Eid al-Fitr 13 May 2021
The religious festival Eid al-Fitr, or the “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is one of two major holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world.
Also known as the “Lesser Eid,” Eid al-Fitr commemorates the end of the fasting month of Ramadan . An occasion for special prayers, family visits, gift-giving and charity, it takes place over one to three days, beginning on the first day of Shawwal, the 10th month in the Islamic calendar.
Importance of Eid al-Fitr
After a month of prayer, devotion and self-control, Muslims celebrate the accomplishment of their sacred duties during Ramadan with the beginning of Eid al-Fitr, or the Festival of Breaking the Fast. The festival is a national holiday in many countries with large Muslim populations. Celebrations of Eid al-Fitr typically last for three days, one day fewer than those of Eid al-Adha. For this reason, Eid al-Fitr is often called “Lesser” or “Smaller Eid.” Eid al-Adha, known as “Greater Eid,” is seen as the more important holiday of the two.
During Eid al-Fitr, Muslims take part in special morning prayers, greet each other with formal embraces and offer each other greetings of “Eid Mubarak,” or “Have a blessed Eid.” They gather with family and friends, give games and gifts to children and prepare and eat special meals, including sweet dishes like baklava or Turkish delight in Turkey, date-filled pastries and cookies in Saudi Arabia and Iraq and bint al sahn (honey cake) in Yemen.
Another of the five pillars of Islam is Zakat or giving to those in need. Muslims often prepare for Eid al-Fitr by giving money to charity so that less fortunate families can enjoy the festivities as well. In addition to charity, Muslims are also encouraged to give and seek forgiveness during Eid al-Fitr,and look forward to the opportunity to fast again during Ramadan the following year.
Day 30 – And that’s a wrap, 30 days of Fasting as come to an end. How fast has the time gone, I hope you have enjoyed my tweets and blog and it has given you an in site on what it is like being a police officer during Ramadan. The time has now come for me to help with Eid preparations and have an early night as I have been asked to volunteer in the morning to help facilitate Eid prayer in a safe environment as we to hold it on a field in our local cemetery.
Fact: Eid Al-Fitr is a three day celebration to mark the end of Ramadan and the end of fasting. During the month of Ramadan, Muslim’s fast from Sun up to sundown to honour the month that the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
Day 29 – Steady day in the office today given me time to catch up on some work. So today it was announced that Eid will be on Thursday for me which means only one day of fasting left, I cannot believe how 30 days have just disappeared, may Allah accept everyone’s prayer’s and reward everyone for their efforts this month.
Fact: Masjid Al-Aqsa is an important holy site in Islam, located in the old city of Jerusalem. Al-Aqsa is one of the most sacred sites for Muslims. The wider compound of Al-Aqsa, about 35 acres is usually referred to as Al-Haram (noble sanctuary) and includes Dome of the Rock.
Day 28 – The end is in sight with only one or two days left of fasting. Not a really good start to the day but glad to have an Inspector like Amy Hunter. She is always there to pick me up and advise me. I had a few meetings but nothing that was really exciting. Throughout the day I was thinking what I could have for Iftar, so decided to marinate some chicken, which was later cooked in my Ninja Foodi.
Fact: The beginning of a Fast is Initiated with a dua (prayer) of niyah (intention).
I was really tired today, all from yesterday, but also very little sleep as it was the 27th night yesterday so I stayed awake conducting prayers and reading the Quran. I definitely did relax today, with only helping the kids colour the boxes for their bears they got from the Build a Bear shop. With it being a Sunday it was their one to one swimming session a quick visit to the gym for that and then home. Whilst at home I helped prepare for Iftar as I fancied having some Aloo Tikki and Pakoras.
Fact: Of the 7 billion people in the world, 22% (1.6 Billion) fast during Ramadan
I wanted to take things easy for the weekend thinking I would get to relax, but little did I know I had the kids booked into Scooter Club. So off to the gym we went put the kids in the club and one hour to myself , so I decided that I would go for a swim.
