…a creative sense of wonder…

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…priceless…some wax lyrical with the gift of gold and diamonds…but when a child secretly passes such a drawing as the above the depths of heart rejoices with unbounded felicity…with more * flowing through the soul than any worldly ornament or expensive adornment or trinket…apart from the narrative conveyed…the sisters with their hijab to the left…the Muadhdhin…arms raised in front of a microphone…the speakers attached to the minarets…all under the Mubarak Dome…it was the unexpected gift…the element of surprise from a child who wanted to share his work…a sincere act of giving…having no sense of shyness or embarrassment with his art work…a child who is inspired by his Deen…his unique way of observing the reality around him…and who loves the ability Allah Ta’ala has granted him to dive with an inventive imagination…how we all love such children…they keep on giving and keep on pulling the heart strings SubhAllah…it becomes incumbent upon us to provide children with materials, space and time to discover and express Insha’Allah…

…no excuses made for sharing all of the following quotes because experience has proven that the child from a family that nurtures creativity is far more balanced than one who is denied this environment and opportunity…we as carers of the future generation of Muslims need to make time for developing children’s imaginative pursuits…to encourage their innocent sense of wonder…to assist them to view the world around them with awe and appreciation expressed not only in words but in line, colour, shape, texture…exploring all the elements of design through an array of medium…reflect upon these quotes while internalizing how we as Muslims can adopt some of the sentiments…this is what a group of us are doing with the aim of producing a book of activities for children while they are here for Hajj and/or Umrah…where children are also contributors Alhumdulillah…Insha’Allah more details as the publication date draws nearer…Insha’Allah your Du’a is requested as well as suggested titles for such a book…

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?”

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”

“Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?”

“Everything you can imagine is real”

“The important thing is to create”

“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”

“We all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth.”

“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

“Art is the elimination of the unnecessary.”

Picasso

“The urge to draw must be quite deep within us, because children love to do it”

David Hockney

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint’, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced”

Vincent Van Gogh

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see”

Degas

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people”

Leo Burnett

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try”

Dr Seuss

“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”

Henry David Thoreau

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”

Georgia O’Keeffe

“To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.”

Schumann

“When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college- that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared back at me, incredulous, and said, “You mean they forget?”

Howard Ikemoto

“A work becomes a work of art when one re-evaluates the values of nature and adds one’s own spirituality.”

Emil Nolde

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou

“Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”

Einstein

“What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.”

John Updike

…Insha’allah we need to awaken the joy of creative expression in our children…and also never lose that for ourselves regardless of age…a journey of transcendence in total gratitude…

…embark on instilling artistic expression as a form of visual prayer within your home today…Insha’Allah give the spirit breathing room…

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.

…more from the Darul Madinah Museum…

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…there is so much to see and learn from this museum…one visit is not enough…each time one returns some new information is gleaned…Masha’Allah…

…this is the lavishly embellished ‘tent’ that protected the gift of new Kiswahs for the Ka’abah and the Mubarak Hujrah from Sultan Sulaiman bin Ibrahim ibn Salem, the grandson of Sulaiman the Magnificent…the information from the guide saying this was transported in the year 1204AH…which is approximately 231 years ago…and Allah Knows best…

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Arafat 1918 photographic print Library of Congress

…this is not the above howdah but from 1918 when a similar gift of the Ka’abah Kiswah from Turkey was being transported to Makkah…an amazing procession guarded by heavily armed security…some things do not change…

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…and this is the 1606 Ottoman Ka’abah door covering…the passion for our Sacred Places alive in hearts throughout our glorious history as seen through these skillful creative expressions …Insha’Allah we keep this flame burning bright and instill such a passion in the young, Ameen…

Qaswa Darul Madinah Museum

…children are moved by the heart tugging story of Qaswa, our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam’s faithful camel…after his SallAllahu alaihi wasallam demise, Qaswa refused to eat or drink and her eyesight was affected due to her constant weeping…some narrations say she became blind and Allah Ta’ala knows best…the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum tied a cloth around her eyes to ease the suffering…SubhanAllah…

Khandaq model Darul Madinah Museum

…this model of Khandaq portrays the proportions of just how ambitious and gruelling the task was…SubhanAllah…allow the mind to imagine you are one of the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum working on this trench during the heat of Ramadhan…

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…and this model of Jannatul Baqi brings tears…we may read, hear how the burial is, it must be so emotional for brothers fortunate to attend a Janazah…SubhanAllah…but for those of us who cannot not then these models impart such deep feelings…

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…I beg for you to take a few seconds to make Du’a that this humble sinner’s end is in Jannatul Baqi Ameen…

copy of Uthman Mushaf Darul Madinah Museum

…copy of the Mushaf as attributed to the Uthman ibn ‘Affan Mushaf as seen in the Topkapi Palace Istanbul Turkey 

…yet more from the Museum in the next post…Insha’Allah…

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.

