…almost Rajab…

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Madinah 2015 April1

…waiting…waiting for Allah Ta’ala’s month…hoping for all the promised blessings of Rajab and Sha’ban and to be blessed with Ramadhan…

Madinah 2015 April2

…waiting for mindful time to remember and ponder the Israa’ and Miraj…and the significance it has upon our lives in these times of discord and upheavals…

Madinah 2015 April3

…almost Rajab…Insha’Allah a month of boosting our Amal Salih…of bringing more consciousness into actions that will reap the sweetest of fruits in our Akhirah…a month when Allah Ta’ala multiplies our good deeds…will our Books go flying in the air as they hit the Scales??…

Madinah 2015 April4

…a month of offering more nawaful fasts…aiming to emulate our Blessed Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam who fasted for most of Rajab…thereby earning the reward of fasting plus the reward of following the Sunnah SubhanAllah…

Madinah 2015 April5

…a month to be heedful of more sincere repentance…seek Allah Ta’ala’s Door of Repentance with the knowledge that this is the one Door that is forever open…

Madinah 2015 April6

…Insha’Allah mull over the difference between knowledge and awareness…we have been blessed with the knowledge of right actions but how much are we aware of Allah Ta’ala’s ever presence? how much of our knowledge is actualized?…Insha’Allah hearts exit this Mubarak month brimming with renewed remembrance…our Ruh…spirit flourishes with abundant dhikr…empower dhikr during this Rajab thus reaching heightened levels of sakinah never previously experienced…strive for unprecedented peace and solace…

Madinah 2015 April7

…Insha’Allah we are cognizant of Shaytan not being able to attack us from up or down…the two directions he cannot encircle us from…so raise hands up seeking forgiveness…feeling Allah Ta’ala’s forgiveness before the hands go down…or seeking while the head is down in prostration with the promise of forgiveness before the head is up…SubhanAllah!…

Madinah 2015 April8

…set out to trick Shaytan this Rajab before he tricks you…

Madinah 2015 April9

…imbue your every footstep with a glow that streams from an awakened heart…a heart you purposefully and meticulously set alight this Rajab to be more heedful of what is LOVED by our Rabb Subhanahu wa Ta’ala…

Madinah 2015 April10

…spend time being a passionate observer of how you spend your time…let wind flung mists of Barakah seep into your thirsty soul…almost Rajab…hand over your restless heart to your Rabb this Rajab…sink to the depths of this secret chamber and do not emerge until you are drunk from the sweetness…almost Rajab…why the procrastination??…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…candid scenes from the past few days in this City of Radiance and Enlightenment…

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.

…more infectious love…

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Hafsa Sandala Madinah

…this gems of gems travelled over mountains and oceans from a precious little seeker……and yet her love glows and glitters through this sparkly Sanadala along with her touching poem below that was written inside this awesome card…

… you may recall sweet H’s previous cross stitch work here…The Crown of the Throne’s Seat…*heart melts*…loving how each line begins with coloured letters spelling MADINAH…such a moving description of the Dome, ‘like an emerald’…SubhanAllah!!!…

Hafsa poem

…may the love our children have for our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam follow in the footsteps of children who were around him…read of their tender and passionate accounts of love here…from Shaykh Zulfiqar, may Allah Ta’ala preserve and keep his secrets, Ameen…

Muhammad H drawing 3 masaajid

…six year old MH has been to the three Masaajid SubhanAllah…his love and connection oozing from his drawing…and his stirring poem below…written as he was looking at the Dome of Peace Masha’Allah a few days ago…asking his Mama to assist with his suggestion of the word ‘courageous’…may he grow to be courageous with a heart filled with the Sifat of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and with an eager desire to impart his love to others…Ameen…how precious is the handwriting of these two flag bearers…Masha’Allah…

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kids drawing in courtyard Masjid Nabawi

