April 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Ramadan is Coming!


Do you know the month of Ramadan? It is a holy month for muslims. In the month of Ramadan, the muslims are fasting whole day. This year we are going to fast about 16 hours in the beginings of Ramadan and about 17 hours in the ends of Ramadan. The fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. So it is a must who says I am Muslim.

Let's look at the pillars of Islam:

1. The Profession of Faith—The Shahada 

The Profession of Faith, the shahada, is the most fundamental expression of Islamic beliefs. It simply states that “There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.” It underscores the monotheistic nature of Islam. It is an extremely popular phrase in Arabic calligraphy and appears in numerous manuscripts and religious buildings.



2. Daily Prayers—Salat 

Muslims are expected to pray five times a day. This does not mean that they need to attend a mosque to pray; rather, the salat, or the daily prayer, should be recited five times a day. Muslims can pray anywhere; however, they are meant to pray towards Mecca. The faithful pray by bowing several times while standing and then kneeling and touching the ground or prayer mat with their foreheads, as a symbol of their reverence and submission to Allah. On Friday, many Muslims attend a mosque near midday to pray and to listen to a sermon, khutba.



3. Alms-Giving—Zakat 

The giving of alms is the third pillar. Muslims believe that they are meant to share their wealth with those less fortunate in their community of believers.

4. Fasting during Ramadan—Saum

During the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, Muslims are expected to fast from dawn to dusk. While there are exceptions made for the sick, elderly, and pregnant, all are expected to refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. 

5. Pilgrimage to Mecca—Hajj 

All Muslims who are able are required to make the pilgrimage to Mecca and the surrounding holy sites at least once in their lives. Pilgrimage focuses on visiting the Kaaba and walking around it seven times. Pilgrimage occurs in the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar.



We are fasting during daylight hours as I mentioned above. At the nights we are praying Tarawih. The first Tarawih of this Ramadan will be performed on Sunday night (05.05.19) and the first fast will be in the day after. So the holy month of Ramadan is coming! I am going to recite more Qur'an during this month and make du'a for the good of all mankind!

Do you have some muslim friends? Are they fasting also? Please write your feelings and comments. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Aydın Koçarlı Cihanoğlu Mosque


Every sunday I am going to share inspirational architectures from Turkey. I am participating in Inspired Sunday. Today I am going to share with you Cihanoglu Mosque from Kocarli, Aydin. This mosque was built between in 1753 - 1756. It is 263 years old




As I said before it is a 263 years old mosque however it's first key is still exist. Look how beautiful it's woodwork!

See you next Inspired Sunday!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Grand Mosque of Bursa


I am linking this post to Inspired Sunday. Every Sunday they are collecting the photos of religious places. I want to join them every week. Here is the first one.

I am living in Bursa which is the fourth biggest city of Turkey and was one of the capital city of Ottoman once upon a time. Bursa has really historical places; Grand Mosque (Ulu Cami in Turkish) is one of them.




There is a fountain inside of Bursa Grand Mosque. The muslims performing their salahs with the sound of this water. It is a great emotion.

I found a good video which shows inside of Bursa Ulu Cami. Please watch and write below what you think.


Have you ever been to Turkey, especially in Bursa? Did you visit any mosque here? Please share your thoughts with us. If you want to get more information about Grand Mosque please visit Wikipedia.

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Hair...


I couldn't find a better topic for my post. I am different from other bloggers. I firstly am finding the topic of my post and composing my essay according to that topic. But the others are writing the essay and putting the topic according to it. What about you?

I saw on The Marmelade Gypsy that his Rick got his hair cut by a woman (female) hairdresser. I commented on her blog that we don't have, as men, female hairdressers in Turkey. We have male hairdressers for women however we don't have female hairdressers for men. What about your country?

While I was writing this post, I saw 2 news that shows in Turkey there are female hairdressers in male barbershops. First one is from Mustafakemalpaşa, Bursa. I read a news from 2016 that hairdresser Rahşan was getting men's hair cut. Mustafakemalpaşa is a small city however she had a lot of customers, according to that news.


The other one is from Denizli. There are 2 girls (17 years old) who are apprentice, Gülsüm and Fadime. They got bored from female customers so they decided to cut male hairs. They said that the men are more compatible than women.


What do you think about this? Could you mention about your country in light of this issue? Do you have male hairdressers as women or do you have female hairdressers as men?

I am not going to barbershop more than 1 year. I am cutting my hair by self. It is not so difficult. I don't like to wait in barbershops so this was a good idea for me.