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Towards the end of an excellent Khutbah (sermon), Sheikh Humaid, Imam of Masjid al-Haram in Makkah, said [25:58]:

“Dear Muslims, you should rejoice with this Eid (festival) of yours. I pray that it is a time of many blessings and that Allah accepts your acts of obedience. Remember to smile, be happy and spread happiness among yourselves, your families and your Muslim brothers. Eid is an occasion of delight for those who put smiles on the faces of the needy and bring joy to the ailing and suffering.”

“Dear Muslims, Eid is also a priceless opportunity for people to purify their hearts towards one another and rectify things between themselves. It is a time to wash away the grime of spite, malice and stored-up enmity.”

“Furthermore, social media and the groups created by relatives, friends and people of shared interests provide an effective platform for spreading kind words, circulating beneficial statements, making others happy, kindly asking how others are doing and expressing joy to each other in ways that are permissible.”

Full transcript of English translation: Eid Al Fitr Khutbah Makkah 1441 (2020) [PDF file]

Assalamu alaikum

We are greatly thankful to the Tankaria Community in Leicester who came together and supported us in raising funds of 2,29,500 Indian rupees to help our deprived community in India and to help the most needy affected by the current Coronavirus pandemic.

May Allah SWT accept our charitable deeds and reward us in this world and the Hereafter. We pray to Allah SWT for health and safety for everybody in this difficult time.

The Tankaria Community in Leicester is very much attached and very co-operative on every occasion and demonstrates full solidarity to help each other in such difficult situations. We feel pride for our passion and love for our community.

On behalf of all the Trustees of our charity ‘The Tankaria Community Centre (Leicester)’, we appreciate your efforts and tremendous support to raise these funds and thank you all for co-operating on every occasion throughout the year.

Trustees

The Tankaria Community Centre (Leicester)

Source: Mail Online

Patients undergoing surgery can now be ‘transported’ to tropical beaches and mountain lakes thanks to hi-tech headsets.

The virtual-reality devices are being offered as part of a trial to patients on local anaesthetics for upper-limb surgery at St George’s Hospital in South London. The service is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK and the hope is that the gadget will make procedures less daunting, and avoid some general anaesthetics.

Calming music is played as the headset shows images of tropical locations. ‘It avoids the need for general anaesthesia, which takes patients much longer to recover from,’ says consultant orthopaedic surgeon Shamim Umarji (daughter of Ismail Umarji Khunawala), who is leading the study. 

Calming music is played as the headset shows images of tropical locations. The virtual-reality devices are being offered as part of a trial to patients on local anaesthetics (file photo)

Austin Mills, 23, from Putney, wore the VR headset during surgery to repair a broken wrist. ‘It was a mountain setting,’ he says. ‘I felt like I was really there – apart from the occasional tug on my shoulder.’

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