Ashura, time for the community

Shilla cooking

A traditional activity during the Muharram Ashura commemorations is that various communities in Bahrain do different things, all of which are helping each other, especially taking care of the less fortunate by giving alms and/or food. The food is cooked by various entities and distributed for free to everyone who wants it.

The "Ajam Bahrainis" – that is, Bahrainis of Iranian descent have traditionally taken their part in these important festivities and cooked a specialty meal called "Shilla" which is really a very thick vegetable and meat broth containing many types of vegetables, rice, pulses and other goodness.

These pictures were taken at our neighbour’s father’s house who have made it into a tradition to cook Shilla every 5th of Muharram every single year and donate it all to the community. The pots, if you’re interested, have a capacity of 850 kilograms of food, and they cook 3 of these huge pots every year!

To take part in cooking the meal is considered auspicious for as you are helping in feeding the people, then God will take care of you, and so will Imam Hussain, the Prophet’s grandson who was killed in the famous Battle of Karbala in modern day Iraq at the hands of Yazid, the 2nd Umayyad ruler.

Another tradition done at the same time is lighting "wishing candles" and placing them in the vicinity of these huge pots. You can also wish whatever your heart desires while stirring the pot or helping in preparing the meal. They say that this is a potent way to get your wish granted.

Regardless of the superstitious nature of the event, the good thing about the whole Ashura thing is the community nature of the event, not only in communal mourning, but in communal giving and communal sharing.

It is traditions like these which enriches Bahrain as it celebrates its diversity, even though it is only 700 square kilometers in size!

For more information about the Muharram Commemorations around the world, please visit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remembrance_of_Muharram

update 17:53: links to Bahraini Muharram activities (pictures and video clips): http://www.al-imam.net/media and http://www.al-imam.net/gallery

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60 Comments
  • Anonymous
    26 January 2007

    Thanks for posting about Bahrain’s commemoration of Muharram, which in my opinion, is one of the most active, creative and passionate ones in the world.

    You guys might be interested in checking out the following links for pictures and video clips of the events

    http://www.al-imam.net/media
    http://www.al-imam.net/gallery

  • mahmood
    26 January 2007

    thanks for the links! I’ll add them to the main article now.

  • Dude
    26 January 2007

    mmmm me wants granny’s shilla … :cheerful:

  • sillybahrainigirl
    26 January 2007

    Do you really have to rub it in?? I miss that Shilla a whole lot … would come in as a treat in this cold weather!! It’s snowing outside and not a lot of fun! :wub:

  • Dude
    26 January 2007

    cold weather + shilla = :wub:

  • docspencer
    27 January 2007

    Mahmood, this is a very nice custom! And 3 pots 850 kg each is an incredibly generous effort and a big job.

    Vic

  • Islam
    27 January 2007

    And what about people cut their faces and hands and ensanguine themselves with blood? isn’t this also part of Muharam commemoration for Shia? Making good and feeding the needy is something noble, but to follow it with all the ridiculous acts done at Ashoura every year, is just pure ignorance.

    And, secondly, where did you read or learned that Al-Hussien (Alih assalam) was killed at the hands of Yazid!… Bro, think, study, read, explore! don’t just listen to Khumaini and Sistani.

  • mahmood
    27 January 2007

    Oh Gawd, it looks like this post has dislodged a few rocks… but I hope that whatever slithered from under them can find their way back to stay there.

  • Islam
    27 January 2007

    sorry Mahmood, I did not mean that… It’s just really make me feel sad… I am not sunni nor shii, I am muslim as your lovely pin says… but we also need to discuss these issues not cover them… yeah, I know it’s thorny issue, but until when…

    very nice blog, I spent more than three hours perusing it! good work.

    Islam.

  • Adel
    27 January 2007

    Zeed Wilan Yazeed. زييد والعن يزيد :devil:

  • Ali
    27 January 2007

    Islam, you’re right. Imam Hussain wasn’t killed by Yazid. He was electirfied while trying to charge his laptop’s battery!

    Indeed, he was not killed by the hand of Yazid nor his commander Ibn Zeiad nor Omar Ibn Saad, but killed by their direct orders. The whole responsibility fall on Yazid.

    Please do read the story of how Imam Hussain electrified himself!

