The pilgrims retired to the valley of Muzdalifah after sunset & spent the night in Zikr ie remembrance of God. Tomorrow, the pilgrims will start the ritual of 'Stoning the devil' in
the valley of Mina.
By A Matin
Mina, KSA - Pilgrims reached the tent city of Mina and spent the day in preparation for the 'Day of Arafah'. Traditionally, the stay at Mina was used to rest the camels and quench their thirst. However, as no camels are used anymore, the pilgrims utilised the time to refresh themselves and stocked up on supplies. The Saudi authorities have mounted a huge logistical operation to ensure that the pilgrims dont face any difficulties in the coming days. Their efforts will be tested in the next few days especially during the ritual of `Stoning the devil' when pilgrims throw pebbles at a wall symbolizing the devil where Patriarch Abraham & his family were tempted by Satan.
Saudi authorities are doing their best to help more than 2.5 million muslims complete their pilgrimage safely. Their preparation will be tested after friday and the following days when the ritual of 'Stoning the devil' takes place. The authorities seek to prevent any problems during this ritual, God willing.
Muslims moved to Mina (few kilometeres from Makkah) to spend their day
in a tent and remember God in preparation for the 'Day of Arafah'.
By Lulwa Shalhoub, Arab News
JEDDAH — Architecture student Lama Al-Zoghibi won the “I Matter” prize in the third and final night of the activities that took place at the Equestrian Club here recently.
More than 2,500 applications were received from women who made presentations of ideas that would help empower Arab women.
Al-Zoghibi was declared the winner of this contest of innovation with her proposal to create a firm that would bring together women involved in the production of apparel and jewelry, and female business and advertising executives.
“I want to help provide more career options for women in different fields,” said 18-year-old Al-Zoghibi. “I didn’t expect to win the contest. Exchanging knowledge and experiences among the 10 finalists was the thing that I really enjoyed.”
Each contestant was evaluated out of 30 grades. The 10 contestants were Areeb Yasine and Lamees Basfar, both psychology students; Hudaybia Tarek, a business administration student; Eman Janbi, who works for Tamer Group; Nima Ahmed, an Arabian Entertainment Company Ltd. employee; Sara Marzouki, interior design student; the winner Al-Zoghibi and Rana Al-Amawi, both architecture students; Shaza Ahmad, a student of economics, and Nourazn Abu Taleb, an Effat College employee.
Al-Zoghibi, who is now in her freshman year studying architecture at Effat College, said that she hopes to implement her idea of an integrated fashion company after she graduates. The winner has been offered a one-month MBC internship in Dubai next summer.
“I’m happy for this opportunity,” she said. “That will be the first time for me to practice a real job and training.”
By Khaled Almaeena
By Abdul-Rahman Yusuf, IOL Correspondent
MOGADISHU - Students in several schools and universities have signed up to defend their homeland after the SICS postponed school exams to allow willing students to fight the invading troops.
"Was I supposed to wait the soldiers of Habasha to invade my house?" asked student Abdullah Hasan.
He told IOL he volunteered to fight so that his country wouldn't become "a new Palestine" occupied by what he described as "Africa's Israel," in reference to Ethiopia. Hasan joined 600 other volunteers in a truck making their way to the frontlines. War drums also paralyzed life in the capital, as shops and markets were closing doors. Residents lamented the recently-found peace they have been enjoying since the SICS came to power.
"Our fear is that the ongoing war will shatter our security and jeopardize the future of our children," one Somali woman told IOL.
Thousands of terrified civilians were fleeing the conflict that was raging on several fronts.
Somali Muslims prevented from performing HAJJ by ETHIOPIAN AIR BOMBING
By Guled Mohamed
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - "This latest attack has come at time when so many people are traveling to attend haj", witnesses said of the Mogadishu air raid. "It is a shocking attack!"
Reuters report below ...
By A Matin
KSA (TC-Press) - Starting tomorrow, our correspondent will travel along with pilgrims from all over the world to Makkah and bring you a day-by-day account of this amazing spiritual and temporal journey as it unfolds.
Watch this space for more …..
For Info on Hajj, go to Islamcity Hajj Information Center
Somalia: Ethiopian Warplanes bomb Mogadishu’s main Airport
- Aweys, Mogadishu 24, Dec.06 ( Sh.M.Network) – Ethiopian warplanes have bombed Mogadishu’s main airport.
Witnesses said number of people were killed and dozens injured.
Sheik Abdirahim Aden Wehliye, has told Shabelle by cell phone that Ethiopian fighter jets dropped two bombs in to the airport. He did not say the exact number of casualties.
“The (US backed) Ethiopian migs dropped two missiles in the airport and fired automatic machinegun at the neighborhood near the airport”, he said.