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The answer,if givenin conformitywith the Islamitic doctrine,paveSthe wayfor their everlastingpleasures and for calm undisturbedrest in the tomb till Doomsday; but the answer,if otherwise,subjectsthem to a variety of privations and sufferingsup to the dayin question. The bridge above referredto is, as per religioustenet,thinnerthanhair, having somemillions of miles distance betweenheavenand hell, and is invisible to unhallowed beings,whosesuccess in crossingit restsmateriallywith the serviceand assistance of the animalssokilled onthesethree sacreddays.

May not bemisconstruedfor Jcoonda under notice. TheLoonda is a Mohammedan usagecommon to all Moslems inhabitingIndia alone,andis seldom metwithamongMussulmans of foreignparts;andthe fact that it owesits existence to India, tallieswith thereasoning thattheusage is modernand chieflyIndian. Thismodern practice, whichMoslems consider apartof theirreligion, consists of a peculiarprayertermedFatehaor Neaz,whichtheyoffer at anytimeand on any day of theyearin honorof theholyfourth Calif Huzrut Ali, son-in-lawand cousinof theProphet.

Neaz said or done in caseof deceased relativesand friends is entirely for the purposes of thedeceased's salvationandgoodin theirmigratedcareer; and is for no selfishinterest or motive, as in the caseof saints. The practiceis so popular with IndianMussulmans that, in all timesof distresses and worldlytroublesand anxieties, theykeeptheneazas a preventionand safeguardagainst all difficultiesdisturbingthemin thecoarseof life. But sucha ceremonious rite, that is barelyin use in foreign and civilised climes otherthan India, is notconformable * This appearedin the form of an article by the author in the JbUy JVSww, Saturday,June 6, 1891.

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The Moslem Festivities (1892) by MOULVIE ABUL ANWAR SYED & Ameer Ali

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