  • Christianity
    27 January 2007

    Hey “Islam”, what’s up, man? Hey, sorry everyone, we all know Islam is the youngest of the bunch, but he’ll grow up one day (and the pin says ‘Just Bahraini’, not ‘Just Muslim’), as we all have to go through some growing pains (I know I did, the whole spanish inquisitiion thing was a terrible mistake) give Islam another 500 years and maybe he’ll be able to live in peace with the rest of us. Peace out hommies!

  • mahmood
    27 January 2007

    Islam, when someone wants to learn, or discuss an issue one would do so with respect and an open mind, not in an accusatory and disrespectful manner.

    If you do want to learn about the background of the issues, there are various sources on the internet, this blog is the least of them as I do not cover anything about the background nor the rights of Ashura and how people commemorate it.

    Like you, I do not condone Haidar or self mutilation in order to show mourning for an event which happened 1400 years ago. But this is neither here nor there; people would argue that this is a very effective method of perpetuating the memory of Hussain and much more importantly, the message he brought forward even though it cost him his life and all those which stood by him. I will not argue that as I do not view it as my place to do so. If people choose to do it; however, then it is up to them and I would respect their choice.

    Now if you want to discuss the issues brought forth by Ashura, I would be more than happy to oblige, as long as it is done respectfully and with the proviso that you would want to learn, rather than antagonise.

  • OMAR
    27 January 2007

    Hey mahmood in Islam it is forbidden to harm your body in any way and specially when some one past away in the family or close one . It is not on to beat your chest or cut your self in the memory of some one past away. Allaha gives and takes,no body can do any thing. What will they get by doing what they are doing ?

  • Dude
    27 January 2007

    Haidar is banned by all Shi’ite Mulas except Shirazii, and most Shi’as are against it(if you’re going to show respect to Imam Hussain show it in a clean way because blood is “najis”). Haidar is also banned in Iran.

    …Imam Hussein(Alaih Il Salam) wasnt killed by yazid but by Shimr, yazid is the person who ordered it… Just like how Saddam ordered his killings.

    Tell me Islam, who do you believe killed Imam Hussein??(its written in History that he was killed in “Karbalah”) Also, if you are going to show you’re opinion, just as Mahmood said, do it respectfully, calling Ashura ridiculous isn’t respectful.

  • mahmood
    27 January 2007

    Omar, even if what they do is wrong, are you going to be judged at the end in their place? Of course not. Everyone is responsible for his or her own actions and he or she will stand before God at the end to be judged. Therefore, neither you, I nor anyone else should judge what others are doing.

    Having said that, I know that a lot of clerics forbid this practice, and many societies are trying for alternatives (giving blood, donations, painting, fasting, etc) but tradition is a hard thing to get rid of.

  • Costa-guy
    27 January 2007

    عظم الله أجوركم والله يعودكم
    يعطيك العافية محمود

  • Dude
    27 January 2007

    one dumb writer wrote today in the news that Ma’atams are places where Shi’a store there weapons, sad to see how stupid people get… what she said is very serious, and could get many people in jail if they buy her story…

    Ma’atams are peacefull places where people gather on special occasions and where people meet and help each other, Ma’atams strengthen the community.

  • Ash
    27 January 2007

    Blimey, I only stopped off to request an Iranian or Bahraini recipe or three and I find myself tacking onto an all-out theological wrestling match!

    Now, about those recipes – I’d love to see a few (but please, I live in Britain so anything in which the key ingredient is a rare Arabian desert orchid or suchlike is probably out for me …) :cwy:

  • Ahmed
    27 January 2007

    isnt it written somewhere in the Quran that u’re not supposed to remember the dead?? anyway, its time to brush up with the Quran and God’s sayings 🙂 i’m not really against whatever is done really (i actually like this cooking thing, something new i learnt!) but i just like to stick to facts in the Quran, thats all.

    Happy Ashoora? My Condolences to the Dead? Wish everyone a safe and memorable time anyway 🙂

    Ahmed

  • mahmood
    27 January 2007

    isnt it written somewhere in the Quran that u’re not supposed to remember the dead?

    Care to give us a verse or two to mull over?

  • Ali
    27 January 2007

    Ash, the ingredient of the recipe is widly available in the UK supermarkets. I cooked shilla on last Christmas day while I was in London :). Mahmood, if you would, you may translate the shilla cooking instructions for Ash 🙂

    Ahmed, your claim is just another wahabi’s brainfart!