When I got home my wife had other plans – she mentioned that my youngest daughter needed a dress which was only available in one of the shopping centres and also reminded me that I hadn’t purchased any Eid clothes for next week. So guess what? in the car we went and off to the Shopping Centre. I absolutely hate shopping and especially when It comes to clothes but I also think I am a great person to shop with as If I see something I like then I buy it and we are out of there. Obviously that didn’t happen this time so I spent longer than I would have liked liked shopping. It was nearing Iftar time, so when I went to the place I wanted to eat from I was told 40mintues wait and there was only 20mins left until my fast opened, so I opened my fast with a sip of Pepsi and then waited patiently for my burger, and seriously what a great burger it was 😊
Ramadan begins during the 9th month of the Islamic Luner calendar, when the new crescent moon can first be seen
So I can now talk about it. On 4 May 2021 I was contacted as the chair of North Yorkshire Police Association of Culture and Ethnicity, to see if I could locate a next of kin for a Muslim male who died a few days prior. I couldn’t locate any in the UK, but managed to speak to his family in Iran, who insisted he had a full Islamic burial.
It was great to see that my colleagues from the coroner’s office make contact with me and ask for support. The support from these officers has been great, something which I would like to thank them for, as without their support I wouldn’t have been able to achieve things so quickly. I was aware that there would be financial costs for the burial but I was more than content to cover these costs myself as I did not want the funeral to be delayed. I managed to speak with a fantastic person from the council who worked after hours to get the burial order and all the relevant documents completed and even authorised covering the funds of the funeral.
After the post-mortem was completed I was issued with an interim cause of death certificate as I was now this males next of kin. I had already made the funeral directors aware and temporarily booked a grave slot at the cemetery for the next day which happened to be Friday.
As per the families wishes but also as per Islamic guidelines I with others performed the Ghysul on the deceased, which is the washing of the body. To say this was an emotional journey is an understatement, I don’t think I can describe what I was feeling when the male was placed in the coffin.
The next day was his burial and funeral prayer, I travelled with the funeral director to Scarborough Mosque. We conducted Friday prayer and then followed by the funeral prayer, a small request was made for a few people to assist us in the burial and I am grateful for the Imam and the community that attended at the cemetery.
Once we had competed the burial it was a long drive home, once again the whole burial process was made easier by having great understanding staff at the cemetery.
May allah grant him Jannatul-Firdus and make his grave a place of comfort & light
A few meetings today but had the most important news that I was waiting for just before noon. Alhamdulillah all praises to Allah I have been able to do something for a family during this blessed month that will help them feel at ease. I will tweet about it tomorrow as the journey comes to an end and what an emotional 4days it will have been. Something which I will never forget in my life but also something that I am really grateful for as this organisation and its people have given me a platform in which I can help communities but also help families.
Islam teaches that there is life after death, and this is known as Akhirah. In Islam, it is Allah who decides when a person dies and most Muslims believe that when they die, they will stay in their graves until Yawm al-din, the Day of Judgement. On that day, they will be raised from their graves and brought before Allah and judged on how they lived their earthly lives. This belief is known as the resurrection of the body.
Those who have performed more good deeds than bad will enter Jannah, or Paradise. Jannah is a place described as a ‘garden of everlasting bliss’ and a ‘home of peace’. In Jannah there will be no sickness, pain or sadness.
Those who have performed more bad deeds than good will enter Jahannam or Hell. This is a place of physical and spiritual suffering.
Muslims believe that Allah is forgiving, merciful and compassionate, so not all bad actions will be punished. Allah will forgive those who have repented for their sins and those who have done some good in their lives, for example showing kindness to others.
I was asked to attend Alanbrooke Barracks for Student officer traffic Scenario’s. Unfortunately for the student officers I was acting in a role play and I absolutely had a great time, so much so that I am considering a career change.
Watching these officers in their role play reminded me of when I first joined and my role plays. One of the key points of feedback that was given was that it is important for the student officers to make the mistakes now in a safe learning environment but also know your legislation.
After my visit I was making arrangements for a funeral that needs to take place but also everything else that comes with it as the deceased had no next of kin. I will be providing a full update on my Friday blog and that will give you a full insight of what I have done.
I was definitely ready for Iftar today, Home made spring rolls and pakoras, If you want recipes get in touch with me on twitter and I will be happy to share, but look at them pictures how lovely they look.
