…from Haram to home from the east…

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…metaphors…signs…reminders…hidden in every mundane blink…in every turned corner…in every breath inhaled and every breath exhaled…profound lessons for seekers…

Sound knowledge and conclusive proofs have established that everything in the universe, whether it be high or low, articulate or mute, is interconnected. the universe is constructed of harmoniously interrelated and interconnecting forces. If a single atom should deviate a hair’s breadth from its designated course, for which it was created, the order of the world would be upset, its precise interconnectedness disrupted, and the heavens would collapse upon the earth. The worlds have been and shall remain joined and bound in mutual attraction, performing the functions they were created for, in the most perfect, ordered, and precise way-until the appointed time.

Key to the Garden Habib Ahmad Mashhur al-Haddad Rahmatullahi alaihi

…so laud praises and gratitude to Allah Ta’ala for the outpouring of His favours, grace, munificence, and extreme generosity…and find secrets in all His signs…the profound and the mundane…Insha’Allah…

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.

…width and breadth…

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…each of these photos have been taken from either within what will be the new Masjid or in the courtyard to be of the new King Abdullah expansion plans…in each photo as far as the eye can see will be part of the new expansion…the diagram at the end of the post attempts, along with the visual captures, to give some idea of the gigantic scale of the project…mind boggling…still cannot comprehend the sheer size of this…

…all photos, except the last two, taken mid morning on the second day of Eid…hence not many yet out and about…the last two taken this afternoon…

position 1 from east to west

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position 2 from east to west

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position 3 from north to south

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…the Green Palace hotel is no longer…along with the one on the right and the two behind it…

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…*sigh*…what is the fate of Masjid Bukhari?…the lamp on the right is attached to the Green Palace…such fixtures will soon be stripped away in preparations for the detonation…

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…the enormity of demolishing what were functioning hotels is made even more clear as one looks at the intricate systems for facilities on the roof…

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…vacant and stripped of the air conditioners…once Hajj season is over serious work will begin on this area…

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…the scene inside one of the barriers…

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…the unique fluted minaret of Masjid Bukhari reflected in what not ago was an elegant hotel entrance…

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…many locals wondering why these hotels could not have remained open at least until after peak time of Hajj?…this is the hotel that was evacuated some time ago due to a fire…

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position 4 from east to west

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position 5 looking towards the new western courtyard area…the leaning partially demolished building still remains as well as the library…earlier photos here…from September 25th…*sigh* what is the fate of Saqeefa which is a little further to the right of this leaning building…

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position 6 west looking east...

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…thus is the width and breadth of the new expansion…

…and…if…once the majority of hotels are in the south…and if…the sisters will be allocated areas in the far northern sections of the new expansion…has it been considered how sisters, especially the elderly…and let’s face it…the majority of pilgrims fall into this category…how will they be expected to move the long distances from the south to the north?…already it is a lengthy walk across the courtyard and made even more of an obstacle as one weaves in and out of the crowd…

,,,and another and…there is a rumour a committee has been formed to look into ways of expanding the area around the Rowdha Shareef for times of sisters’ Ziyarah…

…May Allah Ta’ala guide and save us all and shower all the changes in the Haramain with His Rahmah and Noor…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.

…transformed…transforming…

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…the City of Light becomes transformed for Eidul Adha…the exodus of all Hujjaj with a simultaneous convergence of locals is amazing…an emptying out with a filling up…numbers defy imagination…crowds rival the Hujjaj numbers because the latter fluctuate whereas this Eid holiday is a time when people travel from all over the Kingdom and the Gulf States to take advantage of Madinah al Munawwarah being totally free of pilgrims…creating an intense concentration in a short span of a few days…a sea of black swells the sisters areas…no more the muti-coloured array that the various visiting international communities bring…alley ways between buildings are blocked with cars parked so close you cannot walk between them…footpaths transformed into parking lots and triple parking line the roads…the one time of the year when restrictions seem mostly to be ignored…

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…this speck was blessed by the extreme generosity of special friends (who are now sparkly new Hajjahs, Masha’Allah!!! Mabrook Mabrook!!! ) handing over the use of their hotel room while they were on Hajj…SubhanAllah what a difference to be so close to Haram with the ease of attending Salat compared to walking back and forth in the heat from home…which even though it is relatively nearby it is impossible to be so regular…this was an especially grand treat Alf Alf ShukriLlah…Alhumdulillah…

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…the hotel embraced the celebration with extreme flair and festivity…more below…

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…this was the outside courtyard more than one hour before Iftar on Arafat day…the squash inside the inner sisters area was more than ever experienced in any Ramadhan…the crowd was so dense with sisters and children on top of each other …what was meant to be pleasant spiritual moments were sadly a scramble for dignity and respect for others…and the food!!!!!!…the exclamation marks will have to suffice for an explanation…

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…the Saff for Eid Salat spilled way beyond the central area to the circular ring road…SubhanAllah…this scene will actually be INSIDE the new future Masjid…Insha’Allah another post on this topic to follow…

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… treasures for guidance…uummmm???…it has become all too common for children to be wearing backpacks with an attached ‘toy’…one can now offer Salat behind tweety pie…good old sponge bob…mickey mouse spider man…sylvester…and on and on…who commissions such stock??…where does the line stop with who agrees to trade in these things??…what are parents thinking when they buy these for their children???…same questions apply to the combat guns…which all too often are used while Adhan is being recited…or even worse during Salat…what are parents thinking???…camouflage-painted battery operated helicopters…combat army men wriggling about…surely the horrific reality of all the current war zones is more than enough without allowing children to mimic such atrocities???…what are parents thinking??…cute blond hair dolls…what message is this giving regarding differences within our diverse Ummah?? where are the colours and tones reflective of the richness of humanity??? …just what are parents thinking??? or is this speck way past her expiry date and far too gone into ‘a generation gap syndrome’ …a cranky wrinkly old speck???…I think so…just what are the import/trade officials and ‘authorities’ thinking???…Ya Rabb Ya Lateef…

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…bubble guns…love them…but please…all day all night EXCEPT during Salat!!!

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…helium balloons are a standard feature of all Eids…while the pigeons were truly in a festive mood…the entire morning filling the skies with ecstatic swooping and reveling…adding to the cheery spectacle…transforming…

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…the hotel foyer was a pop-up party scene…roses for sister…toys for the children…a huge sponge bob wobbling about…and mickey mouse…lollies…

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…selfies galore…fun fun fun…

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…the majority of hotels adding decoration facades…

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…the City of Light transformed…and now the next transformation is the steady arrival of the new Hujjaj…Masha’Allah…may the Ummah be blessed and transformed due to their sacrifices and struggles…may we all be constantly transforming the condition of our heart so Allah Ta’ala will then Insha’Allah turn to transforming the conditions of the Ummah…Ameen…what transforming are you intending this Juma’ah??

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.