  • abu baker
    28 January 2007

    islam you forgot to add that they insult and curse the prophets folowers with a du3a before they make the food that they distribute to ppl and others say they spit in it with the curse and no1 can deny the curse du3a on the food because i seen it by my own eyes in manama maatam and there is no such thing as ashoura in the 1st place its called 9th and 10th and no god in the whole world said beat ur chest and ask stuf from a dead person who died 20 000 years ago, u ask god and not imam hussain or imam ali or mohamed (s) or omar or etc for stuf and thats what u do in ashoura u ask them for stuf u even eat the sand of ther graves begging for stuf. i can upload movies to prooove also if no1 wil beleive
    اتحدى اي شيعي ينكر شيي واحد في هاي السمعية اتحدى و الف تحدي و انا اصير شيعي اذا قدر يثبت ان الكلام في الشريط خطا

    [edit: sectarian content removed]

    just scrol down and wait for the download link to apear then click to download and listen the truth behind those ppl. how do u want us to unite mahmood when ur mathhab is doing and saying all this
    فضايحكم هني
    [edit: sectarian content removed]
    *waits for the flaming* :devil:

  • Costa-guy
    28 January 2007

    اتحدى اي شيعي ينكر شيي واحد في هاي السمعية اتحدى و الف تحدي و انا اصير شيعي اذا قدر يثبت ان الكلام في الشريط خطا

    No one wants you to become a “Shi’i”. It’s not at your level of thinking to even think about what the word “shi’ia” means.

    If you have a site (which I didnt enter & nor would because I know without entering what does it talk about and know the allegations it carry from my experience of the daily things said to Shi’ia), I have a 1000 counter-sites against (………), but it’s not the issue.

    It’s not a time to defend or enter an infertile argument with such childish mentality people.

    I just know that some people can’t stand these times of the year for what these days carry for people. They can’t stand the message that these days carry. The only people who don’t like these days (Imam Hussain’s revolution) are people who consider theirselves enemies to Imam Hussain and what his revolution stood for.

    Well let me put it straight. No, it’s been 1350 years and still counting until we literaly reach 20,000 years or Judgement day (which ever comes first ). It’s an eternal revolution which won’t end until (literaly) the end of time.

    And the Dua’a you were talking about is said by all people, Muslims (Shi’i + Sunni) and non-Muslims which is: إشرب وزيد وإلعن يزيد
    All the people of the world know what Imam Hussain (Aliah alSalam) stood for and what Yazid عليه اللعنة stood for.

    للأسف أمثالك من يجر الوطن للطائفية وبدل إحترام رؤيا وممارسات إخوتك في البشرية( إن لم تعترف بإسلامه) تحاول الإعتراض وتشويه سمعة من يخالفوك. ما هذا المنطق؟ إن لم تعترف بالرسالة العاشورائية فأرجو إحترام حق الحياة وحق الممارسة الحرة لأي كائن بشري بغض النظر عن معتقده الفكري. وعموما فثورة الحسين (الثورة على الظلم) مستمرة على أمثالك من الحاقدين والمحبين لظلم الناس وما يسعني إلا أن أقول لك: إحسب السنين وإستمر في عنادك ومشاكستك فلن تضر إلا نفسك (وسيعلم الذين ظلموا أي منقلب ينقلبون) والعاقبة للمتقين 🙂

  • hamad
    28 January 2007

    9a7 l9anok costa-guy..

    and Mahmood thumbs up for numbering the comments!!

  • mahmood
    28 January 2007

    Thank you for your input Abu Bakr, I am sorry that I had to remove the links you provided because I deem them sectarian and unworthy of intelligent discussion.

    And as I am not a missionary, I don’t want to convert you into becoming a Shi”i, you being a Muslim is more than enough for me, actually, even before that, I consider you a brother in humanity.

    Whatever your personal beliefs are, and regardless of how wrong you think the Shi’a are, allow me to say that Allah did not place you or anyone else to be his emissary on Earth, nor is He going to ask your opinion when you face Him at the end of time. Therefore, I suggest that you not bother yourself at all with what others are doing, but do think of ways to better your lot and that of those around you, regardless of creed and personal beliefs.

    As to the Just Bahraini campaign, it specifically emphasises equality for all Bahrainis regardless of personal belief, which is something left completely between the person and his or her maker. What we are trying to emphasise is the equal opportunities which should be given to all, and the respect that should be accorded to all, regardless of their personal belief.

    I personally don’t want this topic to be a slinging match; what I do want it to be is to show how this particular religious experience is translated into community events which strengthen the whole community.

