…the pure heart…

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Understand His words Subhanahu wa Ta’ala,

A day whereupon neither wealth nor children will avail; save him who comes to Allah with a pure heart.  (26:88-89) 

A pure heart is that which is not attached to anything other than Allah Ta’ala.

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Also understand, His words,

You have come to Us alone just as We have created you the first time, and you have left behind what We bestowed upon you.  (6:94)

It is understood from this verse that you are unable to reach Allah Ta’ala or to arrive to Him [i.e. gnosis of  Him] unless you are isolated from other than Him.

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Moreover, [understand] His words,

Did He not find you an orphan and thus gave you shelter.  (93:6);

it is understood from this that Allah Ta’ala does not provide you with shelter unless you are truly an orphan to everything other than Him.

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Then there are His words,

Verily, Allah is single (witr); and He loves the single, meaning the heart that is not divided by its attachment to creation.

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Therefore, these hearts were for Allah Ta’ala and through Allah Ta’ala.

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Due to this [state], they are the people of proximity [to Allah Ta'ala] (ahl al-hadrah), who have been addressed by pure favour; so how can they rely upon other than Him, while it is they who actually [experientially] behold the existence of His Oneness?

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The Refinement of Souls Imam Ibn ‘Ata Allah al-Sakandari

…a concise manual consisting of spiritual instructions, aphorisms and private discourses with the Divine from a Sufi Master of the Shadhili order…

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.

…two hours in the Meadows of Jannah…

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…SubhanAllah…the heart still trembles with love and passion for the honour bestowed upon such an undeserving soul…may all the Du’as and Salams conveyed from the ‘list’ be Qabooliyyah …may we all sense a renewed Qurb from this gift…which is as much yours as it is mine…truly…because your presence is always vicariously felt…Ameen…

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…Bab Nisaa…the only time sisters can actually use this door devoted for them by our Blessed Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam is when the area just inside is open for them…which has become a very rare occurrence…as this little girl suddenly appeared in the frame the heart made the du’a for this door to be accessible to her, and all women, by the time she is a little older, Ameen…

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…stunning Ottoman artistry…

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…detail above the door as you exit…

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…the lavish right hand knocker La ILlaha illAllah…

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…the left hand Muhammadur RasuluLlah…

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…Bab Jibreel…looking in to the Mubarak house of our Lady Fatima and her family RadhiAllahu anhum…

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…the door knocker of Bab Jibreel…what a blessing it was to see these features at a time of ease… and to quickly take photos to share…

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…Ottoman opulence in front of the Tahujjud mihrabalso

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…I was almost the last to leave here…even though this area was closing the Rowdha section for sisters remained open for another two hours SubhanAllah…the Mubarak door to the Queen of jannah RadhiAllahu anha’s house…words…who can find words…the heart is still swooning…

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…looking towards Qiblah…the white barrier erected to separate brothers and the true Rowdha area  just visible…and just in the frame to the left is the barrier that closes off the raised platform area and access to the door of our Lady Fatima RadhiAllahu anha’s house and where one can stand at the feet of our Beloved Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam and his faithful companions RadhiAllahu anhuma…

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…JazakiLlahu khaira for the above and below photos shared by another neighbour seeking proximity…this overlooks the barrier set up for when sisters are doing Ziyarah…looking towards Qibla wall…Rowdha Ziyarah Madinah N1

…The Pillar of the Delegations…where our Noble Nabi SallAllahu alaihi wasallam would sit to receive dignitaries from the various tribes across the Arabian land, seeking to pledge their allegiance to him and to discuss issues relating to the new community and social framework and clarification of revelation related to implementing Islam into the fabric of their tribes…the grill to the right is Bab Ayesha…more here

SubhanAllah this is exactly where Allah Ta’ala invited me to sit for two whole uninterrupted hours on Tuesday evening…I went in to Rowdha for the second time at 11.45pm and sadly left at 1.45am when the guard sisters were telling us to leave…SubhanAllah…going in that late meant the majority had left so there was minimal movement as sisters try to go and out of the restricted green carpet area…I had earlier gone in, and Alhumdulillah had managed to offer four Rak’ats and Du’a, but it was too crowded…so I went to the back under the umbrellas and walked around behind the raised platform out through Bab Nisaa and in Bab Jibreel…waiting for the crowds to lessen…Allahu Alum how long Ziyarah will remain so sublime now that the first Hujjaj have arrived, Alhumdulillah. There was a small group of Indian sisters there and later before Fajr I saw Indonesian sisters…each day will see more and more appear, Masha’Allah…

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…soon this will be a sea of colour with sisters from hundreds of nationalities patiently waiting for a few minutes in the Meadows of Jannah…

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Beauty itself boasts about the beauty of the Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam

The beauty of galaxies is only the dust of your feet

O Caravan of the desirous! Walk barefoot towards Madinah

The thorns on your way are softer than flowers. 

