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#muslimfest 2013 – Muslim Festival Celebrates Canadian Identity

By Muneeb Nasir

OnIslam Correspondent
Monday, 02 September 2013 00:00
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TORONTO – Marking ten years of success, a Toronto Muslim festival has attracted Muslims, politicians and artists, celebrating a diverse and proud Canadian Muslim community.
“Congratulations on celebrating the festival’s 10th year,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a support message sent to MuslimFest and cited by OnIslam.net.
“This festival is an opportunity for Ontarians of all heritages to experience Muslim culture in all its vibrancy.”

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Diverse Community
The event attracted over 25,000 participants including Toronto politicians who praised it for showcasing the province’s diversity and promoting understanding among citizens.
“Ontario greatest strength is our diversity,” said Premier Wynne in her message.
“We embrace our multiculturalism, strive for authentic dialogue and seek genuine mutual understanding.
“Today, our diversity is an inspiration to countries around the world.”

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Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone),

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Hajar al-Aswad (The Black Stone), which is set in the eastern corner of the Ka’bah. Tawaf is started and ended by facing this sacred stone. Throughout the ages, innumerable people including many of the Prophets (alaihi al-salam), Prophet Muhammed (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) Himself, Sahabah’s (radi Allah anho), Pious personalities and millions of Muslims whom have performed Hajj and Umrah have placed their blessed lips on it.
1) Special consideration must be taken when one intends to kiss the Hajar al-Aswad. One should neither push others nor harm anyone and must remember even though it is Sunnah to kiss Hajar al-Aswad it is also forbidden (haram) to cause harm or be hurtful towards others. When the area is crowded, it will suffice to merely point towards the Hajar al-Aswad with ones hand or a stick while reciting the Takbeer and then to kiss the hand or stick. Although the Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) kissed the Hajar al-Aswad directly, He (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) also pointed towards it when the area was crowded, it is therefore clear that both kissing it and pointing towards it are Sunnah.
It is in Hadith – Narrated by Naafi’: I saw Ibn Umar touch the Stone with his hand then he kissed his hand. He (Ibn Umar) said, I have never ceased to do this since I saw the Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon Him) do it. (Sahih Bukhari & Muslim).

2) The Hajar al-Aswad was brought from Jannah and presented to Ibrahim (alaihi al-salam) to be placed on the corner of the Ka’bah. Ibn ‘Abbas (aradi Allah anho) narrated that the Prophet (Salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The Black Stone came down from Paradise. [Tirmidhi]

3) Du’as are accepted at the Hajar al-Aswad.

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Lā ʾilāha ʾillallāh, Muḥammad rasūlu-llāh لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله
There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad (PBUH) is the messenger of Allah.
This oath is the first pillar of Islam

Salah (صلاة‎)

is the practice of formal prayer in Islam. Its supreme importance for Muslims is indicated by its status as the second of the Five Pillars of Islam.

Zakāt (زكاة‎)

is the giving of a fixed portion of one's wealth to charity, generally to the poor and needy. It is the fourth of the Five Pillars of Islam.

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Hajj (حج‎)

is the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the largest pilgrimage in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam. A religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so.

Sawm (صوم‎)

is an Arabic word for fasting. Meaning to abstain from eating, drinking, having sex and anything against Islamic law from dawn till dusk. The observance of Sawm during the holy month of Ramadan is the third of the Five Pillars of Islam.

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