    Let’s concentrate on the good in all of us, shall we?

    And 3atham Allah ajrik.

  • nurox
    28 January 2007

    Islam, Omar and Abu Baker (In Order of appearance)

    The title of the topic is “Ashura, time for the community”, mahmood did a great job at recapping one of the many nice things during this event, yes, we all like Shilla.

    What this post is not discussing is the differences between any school of thought.

    I don’t believe it’s us human beings that can judge people and place them Heaven or Hell, that’s solely up to God. Nor you, nor I, nor anyone of the readers will be able to do such a thing, but what we can do is to try and understand each other, and accept that each other party exists. What we won’t do, is get into a shouting contest on who’s right and who’s wrong.

    Hey anyone remember the exact wording of the Hadith that meant “If you want to serve God, then serve others”? Any clues?

  • can we talk
    28 January 2007

    “Islam, Omar and Abu Baker (In Order of appearance)”

    I 2nd that!
    if one wants to find and point out what looks stupid in other religions/sects, there is plenty of fodder for everyone. upi don’t need to go far. just look at the rituals in religions (including ours), get outside the box and see them out of context. to the outsider, how do you think it appears circling a building seven times, or throwing stones at a wall (a process that has resulted in some people getting seriously hurt and even losing an eye) and yet we do it. equally, one could comment on the ritual of christening and the blood of christ and i won’t even begin with jewish traditions. what we call the non-celestial religions have even more..

    the point is its nobody’s business how others decide to manage their relationship with God. just because it doesn’t match your approach does not make them any different human beings from you.

    if you want to find things to divide people, it is very very easy, and if you want to find things to unite people, it is very easy too. it all depends what your goals are.

    Abu Bakr,
    personally I have never ever seen or heard anyone say or do anything to the food, and if as you say that actually happenned in front of you, maybe you could try going to another place and checking out your theory. ultimately, it is your choice to decide whether to eat it or not. we had some rice and meat from the maatam yesterday and it was YUM.

  • 2cents
    28 January 2007

    Nurox, could it be this Hadith Qudsi?:

    Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I
    shall give them shade in My shade, it being a day when there is no shade but My shade.

  • mahmood
    28 January 2007

    do you have the Arabic text handy? thanks.

  • Maverick
    28 January 2007

    Mahmood, Thanks for the posting. You reminded me to be thankful.
    Every year thoughtfully our Ajami landlord and landlady and their sister present us with dishes of shilla, harees, meat, rice during Ashoora. My wife loves the stuff. I like shila better than harees. 🙂

    May Allah bless abundantly their families and those families who fill our lives with warmth, and who share their bounty with us.

    I think that your suggestion is right that the better way to spill the blood in comemoration is by donating it to those who who need it most. 🙂

    The sacrifices made by Imams Ali and Hussain are an example for us to follow. While people wish to emulate their ideals, they can as you have suggested, continue to give alms, donate blood, spread the good word, help the needy and defend the helpless. :biggrin:

  • nurox
    28 January 2007

    2cents,

    Not sure,
    I came across it watching “Muhammed – Legacy of a Prophet”, an english documentary by pbs about the life of the Prophet, a really good watch btw. As it was in english they didn’t actually say the Hadith, but its meaning in English. I would say it fits very well with the topic though.

  • Ali
    28 January 2007

    Mahmood, there’re plenty of Hadeeth in this regard, but I think that the following ones are the most famous:

    لا يؤمن أحدكم حتى يحب لأخيه ما يحب لنفسه

    وأحب للناس ما تحب لنفسك تكن مسلما

    Now, back to shilla :wub:

  • Dude
    28 January 2007

    Yes, back to shilla!

    okay, so which do you think is better, harees or shilla?

    Shilla ftw!

  • Ali^
    28 January 2007

    Yar, here be pictures of A’zaa in Manama!

    http://froob.iamacup.com/images/ashoura/

    ‘Scuse me for the crappy picture quality (taken with my nokia 6600 as I don’t own a digital camera) and the rather tedious way to view the pictures.

    If someone could point me into a decent Image Management System with thumbnail support that’d be great!

  • nurox
    28 January 2007

    Dude,

    Shilla hands down!

  • mahmood
    28 January 2007

    Ali, try Flickr, a free account will get you 100 picture space.

  • Ali^
    28 January 2007

    Mahmood,

    I’d rather have all my pictures on my webspace, hence I’m not using flickr or one of the other 1348217 sites that are made for image hosting.

