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#2086 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 15:03

India: Devotees pray for motorcycle 'blessings'

Bullet Raja motorcycle
The motorcycle is now kept in a glass case at the roadside shrine

People are visiting a roadside shrine in north-western India to pray to a motorbike called Bullet Raja, which is believed to protect drivers, it seems.

Devotees come to the Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycle in the Rajasthan village of Bandayi to pray for a safe journey, News18 Rajasthan reports. "I have come to this place many times," one worshipper says. "Whenever I cross this temple I get down to take blessing from Om Banna to have a safe journey ahead."

In 1988, a young man called Om Banna was reportedly killed when his 350cc motorcycle hit a tree. Locals say the bike kept returning to the scene of the accident by itself, even after a police officer took it to India's northern state of Punjab. Some people believe the motorcycle possesses supernatural powers - one man told News18 the spirit of Om Banna gave him 20,000 rupees (£200).

The motorcycle is on display in a glass box, decorated with flower garlands. People also pray at the tree where the fatal accident happened. One UK-based traveller has even set up a Tripadvisor page for the shrine, noting it was a lucky spot for his party - they found a camera lost earlier on the trip.

Roadside shrines are not unusual in India, but they are sometimes blamed by authorities for causing traffic bottlenecks. In 2009, India's Supreme Court halted the building of religious sites on public land, but it did not affect existing roadside holy places. One such shrine, built in the middle of the road, was a communal flashpoint, The Times of India reported at the time.

 
The British-designed Royal Enfield Bullet was first built in the 1930s, and has been made in India since 1948
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#2087 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 15:13
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Some people believe the motorcycle possesses supernatural powers - one man told News18 the spirit of Om Banna gave him 20,000 rupees (£200).


OMG.... who is the motorcycle deity, then?
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#2088 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 15:36
Bullet Raja loll
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#2089 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 16:14

Prominent Hanafi Ulamah of the 1st 6 centuries

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#2090 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 17:37
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This list deserves its own thread in the true Salaf section. Please repost, Jazakallah
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#2091 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 20:35
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Maybe he's in Jamaat.
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#2092 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:24
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#2093 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:38
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Hey, you never know. My grandfather started out for three days at the end of last year, but he kept going until my family begged him to come back after forty. For context, he has gone for forty days several times before, but he has long wanted to go for four months, and his saathis (still) want him to as well.

On a more serious note, maybe someone can contact the brother. Someone on this forum must have his direct contact information, e.g. phone, email.
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#2094 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:41

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He hasn't blogged either since 19th of March who has his email?

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#2095 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:54
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I have his email, I'll email him inshaAllah
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#2096 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 21:55
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A PM should reach his e-mail. I sent him one two nights ago but it's still in the outbox, which means he hasn't read it yet. However, I think that means that he hasn't opened it in MuftiSays. He may have viewed the email on whatever platform his email is in.
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#2097 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 22:04
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Funny you mentioned that, unfortunately I remember reading that he opened his account using a temporary email address so he doesn't get bombarded with email subscription's from MS like users would from SF. Khair that PM notification will not reach him. I'll try and find the source of his comments and update the post.
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#2098 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 22:06
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#2099 [Permalink] Posted on 8th May 2014 23:56
salaam

anyone know of any decent, pious, trustworthy amil who can check someone?

yes, i am serious.
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#2100 [Permalink] Posted on 9th May 2014 10:28
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W-Salam,

If the person is sane coherent and communicable then he/she can check it themselves.
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