L’Shana Tova – Wishing you a sweet new year

Happy new year to all our Jewish readers and friends around the world! May you have a sweet year!

As Muharram and Rosh Hashana are so close together this year, let this be an auspicious sign that our people can find peace together as well. We are brothers and sisters from the tent of Abraham and Sara and Haggar. Our common bonds of kinship are stronger than our struggles. Peace, Peace Peace!

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29th Muharram Urs Hazrat Shah Wali Ullah, New Delhi 1176AH/1762CE

Mazar of Shah Wali Ullah

Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dehlvi was an Islamic scholar and reformer. He worked for the revival of Muslim rule and intellectual learning in South Asia, during a time of waning Muslim power.He despised the divisions and deviations within Islam and its practice in India and hoped to “purify” the religion and unify all Indian Muslims under the “banner of truth”. He is also thought to have anticipated a number of progressive, social, economic, and political ideas of the modern era such as social reform, equal rights, labour protection, welfare entitlement of all to food, clothing, housing, etc.

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27th Muharram Urs Ashraf Jahangir Samnani, Kachocha Sharif, UP 808AH

Dargha of Ashraf Jahangir

Hazrat Khawaja Syed Makhdoom Ashraf Jahangir Semnani Noor Bakhshi (Urdu and Persian:سیداشرف جهانگیر سمنانی) was a legendary Sufi saint of Persian origin who was affiliated with fourteen different Sufi orders. He made a notable contribution to the advancement of the Chishti silsilah in particular.

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26th Muharram Urs Taj Uddin Baba ( Nagpur)

Dargha in Nagpur

Tajuddin Baba of Nagpur was born on the 21st of January in the year 1861 at a place called Kamptee situated near Nagpur in the state of Maharastra. He was one of the Five Perfect Masters of Meher Baba.

Tajuddin Baba was born as a unusual child. It is said that he did not cry as a baby and physical torture was done to him by his parents in order to make the child cry. Baba wore the marks of these tortures on his body until last.

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25th Muharram Urs Imam Zain ul Abideen, Madina 95 H

Grave of Imam Zain ul Abideen (as) in Jannatul Baqi in Medina
Grave of Imam Zain ul Abideen (as) in Jannatul Baqi in Medina

The 4th Imam after Imam Hussain(a.s.) was his son Imam Ali Zain-al-Abideen(a.s.). His mother was Bibi Shahar Bano who was a princess from Persia, the daughter of the King Yazd Gard II. She was brought as a prisoner of war during the caliphate period of mam Ali(a.s.) during 31 A.H. and Imam Ali(a.s.) got her freed and married her to Imam Hussain(a.s.). Imam Zain-al-Abideen was born from this wedlock. She, however, died within 10 days of the birth of Imam Sajjad(a.s.).

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