    Most CMSes have built-in image galleries – I’d like to have something such as that without having to install a CMS as I probably won’t use the other features much except for the blogging feature, that is if I ever start blogging =).

    In the ever unlikely case of me starting a blog – it would be about gaming/games and related technology (hardware/etc) but as far as I’m aware, less than 2% of Bahrainis play online games – I haven’t ran across a single Bahraini in the 5 years I’ve played various online games – unless I count the one who plays world of warcraft =(.

    Anyways, I’ll add more pictures of tonight’s and tommorow night’s A’zaa in Manama – perhaps even extend to ones in other places – such as Daih and Sanabis.

  • mahmood
    28 January 2007

    as far as I’m aware, less than 2% of Bahrainis play online games – I haven’t ran across a single Bahraini in the 5 years I’ve played various online games – unless I count the one who plays world of warcraft =(.

    TALK TO MY SON then! The bugger EATS bandwidth, by the 14th all of the 20GB is gone and we get slapped down to 64k and my blood pressure shoots throughout the time waiting for the 3rd of next month to roll by to get the paid for 2MB bandwidth to come back. All because of bloody World of WarCRACK or WarCRAP or whatever the hell you call it.

    I YANKED the ethernet cable off his wall and he will NEVER get it back. He’s 13 now, I’m planning to marry off the bugger by next year so HE can go and get a job and pay for his own bloody house and bandwidth.

    So don’t talk to me about games, the LESS we have about that mindnumbing crap the better.

    In all the years that I have used a computer, I didn’t even bother going on Solitaire for more than a couple of time and that’s just to try it out!

    :angry:

    Anyway, back to the subject of online galleries, a very nice and simple one to install is Quick Digital Image Gallery if you don’t want to go through the whole hassle of setting up directories and databases etc. That’s the one I use off and on.

  • Ali^
    28 January 2007

    Thanks for QDIG!

    On the subject of World of Warcrapt – just don’t pay the monthly fee / prepaid game time (how silly!).

    Most non-MMORPGs(Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games) games don’t use a whole lot of bandwidth, I’m on 15 gigs and I usually manage to leave approximately 2 gigs or 1.5 gigs for a little fun at the end of the month.

    I’m about to be carried away on the subject of games so I’ll stop 🙂 , I’m 16 myself and ironically, I learned English from video games – by the time I was 12 I had a very good grasp of English, considering that I’m in a public school *cough where they teach 1st/2nd grade curriculum in UK when it comes to English*. The internet only helped to strengthen my English skills, both written and spoken.

    On a side note : How am I supposed to talk to your son If you yanked the cable off his room’s wall? 😉

  • mahmood
    28 January 2007

    Try the telephone. cheaper and better!

  • Dude
    28 January 2007

    Mahmood, let me guess, World of Warcraft??

    Ugh I hate that game… It took over my friends 🙁 !

    Whenever im like “hey lets hang out” theyre like, “nooo we have a raid on warcraft”

  • Dude
    28 January 2007

    Even in school at break, theres always this circle of people standing in a corner talking about warcraft… we call them “i3yal warcraft”

    Warcraft = Evil, It eats your bandwith, your friends, and your money

    lol

  • Anonymous
    28 January 2007

    “Ajam Bahrainis”….lol. That is why the yemeni police force officers are getting citizenship faster than ever. His Highness does not like shia nor ajams.
    ajams…lol.
    :w00t:

  • 2cents
    28 January 2007

    Mahmood, if you were asking me for the Arabic text I must say sorry, I don’t, it comes from a book and no scanner hooked up.
    I am still relatively new to Islam and unfortunately my Arabic is still rudimentary, but working on it.

  • Q8Sultana
    29 January 2007

    Hello Mahmood,

    I’d like to offer my condolences on the event of Ashura. Although I’m not a Muslim, I am familiar with the day, and I think it’s one of the most compassionate memorial days.

    What do you say in Arabic on this day to offer your condolences? (I used to know the phrase but it slipped my mind)

  • nurox
    29 January 2007

    Q8Sultana,

    Ma’jooreen is the term you’re looking for, and the answer to it is usually Muthabeen, or Wa’antum kathalek.

    Hope that helps!

  • Ali
    29 January 2007

    2cents, here’s the exact arabic text of the hadith qudsi that you’ve mentioned:

    عن النبي صلى الله عليه Ùˆ آله وسلم، قال: “يقول الله تعالى: المتحابون في جلالي في ظل عرشي يوم لا ظل إلا ظلي

  • 2cents
    29 January 2007

    Ali, thank you.

