…wandering west…again…



…and so the next building tumbles…one month agotwo months ago…the one on the right, Funduq Karam is being gutted…see photos below…


…this huge complex over the road from Karam (just visible to the left) still remains ominously vacated of all activity…unbelievable if this is to be demolished…Jabal Sal’a seen in the background…to think the Sahabah RadhiAllah used to walk over it to reach tribes on the other side…and see story of Ka’b ibn Malik…


…hints of Jabal Sala’ through the partially constructed concrete shell…


…accessing the demolition area via this alley way of stalls…even though it was peak mid day sun many of the regular sisters were there with their small babies and children…a philanthropist had just been handing our boiled eggs SubhanAllah…

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…regardless of the dust and the ack ack acking and scraping of metal on stone and crashing thuds of falling masonry the vendors sit and wait and hope…

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…standing here I could hear yelling…thinking it was the usual complaints being yelled at this crazy sister with a camera so the strident voices were ignored…until I happened to look up where three labourers were frantically waving their hands for me to move as they were pitching hunks and slabs of concrete into this dilapidated old truck…



…these sites are not cordoned off…


…so onward I wandered…

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…thoughts not far from how similar scenes are sadly all too familiar in too many places across the region…but the warped difference being that here they are supposedly for a noble cause…

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…turning 180 degrees to see Saqeefa…still there is no information about its status in the new expansion plans…


…the library still remains…but it cannot be for long as buildings either side are being attacked…maybe next time I wander this way it will also be archived into the annuls history…the domes of Masjid Ghamama in the far distance…

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…and the partially demolished leaning building seems unchanged from a month ago…

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…turning into the courtyard facing Babul Salam are the new prominent signs indicating gate numbers…


…the new paving as part of the landscaping around Masjid Ghamama is slowly taking shape…Insha’Allah it does not become a haven of vendors but remains an open areas with trees as according to the artists impression of the project…


…but nearby Masjid Umar is being hemmed in on three sides by mushrooming hotels…


…Insha’Allah access will eventually be from this southern side…

…Insha’Allah do keep the Haramain as part of your regular Adiyah…

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.

…mubarak names…

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…we all know that every thing about the life of our Beloved Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam was perfection…sowing seeds of such love and devotion in hearts…

…reading that he SallAllahu alaihi wasallam gave names to his blessed animals touches yet another chord of love and deep affection…revealing the extent of his love and respect for all of creation…teaching us to acknowledge all Allah Ta’ala has provided for us…nothing is to be taken for granted…one can only allow the imagination to take flight and listen to how he SallAllahu alaihi wasallam would be speaking to his beloved animals, SubhanAllah…a tingly tenderness washes over one…

 Riding beasts.

He has ten horses, although there is some disagreement [among scholars] regarding that, and they were:

1. al-Sakb: (which means the one that runs a lot) He was on it on the Day of Uhud, and it was covered with white patches with the exception of it’s right leg;

2. al-Murtajiz: (it was named that because it had a pleasant neigh) it is the one regarding whom Khuzaymah ibn Thabit testified (when the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam bought it from Sawa ibn al-Harith, who later denied selling it to him);

3. al-Lizaz: (it was named that because of its flesh tightly joined and pressed. From the verb lazza, which means to be connected or joined firmly) which was gift from al-Muqawqis;

4. al-Lahif: (it was named because it was big and fat) which Rabi’ah ibn Abi al-Bara gave him as a gift;

5. al-Zarib: (it was named because of its firmness and solidity) which was given to him as a gift by Farwah al-Judhami;

6. al-Ward: which was given to him as a gift by Tamim al-Dari;

7. al-Mirwah: (from the word rih, wind, because of its speed)

8. Sabbah (a horse is called sabih if it is good at stretching its legs when running)

9. Al-Bahr: which he bought from some Yemeni traders. He won a race on it three times, so he wiped over its face and said: ‘You are nothing but an ocean,’ bahr’

10. al-Mandub;

11. al-Najib;

12. al-Ya’sub;

13. and al-Sirhan

He had the mule which al-Muqawqis gave to him as a gift. It was the first mule to be ridden in Islam; it is the one that was called Duldul. it lived after him SallAllahu alaihi wassalam until it became old and lost its molars, and so the Companions would treat it kindly and grind barley for it to eat; it was grey in colour. he also had al-Ayliyyah, which was given to him as a gift from the King of Aylah (an ancient city located at the centre of Aqaba, Jordan’s port which lies in the north eastern corner of the Gulf of Arabia, an extension of the Red Sea) and another one from Dumah al-Jandal. He had another mare called Fiddah [silver], which was given to him as a gift from Farwah al-Judhami; it was white, and it was the one he rode on the Day of Hunayn; he later gave it away to Abu Bakr RadhiAllahu anhu as a gift. He SallAllahu alaihi wassalam had two donkeys called ‘Ufayr and Ya’fur. It has not been transmitted that he kept cattle.

