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    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    .......... The HOPE Bulletin ………..

    Health, Ongoing Projects, Education

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    INTRODUCTION

    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

    issue.

    As usual, we look forward to your continued support and we most sincerely welcome your feedback.

    THE CENTRE

    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.

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    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.

    Aameen.

    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

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    Listening with rapt attention

    Exchanging Eid greetings

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    Girls in colourful clothes

    AUSTRALIA

    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

    friends.

    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

    difference.”

    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.

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    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.

    Allah Hafiz,

    Nur

    Photos from Nur Jehan Alam

    Ameen Sahu Khan delivering the khutbah

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    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.

    EID MUBARAK

    Ameen & Mumtaz

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    CANADA

    Eid greetings from Toronto Jama‘at

    Assalaam O Alaikum Dr Abdul Karim Saeed & Brothers and Sisters of the World Jamaats of the

    Ahmadiyya Anjuman.

    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.

    Eid Mobarak.

    Yours truly

    Ahamed Hosein

    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.

    W/Salaam.

    Sadiq Noor

    Ahmadiyyah Anjuman Isha‘at-i-Islam (Lahore)

    Canada Jama‘at

    From Ahmadiyah Anjuman Isha’at-e-Islam Canada and our team at “Noor-i-Islam”

    A very happy and blessed

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    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.

    Yours faithfully

    Ahamed Hosein

    President, OAAIIL (Toronto, Canada)

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    FIJI ISLANDS

    Jalal Ud Dean

    Readers are asked to click on the following link to read an article prepared by Br Jalal Ud Dean on the