…up down around under up…to where Light descended in this world…

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…with all the changes in and around Masjid al Haram it is so easy for one to feel disoriented…detours, temporary ramps and passageways…and familiar places no longer accessible…it all seems as if in a maze…this is the main thoroughfare from the Mataf to Sa’i…which becomes ‘mamnou’ to sisters long before Salat is due…

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…sisters are directed to this section…Alhumdulillah there are short segments of glass panels with a view of Ka’abah for those arriving early enough…

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…I was too slow in grabbing the phone one morning after Salatul Fajr to take a photo, and it is blurry…but the group seen walking under the scaffolding and through the warren of building debris is the Imam and his escort…it seems he still exits through the previous King Abdul Aziz section to the Palace area even though so much of it is now construction site…

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…just to the left weaves through a narrow tunnel to the basement…

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…not many were aware of this as a possibility to perform Sa’i in an almost empty space…

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…crossing under and across…

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…looking back at one of the connecting stairways to the Mataf…

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…to exit at the current place where the Janazah now arrive and leave…this seems the logical side as Mu’alla is on this same North/East…Allahu ‘Alum if this becomes the permanent choice after the extension is complete…

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…one can no longer access this courtyard through the narrow section between the Palace and the Safwa end of Sa’i…the only way across is via the basement…

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…this side is almost entirely taken over by construction crews and equipment…

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…it was the intention to reach the Mubarak Birth Place…shining in the distance…but access was impossible…this was the domain of brothers in hard hats…certainly not a niqabi!!…

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…Jabal Khandamah is now totally devoid of houses…the bulldozers zigzagging back and forth as they erode yet another Makkan mountain…that lone remains of a tree at the summit twangs at heart strings…

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…shipping containers…construction huts…brothers on a mission…this entire area transformed…

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…may Allah Ta’ala protect this tiny piece of land until the End of Times…may He cement forever the deep love and devotion for His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam in hearts…whom we love because the whole universe came into being for us to come close to…

O God, bless our master Muhammad, the ocean of Your Lights, the mine of Your secrets, the tongue of Your proof, the bridegroom of Your kingdoms, the leader of Your Presence, the embroidery of Your Dominion, the vault of Your Mercy, the way of Your Law, the delight of Your Unity, the pupil of the eye of existence, the cause of all existence, the most eminent of Your Creation, the representative of the light of Your Resplendence, with blessings which last for as long as You last and remain for as long as You remain, blessings which are limitless apart from Your knowledge thereof, blessings which please You, which please him and by which You are pleased with us, O Lord of the Worlds!

O God, bless our master Muhammad as much as all that which is within the knowledge of God, blessings which are eternal and which last as long as the duration of the Kingdom of God!

Dala’il al-Khayrat, Wednesday reading.

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…Haram Heroes…

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…attention is given to cleaning and maintaining every square centimetre within Masjid al-Haram even as the expansion project is constantly billowing dust and rubble around the entire circumference of the Mataf…the above is the main temporary walk way from the King Fahd gate to the Mataf area…it has been painted white…but in many places due to the heavy traffic of pilgrims the concrete has chipped away…but still the cleaning brigade meticulously cordon off sections and do their magic…

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…brass polishers never rest…

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…carpets are rolled up after Fajr and then unrolled for Zuhur…

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…this platform was raised for workers with buckets of water and cleaning solutions to wash the roof of Ka’abah…SubhanAllah…such an honour…

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…just prior to this photo these brothers were seated receiving final briefings before executing the fastidious job of cleaning directly around the Ka’abah…

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…as an army going into battle…brooms, mops and squeegees with the cavalry mounted on their motorized mounts…look how white the mops are!!!…

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…all that was missing was a rallying war cry…but there was no doubt about the unified attack…SubhanAllah…true Haram Heroes…

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…they enter the fray…working within the confines of the outer guards holding the red tape defining the area of assault…

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…who would not aspire to be part of this army?…the chosen elite esteemed with the worship of cleaning the Mubarak BaituLlah…

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…their efforts fully focused on the importance of their role…

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…experts called in where needed…

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…the Yemeni Corner and the Shadharawan polished and perfumed…scholars say that our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam made ‘istilaam’ of the Rukn Yamani because it is a part of the Ka’abah that still stands on the original foundations that Ibrahim alaihis Salam built…and Allah Ta’ala knows best…regardless it is a Sunnah to touch this corner if possible and without hindering or harming others…And Abdullah bin Umar RadhiAllahu anhu reports he heard RasuluLlah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam say that ‘istilaam’ of Rukn Yamani and of the Hajar Aswad atones for sins…see this previous post for more details

…the Shadharawan is the lighter marble ledge jutting out from the wall of the Ka’abah…Abdullah bin Zubayr RadhiAllahu anhu had this feature built so as to prevent water seeping down into the foundations…do revisit this Mubarak place marked within the Shadharawan

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…the Hateem lights being cleaned and polished as scenes of demolition are so close in the background…more to follow Insha’Allah…

…Insha’Allah we all have Istiqama in our Du’as for the massive projects in and around the Haramain…as well as for the Haram Heroes and their unrelenting love and care for their work…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.

…INFINITE MERCY…

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…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…INFINITE..infinite…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…how little we actually comprehend this small word when it comes to Allah Ta’ala’s MERCY? …impossible…totally impossible…I feel like copying and pasting this word a zillion times and leave the post at that…Alhumdulillah Allah in His Mercy has blessed us with measured doses…and what sublime beauty is there to be seen and felt in this one part of His Mercy He has made manifest in this worldly realm…leaving another whopping 99 parts reserved for that Fateful Day…SubhanAllah…

…Allah Ta’ala, the All Merciful manifests His infinite Mercy in everything seen and unseen…heard and not heard…felt and not felt…aware of and not aware of…smelt and not smelt…and it was during this Umrah Alhumdulillah which was, as always, a bountiful gift that Mercy was seen and felt and heard and smelt in the most unexpected…in negotiating around the unprecedented changes within Masjid al Haram…in the disorientation…in the smell of fresh cement being poured…in the constant shouts and sounds of commands and machines as the old masjid was being reduced to rubble…in the crush of pilgrims being redirected…and yet still the rite of Umrah was spiritually uplifting as one lifted the gaze to the bigger picture…to presenting a thirsty hungry heart to be awakened and filled with His Mercy…because regardless of the external conditions seekers will always be seeking here until the End of Times…pleading for His INFINITE UNLIMITED MERCY…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…INFINITE..infinite…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…

Whatever Allah grants people out of mercy none can withhold; and whatever Allah withholds, no one else can deliver, for Allah is the Almighty the epitome of Wisdom (35:2)

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Makkah Umrah Kaba 2014 Nov9

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…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…INFINITE..infinite…I-N-F-I-N-I-T-E…

…may Allah Ta’ala’s Infinite Mercy grace us all…Ameen…

…as usual hundreds of photos were taken…Insha’Allah some editing has been achieved amidst an unexpectedly busy few days…hopefully to be posted soon…

All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.  May He accept our humble efforts and grant us the capacity to be good and do good. Ameen.