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The Spirit of Eid | MM Eid Photo Contest: The Submissions

Hena Zuberi



Here are all the fabulous submissions which made the cut for the MM Photo/Instagram contest. They are absolutely amazing! Makes me miss Ramadan and EID so much. Our staff will be choosing the 10 finalists and then you , our readers, will vote for your favorites, inshaAllah. JazakAllah khayr for participating and for your patience, (we need manpower, if you have some time to spare and are good with social media, let us know). You can view all the instagrams and share, tweet and pin them from here.

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#bank #leeds #citycentre #eidmubarak # #eidshopping #eid #islam #respect

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Matching outfit #Eid #MMEid

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This little one is dressed up and playing with his new toy during the Eid khutbah at the Islamic Center of New Mexico :) #MMEid ❤

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Holding it down with Gramps mashAllah. Eid Mubarak everyone! #Eid #Swag #mmeid #family

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Eid Mubarak-Posing with circus performers @GTA Eid celebration (Toronto)

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Women of Bandung, Indonesia, after Eid prayers in Institut Teknologi Bandung. #eid #islam #prayer #bandung #indonesia #women #MMeid by Jimprz

Photograph 8

Eid Prayers by Saimii

Photograph 9

Fresh popcorn & cotton candy at the Eid Carnival, making memories for the young ones at ICNM. #mmeid

Photograph 10

 #EidMubarak from Houston, Reliant Center #mmeid #whatiseid By Negmaw

Photograph 11

Eid at MCA. Beautiful gathering, amazing khutbah. #eid #islam #ramadan

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My My father and my son By yazidatan

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Hugs after eid prayer ☺

Photograph 14

The cuzzie wuzzie buzzie muzzie fuzzies!

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This is my family photo on the first day of Eid 2012 in our traditional Malay outfit. It is a culture in Malaysia for family members to gather at parents’s house on the first day of Eid. We dressed in our best traditional outfit, a lot of traditional food is served, and the children will receive some money from adults in cute little envelopes as part of the tradition…it’s a beautiful family time. By Nur

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Several days before Eid I started making cookies and different sweets. The day before Eid, I made sheep cake pops for an Eid party I was going to. They were a hit! BY Sanaid

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After prayer, a Muslim family poses for the camera in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

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This year I came across the hadith: “Exchange gifts. This will generate mutual feelings of love and eliminate feelings of animosity and estrangement from your hearts.” [Mishkat]
Until lately I believed gift giving was an exclusively Christian practice. In honor of putting this hadith into practice, I gave my aunt a silk abaya, a fake gold hand harness jewelry and a tasbih. She is an impatient type A-personality, however, not only did she patiently sit through a session of getting her finger nails tinted with henna she also acted as a hand model for this picture, whilst showing off her eid gifts.

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Prayed Asr Salaat while hosting a family picnic at Lake Ontario!Perfect balance of religion and fun ! By Idris Ilmi


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Always admired ppl #volunteering some of their Eid day to make prayer service safer for everyone else by putting themselves in front of 3000 lb vehicles. #MMeid #volunteer


Photograph 21


An Egyptian girl plays with her father after Eid prayer at the Grand Mosque in Doha,Qatar. I took this as soon as I heard the girl crying out “EID MUBARAK” to her dad!!


Photograph 22

Every Eid all girls head to henna shops or their families/friends houses to get their henna done its a tradition shared by many people across the globe. This picture, of my hand which I took in negative is a picture of henna a got done. Henna is familiar to even non-Muslims. It’s a great work of art that bridges cultures together!:) By fbkassim


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#mmeid the brothers engaging in post Eid prayer festivities. What better way to celebrate than with plastic light-up swords?

Photograph 24

My really creamy kheer… 1st time ever it …

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Dallas convention center 15k expected BY elmounofy

Photograph 26

This is my first time away from home. Al-hamdu lillah, my new home allows me to spend everyday reflecting upon some aspect of the beauty of Allah’s creation. I’m living in Honolulu, Hawaii. This place is absolutely beautiful. The people are beautiful; their character can’t help but remind you of an aspect of the sunnah everyday!
I was fortunate to spend ‘Eed with these beautiful, welcoming, generous people. My new community (1000 people msA!) prayed Salat’l-‘Eed under a pavilion off of Ala Moana Beach. There was a rainbow after the fajr rain showers (which is just happiness!); sand to remind us of our transient nature and showing how Allah can take something living and make it something else; a light mist to symbolize the mercy of Allah descending; and the Pacific ocean to show the vastness of the blessings of Allah. Reciting the takbirat (i.e. glorifying Allah) was so natural in these surroundings. ‘Eed is about glorifying Allah and that’s what this moment was like for me. I wonder if you feel the same way.
I hope you will come visit our community and share these reflections.

