…mud walls…pigeon turrets…Rumi…

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Become the sky. Take an axe to the prison wall. Escape.

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Hear blessings dropping their blossoms around you.

 

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The ocean of the body crashes against the ocean of the heart. Between them is a barrier they cannot cross.

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A secret freedom opens through a crevice you can barely see.

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Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.

How do they learn it?

They fall and falling,

they’re given wings.

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I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.

 

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Birdsong brings relief to my longing. I am just as ecstatic as they are, but with nothing to say.

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If you could untie your wings and free your soul of jealousy, you and everyone around you would fly up like doves.

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Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

…walls and pigeon turrets of the King Fahd Park and Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi Rahmatullahi alaihi…

a slightly belated

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…heartfelt JazakiLLahu khaira to the dear, clever and blessed sister sending me these professionally designed headers…Masha’Allah…du’as for her and all members of her family…

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.

…stunning view…stunning company…

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Madinah views from Elaf Taiba 2014 April1

…SubhanAllah a stunning view from the 13th floor of Elaf Taiba…with the stunning company of our Beloved HabibuLlah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, because as you sit transfixed at this window the heart is pulled closer and closer…throb…swoon…soaking in the safest of refuges…

…as grey clouds gathered across the horizon, Allah Ta’ala’s Qudrat was sending shivers down the spine…added to this powerful mix was to be in the company of a previously unknown sister and her two young children…once again revealing how Allah Ta’ala chooses the best of companions to meet and love on the path to Him…Masha’Allah, Alhumdulillah…the following photos, sequenced as time unfolded, from after Asr until after Maghrib, are the backdrop to a vibrant virtual tour…

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…from this vantage point one could take in so much of the Seerah with many landmarks in full view…stories swirled in hearts accompanied by vivid imagery of places our Beloved SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his faithful companions RadhiAllahu anhum trod…

…directly below is the haven of Saqeefa

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…the never completed souk, for years marked for demolition…now Alhumdulillah showcasing the two exhibitions of Seerah (and here) and Asma’ul Husna…as part of the new expansion project this entire unfinished structure will be gone…

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…zooming out to catch a glimpse of Jannatul Baqi…

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Understanding his meaning exhausts the human mind. Near and far, all were seen to be dumbstruck.

The Mantle Adorned Imam Busiri’s Burdah (48)

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…Jabal Eyr, the ominous grey Bab of Jahannam in the distance…

…if one were to follow this road it would lead to Masjid Quba passing Masjid Juma’ah along the way…

…the road to the far right is where the race track for training the animals for jihad is said to have been…running from the now demolished Masjid Sabaq (imagine following this road backwards out of the frame of this photo) to Masjid Ghamama…this also was the route the trade caravans would use as they exited and entered Madinah al-Munawwarah from Shams…

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…the Musalla area with Masjid Ghamama, with the multiple domes…Masjid Ali, the white one on the right and Masjid Abu Bakr, the cream one just behind with the copper spire on the minaret …the radio mast is where the house of Bilal RadhiAllahu anhu is said to have been, and Allah Ta’ala knows best…while the distinct domes of Masjid Ghamama are straight ahead…

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…detail of the above…

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Each of them seeks something of God’s messenger – handfuls from the sea, or drops of the drizzle.

The Mantle Adorned Imam Busiri’s Burdah (39)

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…the hotels on this southern, Qiblah side of Masjid Nabawi will be the prime ones once the expansion to the north consumes the main ones there now…the tent shaped rooftop of the Qiblah hotel is a dominant feature…the Shariah court building seen just behind the red tiled roofs, which was previously the bustling Aswat al Haram…but now housing many various services including ambulance, police, commandos, civil defence…

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…the umbrellas seem balletic when opening and shutting while looking like tutu costumes from this angle…

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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.

The Compendium of Prophetic Beauty.

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…stunning view…stunning company…all seeking Divine satisfaction through the intercession of the shine of the sent one SallAllahu alaihi wasallam…may we all reach you to find reunion…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.

…dancing in a twinkling syrup of mercy…

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rain on the Prophet's Tomb April 11 2014 Madinah

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…smiles come best from those who weep. Lightning, then the rain-laughter. Rumi

…oh it was joyous…so fresh…dancing in a twinkling syrup of mercy…diamonds sparkling in hearts and souls intoxicated by a divine fragrance wafting from the Abode of Felicity…SubhanAllah…Alhumdulillah…

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.