Final Completion of The Masjid Istiqamah JoJo Project Mafia Island Tanzania!

Final Masjid Istiqamah – Formal Official Opening!

Masjid JoJo – Mafia Island – Tanzania

Opened on Friday After Salaat Ijumaa on November 23, 2018.

December 5, 2018,

Please Note Three Videos – In Swahili!

1 Message from The Imam of The Masjid –

[04/12, 02:46] Majid Al Suleimany:

2 The video is only now sent!

[04/12, 02:46] Majid Al Suleimany:

 

      

Today In Shaa Allah is the Official Opening of Masjid Istiqamah JoJo Mafia!

Formal Official Opening of The Masjid Istiqamah Mafia Island Tanzania on November 23rd 2018 –

Message to The Village Elders of JoJo Mafia Island – in Swahili!

Ufungulizi Rasmi wa Masjid Istiqamah JoJo Mafia tarehe 23 November 2018 In Shaa Allah

By Majid Said Nasser Al Suleimany
Muscat – Sultanate of Oman
November 22, 2018
Video will be live at:

 

November 22, 2018

Previous Posts – For Follow Ups!

https://mymajid.blog/2018/11/21/formal-official-opening-of-masjid-istiqamah-jojo-mafia-island/

https://mymajid.blog/2018/11/16/masjid-istiqamah-masjid-jojo-official-opening-for-november-23-2018/

Masjid Photos

     

 

 

Masjid Istiqamah (Masjid JoJo) Official Opening For November 23, 2018!

Breaking News!

Message on Masjid Istiqamah – Masjid JoJo Official Opening!

November 17th 2018

The Village Elders have named Masjid JoJo as now Masjid Istiqamah! 

Al Hamdu Lillah!

Scheduled on November 23, 2018 at JoJo place in Mafia Island Tanzania.

Meaning of Istiqamah

The 21st hadith in Imam an-Nawawi’s collection (read here) deals with the subject of istiqamah (steadfastness). This is a very important topic especially when we consider the many tests and trials that we as an ummah are currently facing. It is of utmost importance that we not only understand the concept of istiqamah, but we strive to attain it.

Say ‘I Believe in Allah’

This is not just a single statement, rather it encompasses Islam as a whole. Belief in Allah is not just belief in the heart, but it is also words and actions. The Prophet also shows us that istiqamah comes only after we start to practice our faith.

What is Istiqamah?

The word istiqamah (from the root qaama) means to go straight into the right direction, acting rightly, allowing no deviation. It is from the same root that the word mustaqeem is derived (i.e. sirat al-mustaqeem – the straight path). It can be translated as ‘steadfastness’.

Allah SWT Says:

فَاسْتَقِمْ كَمَا أُمِرْتَ وَمَن تَابَ مَعَكَ وَلَا تَطْغَوْا ۚ إِنَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ

So stand you (O Muhammad) firm and straight as you are commanded and those who turn in repentance with you, and transgress not. Verily, He is All-Seer of what you do. [Surat Hud, 12:112]

Ibn Abbas said that no other verse from the entire Qur’an was revealed upon the Messenger that was harder upon him than this verse. It was due to this verse that the Prophet said : “Surat Hud and its companions have made my hair white” Why was this? Because istiqamah is very difficult to attain. The scholars said that istiqamah is the hardest thing to hold on to.

The Companions on the Meaning of Istiqamah

Abu Bakr when asked about the meaning of istiqamah, replied: “That you do not associate partners with Allah.

Umar ibn al-Khattab said: “It is that you should be steadfast on the matters that are obligated , and to abandon the prohibitions.”

Uthman ibn Affan said: “ To have Ikhlas (sincerity) to Allah only in doing actions .”

Ibn Abbas said: “It means to fulfill your duties to Allah.”

How to Remain Steadfast

• Keep the company of good people. (Man is on the Deen of his friends)
• Keep connected to the Qur’an, through its recital, study and implementation.
• Reflect and question yourself daily. E.g. are you headed the right way? Are your intentions sincere?
• Learn to take advice from others.
May Allah grant us all steadfastness and firmness upon the Deen (Ameen Ya Raab!)

 

Photographs of Masjid Istiqamah & The Elders!

   

 

 

Oman Air – Do Not Fly Me Anymore!

Oman Air – Do Not Fly Me Anymore!

Do Not Fly Me – Oman Air!

September 8th 2018 – Muscat – Oman.
Passengers – CAASLD
AlSulaimani/MajidSaidNasser Mr
AlSulaimani/SafiyaKhalilSaid Mrs

Trip – MCT-ZNZ-MCT
Muscat – Zanzibar – Muscat

ORIGINAL – GOING
Oman Air WY 0705 – MCT Muscat to ZNZ Zanzibar – August 24 2018 – Friday
Departure 09.10 – Arrival 13.15 Local Times

ORIGINAL – RETURNING
Oman Air WY 0708 From Dar es Salaam via Zanzibar – October 23 2018 – Tuesday
Departure Dar es Salaam 04.30 am – Zanzibar 06.00 am
Arrive Muscat 12.30

Not Allowed to board – WY 708 – Oman Air – ZNZ-MCT – 4th September 2018.
Final Return – WY 708 – Oman Air – ZNZ-MCT – 6th September 2018.