Ghusl the “major ablution” that entails washing the entire body in ritually pure water. In Islamic laws, death is also considered a cause of ritual impurity of a Muslim’s body. Therefore, a dead Muslim has to be washed ritually before the burial ceremony
First day back after a long weekend, slept in this morning so I was rushing. I was late for my training this morning after dropping kids off at school. A very important topic around Pace & Disclosure. This was followed by meeting where I was representing a member who had experienced issues at work.
It has felt that work hasn’t stopped today, as I am typing I am waiting for a call from a family whose details I have obtained after some tragic news. Unfortunately it will be unfair to say anything at this time but I will update you all in the coming days.
Muslims should pray 5 times a day
Also known as Salat. Every Muslim should pray 5 times a day at specific times as of the following:
- Salat al-fajr: Dawn,before sunrise
- Salat al-zuhr: midday,after the sun passes its highest
- Salat al-‘asr: the late part of the afternoon
- Salat al-maghrib: just after sunset
- Salat al-‘isha: between sunset and midnight
Well with the weather rubbish on this bank holiday there was nothing much to do apart from staying at home.. It felt strange been off on a monday, but was nice to just be lazy and not do anything. Closer to the time of Iftar I went to the gym until I was exhausted and returned home just in time for iftar.
If someone deliberately breaks their fast during Ramadan for no legitimate reason, they are required to make up the missed day later.
Well I didn’t mention it in my tweet but today marks a year of the death of my beloved grandad. So as a family we decided to hold prayers from him in London where he is buried. Although the rest of the family had gone down south for this occasion I decided against it as it felt very far to travel during the current circumstances. Instead I had a checklist of things to do before the celebration of Eid and one of them was to buy some clothes for the family, well it didn’t take long for the kids to get ready when I mentioned that they can buy Asian clothes and matching shoes with them. I don’t think I have seen them move so fast. Unfortunately where I live we don’t have many clothes shops that offer a wide selection of Asian clothes so I had to travel approximately 1hour to a town that does. Well what can I say it was like Covid-19 had not even happened, there were many people not following the guidelines, not wearing masks. It did make me angry as 1 year today I wasn’t allowed to bury my own grandad even though he didn’t die from Covid-19 yet you have people not taking care.
Anyway money all spent, clothes purchased and back home 😊
I didn’t mention it on yesterday’s blog but I want to give a massive congratulations to my colleague Kirstie and her son Jack who is 8 ¾ . They decided to keep a fast yesterday to experience what it is like, so watch this space as I will publish how they got on.
Quran means “recitation” in Arabic.
Only 10 to 11 days left of fasting, how quick has that gone. I have enjoyed it so much that I would like to continue this. Although I have lost now close too 1 stone, I feel a lot healthier but also it was a reminder on how much food/ water we waste daily in our lives. So today I obviously had no meetings planned but received two phone calls from members who needed advice and support, that took a few hours of my time and yes it is my day off. But being chair of a support network doesn’t carry any luxuries apart from a lot of time given to your members. I am a lot better with work / home life balance but I recognise there is still room for improvement. Later on in the afternoon I had the kids booked in for swimming lessons, something which I believe is an important lesson in life. It was their first session and I have to say I was so proud of both the girls. After a successful swimming session I promised the kids a meal from our favourite Persian restaurant. So if you’re intrigued to see what I ordered, look below and you will see pictures of the food that I had for Iftar.
Laylat al-Qadr (Arabic: لیلة القدر), variously rendered in English as the Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny, or Night of Measures, is, in Islamic belief, the night when the Quran was first sent down from Heaven to the world and also the night when the first verses of the Quran were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. According to many Muslim sources, it was one of the odd-numbered nights of the last ten days of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Since that time, Muslims have regarded the last ten nights of Ramadan as being especially blessed. Muslims believe that the Night of Qadr comes with blessings and mercy of God in abundance, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and that the annual decree is revealed to the angels who carry it out according to God’s Grace.