…the last person to enter the Mubarak Hujrah…

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…these two the models from the Darul Madinah Museum represent when the last fire damaged the Mubarak Hujrah…

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…during the last visit to the Darul Madinah Museum, we were told that the last person to enter the actual sealed Mubarak Hujrah, after it was damaged by fire, was lowered down head first…his feet tied with a rope as he was lowered in upside down ensuring his feet would not even touch the blessed earth around our Beloved Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his two esteemed companions RadhiAllahu anhumaa and how as his head was near the ashen earth he brushed it using his beard like a broom to clear the debris…SubhanAllah!!! Such reverence…

…a year after the fire and during the time of Sultan Qaitabai the Dome was renovated and rebuilt on solid foundations using tiles, not inflammatory materials…

…more details related to the history of the Green Dome and the Mubarak Hujrah

…the following is translated from Wafaaul Wafaa by As Samhoudi 911 AH, from Volume 2 the 23d chapter: Fulfilling the Gratitude of the News of the House of Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. It is rather verbose and convoluted language of the scholars but a fascinating account…

About the construction of the Hujrah that has been agreed upon by what is transmitted by Al Aqshahari through ibn ‘Aat and what happened when entering into the Hujrah when needed and marbling it.

Al Aqshahari said, and from his handwriting I transmit the following: Muhammad ibn Ansari Ashshartiby said: Muhammad ibn Al Qadarie said: Ahmad Haroon ibn ‘Aat said: I was told in Madinah that they heard from close to 40 years ago a shaking in the Rowdha, the Hujrah, so it was written to the Caliph at the time so he consulted the Ulema. They made Fatwa that a pious person from those amongst those who look after the Masjid should enter it. So they chose Badr adh Dhaaeef. He was a pious person, prays the night, fasts the day and amongst the youth of Bani Abbas so he was dropped down into the Hujrah and he found the western wall had fallen. This is the wall beyond the outer wall.

So they prepared bricks from the mud of the Masjid so he reconstructed the way it was and he found a pile of wood was affected by the falling of the wall, so he broke this. It was carried to Baghdad with some of the dust of the wall and the day of arrival of these things to Baghdad was a famous day attended by so many people who crowded to see it and all factories and shops shut.

Ibn ‘Aat’s journey was the year 613 AH and he said close to 40 years so this makes it the year about 570 AH and that is what is mentioned in his notes of the journey and I transferred it from there and this would have been at the time of the Caliph Al Mustadhi’ Billah.

This falling wall could be the eastern from the inside and it was called the western considering the outer wall to it. So then this incident is where the wall was reconstructed as described and as it is there is no brick construction except the section on top of the wall.

But in the words of ibn Najjar means that entering the Hujrah did not happen in the year 554 AH until his time, and he died in 643AH. Because he said in his book:

And know that in the year 548 AH they heard a shaking noise in the Hujrah. The Amir was Qassim ibn Mehanaa. When he was told he said: We should drop someone in to look at what is causing the shaking. They considered who that should be, who is suitable, but found no one except Umar An Nisai the great Shaykh of Mosul who at the time was in Madinah. So they mentioned that to them He said to them that is is ill and needs to urinate frequently, but they insisted. So he said: Give me time until I train myself. It is said that he he stopped drinking and requested from Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam to stop the ailment so he could go and look and then get out. So they dropped him in with ropes from above to the area built by Umar. He entered into it with a candle. So he saw that part of the mud of the ceiling had fallen down on the graves so he removed and swiped this dust with his beard. Allah Ta’ala stopped the ailment until he exited the Hujrah. And this is what I heard from a lot of people and Allah Ta’ala knows best.

And the statement by Maraghi following Matari based on the narration of ibn Najjar: So they dropped him with ropes between the two ceilings from the mentioned floor and he descended between the wall around Rasulullah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and the protecting wall and with him he had a candle and he walked to the door of the house and entered to the holy graves and he saw some rubble, wither from the ceiling or from the walls.

I say, and this does not agree with what ibn Najjar said and consequently Maraghi built built his story on the following: Ibn Najjar said during the month of Rabial Akhir 554AH, during the days of Qassim they smelt a bad smell from the Hujrah and they mentioned that to him so they ordered to them to descend there. So Bayan Al Aswad, one of the servants of the Hujrah and with him As Saffi Al Mursali and with them Haroon As Shadi. When they descended they found a cat had fallen in and died, so they took it out. It was in the area between the Hujrah wall and the protecting wall.

Al Maraghi and others said on the authority of ibn Najjar that they found a cat had fallen from the upper part of the protecting wall. Ibn Najjar said their descending was on Saturday 11th Rabial Akhir and that since that date until then nobody had descended.

Dr Kaki title Darul Madinah Museum

…this is the cover of the fourth volume of four ‘The General Directorate for the Affairs of Masjid Nabawi’ by Dr Kaki, the founder of the Museum, where he describes in detail, including GPS pointsand photographs, the 93 locations he has researched where our Blessed Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam offered Salat within the confines of his Enlightened Madinah…these volumes, in Arabic, are available at the Museum for SR350…there is also a large model in the Museum with these locations marked…SubhanAllah…

…JazakumuLlahu khaira to Sidi Sulaiman, who is of the guides at the museum, for helping with this information and the photographs…if you are needing a tour in Arabic or English then you can request him to assist you and your group…

..may we all be relentless in our du’as for Madinatun Nabi…may Allah Ta’ala save us all…ease all suffering…shower the entire Ummah with His Rahmah and place all Muslims firmly on the Siratul Mustaqeem, Ameen…

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.