Uniqueness of Bali

Kuta is administratively a district (kecamatan) and subdistrict/village (kelurahan) in southern Bali, Indonesia. A former fishing village, it was one of the first towns on Bali to see substantial tourist development, and as a beach resort remains one of Indonesia’s major tourist destinations.

Surfing Bali

Kuta is now the center of an extensive tourist-oriented urban area that merges into the neighboring towns. Legian beach, to the north, is the commercial hub of Kuta and the site of many restaurants and entertainment spots. Most of the area’s big beachfront hotels are in the southern section of Tuban.

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Mazar-e-Quaid – Jinnah Mausoleum

The largest city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Karachi, is also the final resting place of the founder of this country, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. This is famous as Mazar-e-Quaid in the local language, Urdu and it is also referred as Jinnah Mausoleum or the National Mausoleum which is located in the heart of Karachi.

The vast land was selected for the construction of the Mausoleum of Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The plot which was selected for Mazar-e-Quaid comprises of 53 hectares of land and it was later established as a public park. The size of the exact building of Mazar-e-Quaid was kept 75x75m on ground and 43m high and it was erected on a 4m high platform.

Mazar-e-Quaid

The interior of the mausoleum provides a holy and sanctum feeling and the most attractive part is the hanging chandelier which was gifted by the people republic of China. The outer park also consists of the powerful spot lights which are lit at night and Mazar-e-Quaid flushes like a crystal which can be seen from miles away with naked eye.

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There are also the graves of Liaqat Ali Khan who was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan and Fatima Jinnah ( Mother of the Nation ) who was the real sister of Mohammad Ali Jinnah in the vicinity of Mazar-e-Quaid, Karachi , Pakistan. Every year on the occasion of national importance, official and military ceremonies are conducted on this venue especially on 23 March, 14 August, 11 September and 25 December which are attended by the local as well as foreign VIP’s.Mazar-e-Quaid

Bullah Ki Jaana Maen Kon

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Bulleh Shah, one of the most acclaimed Sufi poets of Punjab was a humanist and a philosopher. His poetry represents him as someone providing solutions to the sociological problems of the world as he lived through it, describing the turbulence his motherland Punjab was passing through, while concurrently searching for God.

Bulleh Shah’s poetry also highlights his mystical spiritual voyage through the four stages of Sufism: Shariat (Path), Tariqat (Observance), Haqiqat (Truth) and Maarfat (Union). The simplicity with which Bulleh Shah has been able to address the complex fundamental issues of life and humanity is a large part of his appeal.

Thus, many people have put his kafis to music, from humble street-singers to renowned Sufi singers like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Pathanay Khan, Abida Parveen, the Waddali Brothers and Sain Zahoor, from the synthesized techno qawwali remixes of UK-based Asian artists to the Pakistani rock band Junoon.

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Bulleh-Shah

The poem by Bulleh Shah (1680-1757)

Bulla, ki jaana maen kaun (Bulla, to me I’m not known – who knows who I am?)

Na maen momin vich maseet aan
Na maen vich kufar diyan reet aan
Na maen paakaan vich paleet aan
Na maen moosa na pharaun.
Bulleh! ki jaana maen kaun

Not a believer inside the mosque, am I
Nor a pagan disciple of false rites
Not the pure amongst the impure
Neither Moses, nor the Pharaoh
Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Na maen andar ved kitaab aan,
Na vich bhangaan na sharaab aan
Na vich rindaan masat kharaab aan
Na vich jaagan na vich saun.
Bulleh! ki jaana maen kaun.

Not in the holy Vedas, am I
Nor in opium, neither in wine
Not in the drunkard`s intoxicated craze
Niether awake, nor in a sleeping daze
Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Na vich shaadi na ghamnaaki
Na maen vich paleeti paaki
Na maen aabi na maen khaki
Na maen aatish na maen paun
Bulleh!, ki jaana maen kaun

In happiness nor in sorrow, am I
Neither clean, nor a filthy mire
Not from water, nor from earth
Neither fire, nor from air, is my birth
Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Na maen arabi na lahori
Na maen hindi shehar nagauri
Na hindu na turak peshauri
Na maen rehnda vich nadaun
Bulla, ki jaana maen kaun

Not an Arab, nor Lahori
Neither Hindi, nor Nagauri
Hindu, Turk, nor Peshawari
Nor do I live in Nadaun
Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Na maen bhait mazhab da paaya
Ne maen aadam havva jaaya
Na maen apna naam dharaaya
Na vich baitthan na vich bhaun
Bulleh , ki jaana maen kaun

Secrets of religion, I have not known
From Adam and Eve, I am not born
I am not the name I assume
Not in stillness, nor on the move
Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Avval aakhir aap nu jaana
Na koi dooja hor pehchhaana
Maethon hor na koi siyaana
Bulla! ooh khadda hai kaun
Bulla, ki jaana maen kaun

I am the first, I am the last
None other, have I ever known
I am the wisest of them all
Bulleh! do I stand alone?
Bulleh! to me, I am not known

Ibn-e-Battuta

World Of Battuta

Ibn-e-Battuta, aka Shams Ud Din

Abu Abdullah Muhammad Ibn-e-Battuta, also known as Shams Ud Din, was born at Tangier, Morocco, on the 24th February 1304.  He left Tangier in 1325, when he was 21 years of age. His travels lasted for about 30 years, after which he returned to Fez, Morocco at the court of Sultan Abu ‘Inan and dictated accounts of his journeys to Ibn Juzay. These are known as the famous Travels (Rihala) of Ibn Battuta. He died at Fez in 1369.

Ibn Battuta was the only medieval traveller who is known to have visited the lands of every Muslim ruler of his time. He also travelled in Sri Lanka, China and Byzantium and South Russia. The mere extent of his travels is estimated at no less than 75,000 miles. Ibn Battuta’s sea voyages reveal that the Muslims completely dominated the maritime activity of the Red Sea, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Chinese waters.

The Great Travels Of Ibn-e-Battuta

The Great Travels Of Ibn-e-Battuta

Ibn-e-Battuta, one of the most remarkable travellers of all time, visited China sixty years after Marco Polo and in fact travelled 75,000 miles, much ore than Marco Polo. Yet Battuta is never mentioned in geography books used in Muslim countries, let alone those in the West.

Ibn Battuta’s  contribution to geography is unquestionably as great as that of any geographer yet the accounts of his travels are not easily accessible except to the specialist. The omission of reference to Ibn Battuta’s contribution in geography books is not an isolated example.

All great Musiims whether historians, doctors, astronomers, scientists or chemists suffer the same fate. One can understand why these great Muslims are ignored by the West. We must rediscover the contributions of Muslims in  fields such as science, medicine, engineering, architecture and astronomy.