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Monday, August 3, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Assistance was provided to families affected by the recent floods in Nangarhar.
Following the floods in parts of Koz Kunar district, local officials spoke of the transfer of humanitarian aid and its distribution to the victims.
Sixteen people were martyred four injured in recent floods in Koz Kunar, Nangarhar.
Nangarhar Media Office says in a newsletter that cash and some food items were distributed to dozens of families affected by the floods in Koz Kunar, Nangarhar.
The Nangarhar Disaster Preparedness Committee, which carried out the humanitarian aid, says efforts are under way to provide more aid to the flood victims.
Floods in Koz Kunar, including houses destroyed hundreds acres of farmland
T. Yarzada

Monday, August 3, 2020
Charikar (BNA) Following the floods last night in Parwan, huge losses were caused to the people.
These floods last night, following heavy rains from mountain valleys in the city of Charikar covered most of the city.
Floods reportedly closed Parwan ring road and dozens of other roads, but local officials say they reopened those roads to traffic.
The floods destroyed dozens of homes and shops, Nisar Ahmad Habibi, head of disaster readiness event of Parwan, told BNA.
Shipments containing humanitarian aid to flood victims are on the way, he said.
Witnesses say dozens of families have lost their properties such as schools, mosques and homesand are in need of humanitarian assistance such as shelter, food and medicine.
T. Yarzada

Monday August 3, 2020
Maimana (BNA) Three members of a family were martyred and four others were injured in a traffic accident in Faryab.
The incident happened late yesterday on the main road of Maimana city when a car collided with another car.
A Faryab security official told BNA that three members of a family were martyred and four others were injured in the incident.
Victims and wounded were traveling to their relatives' homes for Eid al-Adha.
Doctors at Faryab Central Hospital in Maimana report the health condition of the two injured is alarming.
T. Yarzada

Friday July 31, 2020

Kabul (BNA) The Feast of Sacrifice is based on the experiences of the Prophet Abraham. All three monotheistic faiths believe that he was tested by God, who ordered him to sacrifice his son before replacing him with a ram at the last moment.
Millions of Muslims around the world will begin celebrating the Feast of Sacrifice or Eid-ul-Adha this Sunday, evoking the Quranic account of Prophet Abraham’s trial, in which he was ordered by God to sacrifice his most beloved possession, his son Ishmael.
Abraham, whose name etymologically means the father of nations, would have slaughtered his son following God’s command without question, but in the face of the Prophet’s sheer determination and strength of faith, God swapped Ishmael with a ram and Abraham slaughtered it instead.
Since the Prophet Mohammed’s era, Muslims have marked the incident by sacrificing animals.
After the sacrifice, Muslims share meat with the needy, who might not eat meat often, and their relatives, fulfilling God’s vision of brotherly relations.
They also visit each other to tighten their friendships and to heal old wounds.
How Islam explains Abraham’s trial
The Quran recounts the incident in a chapter called Saffat (The Aligners).
It first talks of Abraham’s happiness having received a “righteous [son]” but when the boy is of working age, the patriarch receives a vision commanding him to sacrifice his son on God’s orders.
“Now see what thy view is!” Abraham asked the son to which he responds: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded.”
During the run up to the sacrifice, Abraham is tested by Satan who tries to convince him to ignore God’s command by appealing to his ego, that of his wife, and that of his son.
With the help of the angel Gabriel, Abraham forces Satan away by pelting him with stones.
Muslims symbolically reenact the incident during the Hajj pilgrimage by pelting three pillars marking where Satan stood in his encounter with Abraham.
The ritual known as the ‘Stoning of the Devil’ takes place in the neighborhood of Mina close to Mecca.
According to Islamic tradition, Abraham brought his second wife, Hagar, and his son Ishmael, to Mecca, near to where the sacrifice was to happen.
There he rebuilt the Kaaba, the central fixture of worship for Muslims, which represents the oneness of God.
Afterwards, Abraham and Ishmael went to Mount Arafat, which is also located close to Mecca, to implement the divine order.
According to the Quran, at Mount Arafat, Abraham “had laid him [Ishmael] prostrate on his forehead [for sacrifice].”
But God suddenly intervened, declaring: "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!"
An animal, which was a ram in the opinion of many Muslim scholars, appeared to replace Ishmael and the sacrifice was fulfilled by slaughtering it, the Quran says.
Abraham’s steadfast stance in implementing God’s wish earned him divine praise, and his emotionally powerful experience is marked today in the Feast of Sacrifice and celebrated by more than 1.8 billion Muslims globally.
“We left [this blessing] for him among generations [to come] in later times: ‘Peace and salutation to Abraham!’” The Quran says about a figure honored by Muslims, Jews, and Christians.
M.A.Ansari

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