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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
.......... The HOPE Bulletin ………..
Health, Ongoing Projects, Education
Akbar Ibn Abdullah, Editor
On behalf of The HOPE Bulletin Team, I extend our sincere gratitude to Hazrat Ameer, Professor Dr
Abdul Karim Saeed Pasha Sahib, and to everyone who has submitted their Eid-ul-Fitr messages,
greetings and photographs that has enabled us to put together this special edition of The HOPE Bulletin,
for your reading and viewing pleasure.
For those who were not able to meet our deadline, we still encourage you to send in your material and we
will, inshaa Allah, publish it in our regular monthly issues.
Due to the large amount of material received from the UK Jama‘at, we are publishing that as a separate
As usual, we look forward to your continued support and we most sincerely welcome your feedback.
In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Hazrat Ameer’s Eid ul Fitr Message
Shawwal 1433, August 2012
‘O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that
you may guard against evil.’ (Qur’an: 2:183)
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Assalamo-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahe Wa Barakato Hoo.
While we celebrate Eid ul Fitr we must also reflect upon its true spirit. It is very much a human quality to
be joyous when a goal is achieved, whether worldly or spiritual. Having been able to fulfil the command
of Allah certainly calls for a celebration. While we celebrate and express our happiness it is important to
remember that Allah has ordained fasting for a very specific purpose, and in the verse that I have cited
above that specific purpose is ‘that you may guard against evil’.
Taqwah or guarding against evil is likened to passing through thorny bushes unscathed. The guidance for
such a passage is contained in the Holy Qur’an which was revealed in the month of Ramadan. In this
simile of the path that I have quoted, what the Holy Qur’an forbids are the thorns that may harm us and it
should be our endeavour throughout our lives to avoid being injured by them. On the other hand the devil
incites us to walk right into these thorns and get bruised by them and have our protective clothes torn
away from us.
Fasting in Ramadan is an exercise in refraining from what are otherwise permissible needs of human
beings. By going through this exercise of refraining from these legitimate demands of the body at the
command of Allah, we learn to submit completely to His Will at all times.
By fasting one is able to strengthen the soul and mind so that it becomes accustomed to saying ‘NO’ when
it ought to. Having accomplished this goal one has a good reason to be ‘happy’ and celebrate an Eid
which in the true sense is filled with joy and happiness.
Eid ul Fitr should become a day on which we should renew our pledge and determination to resist
temptations that come our way. We should be able to put into practice in our daily lives the ‘NO’ we have
learned to say during this Blessed Month. That will make our lives happy and we will find a change in
ourselves when we live according to the desire of Allah; fulfilling His commands which are aimed at
inculcating in us ‘haqooq Allah’ and ‘haqooq ul ibad’, that is, the ‘rights of Allah’ and the ‘rights of
human beings’. This will nurture a soul that is at peace with itself and with others.
I take this opportunity to wish you a very HAPPY EID UL FITR and pray that we are all able to continue
in the spirit of Ramadan. This will only be possible if we make a firm commitment that we will sustain
the spiritual goals that we have achieved during the month of Ramadan.
Professor Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed
Ameer and President
Worldwide Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement
Glimpses of Eid ul Fitr celebration at Darus Salaam, Lahore, Pakistan courtesy
Brigadier Mohammad Saeed
Hazrat Ameer Professor Dr. Abdul Karim Saeed delivering the khutbah
Listening with rapt attention
Exchanging Eid greetings
Girls in colourful clothes
Report by Nur Jehan Alam, President, AAIIL, Sydney
Sunday 19th August dawned beautiful in Sydney - bright and sunny but with the chill still in the air - a
typical winter’s day.
Family members and friends came together for the Eid ul Fitr payers which were led by Brother
Muhammad Ameen Sahu-Khan. He gave a stirring khutba, and the President presented messages from
Hazrat Ameer Dr Abdul Karim Saeed, Brother Shaukat Ali, the Regional Director, as well as family and
The President, Mrs Nur Jehan Alam, spoke also on the issues surrounding Muslims, especially Ahmadis,
and the need to take stock of ourselves. She said:
“Today and over the next few days, millions of Muslims in many lands will be celebrating Eid. As
we are standing in prayer, let us assume that we stand in prayer with all the millions of Muslims
around the world. Let us join our prayers with theirs for freedom from hunger, bondage, disease
and injustice. You may think, What can one individual do? Just remember that a single pebble
thrown in a pond can make ripples that expand and reach the shore.”
She went to say:
“I am asking all of us to think on what I have said. Let us be that single pebble and makes a
After the prayers, members got together for morning tea. This has become a bit of tradition in Sydney as it
gives an opportunity for all to spend time together and reflect on the prayers, khutba, speeches, and to just
catch up with each other.
The Members of the Australian Jamaat would like to wish each and every member of the worldwide
Lahore Ahmadi Movement, family and friends a very happy Eid, and pray that Allah may shower His
choicest blessings on all, ameen.
Photos from Nur Jehan Alam
Ameen Sahu Khan delivering the khutbah
Eid Greetings from Muhammad Ameen Sahu Khan
“O you who believe, enter into complete peace,
and follow not the footsteps of the devil.
Surely he is your open enemy.” (Holy Qur’an 2:208)
Assalaamu Aleikum Wa Rahmatullahe Wa Barakatahu.
May this Eid celebration
Be your very nicest yet
So pleasant and enjoyable
It’s one you won’t forget…
And may the loving wishes
That are being sent today
Be with you now and all year long
And bring happiness your way.
Ameen & Mumtaz
Eid greetings from Toronto Jama‘at
Assalaam O Alaikum Dr Abdul Karim Saeed & Brothers and Sisters of the World Jamaats of the
May your prayers and your fast be accepted by Allah. May Allah shower His blessing on all of us for our
effort during the month of Ramadan.
President OAAIIL (Toronto Canada)
Eid greetings from Calgary Jama‘at
Assalaam-o-Alaikum Wa Rahmatullah. May Allah bless you all.
Remember us in your prayers.
Ahmadiyyah Anjuman Isha‘at-i-Islam (Lahore)
From Ahmadiyah Anjuman Isha’at-e-Islam Canada and our team at “Noor-i-Islam”
A very happy and blessed
Ahamed Hosein, President, OAAIIL, Toronto
Assalaam O Alaikum Br Akbar
The Toronto Anjuman celebrated Eid ul Fitr on Sunday 19th August 2012.
The Eid Namaaz & Khutbah were performed by Br Zahid Sattaur. We had a song by Br Ibadat Ali. The
President delivered the Eid Message. The Vice President addressed the audience. Br Donald Ali provided
another song, and Br Zahid Sattaur rendered the closing Duah.
The Eid Namaaz was well attended and it was a pleasure to have a good audience.
After the celebration was completed, the ladies provided refreshment.
Eid Mobarak to all our Brothers & Sisters of the Ahmadiyya Anjuman.
President, OAAIIL (Toronto, Canada)
Ray Buksh, Vancouver
Jalal Ud Dean
Readers are asked to click on the following link to read an article prepared by Br Jalal Ud Dean on the