30 October 2020

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Thursday October 29, 2020

Kabul (BNA) One of the important Islamic festivals celebrated all over the world is Milad-Ul-nabi or Maulid. This day commemorates the day of birth of the prophet Muhammad. It is also the day of his death. The day is remembered through songs, stories and preaching where the prophet’s life and his teaching are discussed. It is a day of happiness and festivities.
The legend behind Milad-Ul-Nabi
Prophet Muhammad is the founder of Islam. Milad-Ul-Nabi is the day commemorating his birthday. The festival was begun by the descendants of the prophet through his daughter, Fatima’s house. In 8th century, the house where the prophet was born was transformed into a place of worship by the mother of Harun –Al –Rashid – the most famous Caliph of Baghdad. The festival gained popularity since the 12th century and today, it is celebrated throughout the Muslim world and also in India.
When is Milad-Ul-Nabi celebrated?
Milad –Ul-Nabi is celebrated on the twelfth day of Rabi-ul-Awwal, which is the third month of the Islamic calendar. This was the day on which the prophet was born. However, the Shia community celebrates the festival on the 17th day. This day is both the day of birth and death of the prophet. It is also the day on which the spiritual reins of the Islamic world was handed over to Hazrat Ali.
Milad-ul-Nabi is known by a number of other names. The most popular one of them is Mawlid meaning the birth of the prophet. It is also known as Eid-e-milad.
How is Milad-ul-Nabi celebrated?
Milad-ul-Nabi is the time for celebration. It marks the joyous occasion of the birth of the prophet. Though the prophet passed away on the same day, it is not a time for mourning because Muslims believe mourning beyond three days after death is not good for the soul.
Rituals of Milad-Ul-Nabi
The various rituals associated with this festival are as follows:
People dress in new clothes and gather together to remember and discuss the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad.
Special prayers are offered to Allah for his graciousness in sending Prophet Muhammad to show the path of salvation. Night long prayer meetings are also held.
Lectures and recitations are held on the life of the prophet and people attend to them throughout the day.
Often, poetry is recited after the prayers.
People visit friends and relatives in social gatherings.
Alms are given to the poor.
Festive banners are hung.
Processions are taken out in many areas.
At the Hazratbal shrine in Kashmir, Milad-ul-Nabi is of huge importance.
A hair from Prophet Muhammad is preserved here. Thousands of Muslims gather here to pray and the holy relict is put on display after the morning prayers.
One of the common rituals associated with milad-ul-nabi is Urs. This is a holy procession where symbolic footprint of the prophet engraved on stone is put in a decorated glass casket and anointed with sandal paste as it is taken on a parade.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech in a ceremony held yesterday on the occasion of National Day for Uzbeki Language at Salam Khana Palace.
In the ceremony attended by First Vice President Amrullah Salih, Senate’s Speaker Fazil Hadi Muslimyar, lawmakers, deputy premier of Uzbekistan and the country’s writers and cultural figures, Ustad Azizullah Ural first by thanking President Ghani for naming the 29th of Mizan as National Day for Uzbeki Language congratulated the day to all participants in the ceremony.
Pointing to importance and comprehensively usage of language, Ustad Ural suggested if ministry of education could publish and print Uzbeki books, ministry of higher education could process documents of a number of students who have returned from Uzbekistan and air as well as telecommunication companies could pay attention to broadcasting and producing advertisements in Uzbeki language.
Afterwards, Uzbek’s deputy Prime Minister Sardar Omar Zaqov read out message of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. In his message, the Uzbek President has congratulated Afghanistan National Day for Uzbeki Language to all.
“We’ve provided the opportunity to 200 Afghan students in Uzbekistan’s Termez city to receive Uzbeki literature, railway and other fields and considered it as continued program for Afghans,” Uzbek President said in his message.
In his message, the Uzbek President has assured of overall cooperation with Afghanistan government in security, peace, trade and economic and declared his support from Afghanistan peace efforts and development programs. 
Afterwards, President Ghani spoke and by congratulating the National Day for Uzbeki Language to all said his goal was to implement the 16th article of the country’s constitution and the law has clarified everything for them.
“It is an honor that Uzbek President not only passed his message to us but dispatched a representative to Afghanistan. After a hundred year break and the catastrophic period of Stalin, today Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have close relations and the friendship will continue forever,” President Ghani said.
Pointing to historic and cultural relations between Afghanistan and Central Asian countries, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said their relations were strengthening day by day, which was significant for the stability and tranquility of the people of Afghanistan and Central Asian countries. 
“The Uzbeki is the language of our communication and connection and Afghanistan is lucky as its each language is a connecting language,” President Ghani said, stressing that strengthening each language of the country help strengthen national unity among the people.
The country’s President by offering condolence to the people of Helmand and Ghor provinces on recent incidents in which dozens of innocent Afghans have been martyred and wounded, saying that they were representing the stability and unity.  

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by the Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, a meeting held to discuss the way to restore and maintain the 5th minaret in the country’s western Herat province, Bakhtar News Agency reported the other day.
The meeting attended by the UNESCO cultural in charges, head of historical monuments of the ministry of information and culture and other related experts, issues including consolidation of and repairing of the 5th Minaret was discussed and the participants shared their visions about the related issues, according to the agency.
The Acting Minister asked the international partners to help the country’s ministry of information and culture in prevention of unpleasant events relating to the said minaret, the agency added.
He also urged for coordination for starting practical works in the area through the historical monuments with the experts and thanked the institutions supporting the ministry in preservation of the minarets, the agency said.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Acting Minister of Information and Culture urged for duly addressing the challenges facing the provincial Directorates of Information and Culture (DoIC), Bakhtar News Agency reported the yesterday.
The acting minister after hearing reports from Takhar provincial information and culture director, Faruqullah Azimi, said Takhar was one of the country’s important cultural and ancient provinces and that his led ministry was committed to offer better services to the people of the country. He assured that the problems of the country’s entire provincial departments of information and culture would be duly addressed.

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