Reservation Code HGVQTF – CAASLD (WY)

Despite being a Sick Passenger!

7 – OSI WY DIAGNOSIS – OBESITY HYPOVERUTIAL.
15. OSI WY DOES THE PATIENT NEED OXYGEN – YES 4L/M

Remarks!

My wife and I were booked on the above flights to Zanzibar from Muscat return with our National Airline – Oman Air! We were planning to stay in Tanzania till October 23 2018 as per the above details flight information!

I worked in PDO in Employee Services and at that time I controlled on a First Signature only an annual budget of 18 million US Dollars. I was In Charge of all travels of the Company including Business Travel, Training Staff Leave etc. At the time Oman Air was under Gulf Air during my period of work.

Unfortunately, due to my medical condition we had to curtail our trip – and return early to Muscat. We changed the flight to as above details and we got confirmation from Muscat and even Call Centre Oman Air that our changed plans were in order!

When we reached The Oman Air Counter in Zanzibar on 4th September WY 708 – we were told that we could NOT FLY (sic!) because we had not intimated to Oman Air earlier – and Zanzibar nor Dar es Salaam have Oxygen Cylinder – nor does The Flight carry one!

We had a Formal Medical Letter signed by The Royal Hospital in Bowsher. The Sultanate Highest Hospital! An Oman Air part of The Same Sultanate of Oman Apparatus and System – wanted us to bring ANOTHER CERTIFICATION FROM A DOCTOR IN ZANZIBAR – as if The Royal Hospital documents that we travelled with from Muscat to Zanzibar were sort of ‘forged documents’!

If a forgery was to be made the more likely sources would be from where they wanted that the Documents! Even The Zanzibari Doctor (with links to Oman) was amazed bt this request from Oman Air – and he commented – Don’t they trust their own people?? Anyway, it is money for me – so No Problem!

On top of us being humiliated for Not Allowed To Fly – They Oman Air – I do not know if it is Oman or Zanzibar  Offices – or even both? Nothing will surprise me the way Oman Air Treat The Omani People – especially in routes going to Zanzibar etc.

Special Treatment for such Passengers? Even if there is great businesses – and the planes to and fro GO FULL BASIS CAPACITY! Very good business for Oman Air – but So Sad!

Another Point!

Are Airlines Not Required to carry on board Oxygen Cylinders and Other Contigencies as per International Flying Standards as due to cabin pressures even healthy travelling passengers may require Oxygen due to Cabin Pressures?

Still Yet Another Main Point Here!

Oman Air is taking advantages of Omanis preferring to travel direct to Zanzibar etc!
Why does Oman Air fly SMALLER BOEING CRAFTS to Africa? Even the Business Class seats need much to be desired! I have flown flights with Oman Air to Salalah with WIDER Seats even! Do not talk about the toilet! Fat people like us can HARDLY GO IN!

For a long time, I have been hearing complaints about Oman Air from BOTH Staff and Travellers – but I put it to our usual whining on Petty Things concerning our National Institutions – till I learnt it the Hard Way flying Oman Air!

I am a very Nationalistic Patriotic person – main part of the reasons why my Career Life never took off! You can check around about me – even in PDO today!

BUT – Oman Air – I Will Not Fly You Again! This Was My LAST FLIGHT WITH YOU!

DO NOT FLY ME – OH OMAN AIR!!!!

 

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Are You Afraid?

For Sunday – May 19th 2013.

Between Us Only!

Are You Afraid?

 Or The (African) Island Touch!

Do you believe in these paranormal ghost things? These things were common occurrences in this place!

The Island – When I was a young boy in this island I grew up in East Africa (Mafia – not the Italian one) but the Arabic one for the place (island) without (She without) – also known locally as Chole – there were a lot of scare and weird stories there. These are not tales that I was told, but had actually experienced myself, family and or by my close friends! See Mafia Island Images Below!

I - So Shocked

So Afraid?

For example? Like cars cutting off engines whenever they reached one special baobab tree, especially after evening prayers (Maghrib) and for no reason. It never happened when our late father (pbuh) was there! In one incident when it happened, my late father shot in the air – and the truck mysteriously restarted!

See Fear Images Below

Afraid 1 Afraid 2 Afraid 3 Afraid 4 Afraid A Afraid B

There was this beautiful damsel wandering in the night (very tall fair Arab lady). They said she was a ‘Jinn’ (ghost, fairy) trying to trap gullible (and usually drunk) men. It was said she actually walks through walls. If that will not scare you to run (and forget all others ideas you had in your head) what else will? I never met her – but our houseboy did! We heard his screams late at night!