For the whole day I have had only two meetings but it felt as if I hadn’t stopped, to the point by 3pm I had to switch off my laptop as I wasn’t making any progress with my work. One of the main meetings for the day was with my General Secretary for North Yorkshire Police Association of Culture and Ethnicity. We had a great catch up on what is going on and what we need to do as a network going forward. I also had both children at home due to school closure, a text message that I received in the morning. Fortunately I did not require child care but I had to home school them, I think I had forgotten how hard it is to home school a 4 and 6 years old since we have had the luxury of schools been allowed to open again. What a struggle it was so took them swimming instead.
During Ramadan, many offices and schools in Muslim majority countries shut early.
Today consisted of back to back meetings. In my first meeting I was shadowing a Superintendent in a Heads of Function meeting. It was very interesting to see how some of the decisions are made and the way the heads of function communicate with the Chief Officer Team. My second meeting was with the National Black Police Association and it was great to see colleagues from up and down the country but also interesting to hear what forces are doing and not doing. We also had the opportunity to meet with Michael Lockwood who holds the Position of Director General for the Independent Office for Police Conduct. It was really interesting to hear what he and his teams across the country are doing. The meetings continued throughout the day, but I think I was losing concertation and that was only due to the fact I was feeling slightly tired today.
Islam is the second largest faith community after Christianity
Only one meeting today, which has been great as my eldest daughter is currently off school ill.
Although I had a lot of work to still do and a lot off catching up to do. I feel like I need a new challenge so I am busy tidying up all loose ends for everything I have been doing in Positive Action and then looking at what I can go on to do.
My preparations have started for my fast track to Inspector assessment centre. Having already done it last year and failed I have to say it was one of the hardest things I have done.
Today I also received a call from City of London Police enquiring whether I would share some recent work I done with them. I obviously agreed as it is important we stop re creating the wheel 43 different times. We should all continue to share good practice, as it will save us time and money!
I am currently sat at the gym writing this, waiting for my youngest daughter to finish her scooter club, it’s okay for some. I didn’t have the energy today to go running so stuck to my 10 laps in the swimming pool. I definitely need my food now but more importantly some water.
Jesus is mentioned in the Quran, but he is not on Prophet Muhammad’s level. Muslims believe Jesus was a great Prophet, second only to Prophet Muhammad.
Today was a nice steady day in the office at home, I had a great catch up with colleagues at the regional Positive Action Meeting. Today also marked half point for Ramadan and you know what I actually not even noticed it. We sometimes think prior to Ramadan arriving on how are we going to get through it but Alhamdulillah by the grace of God I have not really felt my fast’s apart from the odd occasions. Someone asked me whether I could do this for more than 30 days, my answer is Yes why would I not.
I feel a lot healthier but more importantly it makes you appreciate the food a lot more and how fortunate we are compared to others.
I have been blessed with a great job, friends and family therefore its important to show that love and appreciation, so yesterday I was our delivering food to family and neighbours.
Hajj: to make a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once during a person’s lifetime if the person is able. This is one of the five pillars of Islam.
So today I had a meeting with my regional colleagues from the National Black Police association. It was great to hear the great work we are doing up and down the country but more importantly what we as a region are doing.
It is important for us to continue to keep race on the agenda for policing. Recently we celebrated Stephen Lawrence Day, as a police service there were a lot of failings around Stephen Lawrence.
It is the responsibility of the organisation to ensure we continue to strive to do better, I can honestly say we as an organisation in North Yorkshire are doing everything possible to make things fairer for everyone, although like every police service there is room for improvement.
Moving away from work, my body is now completely used to the lack of food and water intake. I am now starting to increase what activities I do at the gym, so today I managed a 20 minute run on the treadmill and then went to the swimming pool and did 10 laps. By the end of this I was exhausted but it was timed nicely as I only had 30 minutes to wait until I could open my fast. Some people have asked what I eat first, well I always open my fast with a date the reason being is dates were one of the most frequently eaten foods by the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ especially during Ramadan. Therefore, a tradition of following the footsteps of the Prophet Mohammed ﷺ, a lot of Muslims if not all tend to also break their fast with dates.
The other reason being breaking your fast with dates is a Ramadan tradition. Breaking one’s fast with dates and praying only after Iftar are both mentioned in the Hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad ﷺ . According to Hadith, the messenger of Allah ﷺ would break his fast with ripe dates before he would pray. If those are not available, he would eat dried dates and if that was also not available, he would drink some water.
