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…sunrise…and the brass cleaners already high on the scaffolding polishing away…oh that we were as diligent with the Amal of polishing our hearts…Insha’Allah we pledge to make Istiqama on this Amal right now…

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…and the umbrella cleaning resumes after the whirlwind time of Hajj…

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…The General Directorate for the Affairs of Masjid Nabawi…this building has been under construction for many years…Alhumdulillah it now has a purpose…unlike the building to the right which will be demolished for the new expansion…

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…as can be seen by the reflection of the Green Dome and the Ottoman minaret it is approximately opposite Babul Salam…a security guard ensures entrance to dignitaries only…

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…labourers to the left of the Directorate building…and to the left of this area is the Musalla area with Masjid Ghamama and Masjid Abu Bakr…

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…while on the eastern side is this series of boxed fixtures…the rumour being they house the beginnings of a ramp that will connect directly to the roof…if the expansion is to be attached to the Masjid here then I am not sure how a ramp to the second floor is to be incorporated??…any clues out there?? …meanwhile this part of the courtyard resembles a modern ‘art installation’…

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…the work is never ending…the skilled engineers and labourers is amazing…SubhanAllah…forever something happening…

every day He is at work…(55:29)

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…one of several caged carts storing thousands of chairs…mothballed until the next spike in pilgrims…wheelchairs are also seen piled to the ceiling in a maintenance area that once was the Aswat al-Haram…

…Insha’Allah back in a short while…a call has been heard…with the reply being Labaik Allahumma Labaik…Insha’Allah the ‘list’ will be recited in front of BaituLlah and copious Adiyah made…

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.

…visiting the most blessed neighbour SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…

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…Alhumdulillah for a morning of stepping into a blissful honeyed syrup…where the heart melts…where words do not come easily…or are so disjointed and discordant it feels improper trying to force them out while bashing on a keyboard…because ‘visiting’ is truly like entering an unreal space…yes…the eyes see plush carpets, columns, umbrellas, others, shiny marble, decorative features, the glitter of brass and artisan Ottoman lights…one smells the residue of perfume from the presence of brothers at Fajr time…mingled with the brass cleaning substance as labourers polish…of course the overwhelming fragrance is not of this worldly origin…

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…because the fragrance is from the ghayb…from the unseen…from that which the heart and soul know…from our Beloved HabibuLlahu SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…from the celestial presence…from his faithful Companions RadhiAllahu anhum…the Tab’een the Taba Tab’een, the Awliya, pious scholars…this very space has witnessed them all…this sacred space resonates with the essence of them all…this blessed space has enveloped the piety of them all…this hallowed space whispers great secrets to us all if we but block out all else and listen with the ears of the soul…it embraces…it consumes our spirit into a wordless syrup…

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…moving around this sacred area when it is not crowded one has time to deeply reflect upon what it holds…what is means to us in the here and now as the glance sees structure and adornment…this column is one of many that mark the boundary of the extension made when our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam returned after the Battle of Khaybar…walking this boundary was profound…the feet disappeared as if in a time machine back to that golden time…the eye gazed towards the Mubarak houses of Ahl Bayt…the imagination constructed the space as it was…the heart felt the carpet become rubble…this pillar became a palm trunk…the ornate ceiling palm fronds…one feels in awe of all giants who have frequented this very ground…bringing all these emotions to the fore empowers Iman…boosts Taqwa…strengthens Tawakkul…SubhanAllah…

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…so…reluctantly returning to reality…the foreground shows the top of the barrier that is erected after Fajr, Zuhur and Esha Salats in order to separate the sisters from the brothers during these Ziyarah times…it is impossible for a sister to show how the other side is…but there are many video clips available and when the livestream broadcasts details can be seen…but to the far left the triangular top of the Mihrab represents where the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam originally offered Salat …then slightly to the right of this…almost in the middle of the photo parts of the Mimbar can be seen…

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…the triangular section seen to the left, above is the Uthmani Mihrab, used by the Imam during the Ottoman times…

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…many school groups take the opportunity to bring children for Ziyarah during these quiet times…Masha’Allah…they look so cute in their line formations…may Allah Ta’ala plant the seeds of love for their Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and the Deen in their innocent hearts Ameen…

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Allahumma salli ‘ala Badrit-tamaam

Allahumma salli ‘ala Nuriz-zalaam

Allahumma salli ‘ala Miftaahi Daaris-Salaam

Allahumma salli ‘ala Shafee’i fee jamee-il anaam

Allah! Send blessings upon the Full Moon in brilliance.

Allah! Send blessings upon the Light overwhelming darkness.

Allah! Send blessings upon the Key to the Abode of Peace.

Allah! Send blessings upon the Intercessor of all humanity.

two hours in the Meadow of Jannah…from August 28…the previous window of ‘quiet time’ when visas were not issued…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…NB…sister’s bags are still checked as they enter Masjid Nabawi but no longer are smartphones deemed ‘forbidden’…so it is now common for phones to be seen taking photos within the area opened for sister’s Ziyarah…I am still ambivalent with taking photos here…maybe using this blog as an excuse is not good enough…may Allah Ta’ala forgive me of any wrong if the intention is not accepted as being sincere…however I do stop at the ‘selfie’ obsession already seen several times during this visit…and would never resort to taking photos actually in Rowdha Shareef…AstaghfiruLlah…

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.

…E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N…

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…so  a CRAZY niqabi walks the boundary of the eastern E-X-P-A-N-S-I-O-N boundary…walking stick in right hand camera in left…life in danger as massive trucks hurtle by blarring earth vibrating horns while every other vehicle tooting for her attention thinking this crazed woman needs to be rescued from hugging the construction fences and dodging the piles of dust…little mounds of fine dust every few metres…the work of countless ‘legends’ in their orange overalls armed with kitchen brooms robotically scratch scratch sweep sweep along the barriers…leaving these fine dust piles…for the speeding traffic to blow back on to the main ring road…and so the process continues…scratch scratch sweep sweep…dust accumulating on camera…enough that cameras have a short life spam in this desert clime…let alone venturing around rubble and steel mountains…discarded remnants of once five star hotels…alas not being of the gender that has access to helicopters, cherry pickers or any remaining tall buildings to aid the search for the most dramatic and descriptive shots she heroically and daringly strides forward into the midst of a macho domain to bring you ‘dusty birkentocks on the ground’ images…

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…her valiant expedition began from the sisters area of the eastern courtyard…

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see photos from one month ago to compare the rate of change

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…the emptying of buildings across the ring road has also begun…the one to the left will soon join the mass destruction…

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…doomed…the Mubarak Masjid Ejabah…buildings to the right have already been vacated and stripped of AC’s etc…

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…Dome of Peace just visible behind a crane…

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…SERENITY and SANCTUARY from the ruckus to the right…

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…the final building left on this far side of the project area…

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…and thus ends the crazed woman’s expedition…until next time…maybe…he he he…

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.