Fatimid Cairo in Nasir Khusraw’s Safarnama by Hatim Mahamid

THE COMMEMORATION OF EID AL-ADHA

Prophet Abraham’s (as) Act of Devotion and Submission to the Will of Allah

And when (his son) was old enough to walk with him, (Abraham)  said: O my dear son, I have seen in a dream that I must sacrifice thee. So look, what thinkest thou? He said: O my father! Do that which thou art commanded. Allah willing, thou shalt find me of the steadfast. Then, when they had both surrendered (to Allah), and he had  flung him down upon his face, We called unto him: O Abraham! Thou hast already fulfilled the vision. Lo! thus do We reward  the good. Lo! that verily was a clear test. Then We ransomed him with a tremendous victim. And We left for him among the later folk (the salutation): Peace be unto Abraham! Thus do We reward the good. Lo! he is one of Our believing slaves – Holy Qur’an, chapter 37 (as-Saffat), verses 102-111.

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Meaning of Life

Struggle is the meaning of life; defeat or victory is in the hands of God. But struggle itself is man’s duty and should be his joy…..Life is a great and noble calling, not a mean and grovelling thing to be shuffled through as best as we can but a lofty and exalted destiny….Failures should be forgotten and new efforts made. Despondency is a sin, and hope, a necessary part of iman (faith) both for material wealth and, above all, for progress to spiritual enlightenment – Quotes of His Highness the Aga Khan III (1877 – 1957)

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Cairo in the Light of Nasir Khusraw’s Safarnama

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Post update: November 6, 2011

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