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Muslims waiting for the Eid salah to begin on a beautiful summers day. #mmeid

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Eid Mubarak #imthaz

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Takbir of Eid by Nourane

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This year they are doing the picture-taking

Photograph 31

A portion of what was said to be the 15,000 attendees of Jamaica Muslim Center’s #EidSalah. It was hot but the clouds covered the sun for us and it reminded me of how on the Day of Judgment, only the believers will be shaded from the heat. In sha Allah, we’re from amongst them. #MMEid #eid #fitr #salah #sky #clouds #prayer #islam

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The obligatory eid family photo #mmeid #eid #muslim …

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Hena Zuberi is the Editor in Chief of She is also a Staff Reporter at the Muslim Link newspaper which serves the DC Metro. She serves on the board of the Aafia Foundation and Words Heal, Inc. Hena has worked as a television news reporter and producer for CNBC Asia and World Television News. A mom of four and a Green Muslim, she lives and preaches a whole food, organic life which she believes is closest to Sunnah. Active in her SoCal community, Hena served as the Youth Director for the Unity Center. Using her experience with Youth, she conducts Growing Up With God workshops. Follow her on Twitter @henazuberi.



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    September 19, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    Genuine question: in Photograph #4, what does that hand/finger symbol mean? Is it acceptable in Islamic values?

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      September 20, 2012 at 1:20 AM

      Assalamu alaikum

      Good question. I would like to know the answer as well.

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        September 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Its extending the gap between your index and middle finger, to make the gap appear like letter ‘V’, which stands for victory.

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    October 2, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    When will the MM staff choose the 10 final pics?

    • Hena Zuberi

      Hena Zuberi

      October 3, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      Chosen will post them soon inshaAllah- and tweet/ facebook them out. The winners will get a nice Eid ul Adha gift inshaAllah :)

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        October 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Sorry, I just saw this post. Were the pictures posted?

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    November 1, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    It would be great if the moderator could let us know about the status of this competition

    • Hena Zuberi

      Hena Zuberi

      November 1, 2012 at 11:18 PM

      Have been having issues getting our polling software to work. Apologize profusely. Final 10 have been selected just need to get the poll up so we can get the readers voting started. JazakAllah khayr for checking in.

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        November 7, 2012 at 10:18 PM


        May I suggest the free tool called ?

        Jazakalah Khair

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    November 15, 2012 at 5:34 AM

    Have the ten finalists been informed?

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    What happened?

    November 21, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Any updates on this?

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    Can anyone please advise?

    December 14, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    Were the finalists emailed?

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    January 14, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Any updates on this would be helpful

  8. Hena Zuberi

    Hena Zuberi

    August 8, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Assalamalaykum wa rahmatulah and Eid Mubarak,

    We apologize for the long delay- we had technical issues and could not host a poll but we didnt forget our promise and now that the new site can host pols with photos we are ready to get this contest going again.
    Here is the link to the poll please share it with your friends and family and get them to start voting.

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    August 13, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    The initiative is good but moderators should be careful in choosing appropriate images, since millions of people will be seeing this. The last picture really shouldn’t be here.

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Complicated?:​ ​The A-Z of Women’s Modern Fiqh | Sh Waleed Basyouni

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Obituary of (Mawlana) Yusuf Sulayman Motala (1366/1946 – 1441/2019)

Monday, September 9, turned out to be a day of profound anguish and sorrow for many around the world. In the early morning hours, news of the death of Mawlana* Yusuf Sulayman Motala, fondly known as “Hazrat” (his eminence) to those who were acquainted with him, spread. He had passed away on Sunday at 8:20 pm EST in Toronto, after suffering a heart attack two weeks earlier.

Dr. Mufti Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera



Dar Al Uloom Bury, Yusuf Sulayman Motala

A master of hadith and Qur’an. A sufi, spiritual guide and teacher to thousands. A pioneer in the establishment of a religious education system. His death reverberated through hearts and across oceans. We are all mourning the loss of a luminary who guided us through increasingly difficult times.