  • Q8Sultana
    29 January 2007

    Nurox, thanks!
    Could someone please write Ma’jooreen down it Arabic.
    Thanks (o:

  • mahmood
    29 January 2007

    مأجورين

  • Islam
    30 January 2007

    Dude: “calling Ashura ridiculous isn’t respectful.” … I did not call Ashura ridiculous… I call what is referred to as “Haider” as very ridiculous act, because it’s not something that is related to any common sense (not to mention it’s not from Islam at all)… As a matter of fact and as you might know, the prophet PBUH recommended in his teachings and Hadiths to fast the 9th and 10th of Muharam (Tasooa and Ashura) and Alhumdellah, I do so every year…

    Mahmood, I am sorry if you felt disrespected from my first comment, I really was too much upset because before commenting I was in a conversation with an Iraqi friend here in the U.S. about all these “Ya Hussien” and “Ya Ali” things… As a Muslim (and again, I don’t consider myself Shiie or Sunni), I do love Alhussien (alih assalam) and Ali bin Ibi Talib (Karram Allah wajhuh) and all Ahl al Bait (including ALL the prophet’s wives, which some Shiie slander and defame )… And as a matter of fact, if you ask any Muslim (Sunni) who do you revere more, Alhussain (A.S.) or Yazid, well I bet you know one even well mention Yazid.. BUT we don’t say that Yazid is Kafer and “Fasiq” and …, because Allah knows better… Yazid is Muslim (but of course he is not the same status as Alhussien or even his father Mawaya (because Mawiya is a companion of the prophet, and this one you cannot but respect according to the Prophet’s Hadiths).

    That’s all.. So in sum, It’s what Shiie do on Ashura is what is ridiculed not the day itself.

  • mahmood
    30 January 2007

    Well, that’s your personal opinion and you’re welcome to it, as long as you keep it for yourself and not force it onto 300 million people or more who disagree with you and your assessments.

    Let us also assume that the 300+ million people respect your opinion and ask you to respect theirs, would you be good enough to reciprocate, or would you – as implied in your comments – view that your particular version of Islam as the more correct; hence, would force everyone to see your point of view as the exclusive right?

  • Dude
    30 January 2007

    Haidar has been banned for many years until the Shirazees allowed it again.

    Islam : “Yazid is Muslim”

    so are Saddam,Bin Ladin, and Al Zarqawy.

  • Dude
    30 January 2007

    Here are some quotes from Ghandi about Imam Hussain(AS):

    “I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway over the hearts of millions of mankind…. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of Hussain the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his
    fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission to save Islam.
    These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every
    obstacle.”

    “I learned from Hussain how to be wronged and be a winner.

    “I learnt from Hussain how to attain victory while being oppressed” (Mahatma Gandhi)

  • Q8Sultana
    30 January 2007

    What I find a little ironic is that most “Westerns” are quick to call Haider barbaric, yet even in Christianity there are sects and orders who (even today) flagellate themselves, for example acting out the crucifixion, and the torture of Jesus before it…

    The only part of Haider I don’t agree with is when they cut children.

  • Ali M.
    31 January 2007

    Athem Allah ojoorakom jamee3an

  • Siroos
    31 January 2007

    Ashura is a time to party, and this is how folks do it in Tehran.

  • Salman
    23 February 2007

    Mahmood, thank you for this great topic. I am a student in the UK, and i am proud to say, i flew back to Bahrain for 5 days just to attend these priceless moments of my life. My family also cook shilla, and i grew up doing alot of work for the whole 10 days. And i am proud to have been there, to serve once again, and inshalla i will carry on serveing until my time has arrived to leave this world.

    Mahmood, is there a way we could make vinyl stickers out of the Just Bahraini! graphic, and stick them on our cars?

    I plan on doing so, with your permission.

    Thank you, and jezaak allah alf 5air.

    Allah e3oodna jamee3an

  • Salman
    23 February 2007

    Islam, can i just ask you one simple question?

    Are all your friends, really your friends? Are, all those, who you call friends, loyal to you? And would die for you?

    When the prophet said my companions, it doesnt mean all of them were loyal to him.

    Read the history of Bani Umayeh, a family that oppressed, and turned a mosque into their personal adultery park, or as it is now known, the Ummayed Palace, in Damascus.

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