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Archive for September, 2015

Basics of Urdu Language Posted by on Sep 30, 2015

What is significant about the Urdu alphabet? The Urdu alphabet has 39 basic letters and 13 extra characters, 52 all together. It is written from right to left and is closely related to the Arabic and Persian alphabets, but also contains some sounds from Sanskrit. Pronunciation Certain sounds in Urdu have no equivalent in English…

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A Poem by Iqbal Posted by on Sep 29, 2015

Muhammad Iqbal, also known as Allama Iqbal, was a philosopher, poet and politician in British India who is widely regarded to have inspired the Pakistan Movement. He is considered one of the most important figures in Urdu literature, with literary work in both the Urdu and Persian languages. Iqbal is admired as a prominent classical poet…

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K2 Posted by on Sep 27, 2015

K2, located on the Pakistan-Chinese border, is the 2nd highest mountain in the world; and Pakistan’s highest mountain. The name K2 was given in 1852 by British surveyor T.G. Montgomery with “K” designating the Karakoram Range and “2” since it was the 2nd peak listed. During his survey, Montgomery, standing on Mt. Haramukh 125 miles…

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Eid-ul-Adha Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Islam celebrates two great festivals annually – Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha. The first is the great festival that follows the end of holy month of Ramadan . The second occurs about two months later during the Islamic month of Zil-Hajj when an animal is sacrificed in commemoration of prophet Ibrahim’s sacrifice of his son. This festival…

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Hajj – The Holy Pilgrimage Posted by on Sep 20, 2015

Hajj in Islam is the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which every adult Muslim of either sex must make at least once in his or her lifetime. The hajj is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices and institutions known as the Five Pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage begins on the 7th day…

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