Milch camels and goats

He had twenty milch camels, and they are the ones that were attacked in al-Ghabah and the ones the family of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wassalam used to live off. He had distributed them over his wives; every night, two large water skins filled with their milk would be brought to him [as supper for him and his family]. They are the following:

1. al-Hinna';

2. al-Samra';

3. al-‘Urayyis;

4. al-Sa’diyyah;

5. al-Bughum;

6. al-Yasirah;

7. al-Dubba';

8. al-Shaqra';

9. and Burda

As for his goats, then they were seven:

1. Ajrah;

2. Zamzam;

3. Suqya;

4. Barakah;

5. Warshah;

6. Atlal;

7. and Atraf.

Umm Ayman RadhiAllahu anha would herd them in Uhud and bring the milk to the house in which the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi Wasallam was scheduled to spend the night.

…source: Muhammad SallAllahu alaihi wasallam The Best of Creation Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki al Hasani RahmatuLlahi alaihi…this is an invaluable book to have. Not only researched and written by this illustrious scholar but the information he is sharing contains ‘a comprehensive summary of some of the most authoritative and voluminous works written on the Prophetic biography. The first part deals with various aspects of the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s life, such as his early years before receiving revelation, members of his family, signs of his propehthood, the weapons he used in battle (including the names he gave them), the clothes he wore and so forth. The second part is a chronological summary of the most important events to have taken place in his SallAllahu alaihi wasallam life.’  Quoted from the back cover of the book.

…interesting that Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki al Hasani RahmatuLlahi alaihi does not mention Qaswa the mubarak camel that featured prominently in the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s life…the dear camel that went blind due to profuse crying after the demise of his master…the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum tied a blindfold over his eyes…Qaswa refused to eat…and not long after followed his master SallAllahu alaihi wasallam in death…SubhanAllah…

…so maybe when you are deciding on a name for one of your pets you will be inspired by these as selected by our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…


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.

…closer and closer…



… turning from under the shade of the arch way the gaze falls upon the most honoured and blessed gift the eyes could ever see in this Dunya realm…the splendour immediately pierces the heart…pulling…magnetizing the body to come closer and closer…closer and closer to the attraction of the Green Dome that is the embodiment of Allah Ta’ala’s greatest creation… Muhammad the Perfect Man …Muhammad The Best of Creation SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

He it is whose subtle and physical forms were perfected,

Then the Originator of souls chose him as His beloved.

Burda of Imam Busiri RahmatuLlahi alaihi

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…closer and closer to the bricks and mortar…and then beyond the mere bricks and mortar as they turn the key to an intimate rapturous meeting…behind worldly screens and barriers awaits the exquisite space of boundless felicity and perfection…seek…closer and closer…

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Majesty and beauty such that the universe had never seen

The clouds wept when he entered the Garden of Paradise under the Dome forever green

Such beauty shall never be nor has such beauty ever been

Yet we witness his beauty in the Shama’il even though our eyes have never seen.

…step closer and closer now…be engulfed by the one and true light of guidance…sent to show us how to illuminate all we do…walk closer and closer with every breath…dare to step closer and closer… courageously and boldly embrace…to be embraced by love and light…no hesitation…no faltering…throw all distractions and excuses to the wind now…move closer and closer placing your feet firmly at the door of the court of the Mercy to the Worlds…and yet still closer…enter…empowered by your salawaat…motivated by the moving into the new Hijrah year of Muharram…move closer and closer…allow the heart to melt with our Beloved Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…strengthen intentions of gaining a renewed proximity as the new year unfolds…even though our eyes have never seen…


…the titles linked above by Sayyid Muhammad ibn ‘Alawi al-Maliki al Hasani RahmatuLlahi alaihi…

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.