Dates are also rich in sugar and nutrients and so much more and they help to increase the glucose level of your body after the long day fast. By eating dates, blood sugars travel more quickly to the liver, where they are quickly converted into energy for the body’s use.
The beginning of Ramadan can move as many as 11 or 12 days each year.
Alhamdulillah may allah bless my family & friends who have opened our fast today!!
My day today consisted of going swimming with the kids and then home doing very little. I managed to do some school work with the children which was a challenge but also managed to squeeze in some revision with thems on the Arabic language that they are learning.
I also had seen an event which was being advertised after the murder of a young Muslim male in Bradford. The event was called “Murder on the Streets” and it was by an Imam who struck a cord with me a couple of years back when he did a talk to young people about the gangster lifestyle.
I won’t go into it all but there was a point that this Imam made and something which I think every Imam should consider but also every community whose youth are going along the path of drugs and crime.
The Imam was stating that we have to speak to our youth on their level of understanding but also ensure that our places of worship are not closing the doors on them. More importantly we need to make these places of worship somewhere the youth can go and provide them with educational activities that will keep them off the streets.
You can watch the video of the Imam’s speech here: Murder On The Street – Public Awareness Event – Imam Muhammad Asim Hussain – YouTube
About 2.5 million pilgrims visit Mecca each year as part of the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca. Each Muslim has to do this pilgrimage at least once in their life, as part of The Five Pillars of Faith for Islam.
My first day off and it’s the weekend!! It has been a lazy day at home today with me just putting my feet up. One of my tasks today was to work how much zakat I need to give and then decided which charity I wanted to give my zakat too. I have also opened our charity money box which we have in our house and put money in on a daily basis.
This was only emptied 6 months ago but after counting all the coins we have £130 just from this box.
I have been told that this amount can provide some support to 3 refugee families in 3 different countries which would be Palastine, Syria and Yemen. This is my intention of donating this amount to support someone in need.
I won’t mention what my zakat amount has come too but it is considerably higher but I am yet to decided which charity I will be donating too.
Alhamdullilah I have had beautiful meal for which I am truly grateful.
- Allah has 99 different names with each one having a different meaning.
- Zakat is the 3rd pillar of Islam, it means 2.5% of your wealth to a charitable cause.
Today I was involved in several meetings during the day one of which was a national meeting chaired by the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire and Deputy Chief Constable Cain.
After my positive action work was completed I had planned to go out on shift and work a drugs operation which was set up by the local neighbourhood policing team. It was great to be out but what was even more wonderful was that the colleague I worked with decided to not eat food all day and wait until I opened my fast. The morale support from this officer was second to none. We both opened fast together and I had a chance to have some great conversations about religions with another officer.
I managed to get 12hours shift done, something that I completely miss doing. I definitely felt my fast today and I don’t think it made it any easier with the extra equipment.
Children are not required to fast during Ramadan until they reach puberty.
So today was a busy day which consisted of 4 long meetings and several calls. This morning I was feeling fine but about lunch time I started to feel tired and with the rise in temperatures I felt that I needed some water.
I know people can survive without food for a period of time but not having water is what will affect you. Today it affected me and I know I have mentioned it before about people in other countries needing water or drinking contaminated water to survive, yet we waste so much water when we shower, wash dishes etc. We forget how fortunate we are sometimes and at now when I am In need of water I remember how much I have wasted over the years.
One of my meetings today was an introduction workshop for our new Positive Action Champions. Our wider Positive Action team have worked so hard in bringing this idea to life, we now have over a 100 champions including our Chief Constable. These Champions will be the voice of Positive Action but will also challenge and educate our workforce. We have so much diversity in our Champions network it is unbelievable! When people ask how we will change the culture of an organisation, my answer is our champions will.
I won’t bore you anymore with details of the other meetings, not that they were boring in anyway. However in between the meetings I managed to fit in another haircut in the space of a week, although this time I have more hair and facial hair cut 🙂
Two facts for today:
- Islam teaches that Allah’s word was revealed to the prophet Muhammad through the angel Gabriel.