We used to mock these things that they used to make people collect cashew nuts whilst they thought they were dreaming it in their sleep – only to find it the hard way when their hands reeked of cashew fruit next morning!

Travel Express by Night – One old Bedouin (Omani) telling my father one day early morning ‘that our grandmother had died in Hail Al-Ghaaf (Quriyaat)’. In those days mails took a month, when the letter was received, it was the exact date (the man had insisted to my disbelieving late father to write down the date!).

It was said this man traveled at night (how – do not ask me! I never asked him, nor did I want to find out!) to and back to Oman. To prove his point, he had fresh ripening dates in his house (guess nobody ate them except himself, who else in his right mind would want to try?) It was always in summer time – I came only to know when I returned to Oman in 1972 was the time of dates!

There were so many stories In this island, of so many stories of people changing into ‘cats and monkeys’ and coming to people’s houses (we used to think our poor dad (pbuh) had lost it, when he used to shout at them in Arabic – to go away, and they actually did!).

There is also this one! How my late elder brother (pbuh) beat a cat badly because it ate his food. Next day he was seriously sick, everybody said he was a goner. They had to go to apologise to an old African man who looked like he was just beaten up! Only then my brother recovered.

The Haunted Hotel Room – The hotel Reception offered me this room on the top floor. It was at a reduced rate. The Reception Staff lady said to me – You are Omani. So you will be okay in the room! I refused to take chances – and rightly too – as it emerged that the room was haunted – and there was an evil presence in the room. Next morning the people found themselves on the floor thrown from the bed – in the bath tub – and hearing angry hissing voices – like get out from my master’s bed!

I would have discounted this as just whim. But I met someone later one I knew well who had tried the room – and met exactly the same fate. It seemed the hotel was housed in a large family house belonging to an ex Omani famous family. Some of the family members were massacred in the Revolution – and the rest had all left the place soon afterwards!

The Singing Pretty Damsel – There was a great disbelief – but one person was ready to swear on his mother’s grave – that he had a glimpse of her at the haunted house as dusk was setting! Only two brothers lived in the house. They were aloofers – and were marked as hermit misers! The man swore he had never seen such a beautiful woman before in his life – she had long hair – and was singing a Faiza Ahmed (Arabic) song! She was tall and very fair in complexion. When he looked into the window – she instantly disappeared – but he felt his whole body going into a chill! Then the fierce dog of the house barked loudly – and he just ran non-stop back to the village!

The People of the Night! – As kids we used to go out early in the morning before dawn to collect fresh fallen from the trees mangoes! In one place we heard as if someone was moving in the shrubs near us – moaning loudly! Next day we met this old local woman who kept staring at us! She was known as a Mchawi – Mwanga – or as you and I understand as a witch!

She lamented to us – You be careful in your fruit mango picking things – because you are disturbing some other people out doing their thing (job: business)! Lucky they know you – or they could have harmed you! Actually we did not really need to collect the mangoes – as they were always being sold to us the family very cheap! But boys will always be boys! We stopped the mangoes collecting exercises soon after this!

The Big Question – The big question I keep asking myself since a kid! How come the people practicing these are always still poor, destitute and in need? Or why don’t they help us fight our adversaries?

Hope I did not scare you in the process! Being scared and afraid is normal human trait and behaviour – nothing illogical, alien or strange either! Or illogical and inconclusive either!

Take Care!

By Majid Al Suleimany

Mafia Island Images Below

Mafia 1 Mafia 2 Mafia 3 Mafia 4 Mafia 5 

Mafia 6

Mafia Island Images Above

ADDENDUM

 The Very Tall (UFO) Person – Our farm boy was returning to the farm at Wayani late at night. Then he saw this very tall looking person, pulling chains tied to him! When asked if he was local or not – he said I did not stop to look! But the tall person was wearing the long white dress put for funeral purposes! The man was admitted in the hospital for acute shock! He was exclaiming loudly what he saw at the hospital ward. Two days later he had died! People just put it to him turning mad and senile – and seeing things! But was it really? True the man liked the local drink Uraka – made from fermented cashew fruits!   But is it that all to make the person so scared … to death?

The Car Lift Gone All  Wrong!  It was coconut picking season time. So he was driving very late at night. He nearly hit the local woman who was standing on the road – after his car beams picked her out from the shadows!  So he asked her – Mother – what are you doing late at night? Get in the car – I will take you to the village. She reluctantly got in! After awhile talking incessantly to her – but she was not answering – so he turned around! She was not in the car!

A few miles on – he saw her again by the side of the road! This time she was stopping him for a lift! Again she was standing in the middle of the road! He said to me – I drove through her. I thought I hit something – because I found the car shaking! He did not stop – or look back. He put loud the Quraan cassette – and reciting along! When he told the villagers – they did not disbelieve him! They mentioned one old woman who had died many years ago! The woman was famous for asking for lifts!

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