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Eid ul Fitr

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Eid Mubarak

Eid ul Fitr marks the end of the Holy Month of Ramadan revered by the entire Muslim community.

Ramadan the ninth month of the Islamic calendar marks the revelation of Quran to Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) and lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. The first day of Shawal, the 10th Islamic lunar month, is celebrated as Eid ul Fitr.

The last night of Ramadan is recognised as “Chand Raat” during which Pakistanis celebrate the sighting of the moon and women usually go out for last minute Eid shopping and get their hands adorned with traditional mehndi.

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The morning after is marked by mandatory Eid ul Fitr congregational prayers which is observed by all Muslims at mosques or open spaces called Eidgahs. The prayers are followed by an Eid khutba (sermon) delivered by the Imam in which the Almighty is thanked for perseverance and blessings during the month of Ramadan and a prayer is made for all the oppressed Muslims around the world who are suffering due to war, famine etc.

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This year, the government of Pakistan announced an official 4-day public holiday for Eid. The Eid festival is usually celebrated for 3 days in which Muslims dress up in their best clothes to signify the importance of this occasion and host get to-gathers with their families and friends. The children are also given gifts or money, called “eidi” which is usually the highlight for many kids!

 

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This festival is usually marked by enjoyment and happiness but during these 3 days Muslims shouldn’t forget the teachings of the month of Ramadan and try to compensate their happiness by helping those who might not have the means to celebrate this joyous holiday. After all, Islam teaches us to be generous and tolerant towards other people and be thankful for our own privileges.

Sufi Singers You Need To Listen To

Jaziha Syed

Modern-day Sufi music these days are a far cry from its original form. We bring you a list of some of the most renowned contemporary sufi musicians and music you should listen to. With their unique musical renditions of poetry by great Sufi saints from centuries past, these singers grace the music scene like few others can.

Abida Parveen

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The Queen of Sufi Music from Larkana is well-known worldwide due to her vocals and amazing compositions. In 2012, Hilal-e-Imtiaz was awarded to her. 

 


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Saeen Zahoor is also a well known leading sufi singer. Since the age of 5 he has been singing. His first album Awazay was released in 2006 after which he got famous.

Sanam Marvi

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Sanam Marvi is a Sufi and folk singer her background is related to folk singing. She sings in Punjabi, Saraiki and Sindhi languages.

Best of Rupi Kaur’s Milk And Honey

Jaziha Syed

 Rupi Kaur is known for her short-yet-powerful poetry that’s taken the world by storm. Her poetry has managed to reach people all over, and digging through all those poems can feel overwhelming.  Rupi’s Kaur’s Milk and Honey discusses many important issues about being human. Her poems capture themes of hurting, loving, breaking and healing. Any young woman needs Milk and Honey in her life. Here are some of my all-time favorite poems of hers.

1. This Rebellious one

Rupi Kaur definitely knows how to put words on fire.

2. In an ideal world

3. Clearly tells you that you are enough

4. For anyone who feels rejected

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5. You are extraordinary

 

6. Be kind

7. Be water, Be Fierce

8. Don’t trust just anyone

 

 

9. Keep your pace slow

 

FACTS ABOUT PAKISTAN TO BE PROUD OF!

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Although Pakistan might have gained a large portion of its popularity due to the increased politics in this zone; Pakistan still faces many issues. However, despite all the troubles, this country is still standing as an independent nation and the only atomic power of the Islamic block. Let’s highlight some astounding facts about Pakistan that you might not have heard of. We should forever be proud of this nation, its people and ambiance. Bleed green, Pakistan through and through.

Top national anthem tune of the world


Inspiring, motivational and beautiful poetry makes Pakistan’s national anthem the number one ranked tune in the world. Hafeez Jullundhri’s words were composed by musician Ahmad G Chagla. Pakistan also holds the record of most people singing the anthem, simultaneously.

The second largest salt mines

 

The Khewra Mines are oldest and the world’s second largest salt mines. Their history goes back to 320 BC.

Pakistan Is Making 80% Of The World’s Soccer Balls At One Of The Largest Facilities In Sports Good In Sialkot.

The world’s largest man-made forest


Changa Manga is one of the largest man-planned and man-grown forests in the world. It covers the area of approximately 12,000 acres.

Asia’s largest bird sanctuary and the place where time stops

Hunza Valley, where time stops and fairies tread. The valley mostly remains covered under snow in winter, but when it melts, the sensuous hilly contour and the luxurious vegetation become a magnet to all and sundry.

 Treasures One Of The Rare Species Of Dolphin Known As ‘Blind Dolphin’ In Waters Of Indus River, One Of The Longest Rivers In The World.

GMB Akash- Telling Beautiful Tales Through Photography

Jaziha Syed

GMB Akash is a Bangladeshi documentary photographer. He has received more than 100 international awards and his work has been featured in over 100 major international publications. Akash was born in 1977 in Bangladesh. He works as a photographer for Panos Pictures, UK, and founded the First Light Institute of Photography in Bangladesh in 2013. The people he photographs are his inspiration.

His work has been featured in The Guardian, the London Sunday Telegraph, National Geographic, Vogue, The Sunday Times, Newsweek, Geo, Stern, Der Spiegel, The Fader, Brand Ein, Marie Claire, Colors, The Economist, The New Internationalist, Kontinente, Amnesty Journal, Courier International, PDN, Die Zeit, Days Japan and Hello.

SOME OF THE BEST OF GMB AKASH’S PHOTOGRAPHY TALES:





What Do Your Doodles Say About You?

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A doodle is a series of lines, or a shape, a pattern that we draw using our pens or pencils, usually without thinking.
We all doodle when we’re exhausted. We’ve done it amidst a gathering, in class and even on a Sunday when we’ve neglected to make an arrangement. You’ll be surprised to realize that these scrawls give out different minor insights about your identity.

FLOWERS


If you see yourself sketching flowers, it suggests that you’re romantically inclined and

value things like marriage, children, photos, good memories — things like that.

ARROWS


Arrows indicate a person who is ambitious with a very determined and passionate nature.

DOTS


Dots indicate focus and concentration on detail. Dots forming a pattern or picture are sometimes the doodles of a fragmented personality.

STARS


If you doodle stars in your notebooks, it means you are determined and imaginative.

CLOUD


Clouds may indicate a happy person who likes daydreaming but has a strong sense of freedom around them. Angry, stormy clouds can indicate depression.

WHEELS OR SPIRALS


Doodle like these signifies progress and clarity. Forward moving spirals show that you’re happy with the direction of your life. On the other hand, downward or backward spirals show that you’re confused and need to figure out your life’s goals.

Next time you doodle on a piece of paper don’t leave it around – because it might reveal all of your secrets!  😉

3D Sand Art at Juddi Beach in Pasni,Pakistan.

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The name of Balochistan often evokes images of the raw and rugged terrain. But this visualization will change forever once you visit the beautiful beaches in the province.

At one of the exotic beaches in the town of Pasni, the local artists have put their creativity on display stunning 3d sand art.

The charming 3D artworks are the artistic efforts by three friends — Zubair Mukhtar, Hussain Zeb and Bahar Ali — who have transformed the look of Juddi beach in Pasni.

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