- Muslims believe several prophets were sent to teach Allah’s law. They respect some of the same prophets as Jews and Christians, including Abraham, Moses, Noah and Jesus. Muslims contend that Muhammad was the final prophet.
That’s all for me tonight, it’s definitely time for bed, alarm clock set for 3.30am.
Nice steady day today, although the phone calls haven’t stopped – by noon my phone battery was under 30%.. Today we decided to open Iftar for our friends and neighbours.
During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Young children, women who are pregnant, breastfeeding or on their periods, the elderly, and people with health problems, aren’t expected to fast.
Today consisted of many phone calls including conversations with two southern forces about a recent project I was involved in. It is great to see that police force’s across the country are networking inorder to allow officers/staff to be themselves at work. Im not sure why but I have felt a little tired today, not having food and water doesn’t bother me anymore.
I also managed to read the Janazah prayer (funeral prayer) for a 27 year old who had recently passed away. Whilst at the graveyard and prior to the burial I looked at the grave that had been dug out, there was nothing other than mud. I make a point of looking each time, to remind me of my final destination and how the materialistic things we all have will all be left behind.
In Islam we have a saying when someone dies, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un” This translates “Indeed, to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return.”
Sharia Law (Islamic religious law) calls for burial of the body as soon as possible, preceded by a simple ritual involving bathing and shrouding the body, followed by salah (prayer). Burial is usually within 24 hours of death…
Nice steady day today in the office, the weather didn’t help with the Fast but it just goes to show how other people in hotter climates manage
The Qur’an is written in Arabic and Muslims always try to read and recite it in this language.
Its been a nice steady day today with very little done apart from having some quality family time, My body is now used to fasting which is great for me, with very little fatigue.
1hr before fast opened I decided to go swimming just to take my mind of things. Approximately 24 days left, not that I am counting. It is truly a blessed month. The last two days I have had family, friends and neighbours drop food off just to open our fast. It truly is emotional to see how blessed and fortunate we are. We sometimes forget that there are so many families out there who struggle to feed themselves. At every opportunity we should continue to strive to do better and help people in need whether that is in this country or another..
The last 10 days of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the Laylat Al Qadr, the holiest night of the year. It commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w)
Today consisted of swimming with the kids & an outdoor BBQ. Obviously I didn’t eat, but the food looked good..
Some sad scenes on the tv today with the funeral of HRH Prince Philip, may he RIP.
Muslims should pray 5 times a day. Also known as Salat.
Day 4 Evening Diary
Today my day has consisted of some meetings. I visited Headquarters along with PC Uzma Amireddy and diacussed the re-design of our multi faith contemplation rooms with our Estates team. It is really important that we continue to strive to do better and value our work force and this can be done by providing the right environment and facilities. I also managed to have a great catch up Uzma about our positive action work and what we still need to do to continue achieving success.
After work I decided to come to the gym thinking it was a good idea. I have been on the treadmill and ran 1 mile, which was hard!! Taking a break at the moment before I go swimming, it is important to maintain fitness and healthy eating during Ramadan.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim, Islamic calendar, a religious annual observance and month of fasting that is considered to be one of the Five Pillars of Islam. During the month of Ramadan, adult Muslims fast from dusk until dawn, unless they are ill, pregnant, or diabetic, breastfeeding, or traveling.
Day 4 Morning Diary
For those that are wondering what I have in the morning for sehri, Well this is the most I will eat.. 🙂
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) said, ‘Eat sehri, because in it lies Awesome blessings.
My body is still getting used to the adjustment of very little food and water. Today’s working day consisted of six different meetings ranging from talking about Inclusion, Diversity and Hate crime, to Officer Safety training and driver training. In between the meetings I had to purchase presents for my daughter Eliza’s birthday. Looking forward to a healthy meal but a very small portion.
The religion started in 622 AD when Prophet Muhammad travelled from Mecca to Medina. The day he left Mecca is the day that starts the Islamic calendar. He left Mecca Because he heard rumours that some of the tribesmen were going to assassinate him.
Always a struggle, lack of sleep, food and water but the body will soon adjust. The realisation strike’s home on how fortunate we really are to eat what and when we like!
Islam” means “peace through the submission to God”.
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