The faithful believe in the miracle but upon being shot by the firing squad, when the smoke cleared he was nowhereContinue reading “The Martyrdom of Bab”
Laylat al-Qadr, Tonight is the holiest night in Islam, as this is the night when the Holy Quran was told to the Prophet Muhammad by Jibrail, the Angel, and occurs on the final 10 days of Ramadan.
Today is a day of celebration for the Muslims, as lights and candles shine through the night lit with fireworks, where those families who lost a beloved are gifted food and sweets by the community and acts of charity towards the less fortunate and disadvantaged are performed, while the faithful try to spend the wholeContinue reading “The Night of Forgiveness”