…Eid Kareem::Eidul Fitr 1435…





One Eid the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid donned his splendid imperial robes, mounted his horse and rode into the street. The soldiers cleared the Sultan’s path, while the people gave him an ovation, gazing admiringly at his beautifully embroidered robes. At that moment Bahlul the Wise Fool barred the Sultan’s progress, reciting some stanzas containing guidance for Harun and, through him, for us. The gist of them was as follows:


The Festival is not a matter of dressing up in

fine new clothes.

The Festival is celebrated by serving Allah

and being aware of your Lord.

To celebrate the Festival is to be Sultan of the

heart, not Sultan of the realm.

Sultans of the realm pass into oblivion, but the

Sultan of the heart is never forgotten.

To celebrate the Festival is to be delivered from the

divine punishment at the Resurrection.

The Festival is not a matter of wearing perfumes, but

of being sorry for one’s sins,

repenting and not committing them again.

The Festival is not about riding on horseback, but about

giving up faults.

The Festival is not about sitting on the imperial throne,

but about crossing the dreadful Bridge,

to sit on the thrones of Paradise.

The Festival is celebrated not by boasting of palaces

and power, but by bringing the light

to the darkness of the tomb and equipping

it through good works.

This brought Harun al-Rashid to tears.

Kul ‘Aam wa Antum BiKhair

TaqabbAllahu minna wa minkum!

…and now may intentions turn to the Mubarak six fasts of Shawwal, Insha’Allah!…along with constant begging Allah Ta’ala, for SIX months, to accept our fasting, just as the Sahabah RadhiAllahu anhum did…oh what fikr…

…the above Bahlul story from a previous Eid post…there are so many in the archives…almiskeenah has purposefully avoided the chaos in nearby Quba Street this Eid…(as was bravely encountered last year) …a necessary wander there the other evening saw me become part of a huge black swarm akin to several flocks of crows diving onto a single piece of bread…that was enough to swiftly do what had to be done then retreat to the seclusion of home where protecting ones’ Iman is easier and where one can seriously contemplate how Eid must be for so many suffering in the Muslim world…may time be made during our days of festivities making Du’a for them, 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.

…perfect desire to meet…


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…so many emotions swirl when one is in the Quba area…inner images and feelings try to arrange themselves like watching the creation of a time lapse jigsaw puzzle…emotional scenes of Yathrib lovers with the perfect desire to meet our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…a man the majority had never seen but only been told about…such love and devotion…waiting for days to sight the first tiny speck of his and Abu Bakr As-Saddiq RadhiAllahu anhu distant figures to appear…then the spontaneous burst of pure joy and delight once they were seen and it was established which one was actually our Blessed Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…SubhanAllah…close your eyes and see this very scene with the eyes of your heart…

…so when one comes to Quba this is all replayed over and over on the inner screen of imagination…Alhumdulillah for our minds to be gifted such a facility…to be able to switch from all that is now present and seen…SubhanAllah the ability to choose what one may focus on…yes…the physical eyes see these mighty lacy minarets and the elegant architecture…but SubhanAllah the heart feels the energy and the beauty of how this Mubarak entrance must have been…may our intentions in these last fleeting moments of this 1435 Ramadhan be to have the perfect desire to meet our Rabb Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala just as our Beloved Prophet desired…

As the hour of union gets closer

the fire of desire burns more fiercer

(Isha tul Lumaat)

…so if we want sakinah in the heart and peace in our lives focus on Allah Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam with all that he has left us of his Sunnah and enthralling Seerah…so feel the fire burning as you increase the perfect desire to meet…

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…SubhanAllah the shadowless one SallAllahu alaihi wasallam walked this ground…for a few days establishing the first Masjid in Islam…lifting and preparing earth with his own hands…while now…the late afternoon light casts long shifting shadows…

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…the courtyard landscaping provides a pleasant space for reflection…

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…and pondering as your Books fill with at least eighty years of Ibadah…multiplied as Allah Ta’ala wishes during this rich month of Ramadhan…when bonuses are bountiful upon bountiful…

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…maybe a new trend…a shadelfie…

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…this flash of vibrant colour suddenly floated across a monochrome canvas of grey…

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…an expansive covered area to accommodate the huge numbers attending Taraweeh and Qiyamul Layl…massive air conditioners positioned on two sides pumping out a bearable temperature…

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…pre-Iftar preparations as laden trolleys criss cross the courtyard…

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…more Insha’Allah at a later time to share stories related to the two young girls seen beside the brother on the left…

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…carpets piled high before being laid out for Salat…

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…so feel the fire burning as you increase the perfect desire to meet…asking how perfect is my desire to meet my Rabb Subhanahu wa Ta’alaas these Mubarak moments fade away…

a very belated

last Ramadhan Juma’ah


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.

…crawling or running?…



…are we crawling or running to Allah Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam during these most blessed days? …how fast are you running?…running full speed…??…seriously check your speed…your destination…your intention for running…time is running out…a mere few days left of a time we are offered so much…these days skies are filled with Angels…Allah Ta’ala even commands Jibreel Alaihis Salam to descend…SubhanAllah!!! SUBHANALLAH!! Jannah is decorated…SubhanAllah! and so much more…so RUN at top speed…RUN…

Insha’Allah a quick scroll through these photos will boost the speed of your heart as it runs to Allah Ta’ala…
















…so target your destination as you run to our Merciful Rabb Subanahu wa Ta’ala and His Habib SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…this is all we have…so why be deluded thinking otherwise…run…throw all distractions to the wind as you run faster and faster…set the GPS of your heart ONLY on this destination…steer clear of diversions…avoid detours…these fleeting great moments of opportunity are zooming by…run to Allah Ta’ala and He surely is waiting for us to Run to Him…to His Open Arms…to His Succour…to His Salvation and Mercy and Forgiveness…RUN…with the utmost effort…RUN…as you have never run before…RUN…and as you run release all detritus from the heart…see it flying away…and instead see and FEEL the Sakinah and Peace…watch as your Iman strengthens…flowing from this renewed heart, throughout your entire body, and then beyond, filling the space around you…so all can feel the same and be uplifted by your efforts of RUNNING and not crawling…Insha’Allah Ameen Ameen Ameen…may we all RUN as we have never run before…

…JazakiLlahu khaira to a precious sister for sharing her photos…Insha’Allah please make, even if only once, Du’a during Iftar and/or Sehri for the residents of Madinatun Nabi…for the Haramain…and for all suffering…

…AND…RUN to donate…to help feed Syrian families the basics of bread…to reap the multiple rewards of giving charity in this Mubarak month and to gaze upon the amazing entry in your Kitab on that Fateful Day when Amal Salih will be shining from your account…Insha’Allah assist the noble effort of compassion and love by Sister Javeria for establishing this opportunity for you to GIVE…Insha’Allah your donation will weight heavily on the scales and bring the desired total to 100%…and relief to many suffering in oppressive conditions…Ya Rabb give them the best in their Akhirah Ameen…#1000BreadChallenge

…so no more crawling…this is not the time for crawling…only RUNNING to Allah Ta’ala with all He loves watching us do in His Name during these days…RUN RUN RUN…Insha’Allah…RUN RUN RUN…and RUN some more…

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.