…five littlies waiting for Maghrib in the courtyard…Alhumdulillah for parents being organized with basic books, paper, markers, lego blocks and small cars etc to occupy children as they spend their time here…

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…treating the above little Mu’mineen to frozen yogurt delights…Alhumdulillah for this new venue on the first floor of the Oberoi building where there is a screened off section with tables and chairs for sisters and children…how appealing are these toppings for little eyes…

Zaid drawing

…oh the joy conveyed in this big throbbing heart booming from this endearing drawing by little Z…one who has spent his toddler years fighting a bone marrow transplant…may Allah Ta’ala continue to bless him with health and a long and happy life Ameen…love the symbolism of the flower and the firmly planted cheerful yellow legs…Masha’Allah…

activity box Madinah

…this is an ‘activity’ wooden box given to visiting children to either keep them occupied during their time here…or to create with upon returning home…the suggestions below are printed and inserted in the box to help with ideas…I am sure children could think of many more…

Activity Box suggestions:

Design name on box. Decorate, pattern, colour. Inside and out.

Make brooch for mother, Grandmother, Aunt, cousin. Or badge for self. (brooch attachments included)

Create the word  ‘Allah’ or ‘Muhammad’ in Arabic (younger ones may need assistance with the outline) using beads, ribbons, thread. Hang in honoured place in your room/home.

Use one piece of felt…fold like a pouch/purse. Sew sides. Decorate. Keep secret notes inside. Or pocket money or small found treasures.

Using a piece of felt for the background, create a garden scene with any of the materials in the box.

Make a robot/rocket/spaceship, stuff with old pieces of fabric or cushion stuffing if available.

Design an imaginary underwater scene/planets/

Make a finger puppets.

Make felt bookmarks. Give as gifts.

Decorate a Sandala. You can use the pattern given or draw your own shape. (cut out pattern included in the box)

Embroider a pillow: two sweet examples:

http://madebyjoel.com/2012/04/kids-beginner-embroidery-pillow-project.html

http://madebyjoel.com/2014/12/embroidery-project-for-kids.html

design and make headbands

Keep ALL tiny scraps as they can be used for decorating/sewing on as details for many things eg flowers, stars, repetitive border designs, etc etc. Your imagination is the only limitation. Teach it to THINK and act BIG Insha’Allah!

…I am all for teaching young children basic sewing/craft skills…with no distinction between boys and girls…our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam knew how to use a needle and thread SubhanAllah…

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…JazakumuLlahu khairan katheeran abada to all these precious children…to their parents for their role of instilling love and respect for the Deen in the ones loaned as a trust…may Allah Ta’ala forever keep them all in His fold and assist with their journey towards Him…may Tawfiq be showered upon them all as they teach and encourage the love of the Sunnah…Ameen…

…and may our infectious love forever be on the increase for Sayyidina RasuluLlah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…with concerted efforts to impart and nurture this infectious love on our dearest little ones…and may the heart never be bereft of feeling his SallAllahu alaihi wasallam enduring and infectious love for us…SubhanAllah…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

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.

…mesmeric…

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Madinah 2015 April6

…a mesmerizing sunset…

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…SubhanAllah!!!…

Madinah 2015 April4

…every age…every nationality…every day…every night…feet glide…colours cavort…

Madinah 2015 April3

…carpets rolled out…carpets rolled up…

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…but please dear ones who control the entrances and exits to the two fenced sisters areas, make the openings wider…take away the gate-type barriers…please maximize the allocated width…

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…especially during the peak times…especially when crowds are dense…which is every Salat time these days…

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…give sisters the ability to enter and exit with dignity…without the crush and pushing and shoving …Insha’Allah unlock the two gated openings that have been permanently locked for months…

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…refrain from creating barriers with this tape…

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…so the temptation to surreptitiously attack with scissors is no longer tainting this soul…a recurring mesmeric thought…*smile*…

Madinah 2015 April8

…the mesmeric glow of silver scaffolding against the towering cranes dominates the eastern skyline…

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.