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December 27, 2007
On Dec. 19, Muslims celebrated the occasion of the end of the blessed season of hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. Hajj, a duty to be performed once in a lifetime if one is financially and physically able, is of the five pillars of Islam, along with belief in one God, five daily prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan and almsgiving to the poor. Performed this year by nearly 2.5 million devotees, hajj consists of several rituals that symbolize the belief and devotion to one God through commemorating the trials of the prophet Abraham and his family.
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By Michael J. Arvizu Valley Sun | January 11, 2008
Islam’s annual hajj, or pilgrimage, was observed by millions of Muslims all over the world Dec. 17 to 21. La Cañada residents Asdullah Alamdari, and Shahzad and Sobia Husnain for the first time journeyed in early December to the holy city of Mecca, as every Muslim is obligated to set aside at least one period in their life where they can devote their time and energy to travel to the ancient city. “I was searching to find my God there,” said Alamdari by phone from his workplace in Los Angeles.
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By Levent Akbarut, Special to the Valley Sun | December 25, 2008
On Dec. 8, Southern California Muslims celebrated the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage season to Mecca. Communal morning prayers and celebrations were held at mosques across the nation and around the globe. “Hajj reminds Muslims to transcend themselves from their comfort zones and struggle together for the common good of humanity, following the life and legacy of Prophet Abraham and his family,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
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January 14, 2010
OFFENSE QB - Adam Colman, junior, Burbank All-Pacific League first-team pick had 24 touchdowns. RB - Leo Rodas, senior, Burbank Had 886 yards rushing in 144 carries and seven touchdowns. RB - Ivan Tello, senior, Hoover Rushed for 848 yards and three touchdowns. WR - Mike Bako, senior, Crescenta Valley Caught 38 passes for 609 yards and seven touchdowns. WR - Elvis Fuentes, senior, Hoover Finished with 49 catches for 598 yards and six touchdowns.
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By Levent Akbarut | August 12, 2010
Wednesday marked the first day of Ramadan. During this month, observing Muslims around the world fast by abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islamic faith along with belief in the oneness of God and in Muhammad as God's messenger, performing the daily prayers, paying the yearly charity due (Zakat), and performing the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). The command for fasting came from God to Prophet Muhammad the second year in the Islamic calendar, 624 AD. "Ramadan is the month in which was sent down the Quran, as a guide to mankind, also clear signs for guidance and judgment between right and wrong.
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By Levent Akbarut | July 21, 2012
Thursday at sunset signified the start of Ramadan. During this month, observing Muslims around the world fast by abstaining from food and drink from dawn to sunset. Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islamic faith, along with belief in the oneness of God and in Muhammad as God's messenger, performing the daily prayers, paying the yearly charity due (Zakat), and performing the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). The fasting in Ramadan is the month of self-restraint, self-purification and increased spirituality.
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By Michael J. Arvizu | September 3, 2009
This is probably the hardest piece I’ve had to write for any newspaper. I’ve had my share of difficult stories to write, but this one takes the cake. Weeks ago, when I was asked by my editors to write a column for this space every week, I accepted it humbly and graciously, with the thought that I did not deserve to have a column yet in this stage of my career and that instead it should go to one of my esteemed veteran colleagues. What’s funny is, when I finally figured out what I was going to write about, I panicked over how I was going to write about it. So I’ve mulled for days now how I am going approach this column, and several hours to go until deadline, I still don’t know.
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By Levent Akbarut, Special to the Valley Sun | December 25, 2008
On Dec. 8, Southern California Muslims celebrated the end of the yearly Hajj pilgrimage season to Mecca. Communal morning prayers and celebrations were held at mosques across the nation and around the globe. “Hajj reminds Muslims to transcend themselves from their comfort zones and struggle together for the common good of humanity, following the life and legacy of Prophet Abraham and his family,” said Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
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By Michael J. Arvizu Valley Sun | January 11, 2008
Islam’s annual hajj, or pilgrimage, was observed by millions of Muslims all over the world Dec. 17 to 21. La Cañada residents Asdullah Alamdari, and Shahzad and Sobia Husnain for the first time journeyed in early December to the holy city of Mecca, as every Muslim is obligated to set aside at least one period in their life where they can devote their time and energy to travel to the ancient city. “I was searching to find my God there,” said Alamdari by phone from his workplace in Los Angeles.
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December 27, 2007
On Dec. 19, Muslims celebrated the occasion of the end of the blessed season of hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. Hajj, a duty to be performed once in a lifetime if one is financially and physically able, is of the five pillars of Islam, along with belief in one God, five daily prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan and almsgiving to the poor. Performed this year by nearly 2.5 million devotees, hajj consists of several rituals that symbolize the belief and devotion to one God through commemorating the trials of the prophet Abraham and his family.
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