Quoted from Love for the Messenger SallAllahu alaihi wasallam by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad, May Allah Ta’ala preserve and keep his secrets and elevate his soul Ameen…

JUMA’AH MUBARAK!

…Alhumdulillah!!! The first Hujjaj are here!  May the 2014 season be showered with blessings and all ibadah accepted, 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.

…bash bang rubble dust crash boom…

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…so…if you follow that road straight down away from this photo, which was taken in the Hajj of January 2007…that is where I walked from yesterday in a 45+degree scorcher sizzling sun…all for you!!! I needed to escape the tedium of restoring the blog that has consumed my life of late…somewhat crazy venturing out in such conditions but its amazing what one does for blog readers he he he…the sky was truly amazing…changing from beaten bronze to soft pink haze to beams of silver puncturing clouds…with a final dramatic flourish of fire as Maghrib approached…

…the place was deserted…no other crazies wandering around in searing temperatures…plus this is the narrow window between Ramadhan and Hajj with minimum people about…the garden in the foreground is Saqeefa…(so many posts in the archives if you google ‘saqeefa almiskeenah’ if you so desire to learn.see more…sorry a sort of post sun stroke dumbness has hit what is left of a sizzled brain so am avoiding searching for links)

…I stopped at that communication mast you see in the distance (more in another post Insha’Allah)…some of you will recall that I have mentioned in the past that is the approximate location where Bilal RadhiAllahu anhu’s house was, and Allah Ta’ala knows best…then passed the Musalla area then walked on the road parallel to the right of the main one seen here…to where you can see the library (the building surrounded by the white arches with the garden to its left)…or what was the library…as it is now an abandoned building…a dried up garden…all soon be reduced to rubble and dust for the sake of the new King Abdullah Masjid expansion project…

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…here you see the library to the left behind the orange bus through the walkway of this building which has never been completed…and also is earmarked for demolition…I still cannot comprehend the sheer scale of this expansion…actually the intimate size of a qabr in Jannatul Baqi has far greater appeal than witnessing the final reality of the projected design…may Allah Ta’ala’s mercy see my intention…Ameen Ameen Ameen…

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…a slight shift of view to the right you can see beyond to the shell of what was a functioning hotel…

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…which is now temporarily acting out what it may be like to be the Leaning Tower of Pisa…I think the imploding met with a slight hitch as it has fallen on the next building rather than gone straight down as they normally should…the library waiting to be detonated to the far right …

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…I found the sight of these garments for sale…covered in dust to be surreal…

…just after taking this photo my camera decided to misbehave…which it has been doing for some time…I think it needs a new battery or is yelling at me for taking it out in a suffocating swelter…so the phone was taken out for the remaining shots…Alhumdulillah for these versatile devises…

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…see the theatrical sky…SubhanAllah…so moving forward…corner of the library seen to the left…

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…to the rubble and dust of all that remains of the hotel that, below, is covered in a green protective cover as it was under construction not that long ago in May 2008…note Sulai’ just behind the machine…one wonders if this will finally be crushed…the local story being that it has survived this long because it is the home of Jinn…Insha’Allah friendly ones…it is mentioned in Hadith related to when the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam would come to this area as it was the race track for the training of the horses for Jihad…

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…this was the hotel…just one year ago…while peeking through the foliage from Saqeefa…

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…it’s twisted remains to the left of this next building waiting the same fate…how glittery it was…such is the Dunyawi..how much do we reflect?

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…this group of almost extinct specimens being stripped of whatever can be salvaged before being detonated…

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…this is where I visited on two different occasions two of the most loved sisters…one here for Hajj with extended family…the other with her dear father for Umrah…Assalamu alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu…trying to imagine this will eventually be part of the Masjid is nigh impossible to get the head around…

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…will such features be saved and recycled???

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the building the labourers are working on is the one on the left of the curved one…one used to be able to clearly see Jabal Sala’ from here…

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and from there to look towards the minarets of Masjid Nabawi…the curved hotel to the right…I recall it was called Al Kareem…

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…this is the skeletal monster project that now blocks that view…Jabal Sala’ behind this…but wait…is this too a doomed project? there has been no sign of workers there for some time and the information board has been stripped of details?? Allahu Alum…

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…it continues way back to where Masjid Sabaq was…see race track link…

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…Saqeefa on the left…what is its fate?? the group of buildings about to be part of the massive bash bang rubble dust crash boom…as the sun dramatically exits for another day…and this speck wanders to Haram for Maghrib…Alhumdulillah for the constancy of Allah Ta’ala’s Signs…

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.