I have some serious trust issues when it comes Qibla Finder apps as I feel many of them are inaccurate, however, it comes as great news that Google’s Developers just released a Qibla Finder. Not only that, but it also uses augmented reality, so it will show exactly where the Qibla should be.
I tried it at the office, made sure GPS was on and it pointed at the couch which is where the Qibla is, much more convenient than other ways of finding the Qibla. Best part is you don’t need an app or any special requirements to do this, all you need is a phone with internet.
Yesterday I spent around 4 hours standing in line and most of it was waiting my turn to give my condolences to the families on the martyrdom of their loved ones. Twenty seven people died in a Shia mosque bomb attack and over 200 injured. By the time I was done it was around 2 a.m so I went to Pick Yo Qurtoba for suhoor. It was completely empty and everything around was closed.
I told them you guys are usually packed. They told me they just opened up after shutting down because a suspicious potential bomb in a bag was being inspected in Qurtoba Co-op area by police. So all the places shut down for safety precautions. Eventually the Ministry of Interior announced the bag did not contain any explosives.
Before the bombing in Kuwait we would see terrorist bombings in Pakistan and say it would never come to Kuwait. As time passed by we would see terrorist bombings in our neighbouring Saudi Arabia and say it would never come to Kuwait. There were security precautions during Friday prayers in Kuwait mosques but no wear near enough. We got a wake up call last Friday, and it came at a great cost.
It is beyond me on how the simple basics of Islam that no one argues on are good deeds such as fasting, praying, attending Friday prayer, and all being on the holy month of God, on a Friday are considered to an organisation who portray themselves as ‘Muslims’ a reason to kill out of pure hatred. They’ve shattered and destroyed the holy Qur’an and it hurts to watch the aftermath. It was an unislamic and barbaric act, by an organisation following an agenda, not a religion.
On the other hand, it was beautiful to see Kuwait unify as one, reminded some of the 1990 war with Iraq. Sunni’s praying in Shia mosques and vice versa. Kuwait’s beauty comes with its values. To cleanse the country from this terrorist mentality and pure hatred it needs to be done from the roots. From the teachings at school to addressing all the false accusations from different religious sects.
There’s so much work to be done but I believe we will be getting there. Just feeling sad for those that have been murdered is not enough, if actions are not taken this will only escalate to the worse. I’m one of those that has to remind themselves every day that this terrorist attack has happened, I still can’t fully grasp the brutal incident.
The Atlantic have posted a gallery of this years Eid Al Adha celebrations taking place all over the world and some of them are just a beauty to look at, others are filled with blood and sacrifice. It’s fascinating seeing how this ritual is celebrated all over the world. You can see the entire gallery by clicking [here].