Monday, September 9, turned out to be a day of profound anguish and sorrow for many around the world. In the early morning hours, news of the death of Mawlana* Yusuf Sulayman Motala, fondly known as “Hazrat” (his eminence) to those who were acquainted with him, spread. He had passed away on Sunday at 8:20 pm EST in Toronto, after suffering a heart attack two weeks earlier. (May the Almighty envelope him in His mercy)

His journey in this world had begun more than 70 years ago in the small village of Nani Naroli in Gujarat, India, where he was born on November 25, 1946 (1 Muharram 1366) into a family known for their piety.

His early studies were largely completed at Jami’a Husayniyya, one of the early seminaries of Gujarat, after which he travelled to Mazahir Ulum, the second oldest seminary of the Indian Sub-Continent, in Saharanpur, India, to complete his ‘alimiyya studies. What drew him to this seminary was the presence of one of the most influential and well-known contemporary spiritual guides, Mawlana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhlawi (d. 1402/1982), better known as “Hazrat Shaykh.” He had seen Mawlana Zakariyya only briefly at a train stop, but it was enough for him to understand the magnitude of his presence.

Mawlana Yusuf remained in Saharanpur for two years. Despite being younger than many of the other students of Shaykh Zakariya, the shaykh took a great liking to him. Shaykh Zakariya showered him with great attention and even deferred his retirement from teaching Sahih al-Bukhari so that Mawlana Yusuf could study it under his instruction. While in Saharanpur, Mawlana Yusuf also studied under a number of other great scholars, such as Mawlana Muhammad ‘Aqil (author of Al-Durr al-Mandud, an Urdu commentary of Sunan Abi Dawud and current head lecturer of Hadith at the same seminary), Shaykh Yunus Jownpuri (d. 1438/2017) the previous head lecturer of Hadith there), Mawlana As‘adullah Rampuri (d. 1399/1979) and Mufti Muzaffar Husayn (d. 1424/2003).

Upon completion of his studies, Mawlana Yusuf’s marriage was arranged to marry a young woman from the Limbada family that had migrated to the United Kingdom from Gujarat. In 1968, he relocated to the UK and accepted the position of imam at Masjid Zakariya, in Bolton. Although he longed to be in the company of his shaykh, he had explicit instructions to remain in the UK and focus his efforts on establishing a seminary for memorization of Qur’an and teaching of the ‘alimiyya program. The vision being set in motion was to train a generation of Muslims scholars that would educate and guide the growing Muslim community.

Establishing the first Muslim seminary, in the absence of any precedent, was a daunting task. The lack of support from the Muslim community, the lack of integration into the wider British community, and the lack of funds made it seem an impossible endeavour. And yet, Mawlana Yusuf never wavered in his commitment and diligently worked to make the dream of his teacher a reality. In 1973 he purchased the derelict Aitken Sanatorium in the village of Holcombe, near Bury, Lancashire. What had once been a hospice for people suffering from tuberculosis, would become one of the first fully-fledged higher-education Islamic institutes outside of the Indian-Subcontinent teaching the adapted-Nizami syllabus.

The years of struggle by Maulana Yusuf to fulfil this vision paid off handsomely. Today, after four decades, Darul Uloom Al Arabiyya Al Islamiyya, along with its several sister institutes, also founded by Mawlana Yusuf, such as the Jamiatul Imam Muhammad Zakariya seminary in Bradford for girls, have produced well over 2,000 British born (and other international students) male and female ‘alimiyya graduates – many of whom are working as scholars and serving communities across the UK, France, Belgium, Holland, Portugal, the US, Canada, Barbados, Trinidad, Panama, Saudi Arabia, India and New Zealand. Besides these graduates, a countless number of individuals have memorized the Qur’an at these institutes. Moreover, many of the graduates of the Darul Uloom and its sister institutes have set up their own institutes, such as Jamiatul Ilm Wal Huda in Blackburn, Islamic Dawah Academy in Leicester, Jami’ah al-Kawthar in Lancaster, UK, and Darul Uloom Palmela in Portugal, to just mention a few of the larger ones. Within his lifetime, Mawlana Yusuf saw first-hand the fruit of his labours – witnessing his grand students (graduates from his students’ institutes) providing religious instruction and services to communities around the world in their local languages. What started as a relationship of love between a student and teacher, manifested into the transmission of knowledge across continents. In some countries, such as the UK and Portugal, one would be hard-pressed to find a Muslim who had not directly or indirectly benefited from him.

Mawlana Yusuf was a man with deep insights into the needs of Western contemporary society, one that was very different from the one he had grown up and trained in. With a view to contributing to mainstream society, Mawlana Yusuf encouraged his graduates to enter into further education both in post-graduate Islamic courses and western academia, and to diversify their fields of learning through courses at mainstream UK universities. As a result, many ‘alimiyya graduates of his institutes are trained in law, mainstream medicine, natural medicine and homeopathy, mental health, child protection, finance, IT, education, chaplaincy, psychology, philosophy, pharmacy, physics, journalism, engineering, architecture, calligraphy, typography, graphic design, optometry, social services, public health, even British Sign Language. His students also include several who have completed PhDs and lecture at universities. His vision was to train British-born (or other) Muslim scholars who would be well versed in contemporary thought and discipline along with their advanced Islamic learning, equipping them to better contribute to society.

Despite his commitment to the establishment of a public good, the shaykh was an immensely private person and avoided seeking accolade or attention. For many decades he refused invitations to attend conferences or talks around the country, choosing to focus on his students and his family, teaching the academic syllabus and infusing the hearts of many aspirants with the love of Allah through regular gatherings of remembrance (dhikr) and spiritual retreats (i’tikaf) in the way of his shaykh’s Chishti Sufi order.

During my entire stay with him at Darul Uloom (1985–1997), I can say with honesty that I did not come across a single student who spoke ill of him. He commanded such awe and respect that people would find it difficult to speak with him casually. And yet, for those who had the opportunity to converse with him, knew that he was the most compassionate, humble, and loving individual.

He was full of affection for his students and colleagues and had immense concern for the Muslim Ummah, especially in the West. He possessed unparalleled forbearance and self-composure. When he taught or gave a talk, he spoke in a subdued and measured tone, as though he was weighing every word, knowing the import it carried. He would sit, barely moving and without shifting his posture. Even after a surgical procedure for piles, he sat gracefully teaching us Sahih al-Bukhari. Despite the obvious pain, he never made an unpleasant expression or winced from the pain.

Anyone who has listened to his talks or read his books can bear testimony to two things: his immense love for the Messenger of Allah ṣallallāhu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) and his love for Shaykh Mawlana Muhammad Zakariya Kandhlawi (may Allah have mercy on him). It is probably hard to find a talk in which he did not speak of the two. His shaykh was no doubt his link to the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) in both his hadith and spiritual transmissions.

Over the last decade, he had retired from most of his teaching commitments (except Sahih al-Bukhari) and had reduced meeting with people other than his weekly dhikr gatherings. His time was spent with his family and young children and writing books. His written legacy comprises over 20 titles, mostly in Urdu but also a partial tafsir of the Qur’an in classical Arabic.

After the news of his heart attack on Sunday, August 25, and the subsequent effects to his brain, his well-wishers around the world completed hundreds of recitals of the Qur’an, several readings of the entire Sahih al-Bukhari, thousands of litanies and wirds of the formula of faith (kalima tayyiba), and gave charity in his name. However, Allah Most High willed otherwise and intended for him to depart this lowly abode to begin his journey to the next. He passed away two weeks later and reports state that approximately 4,000 people attended his funeral. Had his funeral been in the UK, the number of attendees would have multiplied several folds. But he had always shied away from large crowds and gatherings and maybe this was Allah Most High’s gift to him after his death. He was 75 (in Hijra years, and 72 in Gregorian) at the time of his death and leaves behind eight children and several grandchildren.

Mawlana Yusuf educated, inspired and nourished the minds and hearts of countless across the UK and beyond. May Allah Almighty bless him with the loftiest of abodes in the Gardens of Firdaws in the company of Allah’s beloved Messenger (Allah bless him and give him peace) and grant all his family, students, and cherishers around the world beautiful patience.

Dr Mufti Abdur-Rahman Mangera
Whitethread Institute, London
(A fortunate graduate of Darul Uloom Bury, 1996–97)

*a learned Muslim scholar especially in India often used as a form of address
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